Nurse Nokuphila Shoba

Hi my name is Nokuphila and I’m a RESEARCH NURSE…..💕 Working on cures and vaccines is my speciality. The most stressful part during the COVID-19 pandemic is being in a clinic and not knowing the COVID-19 status of your patients. We are coming in contact with patients every day who may not even know they are infected and then we go home to our families and potentially spread it.

Also working in a clinical trial unit during this time is challenging with regular safety assessments, scheduled visits being missed and adaption of study protocols being disrupted. Due to the additional measures such as lock down and quarantine we have to go to participants for sputum collections and delivering of medication without having done a full assessment as consultations were done telephonically.

We should be grateful as nurses to experience this pandemic as it has taught us that nursing is not a “career but a calling”. Patients in your care must be able to trust you and you must be up to date with best practices.