News from South African Nursing Council
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Delay in issuing of 2018 Annual Practicing Certificates
10 July 2017
Please note that South African Nursing Council (SANC) is experiencing technical challenges which led to the delay in issuing of 2018 Annual Practicing Certificates (APCs).
SANC is aware of the implications of the said delay on nurse practitioners, hence this matter is receiving utmost intervention. It is anticipated that the challenge will be resolved within reasonable time.
Nurse practitioners are advised to pay at FNB for now and APCs will be posted at a later stage.
Thank you for your cooperation.
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:
Court rules in favour of the Nursing Council on DENOSA's application re- the examinations
3 July 2017
In a landmark decision for the South African Nursing Council (SANC), Judge J Fabricius made a ruling on Friday 30 June 2017 in agreement with Circular 2 of 2017, issued by the SANC that the May 2017 examinations are nullified and new examination papers are set. New dates would remain as 19 and 21 July 2017, in line with his earlier ruling in a case between Hospersa and the SANC on 26 June 2017, which the SANC won.
Moving the dates to July provides the students with more time to prepare for the examinations, which the SANC fully supports. It is in the interest of the public at large to ensure that the training institutions produce qualified nurses who passed the examinations on their own strength, and will therefore have the necessary knowledge to serve the public of South Africa.
The nullification was on the basis of evidence that there was indeed a security breach with examinations for the Bridging Course for Enrolled Nurses leading to registration as a general nurse/ psychiatric nurse: Government Notice No. R.683 of 14 April 1989 (as amended).
DENOSA and other parties brought an urgent application that this Circular should be declared unlawful and therefore set aside. The application was dismissed with cost. As the Judge aptly put it: “if dishonesty becomes a norm the whole fabric of society will tear apart, and the rule of law will only remain a dream”.
Says Ms Sizo Mchunu, Acting Registrar of the SANC: “We are very appreciative and in full support of Honourable Fabricius’ ruling. We are dismayed about the leaking of the examination papers, especially in the light of the extra steps we have taken to ensure confidentiality. One can only wonder about the agenda of the people who leak the examination papers, as compromising the integrity of an examination and writing it on the basis of having had the paper beforehand, does not test the candidate’s capabilities to become a competent nurse practitioner, but exposes the country’s citizens to unsafe care.
We empathize with the students who are not involved in receiving leaked papers, as they are the ones who are adversely affected by this. We are shocked that persons who aspire to be Registered Nurses and certain high level constituencies are pro-examination fraud, resisting the SANC‘s efforts to mitigate this corrupt act and are encouraging Learner Nurses that it is acceptable to pass unjustly. By implication, the public’s health and safety will be jeopardized as a result.”
The Nursing Act requires proper qualifications and competency to practice nursing, in the interests of the public. Judge Fabricius took into account both the fact that the dishonesty was widespread, and the SANC’s statutory obligations to ensure the integrity of the examination process.
“We sit with a shortage of Professional Nurses in the country, and
actions like this completely undermine all efforts by the SANC, the Department
of Health and all concerned citizens to deliver qualified practitioners in the
best interest of the public.
The investigation into the leak continues.
Court rules in favour of Nursing Council on the cancellation and re-scheduling of examinations
27 June 2017
The South African Nursing Council (SANC) would like to express its appreciation for the judgement handed down yesterday, 26 June 2017 in the Gauteng North High Court in the case between the SANC and HOSPERSA (The Health and Other Service Personnel Trade Union of South Africa) regarding the cancellation of examinations for the Bridging Course for Enrolled Nurses leading to registration as a general nurse/ psychiatric nurse: Government Notice No. R.683 of 14 April 1989 (as amended).
Honourable Judge Fabricius of the Gauteng North High Court handed down a judgement upholding the decision of the Nursing Council that the May 2017 Bridging Course examination are nullified and must be re-written. A settlement was reached that the examination dates be re-set to allow students more time to prepare following the disruptions that were associated with the matter.
Says Ms Sizo Mchunu, Acting Registrar of the SANC: “We are in full support of Honourable Fabricius’ ruling that the dates of the examination must be rescheduled as follows:
The SANC has subsequently revised and circulated its Circular to the Nursing Education Institutions that was issued regarding the rewriting of the examinations, to accommodate the dates as mentioned above.
