Circular 4/2004: SANC Year-end closure

Circular 4/2004: SANC Year-end closure

 

2004-12-07

TO ALL:    NURSING EDUCATION INSTITUTIONS
                   NURSING STAKEHOLDERS 

 

South African Nursing Council – Year End Closure

 

23 December 2004 – 03 January 2005

South African Nursing Council will close its offices for the Christmas holidays at 16:00 on 22 December 2004 and will re-open at 08:00 on 04 January 2005.

Please contact the Communications Officer at telephone (012) 420 1000 for any enquiries.

 

(Signed)
Hasina Subedar
Registrar
The S A Nursing Council

 

Circular 3/2004: SANC Examination Schedule for 2005

Circular 3/2004: SANC Examination Schedule for 2005

 

15 September 2004

TO ALL:    NURSING EDUCATION INSTITUTIONS
                   NURSING STAKEHOLDERS 
                   INVIGILATORS

 

South African Nursing Council Examination Schedule for 2005

 

Examination dates for examinations to be held during 2005 can be found on this website.

Please note that examinations will only be held where there are candidates registered for that particular examination.

Should the normal closing date for an examination fall on a weekend or a public holiday, the next working day is regarded as the closing date for that particular examination.

Enquiries can be directed to Ms Marga Cronje on telephone (012) 420 1079.
Alternatively, you can e-mail exams@sanc.co.za 

 

(Signed: H Subedar)
Registrar
The S A Nursing Council

Press Release 3/2004 South African Nursing Council response to the amendment of the Choice of Termination of Pregnancy Act, 1996

Press Release 3/2004 South African Nursing Council response to the amendment of the Choice on Termination of Pregnancy Act, 1996

 
  

 

20 August 2004

Press Release

 

The South African Nursing Council Response to the Amendment of the Choice on Termination of Pregnancy Act, 1996

 

The South African Nursing Council in response to the outcry regarding the impact the amendment to the Choice on Termination of Pregnancy Act, 1996 will have on the profession of nursing releases the following statement.

The replacement of the term “registered midwife” with the term “registered nurse” does not substantially change the situation with regard to the number of nurses that may or may not perform abortions.

The majority of the nurses on the South African Nursing Council register are registered as both general nurse and midwife i.e. 82 213 out of a total of 96 715 registered nurses.

The amendment to the Act effectively allows an additional 14 288 registered nurses who are not midwives out of a total number of 96 715 registered nurses on the South African Nursing Council register to carry out a termination of pregnancy.

A person who is registered as a midwife only is a person who has met the requirements to be registered as a midwife only and is not registered as nurse. There are currently no training institutions in South Africa that are training persons as midwives only.  The South African Nursing Council register had only 802 registered midwives in 2003 as compared to 1900 in 1997. The amendment to the Choice on Termination of Pregnancy Act, 1996 will therefore preclude these 802 registered midwives from carrying out a termination of pregnancy. 

The Choice on Termination of Pregnancy Act, 1996 clearly states that only a person “who has undergone prescribed training in terms of this Act;” may perform a termination of pregnancy. In this regard only registered nurses who have completed the necessary training to carry out a termination of pregnancy may perform such a termination and may only terminate pregnancies of up to and including 12 weeks of gestation. The amendment to the Act does not change these conditions under which a registered nurse may carry out a termination. 

Neither the Choice on Termination of Pregnancy Act, 1996 nor the Nursing Act, 1978 and the South African Nursing Council compels a nurse to conduct a termination of pregnancy. The intention of the Act is to provide a choice for women regarding the termination of a pregnancy and to enable a medical practitioner and a registered nurse to carry out such a termination.

A Registered Nurse has a choice to undergo the prescribed training and furthermore he/she also has a choice regarding whether to work in a facility that is approved to carry out a termination of pregnancy. 

