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APPETD initiate Nurse Education Institution Committee

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    The Association of Private Provider of Education, Training and Development (APPETD) initiated a committee that will focus solely on the nursing industry.

    The majority of nursing school and colleges are members of the APPETD and submitted a request to the APPETD office to initiate this committee and address specifically their identified concerns and also engage with the various councils as their representative body, taking the nursing industry and the relevant qualifications into the 21st century.

    The Nurse Education Institution Committee will be chaired by John Scarrott who is based in KZN. John is an Adult Educator and retired lecturer in Business Studies with a special interest in nurse education. John has been involved in liaising with the relevant nursing bodies on behalf of APPETD for some time and the participation of APPETD as a representative body of private providers within this sector has been welcomed by the various statutory bodies.

    Together we can!  

    When professional people work together and apply their collective experience and expertise to common problems, the outcome is always greater than the sum of the inputs.  None of us can by ourselves find answers to every dilemma but when many minds work together, anything is possible.  Unfortunately, many business people see those who share the same market, offering the same products, only as competitors; fearing that somehow by talking and working together the integrity of their organization will be undermined and their intellectual property abused.

    In the field of nurse education, as in many other fields, all institutions work within the same parameters and use the same intellectual resources.  Programme content is governed by the necessary unit standards, specific outcomes and exit level outcomes as determined by professional bodies and encapsulated in relevant qualifications registered on the NQF.  True differentiation and commercial advantage comes not from the possession of tangible assets but from a reputation for honesty, consistency, reliability and commitment to learner achievement demonstrated by results.

    By working together in challenging times of change, we have nothing to lose but everything to gain!


    “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose; by any other name would smell as sweet.”

    In Shakespeare’s lyrical tale of star crossed lovers, this is how Juliet Capulet tells Romeo that a name is an arbitrary and meaningless convention and that she loves the man not the Montague name. This one short line encapsulates the central struggle and tragedy of the play!

    Almost five hundred years later do we still, in our every day lives, care more for the name than the substance? 

    The Concise Oxford English Dictionary (Twelfth edition) tells us that an occupation is a job or profession and that a profession is a paid occupation, especially one involving training and a formal qualification. 

    So a professional nurse is a person engaged in an activity that is a paid occupation.

    In the “Draft policy and criteria for recognising a professional body and registering a professional designation for the purposes of the National Qualification Framework Act of 2008” the following definitions are defined:

    “Occupational qualification” means a qualification associated with a trade, occupation or profession resulting in learning in and for the workplace.

    Professional body” means any body of expert practitioners in an occupational field, and includes an occupational body.

    “Professional designation” means a title or status conferred by a professional body in recognition of a person’s expertise and right to practice in an occupational field.

    NB:  It should be noted that the NQF Act (Act 67 of 2008) supersedes all previous legislation.

    Are we worrying too much about superficial vocabulary instead of focusing on the substance of the future landscape for nurse education?

    Are we putting status and ego before development and progress? Nursing is the most practical of professions and nurses, of necessity, the most pragmatic of working professionals.

    Should we not be paying more attention to the words of Florence Nightingale, the creator of the nursing

    profession, who said:

    I think one’s feelings waste themselves in words; they ought all to be distilled into actions which bring results.”  

    With these very wise words I invite all APPETD members to please submit your request to partake by offering your services as a member of this important committee.

    Please forward your request to: Cynthia Reynders – APPETD CEO at

    The Nurse Education Institute Committee intends to have their first committee meeting by end of September 2012.





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