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We regret to announce the passing away of Prof N. Sophie Mahoko, the former Dean of School of Health Sciences.

She passed away on Wednesday, the 24th of September 2014 at her home, in Mmabatho, Mafikeng, North West Province, following a heart surgery.

Prof Mahoko was instrumental in establishing the School of Health Sciences. Throughout her career, Prof Mahoko was a visionary as well as being a positive force amongst those whom she worked with.

She took great pride in building solid relationships with all segments of diverse departments within the School and student body in the School of Health Sciences. She enjoyed sharing ideas and assisting those who appreciated her help.

We extend our deepest condolences to her dear children, family and friends. Our thoughts and prayers shall always be with the family in this difficult time.

The funeral service of the late Prof Mahoko will be held on Saturday, the 04th of October 2014 at her home in Mmabatho, North West Province.



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SA Women in Science Awards 2014

Humanities & Social Sciences: Winner Professor Marie Poggenpoel

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Student EventIt was a great honour being part of the FUNDISA Student Forum. I was opportuned to be part of a empowering and motivating 2 days (though I wish it had been for longer) which left me wanting more to better equip me to take on the world and change the face of nursing. From the conference one of the many statements which really struck me was when Professor Klopper asked us what can be done to 90 million nurses united together? Which got me thinking of what a great opportunity it is for us as university students to have such forums to empower and enhance our leadership but on the other hand how much greater would it be if the same was done for students in colleges.
Over the years there has been a huge division between diploma and degree students/professional nurses, as a future professional nurse and leader in nursing, it's my vision to one day see university and college students working together as a united front, empowered and working towards changing the face of nursing.
This is our profession, our lives, our calling - it is up to us as future leaders to work hand in hand with one another from all spheres and walks of life and restore the respect, the value and the pride in nursing.
Why not me now, well I say why not US now?
Let's start a movement of unity amongst all upcoming nurse leaders in South Africa as a whole.
"Together united for change"
Pascaline Mosito
BN IV Wits


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FUNDISA would like to congratulate Dr Kgaogelo Elizabeth Mokoka on her induction as an ANSA fellow at the ANEC Gala Dinner on the 26th of June 2014 at Emperors Palace.

Ingrid Oliphant
19 November 1954- 25 May 2014

Ingrid OliphantIngrid Olifant was born and raised in Riversdal, a rural town in the Western Cape. She completed her General Nursing Diploma at the Sarley Dolley nursing college, based at Tygerberg Academic hospital in 1976, and continued her studies to be qualified as a midwife. She was also an alumnus of the University of the Western Cape where she obtained her qualification as an advanced midwife.

Ingrid practiced as a midwife both in the rural and urban areas of the Western Cape in the government and private healthcare system. She had a great love for the community of Macassar where she spent many years practicing as a community based Midwife at the Midwives Obstetrics Unit.
Besides being an excellent midwife, Ingrid always had the need to develop the skills of young midwives. She was employed by the University of the Western Cape and later at the University of Stellenbosch as a clinical lecturer for both undergraduate and advanced midwifes.

Being passionate about her profession, Ingrid served on the executive of the South African Midwives Society (SOMSA), Western Cape branch for many years. It is with this professional body where she could live out her dream to raise the status and promote the interests of the midwife, and promote research in midwifery.

With diverse interest in sport and community building activities, Ingrid was a family centred person who always had her family’s best interest at heart. She leaves behind her husband and three children.

Douglas Newman-Valentine




The staff members held a writing retreat for Special edition publication on the 13th -15th of March 2014 at Polokwane.      Mrs M.K Thopola is back from Sweden where she was on a teacher exchange programme. Four students from Sweden have completed the three-months exchange period on the 11th of April 2014

Two staff members graduating PhDs this year, Suzette du Rand and Sihaam Jardien-Baboo. Have a  total of 10 PhDs in the department (contract and full time staff). Dr Willemse has accepted a post as Deputy Principal at the Henrietta Stockdale Nursing College in Kimberley as from the 01 April 2014

A special Community Outreach Project of 3rd year students of the School of Nursing UWC, was held on the 24th of April at the LR Schmidt (MOR) Primary School Genadendal in aid of the education of young girls and their initiation to the world of Menstruation.

University of Venda

University of Venda, School of Health Sciences is hosting the 2ND INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE from 01-03 July 2014 at the University of Venda, Limpopo province, South Africa. Please note that abstract submission has closed. The conference will provide researchers a perfect environment for learning and meeting their national and international colleagues. This conference is planned with an open focus, arranged in parallel sessions on a wide variety of topics. In addition to presentations, a tour will be undertaken to the Kruger National Parks on the fourth day.



In association with the World Federation of Vascular Societies Congress
3 – 4 October 2014  | Stellenbosch Lodge, Western Cape, South Africa

VASSA Advancing Access to Knowledge:
Introducing the First Allied Healthcare Professionals Programme (Nurses)

The World Federation of Vascular Societies will showcase the best in vascular surgery in the international community hosted by VASSA (Stellenbosch from the 2nd - 5th October 2014).

This initiative has provided an excellent opportunity to showcase developments in vascular surgery internationally. Historically this meeting has not included a programme specifically for allied healthcare professionals (AHCP) such as nurses.

VASSA has identified this as an opportunity to establish a programme dedicated to AHCP, meeting specific needs relevant to vascular patients. The presentations will encompass management of vascular patient’s throughout the continuum of care (pre, intra and post-operative). Topics include (but are not limited to): early identification of vascular pathology; basic sciences; diabetes; wound care; venous thromboembolism; interpreting lab results - clinical implications and rehabilitation.

We anticipate attendance from many other countries and aim to create a programme that is pertinent, transcending and bridging the divide that exists in the provision of healthcare.

