-try to be calm as possible. Calculate the time. Look at the recorder (the time is running and you’ll see it).
-if you feel nervous, its ok not to look at the interlocutor. All the time I was having my exam, I was looking at my cue card.
-write on your cue card! Underline, arrow, write cue words on each question as a guide.
-be symphatetic and emphatize.
-ask wether he is following or if everything is clear, let the patient know you will be glad to explain again if needed.
-comfort the patient
-before ending the role play, ask if there is any other concern you didnt address so u can address it
*if you do not know a particular diagnosis or not sure about the treatment, just invent. Take note that the exam is about English and not about your medical knowledge.
But take note that your recording is what’s being graded. There is no camera to tell you you did not maintain eye contact with the patient. If looking at the interlocutor will make you jitter and nervous, better avoid it. A glance once inawhile would be enough.
Also go through speaking tasks in the site or book, also listen to BBC health, could guide you on how to speak English well also watch role play videos of oet
Below is all what you need to know about paying for the 2019 Annual SANC fees
A reminder is usually sent out to each registered person towards the end of each year. The reminder gives full details of how to pay the annual fee for the following year. The reminder also contains a convenient First National Bank deposit slip that has some of the persons details already filled in.
Council recommends that you pay the annual fee using the First National Bank deposit slip. For most people, it will be the most convenient way of paying the fee.
WARNING: Do not pay at the bank if your personal details or postal address must be changed – the system is so quick that your Annual Practising Certificate will be issued showing the old details or postal address.
If you have received a reminder, carefully follow the instructions printed on it and also read the important notes section. This will ensure that your payment is processed without undue delay.
The information in the following sections will assist you if you do not receive a reminder.
Important Notes when Paying the Annual Fee
Please take note of the following important points to avoid delays in the processing of payments:
DO indicate your Council reference number, payment type code ‘ANLFEES’ and full names when making payments to the Council.
DO pay the correct amount depending on your category – not more or less – unless you have been requested to pay only part of the amount by the Council.
DO make sure that all electronic or other payments are made into the South African Nursing Council bank account.
DO keep your bank deposit slip in case of queries.
DO NOT fax or post your proof of payment to the Council – unless you are requested to do so.
DO NOT pay at the bank if your personal details or address must be changed – in this case, post your remittance to Council.
Regrettably, South African Nursing Council has stopped making use of Debit Orders as a method of paying the Annual Fee. The reasons for this is that very few nurses were making use of the facility and it was therefore very expensive to run. In addition, because the debit orders were only taken off bank accounts once each year, there was a particularly high rate of rejected debit orders – with the associated difficulty in resolving the payment with the nurse before his/her name was removed from the register.
WARNING: Use this method only if you need your Annual Practising Certificate in a great hurry as the queues can sometimes be very long!
Hand your old Annual Practising Certificate (or other document bearing your Council reference number) or your identity document together with your payment (bank guaranteed cheque or credit card) to the cashier.
If your registration is up-to-date, your Annual Practising Certificate will be handed to you immediately.
Please note that Council will NOT ACCEPT CASH as a method of payment at the counter. You will be asked to pay the cash into FNB (First National Bank) instead.
You are welcome to pay by Internet/telephone banking, etc. Be warned that payment must be received in the Council bank account before or on the due date and Council will NOT consider any relaxation of this requirement. In this regard, please take note of the rules of your banking institution regarding the effective date on which payment will be made to the beneficiary (SA Nursing Council). (You have agreed to these rules in your undertaking with your banking institution.)
Use the Council banking details shown below.
You must ensure that the Council can positively identify who the payment is from. Make sure that the details that will be printed in the Council’s bank statement contain your 8-digit Council reference number followed immediately by the annual fees payment type code “ANLFEES“. Check that this information is correct! It is not necessary to add any other information such as “Ref.”, “SANC”, etc. – this sometimes hides the important information because some of the banks cut off information that is too long. Companies are warned that their banking systems often only print the company name (by default) in Council’s bank statement and Council received no other information to identify the nurse for whom the payment is made. The following example is given to show the format required. You should substitute your own details where necessary. Example:
Allow 4 weeks for your annual receipt and licence to practise to reach you by post.
