Press Release 1/2014 International Nurses’ Day

Press Release 1/2014 International Nurses’ Day- 2014

 
  

9 May 2014

ATTENTION: NEWS EDITORS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

INTERNATIONAL NURSES’ DAY 2014

MESSAGE FROM THE SOUTH AFRICAN NURSING COUNCIL

The 12th of May is a day when nurses globally reflect on and celebrate the meaning and value of their contribution in the health care delivery.  This celebration emanates from the birthday of the Nursing Icon, Florence Nightingale, who made great strides in the development of nursing as a profession.

Nurses form the largest health care workforce hence often referred to, in many spheres, as the backbone of the health care system.  This is indeed demonstrated by nurses coming to the rescue of the health care system in the form of task shifting to meet the dynamic contextual challenges.  For example, when the HIV/AIDS pandemic set in, the nurses began to maintain and later initiate ART under the banner of NIMART.  The NHI is currently being implemented and the nurses are playing the greatest role to ensure universal access and affordability of health care to the South African Community.  The quadruple disease burden has required reshaping the role of even the lower categories of nursing to the extent that a need has arisen that the scope of all categories and curriculum be changed to meet the current challenges in South Africa.  It is therefore not surprising that the theme to celebrate this day for 2014 is:

“Nurses: A force for change – A vital resource for health”

In 2014, the Nurses’ Day coincides with the celebration of the 20 years of democracy which the nurses were part of and aligned themselves with.  Soon after democracy, nurses have formed a democratically elected Nursing Council which has aligned the legislative framework to assist nurses to meet the demands of a health system in transformation.  The South African nurses have been able to meet in numbers to determine their fate in a summit held in 2011, culminating in a compact that gave birth to The Strategic Plan for Nurse Education, Training and Practice 2012/13 – 2016/17.  The Minister of Health, Dr. Motsoaledi has appointed the Chief Nursing Offer to facilitate the implementation of this strategy.  All we need as nurses is to hold hands and find our way forward.

The South African Nursing Council supports all the efforts to meet above mentioned challenges.  For example, the Council has realigned the Scopes of Practice and is transforming Nursing Education at all levels using a consultative process with relevant structures.  This includes formalization of a specialist category to support ever shifting tasks for nurses.

Most importantly, the South African Nursing Council salutes nurses of this country who despite daily pressures and challenges, continue to prioritize the welfare of their patients and continue to keep the lamp of Florence Nightingale burning.  However, the Council urges the South African nurses to keep in mind that nursing is a noble profession and professionalism and ethics must take centre stage in all our endeavours.

The South African Nursing Council hopes, with the support of the South African nurses at all levels and structures, to: Think strategically, act ethically and lead professionally.

ENDS

Issued by

The Chairperson : Prof B R Bhengu
South African Nursing Council
Cecilia Makiwane Building
P O Box 1123
Pretoria
0001

For more information contact

Ms Party Day Moloi
Tel : 012 426 9542 / 083 496 8366
Fax : 012 426 9554 / 086 231 9094

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Circular 4/2014 Replacement of exam papers for Enrolled Nursing exams to be written on 12 May 2014

Circular 1/2014 Addendum to SANC Circular 11/2013 Examination Schedule for 2014

 
  

10 February 2014

TO:Heads of Nursing Education Institutions
 Nursing Stakeholders

ADDENDUM TO THE SOUTH AFRICAN NURSING COUNCIL CIRCULAR 11/2013:

EXAMINATION SCHEDULE FOR 2014

This serves to inform you that an announcement was made by the President of the Republic of South Africa, Mr Jacob Gedley’hlekisa Zuma, on Friday, 7 February 2014 that 7 May 2014 is an election day and new dates have been scheduled to replace those previously communicated through Circular 11/2013.

The postponed examinations that were supposed to be written on 5, 7 and 9 May 2014, have been moved respectively, to the following week on 12, 14 and 16 May 2014.

All previous dates of the other examinations remain unchanged.

You are kindly requested to communicate this information to all learners.

Please acknowledge the receipt of this circular if you have learners who will be writing the above stated examinations.  All enquiries and acknowledgements should be directed to the Manager: Assessments.

