Prof Petra Brysiewicz


Prof Petra Brysiewicz



 +27 (0)31 260 1281



Howard College 

Research Interests

Acute care (psychosocial implications and family nursing), Meaningful mentorship,

Research capacity development and leadership


Full professor


Professor Brysiewicz is a full professor in the School of Nursing & Public Health at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. She has worked with research and education of health professionals in South Africa and Africa for over 20 years. Through her work in the development of emergency care in Africa, she has experience in multidisciplinary medical education and research, and is currently developing mentorship programmes for emergency care workers in Africa. She plays an active role in various emergency care organizations and through these societies is playing an active role in the further development of emergency care in South Africa and Africa.  Prof Brysiewicz is the co-editor for the International Emergency Nursing journal. 

She is currently involved in teaching Trauma/Emergency Nursing as well as Qualitative Research Methods course.

Professor Brysiewicz is the communicating Principal Investigator for an NIH funded programme developing research leadership in health researchers: Developing Research Innovation Localisation and Leadership (DRILL).

Twitter: @PetraBrysiewicz

 List Publications  
  1. Erlingsson, C. & Brysiewicz, P. A hands-on guide to doing content analysis. 2017. Africa Journal of Emergency Medicine, 7(3): 93-144. DOI: 10.1016/j.afjem.2017.08.001. Buitendag, J.J.P., Laing G.L., Bruce J.L., Sartorius B., Brysiewicz P., Clarke D.L. 2017. The spectrum and outcome of pediatric traumatic brain injury in KwaZulu-Natal has not changed over the last two decades. South African Medical Journal, 107(9):777-780.
  2. Brysiewicz, P. & Chipps, J. A survey of next of kin needs of trauma patients admitted to intensive care units in South Africa. *In press Intensive & Critical Care Nursing. DOI: 10.1016/j.iccn.2017.07.009. Kong, V.Y., Bruce, J.L, Sartorius, B., Laing, G.L., Odendaal, J., Brysiewicz, P., Clarke, D.L. 2017. Civilian cerebral gunshot wounds in rural South African patients are associated with significantly higher mortality rates than in urban patients. European Journal of Trauma and Emergency Surgery.
  3. Kong, V.Y., Odendaal, J., Bruce, J.L., Laing, G.L., Jerome, E., Sartorius, B., Brysiewicz, P., Clarke, D.L. 2017. Quantifying the funding gap for management of traumatic brain injury at a major trauma centre in South Africa. South African Journal of Surgery, 55(2): 1-5.
  4. Green, S., Kong, V.Y., Clarke, D.L., Sartorius, B., Odendaal, J., Bruce, J.L., Laing, G.L., Brysiewicz, P., Bekker, W. & Harknett, E. 2017. The spectrum and outcome of surgical sepsis in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. South African Medical Journal, 107 (2): 134-136.
  5. van Hoving, D.J. & Brysiewicz, P.  2017. African emergency care providers’ attitudes and practices towards research. African Journal of Emergency Medicine, 7: 9-14. DOI: 10.1016/j.afjem.2017.01.003.
  6. Scott, P. & Brysiewicz, P.  Piloting a global mentorship initiative to support African emergency nurses. *In press International Emergency Nursing. DOI: 10.1016/j.ienj.2017.05.002.
  7. Nankundwa, E. & Brysiewicz, P. 2017. Rwandan ICU nurses lived experiences caring for patients with a Do Not Resuscitate Order. Southern African Journal of Critical Care, 33(1):19-22. DOI:10.7196/SAJCC.2017.v33i1.281. Brysiewicz, P., Clarke, D.L., Sartorius, B., Bruce, J.L. & Laing, G.L. 2017. Defining predictors of mortality in pediatric trauma patients. South African Journal of Surgery, 55(3): 36-40.
  8. Jerome, E., Laing, G.L., Bruce, J.L., Sartorius, B., Brysiewicz, P. & Clarke, D.L. 2017. An audit of traumatic brain injury in a busy developing-world trauma service exposes a significant deficit in the resources available to manage severe traumatic brain injury. South African Medical Journal, 107(7), 621-625. DOI:10.7196/SAMJ.2017.v107i7.10562.
  9. De Beer, J. & Brysiewicz, P. 2017. The experiences of family members during the critical illness of a loved one admitted to an Intensive Care Unit.  Africa Journal of Nursing and Midwifery, 19(1): 56-68. DOI:10.25159/2520-5293/1446.
  10. Pimmer, C., Chipps, J., Brysiewicz, P., Walters, F., Ndebele, T., Linxen, S. & Gröhbiel, U.  2017. Facebook for supervision? Research education shaped by the structural properties of a social media space. Technology, Pedagogy and Education, 0:1-12. DOI: 10.1080/1475939X.2016.1262788.
  11. De Beer, J. & Brysiewicz, P. 2017. The conceptualisation of family care during critical illness in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Health SA Gesondheid, 22: 20-27.
  12. Oyegbile, Y.O. & Brysiewicz, P. 2017. Family caregiver’s experiences of providing care to patients with End Stage Renal Disease in South West Nigeria. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 26 (17-18): 2624–2632. DOI: 10.1111/jocn.13689
  13. Clarke, D.L., Brysiewicz, P., Sartorius, B., Bruce, J.L. & Laing, G.L.  2017. Hypotension of 110 mmHg and lower is associated with increased mortality in South African patients after trauma. Scandinavian Journal of Surgery, 1-8. Kong, V.Y., Odendaal J.J., Sartorius, B., Jerome, E., Brysiewicz, P., Bruce, J.L., Laing, G.L., Clarke, D.L. 2016. Civilian cerebral gunshot wounds: A South African experience. ANZ Journal of Surgery. DOI: 10.1111/ans.1384.
  14. De Beer, J. & Brysiewicz, P. 2016. The needs of family members of intensive care unit patients: A grounded theory study. Southern African Journal of Critical Care, 32(2):44-49. DOI:10.7196/SAJCC.2016.v32i2.298.
  15. Kerr, J., Brysiewicz, P. & Bhengu, B. 2016. Developing Guidelines for managing a nursing workforce infected with HIV and TB in South African hospitals. Africa Journal of Nursing and Midwifery, 18(2): 87-102.
  16. Munyiginya, P., Brysiewicz, P. & Mill, J. 2016. Critical care nursing practice and education in Rwanda. Southern African Journal of Critical Care, 32(2):55-57. DOI:10.7196/SAJCC.2016.v32i2.272. Pimmer, C., Chipps, J., Brysiewicz, P., Walters, F., Linxen, S. & Gröhbiel, U.  2016. Supervision on social media. Use and perception of Facebook as a research education tool in disadvantaged areas. International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 17(5):200-214.
  17. , J.L. & Laing, G.L. & Brysiewicz, P. 2016. Mortality rates increase dramatically below a systolic blood pressure of 105 mm Hg in septic surgical patients. The American Journal of Surgery, 212 (5): 941-945.

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