Media Release 1/2022 The SANC Training of Nurses in South Africa

Media Release 1/2022: SANC Training of nurses in SA

5 August 2022

FOR ATTENTION   : NEWS EDITOR

SUBJECT                   : TRAINING OF NURSES

DATE                           : 04 AUGUST 2022

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The South African Nursing Council (SANC) has taken note of comments made in the media, specifically in the Business Day (03 August 2022), regarding the training of Nurses in South Africa and reference made to student numbers for the private sector/hospitals.

The South African Nursing Council is a statutory body entrusted to set and maintain standards of Nursing Education and Practice in the Republic of South Africa, to protect the public. It is an autonomous, financially independent, statutory body operating under the Nursing Act, 2005 (Act No. 33 of 2005). Furthermore, the SANC may accredit Nursing Education Institutions (NEIs) and nursing education programmes. This is subject to compliance with set criteria, requirements and conditions. The SANC is statutorily obligated to ensure quality Nursing Education and Training is provided by such accredited NEIs.

Apparent statements made at the HASA Conference this past week that “the SA Nursing Council is blocking the training of new Nurses by preventing private hospitals from taking on more students” are factually incorrect, untrue and irresponsible.

Says Ms Sizeni Mchunu, Registrar and CEO of the SANC: “The decision on the number of students allowed at any NEI and clinical facility is made after consideration of various factors, ensuring that quality Nursing Education and Training will be provided by such accredited NEIs.”

The SANC needs to clarify that the approval regarding the number of students per intake is determined by several related factors which include the following, among others: 

  • Physical resources – the number and capacity of the classrooms including classroom equipment, the capacity and equipment of the clinical laboratory that will be used by the students as well as the size of the library and relevant study material.
  • Clinical Facilities
  • The number and size of health establishments that are used for clinical placement of students and number of students to be placed as stipulated by the respective Provincial Departments of Health, depending on the type of the Nursing programme to be offered;
  • The number of other Nursing Education Institutions placing students in the same clinical facilities;
  • The number and types of primary healthcare centres and statistics to achieve the Exit Level outcomes of the respective programmes;
  • Clinical Facilitator: Student ratio, in line with SANC guideline requirements for the respective programmes; and
  • Bed occupancy.

The SANC cannot act irresponsibly by having more students than patients in clinical facilities, thus compromising the quality of clinical learning as well as the safety of patients.

  • Human Resources
  • Lecturer: student ratio, in line with the respective programmes’ guidelines (lecturers should have appropriate qualifications and cannot teach the same level of programme outcomes that they have achieved);
  • Lecturers should be licensed to practice as nurses (Annual Practising Certificate); and
  • Years of teaching and clinical experience for the lecturers and clinical facilitators.

The SANC further notes HASA’s apparent statement that “the SANC’s restriction on the number of training places offered by private hospitals is undermining a HASA proposal tabled at the Presidential Jobs Summit in 2018 and that the private sector needs 50,000 Nurses to help tackle SA’s critical shortage of healthcare professionals”.

The statement in its generality is considered as gravely opportunistic and condescending, considering that each application for programme accreditation is evaluated on its own merit and strength.

The SANC is duty bound to ensure that quality Nursing Education and Training is provided in protection of the public and cannot compromise this obligation for any other interest outside production of safe and competent practitioners for patient safety.

The apparent statement made by Netcare Nursing Education Executive Toy Vermaak i.e. “Several years ago had their annual intake slashed by the SANC, with no rationale given for the change” is irresponsible and deliberately misleading. Ms Vermaak intentionally leaves out critical information, that she is well aware of, relating to the changes in Nursing Education and Training as informed by overall changes in the Higher Education landscape, a competency of the Department of Higher Education. Ms Vermaak is also aware of the rationale and reasons for such determinations.

ENDS

 

Issued by:

Mrs. Adri van Eeden

Senior Manager:  Communication and Marketing

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

Media Release 1/2021 The SANC – International Nurses Day 2021

Media Release 1/2021: INTERNATIONAL NURSES DAY 2021


12 May 2021

FOR ATTENTION   :  NEWS EDITOR

SUBJECT                   :  INTERNATIONAL NURSES DAY 2021

DATE                           :  11 MAY 2021



International Nurses Day is celebrated globally on 12 May every year, which is the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth. The theme for 2021 is
Nurses: A Voice to Lead – A vision for future healthcare. The theme is set by the International Council of Nurses (ICN) and has the objective of showing how nursing will look into the future as well as how the profession will transform the next stage of healthcare.

