MNCN students - Class of 2016

Meet the Professional Masters in Nursing (Child Nursing) Class of 2016 (in alphabetical order):

  • Cecilene Mentoor See more.

    ​​Cecilene M Mentoor was born in Kuilsriver, Cape Town, SA.  She is a registered children’s nurse with 9 years experience in paediatrics. She started her nursing career in the South African Defense Force in 1992 and graduated as a registered nurse in 2004 at SAMHS nursing college. After practicing as a RN she gained paediatric experience and obtained a Postgraduate Diploma in Child Nursing (2010) at UCT. She also completed a degree (B.Cur) specializing in Primary Health Care, Management and Community Nursing (2015) Cape Peninsula University of Technology.

    Cecilene’s experience in nursing spans more than 24 years and includes various disciplines and communities. She has worked locally in Bishop Lavis, Delft and Kraaifontein and internationally on deployment in the Central African Republic and Burundi. Her experience in managing recurrent diarrhea in children in various settings inspired her research interest in the knowledge of caregivers in treating the occurrence of diarrhoea in children under 5 years. Cecilene loves creating an effective structure that ensures a precise outcome through detailed organization in very specific ways related to the situation.

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  • Heide Kunzmann See more.

    Heide Kunzmann is a registered PICU clinician nurse with ten years experience in the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit at Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital caring for children with complex pathology. Time spent in Riviersonderend and George during her childhood give her a valuable perspective on a variety of communities in the region. She is a B Cur graduate (2005) and holds a Postgraduate diploma in Nursing Administration, (2007) from the University of Stellenbosch. She obtained a postgraduate diploma in Critical Care Nursing (Child) from UCT in 2008. During 2012 her role changed to PICU mentor with a focus on training and quality improvement and patient safety using the IHI model of improvement. 

    She is passionate about patient safety and ensuring that the patient and family have a good experience in a time of distress and utter dependence on the health care system. She is excited about the process of understanding how things work, and facilitating improvement and change management. 

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  • Ilana Webber See more.

    ​​Ilana Webber is an experienced registered paediatric intensive care nurse with 10 years experience in this context.  She was born in Cape Town, South Africa. She graduated from Stellenbosch University (B.Cur) in 2005 and completed her postgraduate diploma in Critical Care Nursing specializing in children at the University of Cape Town in 2008. Her critical care experience is in the busy general PICU at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital (2006–2015).

    Ilana has an instinctive ability to walk in another’s shoes; this talent enables her to create the safe spaces so important to working in the high stress environment of critically ill children. She is passionate about children and their wellbeing and therefore believes that all children should have access to appropriate healthcare. She is also interested in how systems work and how a values-driven service built on a sound ethical foundation can achieve better access and care. 

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  • Inger Hendry See more.

    Inger Hendry is a registered paediatric nurse with 20 years clinical paediatric nursing experience. Inger lives in Cape Town and is currently enrolled at the University of Cape Town (UCT) and completing a Master of Nursing degree in Child Nursing.She trained at Addington Hospital in Nursing (General, Community, Psychiatry) and Midwifery and then obtained a Bachelor of Nursing and a Postgraduate Diploma in Child Nursing at UCT. She later obtained a Post Graduate Diploma in Forensic Nursing from the University of the Free State.

    She previously worked as a senior professional nurse mostly in the Trauma unit at the Red Cross Children’s Hospital. She joined the Child Nurse Practice Development Initiative as a lecturer 8 years ago. She spent seven of these years working in a district hospital as a forensic nurse clinician. Inger is a passionate nurse clinician and teacher, who values being able to relate to people honestly. She enjoys solving problems and is not intimidated when things around her do not work. Inger strongly believes in creating an environment in which sick children and their families can obtain the best care possible.

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  • Mmusetsiandries MokwatsiSee more.

    ​​Mmusetsi A Mokwatsi is a Registered Paediatric Nurse with  7 years experience working in rural and central hospitals in South Africa. He was born in Deurward in the Northern Cape Province. He matriculated in 2001 at Senzile Combined School in Herzogville and went on to graduate from Henrietta Stockdale Nursing College in 2010 and to complete postgraduate studies in child Health Nursing at the University of the Free State School of Nursing in 2013. He worked for 5 years in Tshwaragano District Hospital in the Northern Cape until May 2015 when he moved to the paediatric service at the Kimberley Hospital Complex, the tertiary hospital.

    He is a passionate, hard-working paediatric nurse specialist who is committed to contributing towards decreasing U5MR in South Africa.  He is known for taking action in restoring things that are no longer working optimally and enjoys solving problems. He is guided by the principles and values of caring for the vulnerable and he loves working with children.

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  • Nonhlanhla Mtolo  See more.

    Nonhlanhla C Mtolo has 15 years experience as a registered paediatric nurse. She was born in the Eastern Cape, Matatiele and now lives in Gauteng. Nonhlanhla obtained a qualification as a clinical specialist nurse in child nursing science in 2001. She obtained her B Cur in education and administration from North West University in 2014.
Her commitment to clinical paediatric nursing and curiosity to gain knowledge brought her to UCT where she enrolled on the new Masters of Nursing in Child Nursing programme.
Nonhlanhla started working as a professional nurse in 1992. The bulk of her experience is in the vibrant and busy Tembisa Hospital, Gauteng, including the general paediatric wards and in the neonatal ICU.

    She is passionate about learning new things in order to improve service delivery. She enjoys being resourceful and derives pleasure when her efforts result in the alleviation of suffering of newborns, children and families.​​

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  • Tiyamike Nkhoma See more.

    ​​​Tiyamike Nkhoma is a Registered Children's Nurse with 10 years experience in the Malawian Health system. She was born in the north of Malawi and has been working at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre, Malawi since 2003. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from the University of Malawi, Kamuzu College of Nursing. She also has a Post Graduate Diploma in Child Nursing from UCT, which she obtained in 2010. 

    Tiyamike is passionate about working with children and has a desire to bring a rigorous, evidence based and logical approach to gaining knowledge. She is an organizer by nature ad is looking forward to contributing to commissioning Malawi's first PICU. 

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