Council staff cannot help you with queries regarding your bank’s electronic systems – please refer your queries to your bank. (Standard Bank Internet banking clients – please see the notes in the following section).
Council Bank Details:
First National Bank
Corporate Core Banking – Pretoria
S A Nursing Council No 2 Account
514 211 86 193
Can I be sure that Council will allocate my electronic payment correctly?
Council processes all payments into the No. 2 Account electronically and has already processed well over 1,94 million payment in this way. Statistics show that the system allocates payments automatically to the correct person 99,5% of the time. The remaining 0,5% have to be allocated manually. Follow the above instructions carefully and help us make it 100% !!! (Statistics as at 2014-07-31.)
Standard Bank Internet Banking Clients – Please Note
Many Standard Bank Internet banking clients have problems paying the Council electronically. Follow the instructions below and it should be easy. These instructions have been adapted from the instructions on the Standard Bank website to specifically cater for payments to the Nursing Council. (Please follow the instructions on the bank’s website for payments to any other beneficiary.)
First define S A Nursing Council as a beneficiary.
Go into internet banking.
Click on Payments.
Click on Add new Company beneficiary button.
Enter the one time password sent to your cellphone or e-mail address.
Choose the company from the list.
The screen will allows you to search by Company Name.
Type ‘S’ (space) ‘A’ in the Company Name field and click on Search. (This is where most clients have difficulty – you must type capital letter ‘S’ followed by one space and the capital letter ‘A’ – if you type anything else or even leave out the space you will not see S A Nursing Council listed. As an alternative you can try typing a single ‘S’ which will also work, but the list will be much longer.)
Select ‘S A NURSING COUNCIL’ from the drop-down list and click on Select.
The company number for the Council (42280051885) will be filled in by the system. (This is a number used by Standard Bank to refer to the Council bank account – it is not our bank account number and you should not be worried that it is different from the Council bank account number.)
Enter something like ‘SANC FEES’ in the My reference section – this information will appear on YOUR bank statement.
Enter your Council reference number in the Beneficiary reference section – this information will be printed on the COUNCIL bank statement and is very important for the correct allocation of your payment! (Your Council reference number is the 8-digit number starting with a ‘1’ that is always printed on all correspondence from the Council. Check this number very carefully. Standard Bank’s system will not allow you to type anything else besides your Council reference number in the Beneficiary reference section – not even your name.)
Click on Continue.
Check the details on the confirmation screen.
If you are satisfied that everything is correct, click on Confirm.
S A Nursing Council will now be set up as a beneficiary on your account.
Now you can make payments to Council at any time using the beneficiary you have just set up. Proceed as you would do for any other account payment.
Tips for Persons Wishing to Pay the Annual Fee from Outside the Republic of South Africa
It is very expensive to transfer money from one country to another. The banks on both the sending end and the receiving end will charge fees and this can amount to more than the required payment!
Please refer to Note 4 above, in the section “How much are the annual fees?“, with regard to additional amounts that may have to be paid by practitioners paying in foreign currency.
Council therefore recommends the following alternatives:
If possible, get a friend or family member in South Africa to pay the fee on your behalf – and pay them back when you return to South Africa.
Pay the fee electronically out of your South African bank account using Internet banking.
NB: If you do make arrangements to pay your annual fees in South Africa, you will NOT have to pay the Foreign Bank Fees shown on your annual fee reminder.
If you cannot make either of the above arrangements to pay your annual fees in South Africa, please establish from your bank what charges will be levied at both ends and transfer sufficient funds to cover the charges and the fees you are paying. This will eliminate unnecessary correspondence and delays.
You will also need to provide your bank with the following details about the Nursing Council’s bank to ensure that your payment is transferred correctly:
Name of Bank
FNB (First National Bank)
Address of Bank
206 Church Street
0002 Republic of South Africa
Please write your SANC reference number on your receipt for the transfer and fax a copy to the Nursing Council so that we can allocate the foreign payment to the correct person. This is an important step that should not be omitted. The SWIFT system seldom transmits any usable reference information with the payments.
Note: The Annual Practising Certificate will be posted to the postal address in the register. If you have changed you postal address to an address in a foreign country, please allow sufficient time for your Annual Practising Certificate to reach you by mail.
