NINA Pediatric Nursing School +

Over one million babies were born in South Africa in 2016 (Statistics South Africa 2018). In the same year, only 150 children's nurses graduated from South African nursing schools. At our current under-5 mortality rates, more than 120 000 of these children will die before their 5th birthday. The numbers of registered paediatric nurses are therefore too few to make a significant impact on these little lives lost each year. Questions also remain as to whether current paediatric nurse training programmes in South Africa leave nurses adequately equipped to impact our under-5 mortality rate (U5MR). NINA wants to make the diference.

Nursing Course and Class Overview

  • Primary Care Well-Child Course: This type of course discusses pediatric health in a primary care setting. The nursing student studies health assessment procedures in children from newborn to late adolescence. Disease prevention and child development are common topics covered in this online course.

  • Family Health in Pediatric Care Course: Family health, habits and dynamics are evaluated for their effects on childhood health and wellness. The student is introduced to assessment models and strategies for intervention. Child development and contemporary parenting trends are part of the coursework.

  • Pediatric Illness and Conditions Course: Common health concerns and more serious chronic conditions are explored. This online course primarily discusses normal child development and the physiological processes that may cause illness. The student also gains an overview of genetic, familial and environmental factors in child health.

  • Pediatric Mental Health Course: The psychiatric needs of children and adolescents are discussed with emphasis on evaluation and family health. The student should expect to gain clinical assessment tools and an introduction to condition management strategies. Intervention while maintaining developmental and cultural sensitivity is a major consideration in a pediatric mental health course.

  • Advanced Pediatric Health Assessment Course: In this course students will practice giving an in-depth assessment of patients from childhood through adolescence, particularly patients suffering health or developmental difficulties. Students will learn to use advanced diagnostic reasoning methods, focusing on the patient history and cultural background.

  • Advanced Pathophysiology Course: In this course, students will examine various diseases which affect organs in the human body. Causes and symptoms will be covered.

  • Pharmacology for the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Course: In this course, students will explore the diagnoses and appropriate methods for the delivery of medications in pediatrics. Topics include drug complications, toxicity and how drugs are accurately chosen.

Course Facilitator: Sr.Hestelle Louw

2nd Floor, Finbond Building

36 Main Road


Western Cape


021 - 023 0752


To promote the character and image of the Nurses professionally and publicly as caring and proficient.


Phone: 021 - 023 0752

Fax: 086 571 8288

Registered NPO: 2019/067177/08

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Membership is open to all nurses who are registered with the South African Nursing Council.

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