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.
Beatrix has learnt a lot in the past two years and feels as though she will be able to take back a new set of tools and understanding to her previous post in the Maternity Unit at Windhoek Central Hospital in Namibia. For Beatrix, the MNCN course at UCT has both been a challenging and rewarding experience – believing that the thorough process of the modules in the course have given her a better understanding of her role as a Paediatric Advanced Practice Nurse.
Despite the challenge of being far away from her family in the past two years, Evelyne believes that she will be taking back all the valuable lessons that she has learnt over this time. When she returns to Kenya, Evelyne will head up the Neonatal Unit at Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital. However, she is still keen on being involved with clinical nurse education and helping shape the way in which nurses operate in this healthcare setting.
Thobeka believes that the MNCN course has broadened her career horizons as an Advanced Practice Nurse. Thobeka has always been passionate about neonates, but through her experiences of this course, she has a newfound interest in the field of paediatrics and plans on exploring this when returning to her setting of KwaZulu-Natal. As part of the programme she developed an evidence based practice protocol for the use of high-flow oxygen as a supportive intervention at local district hospital level.
Virginia believes that having effective competency in communication, research, leadership, and education is key to leading practice change as an Advanced Practice Nurse. Through the MNCN course, Virginia is certain that she is well-equipped to take on any new role and to develop strategies to teach and train others. She also plans on using research and evidence to help improve the policy and clinical practice on the ground in her healthcare setting.