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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). 

 

2018 World Malaria Day

23 April 2018

The South African Nursing Council (SANC) is supporting the global community in the commemoration of World Malaria Day on 25 April 2018. This year’s theme is “Ready to Beat Malaria” and it emphasizes the global efforts in malaria prevention and control. 

 

Malaria is a life-threatening disease caused by parasites that are transmitted to people through the bites of infected female Anopheles mosquitoes. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) in 2016, there were an estimated 216 million cases of malaria in 91 countries, an increase of 5 million cases over 2015. The current pace is insufficient to achieve the 2020 milestones of the WHO that targets a 40% reduction in malaria case incidence and death rates.

 

The available drugs against malaria do not offer complete protection against the disease. The most important method of prevention is to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes by following these rules:

bullet Wear protective clothing
bullet Use insect repellents that contain diethyltoluamide (DEET). Repellents should be applied to all exposed skin as per instructions on the can.
bullet Approved insecticides that can be sprayed on to clothing
bullet Sleep under a treated mosquito net
bullet Use mosquito-repelling vaporizers.

 

“The 2018 theme “Ready to beat malaria” instigates hope that this deadly disease would be beaten. In infected individuals malaria symptoms usually appear 10–15 days after the mosquito bite. The first symptoms are normally fever, headache and chills – almost like cold and flu symptoms -and it may be difficult to recognize it as malaria. To be safe, healthcare providers should suspect malaria in patients with unexplained fever who have returned from areas known as a risk for malaria as little as 7 days prior.” says Ms Sizo Mchunu, SANC Registrar & CEO. 

SANC warning against pre-nursing programme

5 April 2018

The South African Nursing Council (SANC) issued a warning today regarding certain institutions that are offering the Community Health Work programme purporting that it is an entry requirement into nursing education programmes.

 

These institutions lure students, who do not meet the minimum entry requirements into nursing education programmes, into their programmes with promises that it will provide them with an opportunity to bridge into nursing education. Says Ms Sizo Mchunu, Registrar of the SANC: “We should make it clear that this is not true. Entry requirements into nursing education programmes are legislated and the Community Health Work programme or any “pre-nursing” programme will not assist students to bridge the gap. They will be paying a lot of money for the programme only to find out at the end of their studies that the SANC cannot allow them, according to legislation, to register as student nurses.”

 

The SANC requests all students to be mindful of institutions that are recruiting and promising them that if they don’t meet requirements for entry into the nursing profession, they must do the community health course as a bridging programme. Of even bigger concern is that apparently these institutions are expecting the students to deposit huge sums of money into their accounts as an entry fee.

 

The SANC strongly warns students and potential students against these institutions that offer the so-called ‘’pre-nursing”-programme, purporting that it is an entry requirement for any nursing programme. 

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

23 March 2018

1. PURPOSE OF THE CIRCULAR
The purpose of this document is to update the Nursing profession and relevant Stakeholders about the Council’s Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and specifically the planning and implementation progress thereof. 

 

2. BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE OF CPD
The South African Nursing Council (SANC), in line with the provisions of the Nursing Act, 2005 (Act No. 33 of 2005), is in the process of developing a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) System. This process commenced in 2013. To ensure reasonable participation in this process, the SANC established a CPD Technical Working Group (TWG) to assist it to drive the project. 
The development of the CPD System is a response to the need expressed by the profession and the process of CPD seeks to ensure that Nurse Practitioners remain up-to-date with the required competencies for their specific areas of practice in Nursing. It is also seen as a mechanism that will provide opportunities to practitioners to pursue and achieve professional growth throughout their careers in order to benefit the people of South Africa.

..Circular 3 of 2018

SANC calls on nurses to adhere to TB protocols

22 March 2018

The South African Nursing Council will be joining the world in the commemoration of the World TB Day on 24 March 2018 with the THEME “Wanted: Leaders for a TB-free world”

 

World TB day is commemorated each year to raise awareness about the devastating health, social and economic consequences of tuberculosis (TB) and to step up the efforts to end the global TB epidemic. The date marks the day in 1882 when Dr. Robert Koch announced that he had discovered the bacterium that causes TB, which opened the way towards diagnosing and curing this disease.

...Press Release 2 of 2018

#SANCnews March 2018

14 March 2018

Welcome to the 1st edition of #SANCnews - your electronic newsletter that will provide regular updates on important happenings at the SA Nursing Council, in the nursing arena and healthcare in general.

... read the March 2018 Newsletter

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

... Circular 1 of 2018

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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