Circular 2/2019

The SANC Circular 2/2019

19 February 2019

 

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

 

Amendment of the dates for examinations to be written in May 2019

 

1. PURPOSE


The purpose of this Circular is to: 

Inform the National Department of Health, Provincial Departments of Health, Nursing Education Institutions and all stakeholders about the amendment of the dates for the examinations which were due to be written on 08 and 10 May 2019 respectively.

 

2. BACKGROUND


The President of the Republic of South Africa announced during the State of the Nation address (SONA) that the National Elections will be held on 08 May 2019. As this coincides with the South African Nursing Council examinations scheduled for that date, it became prudent to amend the examination dates in order to accommodate this significant event and afford all concerned the opportunity to exercise their democratic right to vote. 
Therefore, the May 2019 examinations will be written as follows:

bullet 2.1. FIRST-YEAR EXAMINATION FOR THE BRIDGING COURSE FOR ENROLLED NURSES LEADING TO REGISTRATION AS GENERAL NURSE OR PSYCHIATRIC NURSE

DATE PAPER TIME
10 May 2019 Paper 1 09:00 – 12:00
13 May 2019 Paper 2 09:00 – 12:00 

 

bullet 2.2. FINAL EXAMINATION FOR THE COURSE LEADING TO REGISTRATION AS MIDWIFE 
REGULATION: R.254 OF 14 FEBRUARY 1975 (AS AMENDED)
DATE PAPER TIME
06 May 2019 Paper 1 09:00 – 12:00
10 May 2019  Paper 2 09:00 – 12:00
13 May 2019 Paper 3 09:00 – 12:00 

 

bullet 2.3. FINAL EXAMINATION FOR THE COURSE LEADING TO REGISTRATION AS PSYCHIATRIC NURSE [ONE-YEAR COURSE] – REGULATION: R.880 OF 02 MAY 1975 (AS AMENDED)

 

DATE PAPER TIME
06 May 2019 Paper 1 09:00 – 12:00
10 May 2019 Paper 1 09:00 – 12:00
13 May 2019 Paper 2 09:00 – 12:00 

 

3. IMPORTANT TO NOTE

3.1. Kindly ensure that all the Students are duly informed of the new dates of the examinations.
3.2. None of the other examinations dates for 2019 are affected by this notice.

 

4. IMPLEMENTATION DATE

This Circular becomes effective and implementable on the date of publication.

For further information in respect of this Circular, you are advised to contact the SANC Senior Manager: Education and Training, Ms SJ Nxumalo at (012) 420 1022 or jnxumalo@sanc.co.za

 

Yours sincerely

(Signed)

Ms SA Mchunu
Registrar and CEO
South African Nursing Council

Circular 3/2019

The SANC Circular 3/2019

19 February 2019

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

 

SANC’s new logo and slogan

This year marks the celebration of the SANC’s 75th anniversary and befitting this milestone the SANC proudly introduces its new logo and slogan – a new identity that reflects its evolution yet emphasises its mandate. The SANC launched its new logo and slogan on 28 January 2019. The symbolism of the logo is explained below.

 

Yours sincerely

(Signed)

Ms SA Mchunu
Registrar and CEO
South African Nursing Council

Provisions of nursing programmes

Provisions of nursing programmes


4 February 2019

 

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

 

Provisions of nursing programmes

 

1. PURPOSE
The purpose of this Circular is to: 

bullet 1.1 Update/remind the National Department of Health, Provincial Departments of Health, Nursing Education Institutions (NEIs) and other relevant stakeholders about the provisions of the following nursing programmes: 

– Bridging course for Enrolled Nurses leading to registration as a General/Psychiatric Nurse; 
– Diploma Course in Midwifery for registration as a Midwife.

bullet 1.2 Inform the National Department of Health, the Provincial Departments of Health, Nursing Education Institutions (NEIs) and other relevant stakeholders of an amended Learner Application form, which should be submitted to the South African Nursing Council (SANC) upon application for registration of learners with the SANC.

 

2. LEGISLATED DURATION OF THE RELEVANT PROGRAMMES

bullet 2.1. Bridging course for Enrolled Nurses leading to registration as a General/Psychiatric Nurse 
This programme is regulated by the Regulations relating to the minimum requirements for a Bridging Course for Enrolled Nurses leading to registration as a General Nurse or a Psychiatric Nurse (Government Notice Regulation No.683 of 14 April 1989, as amended). In terms of Regulation 6 (1) of these regulations, the duration of this programme shall be two academic years. An “academic year” as defined in these regulations “shall mean a period of at least 44 weeks in any calendar year”. 
bullet 2.2. Diploma course in Midwifery for registration as a Midwife
This programme is regulated by the Regulations relating to the minimum requirements for a Diploma course in Midwifery for registration as a Midwife (Government Notice Regulation No. 254 of 10 March 1978, as amended). In terms of Regulation 4 (1) of these regulations, the duration of the course shall be two years

This regulation must be read in conjunction with Regulation 7 of these regulations, which deals with exemptions. One such exemption is provided for in Regulation 7 (2), as follows: “A student who is a registered general nurse or a registered psychiatric nurse, is exempted from one (1) year of the prescribed period for the course”. 

