SANC standpoint on Public Nursing
Colleges transition into Higher Education
- To provide support for Public Nursing Colleges to ensure adequate, quality production and supply of nurses to address community needs.
- To inform nursing education institutions and strategic stakeholders regarding the South African Nursing Council (SANC ) standpoint about Public Nursing Colleges in transitioning to Higher Education as per National Qualifications Framework Act, Act No.67 of 2008
- Promote and maintain a high standard and quality of nursing and midwifery education and training;
- Guide the production of sufficient numbers and the appropriate categories of nurses required to deliver healthcare services within the policy framework for the healthcare system.
- The following pieces of legislation guide this standpoint.
- Constitution of the Republic of South Africa Act (No. 108 of 1996) bullet Higher Education Act (No.101 of 1997)
- Higher Education Amendment Act (No. 39 of 2008)
- National Qualifications Act (No.67 of 2008)
- Nursing Act, 2005 (Act No. 33 of 2005)
- Health Act (No. 63 of 2003)
PRINCIPLES GUIDING NURSING EDUCATION AND TRAINING
- SANC has the primary function of regulating education and training of nurses and midwives, therefore, SANC must drive the process of any changes to maximize compliance and adherence.
- The primary aim of nursing education and training is to provide adequate numbers of competent, caring nurses to meet the health needs of the country.
- The Department of Health has a responsibility to ensure that this primary aim is realized.
- Sufficient well trained nurse educators are required in both the clinical and theoretical areas to support and teach nursing students to ensure integration of theory and practice
- Nursing education and training must be harmonized with the service needs of the health services to ensure qualifications are commensurate with scopes of practice.
- Nursing education must be in line with legislative requirements.
- The quality of the health facilities and the quality of supervision where students are placed for clinical learning opportunities has a profound impact on the quality of learning. The competence of trained nurses is therefore important for the provision of adequate health care and for teaching.
- The current capacity and quality of nursing education institutions needs to be improved and monitored.
- Aligning nursing education through re-engineering Primary Health Care ward-based training in order to strengthen Primary Health Care teams which comprise of Advanced Midwives, Paediatric Nurses, Primary Health Care Nurses and School Health Nurses.