Circular 8/2006: SANC Year-end closure

Circular 8/2006: SANC Year-end closure

 

2005-12-07

TO ALL:NURSING EDUCATION INSTITUTIONS
 STAKEHOLDERS

 

South African Nursing Council Year End Closure – 23 December 2006 to 02 January 2007

 

The South African Nursing Council will close its offices for the holidays at 16:00 on 22 December 2006 and will re-open at 08:00 on 03 January 2007.

You are welcome to make payments for annual fees, etc. into the Council Bank account during this period. Account details:

Bank:FNB
Branch:Pretoria (Church Square) Corporate Core Services
Account No. 514 211 86 193
Branch Code:251445 253145
Reference No. Your SANC Ref. number followed by your name

Any such payments will be processed immediately when the Council re-opens on 03 January.

The Council’s fax and email systems will continue to operate during this period although you should only expect a response once the Council has re-opened in January.

 

 

Signed
HASINA SUBEDAR
REGISTRAR AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Circular 5/2006: increases in Nursing Council fees

Circular 4/2006: Distinguishing Devices

 

29 August 2006

TO ALL:NURSING EDUCATION INSTITUTIONS
 NON-TRAINING INSTITUTIONS
 STAKEHOLDERS

 

  1. INCREASE IN PRICE OF DISTINGUISHING DEVICES

  2. REQUIREMENTS FOR BULK ORDERS OF DISTINGUISHING DEVICES

 

Please note that the price of distinguishing devices will increase on:

1 October 2006.

The new price will apply to all orders received by the Council on or after 1 October 2006. Orders received by post and POSTMARKED before 1 October 2006 will be processed at the old price.

A copy of the revised instruction sheet and application form for distinguishing devices, reflecting the increased prices of distinguishing devices, is attached.

The order form now has a letter of authorization on the back for the convenience of those sending someone else to purchase distinguishing devices at the counter on their behalf. Please NOTE that Council will NOT issue distinguishing devices to any person identified only as “BEARER”!

The new instruction sheet has a section applicable to bulk orders sent in by employers on behalf of staff working for them. Employers are requested to carefully follow the instructions given to make sure that orders are processed correctly and without undue delay.

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.

The form can also be downloaded from the Nursing Council website:–

www.sanc.co.za

Click the Services button on the left hand side. Next click on the Devices button (or the Distinguishing Devices link). Follow the instructions at the bottom of the page to download the form.

Alternatively, you can type in the following address to take you straight to the Distinguishing Devices page: –

www.sanc.co.za/serv_dds.htm

Please contact Ms M. Mulder at telephone (012) 420 1080 if you need any further information regarding this circular.

 

Signed (H Subedar)

REGISTRAR AND CEO
THE S A NURSING COUNCIL

Circular 7/2006: Appointments for examination activities – 2007 SANC examinations

Circular 7/2006: Appointment for examination activities – 2007 SANC Examinations

 

21 November 2006

TO ALL:NURSING EDUCATION INSTITUTIONS

 

South African Nursing Council Appointments for Examination Activities – 2007

 

The assistance of Principals / Persons in Charge of Nursing Education is sought in identifying and supporting suitable persons that will participate in the Council’s examination activities. The appointments are in respect of the following categories:

Examiners
Moderators
Markers
Invigilators (see separate specification below)

Examiners, Moderators and Markers

  1. In order to be considered, the applicants must comply with the following Council requirements:

1.1    The applicant must be registered as a nurse with an additional qualification in nursing education.

1.2    The applicant must have been actively involved in the theoretical and clinical accompaniment of pupils/students for the relevant course for a minimum period of two years.

1.3    In cases of clinical post-basic courses i.e. additional qualifications, the applicant must have the particular additional qualification registered against his/her name.

  1. The following documents must be submitted to the Council by the applicant:

2.1    Application letter

2.2    Completed application form (herewith attached)

2.3    Curriculum Vitae

2.4    A sworn affidavit (herewith attached)

Invigilators

  1. In respect of appointment of invigilators, the office of the Council has noted with concern that some invigilators/assistant invigilators are traveling long distances from their residential areas to the examination centre(s). These long distances have negative effects in case of emergency.

  2. You are therefore requested to submit names of invigilators whose single trip is no more than 50 kilometers. Please indicate the distance to be traveled on the application form.

  3. It is the responsibility of the Head of Institution (Principal) to ensure that the nominee has the ability to effectively carry out all the responsibilities of an invigilator. The enclosed instructions to invigilators will assist you in fulfilling this responsibility.

