The General Nursing Council of Zambia (GNC) is a Statutory Body, established in 1970 under the Nurses and Midwives Act No.55 of 1970 which was repealed and replaced by the Nurses and Midwives Act No. 31of 1997. This Act redefined the functions of the Council and expanded the scope of practice for Nurses and Midwives. The Act also provides for the establishment of private practice.
The General Nursing Council is a statutory body responsible for ensuring that members of the public receive the best possible care. The General Nursing Council sets, monitors and evaluates performance standards for nursing and midwifery education, clinical practice, management and research.
The functions of the GNC, according to the Nurses and Midwives Act No 31 of 1997 are to:
Register Nurses and Midwives;
Register training colleges for Nurses and Midwives;
Register nursing homes and agencies;
Regulate the professional conduct of Nurses and Midwives;
Regulate Nursing and Midwifery education;
Regulate Nursing Homes and Agencies;
Advise the Minister of Health on matters relating to Nurses and Midwives;
Do all such things that are connected with or incidental to the foregoing.
- Develops and reviews nursing and midwifery curricula including teaching and learning materials;
- Monitors and evaluates curricula implementation on quarterly basis;
- Conducts knowledge and skills updates for teaching staff and clinical staff ;
- Coordinates qualifying examinations for nurses and midwives ;
- Conducts assessment for establishment of new nursing and midwifery programmes;
- Develops and implements mentorship and supervisory programmes for nursing and midwifery institutions;
- Develops and implements standards of education and training for nursing and midwifery programmes.
- Receives reports and investigates allegations on professional misconduct;
- Compiles investigation reports for presentation to the Professional Conduct Committee for consideration;
- Conducts assessment of training institutions and health facilities for adherence to set standards;
- Assesses health facilities for establishment of new programmes;
- Assesses training institutions for suitability for accreditation;
- Keeps records of professional misconduct, assessment reports for health facilities and training institutions;
- Investigates cases of private nursing and midwifery colleges that are not approved and registered by the Council;
- Provides technical support and supervision to nurses and midwives during visits to training institutions and hospitals;
- Disseminates the Nurses and Midwives Act and the professional code of conduct to nurses, midwives including stakeholders;
- Interprets the Nurses and Midwives Act No. 31 of 1997;
- Manages public relations function of the council.
http://www.gncz.org/ (updated 2010) (accessed on 20.06.2011)