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Prof. Hester Klopper C.

Extra-ordinary Professor

University of the Western Cape

Email: h***@***.za

University of the Western Cape

Background Information

Employment History

President (2013 - 2015)

Sigma Theta Tau International Inc

Educational Consultant for the Group

Clinic Holdings


Academy of Nursing of South Africa (ANSA)

ASSAF (Fellow)
Academy of Science of South Africa

Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN)
American Academy of Nursing

Founding Member
Africa Honor Society of Nursing

Global Forums

Member of the Program Expert Advisory Committee
Nurse Faculty Mentored Leadership Development

Member of the Leadership Academy
Maternal-Child Health

Tau Lambda

Board Member
International Network for Doctoral Education in Nursing

Centre for Nurse Leaders

Standards and Qualifications Authority

South African Department of Education

Council of Higher Education

Chapter Member
Leana Ria Uys

Tau Lambda-at-Large Chapter of STTI




Luton University



Chamberlain College of Nursing


North West University , School of Nursing Science


University of Johannesburg

baccalaureate degree
nursing education and community health nursing
University of South Africa

health science management

Web References (182 Total References)

Hester C. Klopper: Blazing ...

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Hester C. Klopper: Blazing trails

Hester C. Klopper: Blazing trails
Hester C. Klopper, 30th president of the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International
Hester C. Klopper, 30th president of the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International
Throughout her life of serving, transforming, and leading, Hester C. Klopper, PhD, MBA, RN, RM, FANSA, has been such a trail maker. Beginning her trail Born in Pretoria, South Africa, the eldest of four children of Pieter and Pat Matthee, Hester learnt to forge trails and lead at an early age.
As Hester progressed academically and professionally, her passion for nursing grew deeper, as did her commitment to excellence. In her final year of study, she received an award for being the best general nursing science student. But campus life was not all about study. It was during that time that Hester met Willem Klopper, an undergraduate student preparing to become a mining engineer.
With an unquenchable thirst for knowledge, Hester Klopper enrolled for a baccalaureate degree in nursing education and community health nursing at the University of South Africa (UNISA), completing it in 1990. In 1991, she was awarded a diploma in health science management. Again, life was not all study. Willem and Hester were blessed with two wonderful children-a son, Wilco, born in 1988, and a daughter, Simri, born in 1991.
Hester makes no secret that they remain the blessings of her life. The admiration and appreciation are mutual, as her husband and children are her biggest supporters. Of his mother, Wilco observes: My mom is unmatched as a role model-not only for me, but for all! Being the master of her own destiny, captain of her own ship, she steers herself into greatness and unparalleled accomplishment. She has an unshakable character that is made of the finest, rarest-quality materials-namely, love, compassion, honesty, loyalty, and dedication, all glued together with a unique array of colourful dreams. She is always fair, unprejudiced, willing, and wanting to lend a hand. I can go on and on for another thousand years describing my mom's amazing nature but still will not be able to capture my gratitude and admiration of her in words. Having shown a talent for leadership, Klopper realized that, if she was going to be a leader in the profession, she needed postgraduate education. She completed her master's degree in nursing (Magister Curationis) in 1992 and her doctorate (PhD) in 1994, all before the age of 30, truly a remarkable achievement for that time. Still blazing an academic trail, she completed in 2001 an international diploma in teaching and training and a master's in business administration (MBA) at Luton University, United Kingdom. Forging a local trail Klopper began her teaching career in 1990 as an educational consultant for the Clinic Holdings Group (now Netcare Private Hospital Group), where she developed in-service education programs, taught general nursing students, and presented management-development courses. In 1993, she was appointed lecturer at the Randse Afrikaanse Universiteit (now University of Johannesburg), where she taught post-basic, master's, and PhD students on all aspects of education. Her consultant experience at Clinic Holdings Group also proved beneficial as a lecturer. Seeing an opportunity to improve service delivery in the post-basic program, she immediately developed an alternate mode of course delivery and structure that, within one year, increased program enrollment 100 percent. With that success behind her, it was no surprise when Klopper helped establish the Centre for Nurse Leaders in 1995, using a distance-education model of structured workshops to serve the educational needs of more than 2,500 students. With Klopper's installation as president of STTI, she will expand the voice of the nursing profession, not only in South Africa and the continent of Africa, but in the world. A year later, Klopper partnered with others to establish a national education company and, in 1997, was appointed managing director of the Health Academy, a subsidiary. Despite the increased management demands of her new position, she still found time to become involved in curriculum development, working in collaboration with universities. Thinking outside the box and driven by innovation, she also consulted at Technikon South Africa (TSA), creating the delivery platform for its nursing bridge program, which leads to registration as a nurse. This program, still in existence, is now integrated into the Department of Health Sciences at UNISA. In 1999, Klopper was appointed executive director in the office of chairperson and chief executive officer of the Open Learning Group. In this position, she gained increased national recognition as liaison with the South African Department of Education (SADoE), the Council of Higher Education (CHE), and the Standards and Qualifications Authority (SAQA). With her increased national recognition, she was appointed professor and head of the Department of Nursing Education at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) in 2001, one of the youngest nurses in South Africa to step into such a role. Blazing a regional trail Chapter development for the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) is a multistep process that involves first forming and operating a local honor society that eventually applies to STTI for chartering as a chapter. For Klopper, her path to STTI membership began when she became a founding member of the Africa Honor Society of Nursing (AHSN). In November 2003, she was formally inducted as a member of STTI, and the following year, AHSN was chartered in Botswana and became Tau Lambda-at-Large Chapter. Klopper's belief in and selfless dedication to STTI is exemplified in her service to Tau Lambda-at-Large, where she has served as secretariat-treasurer for 12 years (2001-03; 2005-13). During her years as secretariat, she was in charge of the organizing committee for every regional Tau Lambda-at-Large conference. As a chapter member, Klopper has worked with Leana Ria Uys, DSocSc, RN, RM, one of her mentors, and several other members in developing the Consortium for Higher Education in Nursing and Midwifery in Africa (CHENMA). CHENMA is a collaboration of Southern African universities working with universities in other selected African countries to develop master's-prepared nurse specialists in various clinical fields of nursing and midwifery. This capacity-building initiative received the Spirit of Philanthropy award from STTI in 2007 and is still mushrooming across Africa, now under the auspices of the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD). Uys, professor and deputy vice-chancellor and head of the College of Health Sciences at the University of KwaZulu-Natal before her retirement in 2012, recalls: Hester and I worked together in the Tau Lambda Chapter-at-Large of STTI for many years when I was president and she was secretariat-treasurer. We shared a vision about the importance of the organization for nurses in Africa and set out to grow the organization all over Africa to provide networking and development opportunities to individual nurses. Gradually, we also saw the need for a strong presence in the organization for nurses from especially North Africa, in order to enlarge their professional world. As the membership of Tau Lambda-at-Large Chapter increased, eventually growing to more than 1,000 inducted members representing 18 universities across Africa, Klopper recognized the chapter's potential for transforming and improving service delivery to members, as well as fostering greater member involvement. With support from STTI's board of directors, she spearheaded a pilot program to establish regional offices, opening the first African site in 2012. Chapter membership continued to grow, so Klopper next developed a plan, working with the Tau Lambda-at-Large board, to divide the chapter into four at-large chapters to further expand the honor society's reach throughout Africa. Navigating a global trail Soon after Klopper's induction as a member of STTI, which occurred at the organization's 37th Biennial Convention in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, she received an invitation from newly inaugurated President Daniel J. Pesut, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC, FAAN, ACC, to serve on STTI's International Governance Committee. For that honor, Klopper always recognizes Pesut for the opportunity he provided her to become part of the honor society's work on a larger scale. In 2003, the same year Klopper was inducted as a member of STTI, she was appointed co-director of the World Health Organisation Collaborati

