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's new service-oriented email addresses
11 June 2019
#SANCnews January 2020
3 February 2020
Welcome to the first 2020 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.
SANC position statement on issuing of Sick Notes by Professional Nurse Practitioners
29 January 2020
The South African Nursing Council (SANC) is mandated in terms of the Nursing Act, 2005 (Act No. 33 of 2005) to regulate the Nursing and Midwifery professions by establishing and maintaining nursing education, training as well as practice standards. The SANC advocates on behalf of the public in matters concerning nursing by monitoring compliance with Regulatory prescripts. The SANC is cognizant of the constant changing environment, legislation and relevant policies that affect and impact on the nursing profession.
Examinations conducted by the South African Nursing Council
28 January 2020
The purpose of this Circular is to inform/update the National Department of Health, Provincial Departments of Health, Nursing Education Institutions and relevant stakeholders about the following:
2.1 The South Africa Nursing Council has been conducting examinations and appointing examiners and moderators in accordance with section 4 (1) (c) of the Nursing Act, 2005 (Act No. 33 of 2005).
These examinations have been conducted for the following ‘legacy’ nursing programmes:
This Circular becomes implementable and valid on the date of issue.
State of readiness for the offering of nursing education programmes towards Higher Education Qualifications Sub-Framework (HEQSF)-aligned nursing qualifications
17 January 2020
South African Nursing Council Examination Schedule - 2020
11 December 2019
Attached is the Examination
Schedule for 2020
TRAINING OF REGISTERED NURSES AND MIDWIVES TO PERFORM PARACERVICAL BLOCK AS AN ASPECT OF PAIN MANAGEMENT DURING TERMINATION OF PREGNACY (TOP)
26 November 2019
The South African Nursing Council (SANC) is cognizant of a number of initiatives by Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO’s) aimed at improving the health outcomes in an effort to improve the health and wellbeing of South Africans, which is highly commendable. However, it has come to the attention of Council that some of the training provided to nurse practitioners requires them to function beyond their Scope of Practice, as outlined in the Regulations Relating to the Scope of Practice of Persons Who are Registered or Enrolled under the Nursing Act, 1984. (GG No. R2598 of 30 November 1984).
This matter was discussed by the Council at its meeting held in September 2019. The Council expressed concern in particular with the training of Registered Nurses and Midwives to perform Paracervical block (PCB) to clients undergoing Manual Vacuum Extraction during Termination of Pregnancy (TOP). The SANC maintains that Paracervical block is an invasive procedure which is outside the current Scope of Practice of Registered Nurses and Midwives. For this reason, training of nurses to perform such a procedure is not supported by SANC. While the SANC supports professional development, it urges and encourages employers to ensure that in-service trainings/capacity building/skills development initiatives provided to nurse practitioners complies with the regulatory prescripts of the nursing profession and does not unduly expose nurses and midwives to potential unprofessional conduct.
Nurse practitioners are also reminded that they are independent practitioners who are personally accountable for their decisions and actions while carrying out their responsibilities in the profession and are urged to practice their profession within the ambit of legislation.
SANC warns against intake for nurses' Bridging course
14 October 2019
“The public is again reminded that the last intake for the Bridging Course for Enrolled Nurses leading to registration as a General Nurse was in June 2019, and this institution is thus not approved for an intake for the Bridging Course. Enrolled Nurses are warned NOT to deposit money into an account of any institution for this programme. The SANC will not register any students who register for this course,” says Ms Sizo Mchunu, Registrar and CEO.
Annual fees for 2020
7 June 2019
1.2 REDUCTIONS IN ANNUAL FEES FOR AGE 60 AND OVER
1.2.1 60 TO 64 YEARS OF AGE ON 1 JANUARY 2020 (25% REDUCTION)
1.2.2 65 YEARS OF AGE AND OLDER ON 1 JANUARY 2020 (50% REDUCTION)
NB: To qualify for the discount amounts, practitioners may be required to submit a certified copy of their identity document in order to confirm their age.
