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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED QUALIFICATION: 

Certificate: Nursing 
SAQA QUAL ID QUALIFICATION TITLE
21220  Certificate: Nursing 
ORIGINATOR
J M M NURSING SCHOOL 
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  240  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 
Provide the qualifying learners with certificate level knowledge that will:
  • Enable them to take employment in any health care setting in which policies and protocols for providing patient care are well defined and supervision and direction by registered nurses of physicians are present. The health care setting may be acute or long term care hospitals, nursing homes, day care clinics, ambulatory care facility and any other health care centres
  • Enable them to function as committed nurse practitioners and utilise the scientific nursing process to give direct care to patients in hospital settings and clients in a community. The care encompasses: Observation of vital signs, identifying health problems / deviations from normal activities of living, reporting identified problems to appropriate persons and performing basic therapeutic, preventive and rehabilitative procedures

    Secondary purpose:
  • To give a candidate (who cannot be accepted for the diploma in nursing because of failure to obtain a senior certificate) a chance to become a nurse
  • To lay a better foundation for further studies in nursing when required 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
  • Learners must have grade 10 or 12 (lower symbols) certificate with science subjects to enable them articulation possibilities with a diploma in a nursing qualification
  • Good command of English as it is the language that is used as the medium of instruction
  • General knowledge learnt from written material, class attendance and community exposure
  • Experiences or prior learning that the learner brings to the learning situation - exposure to nursing as ward aids, community worker, home nursing, first aid course and other related activities 

  • RECOGNISE PREVIOUS LEARNING? 

    QUALIFICATION RULES 
    The qualification leading to enrolment as a nurse is achieved under the South African Nursing Council 

    EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES 
    First year:

    1. Recognise basic needs across life span for families, individuals and communities
    2. Apply steps of the scientific nursing process in relation to individuals' needs to all age groups
    3. Develop skills in observation and assessment
    4. Demonstrate developed positive attitude, effective communication and listening skills across all life spans
    5. Consult and refer when necessary

    Critical cross-field outcomes:

    1. Manage normal basic needs across the life span using interpersonal and psychomotor skills, principles of health education and recognising culture
    2. Demonstrate willingness to co-operate with other team members

    Specific outcomes:

    Basic nursing care:
    1. Assess the basic self - care of individuals, families and communities
    2. Identify and report self - care deficit needs of individuals, families and communities
    3. Implement planned nursing interventions with regard to basic needs practising within her/his scope
    4. Evaluate the effectiveness of the nursing intervention
    5. Communicate effectively with all concerned. provide emotional support and guidance to patients and educate within her/his scope of practise
    6. Demonstrate knowledge of the enrolled nurse's role within the context of the South African health system
    7. Identify factors in the environment that have an influence on the health of the individual, family and community across the life span
    8. Apply the principles of health education in the promotion of health and prevention of illness throughout the life span
    9. Use the scientific nursing approach to manage nutritional needs and problems across the life span
    10. Identify situations and conditions requiring first aid and render appropriate measures and make referral where necessary
    11. Apply infection control principles to nursing care

    Nursing history and ethics:
  • Apply ethical principles and codes to nursing practise


    Second year:

    1. Think contextually within the scope of learning
    2. Can deal with problems related to activities of living
    3. Recognise and respect the dignity of a person
    4. Engages in ethical thinking
    5. Understand the principle of comprehensive health care

    Critical cross-field outcomes:

    1. Assess, plan, implement and evaluate basic nursing problems of activities of living
    2. Identify abnormal conditions and refer specific problems to appropriate persons
    3. Work efficiently with other members of the team
    4. Organise and manage herself actively, responsibly and effectively
    5. Communicate effectively
    6. Abide by the ethical and moral codes governing nursing

    Specific outcomes:

    General nursing care:
    1. Utilise the knowledge of causes of illnesses and disabilities to render competent nursing care
    2. Participate in performing nursing assessments for patients with medical and surgical illnesses
    3. Under the direction of a professional nurse plan, nursing interventions for identified problems for immediate and long term needs
    4. Implement planned nursing interventions correctly and using technology where necessary
    5. Understand the study of nutrition and its relationship to health and diseases
    6. Utilise knowledge of professional practise and legislation in nursing practice
    7. Apply her knowledge of pharmacology and medicine administration for medical / surgical conditions
    8. Utilise knowledge and skills in management of pre, intra and post operative care

    Applied Social Science:
    1. Use the knowledge of social sciences in her interaction with others and her behaviour in groups

    Anatomy and Physiology:
    1. Utilise anatomy and physiology terminology appropriately
    2. Apply elementary knowledge of anatomy and physiology of all the systems of the body to nursing care 

  • ASSOCIATED ASSESSMENT CRITERIA 
    First year

    1. Related learning gained from experience by providing appropriate nursing care
    2. Demonstrate competency in using the scientific approach and implement relevant interventions for identified problems
    3. Observe deviations from normal activities of living of individuals, families and the community and report to appropriate persons
    4. Give relevant health education according to individual's needs and show consideration of cultural diversity when interacting with patients, families, community and significant others
    5. Demonstrate the knowledge of what to report and to whom

    Critical cross-field assessment:

    1. Use their knowledge and experience to offer assistance to basic needs / problems at their level
    Demonstrate tolerance of cultural diversity
    2. Show willingness to participate in a team / group

    Specific assessment:

    Basic Nursing Care:

