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Nursing Learnerships in South Africa


Nursing is one of those professions that should never be called a profession. It should only ever be called a vocation. A vocation is a career that you feel impelled to do.

In other words the career that you have been put on Earth to do. Why do I say that? Well, you have people's lives in your hands when you are a nurse. Horror stories of nurses mistreating patients, being rude to patients or not caring for them properly are rife in Africa. It's not your place as a nurse to let history, race, age or differences in finances between you and the patient play any part in how you respond to or treat a patient. Your job, your calling is to do everything you can, physically and emotionally, to help that patient recover. Not everyone can do that. The idea that you should become a nurse because you think it's easy or that at least it's a job is the kind of thinking that leads to abuse. Only pursue nursing if you genuinely care about people no matter who they are. That core ingredient is the one that will carry you through the tough times. And nursing is full of tough times.

What if you're not sure if you're cut out to be a nurse but you'd like to try? Thankfully that's where learnerships come in. You can get on the job training while deciding whether or not to pursue nursing as a career. In the two years of your learnership you'll soon discover that it's not as glamourous as it looks on television and whether it's your calling or not. There are different aspects to nursing apart from working in a hospital. You could specialise in Midwifery, Psychiatric or Community nursing for example. You could become a disaster relief nurse if you want a more exciting career. There are three ways to qualify as a Registered Nurse and apply for entry level nursing positions.

  • Completing a Bachelor's Degree in Nursing (BSN), 
  • Completing an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN), or 
  • Completing a Diploma Program in a hospital.

The first place you need to go is the South African Nursing Council website. Here you will find all the information you need on nursing in South Africa. To become a registered nurse, you will have to complete a two year academic course with 2000 hours of clinical practice. Among the subjects you will have to pass are Chemistry, Nutrition, Psychology, Anatomy, Physiology, Microbiology, Behavioural Sciences, and Nursing.

While you are doing the practical side of your training you will be rotated through various hospital departments such as paediatrics, psychiatry, maternity, and surgery.

Other place where you can find nursing learnerships is: South African Learnerships & Jobs

The one good thing about nursing is that it will open doors for you in terms of employment almost anywhere in the world as good nurses are always in short supply.



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