THE STATE OF NURSING REGULATION
AbstractThe regulation of the nursing profession and the protection of the public in general health service and nursing practice matters has been the main responsibility of the South African Nursing Council in South Africa since its inception in 1944. This is done through the four main functions that have remained unchanged throughout the decades. These include the regulation of the education and training of nurses and midwives through provision of relevant regulations; licencing of nurses and midwives to practise the profession of nursing and midwifery; ensuring quality nursing practice and advising the Minister and influencing health-related policies.This chapter describes the state of the nursing regulation since the inception of the South African Nursing Council as an autonomous statutory body for the nursing profession and its objectives and the mandatory functions. It further highlights the historical developments and changes that have occurred in the nursing profession as a self-regulating profession that is dynamic and responsive to the national regulations and developments affecting the practice and education of nurses and midwives, including the health needs of the country.The achievements, the challenges and opportunities for the South African Nursing Council highlight the current state of the nursing regulation in South Africa.
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