Prof Champion Nyoni
Associate Professor
School of Nursing
School of Nursing
IB 99

Short CV

Prof Champion Nyoni, is an Associate Professor at the School of Nursing of the University of the Free State. He is an NRF rated researcher who has published within the field of health professions education. His research focuses on developing a competent health workforce within low-resource settings. Specifically, he is engaged in research within the transfer of learning niche area- where he focuses on interprofessional education, curriculum development, faculty development, assessment and teaching and learning. He supervises masters and doctoral candidates within nursing and health professions education at the UFS and collaborates globally in his research interests.

Prof Nyoni serves on numerous education and healthcare related boards. He is the current Chairperson and Facilitator of the Africa Interprofessional Education Network (AfrIPEN) and also Chairperson of the board of directors of the Association for Health Professions Education and Leadership (AHPEL). In addition, he serves as an associate editor for the African Journal for Health Professions Education (AJHPE), Health Professions Education & Research (HPER) and BMC Medical Education. His work has been recognised nationally and globally- he is the recipient of the emerging Scholar/Researcher award from the Sigma (a global honour society for nurses)- making him only the third African to win this prestigious award.



Post Doctoral  Fellowship - University of the Free State

Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (PhD Nursing)- University of the Free State 

Master of Health Professions Education (MHPE) with Specialisation in Assessment and Accreditation (Distinction)- University of Keele

Master of Social Science in Nursing (MSocSc Nursing) - University of the Free State 

Bachelor of Science Honours degree in Nursing Science (BSc N(Hons) - University of Zimbabwe

Other Education

International Fellowship in Medical Education (IFME)

Fellow of the Sub-Saharan Africa FAIMER Regional Institute (FSAFRI)