2. RESTORATION FEES FOR 2020
3. VOLUNTARY REMOVAL
If the nurse practitioner requires reinstatement onto the register, he/she will, in addition to paying the
reduced restoration fee, be required to complete a Restoration Form. It must be noted that practising while not being registered is illegal.
4. CLOSING DATE FOR PAYMENT OF ANNUAL FEES
5. OTHER FEES
6. E REGISTER
7. COMMUNITY SERVICE PRACTITIONERS
Special concession by SANC
31 May 2019
1.1 Special concession granted by the South African Nursing Council to qualifying Nursing Education Institutions to have a final intake of students in 2019 for the following nursing programmes:
1.2 De-accreditation of Nursing Education Institutions that are only accredited to offer the phased out nursing qualifications, as follows:
2. SPECIAL CONCESSION
SANC responds to claims regarding training of nurses
6 May 2019
The South African Nursing Council (SANC) notes with concern the recent article in the news by Solidarity’s Occupational Guild for Nursing regarding the training of nurses in South Africa.
According to the article South Africa is experiencing critical problems with regards to the training of nurses, with Mr Hennie Bierman, Head of the Occupational Guild for Nursing is quoted as saying:
“…. the SANC’s ineffectiveness has a negative impact on the finalisation of regulations on nursing
The statement is factually incorrect...
SANC announces partnership with Government on Annual Fee collection
1 April 2019
The South African Nursing Council (SANC) has been and continues to be mindful of the challenges that nurse practitioners, employers and the SANC experience during the annual fees collection period, mostly affecting receipt of Annual Practising Certificates (APCs).
“It is therefore our pleasure to announce that a solution we have been working on steadfastly has now come to fruition, and will make a hugely positive impact on the annual registration process – no more queues and no need to travel to the SANC Head Office in Pretoria to make your annual payment,” says Ms Sizo Mchunu, Registrar and CEO.
It is here!! The new SANC logo and slogan!
19 February 2019
This year marks the celebration of the SANC’s 75th anniversary and befitting this milestone the SANC proudly introduces its new logo and slogan - a new identity that reflects its evolution yet emphasises its mandate. The SANC launched its new logo and slogan on 28 January 2019. The symbolism of the logo is explained below.
Since its inception, the South African Nursing Council’s Coat of Arms has been used as its logo.
A coat of arms is a heraldic design on a shield, depicting an organisation’s heritage, with corresponding symbols from this heritage.
A logo, on the other hand, is a graphic mark, emblem, or symbol used to aid and promote public identification and recognition.
It builds brand recognition and creates strong visual associations with the key business elements of your organisation.
Therefore, an organisation’s logo should represent what it stands for, and instantly provide an indication of the type of organisation you are dealing with.
For this very reason, professional bodies across the world use logos and some of them use logos in addition to a coat of arms.
This year, 2019, marks the celebration of the SANC’s 75th anniversary, and befitting this milestone it proudly introduces its new logo and slogan — a new identity that reflects its evolution, yet emphasises its mandate.
The symbolism entrenched in the new SANC logo is as follows:
The South African Nursing Council – taking the SANC into the future.
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.
Archive shows the numbers of Council Circulars and Press Releases for previous years.
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. This is where you will find Exit Level Outcomes, the Community Service process, the Standard and Qualifications framework, etc.
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.
Employment contains the currently advertised vacancies at SANC.
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.
Events is where you will find the dates of planned meetings and any other planned Council events.
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 a link to the examination results page. 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.
Professional Practice is where you will find the various competencies and Code of Ethics for nurses.
Publications contains the full texts of official publications which are available from the Nursing Council. These include the Annual Reports, Guidelines, Learner Documents, Nursing Acts (previous and current), the Promotion of Access to Information Act Manual and examples of Acts and Ommissions. 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.
Regulations contains the regulations 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.