Best of Journal of Nursing Scholarship: World Health
The Lived Experience of Genocide Rape Survivors in Rwanda
Donatilla Mukamana, MSN
Petra Brysiewicz, PhD
Tau Lambda-at-Large Chapter
Donatilla Mukamana completed her Master’s degree at the University of KwaZulu-Natal and translated her Master’s dissertation into an award winning article which was published in the Journal of Nursing Scholarship. She worked to uplift the standard of Nursing in my country, Rwanda. She participates assiduously in the training of nurses through curriculum elaboration, teaching, research and clinical supervision. She has contributed with other nurses to put in place le “Conseil Rwandais des infirmiers et sages- femmes”(CRISF) Rwanda National Council of Nurses and Midwives. As a mental health nurse, she worked as chief nurse of the clinical service of “Centre National du Traumatisme au Rwanda,” created after the Tutsi genocide of 1994. I have advocated myself in the training of mental health nursing in Rwanda and in neighboring country (Burundi). Now she as head of Mental Health Department at Kigali Health Institute/Rwanda. Elaboration of the curriculum for nurses for Advanced diploma and Bachelor level. She has demonstrated leadership qualities in her country as she is heading a number of nurses working groups with the aim of improving the nursing care in Rwanda. She has contributed to the curriculum elaboration of General nurses as well as for mental health nurses.
Dr. Petra Brysiewicz is a senior lecturer in the School of Nursing, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. She is involved in teaching, general medical-surgical Nursing (bachelor’s degree in nursing) and trauma nursing (bachelor’s and master’s level). Her research areas include psychosocial consequences and implications of trauma/emergencies. She has had numerous peer-reviewed articles published and presented at various national and international conferences predominately in the area of trauma/emergency Nursing.