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Evidence Based Practice Protocols

Evidence based guidelines provide a plan of action to guide health professionals in making decisions about treatment and care, supporting them to achieve better outcomes. We are striving to produce a suite of region- and context-specific evidence-based children’s nursing practice guidelines, which will be an entirely new resource in Africa.

As part of their second-year studies, students on the Master of Nursing in Child Nursing programme are facilitated to each lead the initial stage of development for a particular topic guideline in partial fulfilment of their degree. An accessible summary of the guideline is produced as a poster and published online using an academically and professionally credible platform (OpenUCT). We hope to achieve publication of at least one peer-reviewed guideline by 2021. In addition, we anticipate that from 2022, at least two peer-reviewed fully developed guidelines will be published per calendar year. The potential for students/graduates to contribute to co-authoring a peer reviewed publication is an important part of their professional development and will make a positive contribution to advancing nurse-led clinical governance and leadership in Africa’s child health services. 

These guidelines are a much-needed resource in Africa and we are excited about their potential to contribute to improved nursing practices and child health outcomes.

Evidence based guidelines currently available on OpenUCT:

  • Ethics and professionalism on social media use by healthcare professionals
  • High flow oxygen therapy in general paediatric wards
  • Therapeutic hypothermia protocol for a limited resource setting
  • Gastroschisis management in a low resource setting

Topics currently under development:

  • The nurse's role in the care of a neonate on CPAP in NICU
  • The registered nurse's role in the prevention of errors in the preparation and administration of IV medication to infants and children
  • The nurse's role in the administration of medication via gastrostomy in children
  • The nurse's role in the management of an indwelling chemoport in children