A number of changes recently implemented in the nursing sector caused much concern nurses worried about their future.
Nurses are alleging that:
The Nursing Council has changed the curriculum structure, only offering training through a four-year university program, cancelling all the short courses done through colleges.
- The Council has declared exams null and void due to allegations that the paper was leaked.
Deputy Registrar of South African Nursing Council, Sizeni Mchunu says there's been some misunderstanding with regards to the changes in the curriculum.
She states the new offerings as a 1-year certificate, three-year diploma, a four-year full degree and a year-long postgraduate degree.
The National Department of Higher Education has actually worked on all qualifications in all learning fields in order to level the learning field. They have put all qualification through a scale known as the qualification framework so the nursing sector could not be left behind.— Sizeni Mchunu, Deputy Registrar of South African Nursing Council
This was opportune because it happened at the time when the Nursing Council is implementing the provisions of the Nursing Act that has redefined the categories of nurses.— Sizeni Mchunu, Deputy Registrar of South African Nursing Council
Mchunu also confirmed the allegations of leaked exam papers and that those exams have been nullified. She says the decision to nullify the exams was challenged in court and the decision was upheld.
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