Anita S Van Der Merwe

Anita S Van Der Merwe

 Anita S Van Der Merwe

Anita holds a PhD that focussed on the empowerment of women as nurses from the UKZN, a Master’s Degree in Critical Care Nursing and Honours Degrees in both Nursing and in Philosophy (with a focus on Ethics) from the UFS. She is registered with the SANC as a general, psychiatric and primary health care nurse and midwife. She holds additional qualifications in Critical Care Nursing, Nursing Education and Nursing Leadership and Management.

Anita is Professor and Head: Division of Nursing, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University since January 2015. During 2013-2014 she was Consultant: Strategic Matters at the same Division. Before this apppointment she resided in Copenhagen, Denmark where she was an educational consultant and technical coordinator for an international program on diabetes and depression – working with international organizations such as the Dialogue on Diabetes and Depression (DDD) and the International Council of Nurses (ICN). 

The group of multidisciplinary experts presented workshops in seven countries in Africa in 2011-2012 with plans for further role-outs. At this time she also held contractual appointments with UFS and UNISA to supervise PhD and Masters students and provided research support to a private Danish training and development company.

Before this, Anita was Professor and Head, School of Nursing, University of the Free State (UFS)

for 6 years till January 2011. In 2009 she was instrumental in obtaining a substantial four year
grant from the Atlantic Philanthropies and successfully lead the project of the School of Nursing,
UFS to pursue three goals, namely the transformation of nursing programmes, the development
of a state-of-the-art virtual health teaching and learning facility and the establishment of a selfsustaining

continuing education unit.

Anita’s experience includes being Nursing Advisor to the Ministry of Health, United Arab Emirates, managing a large academic hospital and a senior staff member at a number of educational institutions inclusive of a nursing college and the UKZN (associate professor). She was appointed as an international consultant by the WHO in a number of countries and by the Bahrain Ministry of Health and Dubai Health Care City for specific health care service assignments. 

In 2013 she was requested to do two more country-specific assignments for the World Health Organization (WHO) in Oman and Saudi-Arabia. Her academic interests include software for qualitative data analysis, applied ethics, leadership and simulation and technology in Nursing Education. She has presented/ co-presented more than 70 workshops and more than 38 papers at international, national and local level. Her publications include articles, consultancy reports and government or organizational position papers and directive documents that focussed on ethics, leadership and management at a national level.

Anita is chair of one of two Health Research Ethics Committees and serves on the Research
Committee of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, SU (Senate Sub-Committee C). Her
current focus within the Division is the mentoring of staff, building of relationships with all role
players, the strenghthening of the PhD programme and the re-establishment of the Bachelors

programme at SU.

On a personal note, Anita loves people, art and music.

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