My main source of inspiration comes from an innate desire to help people and care for them in times of need. I am a person who likes challenges therefore owning a clinic helps me to face new challenges on a daily basis and to discover my abilities, strengths and weaknesses.
Sister Virginia Ndimande – Unjani Clinic Winterveldt, opened November 2014.
I have always wanted to start a business in what I am passionate about which is clinical work and to assist my community and the government with access to healthcare, this clinic is situated in the are where I was born in Sharpeville and it feels good to give back to my own township and people are so grateful!
Sister Pat Mgwexelwa – Unjani Clinic Sharpeville, opened April 2016.
It has assisted me to connect with my patients by providing support, guidance and education on a one-on-one level that they are not able to get from the state health system. My advice to aspiring clinic owners, is to love and be passionate about what you do and be willing to go an extra mile to help others. Most of all stay humble and respect other people’s culture and religion.
Sister Cynthia Yeko – Unjani Clinic Orange Farm, opened July 2015.
I’ve become a provider not only for my benefit but also for others. There is something great about knowing that I made a difference in people’s lives. I have turned my passion and beliefs into a business and that is something that fulfills my soul. I’ve experienced personal growth as a business person and as an individual.
Sister Phindi Nkosi – Unjani Clinic Windmill Park, opened October 2014.
I work independently and make decisions on my own on how to deliver the quality nursing care that will suite the individual needs of the patients, based on my professional knowledge and experience. Patient satisfaction is my greatest joy! I have realised that patients need someone who will listen to them and show compassion, respect and understanding. I have even had patients say that they feel cured before they even take their medication.
Sister Nonceba Dhlamini – Unjani Clinic Bram Fischerville, opened January 2013.
When there is a shortage of medication from the local clinic, patients come to get their medication from me. I also have enough time to listen to the patients. The clinic has got privacy, it is clean and there are no long queues, and most important of all – it is affordable. Patients tell me my hands are warm and they are happy with my service. My advice to aspiring clinic owners is that customer service must be perfect at all times.
Sister Molly Segobola – Unjani Clinic Kwaggafontein, opened January 2016.
I had a 2 year old child, who came to me with second degree burns that affected 50% of his left hand. After the third treatment the child was completely healed and had started to use his hand. The mom thanked me for not blaming her for the child’s accident.
Sister Thandi Shadung – Unjani Clinic Olievenhoutbos, opened May 2016.
I performed CPR on an unconscious child and the patents thanked me for saving their only child. My advice to aspiring clinic owners it takes a powerful and strong woman to start a business like this. Perseverance and team work will help you succeed.
Sister Vatiswa Jingqi – Unjani Clinic Buhle Park, opened January 2015.
I met a teenage girl in March 2016 who had not been to school since January and had seen different doctors, been to the clinic and had been admitted several times to hospital for tension headaches. I spoke to the girl privately without her parents and found she was about to kill herself. I counselled the girl and the family and did a follow up home visit. The girl has gone back to school and is doing well in her studies. I’ve realised that not only am I a nurse but also a social worker and counsellor.
Sister Phindile Nkosi – Unjani Clinic Windmill Park, opened October 2014.
I had a critical patient who refused to go to hospital due to a previous experience. My full assessment indicated that the patient was in cardiac and kidney failure. I spent time with him explaining the diagnosis and the complications, and he eventually agreed to go to hospital. He was admitted to ICU and high care for a month. When he was discharged he came to show us his medication and his follow up dates, and he thanked the clinic for saving his life after suffering for a long time.
Sister Philisiwe Modise – Unjani Clinic Tokoza, opened March 2015.
I helped a lady that had been diagnosed with depression to cope with daily living. She has become a different person and was very grateful for our help. She came with a proposal to start a support group for depressed and stressed women. We are now trying to organise such a group. I believe that touching one life at a time will lead to a happy community. I hope to expand the services offered at the clinic to include social and maternity services. It pains my heart to hear the experiences that some women have at the hands of uncaring nurses during child birth. I hope to have an ambulance to transfer patients to hospital and to open an adolescent center to keep the youth off the streets and to help them understand healthy living from an early age.
Sister Martha Modiba – Unjani Clinic Klipfontein, opened February 2015.