 

3. IMPLICATIONS 
Based on the content under point 2 above, the South African Nursing Council would like to remind all Nursing Education Institutions (NEIs) that are still offering the above-mentioned programmes of the following:

bullet 3.1 Students are required to undergo the above-mentioned programmes on a full-time basis, as it is practically impossible for any person in employment, especially full-time employment, to achieve all the theoretical and practical requirements of the programmes within the prescribed time frames. The programme shall therefore not be undertaken on a part-time basis.
bullet 3.2 The persons in charge of NEIs, who are responsible for signing the learner application forms, must ensure that employed learners have been granted study leave by their employers and must attach such proof upon submission of the respective learners’ application forms to the SANC, failing which the applications will not be processed. In addition, each learner must declare that he/she is undergoing the programme on a full-time basis.
bullet 3.3 The Learner Application form has been amended to capture the above requirements. The amended form can be accessed under the “Services” link on the home page of the SANC website (www.sanc.co.za) and thereafter by clicking on the “Learners” link on the menu. A sample is attached to this circular as Annexure A, for ease of reference.
bullet 3.4 The persons in charge of NEIs, who are responsible for submission of learner applications to the SANC, should also in their covering letters to the SANC declare that the listed learners are undergoing the programme on a full-time basis.
bullet 3.5 Please note that, should it be discovered that learners followed these full-time programmes while in full-time employment, it would amount to the requirements of the programmes not having been complied with. This would result in the SANC invoking Section 44 (1) (i) of the Nursing Act (Act No, 33 of 2005) which states that “The Council may instruct the Registrar to remove from the register the name of any practitioner whose registration is proved to the satisfaction of the Council to have been made in error or through fraudulent misrepresentation or concealment of material facts or information”. 
Consequently, the NEIs involved in such incidents would thereafter be deemed fully responsible for the affected persons and any potential litigation that may ensue.
bullet 3.6 Nursing Education Institutions that were approved by the Council to offer these programmes using a decentralized model, are not exempted from the applicability of these requirements.

4. IMPLEMENTATION DATE
This Circular becomes implementable and valid on the date of issue.

For further information on this Circular, you are advised to contact the Senior Manager: Education and Training, Ms SJ Nxumalo at (012) 420 1022 or at jnxumalo@sanc.co.za

Yours sincerely

 

(Signed)

Ms SA Mchunu
Registrar and CEO
South African Nursing Council

 

 

Circular 1/2019

The SANC Circular 30/84

4 February 2019

 

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

 

Provisions of nursing programmes

 

1. PURPOSE
The purpose of this Circular is to: 

bullet 1.1 Update/remind the National Department of Health, Provincial Departments of Health, Nursing Education Institutions (NEIs) and other relevant stakeholders about the provisions of the following nursing programmes: 

– Bridging course for Enrolled Nurses leading to registration as a General/Psychiatric Nurse; 
– Diploma Course in Midwifery for registration as a Midwife.

bullet 1.2 Inform the National Department of Health, the Provincial Departments of Health, Nursing Education Institutions (NEIs) and other relevant stakeholders of an amended Learner Application form, which should be submitted to the South African Nursing Council (SANC) upon application for registration of learners with the SANC.

 

2. LEGISLATED DURATION OF THE RELEVANT PROGRAMMES

bullet 2.1. Bridging course for Enrolled Nurses leading to registration as a General/Psychiatric Nurse 
This programme is regulated by the Regulations relating to the minimum requirements for a Bridging Course for Enrolled Nurses leading to registration as a General Nurse or a Psychiatric Nurse (Government Notice Regulation No.683 of 14 April 1989, as amended). In terms of Regulation 6 (1) of these regulations, the duration of this programme shall be two academic years. An “academic year” as defined in these regulations “shall mean a period of at least 44 weeks in any calendar year”. 
bullet 2.2. Diploma course in Midwifery for registration as a Midwife
This programme is regulated by the Regulations relating to the minimum requirements for a Diploma course in Midwifery for registration as a Midwife (Government Notice Regulation No. 254 of 10 March 1978, as amended). In terms of Regulation 4 (1) of these regulations, the duration of the course shall be two years

This regulation must be read in conjunction with Regulation 7 of these regulations, which deals with exemptions. One such exemption is provided for in Regulation 7 (2), as follows: “A student who is a registered general nurse or a registered psychiatric nurse, is exempted from one (1) year of the prescribed period for the course”. 

