The Importance Of Nursing Education

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The “structure” of the health care system and nursing education institution (NEI) refers to the resources available for quality nursing education and training to occur. This includes the physical setting of the nursing education institution and the health care system where opportunities for nursing education occur; availability of skilled human resources; material resources; equipment; the educational program and the regulations governing the operation of the nursing education institution and the health care system (Kunkel et al., 2007; Armstrong & Muller, 2002; Armstrong, 2015; Armstrong, 2017).
The quality of nursing education is facilitated by law which requires that all institutions and their clinical facilities and programs must have been accredited by the South African Nursing Council (SANC), the Council on Higher Education (CHE) & South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) with the greatest responsibility lying with the institution and educators implementing the program (Armstrong, 2017). SANC has also enlisted criteria that help determine health care facilities with positive practice environment suitable for clinical learning (The Nursing Education Stakeholders (NES) Group, 2012). An institution not legalized by the regulatory body has a tendency of providing substandard services in terms of educational opportunities that could prepare learners to meet the needs of their customers.
The shortage of nurses that impelled the need to increase the intake of students to
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