Our objective is to ensure that irrespective of where in the world the delegates are from, they will acquire knowledge that is practical and implementable. Ultimately improving the way patients are managed and resulting in improved outcomes.

In order to ensure we put together the best possible programme we are collaborating with global vascular nursing societies. The interest shown thus far has been phenomenal.

We look forward to setting a precedent and hosting an exceptional event, with major input and attendance from South African health care professionals.

Jessica Kolberg, Chairperson, Nurses Symposium

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A jacaranda tree in Memory of Prof Leana Uys

Dear Hester,
Greetings from Malawi, Dr Adress Malata and I just want to send a memento of our celebration in memory of Leana.

A jacaranda tree in Memory of Prof Leana Uys

As we spoke together of her local and regional and international impact, we were aware of the amazing impact she had had on us as individuals and as nurse leaders... And almost simultaneously without either of us even having met! It made me very aware of all the nurse leaders who were in our position and who, in these last days were remembering the key impacts that she had on our career and choices and direction!

We were working on the Clinical Masters in Child Health Nursing, at Kamuzu College on the new campus just outside Blantyre.
It was indeed a great honour to plan and plant a jacaranda sapling in honour of Leana. We planted it in faith that her work and inspiration and commitment already planted in the nurses and nurse leaders of Malawi. We trust that the little tree will take deep root and provide inspiration and shade far into the future as African Nursing Scholarship continues to grow.

Best regards
Prof Minette Coetzee



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The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International
Announces the Global Advisory Panel on the Future of Nursing

International nurse leaders convene in Basel, Switzerland, to advance global health

INDIANAPOLIS — The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) announces the creation of the Global Advisory Panel on the Future of Nursing (GAPFON). The inaugural meeting of GAPFON — a panel of international nurse leaders — convened to establish a global voice and vision for the future of nursing that will advance global health. The panel is chaired by Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing Dean Emerita and Professor Dr. Martha N. Hill.

“GAPFON will be a catalyst to stimulate partnerships and collaborations to advance global health outcomes. I am excited and honored to chair this initiative and look forward to working with nurses, other health professionals, and key stakeholders who are committed to improving global health domestically and internationally,” said Dr. Hill.

The initial GAPFON meeting — an intense three-day high-level gathering that facilitated discussion to identify and discuss strategies to positively influence global health —  took place in Basel, Switzerland, 27-29 March 2014. Key issues identified include the need for reform, advocacy, and innovations in leadership, policy, practice, education, and work environments.

“It is imperative that global nurse leaders work together to develop a unified voice and vision for the future of nursing worldwide,” said STTI President Dr. Hester C. Klopper. “The Global Advisory Panel on the Future of Nursing will be a vehicle for thought leaders to share information, develop and influence policy, and advance this profession to influence global health.”

GAPFON will hold a series of regional meetings of leaders from key stakeholder groups, including representatives from multiple sectors around the globe, to obtain knowledge and social, economic, cultural, and political insight related to issues determined at this inaugural meeting. Data from these meetings will provide the basis for an action plan including policy implications.

Panel member Dr. John Daly said, “The advisory panel and its agenda provide an unprecedented opportunity for global nursing leadership to make major strides in contributing to advances in global health.”

During the past decade, STTI, which holds special consultative status with the United Nations’ ECOSOC (Economic and Social Council), has assumed an increasingly global role in advancing world health and promoting the nursing profession. The creation of GAPFON represents a major advance in establishing strategic directions for improving global health. Having taken the initiative to host the inaugural meeting and future regional meetings, STTI is laying the foundation for GAPFON to continue in the future as a sustainable advisory entity. 

Advisor to Her Royal Highness Princess Muna El Hussein — the World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) Patron for Nursing Midwifery — and Senator, the Kingdom of Jordan, Dr. Rowaida Al-Ma’aitah states, “I believe the time is right for a sharper vision and collective voice for nurses and midwives all over the world to influence the global health agenda. GAPFON is a powerful vehicle for paving the future of nurses’ influence in achieving global health outcomes.”

Establishment of the GAPFON meets STTI’s mission to advance world health, and the theme of STTI President Dr. Hester Klopper’s call to action, “Lead Globally, Transform Regionally, Serve Locally.”

The Global Advisory Panel on the Future of Nursing (GAPFON) includes:
Martha Hill, PhD, RN, FAAN
Dean Emerita and Professor, Nursing, Medicine, and Public Health
Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, Maryland, USA    

Rowaida Al-Ma’Aitah, PhD
Senator, Jordan Nursing Council and the Upper Parliament of Jordan
Amman, Jordan          

Cathy Catrambone, PhD, RN, FAAN
President-Elect, STTI
Associate Professor, Rush University College of Nursing
Chicago, Illinois, USA           

Eric Lu Shek Chan, DMgt, RN, FACN
Principal Nursing Officer
Hospital Authority
Kowloon, Hong Kong           

John Daly, PhD, RN, FACN, FAAN
Dean and Professor, Faculty of Health
University of Technology Sydney
Lindfield, New South Wales, Australia
Hester Klopper, PhD, MBA, RN, RM, FANSA
President, STTI
Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Forum of University Nursing Deans of South Africa
Extraordinary Professor: University of the Western Cape and North-West University
South Africa  

Leslie Mancuso, PhD, RN, FAAN
President and CEO
Baltimore, Maryland, USA

Isabel Mendes, PhD, RN
Full Professor
University of Sao Paulo at Ribeirao Preto College of Nursing
Ribeirao Preto, Brazil

Mary E. Norton, EdD, APN-C
Associate Dean and Professor, Global Academic Initiatives
Felician College, The Franciscan College of New Jersey
Lodi, New Jersey, USA

