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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 S A Nursing Council:

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 South African Nursing Council to its client.

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

SANC to Conduct Provincial Outreach Visits

11 September 2014

Please note that SANC will be conducting provincial outreach visits in the Eastern and Northern Cape in September.

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: EASTERN CAPE

DATE  TIME  VENUE 
15 September 2014  08:00 - 16:30 Nelson Mandela Academic Hospital:  Mthatha Health Resource Centre 
16 September 2014  08:00 - 16:30 Bisho Hospital: Hall 
17 September 2014  08:00 - 16:30 Livingston Hospital: PE Health Resource Centre 

PROVINCE: NORTHERN CAPE

DATE  TIME  VENUE 
29 September 2014  08:00 - 16:30 Upington: Dr Harry Surtie Hospital 
30 September 2014  08:00 - 16:30 Kuruman: Kuruman Town Hall 
1 October 2014  08:00 - 16:30 Kimberley:  Kimberley Hospital Complex 

The schedule for visits for the remaining provinces will be provided later.

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 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 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 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 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 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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