Attention :   Mrs M.N. Dolo
Tel :   012 426 9596
E-mail :   mdolo@sanc.co.za
Fax to e-mail :   086 566 3766

Your assistance and cooperation is much appreciated.

Yours faithfully

 

(Signed)

Mr. Tendani Mabuda 
Registrar and CEO
South African Nursing Council

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Circular 3/2014 Closing of SANC offices for the Easter holidays

Circular 3/2014 Closing of SANC offices for the Easter holidays

 
  

11 April 2014

TO:Nursing Education Institutions
 Nursing Stakeholders
 Departments of Health

South African Nursing Council – Easter Holidays Closure : 17 – 22 April 2014

Please be informed that the South African Nursing Council (SANC) offices will be closing at 13:00 on 17 April 2014 in preparation for Easter holidays and re – opening on 22 April 2014 at 08:00.

Kindly inform all persons in your institutions so that they are aware in advance of the dates the Council will be closed.

We wish you safe Easter holidays.

Sincerely,

 

(Signed)

Mr. Tendani Mabuda 
Registrar and CEO
South African Nursing Council

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Circular 2/2014 Non payment of Annual Fees by certain practitioners

Circular 2/2014 Non payment of Annual Fees by certain practitioners

 

04 April 2014

TO:National Department of Health
 Provincial Departments of Health
 Private Hospital groups / clinics
 Nursing Stakeholders

NON PAYMENT OF ANNUAL RENEWAL FEES BY NURSING PRACTITIONERS

We refer to the above.

It has come to the attention of the South African Nursing Council that there are nursing practitioners who are employed and do not pay their annual renewal fees in terms of the Nursing Act 33 of 2005 in order to be able to practice.

This letter serves as a formal notice to draw the attention of all employers of nursing practitioners to the relevant provisions of the Nursing Act, 2005 Section 31 (Registration as prerequisite to practise) which reads as follows:

“31. (1) Subject to the provisions of section 37, no person may practise as a practitioner unless he or she is registered to practise in at least one of the following categories:

(a) Professional nurse;
(b) midwife;
(c) staff nurse;
(d) auxiliary nurse; or
(e) auxiliary midwife.

(2) The Minister, after consultation with the Council, may by notice in the Gazette create such other categories of persons to be registered to practise nursing as he or she considers necessary in the public interest.

(3) An employer must not employ or retain in employment a person to perform the functions pertaining to the profession of nursing, other than a person who holds the necessary qualification and who is registered under subsection (1) or (2).

(4) No person may use as a title any of the categories contemplated in subsection (1) or (2) unless he or she is registered as such in terms of this section.

Kindly take note of the provisions in Section 31(11) of the Nursing Act that reads as follows:

“A person who contravenes subsection (1), (3) or (4) [as emphasized above] is guilty of an offence and on conviction liable to a fine or to imprisonment for a period not exceeding 12 months or to both a fine and such imprisonment.”

In light of the above we urge all employers to ensure that their nursing practitioners provide them with their Annual Practising Certificates as proof of registration. Should any person be discovered by the South African Nursing Council to be employed without registration, the necessary criminal procedure steps will follow against both such practitioner and his/her employer.

We trust that you find this in order.

Kind regards,

 

(Signed)

MR. T. MABUDA 
REGISTRAR AND CEO
SOUTH AFRICAN NURSING COUNCIL

  

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Circular 1/2014 Addendum to Circular 11/2013 Exam dates

Circular 1/2014 Addendum to SANC Circular 11/2013 – Examination Schedule for 2014

 
  

10 February 2014

TO:Heads of Nursing Education Institutions
 Nursing Stakeholders

ADDENDUM TO THE SOUTH AFRICAN NURSING COUNCIL CIRCULAR 11/2013:

EXAMINATION SCHEDULE FOR 2014

This serves to inform you that an announcement was made by the President of the Republic of South Africa, Mr Jacob Gedley’hlekisa Zuma, on Friday, 7 February 2014 that 7 May 2014 is an election day and new dates have been scheduled to replace those previously communicated through Circular 11/2013.

The postponed examinations that were supposed to be written on 5, 7 and 9 May 2014, have been moved respectively, to the following week on 12, 14 and 16 May 2014.

