Prof Petra Brysiewicz

Person Prof Petra Brysiewicz
Telephone  +27 (0)31 260 1281
Campus 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 using various qualitative approaches.
Designation Full professor
 Biosketch  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, Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Cape Town. She has worked with research and education of health professionals in South Africa and Africa for over 20 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: 2018 – 2019 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.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. De Beer, J. & Brysiewicz, P. 2019. The theory of family care during critical illness. Southern African Journal of Critical Care, 35(1): 19-24., J. & Brysiewicz, P. Patients’ perceptions of caring and uncaring nursing encounters. A descriptive qualitative study from in-patient rehabilitation settings in South Africa. *In press African Journal of Nursing and Midwifery. 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.Oyegbile, Y.O. & Brysiewicz, P. Developing an Intervention Model to Manage Caregiver Burden. *In press African Journal of Nursing and Midwifery. 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., 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.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.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.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.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.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.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.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.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. Ndlela, N. & Brysiewicz, P. 2018.Students’ perceptions of student support services in a selected Nursing Campus in EThekwini District. Africa Journal of Nursing and Midwifery, 20(2): 1-14. DOI: 10.25159/2520-5293/3160.Buitendag, J., Ras, A., Kong V.Y., Bruce, J.L., Laing, G.L., Clarke, D.L. & Brysiewicz, P. 2018. A validation of the Simplified Motor Score in the assessment of patients with TBI in South Africa. South African Medical Journal, 108(2):90-93. DOI:10.7196/SAMJ.2018.v108i2.12757.Weale, R., Kong, V., Manchev, V., Bekker, W., Oosthuizen, O., Brysiewicz, P., Laing, G., Bruce, J. & Clarke, D.L. 2018. Management of Intra-abdominal Vascular Injury in Trauma Laparotomy: A South African experience. Canadian Journal of Surgery, 61(3):9717. DOI: 10.1503/cjs.009717. Barnes, R.C., Clarke, D.L., Farina, Z., Sartorius, B., Brysiewicz, P., Laing, G.L., Bruce, J.L. & Kong, V. 2018. Vital sign based shock scores are poor at triaging South African trauma patients. TheAmerican Journal of Surgery, 216(2):235-239. DOI: 10.1016/j.amjsurg.2017.07.025.Mukamana, D., Brysiewicz, P., Collins, A. & Rosa, W. 2018. Recovery from Genocide Rape Trauma: An Integrated Theoretical Framework for Supporting Survivors. Advances in Nursing Science, 41(1): 41-56. DOI: 10.1097/ANS.0000000000000177.