Leadership in Nursing
More than 50 nursing students from 16 universities attended the annual three-day Forum of University Deans in South Africa (FUNDISA) symposium at UKZN which was aimed at empowering nursing students with leadership skills.
FUNDISA strives to be a unified platform to pursue excellence in nursing scholarship at South African universities.
The Forum’s CEO, Professor Hester Klopper, said the organisation aimed to provide innovative leadership, promote scholarship and strengthen collaboration with relevant stakeholders through representing the interests and standpoints of University nursing education at various gatherings, providing innovative/transformative leadership in developing scholarship, and building capacity among nursing scholars, among other things.
UKZN’s Nursing and Public Health Dean and Head of School, Professor Busi Ncama, welcomed the students on campus: ‘Nurses need to learn communication skills and to be scholars to keep abreast with what is going on around them.’
Ncama said the forum would provide future nursing leaders with research ideas and also empower them with the necessary skills.
‘The country needs nurses who are caring and willing to help,’ she said.
‘We train you to become future nurse leaders through stewardship,’ Nursing HoD, Professor Gugu Mchunu, said while welcoming the participants.
Mchunu expressed the hope that the forum would help create selfless nurses who would engage in developing, assessing and refining innovative and fresh models of health care delivery.
‘I trust that in future you will work with health practitioners, nurse leaders and educators to influence nursing policies,’ Mchunu said.
Third year Nursing student from the University of Venda, Ms Mphonyane Mamisane, said she enjoyed the experience. ‘The programme was very good and empowering. I will recommend it to all nursing students back home.’