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Initiative staff members

Currently the Child Nurse Practice Development Initiative has 12 staff members. To read more about each of them, click on the links below (staff listed in alphabetical order):

Minette Coetzee: 
Associate Professor of the Child Nurse Practice Development Initiative See more.

​​Minette Coetzee currently leads the Child Nurse Practice Development Initiative, in the role of Associate Professor of Child Nurse Practice Development in the UCT Department of Paediatrics and Child Health

Prior to establishing the Initiative in 2005, Minette was at the School of Nursing at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia completing a postdoctoral fellowship, following ten years as a senior lecturer in the UCT Department of Nursing and Midwifery.

She is a registered nurse with additional professional qualifications in paediatric nursing, midwifery, psychiatry and community health nursing from the University of the Free State. In 2000, she completed a PhD at UCT with a dissertation entitled, ‘Learning to Care for Children: towards a model for undergraduate students in nursing – a grounded theory study’.  Minette has published 22 articles in peer-reviewed journals and her on-going topics of particular interest are participative methodologies in research, clinical practice and curriculum design.

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Angela Leonard: 
Researcher See more.

​​Angela Leonard works as a Researcher within the Child Nurse Practice Development Initiative. In this role, she leads clinical practice development support in clinical facilities, establishes and maintains strategic relationships in clinical sites, and assists with research programme design, development and proposal writing. Angela uses graphic facilitation to track facility-wide practice development processes with multidisciplinary staff teams and plays a role in planning and co-ordinating practical aspects of research in clinical settings.

Previously, Angela worked in research roles at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and assisted with the British Breast Cancer study, liaising with study centres at hospitals across the UK to recruit patients, co-ordinating study aspects and providing participant support. Prior to this Angela worked for two years as a research nurse in the Child Health Unit at the University Cape Town, where she was involved in clinical data collection, analysing and preparing data for publication, writing reports and giving presentations.

Angela is a registered nurse with a Bachelor of Nursing degree from the University of Cape Town. In 2004, she completed her Masters at the University of Cape Town with a dissertation entitled, ‘Parents’ lived experiences of providing kangaroo care to their preterm infants’.  Angela has published articles in Curationis, Health SA Gesondheid, Human Molecular Genetics, and Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention. Her on-going topics of particular interest are breastfeeding promotion in paediatric health care settings, health literacy, and improving current hospital practices and the quality of care that children and families receive. 

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Candice Bonaconsa: 
Researcher See more.

​​Candice Bonaconsa works as a Researcher within the Child Nurse Practice Development Initiative. In this role, she is responsible for clinical practice development and support in clinical facilities, and is involved in professional learning for ward nurses and postgraduate students. Her role in the research team is to participate in the programme design, development and proposal writing as well as facilitating and planning the clinical and practical aspects of data collection for research studies. She has a keen interest in making clinical practice visible, through the use of graphic facilitation.

Previously, Candice worked as a clinical nurse at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital in a surgical ward and the paediatric intensive care unit. Following this, she worked at the Fikelela Children`s Centre co-ordinating health care around HIV-infected orphaned and abandoned children. This included training care workers and accessing excellent medical care and newly available antiretrovirals for resident children, as well as building relationships with primary, secondary and tertiary healthcare facilities. Thereafter, she returned to the Red Cross War Memorial Hospital to work on making sense of safety and practice in the PICU.

Candice is a registered nurse with a B.Cur from the University of Stellenbosch. In 2013, she completed her Masters at the University of Cape Town with a dissertation entitled, ‘Optimising stabilisation of the critically ill child in the medical emergency unit at the Red Cross War Memorial Children`s Hospital. An ethnographic study’. Her on-going topics of particular interest are in making complex health systems visible and delineating them into meaningful parts, and finding ways of contributing evidence-based clinical practice to strengthen and support nursing care, especially in resource constrained settings.

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Clare Davis: 
Lecturer; Critical Care Child Nursing See more.

​​Clare Davis works as a Lecturer within the Child Nurse Practice Development Initiative. In this role, she is responsible for convening the Critical Care Child Nursing Practice A course as part of the Post Graduate Diploma in Critical Care Child Nursing. She also contributes to the other clinical courses of the Post Graduate Diplomas in Child and Child Critical Care Nursing. In addition, she is responsible for maintenance of the Initiative’s website.  

Previously, Clare worked as a senior registered nurse in the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit at Birmingham Children’s Hospital (UK). There, her dual role involved acting as a Team Leader, and as a Clinical Skills Facilitator, educating and supporting newly graduated members of staff. She taught on the Foundations in Paediatric Intensive Care in-house course and acted on the retrieval team which facilitating the safe transfer of critically ill children from local hospitals into the PICU.

