Telenursing pp 119-129 | Cite as

Telenursing in Africa

  • Sinclair Wynchank
  • Jill Fortuin
Part of the Health Informatics book series (HI)


Nursing is a caring profession. Lay persons think of a nurse taking care of the sick and aiding normal development in the young. But nursing is much more than this and telenursing efficiently promotes and supports aspects of all nursing activities. Telenursing has various definitions. All of them incorporate an electronic transfer of information relevant to nursing and use information and computer technology (ICT). Telenursing can pass knowledge (e.g., to aid in the management of a patient or assist distance-learning/­professional development) and serve the other activities of a nurse. We consider a nurse as a person who has been trained to care for the sick, infirm, and disabled, and who promotes health, healthy growth, and development in children and others. African telenursing is in its infancy and is currently establishing its own norms and practices. Over a hundred times as much has been published on telenursing, from developed nations, compared with developing countries.


Palliative Care Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Southern African Development Community Nursing Activity Primary Health Care Clinic 
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Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome




Health-care Worker


Human Immunodeficiency Virus


Information and Computer Technology


New Partnership for African Development


Primary Health care


State Registered Nurse


Southern African Development Community




World Health Organisation



The authors wish to thank Ashley Bess for valuable administrative assistance and also Professors A. Flisher, E. Gwyther, and M. Kibel for informative discussions.


Distance-learning –

An education system that does not depend on teacher and learner being at the same place at the same time. Communication between them is usually by electronic means.

Ethics –

Study of conduct and judgments using moral principles.

Palliative care –

Managing a health condition to reduce severity of symptoms and/or improve quality of life. It does not try to cure or otherwise affect the condition and is usually associated with a terminal situation, such as found in some cancers.

Tele-education –

As for distance-learning.

Telenursing –

An electronic transfer of information to aid a nursing activity.

Web-based –

A system of making information available that operates over the Internet.

Website –

One or more documents available through the Internet.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Telemedicine PlatformMedical Research CouncilCape TownSouth Africa

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