Nursing education in 2020
A year ago, we were planning a special year with great anticipation as we would celebrate the year 2020 as the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife as declared by the World Health Organization (WHO). To complement this exciting event in South Africa, we had finally reached the stage where nursing education would transition to higher education in its entirety. In 2020, all nursing education institutions can only offer the new nursing programmes promulgated in 2013, provided that they are either registered (private sector) or declared (public sector) as higher education institutions by the Department of Higher Education and Training. While the progress in nursing readiness was slow and arduous in getting here, the plans and roadmaps were in place and we knew what we were moving towards.