JCP students created a positive work environment for nurses at Weskoppies Hospital

Posted on June 20, 2018

A group of engineering students was challenged with the task of improving a nurse’s quarters at Weskoppies Psychiatric Hospital. This was a daunting task because they needed to make the space welcoming and soothing for the nurses, a sort of oasis if one might say where there could come and relax on the breaks and feel comfortable but also be able to work in it. At first, they had planned out to paint the walls as was initially asked of them, but they decided they could do more with their budget. The students, Allan Kilian, Marius Lombard, Keneilwe Moaudi, Sandile Ndlela and Viren Pathre, set out to paint the walls, varnish the walls, redecorate the room and wash all the windows and curtains. In the end, they were able to do everything they had set out and even paint the ceiling. The students indicated afterwards that their experience did not only provide them with an experience in working with people and serving the community, but it also imprinted on them the beautiful joy and pride in helping people. It reignited the flame as to why they initially sought out to be engineers, not for the money, but instead the helping and bettering of human life itself.

- Author Sandile Ndlela
Last edited by Martina Jordaan

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