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South African Nursing Council

Welcome to the South African Nursing Council website.  This site concentrates on all matters relating to the regulating of the nursing and midwifery professions in South Africa.  The information is intended to appeal to a wide audience - from the serious researcher to those who are considering a career in nursing.

Nursing education institutions will find information relating to the standards and other requirements for providing nursing and midwifery education and training - including all the applicable regulations and circulars ("news" items) of the Nursing Council .

Practising nurses will find the site most useful. You will be able to find the latest and most up-to-date information about your profession here - including the latest applicable practice standards.

International visitors are welcome - particularly those who are doing international nursing research, those who are considering coming to further their education, and also those wishing to work as nurses/midwives in South Africa.

Latest News from South African Nursing Council :

Council Offices to close early on 21 November 2014

18 November 2014

Please note that SANC will be closing at 12:00 on Friday, 21 November 2014.

Business will resume again at 8:00 on Monday, 24 November 2014.

 

SANC to Conduct Provincial Outreach Visits

4 November 2014

Please note that SANC will be conducting provincial outreach visits in the Limpopo, Mpumalanga and Gauteng provinces in November 2014.

The following services will be available:

bullet Payment of 2015 annual fees
bullet Selling of distinguishing devices
bullet Provision of SANC general information

The schedule of visits is as follows:

PROVINCE: LIMPOPO

DATE  TIME  VENUE 
10 November 2014  08:00 - 16:30 Nkhensani Hospital 
11 November 2014  08:00 - 16:30 Pietersburg Hospital 
12 November 2014  08:00 - 16:30 Warmbaths Hospital 

PROVINCE: MPUMALANGA

DATE  TIME  VENUE 
17 November 2014  08:00 - 16:30 Rob Ferreira Hospital 
18 November 2014  08:00 - 16:30 Ermelo Hospital
19 November 2014  08:00 - 16:30 Middleburg Hospital 

PROVINCE: GAUTENG

DATE  TIME  VENUE 
26 November 2014  08:00 - 16:30 Johan Heyns CHC, Vanderbijlpark 
27 November 2014  08:00 - 16:30 Bertha Gxowa Hospital, Germiston
28 November 2014  08:00 - 16:30 Ann Latsky Nursing College, Johannesburg 

Outreach visits have already been conducted in Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal in August 2014.  In September 2014, Eastern and Northern Cape were visited and North West and Free State were visited in October 2014.

 Schedule for SANC examinations to be held in 2015

22 October 2014

The Nursing Council has sent out a circular containing the schedule of dates for Nursing Council examinations to be conducted during 2015.  More...

 Update:  Delays in Postage due to Industrial Action at the South African Post Office

15 October 2014

The Nursing Council is concerned that industrial action at the Post Office is delaying communications with its clients and stakeholders.  The Council has sent out a circular setting out the situation at Post Office - as has been communicated by SAPO.

SANC also urges clients to make arrangements for collection and delivery of urgent goods/documents to and from the Council offices.  More...

 Draft Regulations for the new Midwifery Programme published for Public Comment

13 October 2014

The draft regulations relating to the approval of and the minimum requirements for the education and training of a learner leading to registration in the category Midwife have been published for public comment.  Comments must be submitted by 12 January 2015.  More...

 Handling and Approval of Applications relating to the Legacy Nursing Education Programmes

10 October 2014

The Nursing Council has distributed information relating to the final date for handling of applications relating to the Legacy Nursing Programmes (both for new applications and changes to programmes already in place).

Nursing Education Institutions are advised to study the information so that they are well informed and can take the necessary action before the deadline.  More...

Registration Certificates returned to SANC by the Post Office

1 October 2014

If you have not yet received your registration certificate, please check the list of certificates returned to SANC by the Post Office.  More...

News about timeframes for offering legacy Nursing and Midwifery qualifications

30 September 2014

The Nursing Council has sent out circulars to stakeholders informing them of the decisions taken by the Council at its recent meeting:

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confirming that certain legacy programmes will be terminating in June 2015 (last entries); and

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resolving that other legacy programmes have been given a further extension - to allow for the time necessary to complete the development and implementation of the new programmes and for the establishment of Public Nursing Colleges.

