Dates: 22 January 2024 to 19 May 2024
Venue: Fully online with VULA (UCT's E- Learning Platform)
​Time: 16-week course consisting of a range of teaching and learning activities, requiring approximately 3-4 hours weekly. All activities completed in your own time, ensuring maximum flexibility.

Course fee is R 7 200 person
Register Online: Registration Form 

Entry Requirements:  Registered Nurses (Professional and Enrolled). You must be currently working with critically sick children. No need to work in a paediatric intensive care unit to register for this course. 

Applicants will require access to a computer (not just a smart phone) PLUS access to adequate WIFI/data to allow for connectivity (this will include a need to watch several videos).

The aim of this course is to equip nurses, who work regularly or occasionally with critically sick children, with essential knowledge and skills to confidently provide the most appropriate nursing care to critically sick children and their families. 

The course is run by the Harry Crossley Children’s Nursing Development Unit in the Department of Paediatrics at the University of Cape Town.The anticipated outcome of the course is that nurses will have gained an insight into the fundamental practice of nursing sick children. This will include:

Course Content:

1. An understanding of anatomical, physiological, and developmental differences across the age-span of a critically sick child, in contrast to an adult, and how this impacts their response to illness and the required nature of care.

2. An ability to provide safe, quality, evidence-based nursing care to critically sick children, using the Regul8 Framework as a guide.

3. A recognition of the important supportive role and resource of the principal caregiver and the ability to provide care for both the critically sick child, their family and themselves in acute and highly stressful situations. 

4. An understanding of their role and the complexity of the critical care environment and what is required to ensure safe and efficient care ensuring the best possible hospital outcomes. 

Certificate of Participation will be issued to participants of the course.

Registration Deadline: Closed

Please note that places on the course are limited. Your application will be subject to a selection process, and you will be informed of the outcome of your application.

Only participants registered for the course will be eligible to attend. Limited space available