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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED QUALIFICATION: 

Certificate: Nursing: General 
SAQA QUAL ID QUALIFICATION TITLE
16673  Certificate: Nursing: General 
ORIGINATOR
Empilweni Nursing College 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY NQF SUB-FRAMEWORK
QCTO - Quality Council for Trades and Occupations  OQSF - Occupational Qualifications Sub-framework 
QUALIFICATION TYPE FIELD SUBFIELD
National Certificate  Field 09 - Health Sciences and Social Services  Preventive Health 
ABET BAND MINIMUM CREDITS PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL QUAL CLASS
Undefined  120  Level 4  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L4  Regular-Provider-ELOAC 
REGISTRATION STATUS SAQA DECISION NUMBER REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE
Reregistered  SAQA 06120/18  2018-07-01  2023-06-30 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2024-06-30   2027-06-30  

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 
The primary purpose of the qualification is to provide qualifying learners with the opportunity to acquire the appropriate knowledge, skills and attitudes which will enable them to provide in the basic health needs and management of health problems of the individual, family, groups and communities as part of the nursing regimen, planned and initiated by the Registered Nurse and carried out under her direct or indirect supervision. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
Basic life skills

Communication skills - learners who register for this qualification have written and spoken language skills that will enable them to participate fully in the learning programme and can communicate with colleagues and patients in the clinical areas.
  • Language proficiency in English - written and verbal
  • Numeral skills
  • Interpersonal skills 

  • RECOGNISE PREVIOUS LEARNING? 

    EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES 
    1. Render basic nursing care to individuals and groups at all stages of the lifespan under the direct or indirect supervision and in consultation with a Registered Nurse with reference to health needs/problems and medical and surgical conditions most prevalent in the country within the context of Comprehensive Health Care.

    2. Apply knowledge of social sciences to render effective health care to individuals and groups

    3. Apply acquired knowledge regarding prescribed medication and the administration of medicine during basic nursing care to ensure the safety and well-being of the patient

    4. Promote health and prevent diseases in all stages of life with reference to individuals, groups and communities, subscribing to the principles of primary, secondary and tertiary health care.

    5. Apply knowledge of aspects related to the management of a health care unit to render cost-effective, quality nursing care and provide a safe environment for the patient

    6. Function within the ethical and legal framework of an Enrolled Nurse.


    Critical cross-field outcomes


    1. Identify and solve health related problems with reference to the individual and groups creatively and innovatively

    2. Work effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation community

    3. Organise and manage oneself and activities responsibly and effectively

    4. Collect, analyse and organise and critically evaluate information

    5. Communicate effectively using visual, mathematical and or language skills in the modes of oral and or written persuation

    6. Use science and technology effectively and critically showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others

    7. Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognising that problem solving contexts do not exist in isolation

    8. This certificate also contributes to the development of the learner to:

    8.1. Reflect and explore a variety of strategies to learn more effectively

    8.2. Participate as a responsible citizen in the lives of local communities

    8.3. Be culturally sensitive across a range of health and social contexts

    8.4. Explore education and career opportunities

    8.5. Develop entrepreneurial opportunities 

    ASSOCIATED ASSESSMENT CRITERIA 
    1.1. Utilise the knowledge of health needs to render basic nursing care

    1.2. Study the nursing care plan developed by the registered nurse

    1.3. Identify and accurately implement nursing interventions within her/his scope of practice and in consultation with the registered nurse and other members of the health team

    1.4. Efficiently apply the appropriate nursing skills in implementing the identified nursing interventions.

    1.5. Accurately record all basic nursing interventions and take appropriate action regarding identified abnormalities

    2.1. Communicate effectively transculturally and render culture sensitive care

    2.2. Identify psycho-social development needs/problems across the life span

    2.3. Support patient and family emotionally to cope with illness and handling of crisis situations

    3.1. Administer medication accurately and safely and observe the effect of the medication on the patient and report accordingly

    4.1. Give comprehensive and relevant health education to individuals, groups and communities to motivate them to change their health practices and habits that cause diseases

    4.2. Knowledge of available health care services and facilities health care services and facilities in the community and appropriate referals

