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).
SANC Virtual Office to visit provinces
8 November 2018
The SANC Virtual Office will be doing its annual visit to the provinces from September – December 2018 to offer limited services e.g. payment of annual licensing fees, selling of distinguishing devices and provision of SANC general information.
Below is the Mpumalanga schedule for the week:
#SANCnews October 2018
26 October 2018
Welcome to the 8th 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.
Shortage of nurses and the new nursing curriculum
23 October 2018
The South African Nursing Council (SANC) notes with concern the articles published in the media recently and its factually incorrect information that has been disseminated to the public and the nursing fraternity.
The SANC would like to clarify the statements made in these articles, with these facts:
2018 World Stroke Day
22 October 2018
A stroke happens when the blood supply to part of the brain is cut off. Without blood, brain cells can be damaged or die, depending on which part of the brain is affected and how quickly the person is treated. The effects of stroke on survivors can be devastating to a person’s body, mobility and speech as well as how they think and feel.
The World Stroke Organization reports that around 80 million people in the world today have experienced a stroke and over 50 million survivors live with some form of permanent disability as a result.
SANC Virtual Office to assist nurses in nine provinces
31 August 2018
The South African Nursing Council’s (SANC) virtual office for nurses will be operating again in nine provinces, starting on 3 September 2018.
Says Ms Sizeni Mchunu, Registrar of the SANC: “The purpose of the SANC Virtual Office is to bring limited walk-in services such as payment of annual fees, selling of distinguishing devices, providing information related to the SANC, etc. to the nurses’ doorstep and thus eliminating the need for them to travel to Pretoria.”
The services that will be offered at the Virtual Office include:
PAYMENT OF ANNUAL FEES OTHER SERVICES
SELLING OF DISTINGUISHING DEVICES
The provincial outreach plan for 2018 is published below – be sure to diarise the dates!
Says Ms Mchunu: “Nursing practitioners are afforded six (6) months to pay their annual fee (from 1 July to 31 December every year). It is important to note that this annual fee is due by 31 December. If you pay it electronically into the SANC bank account on 31 December, the chances are it will not reflect in time – please keep this in mind when making payments, as failure to meet this deadline will mean that nurses will have to pay a restoration fee as promulgated by law. The SANC would like to reiterate that its eRegister is and remains sufficient proof for an employer to check if nursing practitioners are registered for the relevant year.”
See the News page for the schedule for the remaining visits
Client Services Statistics
14 August 2018
2018 World Hepatitis Day
25 July 2018
Hepatitis causes more than one million deaths a year and is one of the largest global health threats of our time.
“The 2018 theme petitions us to test for the virus to eliminate the millions of people living unknowingly with Hepatitis, and reminds those that are on treatment to adhere to their treatment plans. The South African Nursing Council would like to encourage the public to go for hepatitis testing even if they have do not have any of the symptoms mentioned as testing is the only means of knowing if you are infected.
We also urge nurses to continue with their efforts in combating the spread of this deadly disease and exercise the necessary caution when treating infected patients,” says Ms Sizeni Mchunu, SANC Registrar.
Remember: Testing is the only way to know if you are infected – Test, then Treat.
Annual Practising Certificate for 2019
11 July 2018
Annual Fees for 2019
9 July 2018
This circular serves as affirmation of the South African Nursing Council’s fees and fines as stipulated on the government gazette published on 28 June 2018.
1. ANNUAL FEES FOR 2019
1.1 Normal Annual Fees
The annual fees for the calendar year 2019 for the different categories of practitioners are given in the following table.
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.
Phasing out of the 'legacy' qualifications
8 January 2018
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:
2. PHASING OUT OF THE ‘LEGACY’ NURSING QUALIFICATIONS
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
SANC Examinations Schedule for 2018
17 November 2017
The Schedule for all Examinations to be held in 2018, is now available.
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...
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
What you will find on the Nursing Council 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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