Virginia believes that having effective competency in communication, research, leadership, and education is key to leading practice change as an Advanced Practice Nurse. Through the MNCN course, Virginia is certain that she is well-equipped to take on any new role and to develop strategies to teach and train others. She also plans on using research and evidence to help improve the policy and clinical practice on the ground in her healthcare setting.
For the third consecutive year, Candice Bonaconsa and her husband – in connection with Common Ground Church – led a team of seven volunteers with varied healthcare and educational backgrounds to Madagascar for a short-term outreach programme.
This year, the focus was on three areas, namely a therapeutic program, manufacturing devices for children with disabilities, and a two-day CPD workshop for Nurse Anaesthetists:
Natasha North represented CNPDI at the Tropical Health Education Trust (THET) Conference in London last month. She presented an abstract entitled “Building the children’s nursing workforce for Africa, in Africa: sustaining and growing capacity through education, research and system strengthening”.
Johnathan Muller-Stuurman was invited by the Namibian Ministry of Health on behalf of Dr Fenny Shidikha (an ex APFP Paediatric Cardiology Fellow from Namibia) to provide support to the Nursing staff in the (Adult) Cardiac Critical Care Unit.
Last week, the 4th SA Forum for Child Nurse Educators was held at the UCT Medical School. This forum first took place in 2014 as a way in which child nurse educators in South Africa could get to know each other and understand each other’s approaches. Since then, it has become a time in which these educators can develop their teaching techniques and learn valuable lessons from each other.
We are proud to announce UCT’s Child Nurse Practice Development Initiative (CNPDI) Critical Care education team as winners of the 2018 Burdett Nursing Award: Global Health Impact. Run in partnership with the University of Cape Town and the Red Cross Children’s Hospital – Africa’s premier training centre – this nomination recognises the team’s outstanding contribution to the development of paediatric nursing across the continent.
UCT’s African Paediatric Fellowship Programme (APFP) recently featured on a CNN’s Inside Africa show. Established in 2007 and based in UCT’s Department of Paediatrics and Child Health, the APFP was created to transfer specialised skills to healthcare professionals across Africa, particularly those in areas where resources for such training are hard to come by. Through the APFP, practitioners gain fundamental training in focused paediatric areas.
March, 28 - 30 2017 saw the Child Nurse Practice Development Initiative, in collaboration with the Red Cross War Memorial Children's Hospital (Western Cape Government) hold the third biennial Building Children's Nursing for Africa conference. This year the theme was "Pillars of Practice'.
Mr Hillary Lubuto, a lecturer at the Lusaka School of Nursing, Zambia, became the most recent member of the team from Lusaka to spend time with the Child Nurse Practice Development Initiative in Cape Town through a three week educator internship visit in February.
Ms Lenah Menyatso, Head of the Department of Child Nursing at the Bamalete Lutheran School of Nursing was joined by lecturer Ms Kelebonye Johane, an alumnus of the Child Nurse Practice Development Initiative, and Ms Rita Tumotumo from the Ministry of Health in Botswana at UCT for a week of valuable information exchange.