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 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
2. BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE OF CPD
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.
#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.
Impairment Committee Report: Management of controlled medicines/substances in healthcare establishments to minimise errors and abuse cause by improper control
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.
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 email@example.com
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:
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)
1.2.2 Over 64 years of Age on 1 January 2018 (50% reduction)
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.
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.
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.
SANC Examinations Schedule for 2018
17 November 2017
The Schedule for all Examinations to be held in 2018, is now available.
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
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 ...
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:
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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