Associate Professor Busisiwe Rosemary Bhengu

Associate Professor Busisiwe Rosemary Bhengu


Associate Professor Busisiwe Rosemary Bhengu


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Howard College Campus

Research Interests

Critical Care Nursing, Nephrology, HIV and AIDS


Associate Professor


Professor Busisiwe Bhengu has been extensively involved in nursing education, and specifically critical care education, for many years both nationally and internationally. She has also been very involved in nursing curriculum development, specifically in the area of critical care nursing. Over the years she has taught critical care nursing at diploma, undergraduate and postgraduate levels and a vast number of the practicing critical care nurses in KwaZulu-Natal are her previous students. Professor Bhengu has been very involved in the Critical Care Society of Southern Africa and has played an integral part in the further development of the critical care nursing involvement in this national society. She also has a particular interest in the development of clinical nurse specialists and has been extensively involved in this within South Africa. Professor Bhengu is involved in research within the area of critical care as well as supervising a large number of postgraduate students, both at masters and doctoral level. She is well published and has presented at many national and international conferences, often as an invited speaker.  Professor Bhengu is a nurse leader who has held a number of leadership positions within Nursing, and is currently the Chair of the South African Nursing Council.

List of Publications 
26. Govender, Brysiewicz, P and Bhengu, BR (2015) Perceptions of newly qualified nurses carrying out compulsory community service in KwaZulu-Natal, Curationis (Accepted
25. Kerr, J; Brysiewicz, P. and Bhengu, B. R. (2015) Experiences of nurse managers in managing a workforce who are HIV and/or TB infected. Africa Journal of Nursing and Midwifery 16 (2) 2014 pp. 1–2
24. Chironda, G; Manwer² A, Nyamakura, R; Chipfuwa, T & Bhengu, B (2014) Perceived health status and adherence to haemodialysis by End Stage Renal Disease patients: A case of a Central hospital in Zimbabwe. IOSR Journal of Nursing and Health Science (IOSR-NNHS)
23. Nkosi, ZZ & Bhengu, BR (2013) Retention strategies, perspectives of the South African nurses working in developed countries, a focus group discussion. Journal of Research in Nursing and Midwifery 2(5): 67-71
22. Bridget Akin-Otiko & Bhengu, Busisiwe: (2013) Building capacity of midwives for result-oriented client education and friendly service, West African Journal of Nursing 24(1) 28-41.
21. Akin-Otiko, Bridget & Bhengu, Busisiwe (2012) Influencers of Midwives’ Practice of Interpersonal Communication and counselling (IPCC) Skills Post Workshop. The Nigerian Journal of General Practice 10(02): 32-37 DOL:http://www.ajol.infor/index/phpnjgp/index
20. Akin-Otiko, BO & Bhengu, BR (2012) Client education experiences and expectations of women at the first level of maternal and child care in Kaduna State, Nigeria. Midwifery28 e893-e899.
19. Bhengu, BR (2012) Professional Conduct: How to get it right in the Operating Theatre SATS Volume 37 issues 1. p 58-62.
18. Gondwe, WTM; Bhengu, BR & Bultemeier, K (2011) Challenges encountered by Intensive Care Nurses in meeting Patients’ Families’ Needs in Malawi, Africa Journal of Nursing and Midwifery 13(2). Pp 92102
17. Bhengu, BR (2011) Anchoring the Nursing Specialisation in Context The Specialist Forum 11(6) p17 – 18.
16. de Beer, J; Brysiewicz, P & Bhengu, BR (2011) Critical Care Nursing in South Africa, Southern African Journal of Critical Care 27(1), July p 6-8
15. Bhengu, BR (2010) An investigation into the level of empowerment of rural women in Zululand District of KwaZulu-Natal. Curationis, 33(2) July.p4-12.
14. Bhengu, BR, (2009) Nursing Specialisation’s impact on OSD and Qualifications, Health Annals, 18th Publication of the Hospital Association of South Africa. P21-24
13. Corless IB, Wantland D, Bhengu BR, McInerney PA, Ncama BP, Nicholas PK., McGibbon, C., Wong, E., & Davis SM. (2009). HIV and Tuberculosis in Durban, South Africa: Adherence to two medication regimens. AIDS Care. 21(9), 1106 — 1113
12. Bhengu, BR, Ncama; BP, McInerney, PA; Wantland, DJ; Nicholas, PK; Corless, IB; McGibbon, Davis, SM; Nicholas, TP; & Ros AV (2009) Symptoms experienced by HIV-Infected Individuals on antiretroviral therapy in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Applied Nursing Research
11. Patrice K. Nicholas, Oluyinka Adejumo, Kathleen M. Nokes, Ncama, BP; Bhengu, BR; Elston, E; Nicholas, PT (2009). Fulbright Scholar opportunities for global health and women’s health care in HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa. Applied Nursing Research. Volume 22, Issue 1, Pages 73-77 (February 2009)