  4. The following documents must be submitted to the Council by the applicant:

4.1    Completed application form (herewith attached)

4.2    A sworn affidavit (herewith attached)

 

All applications for 2007 appointments must to be submitted to the Council by the end of business on Monday 11 December 2006.

Kindly make copies of the attached application forms and affidavit to be completed by identified persons at your institution.

Any enquiries in this regard may be referred to the following:

Manager – Examinations:   Ms M C Dioke
Telephone Number: 012 420 1044
E-mail address:cdioke@sanc.co.za 

Your cooperation and support will be highly appreciated.

 

Signed
HERMAN DIKOBE
for REGISTRAR AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

 

 

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   Application Form: Examiners

   Application Form: Invigilator

   Application Form: Marker

   Application Form: Moderator

   Sworn Affidavit

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Circular 6/2006: SANC Examination Schedule for 2007

Circular 6/2006: SANC Examination Schedule for 2007

 

20 November 2006

TO:Nursing Education Institutions
 Nursing Stakeholders
 Invigilators

 

South African Nursing Council Examination Schedule – 2007

 

Click here to see the Examination Schedule for 2007.

Kindly take note of the following requirements applicable to the Council examinations. 

  1. The closing date for examination should be strictly adhered to and no exceptions or allowances will be made to extend these dates. 

  2. Only registered students/pupils will be eligible to enter for an examination, the head of the nursing education institution must ensure that all students/pupils are registered with the Council within the prescribed period (this does not apply to the Admission Examination for Enrolled Nursing or to the Admission Examination for Foreign Nurses).

  3. The Council will only process examination applications that meet the following requirements:

a)    submitted on the Council’s official Application Form for Examination which is completed in full and signed by the relevant persons.

b)    accompanied by the prescribed fee or proof of payment of the fee into the Council’s bank account, such payment should be done by the nursing education institution (group payment) and not by individual students – the latter delays processing of applications as some payments may be outstanding at the time of processing. Banking details for direct deposits are as follows: 

Name of bank:FNB
Account number:51425166282 (Current Account)
Branch:Pretoria Branch Corporate Core Services
Branch code:251445 253145
Reference:NEI reference number must appear on all deposits!

 c)    includes all the required documentation.

  1. Only those students/pupils that have been issued an examination number will be eligible to write Council examination.

  2. All practical Mark Sheets must be submitted to Council by the end of the month in which the examination is written. Examination results cannot be processed if practical mark sheets are not submitted on time or if the practical mark sheets are incorrectly filled in. Please note that if you wish to submit computer generated practical mark sheets, the layout and content must correspond with the format of the official practical mark sheets supplied by SANC.

  3. The Council reserves the right to cancel a scheduled examination if there are insufficient candidates for such an examination.

  4. Examination results will be sent to the nursing education institution through which the candidate registered for the examination. No individual results will be communicated to candidates telephonically. Institutions must inform learners that they should refrain from telephoning the Council to enquire about their examination results.

  5. Requirements for the Admission Examination for the Course Leading to Enrolment as a Nurse:

a)    This exam is a pre-requisite examination for enrolled nursing auxiliaries who want to access the course leading to Enrolment as a Nurse but who did not qualify as an enrolled nursing auxiliary under the course leading to Enrolment as a Nursing Auxiliary prescribed by the regulations published by Government Notice No. R. 2176 of 19 November 1993 (as amended).

b)    An enrolled nursing auxiliary who did not qualified as an enrolled nursing auxiliary under the R. 2176 regulations and who has not successfully completed the Admission Examination will NOT be eligible for any exemptions in terms of the regulations for the course leading to Enrolment as a Nurse as prescribed in the regulations published by Government Notice No. R. 2175 of 19 November 1993 (as amended).

c)    The providers of nursing education and training are responsible for identifying learners who need to sit for this examination.

 

 

Signed
HASINA SUBEDAR
REGISTRAR AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Circular 4/2006: Distinguishing Devices

Circular 4/2006: Distinguishing devices

 

29 August 2006

TO ALL:NURSING EDUCATION INSTITUTIONS
 NON-TRAINING INSTITUTIONS
 STAKEHOLDERS

 

  1. INCREASE IN PRICE OF DISTINGUISHING DEVICES

  2. REQUIREMENTS FOR BULK ORDERS OF DISTINGUISHING DEVICES

 

Please note that the price of distinguishing devices will increase on:

1 October 2006.

The new price will apply to all orders received by the Council on or after 1 October 2006. Orders received by post and POSTMARKED before 1 October 2006 will be processed at the old price.

A copy of the revised instruction sheet and application form for distinguishing devices, reflecting the increased prices of distinguishing devices, is attached.

