Brief on nursing in South Africa
Nurses are vital to every health-care system on the planet. Individuals, families, and communities achieve optimal health, which improves their quality of life. As a result, nursing is a very meaningful and rewarding profession.
Being a nurse is a really satisfying career since you get to spend your days assisting patients, you may work reasonably flexible hours, you don’t take your work home with you, and each day is unique, with its own set of difficulties and thrills.
The nursing profession in South Africa is expanding, according to statistics from the South African Nursing Council.
- There has been a 35% rise in registered nurses (across all three categories) in the last ten years, totaling approximately 74 000 additional nurses registered in South Africa since 2008.
- The number of registered nurses has increased by 31%, while the number of enrolled nurses and enrolled nursing auxiliaries has increased by 71% and 15%, respectively.
Types of Nurses in South Africa
There are three types of nurses in South Africa for applicants to choice the type he/she wants. The listed below types are:
Registered Nurses or Nursing Sisters
- They are in charge of supervising enrolled and enrolled auxiliary nurses, as well as performing routine nursing duties.
- They provide only limited nursing care.
Enrolled Nursing Auxiliaries
- They execute basic treatments and provide general patient care.
The listed below are qualification needed from applicant.
- Applicants must have a four-year bachelor degree in nursing (BCur– Bachelor of Nursing Science, Education & Administration)
- Applicants must have a three-year diploma
- Applicants must have a one-year higher certificate in auxiliary nursing
- Applicants must have one-year postgraduate advanced diploma in nursing and midwifery on top of your degree or diploma.
After your qualification, there is the need for you to register with the South African Nursing Council (SANC).