Dr Irene Lubbe

Irene Lubbe

Faculty of Health Science

Tel: +27 12 356 3099
E-mail: [email protected]

Research Interests:

  • Scholarship of teaching and learning
  • Teaching innovation
  • Digital literacy and digital fluency


  • PhD in Higher Education studies - 2012
  • Thesis: Student recruitment in nursing education institutions in South Africa
  • M.ED in Distance Education - June 2016 (Cum Laude. Recipient of “Council graduate excellence award” for Master’s degree)
  • Dissertation title: Digital fluency amongst faculty members in an open distance education institution in South Africa.
  • Certificate in Technology in distance education and e-learning (University of Maryland University College) - June 2014
  • M.Soc.Sc. in Critical Care Nursing (UFS) - June 2003.  
    Limited scope dissertation on paediatric congenital heart defects
  • Moderator - 2006
  • Skills Assessor - 2004
  • Advance University Diploma in Nursing Education (UNISA) - 1998
  • Advance University Diploma in Health Services Management (UNISA) - 1998
  • B.Soc.Sc. (UOFS) - 1993
    General Nursing, Community Nursing, Psychiatric Nursing & Midwifery
  • Standard 10: Frans du Toit High School, Phalaborwa, 1988


Articles in SA DHET-accredited journals

  • Mupara, L. & Lubbe, J.C. 2016. Implementation of the integrated management of childhood illnesses strategy: challenges and recommendations in Botswana. Global Health Action, 9. [S.l.], v. 9, feb. 2016. ISSN 1654-9880. Available at: http://www.globalhealthaction.net/index.php/gha/article/view/29417. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.3402/gha.v9.29417.
    * Impact Factor of 1.896 (2015) and an H-index of 37. [Open-source article]
  • Lubbe, J.C., & Roets, L. 2014. Nurses’ Scope of Practice and the Implication for Quality Nursing Care. Journal of Nursing Scholarship published by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. on behalf of Sigma Theta Tau International.  doi: 10.1111/jnu.12058 
    * Impact Factor: 2.128 [Open-source article]
  • Roets, L. & Lubbe, J.C. 2014.  Scholarship of discovery: Enhancing a research culture in nursing colleges. African Journal of Nursing and Midwifery,16 (1): 2–11
  • Lubbe, J.C., Roets, L. & van Tonder. S.P. 2014. Student recruitment: a framework developed through a multi-phased, multi-method process planning approach. Gender and Behaviour, 12 (2): 6396 - 6419.
  • Lubbe, J.C., Roets, L., van Tonder, S.P., & Wilkinson, A. 2013. Social media: A method to recruit undergraduate students into the nursing profession. Gender and Behaviour, 11 (2).

Articles (peer-reviewed) in non-DHET/SA-accredited journals

Dissertations and thesis

  • Lubbe, J.C. 2016. Thesis. Digital fluency amongst faculty members in an open distance education institution in South Africa.
  • Lubbe, JC. 2012. PhD-thesis: Student recruitment in private Nursing Education Institutions in South Africa. University of the Free State.
  • Lubbe, JC. 2003. Die prevalensie van pediatriese kongenitale hartdefekte. M-Dissertasie. UFS 

Chapters in books

  • Stellenberg, EL & Bruce, JC (eds). 2007: Nursing practice. Medical-surgical nursing for hospital and community. African edition. Elsevier. ISBN-13: 978-0-443-10064-2
    • Chapter 2 Cardiovascular
    • Chapter 9 Neurology


