|Government Notice No. R. 48||22 January 1982|
|as amended by|
|No. R. 1432||1 July 1983|
|No. R. 2563||15 November 1985|
|No. R. 2189||19 November 1993|
|No. R. 71||17 January 1997|
South African Nursing Council
Regulations for the Diploma in Clinical Nursing Science, Health Assessment, Treatment and Care
The Minister of Health and Welfare has, on the recommendation of the South African Nursing Council, in terms of section 45 (1) of the Nursing Act, 1978 (Act 50 of 1978), made the regulations as set out in the Schedule, hereto.
Conditions for the approval of schools
1. (1) A school may be approved if-
(a) the organisational structure and the facilities for the conduct of the teaching programme are satisfactory in the opinion of the council;
(b) the educational programme is satisfactory in the opinion of the council;
(c) a person who is registered as a general nurse and against whose name an additional qualification in nursing education and an additional qualification in nursing administration are registered, designated to the council as the person in charge of the school;
(d) members of the nursing staff who take part in the clinical instruction of students are registered general nurses against whose names the additional qualification is registered.
(2) Notwithstanding the conditions prescribed in this regulation, the council may approve a school even if all the conditions cannot be complied with. Approval may be granted upon such conditions as the council may determine.
Admission to the course
2. A candidate shall submit to the person in charge of the school:
(a) proof of current registration as a general nurse. This registration shall be maintained throughout the prescribed period for the course and until the results of the examination are published, failing which the period of the course undergone from the date of removal from the register to the date of restoration, shall be forfeited;
(b) a senior certificate or an equivalent qualification, unless the council determines otherwise.
Registration, restoration, termination and completion of the course
3. In terms of the regulations regarding the registers for students-
(a) a student shall apply for registration or for restoration to the register;
(b) the person in charge of a school shall notify the council if a student terminates the course for any reason before completion, including a transfer to another school;
(c) the person in charge of a school shall notify the council when a student completes the course.
Duration of the course
4. (1) The course shall extend over at least one academic year of at least two hundred (200) days (excluding days off).
(2) If a student transfers from one school to another, or terminates the course before completion, the course shall be commenced de novo, unless the council determines otherwise.
(The curriculum must be read in conjunction with
the directive obtainable from the council)
(i) All the subjects of the curriculum shall be taught at an applied level throughout the course;
(ii) the ethical foundations of nursing shall be emphasised throughout the course;
(iii) the law governing the practice of nursing, including the regulations regarding the conduct of registered nurses which shall constitute improper or disgraceful conduct, the regulations regarding the conduct of enrolled nurses which shall constitute improper or disgraceful conduct, the regulations regarding the conduct of enrolled nursing assistants which shall constitute improper or disgraceful conduct, and the legislation applicable to the various aspects of the curriculum, shall be taught at an applied level throughout the course;
(iv) medico-legal risks shall be emphasised throughout the course;
(v) the social, psychological, cultural and physical relationship in health and disease shall be emphasised throughout the course;
(vi) the preventive, promotive, curative and rehabilitative aspects shall be emphasised throughout the course;
(vii) the science principles underlying nursing shall be emphasised throughout the course;
(viii) Microbiology, Parasitology and Pharmacology shall be emphasised throughout the course.
(1) General disease conditions.
(2) Clinical nursing (pharmacology and other) in health assessment, treatment and care.
(3) Health care systems.
(4) Research methodology and interpretation of data.
Lectures, clinical instruction and practica
6. Students shall throughout the course receive instruction, both theoretically and clinically, and undergo practica in the subjects prescribed in the curriculum in regulation 5.
7. (1) The examination shall consist of two portions, namely-
(a) a written portion of two papers of three hours each; and
(b) a practical portion conducted by the nursing school.
(2) To be admitted to the examination, the candidate shall-
(a) complete the prescribed period for the course by the end of the month in which the examination is held;
(b) according to the assessment of the nursing school where the course was followed, be competent and suitable for admission in respect of attitude, approach, insight, knowledge and skills; and
(c) on the date of the examination comply with the provisions of regulation 6.
(3) The examination shall be conducted in accordance with the regulations relating to examinations of the council.
(4) The course referred to in these regulations shall, for the purposes of applying the regulations referred to in subregulation (3), be called a post-basic course.
Registration of additional qualification
8. A candidate who has passed in the examination shall be issued with a certificate of registration of the additional qualification without the payment of a fee: Provided the notice prescribed in regulation 3(c) has been lodged.
Application of these regulations
9. Subject to the provision of regulation 10, these regulations shall apply to all courses in the Republic of South Africa, leading to the registration of an additional qualification in Clinical Nursing Science, Health Assessment, Treatment and Care.
10. (1) Subject to the provisions of subregulation (2), these regulations shall not derogate from the provisions of-
(a) the regulations published in terms of the Nursing Act, 1984 (Act No. 13 of 1984), of the Republic of Ciskei, under Government Notice No. 14 of 1987, hereafter referred to as the 1987 regulations, which shall remain in force until 31 August 1997; and
(b) the regulations published in terms of the Health and Related Professions Act, 1985 (Act No. 33 of 1985), of the Republic of Bophuthatswana, under Government Notice No. 51 of 23 March 1990, hereafter referred to as the 1990 regulations, which shall remain in force until 31 August 1997.
(2) Notwithstanding the provisions of subregulation (1), no person shall be permitted to register for a course referred to in the 1987 or 1990 regulations after 31 December 1996.
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