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South African Nursing Council
Professional Practice for Nurses and Midwives



The South African Nursing Council has approved the following competencies:

Document Name Type
Competencies - Community Health Nursing
Competencies - Emergency Nurse
Competencies - Forensic Nurse
Competencies - Mental Health Nurse
Competencies - Nurse Educator
Competencies - Oncology Nurse


Competencies for Advanced Practice Nurses

The South African Nursing Council has developed the following competencies for Advanced Practice Nurses -

Document Name Type
Generic Competency Framework for Advanced Nurse Practitioners
Competencies - Critical Nurse Specialist (Adult)
Competencies - Midwife Specialist
Competencies - Nephrology Nurse Specialist
Competencies - Occupational Health Nurse Specialist
Competencies - Ophthalmic Nurse Specialist
Competencies - Orthopaedic Nurse Specialist
Competencies - Paediatric Nurse Specialist
Competencies - Perioperative Nurse Specialist
Competencies - Primary Care Nurse Specialist



For additional information, see the following documents -

Document Name Type
Nursing Council - Position paper on Advanced Practice Nursing html
The Relationship between Scopes of Practice, Practice Standards and Competencies


Code of Ethics for Nursing in South Africa

The South African Nursing Council published a Code of Ethics for Nursing in South Africa on 3 September 2013:

Document Name Type
Code of Ethics for Nursing in South Africa


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