Advanced Practice Nursing in Swaziland

Snapshot

APN Role Exists in Country Today:
Yes

Title:
Nurse-Midwife
Nurse Practitioner

Nationally Certified:
Uncertain

Recognize Foreign Licensure:
Uncertain

Treatment Authority:
Yes

Prescribing Authority:
Yes

Practice Autonomously:
Yes

Contact:
Swaziland Nursing Council

Role

There are chiefly two roles of Advanced Practice in Swaziland.  Of note, the role of the registered nurse includes the ability to assess, diagnose, and treat patients for a number of conditions (Klopper & Uys, 2012).  Outside of the registered nurse role, there are two areas of Advanced Practice Nursing:

  • Nurse-Midwife – Provide delivery, maternal health, and sexually transmitted disease care.
  • Nurse Practitioner – Provide advanced assessment, diagnosis, and treatment, including prescribing.  Primary in the hospital setting.

Education

There are two programs in Swaziland that educate Nurse-Midwifes.  A nurse must first have their diploma or bachelors of science in nursing prior to entering the program.  In general, the Midwifery course takes one year to complete (Klopper & Uys, 2012).

There are currently no Nurse Practitioner programs in Swaziland.  Apparently, they previously but are no longer present (Klopper & Uys, 2012).

Specialties

Uncertain

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References:
Klopper, H. & Uys, L.R. (2012). The state of nursing and education in Africa: A country-by-country review.  Sigma Theta Tau.  Retrieved from: http://books.google.com/books?id=SzgiwENnd4UC&source=gbs_navlinks_s

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