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Prenola D Mudaly, Ntombifikile G Mtshali
BACKGROUND:  Globally, there is consensus on the need for student support to address high student attrition and low throughputs, especially in nursing and midwifery programmes. OBJECTIVES:  This study analysed the implementation of academic monitoring and support (AMS) in an undergraduate nursing programme to generate a context-informed academic monitoring and support middle-range theory. METHOD:  An ethnographic design and grounded theory approach were adopted in this study...
December 3, 2018: Curationis
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November 28, 2018: Curationis
Masenyani O Mbombi, Tebogo M Mothiba, Rabelani N Malema, Mokgadi Malatji
BACKGROUND:  Absenteeism is a global problem in the working force and this is no exception in the nursing profession. Much attention has been drawn to factors that contribute to absenteeism; however, little attention has been placed on the effects of absenteeism on nurses remaining on duty by their colleagues. Nurses absent themselves leaving behind their colleagues to execute their part of work. OBJECTIVES:  To investigate the effects of absenteeism on nurses who remained on duty at a tertiary hospital in Limpopo province...
November 27, 2018: Curationis
Indiran Govender, Kathryn Nel, Nhlanhla Banyini
BACKGROUND:  Sport has the capability to unite a country. To achieve winning teams, athletes have to rely on each other and often have close physical contact. Disclosure of a positive human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) status may be problematic for athletes in contact sports as they may suffer discrimination and stigmatisation which may impact their relationship behaviours. This may impact frontline nursing and medical staff dealing with on-field 'blood' injuries. OBJECTIVES:  The purpose of this study was to determine if individuals who participate in football and rugby are aware of the risk of HIV infection in contact sports and their perceptions and reported behaviour towards HIV-positive athletes...
November 14, 2018: Curationis
Gabieba Donough, Marianna Van der Heever
BACKGROUND:  Clinical supervision plays a major role in the undergraduate nursing programme. There have been some local studies addressing clinical supervision; however, there still remains a lack of knowledge and understanding how to improve quality supervision of undergraduate nursing students. This article is based on the authors' original thesis. OBJECTIVES:  The objective of the study was to explore the experiences of undergraduate nursing students on clinical supervision...
November 12, 2018: Curationis
Erhabor S Idemudia, Matthew O Olasupo, Mantwa W Modibo
BACKGROUND:  Stigma among people with chronic illnesses exists, preventing many sufferers from presenting for treatment especially in South Africa. OBJECTIVES:  This study compared stigma experiences of people living with human immunodeficiency virus and/or acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (HIV and/or AIDS) (PLWHA) and people living with hypertension (PLWHPT) in Limpopo Province of South Africa. METHOD:  Using a cross-sectional design, 600 participants (300 PLWHA with mean age of 31 years, standard deviation of 8...
October 25, 2018: Curationis
Ntombizodwa P Ndou, Salaminah S Moloko-Phiri
BACKGROUND: Over the last 20 years, more men have been choosing to pursue a career in nursing. Despite this, men remain a minority in the nursing workforce around the world, including South Africa. Even though there is an increase in the number of male students entering the profession, male students remain a minority. Comparatively speaking, there is no balance between the number of female and male students taken in each intake. This is even reflected in the South African Nursing Council statistics...
October 4, 2018: Curationis
Princess N Msibi, Ramadimetja Mogale, Maretha De Waal, Nomathemba Ngcobo
BACKGROUND: E-Delphi is an online method widely used in health and social research to strengthen decision-making processes and reach consensus on developing guidelines for health services. OBJECTIVES: The e-Delphi technique was designed to formulate and appraise a set of criterion-referenced guidelines for women's health concerns of mineworkers at a selected coal mine in Mpumalanga, South Africa. METHOD: The University Learning Management System's discussion forum was customised to suit the characteristics of e-Delphi as the second phase of a primary study on the formulation of guidelines for women's health concerns...
October 4, 2018: Curationis
Marcia L Kay, Marie Poggenpoel, Chris P Myburgh, Charlene Downing
BACKGROUND:  While working in a psychiatric hospital, the researcher observed the beneficial effects of the mindfulness programme offered to patients diagnosed with borderline personality disorder (BPD). Little support was offered to family members who attempted to manage their relatives diagnosed with BPD. The family members often experienced stress, depression, grief and isolation. OBJECTIVES:  The purpose of this research was to explore and describe the experiences of family members who have a relative diagnosed with BPD...
October 3, 2018: Curationis
Yonas R Guta, Patrone R Risenga, Mary M Moleki, Merertu T Alemu
BACKGROUND:  Community-based care can serve as a valuable programme in the provision of essential maternal and newborn care, specifically in communities in low-income countries. However, its application in maternal and newborn care is not clearly documented in relation to the rendering of services by skilled birth attendants. OBJECTIVES:  The purpose of the analysis was to clarify the meaning of the concept 'community-based maternal and newborn care and its relationship to maternal and newborn health'...
September 26, 2018: Curationis
Moitlamo Mokgetse, Mokholelana M Ramukumba
BACKGROUND:  The female condoms are a barrier method of contraception. The FC1 female condom is made from soft thin plastic called polyurethane and has been replaced by FC2 female condom, which is made of synthetic latex. The female condom is worn inside the vagina and acts as a barrier to prevent semen getting to the womb. It is about 75% - 82% effective with normal use. When used correctly all of the time, female condoms are 95% effective. Despite evidence of its effectiveness, the use of the female condom has continued to face resistance from both women and men...
