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Tracy-ann Castle (November 1976 – January 2021)
Mon, 11 Jan 2021 - 07:15

We are heartbroken to share the news that our beloved colleague and friend Tracy-ann, Clinical Educator within the Children’s Nursing Development Unit since 2015, has passed away from complications arising from COVID-19. 

Successful last Children’s Nursing Educator Forum of the year
Fri, 13 Nov 2020 - 15:30

Today was the last Children’s Nursing Educator Forum (CNEF) of the year  - 11th November 2020. This was not a year that any of us could have anticipated in any shape or form, yet all the delegates, (from 8 Schools of Nursing across SA, Botswana, Rwanda, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Malawi) have remained focussed on training the next generation of children’s nurses

New publication!
Thu, 22 Oct 2020 - 14:00

We are very happy to be able to announce a new publication: Coetzee M, Leonard A, Bonaconsa C, Power N, North N. (2020). Developing children’s nursing care outcome statements in Africa using World Café methods. International Nursing Review. https://doi.org/10.1111/inr.12621

Thank you to everyone who participated in the workshop at the Building Children’s Nursing conference in 2019, and especially those who provided feedback on the draft care statements. The article is fully open access and available to read with no paywall.

Hosting our 2nd virtual Child Nurse Educator`s Forum
Tue, 22 Sep 2020 - 20:45

On 10th September 2020, The Harry Crossley Children`s Nursing Development Unit (CNDU), hosted their second virtual Child Nurse Educator`s Forum. The purpose of this forum was to create an open and safe collaborative space for attendees to share their experiences about “online learning” and enabling peer and technical support. Child Nurse Educators from across South Africa, Botswana, Ghana, Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Kenya and Saudi Arabia, shared their perspectives about online learning platforms, technical resources required, and the interface used to communicate effectively with students in the virtual world.

Introducing: The Harry Crossley Children's Nursing Development Unit
Sat, 29 Aug 2020 - 22:30

We are proud to announce that the Child Nurse Practice Development Initiative (CNPDI) has been recognised as meeting the scale, scope and quality of work required to be recognised as a Teaching and Scholarship Unit of the Faculty of Health Sciences (UCT, Dept of Paediatrics and Child Health). This means that we will now be known as The Harry Crossley Children’s Nursing Development Unit (CNDU).

Are you considering doing a PhD?
Tue, 04 Aug 2020 - 15:45

We are offering a PhD Preparedness course, starting in September 2020. Fully online and spread over 12 weeks, it could be the perfect step towards making your decision.

Launch of Virtual Child Nurse Educator Forum
Tue, 07 Jul 2020 - 21:30

On 1st July 2020, around 40 child nurse educators from schools in South Africa, Botswana, Kenya, Namibia, Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe joined the CNPDI’s first-ever virtual Child Nurse Educator’s Forum. Led by nurse practitioner and wellness coach, Eileen O’Grady and Minette Coetzee (Associate Professor, CNPDI) this inaugural event was designed to help nurse educators maintain and support health and well-being in extreme situations.

Launching Regul8 - a new resource for children’s nursing in Africa
Fri, 24 Apr 2020 - 13:45

On 16th April 2019, the fourth Building Children’s Nursing conference opened in Cape Town, welcoming 111 colleagues from 12 countries. Together we affirmed our commitment to truly engaging with evidence-based research to shape our practice, and to standing together as a community of excellent, African children’s nurses. One year on, I am delighted to share with you the Regul8 framework which is designed to comprehensively describe the major influences on regulatory function and provides an intentionally Afrocentric guide to children’s nursing care planning. 

Reaching out to work with nurses in neonatal and paediatric services at Rundu State Hospital in northern Namibia
Mon, 11 Nov 2019 - 22:45

In June 2019, four Master of Nursing in Child Nursing students travelled to Namibia on an outreach programme to the paediatric and neonatal service at Rundu State Hospital. The group, Akua Dwomoh Boateng, Ireen Muleya, Winnie Njuguna and Jabulani Kgasapane, brought knowledge and skills acquired in thier clinical master’s programme as well as their combined experience from four African countries. The nursing team in Namibia was led by Beatrix Callard, a fellow programme graduate, who now heads the neonatal nursing service at Windhoek Central. 

Launch of our UCT open access Evidence-Based Practice Guidelines
Fri, 23 Aug 2019 - 13:15

We are delighted to announce the launch of our evidence-based practice guidelines (EBPGs) as an UCT open access resource. Follow this link - https://bit.ly/2HiIvY3 - to see last year’s Master of Nursing (Child Nursing) graduates’ poster presentations of their EBPGs. 

Interviews from the recent Building Children's Nursing for Africa conference
Mon, 13 May 2019 - 22:45

At the recent Building Children's Nursing for Africa conference, some of the Masters in Child Nursing students got to work interviewing some of the plenary speakers and the delegates. Click down to read more. 

A programme living up to its promise
Fri, 10 May 2019 - 22:15

When asked about her recent visit to Cape Town at the invitation of the Child Nurse Practice Development Initiative, the response of Yevonnie Chauraya is nothing but positive. Yevonnie Chauraya, university nursing lecturer from Zimbabwe,  joined the UCT based team of child nurse educators for a three-week internship from January to  February 2019.