oa South African Health Review - The nursing profession : production of nurses and proposed scope of practice : human resources

Volume 2005 Number 1
  • ISSN : 1025-1715



The policy and transformation choices facing the nursing profession are considerable and complex. This chapter focuses on two responses of the nursing profession to the far-reaching challenges posed by the transformation process. <BR>The first part of this chapter examines the supply of nurses as recorded in the South African Nursing Council register and roll of nurses. It points to a low level of training for all categories of nurses which, combined with a high attrition rate, raises serious concerns about the ability of the nursing profession to cope with increasing health needs and challenges of the South Africans. <BR>The second part focuses on scope of practice of the nursing profession and the proposed changes to the practice of nursing. These changes if passed into legislation, will lead to revising the curriculum that will better prepare the various categories of nurses and also offer nurses improved career path options. <BR>The chapter calls for guidelines for planning and managing the human resources requirements for nursing and greater involvement of the private sector in the production of nurses.

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