Clare is a registered nurse with a Bachelor in Child Nursing (Hons) from The University of Birmingham (UK). She further specialised with a Post Graduate Diploma in Paediatric Intensive Care Nursing from Birmingham City University (UK). In 2013, she completed her Masters in Nursing at The University of Cape Town (UCT) with a dissertation entitled, ‘Optimising the Nursing Shift in PICU’.   Clare has an article published in Curationis and her on-going topics of particular interest are nursing practice in paediatric intensive care, handover, health systems and change management, and innovative teaching and learning methods. 

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Estelle Tilley: 
Clinical Learning Facilitator See more.

Estelle Tilley works as a Clinical Learning Facilitator within the Child Nurse Practice Development Initiative. In this role, she mentors students completing the Postgraduate Diploma in Child Critical Care Nursing, by working alongside them in the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital (RCWMCH), teaching and supporting them throughout a clinical shift.

Previously, Estelle worked as a Registered Critical Care Nurse in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit at RCWMCH. In this position she achieved recognition for her acute clinical competency in post-operative paediatric critical care. After 9 years she decided to move to work for an agency in order to be able to work in a variety of both general paediatric, cardiac and neonatal intensive care units across Cape Town.

Estelle is a registered nurse with a B.Cur from the Randse Afrikaanse Universiteit, Johannesburg. She further specialised with a Paediatric Nursing Diploma from Johannesburg General Hospital.

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Faiza Pearce: 
Programme Administrator See more.

Faiza Pearce is the Programme Administrator within the Child Nurse Practice Development Initiative. In this role, she provides administrative support across the Initiative.

Faiza obtained her Secretarial Diploma from Boston House College and has a Junior Management Certificate from Breaking Ground. Previously, Faiza worked as a Project Manager at Londocor Events Management, a company that specializes in medical conference organization, where she gained extensive local, national and international events management experience.   Prior to this, she was the Executive Secretary/PA to 2 Heads of the Department of Medicine at the University of Cape Town over a period of 20 years.  Faiza was the Secretariat of the Pan African Society of Cardiology from 2007 – 2014 and the Research Day coordinator in the UCT Department of Medicine for over 15 years. She also acted as Administrator for the Oxford Nuffield Fellowship during her period at UCT, a task assigned to her by the Vice-Chancellors Office.

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Inger Hendry: 
Lecturer; Child Nursing See more.

Inger is employed as a Child Nursing Lecturer within the Child Nurse Practice Development Initiative. In this role, she is responsible for teaching the postgraduate Child Nursing students in Child Nursing Practice A and B.

Currently, Inger has taken 2 years study leave and is enrolled full time at the University of Cape Town (UCT) to complete a Master of Nursing degree in Child Nursing.

Previously, Inger worked as a registered nurse in the Trauma Unit at the Red Cross Children’s Hospital. She also spent 7 years working part-time as a Forensic nurse examiner in the Thuthuzela centre at the Khayelitsha District Hospital.

Inger is a registered nurse with a Bachelor of Nursing, which she obtained from the University of Cape Town in 1999. She then further specialised with a post-graduate diploma in Child Nursing from the University of Cape Town in 2000 and a post-graduate diploma in Forensic Nursing from the University of the Free State in 2005. Inger has published 2 chapters in “Aspects of Forensic Nursing”.

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Jane Booth: 
Advanced Paediatric Clinical Nurse Practitioner See more.

Jane Booth works as an Advanced Paediatric Clinical Nurse Practitioner in a part-time capacity within the Child Nurse Practice Development Initiative. In this role, she is responsible for mentoring and assisting students in the clinical space within the hospital setting. In her role as an Advanced Paediatric Clinical Nurse Practitioner at the Red Cross War Memorial Children's Hospital (RCWMCH), Jane is responsible for the Tracheostomy and Ventilation Home Care Programme.

After completing a diploma in Advanced Paediatric and Neonatal Nursing Science in 1983, Jane worked in the Paediatric Respiratory Intensive Care Unit of RCWMCH. Since 1989 she has been responsible for developing and implementing a home care programme for technology dependent children who rely on long-term tracheostomy and mechanical ventilation. This is a programme suited to the unique needs of local communities in South Africa,. The programme is being replicated in other centres in South Africa under her guidance and will be used as a template for new programmes within the Clinical Masters Programme at the Child Nurse Practice Development Initiative.

Jane has been the recipient of several prestigious awards, including the Critical Care Society of Southern Africa’s President’s Nursing Award, the highest accolade awarded by the Society, in recognition of outstanding service to critical care in Southern Africa and the Special Ministerial Award - one of the 13th Annual PCSI public sector innovation awards, both of which she received in 2015.

Jane Vos: 
Programme Coordinator See more.

​​Jane Vos is the Programme Coordinator for the Child Nurse Practice Development Initiative. In this role, she assists the Programme Lead in the planning and development of new programmes in partnering institutions, manages the Initiative’s finance and HR, coordinates overall programme activities, provides administrative assistance to the programme lead and manages the administration team.

Previously, Jane was Ward Manager (Operational Manager) of an Acute Medical Ward at King’s College Hospital, London where she worked from 1998–2003.