For further information, please see the following circulars:

Circular Number Subject of Circular
11/2014 Extension of Offering the Education and Training Programme Leading to Registration as a Nurse (General, Psychiatric and Community) and Midwife (Government Notice No. R.425 of 22 February 1985 as amended)
12/2014 Extension to offer Supplementary and Post Basic (Additional) Qualifications including Bridging Course for Enrolled Nurses leading to Registration as a General Nurse or Psychiatric Nurse
13/2014 Legacy Nursing Education and Training Programmes that will be NO LONGER OFFERED after 30 June 2015

 

Post Office Strike leads to delays in post being delivered

17 September 2014

The Post Office strike is impacting negatively on the delivery of documents posted by the South African Nursing Council to its client.

The Registrar requests that you please be patient during this difficult time.  More... 

Prescribing of Morphine by Professional Nurses

15 August 2014

In response to a statement issued by DENOSA on this subject, the Registrar of the South African Nursing Council has issued a strongly worded press release to set the records straight about Professional Nurses prescribing drugs, in particular Morphine for use in palliative care.

This is a complex subject and readers are encouraged to read the whole press release in order to fully understand the matter.  More... 

Fee Changes (including Annual and Restoration Fees  for 2015)

30 July 2014

South African Nursing Council has published the latest fee amounts payable to the Council in Board Notice 86 of 2014.  For full details, see the board notice in Government Gazette 37880 dated 30 July 2014.

Details of Annual and Restoration Fees for 2015 are given below for your information.

 

Annual Fees for 2015

The annual fees for the calendar year 2015 can be paid from 1 July 2014.  (Please note that Annual Practising Certificates for 2015 will only be issued at the Council offices from 1 August 2014 onwards.)

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE ANNUAL FEES FOR 2015 MUST BE PAID BEFORE 31 JANUARY 2015

WARNING 
If you pay your annual fee after 31 January 2015 (even by 1 day), your name will be removed from the register, and you will have to pay the full restoration fee to have you name restored

The Nursing Council allows practitioners who will be 60 years of age or older on 1 January 2015 a discount on the Annual Fees (depending on their age on that date).  This is intended to permit practitioners who may have retired to keep their name on the register should they wish.  Having their name on the register will enable such practitioners to work on a part-time basis or to assist with local or national needs or programmes in a temporary capacity if called upon to do so.  Please note that the Nursing Council has decided to grant a discount based on the ages indicated rather than retirement status because there is not a standard retirement age in South Africa.

The 2015 annual fee amounts for the different categories are set out in the table below.

Category Annual Fee 25% Discount 50% Discount
Registered Nurses and Midwives R550 R410 R270
Enrolled Nurses and Midwives R340 R250 R170
Enrolled Nursing Auxiliaries R230 R170 R110

Notes:

  1. The annual fees for 2015 must be paid by 31 January 2015.

  2. Please pay as soon as possible to avoid the last minute rush.

  3. To qualify for the 25% discount, the practitioner must be 60-64 years of age on 1 January 2015.

  4. To qualify for the 50% discount, the practitioner must be 65 years of age or older on 1 January 2015.

  5. The discount amounts have been rounded to the nearest ten rands to facillitate cash payments into FNB ADVANCE auto teller machines.

  6. If you fall into two of the above categories, ONLY the higher of the two fees must be paid.

  7. The above amounts all include 14% VAT.

  8. The above amounts are in South African Rands.  Persons who pay in any foreign currency will have to include an additional amount of R150 to cover bank charges on the Nursing Council 's side to convert the currency into Rands.

The annual fees for 2015 have been published in Government Gazette 37880 dated 30 July 2014.

 

Restoration Fees effective from 1 January 2015

The restoration fees will increase on 1 January 2015.

The restoration fee amounts for the different categories are set out in the table below.

