Auxiliary Nurse









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What is an Auxiliary Nurse? 

Did you knowBoth men and women can become Auxiliary Nurses?

Did you knowNurses are in demand!

Auxiliary Nurses carry out basic nursing procedures and take care of patients on a less specialized level under the supervision of a registered nurse.

An Auxiliary Nurse must be registered with the South African Nursing Council.

What does an Auxiliary Nurse do?

  • takes care of the ill and weak
  • assists nurses and doctors
  • makes sure patients are comfortable
  • feeds patients
  • makes beds
  • takes temperatures, pulses, blood pressure and weigh patients
  • puts patients at ease
  • helps with putting on new bandages etc
  • works in hospitals, clinics, health care centres and old aged homes
  • works as basic home-care nurses

Are you . . . ?

  • caring?
  • gentle and kind?
  • patient?
  • understanding?
  • interested in helping others?
  • interested in medicine?
  • willing to work unusual hours?
  • able to assist difficult patients?

How do I become an Auxiliary Nurse?

You will need to complete a Higher Certificate: Auxiliary Nursing 

This is an entry-level qualification into nursing.   

It will provide you with the basic knowledge, affective tools and practical techniques for additional higher education studies in nursing. With this qualification you may be accepted to do a National Diploma in Nursing.


Higher Certificate: Auxiliary Nursing 

  • Minimum Requirements: 
  • Grade 12/NSC or … Successfully completed a Level 4 health related qualification
  • Communication Skills at NQF Level 4
  • Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 4
  • Computer Literacy at NQF Level 3
  • Life Science at NQF level 4
  • Register with the South African Nursing Council 


Higher Certificate: Auxiliary Nursing

  • RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning)
  • To work out your credits for minimum RPL requirements CLICK HERE for more info
  • Register with the South African Nursing Council 



Approved Nursing Education Institutions:  (note, that these can change without notice)


There are a lot of illegal nursing institutions operating in South Africa.

It is very important to make sure that the institution is approved by the Nursing Council AND that the training programme (course) is approved by the Nursing Council.

If not, the Nursing Council will not recognise the training. This means that the student will not be able to practice in South Africa (or elsewhere) after completing the training.  All the time and money will be wasted.

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OTHER CAREERS TO CONSIDER:  Dental Assistant or Veterinary Nurse

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