A nurse-led academic initiative in the Department of Paediatrics and Child Health at the University of Cape Town, situated at Red Cross War Memorial Children's Hospital in Cape Town. Our core work is Building Children's Nursing in Africa for Africa.
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.