South Africa is a country of unenviable violence and injury statistics and is known for its expertise in trauma and emergency care, despite these medical and nursing professional disciplines still being in their infancy in South Africa. The psychosocial implication of trauma and injury in South Africa is a neglected area of research which is of particular importance due to the psychological suffering for families and communities, and the resultant burden. The cultural issues regarding these psychosocial consequences are uniquely South African and need to be investigated in order to ensure that culturally appropriate interventions are developed for South Africa’s resource constrained environment.

Nursing is different from other types of health care because it is committed to the pursuit of moral rather than technical ends. Nursing codes of practice and nursing philosophy talk of inspiring ideals namely; caring, dignity, holistic care etc however it is not clear exactly how this should be done and as such is open to wide interpretation. Within my research area the psychosocial implication of trauma and injury and the care of patient’s family falls within the values that nursing holds but often not in the practice thereof. My research journey, starting as a novice researcher working within the field of emergency care, will be documented and my future contributions to nursing ideals from the perspective of emergency care will be highlighted.

DATE:  Tuesday, 18 October 2011

TIME:  17h30

VENUE:  Howard College Theatre, Howard College Campus, University of KwaZulu-Natal


RSVP: (Acceptances only): Njabulo Zuma

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