Combating the great combat – Natalie Copeling

An inspiring group of devoted CPUT employees members has performed an important function to assist make sure the well being and security of the college group through the pandemic. Greater than 15 000 vaccinations have been administered on the CPUT Vaccination Centre, and our vaccinators have been proper on the frontline.

This month we share a few of their tales:

Nursing lecturer, Natalie Copeling selected the career to make a distinction within the lives of others and this ardour shines via on the Vaccination Centre the place she serves the CPUT group.

Copeling has labored at CPUT for 14 years and has been concerned with the centre since its inception.

“As an present member of the CPUT well being cluster, I used to be invited to hitch a sub-committee of the well being cluster and was concerned within the conceptualisation and planning of the vaccination centre from the outset,” she stated.

Copeling assisted with the coordination of the coaching for the Division of Nursing Science employees as COVID-19 vaccinators in addition to with compiling of a placement schedule for the employees on the centre and flooring administration of the centre.           

“In a time of uncertainty and turmoil I had sure abilities that might be of use and it was a privilege to have the ability to help throughout this time.”

She stated nursing is a career that permits you to be pleased about what you have got and offers every day reminders of this while you hear the tales and challenges of others.

“The location within the centre was a return to follow and engagement with many numerous people.”

Copeling thanked Prof Karien Jooste “for her help as my HoD as with out that I might not have been in a position to be as concerned as what I used to be.”

“Additionally, due to my colleagues from the division who labored on a rotational foundation on the centre.”

Final 12 months Copeling obtained two awards from the South African Society of Occupational Well being Nursing Practitioners (SASOHN). 
The primary, the Ian Webster gold medal, was for her Grasp’s diploma, which was attained in 2019, and is given to all who full a Grasp’s or PHD with an occupational well being nursing focus by the society. She additionally obtained EXCO rep of the 12 months award which is given to the candidate chosen by the president of the society yearly.
Copeling is married with two daughters who she says has a ardour for all issues equestrian.  
“My spare time is spent largely outdoor with my two daughters and horses.”