The Regul8 Framework
The Regul8 framework represents an approach to providing fundamental children’s nursing care. Developed by Associate Professor Minette Coetzee at the Harry Crossly Children’s Nursing Development Unit (Department of Paediatrics and Child Health, UCT), it was originally known as the Seven Steps, and then the Seven (Plus One) Steps. The impetus for the work was to align emerging understandings and research outcomes from the neuro sciences and human biology with current children’s nursing practice. Concepts were developed through continuous exploration of these emerging insights and refined through a decade of teaching and learning alongside children’s nursing students, practitioners and educators from across Africa. The framework is designed to comprehensively address the major influences on autonomic regulatory function through an intentionally Afrocentric guide to children’s nursing care planning.