Up-Close with Nurse Purity Mwiti
1. Tell us about your journey to get to where you are.
My journey has not been an easy one, it has taken me sometime to get to know that every patient has their individual holistic needs. Also, I have had to go back to school to get more knowledge on how to give specialised and individualized care to each and every patient and to the community as a whole.
2. What would you say is your greatest work achievement to date?
My greatest work achievement is that I have changed lives. I have had patients come back and tell me they wouldn't be where they are had I not Implemented the holistic interventions they needed at that particular time.
3. Describe your typical patient.
I don’t have a typical patient, I deal with patients from all walks of life-the underprivileged, the privileged, patients whose needs range from physical care, emotional care psychological care, psychiatric care, spiritual care, professional counselling, the list is endless.
4. What challenges do you face in your day to day work?
One of my main day to day challenge is lack of support from the government to offer quality care such as insufficient supplies, lack of enough staffing and inadequate infrastructure such as adequate space, buildings and ambulances. Another challenge is poor renumeration and lack of motivation.
5. Despite these challenges, tell us what keeps you going
What keeps me moving despite the challenges is the fact that at the end of the day I change lives and get my expected good outcomes. If I go to the community and make a positive impact that I can see almost immediately that keeps me going.
6. What changes have you had to make to adjust to the ‘new normal?’
Let’s say I look up to myself in the health sector. I believe I am enough to bring the change that the world needs in the health sector.
7. Who do you look up to in the health sector?
The changes I had to make to adjust to the new normal include a lot of sacrifice and a lot of improvisation.
8. What would you like to be known for in the medical world?
I would like to be known for being bold enough to do what has been perceived undoable in the health sector my ensuring maximum satisfaction from the care I give to individual patients, the family and the community as a whole.