Here’s what you need to know if you want to become a nurse


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Durban – The pandemic has highlighted the value of our healthcare workers and the important role they play in our country’s healthcare system.

Nursing is a vital profession, and in South Africa, public and private medical facilities are in dire need of more nurses. More nurses would mean more efficient, better managed and quality care in all medical institutions.

If you want to pursue a career in nursing, you will need immense dedication to learning, care, patience, and thick skin. Nurses are the backbone of the medical fraternity, and without them, surgeries would take longer, doctors in hospitals would be overwhelmed, and patients would not be treated on time. Whether in a large hospital or a small clinic, everyone needs a nurse.

The medical fraternity needs nurses who are passionate about people and want to care for the healthy sick – nothing less would make someone miserable and bad at their job.

If you are passionate about it and meet the soft skills requirements, all you have to do is choose the right subjects in school and complete your postgraduate studies.

A matrix pass is important if you are applying for an entry level nursing course and requires a pass greater than 50% in academic subjects such as life sciences (biology), English, mathematics (pure or literacy) and the direction of life.

Once you have obtained your qualification, you must register with the SANC (South Africa Nursing Council).

The Fundi Connect careers website states that in order to become a nurse you have four options. These are:

  • A four-year bachelor’s degree in nursing;
  • A one-year advanced certificate in practical nursing;
  • One year advanced diploma in nursing and midwifery in addition to your diploma.

Higher Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing

A one-year qualification that aims to equip you with the skills you will need to provide basic nursing care to people while working under the supervision of a registered nurse with a national diploma or degree. After obtaining your higher certificate, you will be able to register as a registered nursing assistant.

This course will teach you how to apply your knowledge of basic nursing theory, practice, and how to assess, plan, implement and evaluate basic nursing care for individuals and groups.

Diploma in Nursing

This is a three-year course that consists of practical and theoretical work. Once completed you are able to work as a registered nurse and during this course you will cover similar work as you would cover as part of the Bcur degree. The course is shorter than a BCur and you will learn how to provide nursing care, apply your knowledge in nursing practice, diagnose and treat minor illnesses, and provide reproductive health care.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BCur)

This diploma includes both a compulsory practical clinical training component and a theoretical component. Once you have completed a BCur or the equivalent, you can enroll in SANC. La Bcur generally prepares you in four specific areas:

  • General nursing care (working in hospitals and doctor’s offices);
  • Midwife (care of mothers and babies).

This course will have a practical component and you will learn how to do the type of practical work that you will need when you become a nurse. The theoretical component includes what it is like to be a nurse and studies in medical, biological and natural sciences, psychological and social sciences, and pharmacology. This will provide you with vital medical knowledge.

Graduate Diploma in Nursing

This course helps you specialize as a nurse, midwife or midwife, and is designed to strengthen and deepen your nursing and midwifery knowledge. This is a 12 month course and can only be completed after obtaining a nursing diploma or diploma.

This course is primarily academic, and the qualification will also come in handy if you want to pursue a career in nursing management. This is the postgraduate course for someone with a nursing degree who will need to complete to work as a nurse-nurse in South African hospitals.


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