The ICN emphasises that this global COVID-19 pandemic has shown the world the important role that nurses play in keeping people healthy across the lifespan. In 2021, the ICN will focus on the changes to and innovations in nursing and how this will ultimately shape the future of healthcare.

According to ICN, the International Nurses Day 2021 theme reflects on the impact of COVID-19 on the health system and the nursing profession and how these might be affected into the future. Nurses, as the largest healthcare profession, must play an integral part in planning the future of healthcare.

Ms Sizo Mchunu, SANC Registrar & CEO says: “As the statutory body, the SANC is committed to assist in ensuring production of competent nurse practitioners who will provide scientific, comprehensive, and quality nursing to patients, families and communities within the legal and ethical framework.

It is vital that the country trains enough nurse practitioners to replace those retiring so that the country continues to deliver quality care”, says Ms Mchunu.

Working as a nurse means you will be working shifts and long hours and night duty, dedicated solely to the well-being of the patients in your care. You will also work closely with other health professionals such as Doctors, Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists and Dieticians, to mention a few.

The value of a true nurse lies in the ability to show respect for human life and dignity, social justice and integrity, and total commitment to patients and other healthcare users.

If you are that person, the nursing profession is awaiting you…

Visit www.sanc.co.za for the list of accredited Nursing Education Institutions and make the correct career choice today.

The SANC salutes all nurses who, despite daily challenges, always put the lives of the patients first.  We wish you a happy and blessed International Nurses Day.

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

Press Release 1/2021: The SANC – Appreciating the value of nurses and midwives especially during the Covid-19 pandemic

25 August 2020

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

The SANC – Appreciating the value of nurses and midwives especially during the Covid-19 pandemic

The world is experiencing its biggest crisis in more than a hundred years, with the saving of lives at the forefront of every thought and action.

In the midst of this pandemic is healthcare workers and more specifically, nurses and midwives. 
Often the sacrifices that they make are done under impossible conditions, at the cost of their own health and safety, and at the cost of time not spent with their loved ones.

Although the SANC is not an employer or a union, and thus cannot interfere in employer-employee matters, it appreciates the nurses’ and midwives’ commitment and sacrifice and thus supports a call to provide them with personal protective equipment, ensuring their safety at all times. As regulator of the profession the SANC also supports the need for as many nurses as possible to assist during the pandemic.

The Council of the SANC resolved at its meeting in July 2020, that an increase in the annual fees for the year 2021/2022 (normally payable from July –December 2021 for 2022), will be waivered. The annual fees for the next payment cycle (2021/22) will therefore be the same as this current cycle.

This could not be implemented during the current payment cycle due to a legislated process and timeframe for the SANC budget. The SANC budget is drawn and submitted to the Minister of Health at least three months before the beginning of the following financial year. The current budget was submitted by the end of December 2019 already. 

This waiver is introduced to pledge its solidarity with nurses and midwives who are at the forefront of the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. The Council acknowledges that nurses and midwives render services at great sacrifice to themselves and families, and expresses its condolences to families, friends and employers who have experienced the loss of their loved ones.

Says Sizo Mchunu, SANC Registrar and CEO: “We express our deepest sympathy and sincere condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of those nurses who have succumbed during the fight against Covid-19. You are the true heroes of the pandemic, with sacrifices made to the end. We salute you and we honour you. To this end, the SANC would like to announce its plans for a Wall of Remembrance in the internal garden at the SANC premises. The wall will contain the names of those nurses who have succumbed during the Covid-19 pandemic. What better way to honour these heroes than in a peaceful garden at the headquarters of the regulating body for nurses. Details will be provided to nurses as soon as possible.”

During the months of this pandemic in South Africa, we have seen nurses become the eyes and ears of patients’ family and in many instances the only ‘family’ the patients under isolation had. We cannot begin to fathom the emotional impact this has had on the nurses, while at the same time also seeing their friends and colleagues succumb to the virus. “The SANC calls on Employers to ensure that trauma counselling is readily available and Post Traumatic Stress addressed in its infancy”, says Ms Mchunu.

Nurses of South Africa, we salute you. We honour you. You have proved yourself not only worthy but exceptional. You truly are the embodiment of the SANC slogan for nurses: #bethatnurse.
 

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