The SANC noted 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, and would like to clarify the statements made in these articles:
The curriculum submissions that the SANC has received so far, have been and continue to be evaluated and some have also served at meetings of internal structures of the SANC. These applications have been received from Universities, Public Colleges and private nursing schools. It is therefore factually incorrect that: ”South Africa will soon have a shortage of nurses due to the dragging of feet/dawdling in approving a new curriculum”.
The public and the profession is misled by such incorrect information. The matter of “nurses will no longer be able to train at provincial training colleges”, is disputable. Factually, some Public Nursing Colleges have submitted their programmes to the SANC and the process of evaluation towards accreditation is underway.
The information provided states that “there are only six other private institutions that are currently running private programmes” is factually incorrect. There are about sixty-four (64) private institutions (including private hospital groups) that are currently offering nursing programmes in South Africa.
The following information in the articles is also incorrect: “The new act makes provision for a new category of nurse – a general nurse”. The Act Nursing Act, 2005 (Act No 33 of 2005) makes provision for the following categories: o Professional Nurse o Midwife o Staff nurse (general nurses o Auxiliary nurse OR o Auxiliary Midwife (There will be no qualifications for this category).
Nurse Specialist and Midwife Specialist categories were created through a board notice published by the Minister of Health in the Government Gazette No. 368 of 15 May 2014 – Notice regarding the creation of categories of practitioners in terms of section 31(2) of the Nursing Act, 2005.
Ms Sizeni Mchunu, CEO and Registrar of the SANC says: “It is regrettable that the public and the nursing fraternity have been misled and provided with factually incorrect information by persons who may not be well vested with these issues. Non-approval of submitted curriculums that do not comply with the minimum requirements does not constitute delays by the SANC.”
Any questions you have regarding the new Curriculum may be forwarded to Ms Jeanneth Nxumalo at email@example.com
This article originally appeared in the SANC Newsletter and can be accessed by clicking here.