The Nursing and Midwifery Council of Ghana has conducted the first Licensing Examination for student nurses and midwives using Information and Communication Technology (ICT).
The four-year project, which was initiated in collaboration with CINOP Global and Advisory Services, a consortium from the Netherlands, aims at strengthening the capacity of the Council to conduct a licensing examination through the use of advanced ICT solutions.
The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, supporting the project through its capacity building programme, ‘NICHE of NUFFIC’ has since 2014 awarded a total grant of €1,067,250 as funding for two separate projects in the area of nursing and midwifery.
The projects are Capacity Building of Senior Staff on Strategic Management and Leadership Skills, and Strengthening the Capacity of the Council to conduct online licensing examinations for nurses and midwives.
The Minister of Health, Kwaku Agyemang Manu who toured one of the examination centres; the Council’s Head Office in Accra while the examination was ongoing, noted that the first project was implemented in 2014/15 while the second was launched on November 1, 2016.
He said the online examination would ensure that the conduct of licensing Examination was more efficient, effective and credible.
“With the implantation of the online licensing examination for nursing and midwifery trainees, Ghana becomes the first in West Africa to conduct licensing exams online,” he said.
The Minister explained that the examination was in three components – multiple questions, where questions are randomised so that no candidate will have the same questions in the same order; the practical where rating by examiners are done using tablets uploaded with electronic tools, and viva voce where examiners upload with electronic tools while rating.
He disclosed that the examination was introduced in phases beginning with the Registered Mental Health Nursing candidates in September, this year, which will be followed by registered community nursing candidates in 2019.
Mr Agyemang Manu said the examination would also be conducted for registered midwifery students in 2020, registered general nursing students in 2021 and registered nurse assistant, clinical and preventive, in 2022.
“Since the exams are set online, answered online, have questions numbered differently for each student, and marked online, that means cheating at the exams hall will not be possible,” he said.
Mr Agyemang Manu noted that the lengthy formalities and processes involved in creating question papers, registering candidates for examination, answer sheet evaluation and declaration of results would be minimised or eradicated with the online examination system.
“As per the Service Charter of the Council, it is required that licensing examination results are released within 70 working days of completion of the exams. With this new innovation, examination results are expected to be released within 20 working days of completion”, he said.
Mr Ron Strikker, the Netherlands High Commissioner to Ghana, in an interview with the media, noted that the project was funded the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs to increase the capacity of institutions in countries including Ghana.
He said the programme is also supporting projects in other parts of the country such as the Agricultural Training College in Kumasi to improve on their curricula.
He disclosed that the total amount used to fund such projects across the country was over €6,000,000 but about €1.2,000,000 was allocated to initiation of a developmental project in a city.
Mr Strikker said: “I think we should be all very proud because this is the first phenomenon for testing performance in West Africa”.
He expressed appreciation to all nurses and midwives across the country, who are helping to control health related problems and achieve the Sustainable Development Goal Three, which is good health and wellbeing for all.
Felix Nyante, the Registrar of the Council, told the Ghana News Agency that the Council received €992,250 on preparation towards the main examination on Monday while the online mock examinations held on July 26 and August 17, 2018 to offer the candidates a first-hand experience received a fund of €75,000.
“Those who qualify after the examination will be readily available for national service and service delivery for that matter.”
Mr Nyante said 374 registered nurses wrote the examination on Monday from the College of Health Sciences, Yendi with 12 candidates; the Nursing Training College, Pantang with 97 candidates; and the Nursing Training College, Ankaful, had 265 candidates.
Swedes are frustrated over their universal healthcare, one of the main pillars of their cherished welfare state, with long waiting queues due to a shortage of nurses and available doctors in some areas.
The AFP citing official data said some 80 percent of the healthcare sector is in need of nurses. Online services where patients see a doctor via webcam, have mushroomed as a result of the shortages.
The health crisis is a major issue for voters as the country gets set for another election on 9 September.
Swedes, who on average pay more than half of their income in tax, see access to healthcare as the most important issue in the general election, polls suggest.
Prime Minister Stefan Lofven’s Social Democrats, the largest party, are on course for a record low score, after losing voters disgruntled over rising immigration putting a strain on the welfare system to the far-right Sweden Democrats.
Swedish law stipulates patients should wait no more than 90 days to undergo surgery or see a specialist. Yet every third patient waits longer, according to government figures.