(Signed)
Hasina Subedar
Registrar
South African Nursing Council

 

Contact the Communications Officer: Tel 012-2401000 Fax 012-3435400

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Circular 2/2004: National mass Measles and Polio Immunisation Campaign

Circular 2/2004: National mass Measles and Polio Immunisation Campaign 2004

 

27 July 2004

TO ALL:    COUNCIL MEMBERS
                   NURSING EDUCATION INSTITUTIONS
                   STAKEHOLDERS 

 

NATIONAL MASS MEASLES AND POLIO IMMUNISATION CAMPAIGN 2004

 

As part of the global fight for polio eradication and measles elimination, a countrywide Immunization Campaign will be conducted in South Africa during the weeks of 26 to 30 July 2004 (the first round of measles and polio immunisation), and 30 August to 3 September 2004 (the second round of Polio Immunisation). The primary objective of the mass immunisation campaigns is to eradicate polio and eliminate measles.

Historically measles and polio are known as two of the most dangerous diseases of childhood. Therefore the Department of Health has requested the assistance of all nurses and midwives in ensuring that parents and caregivers take all children aged between 0 and 5 years old to their nearest clinics for vaccination, even if their children are fully immunised.

The campaign does serve as additional doses, which will protect a large number of children over a short period of time, thus making it practically impossible for the viruses to find unimmunised children in which to replicate and cause disease.

The slogan for the 2004 polio and measles campaign is:

“Stop Polio! Stop Measles! Immunise!”

Go to the Department of Health web site for full information on the campaign.

(Signed: H Subedar)
Registrar and CEO
The S A Nursing Council

Press Release 2/2004 Information about National Nurses Day – 12 May 2004

Press Release 2/2004 Information about International Nurses Day – 12 May 2004

 
   

11 May 2004

To be released on 12 May 2004:

 

International Nurses Day – 12 May 2004

 

Message from the Registrar of the South African Nursing Council

Today 12 May 2004 is a day set aside internationally to commemorate nurses. Nurses have entered into the profession of nursing that is committed to serve people whose health status is compromised and to maintain the health status of those that are healthy.

The profession of nursing began humbly with the commitment of Florence Nightingale who sought to tend to and restore the dignity of the sick and injured in the Crimean War. Today nursing has grown into a fully-fledged profession that plays a significant role in health care delivery.

For this day of commemoration the international community has identified the theme “Nurses working with the Poor to combat poverty”.

This theme could not be more apt for us in South Africa where we as a nation are currently celebrating 10 years of Democracy.

Today we acknowledge and pay tribute to the contribution the 177 000 nurses in South Africa make to our health care system. These nurses often work in and overcome extremely adverse conditions. Despite this, they seldom receive any recognition for their service.

Nurses work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year to ensure that the health care needs of South Africans are met.
They provide health care to all, rich and poor, young and old, sick and well and newborn infants and those that are dying.
Nurses are the backbone of the South African Health care system and carry the burden of providing health care in very adverse conditions.
They provide continuity of care and treatment in communities, residential health care facilities, clinics and hospitals.
In many areas especially in rural communities the nurse is often the only health care provider available to meet the health care needs.
Nurses play a critical role in restoring the dignity of the sick, the elderly, the young and the terminally ill.
Whilst there are many nurses that have left South Africa to work in other countries there are thousands of nurses that have remained and are committed to serving South Africa.

While we acknowledge the contribution of nurses we need to look back and review how the profession of nursing has contributed to the 10 years of democracy in South Africa. Nurses are most suitably placed to take the lead in ensuring that the Constitutional rights of South Africans are promoted and maintained.

In this regard nurses can play a fundamental role in “Restoring the dignity of our people” over the next decade. Nurses can contribute to our democracy by taking the lead in implementing the Bill of Rights enshrined in the Constitution.

Nurses should look at:

Improving access to health care and health care services;
Improving the quality of life of South Africans through better health.
Assisting and guiding the illiterate, the poor and vulnerable groups to gain access to the appropriate resources and assistance to improve their personal circumstances.

A small contribution by each of the 177 000 nurses can attain significant results over the next 10 years of our democracy.

“Let us make the slogan ‘nurses unite to work with the poor to combat poverty’ become our reality for the next 10 years of our democracy”.

 

Hasina Subedar

ENDS

 

Any enquiries should be directed to the Communications Officer.