    1. Collect and record relevant information in appropriate records

    2. Observe, interpret and report abnormal findings to appropriate persons
    Assist with emergencies effectively
    Participate in drawings up of nursing interventions to address self - care deficits

    3. Demonstrate competency in nursing care activities related to basic needs
    Give appropriate health education for identified health problems
    Demonstrate correct and safe use of equipment and technology

    4. Observe the patient's response to implemented nursing interventions and report any negative shifts
    Modify with the professional nurse, the nursing interventions according to changing needs of the individuals, families and communities
    Assist the terminally ill to a dignified end

    5. Consult with other health team members and special interest groups using relevant channels
    Use only acceptable abbreviations in written and verbal communication
    Show consideration of culture when communicating
    Use appropriate communication skills and techniques in her/his dealings with individuals
    Keep clear, accurate and complete record

    6. Outline the components of the national health care system of South Africa

    7. Identify health related problems in the environment
    Use knowledge and experience of environmental health to offer suggestions for solving health related problems in the community

    8. Give appropriate health education to individuals, family and community

    9. Identify nutritional requirements of individuals
    Implement nursing interventions for individuals with nutritional problems

    10. Assess the situation correctly
    Give immediate appropriate and adequate first aid treatment within her scope of practise
    Refer patient where necessary for further treatment

    11. Identify factors that influence the growth of micro - organisms and parasites and the mode of spread of infection
    Practise universal precautions in the prevention of transmission of infections during nursing care

    Nursing history and ethics:
  • Demonstrate professional behaviour
  • Take responsibility and accountability within the limits of own competence and scope of practise
  • Exercise judgement in accordance with her knowledge and experience


    Second year:

    1. Assessed by using projects, case study and examination, continuous assessment and accompaniment
    2. Identify existing and potential problems of individuals, families and community
    3. Develop and facilitate methods to solve problems
    4. Related learning gained from individuals and professionals, exposure to community to different health problems

    Critical cross-field assessment:

    1. Assess using assignment projects, case studies and examination
    2. Solve problems by searching for alternatives including referral for problems beyond the scope of practise
    3. Solve problems by exploring situation
    4. Assess ability to organise during accompaniment

    Specific assessments:

    General Nursing Care:

    1. Recognise the clinical condition of patients presenting with medical and surgical conditions
    Identify patients at risk of potential nursing problems and plan with professional nurse preventive nursing interventions

    2. Measure vital signs for base line and detect deviations
    Record and report information to appropriate persons
    Assist with special examinations
    Observe legal aspect of record keeping

    3. Using the nursing process plan nursing activities for identified problems and needs
    Make appropriate referrals for problems beyond her scope of practice

    4. Perform nursing interventions correctly and using technology where necessary
    Provide a therapeutic environment that meets the needs for privacy and dignity of the individual needing care

    5. Correlate the patient's nutritional needs with the medical diagnosis
    Describe the processes by which the body digests, absorbs and utilises good substances
    Recognise nutritional deficiencies and the associated disease

    6. Practise within the legal framework
    Accept responsibility and accountability for actions within the limits of her scope of practice
    Advocate for the rights of individuals and families to ensure quality of care

    7. Safe and correct administration of medicine
    Assess the therapeutic effect of medication
    Recognise adverse effects of medication and take action / report
    Practise within the relevant legislation and scope of practice

    8. Manage needs and problems of the patient undergoing theatre procedures
    participate in the preparation of theatre environment
    Participate in the preparation of theatre environment
    Execute competently the duties of a floor nurse, anaesthetic nurse and recovery room nurse
    Demonstrate the provision and safe use of necessary theatre equipment or accessories as needed
    Competence in immediate post-operative care and continuing nursing care

    Applied Social Sciences:
  • Recognise the patient as a person and a member of the community
  • Maintain good nurse - patient relationship and a spirit of mutual co-operation with significant others
    Understand the emotional reaction to illness and assist the patient to cope in all age groups
  • Provide help and support both physically and spiritually to those in her care, their families and friends

    Anatomy and Physiology:

    1. Apply correct terminology when referring to body structures and functions

    2. Utilise knowledge of anatomy and physiology to identify the basic needs of the individuals e.g. need for respiration
    Demonstrate competence in patient assessment and nursing care e.g. measuring blood pressure, pulse rate, etc.
    Perform procedures with insight to position and relations of organs of the body e.g. administration of injection, CPR, etc.

    Integrated assessment:

    Continuous assessment by unit personnel and teaching personnel using assessment instruments

    Formative and summative assessments are integrated

    1). Formative:
  • Tests
  • Projects
    - Assignments
    - Case study
    -Ethical problems - group projects
  • Clinical evaluation
  • Clinical workshops
  • Others
    - Self-evaluation

    2). Examination:
    - Internal
    - External
  • Final report
  • Curriculum evaluation 

  • INTERNATIONAL COMPARABILITY 
    The Enrolled Nurses Certificate is recognised internationally under the same qualification 

    ARTICULATION OPTIONS 
    On completion of the course the enrolled nurse can proceed for further studies / training to the diploma level if she/he wishes to 

    MODERATION OPTIONS 
    A system of a second examiner is used
    The second examiner can be a staff member or someone from another institution

    The South African Nursing Council provides its own system of moderation 

    CRITERIA FOR THE REGISTRATION OF ASSESSORS 
    Our own staff will be used as assessors for formative and summative evaluation in the manner accommodated in our rules and regulations for the course

    The South African Nursing Council provides the external examination papers, marks / assess the papers 

    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: 
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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.