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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED QUALIFICATION: 

National Certificate: Auxiliary Nursing 
SAQA QUAL ID QUALIFICATION TITLE
71709  National Certificate: Auxiliary Nursing 
ORIGINATOR ORIGINATING PROVIDER
SGB Nursing   
QUALITY ASSURING BODY NQF SUB-FRAMEWORK
The individual Quality Assuring Body for each Learning Programme recorded against this qualification is shown in the table at the end of this report.  The individual NQF Sub-framework for each Learning Programme recorded against this qualification is shown in the table at the end of the qualification report. 
QUALIFICATION TYPE FIELD SUBFIELD
National Certificate  Field 09 - Health Sciences and Social Services  Curative Health 
ABET BAND MINIMUM CREDITS PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL QUAL CLASS
Undefined  160  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Regular-Unit Stds Based 
REGISTRATION STATUS SAQA DECISION NUMBER REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE
Reregistered  SAQA 0695/12  2012-07-01  2015-06-30 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2016-06-30   2019-06-30  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This qualification does not replace any other qualification and is not replaced by any other qualification. 

PURPOSE AND RATIONALE OF THE QUALIFICATION 
Purpose:

Learners credited with this qualification are able to render fundamental nursing care in collaboration with other members of the health team and with the involvement of individuals and communities in the provision of preventive, promotive, curative and rehabilitative health care.

Qualifying learners will have obtained a fundamental level of knowledge and competence in nursing and should be able to apply this knowledge in all health care settings where basic nursing care is required. The learner works under the supervision of a currently registered or enrolled nurse within the applicable scope of practice.

Rationale:

A first level nurse, capable of delivering skilled fundamental nursing care, is essential to health care in a variety of settings, such as geriatric care facilities, hospitals and clinics. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
  • Communication at NQF level 2
  • Mathematical Literacy at NQF level 2

    Recognition of Prior Learning

    Learners may provide evidence of prior learning for which they may receive credit towards the qualification by means of portfolios, other forms of appropriate evidence and/or challenge examinations as agreed to between the relevant provider and relevant ETQA or ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding in place with the relevant ETQA.

    Access to Qualification

    Any learner who has successfully completed ten years of formal schooling, or who has successfully completed a NQF Level 2 qualification may access this qualification.

    Access to the course:

    Providers must ensure that:
  • Learners are enrolled as learners with the South African Nursing Council.
  • Learners have access to a provider accredited by the relevant ETQA or an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding in place with the relevant ETQA for clinical learning.
  • Workplace experience complies with the requirements of the relevant ETQA or ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding in place with the relevant ETQA. 

  • RECOGNISE PREVIOUS LEARNING? 

    QUALIFICATION RULES 
    In order to be accredited with this qualification, learners are required to achieve all 57 credits of the fundamental component, all 95 credits of the core component and at least 8 credits from the elective component. 

    EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES 
    1. Apply foundational knowledge of anatomy, physiology, biophysics and microbiology in the provision of nursing care.
    2. Communicate in a variety of ways in a nursing context.
    3. Use mathematics in a nursing situation.
    4. Participate in addressing the needs of individuals and groups in a community.
    5. Participate in the implementation of basic nursing care.
    6. Demonstrate understanding of appropriate methods of interacting sensitively and professionally with people with diverse backgrounds.
    7. Maintain professionalism in nursing practice.