Local & International presentations

  • 2016. Lubbe, J.C. NEA Symposium Mpumalanga. Technology in Modern health care. August 2016. (Keynote speaker)
  • 2016. Lubbe, J.C. The dichotomy of teaching in a digital age. STTI International Conference. Cape Town, South Africa, 21 – 25 July 2016. [Poster presentation] 
  • 2016. Mupara, L. & Lubbe, J.C. 2016. Let the children play (Integrated management of childhood illnesses (IMCI) implementation in Botswana: Challenges and recommendations). First Annual International Conference on Public and Global Health: Building Sustainability in Public and Global Health. Dodoma, Tanzania
  • 2016. Lubbe, J.C. Research: It is a journey (enjoy the ride). Making a difference together: Showcasing collaboration in nursing and health research. May 2016.
  • 2015. v/d Wal, C; Lubbe, J.C; Smit, F. & Vasuthevan S. STTI’s 43rd Biennial convention in Las Vegas. Integrating evidence-based practice in a nursing curriculum based on the RNAO Guidelines. (Co-presented). November 2015
  • 2015. Lubbe, J.C. & Mupara, L. Who cares if the die? South African International Caritas Consortium. 16 – 18 September 2015.
  • 2015. Masango, M. & Lubbe, J.C. South Africa. Perceptions of Nurses in Supervisory Roles Regarding Competence of Novice Professional Nurses in Health Education. ANEC-conference. (Co-presented). September 2015
  • 2015. Roets, L. & Lubbe, J.C. Florence Italy: Multiple nominal group analysis: A tool to prevent power imbalances amongst stakeholders. International Journal of Arts and Sciences. Multidisciplinary conference.  (Co-presented). June 2015
  • 2015. Lubbe, J.C. Florence Italy: Digital fluency amongst faculty members in higher education institutions. International Journal of Arts and Sciences. Multidisciplinary conference. June 2015.
  • 2015. Lubbe, J.C. & Mupara, L. Botswana – IMCI implementation in Botswana. Global Health conference. (Co-presented). June 2015.
  • 2015. Lubbe, J.C. Pan-Africa Conference: Using technology to promote innovative delivery of nursing education. Ensuring the future of the nursing profession through education. May 2015
  • 2014. Lubbe, J.C. Taking student empowerment on a road less travelled. Unisa Seminar on: The use of technology in teaching in an ODL context.  
  • 2014. Lubbe, J.C. Looking back to move ahead - student reflections on alternative assignments. ODL Conference (Wisconsin). 30th Annual Conference on Distance Teaching & Learning. August 12-14, 2014
  • TV-interview, Channel 404. Lubbe, J.C. 17 May 2014. Shortage of Nurses and SA’s national recruitment plan.
  • 2013. Lubbe, J.C. Video-conferencing for student support in an ODL environment. (The Macrotheme Winter Business Research Conference: French Alpes - Grenoble)
  • 2013. Lubbe, J.C. Student recruitment: Bridging the Gap. STTI-conference (Prague). 24th International Nursing Research Congress in Prague, Czech Republic, 22-26 July 2013. 
  • 2013. Roets, L. & Lubbe, J.C. Scholarship of Nursing: Students perceptions on enhancing a research Culture in NEI’s (Bloemfontein). 13th Annual Conference of The Tau-Lambda-at-Large Chapter of the Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) Honor Society for Nurses.  Co-presenter
  • 2013. Lubbe, J.C. Social media: a strategy to recruit students into undergraduate nursing programs. STTI-conference (Bloemfontein). 13th Annual Conference of The Tau-Lambda-at-Large Chapter of the Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) Honor Society for Nurses.
  • 2013. Lubbe, J.C. International nurses’ day: Florence Nightingale’s legacy (Unisa).
  • 2012. Lubbe, J.C. & Nkosi Z.Z.  Analysis of factors that influence health services management students in attending video-conferencing sessions at UNISA (Research-in-progress). Teaching and Learning Conference. Durban
  • 2012. Lubbe, J.C. Student Recruitment, the Achilles heel of nursing education. NEA-conference. (East London)

Current Activities:

Member of Elsevier’s advisory panel

Reviewer for Journals:

  • Journal of Nursing Scholarship
  • International Nursing Review
  • Clinical pathways
  • African Journal of Nursing and Midwifery
  • Global Health Action (WHO)


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