All previous dates of the other examinations remain unchanged.

You are kindly requested to communicate this information to all learners.

Please acknowledge the receipt of this circular if you have learners who will be writing the above stated examinations.  All enquiries and acknowledgements should be directed to the Manager: Assessments.

Attention :   Mrs M.N. Dolo
Tel :   012 426 9596
E-mail :   mdolo@sanc.co.za
Fax to e-mail :   086 566 3766

Your assistance and cooperation is much appreciated.

Yours faithfully

 

(Signed)

Mr. Tendani Mabuda 
Registrar and CEO
South African Nursing Council

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Circular 15/2013 Requirement for conversion of paper-based programmes to electronic format for archiving

Circular 15/2013 Requirement for conversion of paper-based programmes to electronic format for archiving

 
  

22 November 2013

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

Conversion of Already Approved Paper-Based Programmes/Curricula, Applications for Clinical Facilities and Relocation to new premises for Electronic Versions for Archiving

 

PURPOSE

To request Nursing Education Institutions to submit converted paper-based legacy programmes/curricula, applications for clinical facilities and relocation to new premises in order to be uploaded on the electronic database system. 

 

OVERVIEW

The SANC is improving its operations by uploading its data on the electronic/digital document management system.  This system is efficient and time saving when searching for documents for reference and implementation of the Council’s activities.

 

REQUEST

Nursing Education Institutions are requested to convert their already approved paper based programmes/curricula into electronic version.

All approved clinical facilities applications must also be converted from paper based into electronic version.

Letters of approval for existing programmes must be scanned and used as annexures to such documents.

A PDF format must be used in order to ensure that conversion cannot be done by unauthorised person/s.

Template for already approved clinical facilities is herewith illustrated for submission.

ACCREDITED 
FACILITY
PROGRAMME/SNUMBER OF 
LEARNERS PLACED
   
   

  

This information must be sent electronically to:

The Senior Manager: Education and Training
Dr. S. Mkhize
e-mail: smkhize@sanc.co.za

Documents must reach SANC on or before the 15 March 2014.

 

All queries must be directed to:

The Senior Manager: Education and Training
Dr. S. Mkhize
Telephone:  012 420-1022

 

Yours Sincerely

 

(Signed)

Mr T. Mabuda 
Registrar and Chief Executive Officer
South African Nursing Council

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Circular 14/2013 Requirements for processing of learners who are registered in terms of the Nursing Act, 2005

Circular 14/2013 Requirements for processing of learners who are registered in terms of the Nursing Act, 2005 

 
 

 

 

22 November 2013

TO:Universities: School of Nursing Science
 Universities of Technology: School of Nursing Science

Requirements for Processing of Learners who are Registered in Terms of the Nursing Act, 2005 (Act No. 33 of 2005)

 

1.  PURPOSE

To inform mainline Universities and Universities of Technology to comply with the stipulation that a person undergoing Education or Training in Nursing must apply to the Council to be registered as a learner nurse or learner midwife – Section 32 (1).

The person in charge of a Nursing Education Institution (NEI) must, within 30 days, notify and furnish to the Council information prescribed by the Council in respect of each learner nurse or learner midwife who has commenced, completed, transferred to or abandoned a prescribed Nursing Education and Training Programme (prescribed programme) – Section 32 (3).

No person may practice as a practitioner unless he or she is registered to practice in a prescribed category – Section 31 (1) and (2).

 

2.  BACKGROUND

Nursing Education Institutions are expected to comply in terms of Nursing Act, 2005 (Act No.33 of 2005) that a person undergoing Education or Training in Nursing must apply to the Council to be registered as a learner nurse or learner midwife – Section 32 (1).  History has shown that some mainline Universities and Universities of Technology do not adhere to this stipulation in the following Nursing Programmes:

Diploma in Clinical Nursing Science, Health Assessment, Treatment and Care (GG Regulation No. 48 of 22 January 1982 as amended).

Diploma in Community Nursing Science (GG Regulation No. 276 of 15 February 1980 as amended).

