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What is the Salary of a Registered Nurse in South Africa?

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You may want to work as a registered nurse in South Africa and you wish to know about the salary of a registered Nurse in South Africa, here, you will find the answer to your question. But first, let us look at how to become a registered nurse in South Africa.

Who is a Nurse?

According to International Council of Nurses (ICN), a Nurse is a person who has completed a program of basic, generalized nursing education and is authorized by the appropriate regulatory authority to practice nursing in his/her country. ICN further explained that, this individual must be prepared and licensed; to practice the general scope of nursing which includes promotion of health, prevention of illness, and care of physically ill, mentally ill and disabled of all ages in all settings; to carry out health care teaching; to actively participate in the health care team; and to be involved in research

What are the Functions of a Nurse?

The primary role of a nurse is to advocate and care for individuals and support them through health and illness. However, there are various other responsibilities of a nurse that form a part of the role of a nurse which include to:

  • Record medical and family histories of the patient
  • Note down the symptoms of the patient
  • Collaborate with teams to plan for patient care
  • Advocate for the health and wellbeing of patients
  • Monitor patient health and record vital signs
  • Administer medications and treatments
  • Operate medical equipment
  • Perform diagnostic tests
  • Educate patients about management of illnesses
  • Provide support and advice to patients

How to become a registered nurse in South Africa?

Nursing is considered as one of the most significant professions in the world today. This is because it keeps the healthcare sector of a nation functional. The profession is more of a passionate service than a career. However, before you decide to choose a career in this field, you need to understand what nurses in South Africa are required to complete in terms of training. An understanding of those requirements and nursing courses is essential to achieve your dream profession.

To become a certified nurse, you have to go through two steps:

  • You must get a qualification from an accredited school. Private Nursing colleges in South Africa and public institutions provide the same degrees and diplomas. To complete your qualification, simply pick a school that suits your needs.
  • You must then register with the South African Nursing Council (SANC).

To complete your qualification, simply pick a school that suits your needs.

Types of Nurses in South Africa?

There are three main types of nurses in South Africa:

  • Registered Nurses or Nursing Sisters: They are responsible for the supervision of enrolled and enrolled auxiliary nurses as well as typical nursing responsibilities.
  • Enrolled Nurses: They perform limited nursing care.
  • Enrolled Nursing Auxiliaries: They perform basic procedures and care for patients on a general level.

What is the Salary of a Registered Nurse in South Africa Per Month?

Now let us look at how much registered nurses make in South Africa per month;

The average salary of registered nurses in South Africa is R18,692 per month.

You can also read; Salary of a Pediatric Nurse in South Africa

What requirements are needed to become a nurse?

There are several steps one must take to become a registered nurse in South Africa:

  • Apply and enroll at a credited nursing school by the SA Nursing Council. To obtain an application form, contact your school of choice via email or in-person to collect a form.
  • After completing the studies, new nurses must first complete a year of mandatory community service before entering the workforce.
  • After graduation, the school will send a Certificate of Completion to the SANC.
  • You will then be required to register with the SA Nursing Council.

To register you will need to present the following documents:

  1. Proof of identity
  2. Certificate of good character and standing
  3. Proof of your qualifications
  4. Prescribed registration fee
  5. Further reports and information concerning your application as may be required by the registrar
  6. Finally, you have to sit for the SANC-administered nursing exam that fits with the specific qualification you seek. There are exams for the different categories of nursing professions. To view the exam schedule, visit the SANC’s website.

What are the requirements to study nursing in South Africa?

To qualify as a nurse, you can do one of the following:

  1. A four-year bachelor degree in nursing (BCur– Bachelor of Nursing Science, Education & Administration)

The bachelor’s degree in Nursing is generally a four-year-long course that is offered by most public universities in South Africa including UCT, Wits, Stellies (only postgrad), UWC, NWU, UKZN, UNISA, etc. The degree consists of both a compulsory practical clinical training and a theoretical component.

