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

 

SHORT COURSES

The Council recently resolved that it would no longer be offering short courses of less than one academic year, leading to the issuing of a certificate by the Council.  It was therefore decided that the regulations governing the four short courses in Occupational Health Nursing, Stoma Care Nursing, Renal Nursing and Spinal Injury Nursing be repealed.  This was done under Government Notices R.1746, R.1747 and R.1748 of 17 August 1984.

The Council however, recognises the need for short courses of less than one academic year for registered nurses and resolved further that –

(1)  short courses of this nature:

(a)    be instituted only if a need for a course has been identified on national level and/or regional level;

(b)    be examined locally and not on a national level;

(c)    be recognised only if the course is presented by one of the following:

(i)    departments of nursing science at universities;

(ii)    departments of continuing education at universities with a department of nursing science;

(iii)    hospital nursing schools;

(iv)    nursing colleges;

(v)    technikons;

(vi)    professional education sections of:

  • The South African Nursing Association
  • a State Department of Health and Welfare
  • a Provincial Department of Hospital Services
(vii)    in exceptional circumstances any other institution which the Council may approve;

(2)  for such short courses:

(a)    the duration of the course shall be at least 160 hours;

(b)    regulations be not published;

(c)    broad national programme objectives be compiled by the Council and published in the form of a directive;

(d)    the programme for the course must be approved by the Council;

(e)    local examinations shall be in agreement with programme objectives of the Council;

(f)    the Council shall have the right to withdraw recognition of the course at any time and shall have the right of inspection;

(g)    the qualification be not registered with the Council as an additional qualification, but be listed merely for statistical purposes;

(h)    proof be given on the annual fee receipt that the qualification is listed by the Council;

(3)  for listing purposes of the qualification the following information be furnished:

(a)    the name of the institution offering the course and the name of the qualification;

(b)    the full names and surname of the holder of the qualification;

(c)    the capacities in which a person is registered;

(d)    the date of the award of the qualification;

(e)    a declaration that the holder of the qualification followed an approved course and complied with all the requirements for listing;

(4)  the certificate obtained after successful completion of the course be issued by the school which presented the course and that the information contained in 3(a), (b), (d) and (e) and the following words be printed on the certificate:

“This qualification is approved for listing by the South African Nursing Council”;

(5)  the principle be adopted that regulations be only published for courses which extend over at least one academic year (44 weeks).  These qualifications to be registered as additional qualifications;

(6)  all existing approved schools for courses extending over less than one academic year (44 weeks) shall, within a maximum period of one (1) year, comply with the requirement that the course be offered at a recognised institution (see 1(c) above).

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.