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22 November 2013

TO: Universities: School of Nursing Science
Universities of Technology: School of Nursing Science

Requirements for Processing of Learners who are Registered in Terms of the Nursing Act, 2005 (Act No. 33 of 2005)

1.  PURPOSE

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To inform mainline Universities and Universities of Technology to comply with the stipulation that a person undergoing Education or Training in Nursing must apply to the Council to be registered as a learner nurse or learner midwife Section 32 (1).

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The person in charge of a Nursing Education Institution (NEI) must, within 30 days, notify and furnish to the Council information prescribed by the Council in respect of each learner nurse or learner midwife who has commenced, completed, transferred to or abandoned a prescribed Nursing Education and Training Programme (prescribed programme) Section 32 (3).

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No person may practice as a practitioner unless he or she is registered to practice in a prescribed category Section 31 (1) and (2).

2.  BACKGROUND

Nursing Education Institutions are expected to comply in terms of Nursing Act, 2005 (Act No.33 of 2005) that a person undergoing Education or Training in Nursing must apply to the Council to be registered as a learner nurse or learner midwife Section 32 (1).  History has shown that some mainline Universities and Universities of Technology do not adhere to this stipulation in the following Nursing Programmes:

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Diploma in Clinical Nursing Science, Health Assessment, Treatment and Care (GG Regulation No. 48 of 22 January 1982 as amended).

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Diploma in Community Nursing Science (GG Regulation No. 276 of 15 February 1980 as amended).

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Course for the Diploma in Psychiatric Nursing for registration as a Psychiatric Nurse (GG Regulation No. 880 of 2 May 1975 as amended).

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Course for the Diploma in Midwifery for registration as a Midwife (GG Regulation No. 254 of 14 February 1975).

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Course for the Diploma in Nursing Administration (GG Regulation No. 1501 of 8 July 1983 as amended).

N.B.  This circular must be read in conjunction with the Guidelines for Nursing Education Institutions: Requirements for Processing of Learners who are Registered in Terms of the Nursing Act, 2005.  This circular becomes effective and implementable on its receipt.  Implementation of this circular excludes learners who are undergoing in (GG Regulations No. R212 Course in Clinical Nursing Science leading to registration of an additional qualification of 19 February 1993 as amended).

All queries must be directed to:

The Manager: Registration
Ms. S.J. Nxumalo
Telephone: 012 426-9599
e-mail: jnxumalo@sanc.co.za.

Yours sincerely

 

(Signed)

Mr. T. Mabuda 
Registrar and Chief Executive Officer
South African Nursing Council

 

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