In the practical component you will learn how to do the kind of practical work you will need to be able to do when you become a nurse. In the theoretical component, you will learn the theory of what it is to be a nurse and you will study medical, biological and natural sciences, psychological and social sciences, and pharmacology so that you have the knowledge you need to be a competent and successful healthcare professional

Entry Requirements: To apply for the four years Bachelor’s degree in Nursing, it is recommended that you take Mathematics, Physical Sciences and Life Sciences, but this is not compulsory in all institutions. You will need a National Senior Certificate (NSC) or equivalent qualification at exit level 4, with the following:

  • English (50-59%)
  • First additional or home language (50-59%)
  • Life Sciences (50-59%)
  • Maths Literacy (50-59%)
  • Life Orientation (50-59%)

The BCur usually prepares students to work in four specific fields:

  • General nursing (working in hospitals and medical practices)
  • Community Nursing
  • Psychiatric nursing
  • Midwifery (caring for mothers and babies)

Once you have completed a BCur (or equivalent), you are able to register as a professional nurse and midwife with the SANC.

  1. A Three-year Diploma In Nursing

The diploma in nursing qualification can be found in Vaal University of Technology, Durban University of Technology, CPUT, TUT and other universities of technology. This course takes a duration of three years to be completed and also consists of practical and theoretical work. During this course, you will cover similar work to what you would cover in the BCur degree. You will go less in-depth with the work as the course is shorter. You will learn how to provide nursing care, apply your knowledge in the nursing practice, diagnose and treat minor illnesses and provide reproductive health care.

After you have completed this qualification you are able to work as a registered staff nurse or enrolled nurse.

Entry Requirements: To qualify to for this qualification, you will need a National Senior Certificate (NSC) or equivalent qualification at exit level 3 or 4, depending on the institution. However, it is not important that you have taken mathematics and/or physical sciences as it is for the BCur but you will definitely need the following:

  • English (50-59%)
  • First additional or home language (50-59%)
  • Four other subjects (50-59%)
  • Life Orientation (50-59%)
  1. A One-Year Higher Certificate In Auxiliary Nursing

This is a one-year qualification that is aimed to equip you with the skills that you will need to provide basic nursing care to individuals. Upon the completion of the program you will be working under a registered nurse who has completed his/her degree or diploma qualification.

After completing your higher certificate you will be able to register as an enrolled nursing auxiliary.

Entry Requirements: To qualify to study this course, you will need a National Senior Certificate (NSC) or equivalent qualification at exit level 3 or 4, depending on the institution. This course is aimed to strengthen and enhance your knowledge in Nursing and midwifery. During this course, you will specialize as a nurse or midwife. This course is also only one year long and can only be completed after you have received a diploma or degree in nursing. Unlike the other courses, this course is mostly theoretical. This qualification will also be helpful if you wish to pursue a career in Nursing management. This is the postgraduate course an individual who has a diploma in nursing, will have to complete in order to work as a Nursing sister in South African Hospitals.

It is not as important that you have taken mathematics, physical sciences or life sciences as it is for the BCur. However, you will need the following:

  • English (50-59%)
  • First additional or home language (50-59%)
  • Four other subjects (50-59%)
  • Life Orientation (50-59%)

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

  1. One-year Postgraduate Advanced Diploma In Nursing And Midwifery As An Addition To Your Degree Or Diploma.

After completing your diploma and degree, you will be required to go for an advanced degree programme if you desire a career in Nursing management. To apply for this advanced diploma programme, you must have had a bachelor’s degree or diploma in nursing. Also, you need atleast two years of experience as a midwife or Nurse.

You can choose to complete your qualification at a public tertiary institution or at a private Nursing college. These private colleges, such as Mediclinic, Netcare Education or Life College, offer the same diplomas or degrees as the universities and universities of technology.

Entry Requirements: In order to enroll for this program, the following are required:

  • Bachelor in Nursing Sciences (or equivalent) or a degree and comprehensive diploma
  • Diplomas in nursing and midwifery
  • Advanced diploma in midwifery, staff nurse and
  • Advanced diploma

In Conclusion

Nursing, like all other careers, has satisfying and demanding aspects. You get to spend your days helping others and working with people, and there is a lot of challenges in the work, but if you enjoy working with other people, have a strong desire to help others and make a difference, consider yourself sympathetic, responsible and resourceful, work well under pressure and have an interest in the medical sciences, then Nursing is definitely a career choice that you should consider.

It takes a special kind of person to be a nurse. Though there are different types of Nurses existing in South Africa, becoming a Nurse is not an impossible thing. Just keep in mind that the type of Nurse to wish to become is dependent on the type of degree or diploma that you want to apply for.

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