Anne Marie Rafferty, CBE, FRCN, FAAN
Professor of Nursing Policy
King’s College
London, United Kingdom     
Judith Shamian, PhD, RN, LLD, DSc (Hon), LLD (Hon)
International Council of Nurses
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Wichit Srisuphan, DrPH, RN
Emerita Professor
Thailand Nursing and Midwifery Council
Roger Watson, PhD, RN, FAAN
Professor of Nursing, Faculty of Health and Social Care
University of Hull
Hull, United Kingdom
Lynda Wilson, PhD, RN, FAAN
Assistant Dean and Professor, International Affairs
Deputy Director, PAHO/WHO Collaborating Center on International Nursing
University of Alabama Birmingham School of Nursing
Birmingham, Alabama, USA

Patricia E. Thompson, EdD, RN, FAAN
Chief Executive Officer
The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

Cynthia Vlasich, MBA, BSN, RN
Director, Education and Leadership
The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

K. Joanne McGlown, PhD, RN, MHHA, FACHE
Director, Global Business Development
The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

Stephanie L. Ferguson, PhD, RN, FAAN, Facilitator
International Health Care Consultant
Amherst, Virginia, USA


About the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI)
The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to support the learning, knowledge and professional development of nurses committed to making a difference in health worldwide. Founded in 1922, STTI has more than 135,000 members in more than 85 countries. Members include practicing nurses, educators, researchers, policymakers, entrepreneurs, and others. STTI’s 492 chapters are located at 672 institutions of higher education throughout Australia, Botswana, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, England, Ghana, Hong Kong, Japan, Kenya, Malawi, Mexico, the Netherlands, Pakistan, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Swaziland, Sweden, Taiwan, Tanzania, the United States, and Wales. More information about STTI can be found online at

STTI’s International Leadership Institute offers leadership programs, mentoring opportunities, and career development resources designed to enhance STTI members’ leadership skills, individual abilities, and talents. The STTI International Leadership Institute administers academies and mentoring programs in maternal child health, board leadership, geriatric nursing leadership, leadership development, and nurse faculty leadership.


FUNDISA in a Non- Profit Organisation established to be a unified platform to pursue excellence in nursing scholarship at Universities in South Africa. The aim of FUNDISA is to promote University nursing practice, research and education in collaboration with other stakeholders.
In so doing, FUNDISA aims to strengthen University education for nurses in South Africa and to represent the collective concerns of University Schools of nursing at national and international level, in order to further the provision of quality health care.
The following vacancies currently exist:

1 Project Manager

Tasks and Responsibilities

•             Implementation and management of current and future FUNDISA projects
•             Provide technical support to project staff as required, e.g. the development of work plans,
               M & E plans, budgets, etc.
•             Identify possible donors, write concept notes and proposals
•             Monitoring project progress in line with donor requirements, policy, etc.
•             Planning annual budgets for FUNDISA and for the respective projects
•             Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) reports of each project
•             Conduct needs assessments and environmental scans for projects as required
•             Manage donor communication, including narrative and financial report writing

Qualifications, experience and skills required

  • Master’s  degree, preferably  health- or education – related
  • Minimum 3 years’ experience in donor funded project management
  •  Strong proposal,  report and proposal writing skills
  •  Experience in M  & E of projects and programmes
  • Strong communication and networking skills
  • Good understanding of the grant – making process

 Ideally, the successful candidate will be able to relate well to the academic environment and have a good understanding of the nature of higher educational institutions and how to work with prospective and current donors.
Location: Pretoria, although the post entails travelling, depending on specific project and donor requirements.

2. Administrative assistant

Tasks and Responsibilities

  • Support the Programme and Project Manager with all projects – related tasks
  •  Maintain an up-to-date schedule and electronic filing system and database of mailing lists, vendors and other service providers.
  • Support administrative and financial duties related to all aspects of project implementation
  • Arrange all necessary logistics for the activities of both projects, such as workshops, trainings e.g. book accommodation for participants, photocopy of materials, arrange transport, supply stationery
  • Maintain effective communication systems and ensure information flow between projects and relevant parties
  • Manage and regularly check project assets to ensure their right purpose of use
  • Provide support  project  activities as requested by the Programme and/or Project Manager
  • Deal with the procurement of office consumables and other requirements related to programme activities.
  • Organise projects’ - related travel and assist with arrangements for meetings, conferences, symposia, workshops (including travel bookings and transfers, accommodation, venues) and preparation of cost in line with the budget.
  • Assist with office reception duties.
  • Any other duties as reasonable requested by supervisors and in line with organizational priorities

Qualifications, experience and skills required

  • Degree or National Diploma in business and/or office administration or equivalent.
  • Demonstrated work experience in project and/ or administrative support, including skills in financial administration and budgets.
  • Advanced Computer skills (Microsoft Office suite).
  • High-level oral and written communication, representation and liaison skills.
  • Experience working in donor funded programmes will be a distinct advantage.
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work effectively as a team member and with minimal supervision

Ideally, the successful candidate will be able to relate well to the academic environment and have a good understanding of the nature of higher educational institutions and how to work with prospective and current donors.
Location: Pretoria

 3. Finance Assistant

Tasks and Responsibilities

  • Work closely with the Finance Officer  to ensure smooth operation of all finance matters
  • Inventory controls (asset Register)
  • Processing of travel and general procurement related Invoices
  • Preparation of travel claims, advances etc;
  • Conduct general administrative function as requested in support of the maintenance of an updated and easily accessible filing system;
  •  Sending of payment confirmations to vendors;
  •  Assist with the preparation of all support documentation for the Monthly Expense report;
  • Request quotations from vendors;
  • Matching invoices to statements
  • Ensure monthly recurrent expenditure is processed for payment in a timely manner;
  •  Management of stationeries and pantry items;
  •  Responsible for up keeping and maintenance of office equipment such as printers, notebooks, telephones
  •  Maintain an accurate and up to date inventory of all property and update inventory lists as necessary

