Nursing is a profession within the health care sector focused on caring individuals, families, and communities in order to help them attain, maintain or recover optimal health and quality of life. Nurses care for individuals of all ages and culture backgrounds, either they are healthy or ill, in a holistic manner based on the individual’s physical, emotional, psychological, intellectual, social and spiritual needs. The profession combines physical science, social science, nursing theory, and technology in caring for those individuals.
Most people qualify by studying a degree in nursing, but there are numerous educational paths to becoming a professional nurse, which involves extensive study of nursing theory and practice as well as training in clinical skills.
Individuals who dream to be a professional nurse may want to consider participating in Nursing Learnerships where they can learn and increase their performances in nursing and get a hands-on work experience through the programme. The duration of a learnership vary depending on the area of studies and also the qualifications. A nursing learnership usually lasts around 2-4 years, which consists of 2000 hours of clinical practice. On the second year of study in a learnership, learners are usually focused on primarily or scientific topics, which are also vital to the basic nursing.
Those succeeded in completing the nursing learnership will have a wider opportunity to get a diploma in nursing, as well as getting a job. Some career paths that people may choose after completing the nursing learnerships include midwifery, general nursing, community care, theatre nursing or the psychiatric fields.
Standard Requirements to Enrol for Nursing Learnerships
In order to be enrolled in a nursing learnerhsip, candidates must meet the following minimum requirements.
- South African citizen, proven by a copy of ID and proof of address that are certified no longer than three months before the application deadline.
- Aged between 18 and 35 years old
- Submit detailed Curriculum Vitae with contact details, contactable references and any other information that may be pertinent.
- Completed Matric or Grade 12, proven by submitting a certified copy of a valid Matric or Grade 12 certificate.
- Proficient in English – in reading, writing and speaking
- Competent in Biology and Life Sciences, proven by submitting a certified copy of transcripts
- Provide certified copies of any other relevant certificates
- Able to operate a computer – basic use at the least
- Be self-motivated and able to work in a team
- Not currently attending any learnership programme
How to Apply for Nursing Learnerships
Those interested may browse for nursing learnership opportunities in newspapers and online advertisements or contact the nearest local health office, as they may have an opened learnership programme. Individuals with a disability are welcome to apply.
Most institutions prefer online or hand-delivered applications; therefore, any application sent by registered mail, e-mail or fax will not be accepted. Applications must be handed in to the same office where it was collected from. All submitted application documents will be verified to ensure authenticity due to a large number of applications. Only shortlisted candidates will be notified.