Celebrating International Nurses Day

International Nurses’ Day is celebrated annually on 12 May, the anniversary of the founder of modern day nursing, Florence Nightingale’s birthday. The theme for this year is “Nurses A Voice to Lead – Health is a Human right”.

Today we will be highlighting 3 nurses of East Rand Hospice and the positive feedback they receive from their patients.



1.Sr. Tracey Scholefield has been a nurse since 1989 and with Hospice East Rand for the last five years. She cares for patients in Kempton Park.

Patient feedback for Sr Tracey: (1)

‘Sr Tracey was professional, very friendly, warm and welcoming with a good attitude towards strangers. I was impressed for the very first time I went to Hospice East Rand. It felt like home away from home.’

‘Sr Tracey is a very experienced palliative care practitioner. My brother didn’t talk about his condition to anyone else, but opened up to Sr. Tracey. I think because she know exactly how to approach him. My brother was very depressed, but after he spoke to Sr. Tracey, his daughter phoned me and told me that dad looks happy after he spoke to Sr. Tracey. She was really amazing. She brought him a wheelchair and a walking frame and my brother was very happy and appreciated those appliances very much. Sr. Tracey went the extra mile.’

Patient feedback for Sr Tracey: (2)

‘Thank you Tracey for her prompt assistance and caring towards my Mom in her final moments. I was totally blown away with Hospice. We saw healthcare professionals of all different incomes and walks of life in this process and Hospice East Rand puts them all to shame. We are in your debt and keep up the fantastic work that you guys do.’



2.Sr Daphne Mabizela has been a nurse for 43 years. She cares for patients from Brakpan to Nigel in Ekurhuleni.

Patient feedback for Sr Daphne Mabizela:

On the quality of her approach on each visit: ‘Excellent. My parents looked forward to seeing Sr. Daphne.’

On the quality of her nursing: ‘ Excellent and the recommendations that Sr. Daphne made were always good.

General comments: ’We are very happy with what was done’ ‘Sr Daphne was very helpful and friendly’

About Hospice East Rand: ‘You provide good service even at a later stage. My mother will make use of the counselling services.’



3.Sr Lucy Verbeek has been a nurse for 35 years. She cares for patients in Edenvale and Benoni. She has been with Hospice East Rand for approximately 10 years.

A patient wrote in our local newspaper recently:

Sister Lucy Verbeek is compassionate and the most beautiful person I have ever met.I experienced her love and compassion with the passing of my hubby, Tony, in July.If it was not for her, I would not have coped.The advice and counselling she gave me touched my life.Thank you Sister Lucy, that you chose Benoni to share your wonderful experience with cancer patients and their loved ones.’