Qualifications, experience and skills required

  • Diploma/Certificate  Finance, Accounting, Business Administration or other related field
  • Minimum two years’   experience in working with donor funds and budgets
  • Experience in Microsoft Office Suite
  • Excellent communication skills (oral and written)
  •  Ability to communicate effectively both in person and via telephone and/or non-visual internet connection

Ideally, the successful candidate will be able to relate well to the academic environment and have a good understanding of the nature of higher educational institutions and how to work with prospective and current donors.
Location: Pretoria

                         FUNDISA reserves the right not to fill any of the Vacancies. Please note the deadline is the 14th February 2014



MrsTshavhuyo Joyce Sukuman

We regret to announce the passing away of Mrs Tshavhuyo Joyce Sukumani who was attached to the School of Health Sciences in the Department of Advanced Nursing Science.

The late Mrs Tshavhuyo Joyce Sukumani passed away on Monday, 06 January 2014. The funeral service will be held on Sunday, 12 January, 2014 starting at 06:00 at Faith Mission Church (Haramukhuba), and thereafter to Tshino Cemetery.

Transport will leave at 05:30 from the Administration Building. On behalf of the Vice-Chancellor and Principal and the entire University Community, we extend our deepest sympathy to Mrs Sukumani’s family, relatives and friends.

The late Mrs Sukumani will be sadly missed by all University staff members and students who had a pleasure of knowing her.

Please note that the Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, 09 January 2014 in the Senate Chambers at 10:00. Prayer service will be held on Wednesday, 08 January 2014 13:00 at Vuwani Location. Transport will leave at 12:00 in front of the Administration Building.


T G Cibi
Functions & Visitors Officer
Communications & Marketing


Passing of Professor Joyce Mary Mellish

Described as a ‘Nurse of Substance’ (Nursing Update, February 2004), Professor Joyce Mary Mellish passed away peacefully on 26 November 2013 at the age of 95 in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal. On 30 August 2013 she celebrated her 95th birthday with friends and family. Her niece, Ann Queripel also a nurse, enthralled all present with highlights of her aunt’s many distinguished accomplishments.

Born in Cape Town on 30 August 1918, her short-lived first career started off in the commercial world as a shorthand typist. This skill would stand her in good stead as a nurse author in later years. During World War II she first became a member of the Voluntary Aid Detachment (VAD) of the Red Cross Society and worked at Groote Schuur Hospital. This experience was so rewarding that, even before the war had ended, Mellish formally started her second career as a nurse at the Victoria Hospital.

During her training Mellish endured a 60-hour workweek with one day off. She attended lectures in her off-duty time and not even night duty was a good enough reason for her not to attend midday lectures. She observed with wonder the miraculous recovery of patients from infected war-inflicted wounds through the use of new medications like penicillin. This enthusiasm about research was to remain with her throughout her nursing career. At the age of 26 she completed her nursing studies with honours.

At the age of 29, Mellish completed her midwifery training with honours at the Frere Hospital in East London. Thereafter she moved back to the Cape and worked at the Groote Schuur Hospital which launched her into a teaching career in nursing where she made her mark in South Africa.
Mellish proceeded to complete a Diploma in Nursing Education at the University of the Witwatersrand. After completing the diploma, she taught the full curriculum to student nurses at the Frere Hospital College and subsequently at the Carinus Nursing College in Cape Town.

Her interest in, and development of, speech and drama skills were most suitable for her career in nursing education. This interest took Mellish beyond the borders of this country. She contributed to international debate at conferences and undertook study tours. Mellish actively participated in ensuring that standards of nursing practice within the borders of South Africa were upheld. She was also a full time examiner for the South African Nursing Council (SANC) until the age of 52.

Not daunted by the inconvenience of travel across the length and breadth of the country, she simultaneously pursued part-time studies for a BA degree through UNISA majoring in Sociology and Psychology which she obtained at the age of 49.

Her academic career was fast-tracked from here, obtaining her first M Cur degree (Advanced Nursing Education) from the University of Pretoria at the age of 53, being one of the early Masters graduates of the doyen of South African nursing, Professor Charlotte Searle. Now well prepared for academia, Mellish took a post at the University of the Western Cape while studying for her second M Cur degree (Advanced Nursing Administration) at the University of Pretoria and graduating at the age of 56.

In 1975, at the age of 57, Mellish was appointed as the first Professor and Head of Nursing at the University of Port Elizabeth. The following year she became the first nurse in South Africa to obtain a D Cur degree.

At the age of 64 Professor Mellish retired to Cape Town. At her retirement she was awarded Honorary Life Membership of the South African Nursing Association.

Mellish’s love for writing continued well into retirement and at the time of her death she had published 11 nursing texts, three of which have been translated into Afrikaans.

Professor Mellish retained a deep interest in nursing until the end. Her former students have many memories of stimulating and informal tutorials at which there was a real ‘meeting of the minds’. In a tribute to Joyce Mary Mellish published in SA Nurses of Distinction (South African Nursing Association, 1989), Sandra Johnston, one such former student, writes: “Professor Mellish has the enviable reputation of being one of the most revered grande dames of the nursing profession in South African. Not only as an accomplished professional woman but also as the epitome of a lady. She continues in her golden years to be a role model for all who wish to rise to the top in nursing.”

At her 85th birthday, Mellish’s advice to nurses and those entering into the profession was to remember that ‘nursing is about caring’.
In January 2011 she relocated to Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal.

Tribute by Dr Una Kyriacos, Division of Nursing & Midwifery, University of Cape Town, former student of Professor Mellish, first published in 2004.