Maybe I should contact Hester ...

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Maybe I should contact Hester Klopper, STTI president-elect and dean, Faculty of Community and Health Sciences at the University of the Western Cape. She's from Cape Town!

RNL and STTI videos

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President Hester Klopper's call to action

Hester Klopper's presidential video, 2013

At first, I was not totally ...

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At first, I was not totally engaged with the activities of STTI, but that changed when I met Patricia Thompson, EdD, RN, FAAN, chief executive officer of the honor society; Hester Klopper, PhD, MBA, RN, RM, FANSA, then president of STTI; and other notable leaders from around the globe at the

As President Klopper observed, "Serving the profession needs dedication, love, and passion," and I truly agree.
As I am inspired by nurse leaders such as Jean Watson, PhD, AHN-C, FAAN,who has mentored me since I met her in Jordan last year at the Third Annual Middle Eastern Nurses & Partners United in Human Caringconference; Patricia Thompson; and Hester Klopper, I want to be an inspiration for nurses around the world.


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Prof Hester Klopper, President of the STTI, was a keynote speaker at the International Research Congress in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

You need to listen to the inauguration speech of Prof Hester Klopper: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8GChTDRZXEE
Prof Hester Klopper was inaugurated as the 30th President of STTI at the Convention. Have a look at photos of the inauguration and a summary of her achivements:
Inauguration: http://www.biennial42.blogspot.com/2013_11_20_archive.html Summary of achievements: http://www.reflectionsonnursingleadership.org/Pages/Vol39_4_Coetzee_Bruce_Klopper.asp
A note from Prof Klopper:
Many thanks for all the prayers and support over the last month ... Please see blog on inauguration and article link to RNL on presidential profile.
We are so proud of you Prof Klopper! Congratulations!!
Press release: Prof Hester Klopper: November 2013

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