Prof Petra Brysiewicz



Prof Petra Brysiewicz


 +27 (0)31 260 1281



Howard College 

Research Interests

Research capacity development, research leadership, mentorship as well as family focused care/collaboration, specifically within acute care. Much of her research is conducted qualitative approaches or mixed methods.


Full professor


 Petra Brysiewicz is a full professor in the Discipline of Nursing, School of Nursing & Public Health, University of KwaZulu-Natal and an honorary full professor in the Division of Emergency Medicine, Department of Surgery, at the University of Cape Town. She has worked with research and education of health professionals in South Africa and Africa for over 22 years, predominately in the area of acute/emergency care.

She teaches Critical Care & Emergency/Trauma Nursing at undergraduate and postgraduate level as well as Qualitative Research at postgraduate level. She is extensively involved in postgraduate research supervision.

Petra is the communicating PI for Developing Research Innovation, Localisation and Leadership (DRILL) programme within the College of Health Sciences, University of KwaZulu-Natal, which is funded by Fogarty International Center of the National Institutes of Health.

List of Publications:

2021 – 2018

1.       Brysiewicz, P., Scott, T., Acheampong, E. & Muya, I. 2021. Facilitating the development of emergency nursing in Africa: Operational challenges and successes. African Journal of Emergency Medicine, 11(3): 335-338.

2.       Goode, V.; Punjabi, V.; Niewiara, J.; Roberts, L.; Bruce, J.; Silva, S.; Morgan, B.; Pereira, K.; Brysiewicz, P. & Clarke, D. 2021. Utilizing a Retrospective Secondary Data Analysis to Identify Risk Factors of Pulmonary Complications in Post-Trauma patients in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. Journal of Surgical Research, 262: 47-56.

3.       Mutabazi, U.P. & Brysiewicz, P. 2021. Descriptive survey of women’s childbirth experiences in two state hospitals in KwaZulu-Natal. Curationis, 44(1): a2164. curationis.v44i1.2164.

4.       Laflamme, L., Chipps J., Barrett, D., Brysiewicz, P., Duys, R., Evans, K., Jarvis, M.A., Mars, M., Stassen, W. & Wallis, L.A. 2021. Dos and don’ts for mHealth-based clinical support among clinicians in South Africa. Results from a 1-day workshop. South African Medical Journal, 111(5):416-420. doi:10.7196/SAMJ.2021.v111i5.15400.

5.       Suleman, F., Wassenaar, D., Nadesanreddy, N. & Brysiewicz, P. 2021. DRILL: An Innovative Program to Develop Health Research Leadership in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. African Journal of Health Professions Education, 13(1):10-11. v13i1.1422.

6.       Chetty, S., Bangalee, V. & Brysiewicz, P. 2020. Interprofessional Collaborative Learning in the Workplace: Perceptions of Healthcare professionals in Durban, South Africa. BMC Medical Education, 20:346.

7.       Emmamally, W. Erlingsson, C. & Brysiewicz, P. 2020. Connecting and engaging with families in the emergency department: Describing health care professionals’ perceptions. Curationis, 43(1), a2155. https://doi. org/10.4102/curationis. v43i1.2155.

8.       Oyegbile, Y.O. & Brysiewicz, P. 2020. Measuring patient experience in the emergency department: A scoping review. African Journal of Emergency Medicine, 10: 249–255.

9.       Rout, J. & Brysiewicz, P. 2020. Perceived barriers to the development of the antimicrobial stewardship role of the nurse in intensive care: Views of healthcare professionals. Southern African Journal of Critical Care, 36(1):51-56. doi:10.7196/SAJCC.2020.v36i1.410.

10.   Orton, P., Essack, S., Nokes, K.M. & Brysiewicz, P. 2020. Development of an instrument to measure perception of access to health-related higher education programmes in South Africa. South African Journal of Higher Education, 34(6): 185-200. doi: 10.20853/34-6-3446

11.   Shobo, C.O.; Alisoltani, A.; Abia, A.L.K.; Mtshali, P.S.; Ismail, A.; Zishiri, O.T.; Horn, J.D.; Brysiewicz, P.; Essack, S.Y. & Bester, L.A. 2020. Bacterial diversity and functional profile of microbial populations on surfaces in public hospital environments in South Africa: a high throughput metagenomic analysis. Science of the Total Environment¸ 719, 137360. doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.137360.

12.   Emmamally, W. Erlingsson, C. & Brysiewicz, P. 2020. Families’ perceptions of relational practice in the emergency department: A qualitative study. International Emergency Nursing, 51:100877. doi: 10.1016/j.ienj.2020.100877. 

13.   Wentzel, D., Collins, A. & Brysiewicz, P. 2019. Describing compassion fatigue from the perspective of oncology nurses in Durban, South Africa. Health SA Gesondheid, 24: a1279. doi:10.4102/hsag.v24i0.1279.

