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Manager Nurse, Operating Rooms. Nurse Educator.

Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
October 18, 2020

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CURRICULUM VITAE of Karen Sharon Delia Harper


Known As : Karen

Marital Status : Single

Nationality : South African

Age : 48 years

Gender : Female

Contact Number : Mobile 072-***-****

Address : 6 View Street

# House 11




Languages : Speak Read Write

English Good Good Good

Afrikaans Fair Good Fair


Institution : University of Natal – Durban KZN South Africa

Course : Bachelor of Social Science – Nursing

Duration : January 1989 – December 1993

Majors : Social Anthropology & Nursing

(Midwifery, Community & Psychiatric Nursing)

Occupational Health Nursing : November 1995 (Natal Technikon)

Certificate with Distinction

Diploma in Operating Theatre : August 1997 (King Edward Hospital Nursing

Nursing College)

HIV/ AIDS Care & Counselling : June 2004 (University of South Africa)

Diploma in Nursing Education : February 2011 (University of KwaZulu-Natal)

Shift Leader Course : 2012 Umhlanga Hospital (Private) Netcare

with Distinction


Presently - Day Hospital Manager

Mediclinic Newcastle

1 May 2019 – Present

– Acting Day Hospital Manager

MediClinic Newcastle

1 March 2019 – 30 April 2019

Responsible for the Theatre unit & 30 bed Day Ward, & Admissions.

Responsibility: - Manage Operating Theatre (3 Theatres)

Manage Day Ward – 30 beds

2 Admission Clerks & 1 Stock Controller

Nursing staff 26

Reporting to Hospital Manager

Operating Theatre Unit Manager

18 July 2018 -30 September 2018

Transfer to Day Clinic Hospital as Theatre Unit Manager

from 1 October 2018 unti 28 February 2019.

2016 August to 2018 January

King Fahad Medical City, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Nursing Education Department

Responsibility – Responsible for 3 different areas in the hospital:

1.Cardiovascular Operating rooms (Adult & Paediatric sections)

Render in-services, Update unit specific, generic competencies & oversee online learning records. (40+ staff)

2. Ancillary Nursing areas (Nurses not directly under Nursing Executive)

Consists of: - Wound & Stoma Care nurses

Central Sterilizing Department nurses

Clinical Auditing nurses

Risk Management nurses

Home Care Nursing

Dental Department nurses

Infection Control nurses

Out of Hours Nursing Supervisors

Quality Nurses (90+ staff)

Pioneered the outreach programme to these areas not directly under Exec. Nursing Services, as an Accreditation fulfilment requirement.

3. Rehabilitation Hospital: 2 Clinical instructors in this area

6 Units (102 staff)

Clinical Instructors render in-services in units, and are responsible for the Continuing professional development competencies and maintenance of standards, in collaboration /liaison with Charge and Head nurses.

October 2013 until August 2016 – Was Educator for all Operating.Rooms.’s i.e., 5 complexes.

o(Acting Nurse Educator since October 2013 until June 2014.)

oEducator Role, overseeing all OR units

oCoordination & Guidance of neophyte Clinical Instructors in the OR area.

oEvaluation of clinical instructors, Team meetings

oUpdating /reviewing of staff competency check offs

oUpdating educational databases

oCoordination of registration for accredited courses

oCoordination of Operating room courses: Moderate Sedation; Intraoperative Update; Surgical Site Infection; Oversight & lecturing role in Postoperative PACU Complications course.

oCo-ordination of In-services for each OR unit, Analysis & collation of education needs & Plan

oOR Journal Club pioneer

oOrientation follow up

oLiaison with Head Nurses & Charge nurses in OR Areas

February 2013 until June 2014

King Fahad Medical City, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Women’s Specialised Hospital

Operating Rooms (Elective & Emergency Units) &

PACU’s (Post Anaesthesia Care Units)- Elective & Emergency Units

oAs a Clinical Instructor, aligned to the Nursing Education Department

oResponsible for the on-going education & facilitation of learning in the O.R. Speciality, including renewal of generic & unit specific competencies.

oKeep abreast with current knowledge & trends, through in-services & the Trade

oHighlight gaps & notify responsible stakeholders, to improve quality of service rendered for optimal patient care & staff /patient safety

oCreate & maintain Safety & Infection prevention awareness & compliance amongst staff

oOn-going Accreditation updates (CBAHI), and maintenance of standards.

