Only reg­is­tered li­censed nurses can be hired - Coun­cil

Observer on Saturday - - News - BY SICELO MAZIYA

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.

Grad­u­at­ing

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.

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