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South African Nursing Council

The South African Nursing Council is the body entrusted to set and maintain standards of nursing education and practice in the Republic of South Africa.  It is an autonomous, financially independent, statutory body, initially established by the Nursing Act, 1944 (Act No. 45 of 1944), and currently operating under the Nursing Act, 2005 (Act No. 33 of 2005). 

 

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Impairment Committee Report: Management of controlled medicines/substances in healthcare establishments to minimise errors and abuse cause by improper control

 

1. Introduction

In healthcare establishments, registered nurses have a duty to control various medications, including controlled scheduled medicines and substances, i.e. those scheduled 5, 6 and 7.

The shortage of qualified professional nurses in wards has the implication that ‘other categories’ of nurses are expected to participate in the co-checking of these medicines or substances. This has at times led to a departure from the policies and procedures governing the control of medicines and as such, lower categories of nurses and unauthorised personnel are sometimes left to check and administer these drugs on their own, without supervision.

 

... Read the entire report

Phasing out of the 'legacy' qualifications

 8 January 2018

1. PURPOSE

The purpose of this document is to update the National Department of Health, Provincial Departments of Health, Nursing Education Institutions (NEIs) and relevant stakeholders about the following matters pertaining to nursing education and training:

bulletPhasing out of the ‘legacy’ qualifications in 2019;
bulletRemoval of the names of certain Nursing Education Institutions, that were previously approved to offer the following phased out nursing programmes, from the South African Nursing Council (SANC) website;
bulletCourse leading to Enrolment as a Nurse (Government Notice Regulation No. 2175 of November 1993); and 
bulletCourse leading to Enrolment as a Nursing Auxiliary (Government Notice Regulation No. 2176 of November 1993);
bulletRegistration of learners/students undergoing Nursing Education and Training programmes; and
bulletMaintenance of registration or enrolment for learners/students who are pursuing basic/ undergraduate or additional/post-graduate ‘legacy’ qualifications.

 

2. PHASING OUT OF THE ‘LEGACY’ NURSING QUALIFICATIONS

Based on:

a) Circular 13 of 2014, wherein the South African Nursing Council (SANC) informed Nursing Education Institutions and stakeholders that the ‘legacy’ nursing qualifications in point 1 above would no longer be offered after 30 June 2015 (duly gazetted as per Government Notice No. R928 of 09 October 2015); and

b) Circular 7 of 2016, issued in December 2016, informing all NEIs and stakeholders about the process of the phasing out of ‘legacy’ nursing qualifications and implementation of the Higher Education Qualifications Sub-Framework (HEQSF)-aligned nursing qualifications, the SANC has phased out those two legacy programmes, namely:

bulletCourse leading to Enrolment as a Nurse (Government Notice Regulation No. 2175 of November 1993); and 
bulletCourse leading to Enrolment as a Nursing Auxiliary (Government Notice Regulation No. 2176 of November 1993).

In a Board Notice published in Government Gazette No. R. 801 of 06 July 2016, the Minister of Higher Education and Training, declared that the last enrolment date for first time entering students into academic programmes that are not aligned to the Higher Education Qualifications Sub-framework (HEQSF), will be 31 December 2019.

The implications of the phasing out of the ‘legacy’ nursing programmes for the affected NEIs are as follows:

bulletAdherence to their approved numbers of students per intake;
bulletAdherence to their approved number of intakes per year;
bulletAdherence to their intake month/s; and
bulletNo learner/student will be registered with the SANC if the NEIs did not adhere to all of the above stipulations.

 

The SANC wishes to remind all NEI’s that are affected in respect of the above-mentioned programmes that May 2018 is the last examination date for the two-year programme leading to Enrolment as a Nurse, and that no further examinations for this programme shall be undertaken by the SANC. 

 

3. REMOVAL OF NAMES OF NURSING EDUCATION INSTITUTIONS FROM THE SOUTH AFRICAN NURSING COUNCIL (SANC) WEBSITE

Institutions that are accredited by the SANC to offer nursing programmes are published on the SANC website in order to provide the public with up-to-date information. Prospective students and the general public are encouraged to visit the SANC website to verify the name of the institution where they want to register for a nursing programme, in order to ensure that they do not apply at bogus schools.

 

Noting that displaying the names of NEIs that are no longer offering any nursing programme(s) on the SANC website could create confusion for potential nursing students who want to register for nursing programmes, the Council of the South African Nursing Council at its meeting held on 29-30 November 2017 took the following resolutions: 

bulletThe names of NEIs that were only approved for those nursing programmes that have already been phased out, will be removed from the SANC website, as the NEIs no longer offer programmes for which they are accredited by the SANC. Such removal is effected in the interest of the public.
bulletHenceforth, there shall be two (02) separate lists of NEIs displayed on the SANC website, namely:

- NEI’s that were only accredited for the ‘legacy’ programmes that are currently being phased out; and

- NEIs accredited for the ‘new’ nursing programmes.

