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nursing thumb medium90 93Sunday Tribune reports that thousands of prospective students in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) entered this year with the hope of pursuing their studies in nursing despite clear indications that the field was saturated and that jobs would be hard to get.  

Health MEC Sibongiseni Dhlomo recently estimated there were at least 10,000 unemployed nurses in the province and the situation was unlikely to get better in the near future.  Nonetheless, the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) received 14,668 applications for nursing degrees this year, although most of the hopefuls had had to be turned away as the university could only accommodate 80 students in nursing.  Dhlomo has criticised the 28 private nursing colleges in KZN, saying they trained students at an exorbitant cost without considering whether there were enough posts in the public and private health-care sectors to accommodate them.  A student who attempted to register for nursing at a private college in Durban this year, was unsuccessful, being told that “the college will not take any first year nursing students until the year 2020”.  The college also informed her that most private nursing institutions in the province were not accepting new nurses this year.  Netcare’s Shannon Nell said its institutions made provision for nurses to specialise and this minimised the number of students who were unemployed.

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