 

3. IMPLICATIONS 
Based on the content under point 2 above, the South African Nursing Council would like to remind all Nursing Education Institutions (NEIs) that are still offering the above-mentioned programmes of the following:

bullet 3.1 Students are required to undergo the above-mentioned programmes on a full-time basis, as it is practically impossible for any person in employment, especially full-time employment, to achieve all the theoretical and practical requirements of the programmes within the prescribed time frames. The programme shall therefore not be undertaken on a part-time basis.
bullet 3.2 The persons in charge of NEIs, who are responsible for signing the learner application forms, must ensure that employed learners have been granted study leave by their employers and must attach such proof upon submission of the respective learners’ application forms to the SANC, failing which the applications will not be processed. In addition, each learner must declare that he/she is undergoing the programme on a full-time basis.
bullet 3.3 The Learner Application form has been amended to capture the above requirements. The amended form can be accessed under the “Services” link on the home page of the SANC website (www.sanc.co.za) and thereafter by clicking on the “Learners” link on the menu. A sample is attached to this circular as Annexure A, for ease of reference.
bullet 3.4 The persons in charge of NEIs, who are responsible for submission of learner applications to the SANC, should also in their covering letters to the SANC declare that the listed learners are undergoing the programme on a full-time basis.
bullet 3.5 Please note that, should it be discovered that learners followed these full-time programmes while in full-time employment, it would amount to the requirements of the programmes not having been complied with. This would result in the SANC invoking Section 44 (1) (i) of the Nursing Act (Act No, 33 of 2005) which states that “The Council may instruct the Registrar to remove from the register the name of any practitioner whose registration is proved to the satisfaction of the Council to have been made in error or through fraudulent misrepresentation or concealment of material facts or information”. 
Consequently, the NEIs involved in such incidents would thereafter be deemed fully responsible for the affected persons and any potential litigation that may ensue.
bullet 3.6 Nursing Education Institutions that were approved by the Council to offer these programmes using a decentralized model, are not exempted from the applicability of these requirements.

 

4. IMPLEMENTATION DATE
This Circular becomes implementable and valid on the date of issue.

For further information on this Circular, you are advised to contact the Senior Manager: Education and Training, Ms SJ Nxumalo at (012) 420 1022 or at jnxumalo@sanc.co.za

Yours sincerely

(Signed)

Ms SA Mchunu
Registrar and CEO
South African Nursing Council

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND WELFARE

No. R.1746

17 August 1984

THE SOUTH AFRICAN NURSING COUNCIL

REGULATIONS RELATING TO THE CERTIFICATE IN RENAL NURSING AND THE CERTIFICATE IN STOMA CARE NURSING AND CONDITIONS RELATING TO THE APPROVAL OF NURSING SCHOOLS. – REPEAL.

The Minister of Health and Welfare, on the recommendation of the South African Nursing Council, hereby repeals in terms of section 45(4) of the Nursing Act, 1978 (Act 50 of 1978), the regulations published under Government Notice R.670 of 31 March 1983, as amended by Government Notice R.1433 of 1 July 1983 with effect from twelve (12) months after the date of publication of this notice.

 

No. R.1747

17 August 1984

THE SOUTH AFRICAN NURSING COUNCIL

REGULATIONS FOR THE CERTIFICATE IN OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH NURSING. – REPEAL.

The Minister of Health and Welfare, on the recommendation of the South African Nursing Council, hereby repeals in terms of section 45(4) of the Nursing Act, 1978 (Act 50 of 1978), the regulations published under Government Notice R.238 of 13 February 1981, as amended by Government Notice R.1428 of 1 July 1983, with effect from six (6) months after the date of publication of this notice.

 

No. R.1748

17 August 1984

THE SOUTH AFRICAN NURSING COUNCIL

REGULATIONS FOR THE CERTIFICATE IN SPINAL INJURY NURSING SCIENCE. – REPEAL.

The Minister of Health and Welfare, on the recommendation of the South African Nursing Council, hereby repeals in terms of section 45(4) of the Nursing Act, 1978 (Act 50 of 1978), the regulations published under Government Notice R.237 of 13 February 1981, as amended by Government Notice R.58 of 22 January 1982 and R.1441 of 1 July 1983, with effect from six (6) months after the date of publication of this notice.