The South African Nursing Council is the body entrusted to set and maintain standards of nursing education and practice in the Republic of South Africa.
It is an autonomous, financially independent, statutory body, initially established by the Nursing Act, No. 45 of 1944, and currently by the Nursing Act, No. 50 of 1978 as amended.
The South African Nursing Council is involved in the monitoring of nursing standards by:
- registering nurse practitioners, therefore permitting them to practice as nurses,
- accreditation of new nurse training institutions and education programmes, inspection of training institutions and clinical facilities,
- constantly renewing nursing education to be inline with the needs of the Republic of South Africa; and
- providing counseling and guidance to the nursing profession regarding the implementation of the Council’s nursing education policies.
http://www.sanc.co.za/about01.htm (accessed on 22.04.2009)