MNCN students; Commenced 2019

Meet the Professional Masters in Nursing (Child Nursing) Class of 2019:

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  • Nadia Harris See more.

  • ​​Nadia Harris was born in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal. In 2010, she acquired a B Cur Nursing degree from the University of Kwazulu-Natal. In 2014, Nadia obtained a degree in Nursing Administration and Education from the North West University. She furthered her studies and in 2016 graduated with Postgraduate diploma in Critical Care Nursing (Child) from the University of Cape Town. Nadia has 8 years clinical pediatric nursing experience and has worked in neonatal intensive care, pediatric general and pediatric emergency units at Stanger Hospital in Durban.

    Nadia is passionate about transforming the role of pediatric nursing in the African context. She believes that nurses have the ability and power to do more for the sick and the well child, enabling them to thrive and add value to society. Nadia strongly believes that nurses are the corner stone of the health care sector. Investing in teaching them good clinical skills, leadership expertise and the art of family centered care can change nursing care and lead to better quality health care outcomes for children and their families.

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  • Busisiwe Jama  See more.

  • Busisiwe Jama was born in Dutywa in the Eastern Cape. She qualified as a registered nurse. In 2001 she obtained a diploma in Comprehensive Nursing Science from the Transkei College of Nursing.  Busisiwe has worked in various departments at Osindisweni Hospital in Durban. In 2004 she transferred to Addington Hospital’s pediatric ward. Busisiwe obtained a Post graduate diploma in Child Nursing from the Natal College of Nursing (King Edward VIII Hospital). Over the past 18 years, she has had an input on nursing in both public and private hospitals in KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape.

    Busisiwe was inspired to enter nursing because of her passion for her country and wellbeing of her nation’s people. Her drive to improve the quality of patient care, prompted her to resign from her role to further study and advance her leadership and clinical expertise in pediatric nursing. Busisiwe is currently enrolled with the University of Cape Town doing her Master of Nursing in Child Nursing. She plans to use her knowledge to empower the upcoming nursing leaders to make a difference in children’s nursing.

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  • Andrea Amos See more.

  • Andrea Amos was born and raised in Bishop Lavis, Cape Town. Andrea is a registered professional nurse, who completed her nursing diploma in 2011 at the Western Cape College of Nursing. Andrea completed her community service in 2012 at Tygerberg Hospital. In 2013, she was formally appointed into a post at Tygerberg Hospital where she worked in the paediatric ICU and tracheostomy unit. In 2016, Andrea graduated from the University of Cape Town after completing her Postgraduate diploma in Critical Care Nursing (Child). She continued working in the paediatric intensive care unit, where she worked as a Critical Care nurse specialist, which Andrea feels has given her more of a voice in her institution.

    Andrea has a keen interest in mothers being actively present at the bedside of their children in the ICU, and the importance of proper training of caregivers when discharged home with their children who have tracheostomies. She also aspires to be part of policy making, as she feels she can greatly contribute.

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  • Adess Mwale  See more.

    Adess Mwale was born in Kabwe, in central Zambia.  She is a registered paediatric nurse with eight years’ experience. She has worked as a paediatric nurse at the University Teaching Hospital (UTH), in Lusaka, Zambia since 2005. She has worked in different places at the UTH including adult medical and surgical wards, casualty, obstetrics and gynaecology wards, paediatric surgical ward and intensive care units (Adult ICU, NICU PICU). Adess holds a diploma in general nursing from the Lusaka School of Nursing, which she obtained in 2005, she furthered her studies and graduated from the University of Cape Town in 2011 with a Postgraduate Diploma in Child Nursing. In 2016 she received a Bachelor of Science in critical care and trauma nursing from the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

    Adess loves working with children because she likes being their voice, while advocating to change and improve the quality of nursing care being offered. Her passion is that all the children who she nurses receive the best quality care possible, resulting in a satisfied patient and a satisfied nurse

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  • Elijeshca C. Crous See more.

    ​Elijeshca C. Crous is a Professional Paediatric Nurse, from Cape Town, who graduated her B.Cur  from UWC in 2012 (Suma Cum Laude), and her Postgraduate Diploma in Children’s Nursing, from UCT, in 2016 (distinction).

    Elijeshca believes in the importance of excellence, ethical and value driven care and carers. She enjoys providing accessible information to families and carers because excellence starts with understanding the importance of linking anatomy and physiology to care and the child’s development. She strives to create an emotionally and physically safe environment for carers and families who are engaged in the health cae provision of their child. Elijeshca’s clinical experience is almost exclusively Tuberculosis (TB) centred (2013-2017). Her presentation at the 2017 Building Children’s Nursing for Africa Conference in Cape Town focussed on the facilitation of long term, hospital based, care to children living with TB. She also enjoyed some exposure to the private health sector during 2017-2018.

    Elijeshca enjoys learning, spending time with her family and appreciating the beauty of life and its people. In 2018 she has simultaneously embarked on a Master’s degree specialising in Children’s Nursing and as a Clinical (Child) Nurse Specialist at Tygerberg (Tertiary level care) Hospital, in Cape Town

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