Only registered licensed nurses can be hired - Council
Whilst the confusion on the graduation of nursing students in Good Shepherd Nursing College in Siteki, Swaziland Nursing Council (SNC) the regulatory body has cleared the air stating they are aware of the Good Shepherd graduation on November 16.
The registrar Glory Msibi confirmed knowledge of the Good Shepherd graduation but stated that registration and licensing of the students will be processed after receiving the needed requirements known to the institution so that they can be eligible to practice as nurses.
Msibi further stated that student nurses cannot be hired because they are students they are not qualified to be hired, only qualified registered licensed nurses can be hired. Msibi was responding to a question posed based on the information sent to students that they will be hired using their transcripts.
The Registrar at the Swaziland Nursing Council Glory Msibi further elaborated on the work of the council disputing allegation that they are responsible for hiring nursing students. Msibi clarified that Swaziland Nursing Council (SNC) is a statutory, regulatory professional body responsible for regulating, directing and controlling nursing education and practice in the country; and is governed by an Act of Parliament No. 16 of 1965 as amended.
Msibi further clarified that the SNC does not hire nurses because that is the prerogative of employers after the graduates have registered with the SNC.
Observer on Saturday further pleaded for with the Swaziland Nursing Council to know if they are aware of the pending graduation of students from the Good Shepherd Nursing college and if the institution is in the process of licensing the students.
Msibi affirmed that stating as a fact that “The SNC is aware that students from Good Shepherd College of Nursing will be graduating on November 16, 2017. The SNC registers and licences all nurses trained in the country whose programmes and curricula have been approved by Council, this includes those of Good Shepherd College of Nursing”.
In a bid to get clearity on the procedure to licence practising nurses and the important reasons for nurses to get a licence for practicing in the country. Msibi also stated that “nurses who are trained locally whose programmes and curricula have been approved by Council they register with the Council after graduation.
Msibi further clarified that “for nurses who are already in practice they are required to undergo Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and attain a minimum of ten (10) points for them to be able to renew their practicing licences”.
CPD is a means for nurses to maintain and acquire new and updated levels of knowledge, skills and ethical attitudes that will be of benefit in professional practice and will enhance and promote professional integrity, ensuring that nurses are up to date with the latest scientific and technological advances in health care.
The underlying value of CPD in nursing is to promote and maintain professionalism. The beneficiary will ultimately be the individual, the profession, the patient and the community. The knowledge, information and skills acquired by health care professionals as students become obsolete at some point in time and thus nurses have an obligation to improve and maintain their competence in order to contribute to their personal development, integrity of the profession as well as provision of quality health care services for the protection of the public.