Course for the Diploma in Psychiatric Nursing for registration as a Psychiatric Nurse (GG Regulation No. 880 of 2 May 1975 as amended).

Course for the Diploma in Midwifery for registration as a Midwife (GG Regulation No. 254 of 14 February 1975).

Course for the Diploma in Nursing Administration (GG Regulation No. 1501 of 8 July 1983 as amended).

 

N.B.  This circular must be read in conjunction with the Guidelines for Nursing Education Institutions: Requirements for Processing of Learners who are Registered in Terms of the Nursing Act, 2005.  This circular becomes effective and implementable on its receipt.  Implementation of this circular excludes learners who are undergoing in (GG Regulations No. R212 Course in Clinical Nursing Science leading to registration of an additional qualification of 19 February 1993 as amended).

 

All queries must be directed to:

The Manager: Registration
Ms. S.J. Nxumalo
Telephone: 012 426-9599
e-mail: jnxumalo@sanc.co.za.

Yours sincerely

 

(Signed)

Mr. T. Mabuda 
Registrar and Chief Executive Officer
South African Nursing Council

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Circular 16/2013 Learners must download regulations which were formerly issued to them

Circular 16/2013 Learners must download regulations which were formerly issued to them

 
  

22 November 2013

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

Regulations Issued by the South African Nursing Council on Successful Registration of Learner/s into a Nursing Education Programme

 

Purpose 

To inform all relevant parties about changes relating to issuing of regulations to learners on registration with the South African Nursing Council.

 

Background

The South African Nursing Council used to issue hard copies of regulations relevant to the programmes that learners have been registered into.  These regulations were packaged and sent by either courier or postal services to the respective Nursing Education Institutions.  To improve turnaround time and to reduce the operational cost related to courier and postal services, the South African Nursing Council will post these regulations on the SANC website.

 

Directive

The Council resolved that, it will no longer post these regulations except registration certificates of learners.  Nursing Education Institutions are required to download relevant/applicable regulations once the certificate of registration as a learner has been issued.  Applicable regulations are downloadable at www.sanc.co.za on the Publications/Regulations/Index to Regulations page (follow the links or click this link to go straight to the correct page).

 

For further clarification, enquiries should be directed to:

The Manager: Registrations
Ms. S.J. Nxumalo
e-mail: jnxumalo@sanc.co.za.

 

Yours Sincerely

 

(Signed)

Mr T Mabuda 
Registrar and Chief Executive Officer
South African Nursing Council

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Circular 13/2013 Exam schedule for Examiners, Moderators and Markers, 2014

Circular 13/2013 Exam schedule for Examiners, Moderators and Markers, 2014

 
  

12 November 2013

TO:Nursing Education Institutions
 Stakeholders
 SANC Assessments External Staff

South African Nursing Council Examination Schedule for Examiners, Markers and Moderators – 2014

 

Attached is the Examination Schedule for Examiners, Markers and Moderators for 2014.  Kindly take note of the following requirements applicable to Markers and Moderators:

  1. SANC shall initiate the pilot project regarding the centralised marking in GautengKwazulu Natal and Free State provinces in 2014 following May and November 2014 examination.

  2. Individual Markers from Limpopo, Mpumalanga, Eastern Cape, Western Cape, Northern Cape and North West provinces will still be supplied with examination scripts to mark for a period of 21 working days as it was done previously. This process shall begin following the May and November 2014 examination.

  3. The return dates for examination scripts from Markers and marking centres as per schedule should be strictly adhered to and no exceptions or allowances will be made to extend these dates.

  4. Moderators to adhere to scheduled moderation dates in 2014.  All moderation activities shall be conducted at SANC Cecilia Makiwane building.

