nursing thumb medium90 93ANA reports that trade union Solidarity’s Occupational Guild for Nursing on Thursday said it was vitally important that the Department of Health, the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) and the SA Nursing Council (SANC) all get aligned with each other to resolve the current training crisis.  

Noting that SA was experiencing critical problems with the training of nurses, Hennie Bierman, head of Solidarity’s Occupational Guilds, observed:  “The SANC’s ineffectiveness has a negative impact on the finalisation of regulations on nursing training and the accreditation of new training institutions for nursing training, practice, and programmes, as well as the reaccreditation of existing institutions and programmes offering nurses’ training.”  He went on to note that the main problem was that accreditation of all nursing courses and the approval of private training institutions had been dragging on since 2014, which could be ascribed to a lack of communication between the SANC and the DHET.  Bierman said even fewer nurses were being trained, putting extra pressure on the existing nurses in the profession.  Given that 60% of the country’s nursing training was done by private training institutions, accreditation of those institutions could prevent shortages of nursing staff in the future.

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