The Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA) in KwaZulu-Natal is utterly disappointed with the dishonesty that the board of directors at private nursing college in KwaZulu-Natal has shown by offering to nursing students a course that is not accredited by the regulatory body for nursing, the South Africa Nursing Council (SANC).
As a result, the students who registered for the Enrolled Nurse level at the college in January are now finding out at the eleventh hour that the course they have paid their money to enroll for is not accredited with SANC and therefore the students cannot write their examinations. Simply put, the college is offering a bogus programme.
For any nursing education institution to offer a nursing programme, such programme as well as the institution must first be accredited by the regulatory body (SANC) upon evaluating it in terms of quality standards and checks. If either the institution or the programme being offered is not accredited, no student will be allowed to practice as a nurse in South Africa, by law. Natal Settlers is accredited to only offer Enrolled Nursing Assistant (ENA) programme.
DENOSA understands that, prior to the programme (Enrolled Nurse) being offered, the principal of the college raised this concern to the board that the programme was not accredited, and that offering it would be in breach of the law. The board gave green lights and the college accepted registration of up to R15 000 for this bridging course from each student. And now hundreds of students at the college are left in limbo as they cannot write their examinations.
And now that the matter is public knowledge, the board has since placed the principal under disciplinary hearing, which on Wednesday found dismissed the principal.
The country is experiencing the mushrooming of many bogus nursing colleges in both towns and rural areas, which tarnishes the reputation of the nursing profession. The action by the college cannot be tolerated as it worsens the situation, all in the name of making profits in a dishonest way.
DENOSA would like to call upon the college to reimburse the students immediately and in full, as they have enrolled for six months for nothing.
Issued by the Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA) KwaZulu-Natal
Source : Congress of South African Trade Unions