‘For whom must African nursing knowledge count?’ A thought-provoking question and the perfect way to kick-start this year’s Building Children’s Nursing conference. The only event of its kind in Africa, with over 100 registered delegates, on 23rd June 2021, nursing and leadership professionals from 12 different countries came together to consider and celebrate what counts in the excellent nursing care of our continent’s children and their families.
The first meeting of 2021, for the Children’s Nursing Educators Forum (CNEF), was a virtual meeting attended by educators from 8 different countries, including South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Malawi, Eswatitni, Namibia, Zambia and Saudi Arabia. The date of our meeting fortuitously coincided with International Nurses Day!
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.
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
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.