HEAD nurse K. Angayakkanni feels happy and contented when her patients recover under her care.
“When I take care of them, I feel as if I am their mother,” said the 59-year-old.
“I go above and beyond to ensure they are fed, comfortable and healthy,” she told reporters after receiving the “Pride of Workmanship Award” by Rotary Club of Greentown at Hospital Bahagia Ulu Kinta in Tanjung Rambutan, Ipoh.
“When they have finally recovered and gained mental stability, I cannot help but feel proud of their accomplishments,” she said, adding that she had worked at the hospital for 38 years.
Angayakkanni was among 12 people who received the award.
The staff were chosen by the hospital and given commendation certificates to acknowledge their dedicated and selfless service to the medical centre and its patients.
Angayakkanni said working at the psychiatric hospital comes with a number of challenges.
“Compared to other hospitals, our patients tend to be stubborn and aggressive. “We also have additional responsibilities such as feeding, bathing and clothing them,” she said, adding that those in the profession were required to have a lot of patience.
“I would not have it any other way, however, as I know that my help is needed here more than the regular hospitals,” she added.
Another recipient, Hafishoh Che Pa, 51, said she felt satisfied seeing the patients’ condition improve.
“The patients improve greatly day by day and this is what motivates me to do my best to help them.
“Hospital Bahagia is different from the previous hospital I worked at, Sultanah Aminah Hospital Johor, because this hospital is more family-oriented,” said the head nurse, adding that the patients were like family to her.
Hafishoh was elated to receive the award.
“By receiving this award, I hope I can give more to the hospital and continue caring for the patients,” she said. “I am still determined to work here as I have been doing so for the past 20 years.”
Recovery staff Kwong Mei Yee, who worked at the hospital since 1993, said she felt gratified to see her patients take back control of their lives after they were discharged.
“Just recently, I heard two of my former patients found jobs.
“It brought me great joy to know that their life has returned to normal,” she said, adding that she usually followed up on her patients.
Kwong added that she was surprised when she was told last week that she would be receiving the award.