  5. Programmes to be marked at SANC Cecilia Makiwane building are as follows:

5.1  Diploma in Midwifery for Registration as a Midwife (R.254)

5.2  Diploma in Psychiatric Nursing Science for Registration as a Psychiatric Nurse (R.880)

5.3  Diploma in Clinical Nursing Science, Health Assessment, Treatment and Care (R.48)

5.4  Admission examination for Foreign applicants leading to Registration as a nurse

5.5  Admission examination for Foreign applicants leading to Enrolment as a nurse

5.6  Admission examination for Foreign applicants leading to enrolment as a Nursing Auxiliary

5.7 Diploma in Community Nursing Science (R.276)

  1. Programmes to be marked at the piloted marking centers and by individual markers

6.1  First year examination for Bridging Course for Enrolled Nurses leading to Registration as a General Nurse and or Psychiatric Nurse (R.683)

6.2  Final examination for Bridging Course for Enrolled Nurses leading to Registration as a General Nurse and or Psychiatric Nurse (R.683) 

6.3  First year examination for Enrolment as a nurse (R.2175) the following electives:

(General nursing care) 
(Community)
(Psychiatric)

6.4  Course leading to enrolment as Nursing Auxiliary (R.2176)

6.5  Final year examination for Enrolment as a nurse (R.2175) the following electives:

(General nursing care) 
(Community)
(Psychiatric)
(Nursing care of the aged)

 

(Signed)

Mr T Mabuda 
Registrar and CEO
South African Nursing Council

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Circular 12/2013 Notice of the appointment of the new members of the 15th South African Nursing Council

Circular 12/2013 Notice of the appointment of the new members of the 15th South African Nursing Council

 
  

4 November 2013

TO:Nursing Education Institutions
 Universities
 National Department of Health
 Provincial Department of Health 
 Nursing Stakeholders

Notice of the Appointment of the new Members of the 15th South African Nursing Council

 

The 15th South African Nursing Council had been appointed by the Honourable Minister of Health, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi in terms of Section 5 of the Nursing Act, 2005 (Act No. 33 of 2005).  The Council had its first meeting on the 1st – 2nd of November 2013.  The term of office of the Council is five years (2013 to 2018).

In accordance with the Act, the Chairperson was appointed by the Minister of Health, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi in consultation with the Council. The Vice Chairperson and the Executive Committee members were elected by the Council members.

The Council members were appointed in terms of Section 5 of the Nursing Act, 2005 (Act No. 33 of 2005) as follows.  The Council members are:

Section 5 (1) (a)

Fourteen members who are registered in terms of Section 31 (1) (a) and (b)

Bhengu, Busisiwe Rosemary (Chairperson)
Cloete, John Cessil
Davhana-Maselesele, Mashudu
Dzebu, Munyadziwa Jane
Human, Susara Petronella
Jeftha, Gloria
Jordaan, Estelle Louise (now Coustas)
Mdlalose, Thembisile Rose
Mokale, Segomoco Irene
Mokoape, Nomagugu Charlotte
Ndlovu, Bawinile Cecilia
Nyalungu, Fanny Obert
Pienaar, Abel Jacobus
Vasuthevan, Sharon (Vice Chairperson)

Section 5 (1) (b)

(i)    One person must be an officer of the National Department of Health

Mohlabi, Dikgwadi Rheinett

(ii)    One person must have special knowledge of the law

Harper, Giuseppina

(iii)    One person must have special knowledge of financial matters

Rammutla, Pitsi Josephine

(iv)    One person must have special knowledge of pharmacy

Santho, Palesa

(v)    One person must have special knowledge of education

Gihwala, Dherendra (Dhiro)

(vi)    One person must have knowledge of consumer affairs

Chauke, Mkhacani Noel

(vii)    Three persons must represent communities

Isaacs-Raiss, Nasiema
Mkhonza, Thandi Lillian
Thupane, Aletta

(viii)    One person must be registered in terms of Section 31 (1) (c)

Ngidi, Duduzile Queen

(ix)    One person must be registered in terms of section 31 (1) (d)

Manamela, Thupetsi Marious

 

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBERS

Bhengu, Busisiwe Rosemary (Chairperson)
Vasuthevan, Sharon (Vice Chairperson)
Human, Susara Petronella
Cloete, John Cessil
Pienaar, Abel Jacobus
Mohlabi, Dikgwadi Rheinett
Rammutla, Pitsi Josephine
Mkhonza, Thandi Lillian

 

Let’s join hands in welcoming and supporting this newly appointed 15th South African Nursing Council, together we can achieve much more.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

(Signed)

Mr. Tendani Mabuda 
Registrar and CEO
South African Nursing Council

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