The Department of Nursing Science is fortunate to have agreements with hospitals from different companies in health care to ensure that students are exposed to the best possible clinical learning facilities available in the Gauteng, Limpopo, Mpumalanga and North West Provinces of South Africa.
In addition to this, the department manages, in co-operation with representatives from the Ferncrest Hospital (a Netcare Hospital) and the Queen Mother of the Royal Bafokeng, a health education project, sponsored by the three stakeholders. The contribution that the students make, as part of their practical training in the project, is focused on the empowerment of the learners at schools in the Bafokeng area. The vehicle that is used as a mobile health education unit is sponsored by the Ferncrest Hospital.
The Department of Nursing Science and the Life Health Care Group agreed to cooperate in the training of nurses in Critical Care Nursing, Operating Theatre Nursing, Emergency Nursing, Neonatal Nursing and Child Nursing. Students registered for the B Cur I et A and M Cur programmes are involved.
The Department of Nursing Science, the Division of Continuing Education of the University of Pretoria and Medi-Clinic are by agreement offering short courses to the employees of Medi-Clinic in Clinical Nursing. The courses are offered to professional and enrolled nurses.
The SG Lourens Nursing College is affiliated with the Department. The departmental members serve in different portfolios at the university and vice versa.
The Department of Nursing Science at UP, in partnership with the Department of Nursing Science in the University of Limpopo (Medunsa Campus) are implementing the community-oriented nursing education programme for women and child health (CONE4WCH) Project. The CONE4WCH Project is implemented in two sites around the City of Tshwane, namely, Pretoria (urban) and Hammanskraal (rural). This is part of the university-based Nursing Education South Africa (UNEDSA) programme whose slogan is “Lighting the Fire for Nursing in SA” and it is symbolised by the flames in the logo. The use of the flame and light in nursing symbolism goes back to the days of Florence Nightingale, the “lady with the lamp” at Scutari Hospital during the Crimean war.