Circular 12/2014 Extension to offer supplementary and post-basic qualifications

SANC Circular 12/2014 Extension to offer supplementary and post-basic qualifications

30 September 2014

To: Nursing Education Institutions
  National Department of Health
  Provincial Departments of Health
  All Stakeholders

Extension to offer Supplementary and Post Basic (Additional) Qualifications including the Bridging Course for Enrolled Nurses leading to Registration as a General Nurse or Psychiatric Nurse

 

Purpose

To inform all stakeholder about the Council resolutions on the above mentioned subject.

Background

The end date of enrolment for the Legacy Nursing Qualifications is 30 June 2015, with a teach out period of two years as prescribed by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA).  The production of Professional Nurses will be severely affected if the above mentioned programmes are stopped while regulations for the new programmes such as the Postgraduate Diploma for Nurse/Midwife Specialist are not yet promulgated.  It is against this background that the Council resolved to extend the period for offering the following Legacy Nursing Education and Training Programmes:

1.1    Course Leading to Registration as Midwife (Government Notice No. R.254 of 14 February 1975 as amended)

1.2    Course Leading to Registration as Psychiatric Nurse (Government Notice No. R.880 of 2 May 1975 as amended)

1.3    Course Leading to the Diploma in Clinical Nursing Science, Health Assessment, Treatment and Care (Government Notice No. R.48 of 22 January 1982 as amended)

1.4    Course in Clinical Nursing Science Leading to Registration of an Additional Qualification (Government Notice No. R.212 of 19 February 1993 as amended)

A special concession has been given for the Bridging Course for Enrolled Nurses Leading to Registration as a General Nurse or Psychiatric Nurse (Government Notice No. R.683 of 14 April 1989 as amended).  The end date of enrolment for the Bridging Course (R.683) is 1 January 2017 and the end date of this qualification is 31 December 2020.

The end date of enrolment for other courses mentioned above will be determined in due course and providers will be informed accordingly.

This circular becomes implementable on the date of its issue.

For further clarity on this circular, you are advised to contact the Senior Manager: Education and Training; Dr S.W. Mkhize.

Yours sincerely

 

(Signed)

Mr. T. Mabuda 
Registrar and CEO
South African Nursing Council

Circular 11/2014 Extension of offering the education and training programme R.425

Circular 11/2014 Extension of offering the Education and Training programme R.425  

30 September 2014

 

To: Nursing Education Institutions
  National Department of Health
  Provincial Departments of Health
  All Stakeholders

Extension of Offering the Education and Training Programme Leading to Registration as a Nurse (General, Psychiatric and Community) and Midwife (Government Notice No. R.425 of 22 February 1985 as amended)

 

Purpose

To inform all stakeholders about the Council’s resolutions about the above mentioned subject.

Background

The end date of enrolment for the Legacy Qualifications is 30 June 2015 with a teach out period of two years as prescribed by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA).  The highest producers of the above mentioned programme are Public Nursing Colleges which are under the auspices of the nine Provincial Departments of Health and governed by various provincial ordinances or Nursing College Acts.  To align Public Nursing Colleges with the prescripts of the Higher Education Qualification Sub-Framework (HEQSF), these colleges must be registered as Higher Education Institutions to be eligible to offer qualifications on a Higher Qualification Band.  The process requires the establishment of the Public Nursing Colleges Act, policies and guidelines amongst other things, to gain status as a college sector which is prescribed in section 21(3) of the Higher Education Act, 1995 (Act No. 101 of 1995 as amended).

The table below provides the empirical evidence that Public Nursing Colleges are the highest producers of Professional Nurses as compared to the Universities over the last five years.

Table 1

NEIs

OUTPUTS

2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Colleges 1967 2337 2376 2473 2340
Universities  671 629 590 752 651

 

It is against this background that the Council resolved at its meeting held on 18–19 September 2014 that:

  1. The period for Public Nursing Colleges to offer the Education and Training Programme Leading to Registration as a Nurse (General, Psychiatric and Community) and Midwife (Government Notice No. R.425 of 22 February 1985 as amended) be extended as follows :

1.1    The end date of enrolment is January 2018

1.2    The end date of qualification is December 2023.

This circular becomes implementable on the date of issue.

