For the Contunious Professional Development (CPD) framework for nurses to succeed, which is the most critical point for Africa, it needs the total buy-in from all stakeholders.
This was according to Ms Thandi Manganye, Senior Manager for Projects Coordination at South African Nursing Council (SANC) who was addressing National Executive Committee (NEC) members of DENOSA as well as nurses at the Brown Bag Lunch Seminar organised by DENOSA Professional Institute (DPI) on 13 June at DENOSA head office in Pretoria.
DENOSA Brown Bag Lunch Seminar is an information-sharing forum in the form of a seminar organised DPI whereby nurses share crucial information on the latest developments in the nursing profession. It is held every three times a year and every Friday during the sitting of the three-day meeting of the DENOSA National Executive Committee. Nurses in and around Gauteng are invited to attend the 1-hour long informative Seminar.
At SANC, Thandi is responsible for coordinating Nursing Education and Training and Practice projects which are key to the implementation of the Nursing Act of 2005.
She said the process to develop CPD for nursing commenced in 2011 with the help of a philanthropist. “We were fortunate enough that PEPEAR from America came to Africa, and most countries highlighted CPD as the most critical part,” she said.
“This initiative assisted us in South Africa to develop a tool kit guide countries to their CPD frameworks.”
In South Africa, the framework was developed by CPD Technical working Group and Quad that was appointed by Minister of Health. According to Thandi, this was developed with the assistance of the Commonwealth of Nursing and Midwives. While ongoing, commenced between September and December last year. “We even consulted the engineering council and internationally we consulted the State of Washington and so on.”
The purpose of the CPD for the profession is to maintain professional standard of excellence; to promote professional growth; promote health; deliver quality nursing care.
In the consutaltions, inputs from nursing organisations is received and Thandi said these will be incorporated into the pilot programme, which will recognise the skills that nurses have acquired throughout their years of working without those nurses getting the recognition via a ‘formal’ education. But the process will require filing of all the necessary information (portfolio of evidence) for up to a period of three years.
Workshops are being carried out to various provinces as part of consultation with the nursing community.