FOR the first time since the 1980s, a male professional nurse graduated with a Doctorate in Philosophy in nursing science from NMMU in Port Elizabeth yesterday.
Herman Willemse is the second man in the university’s history to achieve the honour.
Willemse said he went into nursing spurred by his passion to help others. “Your ability to transform peoples lives is a talent,” he said.
Willemse’s thesis concentrated on how people with spinal cord injuries could be helped back into general society through the enhancement of physical, psychological, spiritual and social well-being – all of which need to be holistically addressed.
“Spinal cord injury is a neglected topic and these people are a vulnerable group. They must be given the opportunity to regain and reconstruct their own lives,” he said.