From students to lead radiographers at a major branch
When Tarryn Joshua joined SCP Radiology back in 2004, she made history in a way. She was the very first diagnostic radiography student to undertake her practical training at our Louis Leipoldt branch in Bellville, Cape Town. Nadia Labuschagne, too, was merely among the aspiring radiographers when she arrived in 2008.
Today, the two of them are long-serving permanent team members of SCP and take the lead at Louis Leipoldt, as Head of Department (HOD) and Second in Command (2IC) respectively.
Both of them have not only come through the clinical training programme at SCP, but attest to the value and powerful influence of a strong mentor – in their case former Radiography and Operations Manager at SCP, Lettie Greeff.
For Tarryn, discovering her own character strengths and weaknesses through Lettie’s mentorship and coaching sessions has helped her recognise her team’s strengths and weaknesses.
“It has helped me to know how to approach each individual team member and to get the most out of the team as a whole. Even though each day has its challenges, it is so rewarding to lead such a brilliant team.”
For Nadia, influence came from the somewhat less obvious place of being active – a passion she shared with Lettie who has always been an ardent runner.
She says that one of the greatest lessons she has learned in her years at SCP, is that physical endurance is often connected to high performance at work. “Willingly developing grit for competitive sports prepared me for handling professional challenges too,” she says.
“If you challenge yourself, you keep your mind sharp and your emotions prepared to take on challenging situations.”
SCP is proud to have witnessed the personal and professional development of these young radiographers and leaders in healthcare.
This article is part of a series of short staff profiles by SCP Radiology to highlight radiography as a career. Read more about Radiography Careers in our News section.