10. Mcinerney P. A. , Ncama, B. P.,  Wantland D, Bhengu, B. R., Mcgibbon, C., Davis, S.,  Corless I., Nicholas P. (2008). Quality of Life and Physical Functioning in HIV-infected Individuals Receiving Antiretroviral Therapy in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Nursing and Health Sciences, 10, 266–272
9. Ncama B. P. , , , , , , (2008). Social support and medication adherence in HIV-positive persons in the KwaZulu-Natal Province of South Africa: A descriptive, cross-sectional study. International Journal of Nursing Studies 45 (2008) 1757–1763.
8. Corless, B., Wantland, P., Nocholas, P., Bhengu, B., Mcinerney, P., Ncama, BP., Mc Gibbon, C., Davis, S., Gallagher, D., (2007) Characteristics of Anti-Tuberculosis Medication Adherence in South Africa. AIDS Care.
7. Mcinerney, P., Nicholas, P., Wantland, P., Corless, B., Ncama, BP., Bhengu, B., Mc Gibbon, C., Davis, S., Gallagher, D., (2007) Characteristics of Anti-Tuberculosis Medication Adherence in South Africa. Applied Nursing Research. 2007 Nov;20(4):164-70.h.
6. Corless, I.B., Nicholas, P.K., Wantland, D., McInerney, P., Ncama, B., Bhengu, B., McGibbon, C.A. Davis, S.M (2006). The impact of meaning in life and life goals on adherence to a tuberculosis medication regimen in South Africa.  Int J Tuberc Lung Dis. Oct;10 (10):1159-65)
5. Uys, LR; Bhengu, BR & Majumdar, B (2006) The use of PHC clinic-based women’s groups for financial empowerment in a rural area. Curationis 29(1): March 2006
4. Mchunu, GG & Bhengu, BR: (2004) The knowledge and attitudes of traditional birth attendants towards HIV/AIDS and their beliefs related to perinatal care: A study conducted in KwaZulu-Natal. Curationis 27(1). March. p 41-51
3. Bhengu, BR & Uys, HHM.  (2004) Organ Donation and transplantation in the Zulu Culture. Curationis. 27(3). August. p 24-33
2. Bhengu, BR (2001) Exploring the critical care nurses’ rationale for and experiences regarding holding a second job (moonlighting) Curationis 24(2), May.  p 48-53.
1. Brysiewicz, P and Bhengu, BR (2000) Exploring trauma care nurses’ lived experiences of dealing with the violent death of their clients. Curations; 23 (4) December p15- 20. 
7. BHENGU, BR (2008): The paediatric patient in an adult ICU, Cardiovascular Journal of Africa 19(5) pS3
6. BHENGU, BR (2007) Patients Transition Between Intensive Care Units and General Wards, SAJCC Critical Care Congress ( August 2007)
5. BHENGU, BR, 2007: Critical Care Nursing Education in South Africa. Journal FÜR Anästhesie und Intensivbehandlung. 17. Symposium Intensivmedizin + Intensivpflege in Bremen. Nr.1-2007-s32.
4. BHENGU, BR, CARR, MJ & CARTER, CA (2005) Development and evaluation of critical care outreach programme: A proposal. South African A Journal of Critical Care 21(1). p 57.
3. CARR, MJ, BHENGU, BR & CARTER CA (2005) Critical Care Outreach – A Solution for South Africa? South African Journal of Critical Care (A poster presentation) 21(1)). p 58.
2. BHENGU, BR (2003): A health systems’ analysis of the interface between the tertiary level ICUs and the peripheral health services: KwaZulu-Natal: Journal of the Allergy Society Of South Africa, 16(3), p 142.
1. BHENGU, BR (2003): A health systems’ analysis of the interface between the tertiary level ICUs and the peripheral health services: KwaZulu-Natal: South African Respiratory Journal, 9(3): Congress Abstract: p138.
1. Bhengu, B; Carr, M & Carter, C (2008) Acute Care: Clinical Assessment and Treatment of Acutely Ill Patients. Professional Nurse Series. Cape Town: Juta
6. Bhengu BR (2015) Introduction to pharmacology in Uys, LR, & Geyer, NM Fundamental Nursing (in press)
5. Bhengu, BR and BP Ncama (2015) The impact of HIV/AIDS on the Nursing Profession in Sub-Saharan Africa in Breaky, S, Corless, IB, & Meedzan, NL (2015) Global Health Nursing in the 21st Century.
4. Bhengu, BR (2013) Regulation of Practice (Chapter 8) in Geyer, N; Amstrong, S; Bhengu, B, Kotze’, W; Nkonzo – Mtembu, L; Ricks, E; Stellenberg, E; van Rooyen, D & Vasuthevan, S: A new approach to professional practice, p118 – 130.
3. Duma,  S; Dippenaar, J; Bhengu, B; Oosthuisen, D; Middleton, L; Phillips, M; Naude, S (2012) Specialist and Advanced Specialist Nursing and Midwifery Practice in Trends in Nursing 2012. FUNDISA SERIES, p109 – 127.
2. Chauke, Me, Manaka-Mkwanazi, I & Bhengu, BR (2005) Disorders associated with Cells and Tissues (Chapter 4) in Mogotlane, SM; Mokoena, JD & Chauke, ME (2005) Juta’s Manual of Nursing: Medical Surgical Nursing Part 1. Cape Town: Juta Publishers. P 4.1-4.101.

1. Bhengu, BR & Manaka-Mkwanazi, I (2005) Disorders of the Gastrointestinal Diseases (Chapter 15) in Mogotlane, SM; Mokoena, JD & Chauke, ME (2005) Juta’s Manual of Nursing: Medical Surgical Nursing Part 2. Cape Town: Juta Publishers. P 15.1-15.101 

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