Incorrect published Regulations regarding Scope of Practice for Nurses and Midwives

Incorrect published Regulations regarding Scope of Practice for Nurses and Midwives

27 May 2020

The National Department of Health published the above Regulations in Government Gazette No. 43305 published on 12 May 2020 for public comments for a period of one month. It was discovered after publication that an incorrect version of the Regulations was published. The National Department of Health regrets this error. The correct version of the Regulations will be published in due course to enable the public to comment.

 

4/2020 SANC: Incorrect published Regulations regarding Scope of Practice for Nurses and Midwives

Press Rel 4/2020: Incorrect published Regulations regarding Scope of Practice for Nurses and Midwives


27 May 2020

TO:Editors and Health Journalists
ISSUED BYDepartment of Health

 

Incorrect published Regulations regarding Scope of Practice for Nurses and Midwives

The National Department of Health published the above Regulations in Government Gazette No. 43305 published on 12 May 2020 for public comments for a period of one month. It was discovered after publication that an incorrect version of the Regulations was published. The National Department of Health regrets this error. The correct version of the Regulations will be published in due course to enable the public to comment.

 

ENDS

 

For more information, please contact:
Mr Popo Maja
Department of Health Spokesperson
Mobile: 072 585 3219/082 373 1169
Email: 
popo.maja@health.gov.za

  

Factual informaton on R425 Registered Nurse, R174 Professional Nurse and Midwife, and R171 General Nurse

Factual informaton on R425 Registered Nurse, R174 Professional Nurse and Midwife, and R171 General Nurse


25 May 2020


The South African Nursing Council has become aware through various media platforms that there is misinformation regarding the status of the current and future status of the four(4)- year degree/diploma nursing programme (Regulations Relating to the Approval of and the Minimum Requirements for the Education and Training of a Nurse (General, Psychiatric and Community) and Midwife leading to Registration-Government Notice No. R. 425 of 22 February 1985 as amended) and possibly other qualifications. This has caused confusion to the profession and the public at large.

 

  1. Current status of the Four year (4) Degree and Diploma programme.(R.425)
    This is a legacy nursing qualification that is being phased out like all other legacy qualifications in the country, in line with the requirements of the Higher Education Qualifications Sub-Framework and as supported by the Board Notice published in the Government Gazette by the Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation in July 2016. The last intake for this programme was 2019. It must be noted however that the programme leading to this qualification continues and is going to continue being offered for pipeline students for the next four (4) to six (6) academic years including 2 years teach-out period.

 

This programme will for some years run concurrently with the new four-year Bachelor programme. These two qualifications are mutually exclusive qualifications and none is a replacement of the other.

 

Any person that completed the R. 425 programme leading to Registration with the SANC as a Nurse (General, Psychiatric and Community) and Midwife shall retain this title and qualification and shall not be “degraded” or “demoted” in any way.

 

On completion of the R. 425 programme, graduates and diplomats from the four-year programme will be registered by the South African Nursing Council as Nurse (General, Community & Psychiatric) and Midwife. This programme will not under any circumstances be downgraded or changed in any way. It will run its course until it is naturally phased out in about 6 years.


No downgrading of the four-year R425 Course
The profession needs to note that the Registered Nurse qualifying from this programme will not be downgraded in anyway whatsoever. Section 31 (1) (c) of the Nursing Act, 2005 (Act no. 33 OF 2005), prescribed a category Staff Nurse. Following various changes in legislation, particularly the National Qualifications Framework Act, it became necessary that the nursing qualifications fit within the country’s qualification framework.
As a result, the Category “General Nurse” was created through a board notice published in Government Gazette R.939 of 28 June 2019 by the Minister of Health. This programme will have a duration of three years and is not a replacement of any other qualification.

  1. Future four- year programme(R.174)


This is a new four-year programme governed by Regulations Relating to the Approval of and the Minimum Requirements for the Education and Training of a Learner leading to Registration in the Categories Professional Nurse and Midwife (Government Notice No. R174 of 8 March 2013).


Several Universities and Public Nursing Colleges were accredited by the Council to offer the programme. The SANC is aware that they have opted to commence with the offering of this programme in 2021.

Further information for students:
Students that are currently undergoing the R 425 programme should therefore not panic due to misinformation and disinformation from informal sources. They are encouraged to enquire and seek clarity from their principals regarding the uncertainties. The Heads of Nursing Education Institutions can if necessary enquire and be duly and formally advised by the SANC.

On behalf of the CEO& Registrar:
Ms S Mchunu

SANC – Appreciating the role of nurses in society on International Nurses’ Day May 2020

SANC – Appreciating the role of nurses in society on International Nurses’ Day May 2020

11 May 2020

The global nursing community is celebrating International Nurses Day on 12 May 2020. The World Health Organisation (WHO) Executive Board designated 2020 as the “Year of the Nurse and Midwife” in honour of the 200th birth anniversary of Florence Nightingale.

