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South African Students Present Dissertation Proposals at Hopkins Nursing

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Posted: 12/15/2010

Nursing collaborations, sexual trauma, and nursing education partnerships are the focus of dissertation proposals from three visiting doctoral students from North-West University (NWU) in Mafikeng, South Africa. The students presented their dissertations on December 7, at the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing (JHUSON).

Mahlasela Annah Rakhudu, Gaboipolewe Margaret Masilo, and Kathleen Khomotso Direko were invited by JHUSON professor Phyllis Sharps, PhD, RN, CNE, FAAN, chairperson, Department of Community Public Health. Sharps also served as NWU faculty mentor to the South African students. "These students have seen first-hand how American nursing compares to their native nursing program in South Africa, and have applied that experience to their doctoral studies," Sharps said. "This is the first time students have visited from NWU, and I hope we can invite more students in the future."

This informal collaboration has afforded the South African students an opportunity to develop relationships with Hopkins Nursing faculty, thus fulfilling the School's mission to serve in a global capacity.

North-West University was founded in 2004 through the merger of two universities: the Potchefstroom University for Christian Higher Education and the University of the North-West. Today, the university has four campuses that reach across two provinces and carries out its mission of innovation through diversity, and encourages multiculturalism, multilingualism and multinationalism.