  1. Bezuidenhout J. Nyoni C, Meyer R & van Schalywk S. 2022 Developing the research question: setting the course of your research travels. (Chapter) in Researching Medical Education Edition 2 – Cleland & Durning (eds)
  2. Masava B, Nyoni CN & Botma Y.2022. Scaffolding in Health Sciences Education Programmes: An Integrative Review. Medical Science Educator (December-online)
  3. Keiller L., Nyoni CN, & van Wyk C. Online Health Professions Education Faculty Development design for Sub-Saharan Africa: A consensus study. Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in the South Vol 6(3). Pgs 123-141.
  4. Samarasekera, DD, Nyoni CN, Amaral E & Grant J. 2022. Challenges and opportunities in interprofessional education and practice. The Lancet 400(10362), 1495-1497.10.1016/S0140-6736(22)02086-4.
  5. Hugo-van Dyk L, Nyoni CN, Williams M, & Botha BS. 2022. Preceptor support during the COVID-19 pandemic: Recommendations for continuing development.Curationis 45(1),a2370.
  6. Bredenkamp D., Botma Y., & Nyoni CN. 2022. Higher education students` motivation to transfer learning: A Scoping Review. Higher Education, Skills and Work-based Learning 10.1108/HESWBL-03-2022-0057
  7. Cordier W., Dreyer A., Keiller L., Manning D., Nyoni CN., van Wyk, J and Wolvaardt, JE. 2022. The birth of an association: Creating African leaders in health professions education. African Journal of Health Professions Education 14 (2):42 10.7196/AJHPE.2022.v14i2.1676  
  8. Asamani J.A., Christmals CD., Nyoni CN., Nabyonga-Orem K, Nyoni J., Okoroafor S., & Ahmat A. 2022. Exploring the availability of specialist health workforce education in East and Southern Africa: a document analysis. BMJ Global Health, e009555.
  9. Nyoni C.N., Fichardt A.E. & Botma Y. 2022 An innovative strategy for learning and teaching clinical skills during the COVID-19 pandemic. African Journal of Health Professions Education- Special focus issue on COVID-19 14(1)
  10. Keiller, L., Nyoni CN, and van Wyk C. 2022. Online faculty development in low and middle-income countries for health professions education: A rapid realist review. Human Resources for Health 20 (12)
  11. 1.11.   Paignon A., Schwarzler P., Kerry M., Stamm, D., Bianchi M., Xyrichis A., Gilbert J., Cornwall J., Thistlethwaite J., IWG-IPECAT[1] & Huber M., 2022. Interprofessional educator competencies, assessment and training- IPEcat: protocol of a global consensus study. Journal of Interprofessional Care.
  12. Showstark, M., Sappio, E.M., Schweickerdt, L. & Nyoni, C.N. 2022 AFRI-VIPE: Simulated patients (SPs) role in virtual interprofessional education (VIPE). Journal of Interprofessional and Practice. Volume 26, March,
  13. Nyoni CN., Hugo-van Dyk L. & Botma Y. 2021 Clinical placement models in undergraduate health professions education: A scoping review. BMC Medical Education 21:598
  14. Cordier W. & Nyoni C.N. 2021 We Survived. Editorial. African Journal of Health Professions Education- Special focus issue on Innovations in Health Professions Education during the COVID-19 pandemic Vol 12(3) https://DOI:10.7196/AJHPE.2021.v13i3.1596
  15. Botma Y., Heyns T., Filmater C & Nyoni C.N. 2021 WhatsApp to support emergency nursing students during the COVID pandemic. African Journal of Health Professions Education- Special focus issue on Innovations in Health Professions Education during the COVID-19 pandemic Vol 12(3)176-178  https://DOI:10.7196/AJHPE.2021.v13i3.1517
  16. Botha B.S, Hugo-van Dyk L., & Nyoni C.N. 2021 The reality of virtual reality at a South African University during the COVID-19 pandemic. African Journal of Health Professions Education- Special focus issue on Innovations in Health Professions Education during the COVID-19 pandemic Vol 12 (3). 199-200 https://DOI:10.7196/AJHPE.2021.v13i3.1503
  17. Kagawa M.N., Chipamaunga-Bamu S., Prozesky D., Kafumukache E., Gwini R., Kandawasvika G., Katowa-Mukwato P., Masanganise R., Pretorius L., Wessels Q., Dithole K., Marimo C., Mubuuke AG., Mbalinda S.N., van der Merew L & Nyoni C.N.  2021. Assessment of preparedness for remote teaching and learning to transform Health Professions Education in Sub-Saharan Africa in response to the COVID-19 pandemic: A protocol for a Mixed Methods Study with a case study approach. JMIR Research Protocols 10 (7): e28905
  18. Nyoni C.N. & Goddard V. 2021.Supporting educators in implementing a curriculum innovation: What early adopters in low-resource settings need. Nurse Education Today. Jun 7;104:105002. https://doi:10.1016/j.nedt.2021.105002
  19. Nyoni C.N., Grobler C & Botma Y. 2021. Towards Continued Interprofessional education: Interaction patterns of health professionals in a resource-limited setting. PLOS One 16(7): e0253491.
  20. Drasiku A., Gross J.L., Jones C & Nyoni C.N. 2021 Clinical teaching of university-degree nursing students: Are the staff nurses in Uganda ready? BMC Nursing. 20(4):1-9. https://DOI:10/1186/s12912-020-00528-5
  21. Nyoni CN. 2020 Collaboration: A potential solution to imminent issues facing nursing and midwifery education in Africa? African Journal of Health Professions Education. 12(4):165. https://DOI:10.7196/AJHPE.2020.v12i4.1456
