Course outline

1. Program information

1.1 Name and type of program (Qualification) 

Learnership Title: Diploma in General Nursing (Bridging)
SAQA Qualification: Diploma: General Nursing
SAQA Learnership Number: 14Q00000XX2565
NQF Field: 09-Health Science and Social Services
Subfield: Promotive, Preventive, Curative and Rehabilitative Health Care
NQF Level: 5
Total Number of Credits: 240

1.2 Purpose of the qualification

The purpose of the qualification is divided into overall competency and motivation for the program.

Overall competency
To supply beginning professional nurse practitioners and generalist nurse clinicians who can render a professional service, that is, who have the necessary knowledge, skills, professional thinking, behaviour and attitudes to pursue their profession as nurses and managers of health care, in all spheres of health care (SANC, 1999:1)

Motivation for the program
To provide education and training to learners, affording them opportunity to gain competency to render a professional, comprehensive service based on scientific knowledge, as nurses to individuals, families and communities (SANC, 1999:2)

1.3 Program outcomes

The curriculum provides for personal and professional development of the student so that, on completion of the course, he/she-

a) Shows respect for the dignity and uniqueness of man in his socio-cultural and religious context and approaches and understands him as a psychological, physical and social being within this context; 

b) Is skilled in diagnosing of man’s health problems, planning and implementing of therapeutic action and nursing care for the individual at any point along the health/illness continuum in all stages of the life cycle as well as care of the dying and in the evaluation thereof; 

c) Is able to direct and control interaction with patients in such a way that empathetic interaction takes place; 

d) Is able to maintain the maintain the ethical and moral codes of the nursing profession and to practice within the prescriptions of the relevant laws; 

e) Is able to collaborate harmoniously within the nursing and multi-disciplinary team in terms of the principles of interdependence and co-operation in attaining a common goal, and to refer patients appropriately 

f) Is able to delineate his own practice according to personal knowledge and skills, practice it independently and accept responsibility thereof; 

g) Is able to evaluate his own practice continuously and accept responsibility for continuing professional and personal development 

h) Display an enquiring and scientific approach to the problems of practice and is prepared to initiate and accept change 

i) Is able to apply the principles of management in the nursing unit; 

j) Is able to provide clinical teaching within the nursing unit k) Has the cognitive, psychomotor and affective skills to serve as a basis for effective practice and for continuing education 

2. Entrance requirements and or assumptions of learning to be in place

2.1 Embedded knowledge 

The following requirements must be met to register for the program:
Government Notice R683 of 14 April 1989 as amended  

  • Grade 10 certificate or equivalent educational qualification (only for nurses with health care related experience) 
  • Senior/Grade 12 certificate or an equivalent certificate (NQF Level 4) which gives admission to formal post-secondary education (SANC, 1999:2). 
  • Proof of current enrolment as a nurse (should be maintained for the duration of the program up to and including the date of publication of the results of the final examination, failing which the duration of the program shall be extended by the period equal to the period which such enrolment was not maintained). 

2.2 Recognition of prior learning (based on criterion referenced assessment) 

  • Learners with health care related learning 
  • Learners with accredited nursing or nursing related learning experience 
  • Enrolled nurses (SANC, 1999:2) 

2.3 Embedded knowledge 

Learners who register for this qualification should have: 

  • Written and spoken language skills that will enable them to participate fully in the learning program and to communicate with colleagues and patients in the clinical settings; 
  • Mastered basic mathematical skills to enable them to learn to handle medication; 
  • Values and attitudes conducive to a caring approach and quality service rendering in any health care setting 

3. Duration

The duration of program will be two academic years of 44 weeks each, according to Government Notice R683 of 14 April 1993, for the whole qualification 

4. System of teaching

The program is presented in the outcomes-based approach, including the following: 

  • An orientation block of one week including study techniques 
  • One week block for an interpersonal skills course and first aid 
  • Contact sessions are scheduled for one week block as per Year Program 
  • Annual Leave is 30 days or according to conditions of employment per academic year 
  • Maximum sick leave: 12 days sick leave per academic year 
  • Family Responsibility leave is 4 days per annum 

5. Stage objectives

5.1 First year

5.1.1 Scientific nursing 
The bridging nurse practises scientific nursing in meeting of health needs for the individual, at any point along the health/illness continuum, in all stages of life cycle (including care of the dying), within the framework of comprehensive health care and within her scope of practice. 

5.1.2 Professional behaviour 
The bridging nurse applies the principles of professional conduct during nursing interactions, as a member of the multi-professional health team. 

5.2 Second year

5.2.1 Scientific nursing 
The bridging nurse practises scientific nursing in the solving of health problems of individuals, families and groups under the supervision of the professional nurse. 

5.2.2 Psychological and sociological understanding 
The bridging nurse displays an understanding of the psychosocial basis of human behaviour and utilizes this knowledge for meaningful nursing. 

5.2.3 Professional behaviour 
The bridging nurse displays professional behaviour and demonstrates professional development/socialization during her/his interactions with patients, significant others, colleagues and members of the multi-professional health team 

6. Course of study

7. Assessments

Continuous/Formative assessments 
– 3 Tests will be written as per block program 
– Clinical assessments as per program 
– 2 papers of 3-hour Preliminary examination will be written during the 3rd term as per program 

Summative/Final assessment 
– Clinical Examination as per schedule 
– 2 Final examinations of 3 hours per paper for the program as per SANC examination schedule at the end of the academic year.