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School of Nursing takes the lead in skills development in South Africa


Professional nurses gained hands-on experience in Stoma-Care Nursing at a five-day short-learning programme at the UFS School of Nursing.
Photo: René-Jean van der Berg

22 May 2012

The School of Nursing presented the first Stoma Care Nursing short learning programme on the Bloemfontein Campus this week.

Mrs Diane Keegan, Assistant Director for Short Learning Programmes at the UFS School of Nursing, said this was the only programme of its type for professional nurses in South Africa.

“Stoma-care nursing is a sought-after skill in the health sector these days. There are very few professional stoma-care nurses in South Africa and not many new nurses get to learn these skills. This programme aims to fill skills shortages,” said Mrs. Keegan.
Stoma care refers to the care rendered by a professionally trained medical practitioner to a patient who has undergone an ostomy.
About 23 professional nurses from around the country attended the credit-bearing programme at the UFS.

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