14.   Cheruiyot, J. & Brysiewicz, P. 2019. Describing nurses’ perceptions of caring and uncaring nursing encounters in inpatient rehabilitation settings in South Africa: A qualitative study. International Journal of Africa Nursing Sciences, 11. doi:10.1016/j.ijans.2019.100160.

15.   Rout, J., Essack, S. & Brysiewicz, P. 2019. Are Nursing Infusion Practices Delivering Full Dose Antimicrobial Treatment? Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy. DOI: 10.1093/jac/dkz365.

16.   Green, S., Kong, V.Y., Skinner, D., Bruce, J.L., Laing, G.L., Brysiewicz, P., & Clarke, D.L. 2019. Compliance with the Surviving Sepsis Campaign guidelines for early resuscitation does not seem to translate into improved outcomes in patients with surgical sepsis in South Africa. South African Journal of Surgery, 57(2): 9-11. DOI: 10.17159/2078-5151/2018/v57n2a2856.

17.   De Beer, J. & Brysiewicz, P. 2019. The theory of family care during critical illness. Southern African Journal of Critical Care, 35(1): 19-24.

18.   Cheruiyot, J. & Brysiewicz, P. 2019. Patients’ perceptions of caring and uncaring nursing encounters. A descriptive qualitative study from in-patient rehabilitation settings in South Africa. African Journal of Nursing and Midwifery, 21 (2): 18 pages. doi:10.25159/2520-5293/5973.

19.   Buitendag, J., Ras, A., Kong V.Y., Bruce, J.L., Laing, G.L., Clarke, D.L. & Brysiewicz, P. 2019. An Overview of Penetrating Traumatic Brain Injury in a Civilian Trauma Service. South African Journal of Surgery, 57(1): 37-42.

20.   Oyegbile, Y.O. & Brysiewicz, P. 2019. Developing an Intervention Model to Manage Caregiver Burden. Africa Journal of Nursing and Midwifery, 21(1): 16 pages. doi:10.25159/2520-5293/4330.

21.   Bashir, A., Kong, V., Buitendag, J., Manchev, V., Bekker, W., Bruce, J., Laing, G.L., Brysiewicz, P., & Clarke, D.L. 2019. An audit and analysis of adverse events and human error associated with the imaging of trauma patients. South African Medical Journal, 109(9):693-697.

22.   Nyide, S.P., Bruce, J., Clarke, D.L. & Brysiewicz, P. 2019. A retrospective audit of nursing related morbidity recorded in a state hospital in KwaZulu-Natal. Curationis, 42(1), a1969. DOI: 10.4102/curationis.v42i1.1969.

23.   Emmamally, W. & Brysiewicz, P. 2019. Families perceptions of support from health care professionals in the emergency department. International Journal of Africa Nursing Sciences, 10: 55-60. DOI: 10.1016/j.ijans.2019.01.004.

24.   Amod, H. & Brysiewicz, P. 2019. Promoting experiential learning through the use of high fidelity human patient simulators (HFHPS). Curationis, 42(1): a1882. DOI: 10.4102/ curationis.v42i1.1882.

25.   Bashir, A., Kong, V.Y., Skinner, D.L., Bruce, J.L., Laing, G.L., Brysiewicz, P. & Clarke D.L. 2018. Contrast Induced Nephropathy following CT scan for trauma is not rare and is associated with increased mortality in South African trauma patients. European Journal of Trauma and Emergency Surgery, 1-6. DOI: 10.1007/s00068-018-1008-6.

26.   Dayananda K, Kong VY, Bruce JL, Oosthuizen GV, Laing GL, Brysiewicz P, Clarke DL. 2018. A selective non-operative approach to thoracic stab wounds is safe and cost effective – a South African experience. Annals of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, 5:1-9. DOI: 10.1308/rcsann.2018.0118.

27.   Emmamally, W. & Brysiewicz, P. 2018. Family – centred practices of health care professionals in three emergency departments in the province of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Southern African Journal of Critical Care, 34(2):38-43. DOI:10.7196/SAJCC.201.v34i2.358.

28.   Wentzel, D. & Brysiewicz, P. 2018. A survey of compassion satisfaction, burnout and compassion fatigue in nurses practicing in three oncology departments in Durban, South Africa.  International Journal of Africa Nursing Sciences, 8: 82-86. DOI: 10.1016/j.ijans.2018.03.004.

29.   Kong, V., Weale, R.D., Laing, G., Bruce, J., Oosthuizen, G., Sartorius, B., Brysiewicz, P. & Clarke, D. 2018. A raised serum lactate level is an independent predictor of in-hospital mortality in patients with isolated cerebral gunshot wounds. South African Medical Journal, 108(5):413-417. DOI: 10.7196/SAMJ.2018.v108i5.12837.

30.    Dulandas, R. & Brysiewicz, P. 2018. A description of the self-perceived educational needs of emergency nurses in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. African Journal of Emergency Medicine, 8(3): 84-88. doi: 10.1016/j.afjem.2018.03.001.



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