As matriculants of 2014 are currently making up the long queues around the country’s institutions of higher learning for a space to enroll, the Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA) would like to urge those who will be pursuing a career in nursing to be extremely careful of fly-by-night nursing colleges this time of the year as they plan to take aantage of desperate students who are looking for placement.
Bogus nursing colleges are a normal feature during this time, which offer training that is not assessed and accredited by the South African Nursing Council (SANC), which is a regulatory body for nursing in the country. Any nursing institution that is not accredited by SANC or a training programme offered by such institution to student nurses are not regarded as legitimate institutions and programmes.
Even if an institution is accredited, each and every programme offered to students must also be accredited, or else such students won’t be able to practice as nurses in South Africa upon completion of their studies.
DENOSA would like to caution about the long process it takes for such institutions to reimburse students their monies when it is discovered by law enforcement agencies. The repayment process is so long that a student may not be able enroll at any other accredited institution in the same year, as closing dates would ordinarily have long passed.
Potential nursing students and their parents should first check with the South African Nursing Council (SANC) if the nursing institution they intend to study at is accredited by visiting www.sanc.co.za or call SANC call centre on 012 420 1000. SANC has a list of all accredited nursing institutions in each province, both public and private.
DENOSA would like to encourage those young people with a passion for caring and nursing to pursue a career in the profession, as the country is experiencing a shortage of nurses. The average age of a nurse in South Africa is over 40 years, which is an indication that nurses nearing retirement are in the majority in the profession.
Issued by the Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA)
For more information, contact:
Simon Hlungwani, DENOSA President
Mobile: 079 501 4922
Sibongiseni Delihlazo, DENOSA Communications Manager
Mobile: 079 875 2663
Tel: 012 343 2315
Source : Congress of South African Trade Unions