CHS Arms Employees with EQ skills

The College of Health Sciences (CHS) held a successful Emotional Intelligence (EQ) workshop for healthcare staff at Ngwelezana Hospital in Empangeni as part of UKZN’s “Grow Our People” strategy.

The introspective workshop, which was attended by health care practitioners from different hospitals in the province, aimed to capacitate staff to manage their emotions, especially in challenging situations.

‘Imagine standing in the eye of a hurricane, wild winds and debris flying at high speed a metre from your face. You are holding a candle and the flame does not flicker. That is how calm, serene and in control you are. Imagine standing in the middle of an earthquake. Every step you take brings a new danger. Your heart is racing. There is danger in every move. No one seems to be there for you. You are exhausted.’ This is how facilitator, Mrs Mariane Vorster introduced the session to participants.

Dr Olumunyiwa Olowe, Medical Manager at Mbongolwane Hospital said, ‘This is an excellent workshop that should be attended by every employee and employer.’

‘This session was an eye opener. We are now equipped to deal with difficult situations and stressors,’ said Betty Netshandoma who an anaesthetics consultant at Ngwelezana Hospital.

Miss Nompumelelo Mbatha, Employee Assistance Practitioner at Manguzi Hospital remarked that the workshop will assist employees to reflect on their weaknesses that can hinder service delivery.

The CHS will host a similar session for Pietermaritzburg-based employees at Greys Hospital on 29 November 2019 and on 13 December 2019 at Edendale hospital (09:00 to 12:00)

Staff are urged to RSVP in time for planning purposes.

Words: Lihle Sosibo

Photographs: Supplied