News from South African Nursing Council
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INTERNATIONAL NURSES DAY 2013
12 May 2013
Message from the Chairperson of the South African Nursing Council
International Nurses day is celebrated annually on 12th May to commemorate the birth of Florence Nightingale who made a significant contribution towards the nursing profession. This day also presents nurses globally with an opportunity to remember and reflect on the meaning and value of their contribution in the delivery of health care.
The theme for 2013 is Closing the Gap: the Millennium Development Goals: 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1
The South African Nursing Council, as the statutory body has developed a range of enabling instruments for nurses to take a lead towards the achievement of the United Nations health related Millennium Development Goals (4, 5 and 6) which focuses on the reducing child mortality, improving maternal health and combating HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases.
As carers in the coalface of disease; pain; helplessness and despair, I am also grateful that working together we have indeed made remarkable strides in many areas including the notable successes in reversing the tide of HIV and AIDS.
Today our country under the leadership guidance of Honourable President Jacob Zuma is hailed as a shining example having succeeded in putting more than 1, 7 million people on life saving Antiretroviral treatment; on bringing in more than 20 million people to test for HIV and most remarkably reducing the mother to child transmission rate from 8% in 2008 to 3.5 per cent in 2010 and to 2.7 per cent in 2011. One thing is certain, the above could not have been achieved without the involvement of appropriately skilled committed and compassionate nurses.
Today as we celebrate this all important day we also need to be mindful of the fact that our country has a responsibility as directed by the African Union under the auspices of the Campaign on Accelerated Reduction of Maternal and Child Mortality in Africa (CARMMA) to ensure that indeed, "No Woman Should Die While Giving Life!" Again midwives of our country have the expertise, skills and clinical acumen to ensure that both the mother and the new-bon baby come out alive and well to be celebrated as a gift to their families.
Our work as nurses in this country is never going to be an easy one due to the fact that the South African health system is predominantly nurse driven. On behalf of SANC, I salute and commend those nurses who regardless of all challenges encountered within the health care system, still prioritize the wellbeing of the patients. Thus contributing the long and healthy life for all.
The Chairperson: Dr JN Makhanya
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.
Data-base for Post Basic Programmes
19 March 2013
The Nursing Council has requested interested parties to make submissions (with full motivations) of suggestions for the develepment of future Post Basic Programmes . Full details of the request with all requirements can be found in circular 3/2013.
New and Amended Regulations Published
19 March 2013
Five new regulations have been published in the Gazette on 8 March 2013. Three are for the new nursing programmes, one for the accreditation of nursing education institutions and one regarding the fees and fines payable to Council. Also published was a few small amendments to the transitional arrangements of the "Register" regulations (R.195 of 19 February 2008), together with a Government Notice necessary to implement these. For full details, see circular 2/2013.
Nomination of members to serve on the 15th Council
The nomination process has now ended and the evaluation of nominations will now take place. Once new Council members are appointed, the information will be published here.
Licensing of Nursing Agencies no longer a function of South African Nursing Council
29 November 2012
The Council no longer provides the function of licensing Nursing Agencies. For further information, see circular 10/2012.
Extension of the date of offering legacy nursing qualifications and progress towards the implementation of new nursing qualifications registered on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF)
3 October 2012
For latest news on the subject of legacy qualifications, please see Circular 7/2012.
Annual and Restoration Fees for 2013
29 June 2012
Annual fees for 2013
The annual fees for the calendar year 2013 can be paid from 25 July 2012.
The Council allows practitioners who are 60 years of age or older on 1 January 2013 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 Council has decided to grant discount based on the ages indicated rather than retirement status because there is not a standard retirement age in South Africa.
The 2013 annual fee amounts for the different categories are set out in the table below.
Restoration fees effective from 1 January 2013
The restoration fees will increase on 1 January 2013.
The restoration fee amounts for the different categories are set out in the table below.
The above fees were published in Government Gazette No. 35479 dated 29 June 2012.
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