Dr Jane Kerr

Dr Jane Kerr


Dr Jane Kerr



 +27 (0)31 260 1432




Howard College 

Research Interests

Nursing Human Resource Management
Nursing Management/Administration
Ocupational Health
Evaluation and Monitoring


Nursing Management


 Biosketch Dr Jane Kerr (RN, RM, Diploma Nursing Education & Community Health, Diploma Nursing Administration, Certificate OHN, M.Cur. (Stellenbosch), PhD (UKZN), is a Nursing Management lecturer in the Discipline of Nursing.

She has 15 years’ experience as a Nurse Manager in two hospitals in Durban; one hospital was a Private hospital while the other was a government subsidised hospital. Her experienced is focused on the planning and provision of staffing in a nursing service. While studying towards her PhD she has received grants from Sigma Tea Tau (STTI) small grants and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, through the KwaZulu-Natal Research Institute for Tuberculosis and HIV (K-RITH).


She completed her PhD in 2014. 

She has had a varied career, commencing her training at Tygerberg Hospital in Cape Town; studied midwifery at Greys Hospital; taught at Carinus College, Grootte Schuur Hospital and Greys College of Nursing; practiced as an Occupational Health nurse in the Metal Box Liquid Packing plant in Isithebe and has worked as a medical representative for Adcock Ingram.

Dr Kerr commenced her academic career at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in 2009 where she has been actively involved in the refurbishing and relocation of the School of Nursing and Family Medicine skills laboratory and has been involved in the procurement of specialised teaching equipment e.g. Sim Man and Sim Mom & Sim baby.


Dr Kerr presented her Master Degree research at the Stellenbosch University and the University of KwaZulu-Natal Colleges of Health Sciences research days in 2009 and her PhD at the 2013 University of KwaZulu-Natal College of Health Sciences Research day. She presented a poster of her PhD at the STTI conference in Bloemfontein 2013.

She presented a discussion of staffing calculations at the International Midwives Conference (ICM) in Durban in 2011.


During 2009 she attended and passed two M Ed modules for non-degree purposes i.e. Research supervision and Assessment in Higher Education.

She has actively encouraged the use of Moodle in her teaching and through students uploading assignments onto this platform has empowered previously computer illiterate nurses to exit her modules as computer literate individuals.   


Professional Positions & Awards

  • Member of Sigma Teta Tau (STTI) [Tau Lambda Chapter]
  • Sigma Teta Tau (STTI) small grants holder
  • Howard Hughes Medical Institute, through the KwaZulu-Natal Research Institute for Tuberculosis and HIV (K-RITH) grant holder
  • Awarded the prize for the best practical midwife, during her midwifery training

List of Publications

McIntosh, J. Stellenberg, E.L. 2009. Effect of a Staffing Strategy based on voluntary increase in working hours on quality of patient care in a hospital in KwaZulu-Natal. Curationis 32 (2): 11-20.

Nishimwe, C. Kerr,J. 2012. The effectiveness of malaria health education provided to pregnant women by nurses at a selected health center in Rwanda. Africa Journal of Nursing and Midwifery 14(2):63-76



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