For further clarity on this circular, you are advised to contact the Senior Manager: Education and Training; Dr. S.W. Mkhize.

Yours sincerely

 

(Signed)

Mr. T. Mabuda 
Registrar and CEO
South African Nursing Council

 

Circular 13/2014 Legacy Nursing Education and Training programmes that will NO LONGER BE OFFERED after 30 June 2015

Circular 13/2014 Legacy Nursing Education and Training programmes that will NO LONGER BE OFFERED after 30 June 2015

30 September 2014

To: Nursing Education Institutions
  National Department of Health
  Provincial Departments of Health
  All Stakeholders

Legacy Nursing Education and Training Programmes that will be NO LONGER OFFERED after 30 June 2015

 

Purpose

To inform all stakeholders about the date on which the offering of certain Legacy Nursing Education and Training programmes will be discontinued.

Background

The end date of enrolment for the Legacy Nursing Qualifications is 30 June 2015, with a teach out period of two years as prescribed by South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA).  The production of nurses who have undergone the Course Leading to Enrolment as a Nurse (Government Notice No. R.2175 of 19 November 1993 as amended) or Course Leading to Enrolment as Nursing Auxiliary (Government Notice No. R.2176 of 19 November 1993 as amended) has increased alarmingly over the last five years.  The table below provides the empirical evidence on the production of these categories of nurses.

Table 1A 

Category Students who passed examinations
2009  2010 2011 2012 2013
ENA  5779  5125  5232  5009  5901
EN  7493  7511  7391  7732  8954

 Table 1B

Category SANC Register
2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
ENA 62440  63472  64526  65969  67895
EN 48078  52370  55408  58722  63788

It is against this background that the Council resolved that the following Legacy Nursing Qualifications must be discontinued, paving the way for the implementation of the New Nursing Qualifications:

1)    The Course Leading to Enrolment as a Nurse (Government Notice No. R.2175 of 19 November 1993 as amended).

2)    The Course Leading to Enrolment as a Nursing Auxiliary (Government Notice No. R.2176 of 19 November 1993 as amended).

The Council further resolved that the prospective applicants who wish to offer new qualifications (Higher Certificate: Auxiliary Nurse; Government Notice No. R.169 of 8 March 2013 and Diploma in Nursing: Staff Nurse; Government Notice No. R.171 of 8 March 2013) must apply to:

1)    Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) in order to obtain a registration certificate and number

2)    South African Nursing Council (SANC) and submit the programmes in order to get endorsement letter from SANC

3)    Council on Higher Education (CHE) and submit the programmes for accreditation.

All prospective applicants are advised to visit the SANC website (www.sanc.co.za) and to download the following documents for further information:

1)    Circular 6/2012 and Circular 8/2013 (these can be found in the Archive page).

2)    Revised Qualifications Frameworks issued in July 2014.

This circular becomes implementable on the date of its issue.

For further clarity on this circular, you are advised to contact the Senior Manager: Education and Training; Dr S.W. Mkhize.

Yours sincerely

 

(Signed)

Mr. T. Mabuda 
Registrar and CEO
South African Nursing Council

 

Circular 10/2014 Post Office strike causes postage delays

Circular 10/2014 Post Office strike causes postage delays

 

 
  

17 September 2014

TO:Heads of Nursing Education Institutions
 Nursing Stakeholders

Delay on Postage from South African Nursing Council (SANC)

 

Purpose

To inform nurse practitioners about the delay of postage from South African Nursing Council due to unprotected industrial action by South African Post Office’s casual and part time employees.

Background

The South African Post Office (SAPO) embarked on unprotected industrial action which has extended to three weeks.  Due to this, the South African Nursing Council (SANC) would like to sensitise nurse practitioners and other relevant stakeholders of the huge delays and backlogs caused on the postage of correspondences from SANC.

Though SAPO has contingency plans and precautionary measures in place, the impact might still have negative consequences. You will be kept abreast with further developments in this regard.

We apologise for the inconvenience caused.

 

(Signed)

Mr. Tendani Mabuda 
Registrar and CEO
South African Nursing Council

© 2004 - 2020 South African Nursing Council (Under the provisions of the Nursing Act, 2005)

Disclaimer