Ms Dorien Wentzel


Ms Dorien Wentzel



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Howard College


Bachelor of Nursing (3rd years)


Oncology BNAP lecturer

Bio sketch

Dr Wentzel is a general nurse with midwifery with additional qualifications in Community Nursing, Nurse Education, Intensive Care Nursing, Oncology & Palliative Nursing and she holds a Dispensing license. She is currently employed by the School of Nursing in a full-time post as a Senior Lecturer. Together with facilitating third year general nursing BN students, she is currently supervising research MN and PhD students. She graduated with MPH and PhD. Her specialization is in Oncology & Palliative Nursing. Her research focus is the effects of compassion fatigue, burnout and compassion satisfaction on health care workers.

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List of Publications

  • 2008 -Engelbrecht. C, Nkosi. Z, Wentzel. D & Govender.S. Nursing students’ use of language in communicating with isiZulu speaking clients in clinical settings in KwaZulu-Natal.2009. Co Author. South African Journal African Language 2008.2 pp. 145-155. (Prize awarded for the best literature and linguistic contributions published in the SAJAL journal)
  • 2012 – Wentzel. D & Voce A.  Health seeking experiences and behaviours of homeless people in Durban, South Africa. Africa Journal of Nursing and Midwifery 14 (2) 2012 pp.77-89.  URI:
  • 2014 – Wentzel, D & Brysiewicz, P. The consequence of caring too much: compassion fatigue and the trauma nurse. Journal of Emergency Nursing January  Vol 40 (1) 95-97. doi: 10.1016/j.jen.2013.10.009.
  • 2017 – Wentzel D & Brysiewicz P. Integrative review of in-facility interventions to manage compassion fatigue in oncology nurses. 44 (3) May 2017, E124-E140. Oncology Nursing Forum 2017. doi: 10.1188/17.ONF.E124-E140.
  • 2017 – Mathias, CT & Wentzel D. Descriptive study of burnout, compassion fatigue and compassion satisfaction in undergraduate nursing students at a tertiary education institution in KwaZulu-Natal. Curationis. Sep 22; 40(1):e1-e6. doi: 10.4102/curationis.v40i1.1784
  • 2018 – Wentzel D & Brysiewicz P. A Survey of Compassion Satisfaction, Burnout and Compassion Fatigue in Nurses Practicing in Three Oncology Departments in Durban, South Africa. International Journal of African Nursing Sciences – doi:org/10. 1016/j.ijans.2018.03.004.
  • 2019 – Wentzel D, Brysiewicz P & Collins A. Describing compassion fatigue from the perspective of oncology nurses in Durban, South Africa – Vol 24, 2019 Health SA Gesondheid 24(0), a1279.

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