Watch: “It’s our job as nurses to care for people, regardless of the virus”

Rita Mazzitelli and Yanica Attard are two of 140 nursing students who recently successfully completed their studies at the University of Malta, and are now ready to join the workforce.

They recently spoke to Newsbook.com.mt about how they are feeling about starting their job in the community during these COVID-19 times.

Rita explained that she wanted to become a nurse from quite a young age; however, she ended up choosing another career path in the end. However, she always kept the nursing profession at the back of her mind, even after she got married and had children. A few years ago she was in hospital for an operation and she decided there and then to finally take the plunge and start the nursing course.

If I said that the COVID-19 situation doesn’t worry me at all, I would be lying… but I am looking forward to going to work even in this pandemic.

“I always felt the passion for it. I always wanted to be there for someone else. Nursing is a profession, but it is also a vocation. If I said that the COVID-19 situation doesn’t worry me at all, I would be lying, because of course it does. But I am looking forward to going to work even in this pandemic. If you do not have that dedication inside of you, to help others, to be there in their time of pain, to be there when they are sad, nursing is not for you,” she said.

Yanica said that nursing might be hard but it is also very rewarding.

“There might be times when you feel like giving up, but at the end of the day, you will feel very satisfied,” she said, “It’s something that will shape you to be a better person.”

They have completed their studies at the University of Malta
140 University of Malta nurse graduates ready to join health workforce

The University of Malta’s Faculty of Health Sciences offers 21 programmes of studies. More information on the courses available can be found here.