    Critical Cross-Field Outcomes:
  • Problem solving/Make decisions:
    > Apply foundational knowledge of anatomy and physiology in the provision of nursing care.
    > Communicate in a variety of ways in a nursing context.
    > Use mathematics in a nursing situation.
    > Participate in addressing the needs of individuals and groups in a community.
    > Participate in the implementation of basic nursing care.
    > Maintain professionalism in nursing practice.
  • Team work:
    > Communicate in a variety of ways in a nursing context.
    > Demonstrate understanding of appropriate methods of interacting sensitively and professionally with people with diverse backgrounds.
    > Participate in addressing the needs of individuals and groups in a community.
    > Participate in the implementation of basic nursing care.
  • Organising:
    > Apply foundational knowledge of anatomy and physiology in the provision of nursing care.
    > Communicate in a variety of ways in a nursing context.
    > Participate in addressing the needs of individuals and groups in a community.
    > Participate in the implementation of basic nursing care.
  • Information:
    > Apply foundational knowledge of anatomy and physiology in the provision of nursing care.
    > Communicate in a variety of ways in a nursing context.
    > Use mathematics in a nursing situation.
    > Participate in addressing the needs of individuals and groups in a community.
    > Participate in the implementation of basic nursing care.
    > Maintain professionalism in nursing practice.
  • Communication:
    > Apply foundational knowledge of anatomy and physiology in the provision of nursing care.
    > Communicate in a variety of ways in a nursing context.
    > Use mathematics in a nursing situation.
    > Demonstrate understanding of appropriate methods of interacting sensitively and professionally with people with diverse backgrounds.
    > Participate in addressing the needs of individuals and groups in a community.
    > Participate in the implementation of basic nursing care.
    > Maintain professionalism in nursing practice.
  • Science and Technology:
    > Apply foundational knowledge of anatomy and physiology in the provision of nursing care.
    > Communicate in a variety of ways in a nursing context.
    > Use mathematics in a nursing situation.
    > Participate in addressing the needs of individuals and groups in a community.
    > Participate in the implementation of basic nursing care.
    > Maintain professionalism in nursing practice.
  • Related systems:
    > Apply foundational knowledge of anatomy and physiology in the provision of nursing care.
    > Communicate in a variety of ways in a nursing context.
    > Use mathematics in a nursing situation.
    > Participate in addressing the needs of individuals and groups in a community.
    > Participate in the implementation of basic nursing care.
    > Maintain professionalism in nursing practice.
  • Personal development:
    > Communicate in a variety of ways in a nursing context.
    > Use mathematics in a nursing situation.
    > Demonstrate understanding of appropriate methods of interacting sensitively and professionally with people with diverse backgrounds.
    > Participate in addressing the needs of individuals and groups in a community.
    > Participate in the implementation of basic nursing care.
    > Maintain professionalism in nursing practice. 

  • ASSOCIATED ASSESSMENT CRITERIA 
    1.
  • Fundamental understanding of macro body structure and functioning is demonstrated by the nursing care provided, in accordance with the relevant scope of practice.
  • An understanding of the structure and functioning of micro-organisms is demonstrated in the provision of nursing care.

    2.
  • Oral and written communication is maintained to promote effective fundamental nursing care.
  • Written communication is clear, relevant and unambiguous.

    3.
  • Mathematical functions are used correctly to address needs of the patient such as correct fluid balance and nutrition.
  • Mathematical signs and symbols are correctly used.

    4.
  • Health promotion programmes are implemented under supervision of other members of the health team.

    5.
  • Individual and/or group health care plans across the health-illness continuum are implemented and evaluated in collaboration with other members of the health care team.
  • Information obtained from continuous monitoring of responses to nursing interventions is correctly applied to the individual or group.
  • Appropriate emergency care and first aid principles in respect of:
    > Treatment of injuries and accidents.
    > Emergency deliveries.
    > Basic life support is applied.

    6.
  • Fundamental nursing interventions are implemented with sensitivity to people of diverse cultural, religious and socio-economic backgrounds.

    7.
  • Recording of data is done in compliance with institutional standards and legal criteria.
  • Patient records are maintained accurately, concisely and systematically, to reflect the fundamental nursing care rendered.
  • Confidentiality and integrity of patient information are maintained in interaction with patients and others.

    Integrated Assessment

    The South African Nursing Council guidelines are used as a reference for clinical competence.

    Formative Assessment:

    A variety of assessment strategies and/or approaches must be used, including, but not limited to:
  • Tests
  • Assignments
  • Workbooks
  • Projects
  • Demonstrations
  • Clinical assessments

    Summative Assessment:

    May take the form of:
    > written
    > practical
    > oral assessment
    as agreed to by the relevant ETQA or ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding in place with the relevant ETQA. 

  • INTERNATIONAL COMPARABILITY 
    In most countries around the world, first-level health workers are not recognized by their relevant nursing professional councils or relevant licensing authorities. However, this qualification is recognised by the South African Nursing Council as a National Certificate at NQF level 3. It is likely that it will be utilized in the SADC region and throughout Sub-Saharan Africa as well as other third- and first-world countries.

    South Africa has been an active member of both the International Council of Nurses and the International Labour Organisation for many decades. During the time of ostracism, international contact was maintained through the specialized organizations and their overseas affiliates. Thus, South African qualifications in nursing have always been aligned with the best in the world, and it is common knowledge that the services of South African nurses are in great demand in all parts of the globe.