Call for Abstracts! 25th International Nursing Research Congress


FUNDISA members attended the 2nd DENOSA conference in Durban hosted by the ICC.
From left to right Prof Mavis Mulaudzi – FUNDISA chair, Dr Nokuthula Sibiya – FUNDISA Practice Portfolio Chair, Prof Hester Klopper – FUNDISA CEO and Prof Zethu Nkosi from UNISA.

UCT Vacancy


4 June 2013

Dear Colleagues,

It is with great sadness that I have to inform you of the passing away of Dr Renette Myburgh. Renette was diagnosed with Motor Neuron disease at the beginning of 2012. Her condition deteriorated gradually and she was bedridden for the past year. She lost her speech initially and gradually developed muscle weakness, then muscle atrophy commenced and eventually she developed difficulty to swallow and breathe.

Dr Myburgh was one of three Sub-project leaders at the School of Nursing's UNEDSA project. She was the Programme Director of the Undergraduate Programme and Undergraduate Midwifery Coordinator.

Our heartfelt sympathies goes out to Renette's family, friends, colleagues and acquaintances.

Kind regards
Prof Magda Mulder
Head: School of Nursing


Death of Professor Robertson
It is with great sadness that Prof Judith Bruce informed us of the death of Emeritus Professor Barbara Robertson, former Head of Nursing at Wits. She died on the 24 July in the Constantia Berg Clinic in Cape Town after a short illness.

This is what one of her students wrote on hearing of her death:

Attendees on FUNDISA stairs.
Attendees on FUNDISA stairs.

It is with extreme sadness that I receive this news on the sudden passing of Professor Robertson. Her contribution to Nursing and Health Care in South Africa was immeasurable for she worked with passion, zeal and was an influential force on any issue or course because she believed in it on every level, particularly as a nurse, humanitarian, teacher and ethicist. 

I had the pleasure thrice of visiting Professor Robertson and Dr Harold Robertson in Cape Town in the retirement village when I visited South Africa, and know that she had been extensively involved in HIV/AIDS care on a voluntary basis particularly in the Cape flats.  She kept up her fitness and strength over the years by playing tennis early on in her retirement, and took long walks on the side of the mountain where the retirement village was nestled.  More recently, I spoke with Prof on the Mon 5 Dec 2011 on my way to my PhD graduation at Wits, and we reminisced about Wits and its contribution to South Africa.  Prof had just returned that day from putting Dr Harold into bed in the frail care unit at the retirement village.  She admitted that she was tired and ready needed to slow down!

Emeritus Professor Barbara Robertson, you are saluted for your dedication to Nursing as a profession and for the many, many people who benefited from your kindness, spirituality, compassion and commitment to moving people from suffering to healing in healthcare and/or dignified death.  As my research thesis supervisor for MSc (Nursing), you taught me more than just research and health care, you shaped my professional character and gave me pearls that I cherished forever. You will forever be remembered for the amazing and fine human being that you were in this life.  May your soul rest eternally in peace.

I extend sincere condolences to the Wits staff and nurses worldwide who feel the sadness and mourn her loss, including Dr Eugenie Hildebrandt from the USA who completed her PhD in Nursing at Wits under the supervisor of Professor Robertson. 

First central workshop for Lead Researchers
On the 12 and 13th July a group of 16 Lead Researchers from 13 University Nursing Schools, as well as three HOS gathered our offices in Pretoria. The workshop focused on strengthening the Lead Researchers and starting them off on their journey towards leading a research programme in their School. Matters such as NRF rating, building a research network, planning your topic research for the next five years, choosing and using a mentor and accessing funding for your research, was dealt with. A range of facilitators and panel members from inside and outside nursing assisted and the workshop seemed to have filled the needs that existed. 
The mentors are now being invited to team up with our Lead Researchers, who will now gather their research teams and start working on their first proposal.

July Presentations Business Meeting

Research Workshop
RO Securing Funding

Presentations at May Business Meeting

Public Nursing Colleges
How to write an article for publication


NMMU launches new facilities

The Department of Nursing at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University introduced visitors to their inspiring new simulation laboratories and teaching venues on Wednesday the 2 nd May. The have created a “virtual hospital” with a PHC clinic, a midwifery unit, a mental health care counselling facility, a high care unit (which includes an operating room). In each unit a number of stations make it possible for students to practice skills on high and low complexity models. Even their classrooms are uniquely equipped with “smart boards” where presentations can be done without a data projector or a laptop, and where illustrations can be saved and sent to students via the internet. Some of the educators really experienced the future of nursing education in this setting, and the pride of students and faculty was palpable. Congratulations!

FUNDISA hosts a USA volunteer

Dr Karin Babich, retired from the National Institutes of Mental Health in Washington, spend February and March with FUNDISA, funded by UNEDSA, to assist in the development of a structured support programme for academic departments to develop a research programme. During her visit she interacted with the Research Portfolio Committee, and also visited the Universities of Western Cape and Free State. But most of her days were spent working away in her little corner office, so that by the end of the two months, we had a Handbook, which is currently being printed. We than her very much for the magnificent job she did for us and for nursing research in South Africa.

The great news is that the National Research Foundation has provided funding for the first year of the implementation of this support programme for 15 lead researchers. The call has gone out and currently 11 lead researchers from 9 universities have registered. With only four places remaining, universities that have not responded yet, will need to be fast!

Picture: Dr Karen Babich (third on the left) with the Research Portfolio Committee and Prof Mulaudzi.

