Prof FM Mulaudzi is the South African Research Chair in Ubuntu Community Model in Nursing. She is a Professor of Nursing at the University of Pretoria with 37 years of professional experience. Prior to her appointment as SARChI, Prof Mulaudzi was the Head of the Department of Nursing Science for 10 years. She was also the Chairperson of the School of Health Care Sciences for seven years where she managed five different Departments (Departments of Nursing Science, Department of Physiotherapy, Department of Occupational Therapy, Department of Radiography and Department of Human Nutrition). During her tenure, her focus was on instilling a culture of research in the School of Health Care Sciences and her department, which culminated in the increase of publication outputs in the school at large. The publication units improved from 1.2 units in 2011 to 20.6 units in 2014. She has also worked with a number of Masters and PhD students who have successfully completed their studies under her supervision.
She is a recognised leader nationally and internationally. She served as a Chairperson of the Forum of University Nursing Departments (FUNDISA) for several years. During her tenure as the chairperson of FUNDISA, the South African Minister of Health recognised her leadership skills and appointed her to serve as a member of the Palliative Care Steering Committee and a member of the QUAD, where she acted as a representative for Nursing in the African Regulatory framework. She also served as Deputy President and later President of Chi Xi Chapter of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society for Nursing from 2017-2019. She is currently the Deputy President of DENOSA and African Regional coordinator of SIGMA Theta tau.
She has experience in managing the Community- Oriented Nursing Education Programme for Women and Children (CONEWCH), which was a collaborative project between the then Limpopo University (Sefako Makgatho campus) and the University of Pretoria Nursing departments. The project started in 2009 and ended in 2013. The project graduated 36 PhD and 39 Masters Students in the two Departments.. The project is also responsible for the establishment of two learning centres which were developed and equipped with world-class technology. One is at Jubilee Hospital in Hammanskraal while another one is at Tshwane Learning Centre in Tshwane District Hospital. The centres are used by hospital and faculty personnel during their in-service and continuous development programmes. Academic staff members at both universities were equipped with different skills such as writing for publication, methodology enhancement courses, evaluation of a dissertation and supervision. She also introduced interprofessional teaching in the school of health care sciences.
Prof Mulaudzi’s research has helped to identify the most important factors that influence the service delivery of nurses and indigenous health practitioners. She has worked with indigenous knowledge practitioners in many settings. She was a member of the board of Indigenous knowledge systems in South Africa (IKSSA). She is the author of 16 books as well as more than 50 peer-reviewed journals. In 2011 Prof Mavis was the recipient of the South African Women in Science Award as Runner-up– Distinguished Women in Science in the category of Indigenous knowledge systems – for outstanding contribution to build South Africa’s scientific and research knowledge base. She is a committee member of Public Health Australia Africa University Network. She has already contributed a lot in the promotion of Ubuntu philosophy as an ethic in nursing. She has been a visiting scholar at Hull University UK, North Caroline and Seton Hall University in the United States of America. She was also a keynote speaker in the International Research Congress of Sigma theta Tau in (Singapore), Transcultural nursing conference (Bournemouth, UK) and in the International Council of Nursing Congress 2019 ( Singapore).