    This qualification upholds that tradition and is comparable with the best available in this category anywhere in the world. In other third world and some first world countries, similar courses exist, but South Africa has taken precedence in generating a full qualification with recognition at professional council level for this category of nurse. 

    ARTICULATION OPTIONS 
    This certificate provides access to the FET Certificate: Nursing (NQF Level 4) or any other equivalent qualification in the health field. 

    MODERATION OPTIONS 
    Both internal and external moderation must be conducted by moderators who have been appointed by the relevant ETQA or ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding in place with the relevant ETQA. Both internal and external moderators and assessors must be in possession of an appropriate qualification above the level of this qualification, as well as relevant clinical expertise and current experience. In addition, the external moderation will be conducted by the relevant ETQA or an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding in place with the relevant ETQA. 

    CRITERIA FOR THE REGISTRATION OF ASSESSORS 
    Can be assessed by a currently registered professional or enrolled nurse who is registered as an assessor by the relevant ETQA or ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding in place with the relevant ETQA. 

    NOTES 
    As per the SAQA decision, after consultation with the Quality Councils, to re-register all qualifications and part qualifications on the National Qualifications Framework that meet the criteria for re-registration, this qualification has been re-registered from 1 July 2012.
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARDS: 
      ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
    Core  120171  Carry out a needs assessment of an individual of any age  Level 3  NQF Level 03  15 
    Core  120175  Function as a health worker with all relevant groups within a community  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  120170  Maintain current records according to the scientific nursing process  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  120173  Practice in accordance with ethical and legal codes of nursing and relevant legislation  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Core  120174  Provide relevant nursing care in order to meet needs identified according to the scientific approach to nursing  Level 3  NQF Level 03  28 
    Core  120182  Participate in a community health assessment  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  120172  Participate in the provision of effective child- and adolescent-friendly services  Level 4  NQF Level 04  12 
    Core  120169  Provide nursing care to individuals with long term illness  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  120176  Provide palliative care to terminally ill patients and support to their families  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  120177  Provide the patient and/or carer with sufficient information on which to base decisions about nursing care  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Fundamental  8968  Accommodate audience and context needs in oral communication  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  120178  Apply foundational knowledge of the structure and biology of pathogenic micro-organisms and parasites in clinical practice  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  9010  Demonstrate an understanding of the use of different number bases and measurement units and an awareness of error in the context of relevant calculations  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  120181  Demonstrate knowledge of the macro structure, basic functions and applied basic biophysics of all human body systems  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  9013  Describe, apply, analyse and calculate shape and motion in 2-and 3-dimensional space in different contexts  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  120180  Interact sensitively, effectively and professionally with people of diverse cultural, religious, socio-economic, educational and professional backgrounds  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  8969  Interpret and use information from texts  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  9012  Investigate life and work related problems using data and probabilities  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  120179  Participate in a helping conversation  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  8973  Use language and communication in occupational learning programmes  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  7456  Use mathematics to investigate and monitor the financial aspects of personal, business and national issues  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Fundamental  8970  Write texts for a range of communicative contexts  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  116490  Identify key ethical values for human conduct  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  116493  Demonstrate understanding of tolerance in human relations  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  117849  Facilitate a group counselling process  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  117863  Promote health and wellness in a selected context  Level 4  NQF Level 04 


    LEARNING PROGRAMMES RECORDED AGAINST THIS QUALIFICATION: 
     
    LP ID Learning Programme Title Provider Pre-2009
    NQF Level
    NQF Level Min Credits Learning Prog End Date Quality
    Assuring
    Body
    NQF Sub-Framework
    49993  National Certificate: Auxiliary Nursing  Generic Provider - Field 09  Level 3  NQF Level 03  160     SANC  OQSF 
    71711  National Certificate: Auxiliary Nursing  Medi-Clinic  Level 3  NQF Level 03  160       OQSF 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THESE LEARNING PROGRAMMES: 
    This information shows the current accreditations (i.e. those not past their accreditation end dates), and is the most complete record available to SAQA as of today. Some Quality Assuring Bodies have a lag in their recording systems for provider accreditation, in turn leading to a lag in notifying SAQA of all the providers that they have accredited to offer qualifications and unit standards, as well as any extensions to accreditation end dates. The relevant Quality Assuring Body should be notified if a record appears to be missing from here.
     
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