KZN Nursing College feasibility study commences

FUNDISA has won the tender to do a feasibility study for upgrading the KZN Nursing College so that their educational programmes can be registered by the Higher Education Quality Committee, which is a legal requirement. The data collection part of the study has started, with help from UKZN (Prof BusiBhengu and a senior librarian Ms Margaret Bass), DUT (Dr Aisha Razak), UNIZULU (Ms AminaNgozi), Allan Paton Architects (Mr SphiweGumede) and NEA (Ms Nelouise Geyer). Once the data has been collected, we will workshop the results and proposals with the Education Portfolio Committee before we share this with the KZN College. The study should be completed by the end of July.

CEO on WHO Core Group on the Up-scaling of transformative medical and nursing education

Dr Leana Uys visited Washington in March to attend a three-day workshop of the core group of nurses and doctors who are working with WHO on a project (in partnership with PEPFAR) to plan a policy document about the up-scaling of nursing and medical professionals. The concept “transformative” was added to the brief in order to focus on the need to ensure that we do not just train more, but that we train better health professionals, who are more relevant and competent to address population health needs. South African nurse academics was well represented: In preparation for the meeting three policy briefs were developed, and all three teams were led by or involved South African nurse academics. Professor Uys and Dr Leonie Coetzee developed a policy brief on accreditation of health professionals, Dr Lyn Middleton and her team developed a policy brief on the evidence to support high fidelity simulators in training, and Dr Pat Mc Inerny of WITS participated in a policy brief about the continuing professional development of educators. The policy briefs and the transformative up-scaling policy is expected to be published by the WHO later this year. We will keep you posted!


The Mental Health Summit was opened by the Minister of Health, who motivated why he thought this summit was important, quoting a study which indicate that only 1 out of 8 people with severe mental illness in South Africa receive treatment. Most impressive during the opening ceremony was a session of music therapy by the staff and seriously disabled residents from Little Eden Home in Guateng. The obvious dedication of the staff and the affirming interaction between them and the residents, were inspiring.

The first day was spent on messages of support, and then contributions from different sectors, such as The Judicial system and Higher Education. It was interesting to hear the Ministry of Correctional Services describe a study they did to establish to what extent mental patients in their system received appropriate treatment. Lastly, introductory plenary presentations were done to set the scene for the discussions. Most important was the recent epidemiological studies done that illustrated the very high incidence of mental health problems in South Africa, and the presentation on substance abuse which underlined the importance of this issue in our communities. A lack of intervention studies was also reported.

The second day was spent on 10 commissions, each of which was introduced by two speakers. The commissions had to contribute to the strengthening of the new National Mental Health Policy Framework for South Africa (Draft 1, April 2010), which formed the basis of the discussions in the commissions:

  • Mental health promotion and prevention of mental disorders;
  • Mental Health Research and Innovation including systems and surveillance (A nurse, Ms Jennifer Chipps, was the lead speaker in this session);
  • Strengthening mental health systems (including re-engineering PHC system);
  • Mental health physical infrastructure requirements and human resource issues;
  • Mental health and other health conditions;
  • Mental Health Care Act No 17 of 2002;
  • Child and adolescent mental health;
  • Culture, faith-based practices and indigenous mental health practices;
  • Suicide prevention;
  • Advocacy, social mobilization, user and community participation.

A large number of nurses took part in the discussions, which took about three hours, and resulted in additions to the Policy, and also a “Declaration on Mental Health”. One sometimes get the impression that the DOH already knows what they want in these declarations that emanate from summits. Nevertheless, from each commission one proposal was added to the declaration to capture the major intentions of the group in order to improve mental health in the country.

Fakulteit Gesondheidswetenskappe

Skool vir Verpleegkunde

Senior Lektor / Lektor (3 poste) – Verw.: H1202-010

Pligte en verantwoordelikhede:

  • Ontwerp, koördineer en implementeer kreatiewe en innoverende onderrig- en leerprogramme.
  • Lewering, handhawing en fasilitering van navorsingsuitsette.
  • Toepassing, monitering en instandhouding van kwaliteitstandaarde ten opsigte van onderrig, leer, navorsing, akademiese burgerskap en gemeenskapsbetrokkenheid.
  • Onderrig en supervisie van voor- en nagraadse studente.
  • Betrokkenheid in professionele en akademiese burgerskap.
  • Lewer ʼn bydrae ten opsigte van gemeenskapsbetrokkenheid en uitreikprogramme.

Inherente vereistes:

  • Lektor :
    • Toepaslike Magistergraad in Verpleegkunde.
    • Registrasie by SARV as professionele verpleegkundige (Algemeen, Psigiatrie, Gemeenskapsgesondheidsorg), Vroedvrou/Vroedmeester en Verpleegonderwys.
    • Verpleegervaring of registrasie by SARV in een of meer van die volgende dissiplines: Gesondheidsorgbestuur, Primêre Gesondheidsorg Verpleegkunde, Kritieke Sorg Verpleegkunde, Beroepsgesondheid Verpleegkunde, Forensiese Verpleegkunde, Gevorderde Verloskunde en Neonatologie.
    • Goeie akademiese rekord en voltooiing van kwalifikasie in minimum periode.
    • Goeie interpersoonlike- en kommunikasievaardighede en die vermoë om gemaklik in die parallel medium en multikulturele werksomgewing van die Universiteit te funksioneer.
    • Prestasie in akademiese meesterskap in al drie areas : onderrig, ontdekking en betrokkenheid.
    • Rekenaarvaardigheid in MS Word en die Internet.
    • Geldige rybewys.

