Ms Judy Naidoo graduated top of her class for the Bachelor of Nursing degree in Advance Practice.

Bliss as Naidoo Graduates Top of Her Class

Mrs Judy Naidoo is proud to have been named the Bachelor of Nursing Advance Practice (BNAP) in Nursing Management Best Overall Achiever.

Naidoo started studying Nursing in 1995 and completed her Diploma in Nursing (General, Community, Psychiatry) and Midwifery in 1999 at RK Khan College of Nursing, Durban.

She was employed for several years in the public and private sectors and has worked as a Registered Nurse at Lenmed eThekwini Hospital and Heart Centre’s Paediatric ward for the past 10 years.

‘There is definitely an element of shock and disbelief as I had never considered this a possibility due to my hectic life of juggling my various roles while attempting to complete my degree, such as, being permanently employed, married, being a dedicated mom as well as fulfilling the role of daughter and daughter-in-law,’ Naidoo said.

Currently registered for an honour’s degree in Nursing Education, she dreams of becoming a nurse educator who empowers, inspires and motivates nurses so that the profession can claim its rightful place in the hierarchy of professions.

‘My determination and need to achieve and advance professionally and personally keep me motivated and grounded,’ said Naidoo. ‘The support and strength I receive from my family pushes me to my limits.’

She said. She advised fellow students to, ‘Keep an open mind and always remember it’s never too late to study. Surround yourself with positive people who will help to guide and motivate you. Learning is an ongoing process and we need to be open to it and allow it to happen,’ she said.

Words: Nombuso Dlamini

Photograph: Rajesh Jantilal