oInput at Policy Review Meetings & Quality Meetings.

oActive participation in Scientific Day Preparation Committee.

oStaff improvement / remedial, in conjunction with Head Nurse

oTraining of Dr. Interns on Scrubbing, Gowning & Gloving competency.

oNeeds analysis preparation for Education plan

o Resource person, Journal Club commenced. Distribution of recent relevant readings to fellow Clinical Instructors in O.R.; & sharing of PP Presentation lectures.

oPresentation of lectures at the NED courses

oActing Role as Nurse Educator for All Operating Rooms & PACU’s, re-credentialed in April 2014

May 2004 until January 2013

Netcare Umhlanga Hospital Theatre

oWorked in most disciplines, laparoscopic gynaecological & general surgery

oStarted learning cardiac surgery 2011.

oDid Neurology, Cardiac & General theatre Calls

oWas the Floor person responsible for allocations, arranging emergency theatre bookings, liaising with doctors and ward staff

oAssisted the theatre manager with staff appraisals.

oI was one of two Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNS) in the theatre dept.

Responsible for quality and standards. I did the scheduling of theatre staff.

oRepresented theatre at the Quality Improvement Committee Meetings, Employment Equity (EE) & Transformation Committees

oAt the Hospital orientation programme, I had a slot to talk about HIV, Employment Equity & Transformation.

oI was a resource for the permanent ward staff in the general hospital, linked to the Clinical Facilitation Department. I was responsible for staff development in this role. I would work with staff on their specific unit, and recognize opportunity for improvements in the workflow and the work environment. I did this twice weekly.

May 2003 – Feb 2004 (Entabeni Hospital) Theatre Department

oWorked as part of the orthopaedic team

Since January 1996 until 2003(Theatre Department)Addington Hospital

oIn charge of Orthopaedic Theatre, Vascular / General, Gynae and Emergency Theatres

oClinical Facilitator ( July 2001 – April 2003)

oCharge Nurse in Theatre Departments, Teaching Neophyte Sr.’s from other departments to scrub, imparting basic scrub skills

oAssisted with stock take, repair and ordering of instrumentation

oInterfaced with rep’s from different companies

oLiaison with doctors and The Trade

From January 1994 to December 1995

Surgical Wards (Male-Female 3rd Floor) Addington

oDoctors rounds and carrying out orders

oNursing care plans evaluations / updates

oPatient medicine rounds and IV injections

oSiting of drips

oSupervision of junior staff

oDaily updates of matrons report

oAttending to queries of visitors both telephonically and in person

oOrdering of stock

oIn charge of ward individually between 13h00 and 19h00 and sole responsibility at night

oResponsible for male and female wards on night duty

oPreparation and receiving of theatre cases


Shift Leader Course 2012 (Umhlanga Hospital Netcare – with distinction)

Theatre Prize – Floating Rose Bowl – September 2001 (Addington Hospital)

Service Excellence – November 2000 (Addington Hospital)

Basic Ambulance Certificate – July 1992 (Natal Technikon)

Deep Blue Sea Award- “For exploring where others fear to go” (18-Nov.2017)


Faculty development in Simulation course. 12-14th Sept. 2017

How to write a successful Research proposal for Health Care Providers. (10-5-17)

Clinical Research Training course. (12-13 March 2017)

Successful Submission to Instit. Review Board & Research Ethics Committee Course. (5-7 Feb 2017)

Cancer Pain Management Symposium. (12- 13 Oct. 2016)

Course on application of Ethical Principles to Research & Public Health Practice (10-8-2017)

Radiation Safety Core of Knowledge Course & Workshop. (2-3 Dec. 2015).


Name : Dr Abdiqani Qasim

Position : Director of Nursing Education Administration

King Fahad Medical City (Riyadh, Saudi Arabia)

Contact Number : +966-**-***-****

Name : Mrs Crompton

Position : Matron – Addington Hospital

Currently in Saudi Arabia (Dammam-King Fahad Hosp.) Contact Number : +966*********

Name : Linda Mackenzie

Position : Matron – Addington Hospital (Durban, South Africa)

Contact Number : +27-31-327-****


Name : Heleene Poole

Position : Theatre Sr. – Entabeni Hospital Theatre

Contact Number : +27-83-276*-***

Name : Idah Dhlomo

Position : Head Nurse Women’s O.R. – King Fahad Medical City

Contact Number : +966-**-****-***

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