Tel no: 012 420 1000

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Circular 1/2004: Distinguishing Devices: increase in the price of postage and additional requirements when purchasing DDs at the counter (from 1 June 2004)

Circular 1/2004: Distinguishing Devices: increase in the price of postage and additional requirements when purchasing DDs at the counter (from 1 June 2004)

 

24 May 2004

 

To all:    Nursing Education Institutions
             Non-training Institutions
             Nursing Stakeholders

 

Distinguishing Devices:

Increase in Price of Postage and Additional Requirements when Purchasing Distinguishing Devices at the Counter

 

A copy of the new application form for distinguishing devices, with increased postage and additional requirements when purchasing distinguishing devices at the Council counter, is attached.

The additional requirements when purchasing distinguishing devices at the Council counter are:

The person who purchases the devices at the counter must present his/her own ID document for verification by the cashier. For this purpose only, Council will accept an ID Book, credit card type driver’s licence, or passport as a valid ID document. Distinguishing devices will not be supplied to a person who cannot produce the necessary ID DOCUMENT.
If you send someone else to purchase distinguishing devices on your behalf, you must send a letter with him/her indicating the full names and ID number of the person authorized by you to receive the distinguishing devices on your behalf. Distinguishing devices will not be supplied to a person who cannot produce the necessary LETTER OF AUTHORIZATION.

These changes (and the new form) are effective from 01 June 2004.

It is extremely important that this information is brought to the attention of all nurses and midwives to avoid problems that might otherwise occur when purchasing distinguishing devices. Your cooperation in this regard is greatly appreciated.

Please destroy or dispose off all old forms in your possession.

Extra copies of the form are obtainable from the Council on request. Please make telephonic arrangements beforehand if you require large quantities.

 

Please contact Ms M. Mulder at telephone (012) 420 1080 for any enquiries.

 

(Signed: H Subedar)
Registrar and CEO
The S A Nursing Council

 

Press Release 1/2004 Nursing Council removes 7 000 nurses from the register for non-payment of annual fees

Press Release 3/2004 South African Nursing Council response to the amendment of the Choice on Termination of Pregnancy Act, 1996

 
  

20 August 2004

Press Release

 

The South African Nursing Council Response to the Amendment of the Choice on Termination of Pregnancy Act, 1996

 

The South African Nursing Council in response to the outcry regarding the impact the amendment to the Choice on Termination of Pregnancy Act, 1996 will have on the profession of nursing releases the following statement.

The replacement of the term “registered midwife” with the term “registered nurse” does not substantially change the situation with regard to the number of nurses that may or may not perform abortions.

The majority of the nurses on the South African Nursing Council register are registered as both general nurse and midwife i.e. 82 213 out of a total of 96 715 registered nurses.

The amendment to the Act effectively allows an additional 14 288 registered nurses who are not midwives out of a total number of 96 715 registered nurses on the South African Nursing Council register to carry out a termination of pregnancy.

A person who is registered as a midwife only is a person who has met the requirements to be registered as a midwife only and is not registered as nurse. There are currently no training institutions in South Africa that are training persons as midwives only.  The South African Nursing Council register had only 802 registered midwives in 2003 as compared to 1900 in 1997. The amendment to the Choice on Termination of Pregnancy Act, 1996 will therefore preclude these 802 registered midwives from carrying out a termination of pregnancy. 

The Choice on Termination of Pregnancy Act, 1996 clearly states that only a person “who has undergone prescribed training in terms of this Act;” may perform a termination of pregnancy. In this regard only registered nurses who have completed the necessary training to carry out a termination of pregnancy may perform such a termination and may only terminate pregnancies of up to and including 12 weeks of gestation. The amendment to the Act does not change these conditions under which a registered nurse may carry out a termination. 

Neither the Choice on Termination of Pregnancy Act, 1996 nor the Nursing Act, 1978 and the South African Nursing Council compels a nurse to conduct a termination of pregnancy. The intention of the Act is to provide a choice for women regarding the termination of a pregnancy and to enable a medical practitioner and a registered nurse to carry out such a termination.

A Registered Nurse has a choice to undergo the prescribed training and furthermore he/she also has a choice regarding whether to work in a facility that is approved to carry out a termination of pregnancy. 

(Signed)
Hasina Subedar
Registrar
South African Nursing Council

Contact the Communications Officer: Tel 012-2401000 Fax 012-3435400

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