September 20, 2018: Curationis
Maureen N Sibiya, Hazel T Mahlanze
BACKGROUND:  Much like the rest of the world, student access and success are primary concerns of the South African higher education institutions, especially in the face of data that suggest that up to 50% of students do not successfully complete their course of study. Despite compulsory and free basic education for all South Africans, and increased government funding for education, there has been little impact on learner performance and the majority of primary schools remain poor. To improve access and success and in keeping with international practice, the Department of Nursing at the selected university of technology in 2013 offered for the first time the extended curriculum programme (ECP)...
September 20, 2018: Curationis
Moliehi R Mpeli
BACKGROUND:  It is imperative to know whether the students who have undergone a specific training perceive themselves as confident and competent in handling ethical dilemmas, in the face of contemporary ethical challenges. Such evaluation is significant especially for nursing and midwifery students who have undergone training that stipulates adherence to a code of ethics and professional norms. At present, such knowledge is limited, and this has an impact for ethics education. OBJECTIVES:  The article aims to describe the self-evaluated ethical competence of midwifery students and to contrast the findings to the content of the ethics instruction received...
August 29, 2018: Curationis
Makhosazane B Dube, Puseletso R Mlotshwa
BACKGROUND:  The success of any educational institution is measured by its academic performance or how well students meet the standards set out. Currently, nursing students' academic failure is a phenomenon of growing international interest because of its economic impact and its negative effects on the availability of future nurses in different health care systems. Factors identified as influencing the academic performance of students include the socio-economic background of parents or guardians, lecturer-student relationships, academic support services, demographic factors, quality of nurse educators, availability of facilities in the school, the language of instruction and level of entry qualifications of students...
August 28, 2018: Curationis
Selvarani Moodley, Gugu Mchunu
BACKGROUND:  Despite the introduction of the Disability Policy Guidelines in South Africa (SA), student nurses who have disabilities (SNWDs) are still habitually and effectively excluded from nurse training programmes, and hence from the nursing profession. Yet SNWD may be able to offer a unique perspective. OBJECTIVES:  To explore and describe the integration experiences of both student and qualified nurses with disabilities who graduated from selected KwaZulu-Natal nursing education institutions (NEIs)...
August 23, 2018: Curationis
Annelize D Daniels, Karien Jooste
BACKGROUND:  Owing to the inadequate schooling system and the under-preparedness of students in South African high schools, Higher Education Institutions are faced with students who do not meet the minimum criteria for acceptance into a mainstream programme and need support from an extended foundation programme. OBJECTIVES:  The study described the support of students by lecturers in an extended 5-year nursing foundation programme. METHOD:  A qualitative, exploratory and descriptive design was applied...
August 7, 2018: Curationis
Lucelle Ramlucken, Maureen N Sibiya
BACKGROUND:  Over the years, there has been a rapid growth in the use of mobile technology which has been proven to increase treatment adherence. Short message services may improve service delivery through appointment reminders and improve communication between health care workers and patients. Missed appointments are becoming common amongst mental health care users, and this has a significant economic burden on mental health symptoms. OBJECTIVES:  The aim of the study was to determine the frequency and reasons for missed appointments of outpatient mental health care users for their follow-up care in the uMgungundlovu District...
July 31, 2018: Curationis
Omari Shabani, Mary M Moleki, Gloria G B Thupayagale-Tshweneagae
BACKGROUND:  Adolescent sexual and reproductive health is one of the essential health care programmes in the world. However, adolescents still face numerous challenges in the area of sexual and reproductive health, which hinder their utilisation of available Sexual and Reproductive HealthCare Services (SRHCS). Male adolescents face further obstacles in accessing and utilising sexual reproductive health services owing to the influence of social constructions of masculinity, which has a bearing on how they view sexual and reproductive health services and their use...
July 31, 2018: Curationis
Takalani E Mutshatshi, Tebogo M Mothiba, Pamela M Mamogobo, Masenyani O Mbombi
BACKGROUND:  Patients' records provide a trace of care processes that have occurred and are further used as communication amongst nurses for continued management of patients. Nurses have the responsibility to ensure that records are accurate and complete in order to effectively manage their patients. In hospitals, nurses have to record a wide range of information in the patient's records and this leads to increased workload on the part of nurses that compromises accurate record-keeping...
July 30, 2018: Curationis
Atuut Abugri, Mary-Ann Jarvis
BACKGROUND:  Recruitment and retention concerns nursing globally, including Ghana, as the country attempts to meet health demands. A link exists between nursing students' attitudes towards nursing and decisions to enter, remain in or withdraw from the profession. OBJECTIVES:  To describe northern Ghana final-year student nurses' current attitudes towards nursing and remaining in nursing post qualification. METHOD:  Non-experimental quantitative descriptive design used convenient sampling targeting final third-year student nurses (n = 80) studying towards a Diploma in Registered General Nursing in a northern Ghana college (N = 220)...
July 11, 2018: Curationis
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