|Sr Tumeka and Michelle|
|Dr Boitumelo Phakati|
The day started with registration and just over 45 students attended. Dr Boitumelo Phakati, a surgeon at the Charlotte Maxeke Hospital, gave the lectures on benign changes of the breast and also special investigations of the breast. Sr Sheila followed with the session on wound care. She is an excellent wound care nurse and her experience is always valuable for the participating students.
Dr Sue Walter gave the next session on palliative care, Dr Nietz described it as a mesmerizing lecture. Palliative care is often a neglected topic yet it is vitally important to be able to provide good palliative care for a patient and the family in a very emotional and stressful time.
|Dr Sue Walter|
Thank you to Apo and John of Olives and Plates and also to Michelle Bibby and Jo Robinson of Novartis for sponsoring the teas and lunch.
|Dr Louella Ritz - tru-cut biopsy session|
|Dr Jenny Haberfeld - mammograms and ultrasounds|
|Dr Jason Naicker|
|Maria presenting during the community networking session|
Sr Correia chaired the community networking session. We were fortunate to have a few members of Pink Drive at the course. Pink drive is just 1 example of a community project. The students were divided into smaller groups and each group then presented a form of community project that they came up with. This is always an interesting session as many excellent ideas come from the nurses. We encourage and hope to see their projects become a reality!
|Candice demonstrating bandaging techniques|
Jennifer Blenkinsop and Candice Kuschke presented the lymphoedema session. We are fortunate in South Africa to have lymphoedema specialists to manage the patients with lymphoedema. The lecture covered the basics of the anatomy and physiology of the lymphatic system. The students then got to try the bandaging techniques that the lymphoedema therapists use.
|Students practicing the bandaging techniques|
A huge thank you to Dr Sarah Nietz, this course would not have been possible without all your enthusiasm and hard work! The Breast Course for Nurses would also like to thank Sr Correia and Michelle Norris for their valuable contribution to the course. Sr Colleen Davis kept track of the students and marked their MCQ’s along the way, a huge task, thank you. Sr Tumeka Nojoko, thank you for pushing and motivating the students of Charlotte Maxeke! To all the sponsors: Richard Brett of Medi-Clinic, Apo and John of Olives and Plates, Michelle Bibby and Jo Robinson of Novartis, Joanna Genade of Wits University, Sonita from Tecmed and all the presenters, thank you so much for helping to make this course so successful! There are also many “behind-the-scenes” sponsors that made this course possible, thank you.