    5.1. Utilise supplies and equipment economically and safely

    5.2. Appropriate management and safekeeping of patient property

    5.3. Identify and rectify potential medico-legal hazards in the environment, that can endanger the health of a patient

    5.4. Manage time economically

    6.1. Demonstration of responsibility and accountability within the limits of own competence and relevant scope of practice according to the requirements of relevant statutory bodies

    Critical cross-field outcomes and assosiated assessment criteria:

    1. Use knowledge and experience to develop problem solving strategies to deal with identified problems within her levels of competence

    2. Actively and harmoniously participate in working groups and group discussions
  • Apply cognitive processes to function in the health care team
  • Apply knowledge of socio-cultural issues to communicate effectively with members of the health care team.
  • Demonstrate a non-judgemental and positive attitude towards other members of the health team

    3. Utilise appropriate knowledge and skills in managing basic nursing care
  • Demonstrate coping skills and stress management strategies in order to function effectively in the health care environment

    4. Critically analyse and integrate collected data on which to base decisions within her scope of practice

    5. Use effective language skills during interaction with members of the health team, patient and family
  • Use appropriate professional language in written and verbal communication
  • Record, report and interpret observations in a meaningful way
  • Express herself clearly in written and verbal communication

    6. Use equipment and technology in health setting safely, appropriately and ethically
  • Improvise appropriately where technology is lacking

    7. Understand the place of the nursing profession within the greater health and intersectoral system as well as inter-relationships with community structures

    8. Adapt personal learning style effectively to different presentations and settings
  • Participate in community activities related to health issues
  • Respect patients and members of the health team, without prejudice with regard to background, race, culture, gender and way of life
  • Investigate opportunities for further studies in the health delivery system
  • A positive approach to self directed lifelong learning
  • Contribute in a meaningful manner towards the quality of health in the community


    INTEGRATED ASSESSMENT

    While assessment will include the assessment of discrete skills and knowledge within units of learning, ultimately the assessment:

    1. Must be applied to the specific role that the practitioner will play

    2. Must be demonstrated in a integrative manner

    3. Include the learner's ability to carry out the practitioner's role in an authentic context

    4. Include a demonstration of the learner's ability to adapt practice to meet changing circumstances

    5. Is based on the principle of continuous assessment provided through:
  • Portfolios
  • Simulations
  • Workplace assessments and practical workbooks
  • Written assignments
  • Written tests
  • Case studies and case presentations
  • Peer-group evaluation
  • Competency evaluations of clinical skills
  • Face to face contact with learners

    Include Summative assessment- the examination consists of the following two portions:
  • A written portion conducted by the South African Nursing Council and consisting of one paper of three hour's duration on the subject, and
  • A practical portion conducted by Empilweni Education Nurse Educators on behalf of the South African Nursing Council. 

  • ARTICULATION OPTIONS 
    The programme is designed for the achievement of the qualification as a whole at the end of two years of study according to the South African Nursing Council (S.A.N.C.) Regulation 2175

    The first year of this programme is equivalent to the outcome of the following qualification:
  • Enrolment as a Nursing Auxiliary with the S.A.N.C. Regulation 2176 (exit outcome for first year)

    This option is available for learners who do not complete the certificate. 

  • MODERATION OPTIONS 
    The South African Nursing Council as a professional statutory body is responsible for the registration of specific qualifications. It plays a role in determining specific aspects of the curriculum and fulfils the examining and moderating role. 

    CRITERIA FOR THE REGISTRATION OF ASSESSORS 
    Staff of the College will be used as assessors in a manner which fits into the quality management system of Empilweni Education and in accordance with the specification of the S.A.N.C. Regulation 2175.

    South African Nursing Council set and marking of examination papers in the final written examination is done by external examiners appointed by the S.A.N.C. 

    REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this qualification was Reregistered in 2006; 2009; 2012; 2015. 

    NOTES 
    N/A 

    LEARNING PROGRAMMES RECORDED AGAINST THIS QUALIFICATION: 
     
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    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS QUALIFICATION: 
    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 Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionaries 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 Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionary should be notified if a record appears to be missing from here.
     
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    All qualifications and part qualifications registered on the National Qualifications Framework are public property. Thus the only payment that can be made for them is for service and reproduction. It is illegal to sell this material for profit. If the material is reproduced or quoted, the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) should be acknowledged as the source.