The Department of Nursing Science kicked off the year on a high note by welcoming the first-ever cohort of students for the new Bachelor of Nursing programme.
Head of the Department, Prof Karien Jooste, said CPUT was one of the first institutions in the country to receive approval from the SA Nursing Council to offer the new four-year degree programme.
“The new programme is focused on general nursing and midwifery with a primary healthcare approach. We will follow a person-centred approach, not just focusing on the patient but also the nurse who needs to empower and manage him or herself in order to treat the patient.”
The first cohort consists of sixty students and an intensive selection process, including interviews, was followed.
Jooste said the Department has also been strengthened with the appointment of five new staff members.
In addition, the Department has also received permission to offer a number of short courses
“We are very excited that we are able to start the new programme in 2020, which has been designated the Year of the Nurse and Midwife by the World Health Organization,” said Jooste.