The order form now has a letter of authorization on the back for the convenience of those sending someone else to purchase distinguishing devices at the counter on their behalf. Please NOTE that Council will NOT issue distinguishing devices to any person identified only as “BEARER”!

The new instruction sheet has a section applicable to bulk orders sent in by employers on behalf of staff working for them. Employers are requested to carefully follow the instructions given to make sure that orders are processed correctly and without undue delay.

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.

The form can also be downloaded from the Nursing Council website:–

www.sanc.co.za

Click the Services button on the left hand side. Next click on the Devices button (or the Distinguishing Devices link). Follow the instructions at the bottom of the page to download the form.

Alternatively, you can type in the following address to take you straight to the Distinguishing Devices page: –

www.sanc.co.za/serv_dds.htm

Please contact Ms M. Mulder at telephone (012) 420 1080 if you need any further information regarding this circular.

 

Signed (H Subedar)

REGISTRAR AND CEO
THE S A NURSING COUNCIL

  

Circular 3/2006: Publication of new Nursing Act

Circular 3/2006: Publication of new Nursing Act

 

22 June 2006

TO ALL:NURSING EDUCATION INSTITUTIONS
 NURSING STAKEHOLDERS

 

NEW NURSING ACT

 

The new nursing act has been published in Government Gazette No. 492 of 29 May 2006. The act is called the Nursing Act, 2005 and is Act No. 33 of 2005.

Attached please find a copy of Nursing Act, 2005 for your information.

Your attention is drawn to the following important points in the new act:

The new act is not yet in operation

The Nursing Act, 2005 “comes into operation on a date determined by the President by proclamation in the Gazette” – Section 62 of the Nursing Act, 2005.

Existing regulations, notices, orders, etc. remain in force

All existing regulations, notices, orders, registrations granted, etc. under the old nursing act will remain in force under the Nursing Act, 2005 – Section 61(1) of the Nursing Act, 2005. The only exception to this section being any thing that is contradictory to any provision of the new nursing act.

The Nursing Council will, together with the Department of Health, endeavour to bring all existing regulations, etc in line with the provisions of the Nursing Act, 2005 as a matter of extreme urgency. Priority will be given to those provisions of the new nursing act that do not have any existing regulations.

The current Council will not automatically be dissolved when Nursing Act, 2005 comes into operation

When the Nursing Act, 2005 comes into operation, the current Council will continue functioning and current council members will continue to be members of the council until the current Council is dissolved by the Minister of Health by notice in the Gazette (unless a particular member or members resign from the Council for any reason) – Section 61(2) and 61(3) of the Nursing Act, 2005.

There are other transitional arrangements that you should note

Section 61 of the Nursing Act, 2005 also contains some other transitional arrangements that should be studied in order to understand how the transition between the old and the new acts will be effected.

An electronic version of the act is also available for download on the Council website:

www.sanc.co.za/publications.htm

The electronic version is particularly useful as the table of contents is fully bookmarked to help you quickly find the section you are looking for. It is of course also fully text searchable.

 

(Signed)
Hasina Subedar
Registrar

NB: For further information, please contact:

The Communications Officer
Tel: (012) 420-1000

Press Release 1/2006 Information about National Nurses Day – 12 May 2006

Press Release 3/2005 Information about International Nurses Day – 12 May 2005

 

 

10 May 2005

To be released on 12 May 2005:

 

International Nurses Day – 12 May 2005

 

Today 12 May 2005 is a day set aside internationally to commemorate nurses. The members of the profession of nursing are 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 for patient safety: Targeting Counterfeit and Substandard Medicines”.

Counterfeit and Substandard Medicine is not only costly to consumers, it is a particular serious area of crime because it puts the lives and well-being of patients at risk, leads to loss of confidence in the medical profession, and in the quality, safety and efficacy of the medicine they prescribe.

“Today on this 12th day of May 2005 on behalf of the South African Nursing Council, I pay tribute to the contribution the 177 000 nurses in South Africa make to our health care system”, said Hasina Subedar, the Registrar of the South African Nursing Council. 

We salute those nurses who:

Work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days of the year to ensure that the health care needs of South Africans are met. 
Provide health care to all, rich and poor, young and old, sick and well, newborn infants and those that are dying. 
Are the backbone of the South African Health care system and carry the burden of providing health care in very adverse conditions. 
Work in rural and remote communities and who are often the only health care provider available to meet the health care needs of these communities.
Restore the dignity of the sick, the elderly, the young and the terminally ill.
Have remained in South Africa through their commitment to serve the people of our country.

Issued by the South African Nursing Council in Pretoria.

For further enquiries please contact the Communications Officer at 012 420 1000.

ENDS

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