“The year 2020 Started off on a good start with a new cohort of students for this academic year. Never did it cross our minds that the year may take a sharp curve, with the Coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) wave hitting hard on us all,” said the Clinical instructor from the Nursing Department, Thembi Ngcobo.
Ngcobo reflected on how the Nursing Group has been coping in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and how they are managing as their profession requires them to be at the forefront, especially now when the pandemic is at its peak.
She gave more understanding of the challenges faced by the DUT community. “Contextual institutional challenges at the forefront including but not limited to: transitional panics, anxiety of networks access, financial constraints, missing out on mandatory clinical requirements, fears of getting sick and so on,” said Ngcobo. She continued further by saying that this was indeed a difficult period for both educators and students. “This has hampered teaching and learning, severely placing nursing students at a higher risk of contracting the virus,” she stressed.
Ngcobo added that they managed to fairly cope under the circumstances, through their students’ resilience and a changed mindset. They had a Christmas year-end function with her Nursing students.
“Since Christmas is around the corner, there is so much to be grateful for and blessings to share. There is so much joy found in bearing each other’s burdens and replacing empty hearts with a glow of happiness”.
Pictured: Thembi Ngcobo with her Nursing students.