How fitting is this theme during …

.. Press Release 3 of 2020

Video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qwVy7LTRTA0

3/2020 Appreciating the role of nurses in society on International Nurses’ Day May 2020

Press Rel 3/2020: SANC – Appreciating the role of nurses in society on International Nurses’ Day May 2020


11 May 2020

TO:News Editor
FROM:Ms SA Mchunu
Registrar and CEO

 

SANC – Appreciating the role of nurses in society on International Nurses’ Day May 2020

The global nursing community is celebrating International Nurses Day on 12 May 2020. The World Health Organisation (WHO) Executive Board designated 2020 as the “Year of the Nurse and Midwife” in honour of the 200th birth anniversary of Florence Nightingale.

How fitting is this theme during the Covid-19 crisis, where nurses are at the forefront of the crisis and serve as the backbone of the profession, often at great cost to themselves and their families. Nurses have never been thrown into the spotlight the way they are now, and have never been needed more. Daily, we are faced with stories of nurses’ compassion, selfless acts, courage and dedication in the midst of this crisis.

The SA Nursing Council is adding its full support to International Nurses Day 2020 with the Council-approved theme: Appreciating the role of nurses in society. This theme carries even more value during the Covid-19 outbreak, as the value of nurses and nursing become paramount in our fight for survival. The SANC is therefore proud to announce the launch of the SANC Nursing Excellence Awards as of 2020. The Awards will focus on conferring annual merit awards for outstanding service by nurses and providing a means for recognizing the contributions of nurses to the profession and to the public.

Nursing is a noble profession which requires the highest degree of professionalism, dedication and care. The health system cannot function without nursing as its backbone. But the stress that nurses work under daily cannot be under-estimated, especially during this pandemic.

Ms S Mchunu, Registrar and CEO: “We acknowledge the efforts and sacrifices made by nurses daily, and especially during the Covid-19 pandemic. This is the Year of the Nurse in so many ways. We urge nurses and employers to remember that their health and safety are of key importance in the fight against this pandemic. We wish the nurses in South Africa a memorable International Nurses Day. Let us keep alive the words by the late Florence Nightingale: ‘For the sick it is important to have the best’”.

ENDS

Issued by:
Mrs. Adri van Eeden
Senior Manager: Marketing and Communication
South African Nursing Council 
E-mail : avaneeden@sanc.co.za
Website : www.sanc.co.za 
Tel : 012 426-9542

Official Spokesperson and person to be quoted:
Ms. S Mchunu
Registrar and CEO: SA Nursing Council

For more information or to arrange for an interview with the Spokesperson, please contact Mrs. Adri van Eeden on Tel. (012) 426-9542 or email: avaneeden@sanc.co.za 

 

SANC Professional Conduct Hearings

SANC Professional Conduct Hearings

May 2020

Dear Nurses, Clients and Stakeholders


Kindly note that due to the COVID-19 pandemic the Professional Conduct Hearings that were scheduled to be held at the offices of the South African Nursing Council from the 11th to the 13th of May 2020 is hereby formally postponed until further notice.

If you have received a summons or a subpoena to appear at these hearings, please note, we will be in contact with you in due course to inform you of the new arrangements.

Restoration of nurses to the SANC nursing register for National State of Disaster period: Private Hospitals

Restoration of nurses to the SANC nursing register for National State of Disaster period: Private Hospitals

1 May 2020

Dear Stakeholder

Please note that the process for private hospitals is the same as for Provincial Departments of Health, with the following exceptions:

1. All Hospital Association of South Africa (HASA)- affiliated health establishments will be handled via HASA directly – the process has been communicated to and agreed upon by HASA. The contact person is Lauren Drysdale at email: lauren.drysdale@hasanet.co.za

2. Private hospitals NOT affiliated to HASA will follow the process as set out below and submit the list per hospital. If you need clarity on this process kindly contact Mr Patrick Modiselle at email: pmodiselle@sanc.co.za

 

 

Restoration of nurses to the SANC nursing register for National State of Disaster period: Private Hospitals

Restoration of nurses to the SANC nursing register for National State of Disaster period: Private Hospitals


1 May 2020

1 May 2020

Dear Stakeholder

Please note that the process for private hospitals is the same as for Provincial Departments of Health, with the following exceptions:

1. All Hospital Association of South Africa (HASA)- affiliated health establishments will be handled via HASA directly – the process has been communicated to and agreed upon by HASA. The contact person is Lauren Drysdale at email: lauren.drysdale@hasanet.co.za

2. Private hospitals NOT affiliated to HASA will follow the process as set out below and submit the list per hospital. If you need clarity on this process kindly contact Mr Patrick Modiselle at email: pmodiselle@sanc.co.za

The process, in short:

bullet Position/s are advertised by the Employer, who will do the screenings for the positions (nature of engagement agreed upon between practitioner and health establishment).
bullet The form has been sent to HASA (The form is also on the SANC website as a backup).
bullet Once an employment or engagement agreement is reached with the employing health establishment, HASA (or if a private hospital it can be sent to the SANC if not affiliated to HASA) sends a bulk pack of applications to the SANC for processing.
bullet The SANC will issue the certificate letters to the Employer as proof of registration of a Nurse with the SANC.
bullet The Employer then communicates to the Nurses as they issue letters of engagement.
bullet No individual applications can be sent to the SANC for processing.

NB: Registration lapses immediately upon lifting of the National State of Disaster.

Restoration Form for Private Hospitals