 

4. REGISTRATION OF LEARNERS/STUDENTS UNDERGOING NURSING EDUCATION AND TRAINING PROGRAMMES

In terms of section 32(1) of the Nursing Act No. 33 of 2005, “a person undergoing education and training in nursing must apply to the Council to be registered as a learner nurse or a learner midwife”.

 

The responsibility to register learners / students resides with the Head/ Person in charge of the NEI as provided for in section 32(3) of the Act, as follows: 
“The person in charge of a Nursing Education Institution must, within 30 days, notify and furnish to the Council information prescribed by the Council in respect of each learner who has commenced, completed, transferred to or abandoned a nursing education and training programme”. (Our emphasis added.)

These provisions in the Act are applicable to all students, both under-graduates and post-graduates. 

The provisions also place increased responsibility on the persons in charge of health facilities that are used as clinical facilities by different NEIs, as provided for in section 32(5) of the Act, as follows: “A health establishment must not allow access to clinical facilities for training purposes to anyone who is not registered in terms of this Act.’’

 

Currently some Higher Education Institutions are not compliant with these provisions, especially in respect of students undergoing nursing programmes in Clinical Nursing Science leading to registration of an additional qualification (Government Notice No. R212 of 1993). This gives rise to many actual and potential challenges, including but not limited to the following:

bulletHealth facilities will not allow access to clinical facilities for training purposes to anyone who is not registered, in terms of this Act.
bulletA Learner/ Student database which is incomplete and inaccurate; and
bulletRegistration as practitioners after completion of the learning programme may legitimately be refused. 
All NEIs are therefore reminded of these provisions and are urged to comply with them in respect of ALL learners/students. Failure to comply will render learners/students illegible to access clinical facilities, and result in refusal by the SANC to grant a registration certificate on completion of education and training.

 

5. MAINTENANCE OF ENROLMENT OR REGISTRATION FOR LEARNERS/STUDENTS WHO ARE PURSUING UNDERGRADUATE (BASIC) OR POSTGRADUATE (ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS) STUDIES

This Circular serves as a reminder that all learners/students who are pursuing basic studies or additional qualifications must maintain their enrolment/registration with the SANC, failing which the education and training that was done while a learner/student was removed from the register/roll will be considered null and void. 

IMPLEMENTATION DATE: This Circular becomes implementable on the date of issue.

 

For further information on this Circular, you are advised to contact the Senior Manager: Education and Training, Ms SJ Nxumalo at 012 420 1022 or at jnxumalo@sanc.co.za 

Annual Fees for 2018

10 July 2017

Normal Annual Fees

The annual fees for the calendar year 2018 for the different categories of practitioners are given in the following table:

Category

Annual Fee for 2018
Registered Nurses and Midwives R630.00
Enrolled Nurses and Midwives R380.00
Enrolled Nursing Auxiliaries R270.00

 

1.2 Reductions in Annual Fees for Age 60 and Over

The Council has resolved to introduce reduced fees for nurses 60 years of age and over as per the table below:

1.2.1 Age 60 to 64 Years on 1 January 2018 (25% reduction)

 Category Annual Fee for 2018
Registered Nurses and Midwives R470.00
Enrolled Nurses and Midwives R290.00
Enrolled Nursing Auxiliaries R190.00

1.2.2 Over 64 years of Age on 1 January 2018 (50% reduction)

 Category Annual Fee for 2018
Registered Nurses and Midwives R310.00
Enrolled Nurses and Midwives R190.00
Enrolled Nursing Auxiliaries R130.00

NB: To qualify for the discount amounts, a practitioner may be required to submit a certified copy of his / her identity document in order to confirm his / her age.

Notes: 

The annual fees for 2018 must be received by SANC on or before 31 December 2017.

The amounts in the tables above all include 14% VAT.

 

2. RESTORATION FEES FOR 2018

The restoration fees for the different categories applicable from 1 January 2018 are shown in the following table.

 Category Normal Restoration Fee Reduced Restoration Fee
Registered Nurses and Midwives R1880.00 R130,00
Enrolled Nurses and Midwives R1160.00 R130,00
Enrolled Nursing Auxiliaries R790.00 R130,00

Note: 

The reduced restoration fee will only apply if your name was removed from the register at your own request - this must be confirmed with the Council before paying the reduced amount.

 

3. CLOSING DATE FOR PAYMENT OF ANNUAL FEES

Please note that for the calendar year 2018, the closing date for the payment of Annual Fees is 31 December 2017. You are therefore urged to pay as soon as possible in order to avoid the last minute rush. 

 

4. OTHER FEES

Please note that other fees will be applicable with effect from 1 January 2018.

Circular 4/2017

SANC Examinations Schedule for 2018

17 November 2017

The Schedule for all Examinations to be held in 2018, is now available. 

2018 Examinations Schedule

Annual Practicing Certificates for 2018

31 October 2017

1. Payment Period

The South African Nursing Council (SANC) would like to remind all employers of nurses and midwives, both public and private sector, about the 2018 Annual Practicing Certificates’ (APCs) payment period which commenced on 1 July 2017 and ends on 31 December 2017. 

