Please note:

Fundisa Students' Conference scheduled as follows:

Venue: Nelson Mandela University North Campus, Senate Hall

Date: 29 June - 01 July 2016

Time: 08:00 am -17:00 pm

For more information please contact Prof E Ricks : 041 504 2114 

Please note:

The 2 SLP’s will be back –to- back from 8-10 September 2014

Attend both programs at a cost of R450/day = R1800 (a discount of R400). If done    separately full cost per SLP will be charged (Wound Care = R500/day (x2 days); Leg Ulcer Management= R600/day (x2 days)

Contact  Ms K Gerber ON 041 504 2961 / to book your spot

Closing date for applications will be Monday 25th August.



DID YOU KNOW that the Department of Nursing Science will be turning 40 in 2015?

In celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Department of Nursing Science at NMMU, we would like to honour 40 nurses (past-graduates of ex-UPE or NMMU) who have excelled in the field of nursing during the last 40 years.  YOUR participation is needed to assist us in selecting the candidates for this occasion. Please complete the provided form 40th-anniversay-template-for-40-nurses if you, or someone you wish to nominate, graduated with an under- or Post-graduate Degree from ex-UPE or NMMU, Department of Nursing Science during 1975-2015

Please email your forms and high resolution photography to

Congratulations to our new Nursing Science Head of Department, Dr E Ricks. Dr Ricks has been in the department for 10  years and her passions are Primary Health Care and Research. Dr Ricks was one of the initiators of Campus Health and worked for many years, before the merger, at the PE Technikon.

Dr Ricks is taking over from Prof van Rooyen who has been appointed as Director of the School of Clinical Care Sciences. As director of the school, Prof van Rooyen will be overseeing the Nursing Science Department, Masters programme in Health and Welfare Management, Radiography Department and the soon-to-be established Departments of Emergency Medical Care and District Health. As a result of Prof van Rooyen’s new position, this is the last column that she will write for BCured News. 

We wish both Dr Ricks and Prof van Rooyen all the best in their new positions.


NURSING Science has added a new dynamic to their department by employing graduates from other disciplines.

Four new NMMU postgraduates from psychology and sociology, along with two who obtained nursing qualifications, joined their department this year, and are already adding value to the discipline of nursing science.

Not only were they all integrally involved in the re-launch of the department (see page 3) but are running various projects that will further improve the quality of nursing science in the province and beyond.

“These bright, young minds bring a whole new dynamic to the department. We welcome a transdisciplinary approach to academia and to research,” said Department Head Prof Dalena van Rooyen.

Some of the new employees work directly with overseas partners who are investing in NMMU and its commitment to transform the quality of nursing within South Africa.

 The new employees are funded by the department itself.

Our recently re-launched Nursing Science department, boasts world-class technology to benefit their 600 plus students. Here second-year Nursing Science BCur students Candice Baartzes (left) and Carmen Heath are working with one of the new manikins which with a push of a button can simulate any medical condition. Medical emergencies can be reviewed via 3D screens with technology telling whether staff is doing things correctly or not which will better prepare our students for the realities of health care in South Africa.

South Africa needs to appreciate and develop its degree-educated nursing workforce if the country wants to improve the quality of healthcare and make nursing decisions based on evidence and international best practice.

The Head of the Department of Nursing Science, Prof RM van Rooyen was awarded the Fellowship of the Academy of Nursing in South Africa. She was one of only 10 persons in the country to be awarded this prestigious fellowship on the 2nd of August 2011.

On the 16th of August 2011 the Department of Nursing Science at NMMU hosted an induction function at which all the faculty members and several of its practice partners wereinaugurated into this prestigious international honour societyof nurse leaders. Prof Hester Klopper, Director of Sigma Theta Tau International, didthe induction of new members.World wide there are more than 125000 active members and 475 Chapters in 86 countries.

Contact information
Mrs Shavaughn Benade
Public Relations and Marketing Assistant
Tel: 041 504 3171

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