What are the ranks of nurses in South Africa?

In South Africa, there are several levels of nursing, each with different levels of education and responsibilities. Here are the main ranks of nurses in South Africa:

  1. Enrolled Nursing Auxiliary (ENA): This is the entry-level position for nurses in South Africa. ENAs assist registered nurses and provide basic care to patients.
  2. Enrolled Nurse (EN): ENs have completed a 2-year program of study and have passed a licensing examination. They are able to provide more advanced care to patients and may work in a variety of settings, including hospitals, clinics, and nursing homes.
  3. Registered Nurse (RN): RNs have completed a 3-year program of study and have passed a licensing examination. They have a broader scope of practice than ENs and are responsible for managing and coordinating patient care, administering medications and treatments, and performing various diagnostic tests.
  4. Professional Nurse (PN): PNs have completed a 4-year program of study and have passed a licensing examination. They have advanced knowledge and skills in patient care, and may specialize in a particular area of nursing, such as pediatrics, critical care, or mental health.
  5. Nursing Manager: Nursing managers are responsible for overseeing the nursing staff in a healthcare facility and ensuring that patients receive high-quality care.

In addition to these ranks, there are also advanced practice nurses, such as nurse practitioners, who have received additional education and training to provide a higher level of care to patients. These nurses work independently or in collaboration with physicians to diagnose and treat patients, prescribe medications, and perform certain procedures.

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