News from South African Nursing Council
South African Nursing Council - Year-End closure
14 November 2018
The South African Nursing Council offices will be closed for the year-end from Friday, 21 December 2018 at 12:00 midday, however for operational reasons, the gates will be closed at 11:00 am, and will re-open on Thursday, 3 January 2019 at 08:00 am.
Annual fees must be paid into the Council's bank account on or before 31 December 2018 to avoid restoration fees. Bank transfers may take up to 3 work days, therefore a safe date to pay via bank transfer is by 24 December 2019.
Whilst waiting for the Annual Practising Certificate to be posted by the SANC, the employer can verify the registration status of the practitioner through the SANC website by logging into the SANC eRegister at www.sanc.co.za. To do this, they will require the practitioner's SANC reference number or Identity Number (ID No).
Kindly inform all persons in your institution so that they are aware of the closing dates for the SANC.
#SANCnews October 2018
26 October 2018
Welcome to the 8th edition of #SANCnews - your electronic newsletter that will provide regular updates on important happenings at the SA Nursing Council, in the nursing arena and healthcare in general.
Shortage of nurses and the new nursing curriculum
23 October 2018
The South African Nursing Council (SANC) notes with concern the articles published in the media recently and its factually incorrect information that has been disseminated to the public and the nursing fraternity.
The SANC would like to clarify the statements made in these articles, with these facts:
The curriculum submissions that the SANC has received so far, have been and continue to be evaluated and some have also served at meetings of internal structures of the SANC. These applications have been received from Universities, Public Colleges and private nursing schools. It is therefore factually incorrect that ”South Africa will soon have a shortage of nurses due to the dragging of feet/dawdling in approving a new curriculum”. The public and the profession is misled by such incorrect information.
The matter of “nurses will no longer be able to train at provincial training colleges”, is disputable. Factually, some Public Nursing Colleges have submitted their programmes to the SANC and the process of evaluation towards accreditation is underway.
The information provided stating that “there are only six other private institutions that are currently running private programmes” is factually incorrect. There is about sixty four (64) private institutions (including private hospital groups) that are currently offering nursing programmes in South Africa.
The following information in the articles is also incorrect: “The new act makes provision for a new category of nurse – a general nurse”.
The Act Nursing Act, 2005 (Act No 33 of 2005) makes provision for the following categories:
Nurse Specialist and Midwife Specialist categories were created through a board notice published by the Minister of Health in the Government Gazette No. 368 of 15 May 2014 - Notice regarding the creation of categories of practitioners in terms of section 31(2) of the Nursing Act, 2005.
Ms Sizeni Mchunu, CEO and Registrar of the SANC says: “It is regrettable that the public and the nursing fraternity have been misled and provided with factually incorrect information by persons who may not be well vested with these issues. Non-approval of submitted curriculums that do not comply with the minimum requirements does not constitute delays by the SANC.”
2018 World Stroke Day
22 October 2018
A stroke happens when the blood supply to part of the brain is cut off. Without blood, brain cells can be damaged or die, depending on which part of the brain is affected and how quickly the person is treated. The effects of stroke on survivors can be devastating to a person’s body, mobility and speech as well as how they think and feel.
The World Stroke Organization reports that around 80 million people in the world today have experienced a stroke and over 50 million survivors live with some form of permanent disability as a result.
The South African Nursing Council will be joining the world in the commemoration of World Stroke Day on 29 October 2018. Ms Sizo Mchunu, Registrar and CEO says: “The SANC, as the governing body of the nursing profession and nursing education, would like to urge the public and nurses alike to make sure that they act fast if they suspect that someone has symptoms of a stroke as the ability to recognize the signs and symptoms of a stroke can mean the difference between life and death. Look out for the following signs and symptoms: droop or uneven smile, arm numbness or weakness, slurred speech, vision troubles, and overall fatigue.”
Six key facts about stroke treatment:
A stroke can happen to anyone, at any time, and at any age. Save a life by knowing what signs and symptoms to look for and act immediately.
SANC Virtual Office to visit provinces
31 August 2018
The SANC Virtual Office (previously called the Outreach Roadshow) will be doing its annual visit to the provinces from September – December 2018 to offer limited services e.g. payment of annual licensing fees, selling of distinguishing devices and provision of SANC general information.
Below is the schedule for the remaining provinces:
LIMPOPO Week 2
GAUTENG Week 1
GAUTENG Week 2
The SANC will be offering limited services under the following terms and conditions:
SELLING OF DISTINGUISHING DEVICES
2018 World Hepatitis Day
25 July 2018
Hepatitis causes more than one million deaths a year and is one of the largest global health threats of our time.
Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver and causes two in every three liver cancer deaths. There are 5 main hepatitis viruses, referred to as types A, B, C, D and E. Types B and C lead to chronic disease in hundreds of millions of people and, together, are the most common cause of liver cirrhosis and cancer.
Remember: Testing is the only way to know if you are infected – Test, then Treat.
Annual Fees for 2019
This circular serves as affirmation of the South African Nursing Council’s fees and fines as stipulated on the government gazette published on 28 June 2018.
1. ANNUAL FEES FOR 2019
1.1 Normal Annual Fees
The annual fees for the calendar year 2019 for the different categories of practitioners are given in the following table.
MEDIA RELEASE: SANC warning against pre-nursing programme
5 April 2018
The South African Nursing Council (SANC) issued a warning today regarding certain institutions that are offering the Community Health Work programme purporting that it is an entry requirement into nursing education programmes.
Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
23 March 2018
1. PURPOSE OF THE CIRCULAR
Nurses now receive 10% discount when using the Greyhound bus service
29 January 2018
Nurses registered with the SANC now receive 10% off on all bus travel via Greyhound!
Contact Greyhound directly via their Facebook page: GreyhoundSA or on Twitter: @GreyhoundRSA
SANC Examinations Schedule for 2018
17 November 2017
The Schedule for all Examinations to be held in 2018, is now available.
Illegal Intermediaries for APCs
3 March 2016
Kindly take note that any service provider offering services to obtain your Annual Practicing Certificate on your behalf is doing so without the approval of the South African Nursing Council.
SANC Management strongly advise against nursing practitioners making use of such service providers as you are providing outsiders with your private information that can be used in fraudulent activities ... Read more ...
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...
Nursing Council Circulars and Press Releases
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