Below is a list of publications, written or co-written, by members of the Initiative team (in chronological order):


  • CNPDI staff
  • UCT FHS staff
  • *UCT FHS graduate


Uguchukwu, U., *North, N., Sieberhagen, S., & Shung-King, M. 2019. Paediatric nurse training activity in South Africa: A short report. South African Journal Of Child Health

*North, N., Shung-King, M., Coetzee, M. 2019. The children’s nursing workforce in Kenya, Malawi, Uganda, South Africa and Zambia: generating an initial indication of the extent of the workforce and training activity. Human Resources for Health.

Research conducted in fulfilment of the requirements of MSc(Med) degree. Supervisors: Minette Coetzee (PI) and Maylene Shung-King (co-supervisor). This study produced the first systematically gathered data about the size of the specialist children’s nursing workforce and training activity in these five African countries. Developing an accurate depiction of the specialist children’s nursing workforce is a necessary step towards optimising children’s health service delivery. This work established productive collaborations with country stakeholders, identifying gaps in data capacity and realisable potential for process improvement.

North, N., Sieberhagen, S., Bonaconsa, C., Leonard, A., Coetzee, M. 2019. Making children’s nursing practices visible: using visual and participatory techniques to describe family involvement in the care of hospitalised children in southern African settings. International Journal of Qualitative Research Methods.

This work has achieved the development of an innovative and effective portfolio of visual and participatory research methods (including photo-elicitation, sociograms and graphic facilitation), successfully applied to observing and documenting children’s nursing practices in five southern African healthcare settings. The approach provides an effective way for researchers to engage with nurses to identify previously invisible aspects of practice, enabling nurses to move from describing activities to articulating underpinning rationales and philosophies. This work is informing the development of an Afrocentric approach to practice improvement.


*Chukwu U, Shung-King M, Sieberhagen S & North N. The situation of the children's nursing workforce and training in South Africa: a short report. South African Journal of Child Health. Forthcoming (accepted November 2018).

This paper provides an overview of current children’s nurse training activity in South Africa based on survey data, suggesting that there may be more children’s nurses available to the workforce than previously thought. Natasha North and Stephanie Sieberhagen co-supervised this Masters dissertation project and Natasha contributed additional secondary analysis of data for publication.

Leonard, A
, Bonaconsa, C, *Ssenyonga, L, Coetzee, M. 2017. Graphic facilitation as a novel approach to practice development. Nursing Children and Young People29(8), 42-45.

Coetzee M, McKerrow N, Chimwaza A, Molyneux E, North N, Sieberhagen S.2016. Building paediatric nurse training capacity for Africa, in Africa. The Lancet Global Health, 4(7):e449-e50.

When the Child Nurse Practice Development Initiative was established in 2008, South Africa was the only country in Africa training children’s nurses. This short account, published as correspondence in a special edition, describes the methods used to develop sustainable in-country training in four other African countries.

Congress proceedings (published abstract):
*Ssenyonga, L, Leonard, A, & Coetzee, M. 2016. “Articulating the paediatric neurosurgical nursing practice model of care at CURE Children’s Hospital of Uganda - challenging current thought with emerging evidence’. Child’s Nervous System. 32;10:2027. 44th Annual meeting of International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery congress (ISPN), Kobe, Japan, October 23-27, 2016

Tume, L. N., Coetzee, M., Dryden-Palmer, K., Hickey, P. A., Kinney, S., Latour, J. M., Pedreira, M. L., Sefton, G. R., Sorce, L. and Curley, M. A. 2015. Pediatric critical care nursing research priorities - Initiating international dialogue, Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, 16, e174-e182

Peer-reviewed chapter in a book:
Davis, C.
Chapter 8: EC Clinical Staffing for Paediatric Emergencies and Chapter 9: Training in Cheema, B. & Westwood, A. (Eds.). 2015. Standards for Paediatric Emergency Care: Expert Consensus Report for the Western Cape.