Patients must also see a general practitioner within seven days, the second-longest deadline in Europe after Portugal (15 days).
Yet waiting times vary dramatically across Sweden’s 21 counties responsible for financing hospitals.
One dental patient in central Dalarna county told AFP six months passed before his check-up, while emergency room queues at Stockholm’s largest hospitals average four hours.
The 2016 nationwide median wait for prostate cancer surgery was 120 days, but 271 days in the northern county of Vasterbotten, official figures show.
Swedes also complain about not being able to see their own regular general practitioner — and the ensuing lack of continuity — as a growing number of doctors and nurses are temporary hires employed by staffing companies.
“Every time you seek help you also see a new doctor… This makes us lose time on assessments and follow-ups,” Heidi Stenmyren, president of the Swedish Medical Association, told AFP.
In Solleftea, the premier’s northern hometown with nearly 20,000 residents, the only maternity ward was shut down last year to save money.
With the closest maternity ward now 200 kilometres (125 miles) away, midwives offer parents-to-be classes on how to deliver babies in cars — which some have since done.
Sweden has the EU’s third-highest spending on healthcare — 11 percent share of its GDP — and the heart attack survival rate is above the OECD average.
“I get worried sometimes when people disparage Swedish healthcare as if it didn’t work at all… It’s not black or white,” Lofven told Swedish television SVT.
But the number of hospital beds has declined in recent years, as has the average length of stay.
Frustrations peaked this year when it emerged that the bill for Stockholm’s over-budget state-of-the-art New Karolinska Hospital would tick in at 61.4 billion kronor (5.8 billion euros, $6.7 billion) — the most expensive hospital in the world.
And yet patients have had to be transferred to other overcrowded hospitals because some of the facilities are unusable.
Making matters worse, Sweden’s ageing population has growing healthcare needs.
“In only five years, we will have 70,000 more people aged 75 or older… and that comes with more frequent illnesses,” Lofven told AFP.
His Social Democrats have vowed to spend three billion kronor to hire more healthcare staff if re-elected.
The opposition Moderates, which governed for two consecutive terms before the Social Democrats took power in 2014, meanwhile want to reintroduce a law that rewards counties for shortening queues.
“Swedes have little confidence that politicians will solve this,” said Lisa Pelling, chief analyst at progressive think tank Arena Ide.
“There is a risk their faith in the welfare state will be eroded,” she told AFP.
Sweden has the fifth-highest life expectancy in Europe and cancer survival rates are among the continent’s highest, according to 2017 OECD figures.
Nurses and midwives in the country have threatened to lay down their tools next week unless the government takes steps to find postings for unemployed graduate nurses and midwives.
In a press statement issued on August 31, the Coalition of Concerned Nurses and Midwives state, “some of these nurses and midwives who are professionally trained to save lives have now resorted to kayayoo [head potter] and security work [watchman], whiles patients are dying day-in and day-out due to lack of staffs in our hospitals.”
The statement, signed by its President, Henry Asante, also urged the government to put newly constructed health facilities to use to bring down the number of unemployed nurses and midwives across the country.
Read the full statement below:
PRESS STATEMENT ISSUED BY COALITION OF CONCERNED NURSES AND MIDWIVES ON 31ST AUGUST, 2018 IN SOLIDARITY WITH THE UNEMPLOYED NURSES AND MIDWIVES
By this press statement, we concerned nurses and midwives want to bring to the attention of the government, and the media, our intention to embark on a strike action on 10th September, 2018 over the refusal of the government to postgraduate trained nurses and midwives who have completed school for over two years, despite the numerous picketing and demonstration by these nurses and midwives.
It’s worth knowing that, some of these nurses and midwives who are professionally trained to save lives have now resorted to kayayoo and security work (watchman), whiles patients are dying day-in and day-out due to lack of staffs in our hospitals.
Also, we have observed with keen interest that newly constructed health facilities are not being utilized due to the refusal of the government to employ these nurses and midwives to work in these facilities.
The aforementioned reasons have compelled we the coalition of concern nurses and midwives to embark on this strike action.
Picture this: You’re sitting in an exam room and a nurse walks in to greet you. She’s wearing hospital scrubs and her arms are bare except for sleeves of tattoos.
