26 October 2007
Nursing Education Institutions (NEIs) are required to review their curricula every five (5) years and submit these to the South African Nursing Council for approval
Currently there are legacy and provider qualifications registered by both SANC and NEIs on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF)
Further, two Standard Generated Body (SGB) - generated qualifications are already registered on the NQF i.e.
There is no implementation directive from the Council in respect of these qualifications as yet, but the profession will be kept informed should this status change
1.2 Transitional Arrangements
In view of the above, the Council at its meeting held on 20 and 21 April 2007 resolved that recurriculation for submission to Council be put in abeyance until the transitional arrangements in line with the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA)’s requirements are communicated to NEIs by the Council.
Programmes that are affected by this arrangement are the following:
This arrangement does not affect post basic/registration programmes
2. Applications for approval of retrospective registration of learners and retrospective exemption from learning content contained in an already acquired professional registration
2.1 Application for approval of retrospective registration as a learner
On submission of completion of training records, the Council has observed that some NEIs fail to register learners at commencement of training as prescribed
This is a violation of regulations regarding:
Adherence to the provisions of the above mentioned regulations as well as provision of section 16 (1) of the Nursing Act, 1978 (Act No. 50 of 1978) is mandatory and failure to comply constitutes an offence.
Programmes for which learners need to be registered with the Council on commencement of training are as follows:
2.2 Exemption in respect of already acquired professional registration within the course leading to registration as a nurse (general, psychiatric and community) and midwife
Where a learner commences a course of study in terms of Regulations relating to the Approval of and the Minimum Requirements for the Education and Training of a nurse (general, psychiatric and community) and midwife leading to registration, and such learner has one of the above registered against his/her name, the following is requested:
3. Admission to the second academic year of the course leading to enrolment as a nurse (Government Notice No. R. 2175 of 19 November 1993)
Regulation 10 (1) of the Regulations relating to the course leading to enrolment as a nurse, (Government Notice No. R.2175 of 19 November 1993), gives provisions for admission into the second academic year of this course i.e. passing the first year examination specified in these regulations or exemption in terms of regulation 7 of these regulations
It has been observed with concern that some schools admit learners into this level of the course without ensuring that the above mentioned provision is adhered to. This mostly affects enrolled nursing auxiliaries who underwent the course for the certification for enrolment as a nursing assistant in terms of Government Notice No. R.1834 of 20 October 1972. The duration of this course of study was one hundred (100) days minimum, and is not a direct equivalence of the course regulated by Government Notice No. R.2176 of 19 November 1993.
For this reason, the Council put together an upgrading package that is available for use by schools to prepare such candidates for the admission examination for the course leading to enrolment as a nurse. You are reminded that these are mere guidelines that can be adapted to suite current learning towards fulfillment of the desired outcomes of this course
The duration of such an upgrading course is determined by the school and the learner’s readiness to sit for such an examination.
You are therefore reminded that it is the responsibility of the school to identify and ensure that candidates are assisted throughout the process
4. Compliance with provisions of the Nursing Act and Regulations
It is the responsibility of the school to acquire and keep the above especially those pertaining to the programmes your school offers.
It is hoped that this information will assist your school.
Should further clarity be sought on the above matters, enquiries can be directed to the managers of Accreditation, Registration and Examinations
Your cooperation is always appreciated.