Senior Lektor :

    • Toepaslike PhD-graad.
    • Registrasie by SARV as professionele verpleegkundige (Algemeen, Psigiatrie, Gemeenskapsgesondheidsorg), Vroedvrou/Vroedmeester en Verpleegonderwys.
    • Verpleeg ervaring of registrasie by SARV in een of meer van die volgende dissiplines: Gesondheidsorgbestuur, Primêre Gesondheidsorg Verpleegkunde, Kritieke Sorg Verpleegkunde, Beroepsgesondheid Verpleegkunde, Forensiese Verpleegkunde, Gevorderde Verloskunde en Neonatologie.
    • Goeie akademiese rekord en voltooiing van kwalifikasie in minimum periode.
    • Goeie interpersoonlike- en kommunikasievaardighede en die vermoë om gemaklik in die parallel medium en multikulturele werksomgewing van die Universiteit te funksioneer.
    • Prestasie in akademiese meesterskap in al drie areas : onderrig, ontdekking en betrokkenheid.
    • Rekenaarvaardigheid in MS Word en die Internet.
  • Geldige rybewys.


  • Lektor :
  • Toepaslike PhD graad.
  • Bereidwillig om vir ʼn doktorsgraad in te skryf indien nie reeds daaroor beskik nie.
  • Suksesvolle voltooiing van Assessor opleiding.
  • Suksesvolle voltooiing van Kliniese preseptor opleiding.
  • Senior Lektor :
    • Toepaslike post-doktorale graad.
  • Suksesvolle voltooiing van Assessor opleiding
  • Suksesvolle voltooiing van Kliniese preseptor opleiding.


So spoedig moontlik

Slui tingsdatum:

19 Maart 2012


Die salarisskaal is op aanvraag beskikbaar. Vir enige verdere navrae, skakel gerus 051 401 9339/9329.


(Onderhewig aan bepaalde voorwaardes): pensioenskema, mediesehulpskema, groeplewensversekering, behuisingstoelae, verlof en siekteverlof, diensbonus en studievoordele.


Die Universiteit behou die reg voor om nie die pos te vul nie. Die Universiteit onderskryf die beginsels soos voorgeskryf deur die Wet op Billike Indiensneming, en pas dit toe. Voorkeur sal aan kandidate van die aangewese groepe verleen word ooreenkomstig die beginsels van die genoemde Wet en die werknemersprofiel van die spesifieke departement/afdeling.

Aansoeke moet gerig word aan die Departement Menslike Hulpbronne, George du Toit-gebou, kamer 265, Universiteit van die Vrystaat, Posbus 339, Bloemfontein, 9300. Let asseblief daarop dat aansoeke nie per faks of e-pos gestuur kan word nie. Alle aansoeke moet deur die volgende vergesel word:

  • ’n Volledige curriculum vitae
  • ’n Verkorte curriculum vitae (maksimum twee bladsye)
  • Die volle besonderhede van drie referente
  • Gewaarmerkte afskrifte van kwalifikasies
  • Gewaarmerkte afskrif van identiteitsdokument (ID)

Onthou asseblief om die verwysingsnommer en die pos waarvoor aansoek gedoen word, aan te dui. Aansoeke sonder die verwysingsnommer sal nie oorweeg word nie. Indien u binne ses weke na die sluitingsdatum van aansoeke nie gekontak is nie, kan u aanvaar dat u aansoek onsuksesvol was.

Faculty of Health Sciences

School of Nursing

Senior Lecturer/Lecturer (3 vacancies) - Ref.: H1202-010

Duties and responsibilities:

  • Designing, coordinating and implementing creative and innovative teaching and learning programmes.
  • Producing, maintaining and facilitating research output.
  • Implementing, monitoring and maintaining quality standards in teaching, learning, research, academic citizenship and community engagement.
  • Teaching and supervising undergraduate and postgraduate students.
  • Involvement in professional and academic citizenship.
  • Contribute towards community engagement and outreach.

Inherent requirements:

  • Lecturer :
    • Relevant Master’s Degree in Nursing.
    • Registration with SANC as a Professional Nurse (General, Psychiatric, Community Health Care), Midwife/Accoucher and Nursing Education.
    • Nursing experience or registration with SANC in one or more of the following disciplines: Health Care Management, Primary Health Care Nursing, Critical Care Nursing, Occupational Health Nursing, Forensic Nursing, Advanced Midwifery and Neonatology.
    • Good academic record and completion of qualification in the minimum period.
    • Good interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to function comfortably in the University’s parallel medium and multicultural working environment.
    • Achievement in scholarship development in all three areas: teaching, discovery and engagement.
    • Computer literate: MS Word and Internet.
    • Valid drivers’ license.

Senior Lecturer :

    • Relevant PhD degree.
    • Registration with SANC as a Professional Nurse (General, Psychiatric, Community Health Care), Midwife/Accoucher and Nursing Education.
    • Nursing experience or registration with SANC in one or more of the following disciplines: Health Care Management, Primary Health Care Nursing, Critical Care Nursing, Occupational Health Nursing, Forensic Nursing, Advanced Midwifery and Neonatology.
    • Good academic record and completion of qualification in the minimum period.
    • Good interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to function comfortably in the University’s parallel medium and multicultural working environment.
    • Achievement in scholarship development in all three areas: teaching, discovery and engagement.
    • Computer literate: MS Word and Internet.
    • Valid drivers’ license.


  • Lecturer :
  • Relevant PhD degree.
  • Required to enrol for a PhD Degree if not yet obtained.
  • Completed Assessor training successfully.
  • Completed Clinical preceptor training successfully.

Senior Lecturer :

    • Relevant post-doctoral degree.
    • Completed Assessor training successfully.
    • Completed Clinical Preceptor training successfully.

Assumption of duties:

As soon as possible

Closing date:

19 March 2012


The salary scale is available on request. For any further enquiries, please feel free to contact 051 401 9339/9329.

Fringe benefits:

(Subject to specific conditions): pension scheme, medical aid scheme, group life insurance, housing allowance, leave and sick leave, service bonus and study benefits.


