Nurses Day 1/2016

NursesDay 2016

11 May 2016



The 12th of May is a day when nurses globally reflect on and celebrate the meaning and value of their contribution in the health care delivery. The South African Nursing Council join in celebrating the day with the nurses and midwives of our country. The theme for the 2016 International Nurses day is: Nurses: A Force for Change: Improving health systems’ resilience.

The South African Nursing Council contributes to the strengthening of health system resilience by ensuring that the Nursing Programmes being accredited prepares the graduates to acquire the necessary skills and competencies such as Monitoring and evaluation and management. Nurses are prepared to respond and take the necessary actions in cases of emergencies.

We support the strategy on re-engineering of Primary Health Care, which is Nurse driven and based on the promotion of Health, Prevention of Illness, restoration of health and alleviation of suffering. Nurses are also charged with the responsibilities of people and family centred, evidence based and continually improving in quality. This approach has been proven to be effective as well as cost effective.

SANC has the responsibility within the Nursing Act 2005 (Act 33 of 2005), to uphold and maintain professional conduct, ethics & practice standards. Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for Nurses and Midwife is subsequently in the process of being established in terms of the Nursing Act, 2005 (Act 33 of 2005,) sections 39 and 59 and other legislative & policy directives. A CPD Pilot in two Provinces one predominantly urban and the other predominantly rural in nature has been finalised and the outcome of the pilot study will guide further implementation of the CPD System. CPD activities are in terms of the framework that has been used for the pilot study, been divided into four (4) thematic areas,; namely (i)the Ethical Legal domain; (ii) Area of Practice; (iii) Leadership and Management and (iv) Teaching and Research.

We pay tribute to committed Nurses and Midwives at all health care settings who are providing the much needed quality care to the health care users, sometimes under very difficult environment.

Happy International Nurses’ day.




Issued by:

The Acting Chairperson: Dr S Vasuthevan
The South African Nursing Council
Cecilia Makiwane Building
P.O. Box 132

For more information contact: Ms Party Day Moloi
Tel : 012 426 9542 / 083 496 8366
Fax : 012 426 9554 / 086 231 9094