Category Normal
Restoration Fee
Reduced
Restoration Fee
Registered Nurses and Midwives R1650 R110
Enrolled Nurses and Midwives R1020 R110
Enrolled Nursing Auxiliaries R690 R110

Notes:

  1. The increased fees apply to restorations that are EFFECTIVE from a date after 31 December 2014 - no matter when the fee is paid.  In other words, if you meet all the requirements for restoration after 31 December 2014 OR if you request restoration with effect from a date after 31 December 2014.

  2. The reduced restoration fee will apply if your name was removed from the register at your own request - this must be confirmed with the Council before paying the reduced amount.

  3. The reduced restoration fee will also apply to practitioners who are 60 years of age or older on 1 January 2015.

  4. The above amounts all include 14% VAT.

 

The restoration fees for 2015 have been published in Government Gazette 37880 dated 30 July 2014.

Accreditation of Nursing Education Programmes and Nursing Education Institutions by the South African Nursing Council

28 July 2014

The Nursing Council has issued a strong warning that all Nursing Education Programmes and all Nursing Education Institutions in South Africa must be accredited by the South African Nursing Council .

Any education programme or institution which is not accredited is illegal and such training will not be recognised by SANC or any other country.

Any information that you may receive which is contradictory to the above is incorrect and you are warned not to be mislead by such information.    More...

SANC Clients can now make use of the new FNB Advance ATM machines to pay their fees to Council

24 June 2014

SANC clients can now use the new FNB Advance ATM machines to pay their SANC fees and this facility is not restricted to FNB clients.  The system has several advantages over making payments at the FNB branches.

SANC will also round off all fees so that no change is required when making a payment.    More...

What you will find on the Nursing Council website

The following is a brief outline of what you will find on this website.

About SANC tells you all about the Nursing Council - the Council vision, mission and objectives, the members that make up the Nursing Council , the various Council committees and the members that serve on each, etc.

Complaints deals with the process of investigating matters which have been reported to the Nursing Council and which may constitute "unprofessional conduct".  You can find out how to lodge a complaint (if you have one) and the process which will follow the receipt of your complaint.  If you find yourself in the unfortunate position of having a complaint against you, this information will help you to understand the whole process - including your own rights.

Education and Training contains documents related to the education and training of nursing and midwifery students.

Education Institutions contains a full list of all the nursing education institutions accredited by the South African Nursing Council and their contact details (arranged by province).  If you are a prospective student, this will enable you to find an institution near where you live OR in a place where you would like to study.

eRegister is a link to the Nursing Council electronic register of nurses and midwives - where you can confirm the status and qualifications of registered practitioners.

Examinations deals with those examinations which are conducted by the Nursing Council.  Here you will find the schedule of examinations to be held as well as examination results (a new feature from 2014).  If you are a  candidate who is planning to write or who has written a Council examination, you will definitely be interested in this information.

News is where you will find all the latest decisions of the Nursing Council , new policies, proposed policies and discussion documents on which the Council would like your comments. You should visit these pages if you want to keep informed and to be involved in shaping the future of Nursing and Midwifery in South Africa.

Policies contains some of the Nursing Council policies and position papers that are published for general information.

Presentations contains Nursing Council presentations delivered at various events.  Delegates may find this useful material to supplement the knowlege gained during the event.

Publications contains the full texts of official publications which are available from the Nursing Council.  These include the Nursing Act, regulations, teaching guides and teaching policies of the Council. Although you are welcome to print and use copies of these documents, it is recommended that you refer to them on-line as you will then be sure to obtain the very latest information.

Services gives details of the services provided by the Nursing Council and how much each costs.  You can also download various official forms from these pages - this will ensure that you always use the current version of the form.  This is also the correct place for you to find out about the various options available for paying annual fees.

Statistics is for the inquisitive and the researcher.  Ever wanted to know how many nurses qualify each year?  This is where you will find all the information you need.

Supply Chain is where suppliers or prospective suppliers can download the form used to apply for registration as a supplier on the Supplier Database.  You can also find out about current bids/tenders and download necessary forms and information.

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