The University reserves the right not to fill the post. The University subscribes to and applies the principles prescribed by the Employment Equity Act. Preference will be given to candidates from the designated groups, in accordance with the principles of the aforementioned Act and the employee profile of the specific department/division.

Please send your application to the Human Resources Department, University of the Free State, George du Toit Building, Room 265, P.O. Box 339, Bloemfontein, 9300. Please note that applications may not be sent via fax or e-mail. All applications must be accompanied by the following:

  • A detailed curriculum vitae
  • An abridged curriculum vitae (maximum two pages)
  • Full details of three referees
  • Certified copies of qualifications
  • Certified copy of identity document (ID)

Please indicate the reference number and the post you are applying for on your application. Applications with no reference number will not be considered. Should you not be contacted within six weeks of the closing date of applications, you may accept that your application was unsuccessful

News February 2012

Business meeting February

The Business meeting was hosted by UCT’s Child Nurse Practice Development Initiative at the Red Cross Hospital. The meeting was attended by the Registrar of the SA Nursing Council, Mr TendaniMabuda, who shared information on a range of issues raised by members. Prof Janse Tolmie also attended, and gave a presentation on software for academic administration specifically developed for nursing schools. On the last day, Prof Minette Coetzee gave a presentation on practice development as done by the CNPDI and some of the members visited the hospital. The next meeting is in May and will be hosted by the University of Johannesburg.

SANC regulations

A number of SANC regulations have been published, and FUNDISA will be submitting their own response to these regulations. At the Business meeting the following principles were accepted with regard to FUNDISA’s view of the work of SANC:

  • Students should no longer be individually registered with SANC. Instead, SANC should be provided annually by a summary of all registered students according to programme to allow them to monitor training trends. The discipline of students both in academic and clinical matters should be managed by the Nursing Education Institution and mechanisms should be described clearly in the Memoranda of Understanding between the NEIs and the clinical services in which students are placed.
  • The accreditation of NEIs by SANC should be restricted to those institutions not registered with the CHE as Higher Education Institutions. SANC should negotiate with the CHE so that nursing specific standards are incorporated into the CHE standards, so that one process is used.
  • SANC should initiate national accreditation examinations for the registered nurse, registered midwife, staff nurse and auxiliary nurse.
  • The four year degree proposed in the new nursing qualifications framework should lead to registration as a professional nurse and a professional midwife.

Our feedback will be submitted to SANC by the end of this month.


ECSACON This year’s conference will be held in September in Port Louise, Mauritius. Click here for more.

"Women's Health 2012: Partnering for a Brighter Global Future"

Time is running out to get your abstracts in for the International Council’s of Women’s Health Issues (ICOWHI’s) 19th International Congress "Women's Health 2012: Partnering for a Brighter Global Future" to be held 14-16 November 2012 in Bangkok, Thailand. The deadline for abstract submission is 31 March, 2012. For information regarding abstract requirements please visit .

ICOWHI is very fortunate to partner this year with Mahidol University, WHO Collaborating Centre for Research and Training on Gender and Women's Health (CRTGWH), KhonKaen University. This international interdisciplinary conference is shaping up to be very a stimulating and thought provoking event. The conference will highlight the importance of national, regional and international partnerships in improving the health and wellbeing of women and girls around the world. This event will be held in Bangkok, a vibrant city which offers a range of activities suited to all specificities. Bangkok is a shopper’s paradise - between local markets and glamorous shopping centres all shopping needs will be met. Bangkok also provides a range of cultural activities and culinary delights, potential activities can include a visit to temples, muay Thai boxing, Thai massage, a river cruise or a ride in one of Bangkok’s famous tuktuk’s.

Key speakers include:
• Dr Jon Adams, University of Technology Sydney
• Dr Kathleen Dracup, University of California, San Francisco
• Dr Martha Hill, Johns Hopkins University Baltimore
• Dr KrisanaKraisintu, Thai Pharmaceutical Consultant
• Dr AfafMeleis, University of Pennsylvania
• MechaiViravaidya, Founder and Chair of the Population and Community Development Association (PDA)

This year we have two pre conference options available. Capacity is limited so register early to ensure your spot!

Stream 1: Disaster Management: Implications for women’s health. Facilitated by Dr.OrapanTosingha, Assistant Professor, Mahidol University,

Stream 2: Leadership for women's health: Doctoral student colloquium. Facilitated by Dr Patricia Davidson, Prof. of Cardiovascular and Chronic Care, University of Sydney Australia For more information visit

News January 2012

Professor Shirley Willaimson passed away:
Shirley Barbara Williamson was born in Pretoria on 5 November 1925, and from an early age knew that she would be a nurse.

Shirley matriculated from St Mary's DSG in Pretoria and thereafter commenced her nurses training at Grey's Hospital in Pietermaritzburg. After completing her training as a nurse, she travelled overseas to Scotland where she obtained her midwifery qualification at Edinburgh Hospital.On Shirley's return to South Africa she nursed at hospitals on the East Rand and continued her studies, becoming principal of the Germiston Nursing College.

The University of the Witwatersrand began its B.Sc. (Nursing) programme in 1969. Shirley joined Wits in 1970 and, in 1973, was appointed as the temporary head of the nursing sub-department and took up a seat on the University's Senate Committee. A full and independent Department of Nursing at Wits was established in 1977, and Shirley became Wits' first Professor of Nursing.

Shirley had many gifts, and was a strong administrator with the ability to delegate and motivate. She had a great strength of character and a need to serve, which she did with warmth and humour. She was a good listener and related well to people of all ages. Gradually increasing deafness resulted in her decision to take early retirement in 1986, settling in Helderberg Village in Somerset West, where she lived very happily for 21 years, while she continued her calling to serve others in any way she could.

She died quietly on 14th January in her suite at Helderberg Village.

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