May 17, 2022


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Moholisa passionate about critical care nursing

Moholisa passionate about critical care nursing

Nurse Kali Moholisa of the Seboche Mission Hospital in Butha-Buthe

Story highlights

    Award winning nurse describes nursing as a calling
    COVID-19 brought numerous challenges to the profession - Moholisa

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HIS passion for nursing started at high school - when for the first time - he saw a male nurse and immediately fell in love with the profession.

“From that day on, I made up my mind that nursing was my career,” said Kali Moholisa during the International Nurses’ Day celebrations on May 12.

Now a registered nurse serving the Seboche Mission Hospital in Butha-Buthe, Moholisa said he saw himself as a “very well-known critical care nurse and a nurse educator in the next 10 years’”.

Coming across Florence Nightingale literature, a lady with a lamp and the founder of modern nursing, Moholisa said he was inspired by Nightingale’s role during the Crimean War when she cared for wounded soldiers.

“She came up with modern nursing, hospitals and introduced certain healthy practices,” he said.

He is passionate about critical care nursing, providing care for critically ill patients, as well as pre-and-post-operative patients.

“They work in Intensive Care Units (ICU), specialised critical care units, emergency departments and emergency transport,” Moholisa said.

“Critical care patients require continuous monitoring treatment for life-threatening conditions related to injuries, long-term illnesses and other medical events such as heart attacks and strokes.”

Fewer people can relate to how the Covid-19 pandemic changed the paradigm within the healthcare system, especially when the first case of the virus was recorded.

“Many feared for their lives,” said Moholisa, sharing his experiences about the pandemic when it hit home.

In 2013, he enrolled with the Roma College of Nursing for a Diploma in General Nursing, where he graduated top of his class.

“I obtained several awards of excellence,” Moholisa said, adding that he was the best performing student both in theory and clinical practice at first level, second level and final year.

He also walked away with the Consistency in academic award and was the best performing student in neonatal care theory under the tutelage of the famous local cardiologist, Dr Chali Moji.

Volunteering at the Motebang Hospital for a year due to lack of jobs, towards the end of that year he got a position as a registered nurse midwife at Paray Mission Hospital, where he proved his prowess.  

He came up with two awards - Award for the best employee maternity Paray Mission Hospital 2018 and for the Best male uniform keeper 2019.

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In 2020, he secured a job at Seboche Mission Hospital, working hard but unfortunately was attacked by depression as the journey was tough.

Currently, he has enrolled with the University of South Africa for Bachelor of Arts in Nursing.

“Although the art and science of nursing both complement nursing practice, the science aspect is most often emphasized,” Moholisa said.

“The art of practice may best capture the essence of nursing.”

As the COVID-19 pandemic brought public awareness to the contributions of nurses, the art of nursing was evident in the many ways that nurses like Moholisa cared for both patients and families.

“The work that nurses do is personal and meaningful, and makes one become emotionally invested in patients’ lives and outcomes, a burden to carry for years,” he said.

“Nursing is a calling, a science and art, which one has to have a good heart for empathy and patience to be the greatest nurse.

“Although there are challenges that come with this career like shortage of staff, having to deal with a lot of patients, lack of equipment, shortage of protective equipment during the Covid-19 pandemic where countless nurses caught the virus, working hard has been my core role,” he also said.



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