Coetzee, M., 2014, ‘Re-envisioning paediatric nurse training in a re-engineered health care system’. Curationis 37(2)1-8.

Davis, C, Hendry, I, Barlow, H, Leonard, A, White, L, Coetzee M. 2014. Journal club: Integrating research awareness into postgraduate nurse training. Curationis. 37(2), 1-9.

Leonard A, Verster A, Coetzee M. 2014. Developing family-friendly signage in a South African paediatric health care setting. Curationis.37 (2)

Okaisu, E. M., Kalikwani, F., Wanyana, G. & Coetzee, M. 2014. Improving the quality of nursing documentation: An action research project. Curationis, 37(2), 1-11.

*Ssenyonga, L., Bergman, N. & Coetzee, M. 2014. Does Decreasing Maternal Separation Of Under 6-Month Old Infants Before And After Surgery Improve Physiological Stability? A Randomised Control Trial. Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, 15, 54.

Book chapters:
Coetzee, M. 2010. The Multidisciplinary team: Nursing. In Westwood, T. S., H. and Kibel, M. (ed.). Child Health for All (5th edition) Cape Town: Oxford University Press.2010.

Hendry, I. 2010. Forensic care in sexual offences. In K. Joyner (Ed.), Aspects of Forensic Medicine: An Introduction for Healthcare Professionals (pp 23-44). Cape Town, South Africa: Juta.

Kotze, M., & Hendry I. 2010. Forensic care in child sexual abuse. In Joyner, K., (Ed.), Aspects of Forensic Medicine: An Introduction for Healthcare Professionals (pp 45-70). Cape Town, South Africa: Juta.

Kruger, J. & Coetzee, M. 2010. Children’s relationships with professionals. South African Child Gauge, 2011, 36-42.

Congress proceedings (published abstract):
Coetzee, M, Leonard, A
. Communicating family-friendly practice: starting by saying what we do. In: Michell WL. Critical Care Society of Southern Africa National Congress. Southern African Journal of Critical Care. 2010;26(2):59.

Davis, C., Barlow, H., Hendry, I. & Coetzee, M. Journal club: restoring the links between education and PICU clinical practice. Critical Care Society of Southern Africa National Congress. South African Journal of Critical Care, 2010. 26(2): 60 

Book chapter:
Coetzee, M. 2009. Towards child-and family-friendly health services. South African Child Gauge, 2010, 77-81.

Coetzee, M
., 2008, Spotlight on PICU: Red Cross War Memorial Children's Hospital, Cape Town, South Africa, Pediatric Intensive Care Nursing, 9(1), 22-24.

Congress proceedings (published abstract):
Rinquist, C., Staveski, S., Petersen, M., Moller, N., Knobel, J., Barlow, H., Lucas, J., Jonker, L., Bonaconsa, C., Tsakistos, A & Coetzee, M. 2008. An initiative aimed at Best Outcomes for Nursing Children with Excellence (BOuNCE). Cardiovascular Journal of Africa, 11, 31-32.

Pre- 2008 

Coetzee, M., Britton, M., Clow, S. E., 2005. Finding the voice of clinical experience: Participatory action research with registered nurses in developing a child critical care nursing curriculum. Intensive and Critical Care Nursing, 21(2), 110-118.

Coetzee, M., 2005. Are children really different from adults in critical care settings? Southern African Journal of Critical Care. 21(2), 70-76.

Doherty, T. M., Coetzee, M., 2005, Community health workers and professional nurses: Defining the roles and understanding the relationshipsPublic Health Nursing, 22(4), 360-365.

Coetzee, M., 2004. Learning to nurse children: Towards a model for nursing students. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 47(6), 639-648.

Coetzee, M., 2003. Providing care locally: nurses' roles in the provision of health care in South Africa. Emeroy International Law Review, 17, 799-817.

Coetzee, M., 2000. What is it that matters most in the practice of nursing children? Curationis, 23(3), 81-85.