For Celina Gombanillah, nursing is a calling profession

12May 2022
By Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
For Celina Gombanillah, nursing is a calling profession

ONE needs a great deal of selflessness to become a nurse. As extensive as nursing courses are, nothing can compare to the level of care and dedication that is needed on the job.

Celina Gombanillah

Nursing goes beyond just helping patients with their physical health, many times, nurses provide emotional support and care that goes beyond their job description.

Celina Gombanillah, a nurse at the Health Clinic located in the Barrick Bulyanhulu Gold Mine, believes that helping people is her calling. “If there is a job that requires one to exercise the highest levels of professionalism at all times, then it is nursing,” Celina says. “This is because nursing entails saving lives…it requires one to not only care for others but also for themselves,” she adds.

Celina Gombanillah holds a diploma in nursing from Nkinga College in Tabora. Before joining the Barrick Bulyanhulu Gold Mine in 2011, Celina worked as a nurse at the Mwadui Mine, where she expanded her knowledge and learned to treat people from various backgrounds.

“Working on mining sites has given me the chance to take care of people from so many different countries. I can now use my diverse experiences to exceed the expectations set onto me,” Celina says.

Celina’s character is well known and acknowledged by her peers. She is described by colleagues as a committed, resilient, and dedicated employee. She is a result-driven team player who sets an example for everyone. Celina’s department head, Dr. Said Kudra, says that “…her flexibility and resilience has helped patients receive timely care even in odd hours. She constantly goes above and beyond what is expected of her in her day-to-day assignments. She is the person that any leader aspires to have on their team, and she symbolizes the best of what we can and should strive to become,” Dr. Kudra adds.

Celina embraces Barrick’s values, as they strive to offer equal opportunities in the workplace. “I am happy to note that the number of women employees at the Barrick Bulyanhulu Gold Mine is growing. Today, as I walk around the mine site, I can easily see female employees in various departments, including engineering and geology. The number of women in senior management positions is also very commendable,” Celina says, as she reflects on the increasingly diverse Barrick workforce.

With the company’s large investment in training and modern technological equipment, Celina has acquired the knowledge to use modern medical services and apparatuses in her work.

Like any job, Celina faces several challenges, however, she says that she has learned to embrace the challenges as opportunities for growth.

Celina plans on advancing her professional qualifications in the medical field so that she can serve her patients in a more effective and efficient manner.

“My advice to those seeking a career in nursing is to always act with the highest level of professionalism.  A lack of professionalism in this field of work can have negative results, especially to the patients that depend on you,” she says.