South African Nursing Council
Welcome to the South African Nursing Council Web site. This site concentrates on the setting and maintaining of nursing education and practice standards. The information is intended to appeal to a wide audience - from the serious researcher to those who are considering a career in nursing.
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.
International visitors are welcome - particularly those who are doing international nursing research and also those who are considering coming to work as nurses in South Africa.
South African Nursing Council Mourns the Death of an Icon: Dr. NELSON ROLIHLAHLA MANDELA
The South African Nursing Council mourns the passing on of our leader, Dr. Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela. His passing on is a loss not only to his family but also to the country and the nursing fraternity as a whole.
We take cognisance of the values Dr. Mandela upheld so dearly - caring, respect, selflessness, and will work towards ensuring that all members of the profession emulate these values. We salute the nurses that took care of Dr. Mandela. They indeed distinguished themselves as true ambassadors of this noble profession as they could have been under pressure to breach privacy and confidentiality but maintained them.
The nursing profession benefited from the struggle Dr. Mandela waged against apartheid. The South African Nursing Council is today a transformed organization following the demise of apartheid. We feel highly privileged to have reaped the fruits of his struggle.
We convey our heartfelt condolences to the Mandela family.
Prof. Busisiwe Bhengu
Appointment of members to serve on the 15th Council
The appointment of Members to serve on the 15th South African Nursing Council have been finalised and Council held its first meeting on 1 and 2 November 2013.
Latest News from S A Nursing Council:
Department of Health Publishes the National Strategic Plan for Nurse Education, Training and Practice
The Department of Health has published the National Strategic Plan for Nurse Education, Training and Practice 2012/13 - 2016/17 on its website.
The development of the strategic plan has its roots firmly in the Nursing Summit which took place in 2011 and the Nursing Compact that was drawn up as a direct consequence of the Summit.
This link is published on the Nursing Council website in an effort to distribute this important information as widely as possible and particularly amongst the nursing profession and others involved in the health care sector. Please download a copy of the strategy document and share it with your friends and colleagues. To do so, click on the picture on the left or on the following link:
Alternatively, you can download a copy of the strategy document directly from the Department of Health website by clicking on the following link:
South African Nursing Council Publishes Schedule of Exam dates for 2014
4 September 2013
The South African Nursing Council has published the Schedule of Examinations to be conducted during 2014 - for information of all nursing education institutions.
South African Nursing Council Publishes Code of Ethics for Nursing in South Africa
3 September 2013
The South African Nursing Council has published a Code of Ethics for Nursing in South Africa.
This document is sure to be a valuable resource for every nurse or midwife throughout South Africa. You are welcome to download a copy for your own use.
eRegister processes 2-million enquiries
23 August 2013
The South African Nursing Council eRegister system processed its 2-millionth enquiry shortly before midday on 22 August 2013. The enquiry (which took place at 11:11:45 on that morning) is a significant achievement because it means that users have been able to save the time that may otherwise have been wasted in phoning, faxing or writing to the Council to make an enquiry.
The eRegister system allows Internet users to confirm a nursing or midwifery practitioner's:
Implementation of the New Nursing Education Qualifications - July 2015
13 August 2013
The Nursing Council has published further information on the implementation of the New Nursing Education Qualifications. This information includes circulars on:
SANC Publishes Newsletter - SANC Spotlight
18 July 2013
The Nursing Council has published the first volume of a new newsletter called SANC Spotlight. It is hoped that this publication will assist in keeping nurses and midwives informed about developments in the regulation and standard setting of their professions.
Extra final examination for Enrolled Nursing on 22 November 2013
12 July 2013
The Nursing Council has sent out a circular announcing that there will be an extra Final examination for Enrolled Nursing on 22 November 2013. The closing date for the exam has been extended to 7 September 2013 to allow Nursing Education Institutions time to enter candidates wishing to write the examination.
For further details, see SANC Circular 7/2013.
Nursing Council warns public to beware of unaccredited nursing programmes
3 April 2013
South African Nursing Council has once again issued a press release warning the public to beware of illegal "nursing training" that is not accredited by the Council or that is being conducted by institutions that have not been accredited by the Council.
Click here to see a copy of the press release.
What you will find on the Council website
About SANC tells you all about the Nursing Council - the Vision, Mission and Objectives of the Council, the members that make up the Council, the various committees of Council 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 Nursing Council and their addresses (arranged by province) so that you can find one near by OR in a place where you would like to study.
eRegister is a link to the Nursing Council electronic register where you can confirm the qualifications of registered practitioners.
Examinations deals with those examinations which are conducted by the Nursing Council . If you are a candidate who is planning to write or who has written a Council examination, you will obviously 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 in South Africa.
Policies contains some of the Nursing Council policies and position papers that are published for general information.
Presentations contains some of the 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 tenders and download tender forms and information.
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