Health & Wellness

Amendments to Nursing Categories

The Minister of Health, Aaron Motsoaledi, have issued two notices in the Government Gazette on 13 and 14 March 2019.

In the first notice, No 379 of 13 March 2019, the category of “staff nurse” created by Notice No 176 of 8 March 2013 is withdrawn.

In the second notice, 402 of 14 March 2019, two categories are created:

  1. Enrolled Nurse and
  2. General Nurse.

The Nursing Act 2005, provides in Section 31(2) that the Minister, after consultation with the Council, may by notice in the Gazette create such other categories of persons to be registered to practise nursing as he or she considers necessary in the public interest. This means that the list of categories in Section 31(1) may be extended by the Minister.

Section 31(3) prohibits an employer to employ or retain in employment a person to perform the functions pertaining to the profession of nursing, other than a person who holds the necessary qualification and who is registered under subsection (1) or (2).

The following practitioners therefore require to register under section 31(1):

(a) Professional nurse;
(b) midwife;
(c) staff nurse;
(d) auxiliary nurse; or
(e) auxiliary midwife.

A practitioner who wishes to register in terms of subsection (1) must apply in the
prescribed manner to the Registrar and submit with his or her application—
(a) proof of identity;
(b) certificate of good character and standing;
(c) proof of his or her qualifications;
(d) the prescribed registration fee; and
(e) such further documents and information in relation to his or her application
as may be required by the Registrar on the instructions of the Council and may use the title “Registered Professional Nurse”, “Registered Midwife”,
“Registered Staff Nurse”, “Registered Auxiliary Midwife” or “Registered Auxiliary
Nurse”, as the case may be, or the abbreviations “RPN”, “RM”, “RSN”, “RAM” or
“RAN”, respectively.

The categories of Enrolled Nurse and General Nurse, are registered under Section 31(2).

There seems to be no prescribed registration requirements under Section 31(2). One has therefore to assume it will be dealt with in the same manner as the other categories.

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