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- 31 Jan 2018

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- 15 May 2017

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- 30 November 2017

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-14 February 2018

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- 31 January 2018

Invited Faculty

INTERNATIONAL FACULTY

 

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Lauren Clark – USA

Lauren Clark is Professor at the University of Utah College of Nursing, Utah, USA.  Dr Clark received her Bachelors in Nursing, Master’s degree in Community Health Nursing and PhD in Clinical Nursing Research from the University of Arizona.  Prior to joining the Nursing Faculty at the University of Utah in 2007, she was a tenured faculty member at the University of Colorado.

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Lauren Clark – USA

Lauren Clark is Professor at the University of Utah College of Nursing, Utah, USA.  Dr Clark received her Bachelors in Nursing, Master’s degree in Community Health Nursing and PhD in Clinical Nursing Research from the University of Arizona.  Prior to joining the Nursing Faculty at the University of Utah in 2007, she was a tenured faculty member at the University of Colorado.

As a public health nurse by clinical background, Dr Clarke has worked with diverse communities, including Native American communities in Arizona and Montana and Mexican American communities in Arizona, Colorado and Utah. With post-doctoral training in cultural anthropology methods and a certificate in medical anthropology, Dr Clark applies photography, comparative ethnography and grounded theory qualitative methods.  The US National Institutes of Health funds her research on health disparities and the experiences of people with chronic and disabling conditions and their families.  As an academic administrator, she has been appointed Associate Dean for Research, Academic Program Director and Division Chair. The Transcultural Nursing Society recognised her as a Transcultural Nursing Scholar and she was awarded fellowship by both the American Academy of Nursing and the Society for Applied Anthropology. Dr Clark has served on the Ethics Committee of the American Anthropological Association and is currently Assistant Editor of Qualitative Health Research and on the editorial board of Global Qualitative Nursing Research.
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Marie Hastings-Tolsma – USA

Marie Hastings-Tolsma is a nurse-midwifery scientist who teaches in the graduate nursing program and is currently engaged in nurse-midwifery clinical practice. A U.S. Fulbright Faculty Scholar, Dr. Hastings-Tolsma spent 2012-13 in South Africa, teaching and conducting research with colleagues at the University of Johannesburg where she continues collaboration as a Visiting Professor.

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Marie Hastings-Tolsma – USA

Marie Hastings-Tolsma is a nurse-midwifery scientist who teaches in the graduate nursing program and is currently engaged in nurse-midwifery clinical practice. A U.S. Fulbright Faculty Scholar, Dr. Hastings-Tolsma spent 2012-13 in South Africa, teaching and conducting research with colleagues at the University of Johannesburg where she continues collaboration as a Visiting Professor.

Dr. Marie Hastings-Tolsma is a nurse-midwifery scientist who teaches in the graduate nursing program and is currently engaged in nurse-midwifery clinical practice. A U.S. Fulbright Faculty Scholar, Dr. Hastings-Tolsma spent 2012-13 in South Africa, teaching and conducting research with colleagues at the University of Johannesburg where she continues collaboration as a Visiting Professor (2014-17; 2017-20). Dr. Hastings-Tolsma's research examines nurse midwifery outcomes with an interest in midwifery care practices during labor and birth and maternal-infant outcomes. This work is being collaboratively conducted with colleagues from the University of Johannesburg. Dr. Hastings-Tolsma is also working with U.S. colleagues to examine cervical remodeling for parturition. An interdisciplinary team is working to identify mechanisms underlying the onset of labor by examining metabolomic and microbiota data at term and other less desirable endpoints in varied populations. She has particular interest in study of novel interventions influencing cervical change across gestation and with the onset of labor, such as with use of rubus ideaus. This botanical - with potent antioxidant properties, influences parturition when used during pregnancy though the mechanism of action is unknown. Dr. Hastings-Tolsma has published on best nurse midwifery practices, perineal trauma, and various safe and efficacious methods for promoting pre-induction favorability of the cervix, among other areas. She has also published on the nature and scope of midwifery practice following workforce studies, and has written on research methods, including a nursing research textbook.
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LOCAL FACULTY

Petra Brysiewicz – KwaZulu-Natal

Professor Petra Brysiewicz is a full professor in the School of Nursing & Public Health at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. She has worked with research and education of health professionals in South Africa and Africa for over 20 years. Through her work in the development of emergency care in Africa, she has experience in multidisciplinary medical education and research, and is currently developing mentorship programmes for emergency care workers in Africa.

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Petra Brysiewicz – KwaZulu-Natal

Professor Petra Brysiewicz is a full professor in the School of Nursing & Public Health at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. She has worked with research and education of health professionals in South Africa and Africa for over 20 years. Through her work in the development of emergency care in Africa, she has experience in multidisciplinary medical education and research, and is currently developing mentorship programmes for emergency care workers in Africa.

Professor Petra Brysiewicz is a full professor in the School of Nursing & Public Health at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. She has worked with research and education of health professionals in South Africa and Africa for over 20 years. Through her work in the development of emergency care in Africa, she has experience in multidisciplinary medical education and research, and is currently developing mentorship programmes for emergency care workers in Africa. She plays an active role in various emergency care organizations and through these societies is playing an active role in the further development of emergency care in South Africa and Africa.  Prof Brysiewicz is the co-editor for the International Emergency Nursing journal. She is currently involved in teaching Trauma/Emergency Nursing as well as Qualitative Research Methods course. Professor Brysiewicz is the communicating Principal Investigator for an NIH funded programme developing research leadership in health researchers: Developing Research Innovation Localisation and Leadership (DRILL).  http://drill.org.za/
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Judith Bruce – Gauteng

Judy Bruce is a nurse academic and researcher, with more than 35 years’ experience in nursing education – 12 years in the public college sector and the rest in higher education. Her specific interest is in problem-based learning, curricular issues in nursing education and programme evaluation.

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Judith Bruce – Gauteng

Judy Bruce is a nurse academic and researcher, with more than 35 years’ experience in nursing education – 12 years in the public college sector and the rest in higher education. Her specific interest is in problem-based learning, curricular issues in nursing education and programme evaluation.

In recognition of her teaching excellence she was awarded the Faculty’s Phillip Tobias Distinguished Teacher’s Award in 2002 and again in 2010 for maintaining excellence in postgraduate teaching.   As former Head of Nursing, her clinical research interest was in trauma nursing – a field in which she has remained active until recently. Over that past 16 years, Professor Bruce successfully mentored over 40 postgraduate students to completion. She has published widely in accredited journals, is the author of two nursing textbooks and has contributed to more than 20 chapters in books.   Professor Bruce has a keen interest in developing and promoting scholarship in nursing locally and on the African continent through the work of an Africa-wide Honor Society of Nursing, a chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI). She has served as Secretary-treasurer and Vice-president and is currently President of the Chi Xi at-large Chapter. She remains active as a nurse philanthropist and mentor, supporting the development of future scholars and nurse leaders. In acknowledgement of this work, and in particular, her influence on the lives and careers of young women, Professor Bruce was awarded the Lucie S Kelly Mentor Award in Las Vegas in 2015 and the Vice-Chancellor’s Academic Citizenship Award of Wits University in 2016.   A Fellow of the Academy of Nursing of South Africa, Professor Bruce is currently the Head of the School of Therapeutic Sciences at Wits University in Johannesburg.
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