The SANC would like to request employers to encourage nurse practitioners to pay for their APCs by no later than 31 December 2017 so as to avoid them having their names removed from the SANC register and having to pay a restoration fee.

 

2. Payment methods

bullet2.1 New on-line payment method

The SANC is in the process of introducing an electronic payment method that will enable nurse practitioners to make APC payments via the SANC website by using smart phones, personal computers or internet café facilities. The SANC is in consultation with First National Bank (FNB) regarding this system and as soon as this method has been tested the SANC will communicate the information to all relevant stakeholders.

bullet2.2 Current payment system

Nurse practitioners can, in the interim, continue making direct deposits at any First National bank. It is important that the individual practitioner’s SANC Reference Number and Payment Code “ANLFEES” are provided when doing a direct deposit at FNB. Failure to provide the correct information will result in the SANC not being able to allocate the money to the correct account and thus the SANC will not be able to issue the required APC.

 

3. E-Register

The SANC would like to remind employers about the importance of utilising the E-register feature on the SANC website. The data published on this register suffices as a proof of registration for nurse practitioners and can be used by employers to verify the registration status of all nurse practitioners in their employment. The integrity of the database ensures that it is not necessary for employers to be presented with a physical APC certificate. The eRegister data base can be accessed by clicking here. 

 

4. 2018 fee structure

The annual fees for 2018 for the different categories of practitioners ...

Read the entire Letter to Employers

Nurses warned against fraudulent forms and bank details

2 February 2017

The South African Nursing Council has issued an urgent warning to nurses who are registering with the SANC,  specifically with regards to the "application for restoration".

It has come to our attention that a copy of our official "application for restoration" form has been fraudulently duplicated and altered with 2 paragraphs (9 and 10) added as well as bank account details that do not belong to the SANC ... Read more...

Payment of Annual Nursing Fees

30 January 2017

The South African Nursing Council would like to reaffirm that all nursing practitioners have to pay their annual practicing fees,  like any other professionals working in other professions in the country,  to enable them to practice nursing legally in South Africa.

However,  unlike other professionals,  nursing practitioners have 6 months to pay their fee... Read more...

Updating of personal details

12 October 2015

In preparation for the implementation of the new information technology system, the South African Nursing Council is also updating its member register.  To assist in this, all practitioners are requested to kindly submit their information (on the relevant form) as soon as possible using one of the following means of communication: 

        Email: registrar@sanc.co.za

        Facsimile: 086 231 9094

What you will find on the Nursing Council website

The following is a brief outline of what you will find on this website.

About SANC tells you all about the Nursing Council - the Council vision, mission and objectives, the members that make up the Nursing Council , the various Council committees and the members that serve on each, etc.

Complaints deals with the process of investigating matters which have been reported to the Nursing Council and which may constitute "unprofessional conduct".  You can find out how to lodge a complaint (if you have one) and the process which will follow the receipt of your complaint.  If you find yourself in the unfortunate position of having a complaint against you, this information will help you to understand the whole process - including your own rights.

Education and Training contains documents related to the education and training of nursing and midwifery students.

Education Institutions contains a full list of all the nursing education institutions accredited by the South African Nursing Council and their contact details (arranged by province).  If you are a prospective student, this will enable you to find an institution near where you live OR in a place where you would like to study.

eRegister is a link to the Nursing Council electronic register of nurses and midwives - where you can confirm the status and qualifications of registered practitioners.

Examinations deals with those examinations which are conducted by the Nursing Council.  Here you will find the schedule of examinations to be held as well as examination results (a new feature from 2014).  If you are a  candidate who is planning to write or who has written a Council examination, you will definitely be interested in this information.

News is where you will find all the latest decisions of the Nursing Council , new policies, proposed policies and discussion documents on which the Council would like your comments. You should visit these pages if you want to keep informed and to be involved in shaping the future of Nursing and Midwifery in South Africa.

Policies contains some of the Nursing Council policies and position papers that are published for general information.

Presentations contains Nursing Council presentations delivered at various events.  Delegates may find this useful material to supplement the knowlege gained during the event.

Publications contains the full texts of official publications which are available from the Nursing Council.  These include the Nursing Act, regulations, teaching guides and teaching policies of the Council. Although you are welcome to print and use copies of these documents, it is recommended that you refer to them on-line as you will then be sure to obtain the very latest information.

Services gives details of the services provided by the Nursing Council and how much each costs.  You can also download various official forms from these pages - this will ensure that you always use the current version of the form.  This is also the correct place for you to find out about the various options available for paying annual fees.

Statistics is for the inquisitive and the researcher.  Ever wanted to know how many nurses qualify each year?  This is where you will find all the information you need.

Supply Chain is where suppliers or prospective suppliers can download the form used to apply for registration as a supplier on the Supplier Database.  You can also find out about current bids/tenders and download necessary forms and information.

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