Sound familiar? Probably not. But it might be a more commonplace scenario as hospitals across the country ease up on longtime dress code restrictions, including one stating any visible tattoos must be covered.
Indiana University Health, which includes 16 hospitals, recently announced that it ditched its 50-page dress code in favor of a 5-page document earlier this year. In the process, they’ve nixed rules that stated nurses can’t have unnatural hair colors or have visible tattoos. Elizabeth Dunlap, chief human resources officer, and Michelle Janney, chief nurse executive, explained that the policy, which went into effect in April, is part of a larger focus on “moving from a rules-driven organization to a values-driven culture.”
And so far, employees have welcomed the change.
“We had one team member who was very excited about being able to dye her hair pink in support of breast cancer awareness,” Dunlap told TODAY Health. “It was something she always wanted to do, but it was against our dress code policy because it wasn’t a natural color, so when we lifted that requirement, she was excited.”
Another employee who has tattoos on her forearms was finally able to switch to a department she’d always wanted to work for, but which requires nurses to “scrub up,” meaning she would have to roll up her sleeves and reveal her tattoos, which was previously not allowed.
Many people are surprised to learn the strict dress codes some nurses face. Last year a Facebook post from an Ohio man went viral when he expressed shock and “confusion” about hospital policies regarding tattoos, explaining that his own mom is a nurse with tattoos. “My mother has more tattoos than I can count and it has never, ever affected her work ethic,” he wrote in the post, which was shared more than 125,000 times.
While workplaces in general may have become more accepting of tattoos and casual dress codes in recent years, hospitals have been slower to adapt. But that may soon change: Late last year, the Mayo Clinic reportedly announced that it was implementing a new dress code in 2018, which would allow nurses and physicians to have visible tattoos.
And inked-up caretakers are hopeful that other workplaces will do the same.
“I have tattoos on both arms, all the way up to my shoulders, all the way down to my wrists,” Nacole Riccaboni, a critical care nurse at Florida Hospital in Orlando, told TODAY. “So my entire arms are covered, and that’s definitely something that’s been a barrier. I work at a hospital where tattoos need to be covered and I think it’s just sad, because mine are about my family and my son, and they’re symbols of hope to me. I would love to be able to show those to patients, because sometimes they need those symbols of hope.”
As she sees it, tattoos are a way to connect with people.
“I work in the ICU (intensive care unit),” Riccaboni continued. “You definitely meet people who aren’t in great conditions, and I see their tattoos and I ask them what they mean to them. There’s always a story there.”
Riccaboni, who wears a long-sleeve shirt to work every day, added that she understands why her workplace doesn’t allow visible tattoos. But she hopes that as more people get tattoos, stereotypes about them will fade.
“Sometimes people think only criminals have tattoos,” she said. “I have a master’s degree. I can take care of you.”
Sometimes people think only criminals have tattoos. I have a master’s degree. I can take care of you.
Kenzie Dierschke, a speech language pathology assistant in Big Lake, Texas, doesn’t see a problem with healthcare workers who have visible tattoos: “They have the same education as someone who doesn’t have a tattoo,” she told TODAY.
While Dierschke now works in a school, she used to work in a hospital, and no one there ever said much about the rose tattoo she has on her arm.
“Honestly, I don’t even know what their policy was, but the more I worked there, I realized the secretary in my department showed her arm tattoos, and I started showing mine, and no one made a big deal about it,” Dierschke said.
Caitlin Hansel, a pediatric nurse who works at a hospital in Indianapolis, told TODAY in an email that she has a few tattoos on her arm, which are visible at work.
“I actually get a lot of compliments and questions about my tattoos,” Hansel said. “I have never had anyone say anything negative.”
Not all workplaces are so lax. Dunlap and Janney aren’t aware of any other hospital networks that have made policy changes similar to theirs, but they do believe it’s something more will consider in the future. And they’re already seeing the benefits, from a company perspective.
“We’ve seen a significant increase in nursing applications, a significant reduction in our vacancy rate,” Janney said. “Our first-year nurse turnover rate is trending at about half the national average. So we’re seeing our metrics move in a really positive direction.”
“This message — that we trust you — it lifts (employees’) spirits in a meaningful way,” she added.