How do I become a nurse?

Do you have a passion for the medical sector? Would you like to care for the sick? Becoming a nurse can be a challenging yet rewarding field of service. Here are some guidelines if you have a desire to serve others through this profession.

There is currently a lack of qualified and skilled nurses in South Africa which provides a number of employment opportunities to those who want to educate themselves in this field.

As a certified healthcare worker you will be able to use your skills to serve in your community, work in private practice, or provide home care.

The fields of practice include but are not limited to, clinical nursing, treatment and care, midwifery, administration, psychiatric nursing and various management roles. Learn as much as you can about these positions before you decide on your healthcare path.

Once you know what kind of nursing you want to pursue you will need to obtain a Higher certificate, Diploma, advanced Diploma or Bachelor Degree in the nursing field you have selected.

Prospective applicants are required to have completed their National Senior Certificate or must posses an equivalent qualification at exit level 4 in order to access these higher education training programmes.

There is also an opportunity for individuals who already have practical experience in the nursing field to obtain recognition of prior learning (RPL). An application must be submitted according to the RPL policy of the Nursing Education Institution for individual assessment. The credits received from this assessment can be used to access qualification or credit bearing exemptions.

You can complete your training at a registered institution. The South Africa Nursing Council has compiled a list of accredited training institutions around the country. Click on the link to find a Public Nursing Institution or a Private Nursing Institution near you.

Can't afford the training fees? Look out for bursaries, internships and scholarship opportunities on the Careers Portal or consider a student loan to help you reach your goal.

If you already have a nursing qualification you can find employment opportunities in the national press or on the SANC website

Source: South Africa Nursing Council