South African Nursing Council
Regulations Relating to the Approval of and the Minimum Requirements for the Education and Training of a Learner Leading to Registration in the Category Staff Nurse
The Minister of Health has, in terms of section 58(1)(f) of the Nursing Act, 2005 (Act No. 33 of 2005), after consultation with the South African Nursing Council, made the regulations in the Schedule.
1. In this schedule “the Act” means the Nursing Act, 2005 (Act No. 33 of 2005), and any expression to which a meaning has been assigned in the Act shall bear such meaning and, unless the context indicates otherwise—
Requirements for registration in the category staff nurse
2. (1) A person shall be registered as a staff nurse in terms of section 31(1)(c) if such a person—
(2) On completion or termination of the programme, the person in charge of the nursing education institution where the learner was registered must submit to the Council—
(3) The application for registration in the category staff nurse must be in accordance with the Regulations Relating to the Particulars to be Furnished to the Council for Keeping of the Register for Nursing Practitioners; the Manner of Effecting Alterations to the Register; and Certificates that may be Issued by the Council published in Government Notice No. R.195 of 19 February 2008.
(4) In case of a person that was not duly registered with the Council as a learner in terms of subregulation (1)(b), education and training undergone during the period when the person was not registered as a learner shall not be recognised by Council.
Accreditation of a nursing education institution to offer the programme
3. An institution must be accredited to offer the programme in terms of the Regulations Relating to the Accreditation of Institutions as Nursing Education Institutions.
Admission requirements to the programme
4. (1) A candidate shall apply to a nursing education institution that is accredited to provide the programme referred to in these regulations.
(2) In order to be admitted to the programme, a person must be in possession of at least a National Senior Certificate or an equivalent educational qualification.
Minimum requirements for the programme
5. (1) The requirements of the programme must be read and applied in conjunction with the directives of such programme, as determined by the Council. Such directives may be published by notice in the Gazette.
(2) Learners are required to achieve all exit level outcomes of the qualification.
(3) The duration of the programme is three (3) academic years of fulltime study.
(4) A learner shall, throughout the programme, receive integrated education and training to achieve both theoretical and clinical outcomes.
(5) A learner shall comply with all clinical placement requirements of the programme as determined by the Council.
(6) The maximum period that a learner may spend in a simulated learning environment must comply with the conditions determined by Council, which may be published by notice in the Gazette at the discretion of the Council.
Clinical education and training
6. (1) Clinical education and training must only be provided in clinical facilities that are approved in terms of the accreditation of the programme.
(2) Clinical learning must take place in a range of clinical settings and other learning sites that will facilitate the achievement of the programme outcomes.
(3) The nursing education institution must set clinical learning outcomes for each of the learning areas of the programme.
(4) The nursing education institution must keep records of all clinical training.
(5) The nursing education institution is accountable for clinical accompaniment and clinical supervision.
(6) Clinical education and training shall include learning experience at night which—
Assessment and moderation of learning outcomes
7. (1) Assessment of learning by a nursing education institution must comply with the following—
(2) Notwithstanding the provisions in subregulation (1), the Council may delegate the assessment and moderation functions to any person or organisation.
8. (1) In case of a learner transferring to another nursing education institution, the person in charge of the nursing education institution transferring the learner must—
(2) The nursing education institution receiving the transferred learner referred to in subregulation (1) must submit to the Council an application for readmission of the learner into the programme in terms of section 32 and in accordance with prescribed requirements.
Recognition of prior learning
9. (1) A learner may be assessed on prior learning for no more than 50% of the prescribed credits towards the programme by—
(2) The process referred to in subregulation (1) must meet the Council’s and the general prescripts for recognition of prior learning.
(3) The assessment of prior learning referred to in subregulation (1) must be conducted by an assessor registered in terms of regulation 8(1)(a).
(4) The nursing education institution must submit the credits obtained from the assessment of prior learning as part of the completion of training records referred to in regulation 2(2)(c).
(5) The nursing education institution where recognition of prior learning has taken place must keep a full record of the assessment conducted and all documentation pertaining to such assessment for a period as prescribed by relevant legislation and, on request, supply such records to the Council.
(6) Where a nursing education institution fails to produce the recognition of prior learning records on request of the Council, the Council may refuse such an application for credits or where credit was already granted, such credits may be withdrawn.
Application of these regulations
10. These regulations shall apply in South Africa to—
11. (1) The regulations relating to the course leading to enrolment as a staff nurse published by Government Notice No. R.2175 of 19 November 1993 will remain in force until repealed by notice in the Gazette.
(2) Notwithstanding the provisions of subregulation (1), the Council will, from the publication date of these regulations, cease to accredit any new nursing education institution to offer the education and training programme referred to in subregulation (1).
(3) Notwithstanding the provisions of subregulation (1), nursing education institutions accredited for education and training programmes in terms of the regulations mentioned in subregulation (1) will cease to admit new learners to such programmes on a date to be determined by the Council and published by notice in the Gazette.
(4) The nursing education institutions referred to in subregulation (3) must ensure that all education and training programmes that commenced prior to the date referred to in subregulation (3) are completed within a period of four (4) years from that date.
(5) Notwithstanding the provisions of subregulation (1), no person may, after the date published in terms of subregulation (3), be registered as a learner for the first time for the education and training programmes in terms of the regulations mentioned in subregulation (1).
(6) Notwithstanding the provisions of subregulation (1), learners registered in terms of the regulations mentioned in subregulation (1) will continue to be regulated under those regulations until the end of the four-year period mentioned in subregulation (4).