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Minette Coetzee


PhD (Nursing) BSocSc(Hon) Nursing, Paed Dip, RN, RPsy; RM, R Comm Health, R Paed


Registration with SANC :12439766 General Nurse, Psychiatric Nurse, Midwife

Additional qualifications: Paediatric Nursing Science, Community Nursing Science

Minette Coetzee began the work that would lead to the establishment of the Child Nursing Practice Initiative in 2005 when she began working in clinical areas engaging nurses and teams in clinical practice development. In 2007, the Head of the Department of Paediatrics requested her assistance to re-establish children’s nursing training at UCT. In addition to fulfilling that brief, Minette led the establishment of the first regulatory frameworks and training programmes in paediatric critical care nursing in sub-Saharan Africa and has spearheaded in-country paediatric nurse training in the Sub-Saharan region. Minette is committed to finding local best practice models and translating complex emerging scientific understandings and evidence into simple and effective nursing interventions and curricula that can improve health outcomes of children in the region. She leads a team committed to developing participative methods in research, education and innovative practice development.

Minette is a registered nurse with additional professional qualifications in paediatric nursing, midwifery, psychiatry and community health nursing. After gaining extensive clinical experience as paediatric nurse at the Red Cross Children’s Hospital in neonatal and paediatric surgical ICU and general paediatrics, Minette led the emergency admission ward for two years. This was followed by ten years’ experience as a senior lecturer in UCT’s Department of Nursing and Midwifery. In 2000, Minette completed a PhD at UCT with a dissertation entitled, ‘Learning to Care for Children: towards a model for undergraduate students in nursing – a grounded theory study’. After this Minette completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at Emory University in Atlanta, GA in the USA focussing on nurses’ contribution to the care of children with HIV/AIDS, immunology in children and participative models of practice improvement. Minette has published 22 articles in peer-reviewed journals and her on-going topics of particular interest are participative methodologies in research, clinical practice and curriculum design. Minette served as Africa and Middle East representative of the World Federation of Paediatric and Critical Care Societies between 2009 and 2013 and vice-chair 2014-2016.


Awarding Institution

Year awarded

Bachelor of Social Science

Bachelor of Social Science Nursing (Honours)

Diploma in Community Nursing

The University of the Free State




Diploma in Paediatric Nursing Science

Red Cross Children's Hospital


Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

The University of Cape Town


Selected recent publications (since 2008)


North, N., Shung-King, M., Coetzee, M. (2019). The children’s nursing workforce in Kenya, Malawi, Uganda, South Africa and Zambia: generating an initial indication of the extent of the workforce and training activity. Human Resources for Health. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12960-019-0366-4

North, N., Sieberhagen, S., Bonaconsa, C., Leonard, A., Coetzee, M. (2019). Making children’s nursing practices visible: using visual and participatory techniques to describe family involvement in the care of hospitalised children in southern African settings. International Journal of Qualitative Research Methods. https://doi.org/10.1177/1609406919849324

Leonard, A, Bonaconsa, C, Ssenyonga, L, Coetzee, M. 2017. Graphic facilitation as a novel approach to participation in a practice improvement process at a children's hospital in Uganda. Nursing Children and Young People. 29, 8, 42-45.

Coetzee M, McKerrow N, Chimwaza A, Molyneux E, North N, Sieberhagen S. Building paediatric nurse training capacity for Africa, in Africa. The Lancet Global Health. 2016;4(7):e449-e50.

Tume, L. N., Coetzee, M., Dryden-Palmer, K., Hickey, P. A., Kinney, S., Latour, J. M., Pedreira, M. L., Sefton, G. R., Sorce, L. & Curley, M. A. 2015. Pediatric critical care nursing research priorities—Initiating international dialogue. Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, 16, e174-e182.

Selected recent publications (since 2008) contd..

Coetzee, M., 2014, ‘Re-envisioning paediatric nurse training in a re-engineered health care system’, Curationis 37(2)1-8.

Davis, C, Hendry, I, Barlow, H, Leonard, A, White, L, Coetzee M. 2014. Exposing students to research through a journal club in a postgraduate child nurse diploma. Curationis. 37(2), 1-9.

Leonard A, Verster A, Coetzee M. 2014. Developing family-friendly signage in a South African paediatric health care setting. Curationis.37 (2)

Okaisu, E. M., Kalikwani, F., Wanyana, G. & Coetzee, M. 2014. Improving the quality of nursing documentation: An action research project. Curationis, 37(2), 1-11.

Ssenyonga, L., Bergman, N. & Coetzee, M. 2014. Does Decreasing Maternal Separation Of Under 6-Month Old Infants Before And After Surgery Improve Physiological Stability? A Randomised Control Trial. Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, 15, 54.

Davis, C., Barlow, H., Hendry, I. & Coetzee, M. Journal club: restoring the links between education and PICU clinical practice. Critical Care Society of Southern Africa National Congress. South African Journal of Critical Care, 2010. 26(2): 60 

Coetzee, M. 2009. Towards child-and family-friendly health services. South African Child Gauge, 2010, 77-81.

Coetzee, M., 2008, 'Spotlight on PICU: Red Cross War Memorial Children's Hospital, Cape Town, South Africa', Pediatric Intensive Care Nursing, 9(1), 22-24.

Rinquist, C., Staveski, S., Petersen, M., Moller, N., Knobel, J., Barlow, H., Lucas, J., Jonker, L., Bonaconsa, C., Tsakistos, A & Coetzee, M. 2008. An initiative aimed at Best Outcomes for Nursing Children with Excellence (BOuNCE). Cardiovascular Journal of Africa, 11, 31-32.

Chapters in books

Coetzee, M. 2010. The Multidisciplinary team: Nursing Chapter in Child Health for All 5th edition In: Westwood, T. S., H. and Kibel, M. (ed.). Cape Town: Oxford University Press.2010.

Kruger, J. & Coetzee, M. 2010. Children’s relationships with professionals. South African Child Gauge, 2011, 36-42.