Jane was a Registered Nurse in the UK with a Diploma from the University of the West of England. She further specialised gaining an ENB Clinical Award A75 in High Dependency Nursing and completing a Clinical Leadership Programme from Kings College, London University. 

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Lauren Rees: 
Lecturer Practitioner; Child Nursing See more.

​​Lauren Rees works as a Lecturer Practitioner within the Child Nurse Practice Development Initiative. In this role, she is responsible for convening the Clinical Sciences: Child Nursing course as part of the Postgraduate Diploma in Critical Care Child and Child Nursing programmes. She also contributes to the  other clinical courses within those programmes.

Previously, Lauren taught clinical skills to undergraduate medical students at the University of Cape Town (UCT), and enrolled nurse and nursing assistants doing bridging courses at a rural hospital in Northern KwaZulu-Natal. Prior to that, Lauren spent many years mostly in paediatric clinical settings, including PICU, ranging from primary through to tertiary health care sectors.

Lauren Rees is a registered nurse with a BSc Nursing degree in General Nursing and Midwifery from UCT. She further specialised with a Community Health Nursing Science diploma from the Cape Technikon and a Paediatric Nursing Science diploma from the B.G. Alexander College of Nursing at Johannesburg Hospital. In 2001, she completed her MSc Nursing at the University of the Witwatersrand with a dissertation entitled, ‘Family-Centred Care in Paediatric and Neonatal Nursing: A Survey of Knowledge and Attitudes of Paediatric and Neonatal Qualified Nurses and Nurse Educators in Gauteng’. Lauren has published an article in Curationis, and her on-going topic of particular interest is strengthening nursing practice through effective teaching and learning strategies, especially related to health assessment training.

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Lee-Ann White: 
Clinical Learning Facilitator See more.

​​Lee-Ann White works as a Clinical Learning Facilitator within the Child Nurse Practice Development Initiative. In this role, she facilitates student learning,  identifies learning opportunities within the paediatric clinical setting and facilitates a weekly student journal club for students registered for the Postgraduate Diploma in Child Nursing.

Previously, Lee-Ann worked as the Area Manager of the Medical Emergency Unit and Outpatient Department at Red Cross Children’s Hospital and as a ward sister in general medical and specialised surgical wards at this hospital, over a period of ten years. She also worked for a year in Adult Nursing at Victoria Hospital, Cape Town.

Lee-Ann is a registered nurse with a Bachelor of Science (Nursing) Honours degree from the University of Cape Town. She further specialised with a Post Basic Diploma in Child Nursing Science from Nico Malan Nursing College, Cape Town.

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Natasha North: 
Research Programme Director See more.

​​Natasha North works as Research Programme Director within the Child Nurse Practice Development Initiative. Natasha is responsible for making sure that the Initiative's research and advocacy work remains aligned with external policy contexts and stakeholder needs and interests. She is involved in supervising the Initiative’s Master’s and PhD students and in facilitating non-clinical course material for our students. 

Natasha is a UK registered nurse, initially qualifying in 1988 at the Royal London Hospital, UK, and later working in school health and health promotion. Natasha gained a BA(Hons) in Social Policy from Goldsmiths College, University of London in 1997 and subsequently worked for a number of years in policy and research institutes, including the King's Fund, as well as developing national health policies and programmes for the UK Department of Health. Natasha's current research focus is the development of a comprehensive analysis of the paediatric nursing workforce in sub-Saharan Africa. 

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Shandre Swain: 
Programme Administrator See more.

​​Shandre Swain works as a Programme Administrator within the Child Nurse Practice Development Initiative. In this role, she provides administrative support across the Initiative, including to both the Critical Care Child and Child Nursing programmes. 

Previously, Shandre worked as a Recruitment Administrator in the UCT staff recruitment office. She is currently completing her BA in Communication Sciences at the University of South Africa.

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Stephanie Sieberhagen: 
Senior Researcher See more.

​​Stephanie Sieberhagen works as a Senior Researcher within the Child Nurse Practice Development Initiative. In this role, she is responsible for steering the Initiative’s research programme and keeping the team aligned with their academic roles in terms of writing up and publishing their findings. She is involved in supervising the Initiative’s Master’s and PhD students and in facilitating non-clinical course material for our students. 

Previously, Stephanie practised as a Psychologist at the Knysna Wellness Centre.

Stephanie is a registered Psychologist with a Master’s Degree from the Rand Afrikaans University. She specialised in Adult Psychology and is currently completing a PhD through the Psychiatry Department at UCT.  Her thesis is entitled, ‘Investigating causality and predictability in the relationship between female hormones and mood during the 28 day menstrual cycle’. She co-authored an article for the Lancet on the Paediatric Nurse Training collaboration between the CNPDI and Malawi (in press?) and her current research focus is intentionally working with child nurses to work with mothers in the care of their children.

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