  22. van Wyk J.M., Wolvaardt J.E., & Nyoni C.N. 2020 Evaluating the outcomes of a faculty capacity development programme on nurse educators in sub-Saharan Africa. African Journal of Health Professions Education.12 (4) 201-205. https://DOI:10.7196/AJHPE.2020.v12i4.1389
  23. Masava B., Badlangana L. & Nyoni C.N. 2020. A broken triangle: Students` experiences in learning nursing management in a resource-limited setting. African Journal of Health Professions Education. 12(3)119-123. https://DOI:10.7196/AJHPE.2020.v12i3.1352
  24. Mukurunge E., Badlangana L., & Nyoni C.N. 2020. Group work in a nursing curriculum: A teaching strategy to enhance student engagement. African Journal of Health Professions Education, 12(3), 95. https://DOI:10.7196/AJHPE.2020.v12i3.1358
  25. Nyoni C.N. 2020. Nursing and Midwifery students will be left behind. Editorial. African Journal of Health Professions Education-Special focus issue on Nursing and Midwifery Education in Africa, 12 (3):93. https://DOI:10.7196/AJHPE.2020.v12i3.1441
  26. Nyoni C.N. & Botma Y. 2020 Integrative review on sustaining curriculum change in Higher education: Implications for nursing education in Africa. International Journal of Africa Nursing Sciences 12 (2020). https://DOI:10.1016/j.ijans.2020.100208
  27. Nyoni C.N. 2020. Nursing education in Africa: Year of the nurse and midwife. Editorial. African Journal of Health Professions Education 12(1):3. https://DOI:10.7196/AJHPE.2020.v12i1.1327
  28. Nyoni C.N., Pietersen E & Reitsma G. 2020. Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice: AfriPEN. African Health Journal, January.
  29. Nyoni C.N., & Botma Y. 2019 A framework for implementing and sustaining a curricular innovation in a midwifery programme in Lesotho. African Journal of Health Professions Education 11(3):96-100. https://DOI:10.7196/AJHPE.2019.v11i3.1153
  30. Nyoni C.N. & Botma Y. 2019 Implementing a competency-based Midwifery programme in Lesotho: A gap analysis. Nurse Education in Practice, 34 72-76. https://DOI:10.1016/j.nepr.2018.11.005
  31. Nyoni C.N. & Reid M. 2019. Perceptions of patients regarding diabetes-related health communication strategies in the Free State, South Africa. Health SA Gesondheid, 24(0),a1089.
  32. Nyoni C.N. & Botma Y. 2018. Sustaining a newly implemented competence-based Midwifery programme in Lesotho: Emerging issues. Midwifery Special issue: Education 59,115-117.
  33. Reid M, Walsh C., Raubenheimer J., Bradshaw T., Pienaar M., Hassan M., Nyoni C.N. & Le Roux M. 2018. Development of a health dialogue model for patients with diabetes: a complex intervention in a low-/middle income country. International Journal of Africa Nursing Sciences, 8, 122-131. https://DOI:10.1016/j.ijans.2018.05.002
  34. Nyoni C.N. & Botma Y. 2017. Aligning Midwifery summative clinical assessments with the competence-based curriculum through OSCE: The experience of Midwifery educators in Lesotho. International Journal of Africa Nursing Sciences, 7, 11-13. https://DOI:10.1016/j.ijans.2017.05.003
  35. Mugomeri E., Khama P., Seshea P.C., Bekele B., Mojayi S, Maibvise C. & Nyoni C.N. 2017. The occurrence and quality of care of non-communicable diseases in patients living with HIV in Maseru, Lesotho: A mixed methods study. HIV and AIDS reviews, 16 (3) 155-162.
  36. Nyoni C.N. & Barnard A. 2016. Professional nurses` perceptions of their training role at a rural hospital in Lesotho. African Journal of Health Professions Education. Vol. 8(2) pg.166-168. https://DOI:10.7196/AJHPE.2016.v8i2.557
  37. Botma Y & Nyoni, C.N. 2015. What went wrong? A critical reflection on educator midwives` inability to transfer education knowledge. Journal of Nursing Education and Practice. Vol. 5 (6) pg. 1-8.
  38. Masava B., Nyoni C.N., Munangatire T. and Shawa M., 2012. Students` perception of their readiness for clinical practice. African Journal of Health Professions Education. Vol. 4(1) pg.84. https://DOI:10.7196/ajhpe.178

[1] Part of the International Working Group on the IPECAT


Area(s) of Interest

Transfer of learning 

Faculty development 

Teaching and learning in health sciences 

Cognitive load theory 

Interprofessional education 


Courses Presented

Introduction to Health Professions Education for Post Graduate Diploma in Health Professions Education and Master of Health Professions Education (Structured)

Nursing Research methodology for Master and PhD in Nursing




Community Service

Chair and Facilitator of the Africa Interprofessional Education Network (AfrIPEN)

Chair of Board of Directors for the Association of Health Professions Education and Leadership (AHPEL) formerly SAFRI 

Deputy Chair for the Interprofessional. Global - A global confederation of regional Interprofessional networks

Executive Board Member for the African Forum for Primary Health Care 

Advisor - Nurse Education Development Academy of SIGMA (Sigma Theta Tau International) Honour Society for Nurses

Member of the Paray School of Nursing -Kingdom of Lesotho - Academic Senate 

Associate Editor : African Journal of Health Professions Education 

Associate Editor: Health Professions Education and Research 

Associate Editor: BMC Medical Education



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