Male Nurse Graduates as UKZN’s Top Honours Nursing Student
Mr Jean-Paul Almaze of the Seychelles topped his Honours Nursing class and graduated cum laude.
‘The simplest way I can put it is that I am overwhelmed by feelings of joy and sadness at the same time,’ said Almaze, who struggled to cope with the death of his mother but persevered with his nursing studies to achieve at the highest level.
Almaze said after he graduated as a nurse in the Seychelles he dreamed of continuing his studies at a reputable nursing institution such as UKZN.
‘My aim is to be the best at everything I do,’ he said, adding that even though nursing was a field dominated by women, male nurses were increasingly popular among patients who often appreciated the particular care they receive from men.
Almaze said he enjoyed working with patients in the area of emergency care. He found it very rewarding when a patient acknowledged he had helped save their life.
His honours study recommended that for a culture of evidenced-based practice to prevail within critical care settings, management must be committed to this initiative by providing staff with opportunities for training, as well as giving incentives to those who were involved in evidenced-based practice activities as informed by research.
Almaze said his friends, family and UKZN staff had been a constant source of support.
He has already embarked on his masters at UKZN.