“Moving the dates to July provides the students with more time to prepare for the examinations, which the SANC fully supports. It is in the interest of the public at large to ensure that the training institutions produce qualified nurses who passed the examinations on their own strength, and will therefore have the necessary knowledge to serve the public of South Africa ”, says Ms Mchunu.
Cancellation of the Examinations for the Bridging Course for Enrolled Nures leading to registration as a General Nurse / Psychiatric Nurse (Government Notice No.R.683 of 14 April 1989 (as amended)
27 June 2017
The Judge of the Gauteng North High Court (Judge Fabricius) passed a judgment on 26 June 2017, upholding the decisions of the Nursing Council that the above-mentioned May 2017 are nullified and that they must be re-written...
DENOSA's unauthorized access to South African Nursing Council
26 June 2017
The South African Nursing Council (SANC) confirms that the Democratic Organization of Nurses in South Africa (DENOSA) accessed the premises of the SANC on Friday 23 June 2017 without authorization, legal permission or an appointment for any meeting. It is dismay that we can confirm that fires were set, property was damaged and staff members were intimidated...
Cancellation of the examinations for the bridging course for enrolled nurses leading to registration as General Nurse/ Psychiatric Nurse : Government Notice NO: R.683 of 14 April 1989 (As Amended)
12 June 2017
To inform the Principals of the Nursing Education Institutions (NEIs) about the cancellation of the above examinations, written in May 2017...
The SANC response to the memorandum of demands from DENOSA
7 March 2017
The South African Nursing Council is a Statutory Healthy Professional Council and a juristic person, established in terms of the Nursing Act, 1978 (Act No 50 of 1978), and continues to exist under the Nursing Act, 2005 (Act No.33 of 2005).
Its main objective is to protect the public by regulating the education, practice and conduct of practitioners through the standards it sets... Read more..
Nursing Education and Training Institutions in South Africa
16 November 2016
The South African Nursing Council (SANC) would like to reiterate that only students that study accredited nursing programs at accredited Nursing Education Institutions (NEIs), will be able to register as students with the SANC, register to write SANC examinations and ultimately obtain professional registration or enrolment with the South African Nursing Council in the following nurse categories:
The SANC is established and functions under the Nursing Act, 2005 (Act no.33 of 2005). In accordance with the provisions of the Act, ... Read more
Illegal Intermediaries for APCs
3 March 2016
Kindly take note that any service provider offering services to obtain your Annual Practicing Certificate on your behalf is doing so without the approval of the South African Nursing Council.
SANC Management strongly advise against nursing practitioners making use of such service providers as you are providing outsiders with your private information that can be used in fraudulent activities ... 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:
Facsimile: 086 231 9094
Accreditation of Nursing Education Programmes and Nursing Education Institutions by the South African Nursing Council
28 July 2014
The Nursing Council has issued a strong warning that all Nursing Education Programmes and all Nursing Education Institutions in South Africa must be accredited by the South African Nursing Council .
Any education programme or institution which is not accredited is illegal and such training will not be recognised by SANC or any other country.
Any information that you may receive which is contradictory to the above is incorrect and you are warned not to be mislead by such information. More...
SANC Clients can now make use of the new FNB Advance ATM machines to pay their fees to Council
24 June 2014
SANC clients can now use the new FNB Advance ATM machines to pay their SANC fees and this facility is not restricted to FNB clients. The system has several advantages over making payments at the FNB branches.
SANC will also round off all fees so that no change is required when making a payment. More...
Department of Health Publishes the National Strategic Plan for Nurse Education, Training and Practice
The Department of Health has published the National Strategic Plan for Nurse Education, Training and Practice 2012/13 - 2016/17 on its website.
The development of the Strategic Plan has its roots firmly in the Nursing Summit which took place in 2011 and the Nursing Compact that was drawn up as a direct consequence of the Summit.
This link is published on the Nursing Council website in an effort to distribute this important information as widely as possible and particularly amongst the nursing profession and others involved in the health care sector. Please download a copy of the strategy document and share it with your friends and colleagues. More...
Nursing Council Circulars and Press Releases
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