Nurse Programme

The Need

South Africa’s healthcare system is predominantly nurse-based and requires nurses to have the competence and expertise to manage the country’s burden of disease and to meet South Africa’s healthcare needs.

Nurses play an important role in cancer treatment delivery, patient information and symptom management, as well as psychological and supportive care. Nurse education needs to respond to the changing nature of the disease.

South African Nursing is in crisis, marked by nursing shortages and a radical decline in quality of nursing in both public and private sectors.

There is a desperate need for an affordable oncology nursing program, accredited by Council on Higher Education and South African Nursing Council and sufficiently flexible in its design to allow for maximum accessibility for Staff and Registered nurses working in both state and private sectors.

The ICCF Oncology Nursing Programme aims to:

  • facilitate the development of specialist knowledge and professionalism within the discipline of oncology nursing in South Africa and ultimately, Sub Saharan Africa
  • up-skill and /or remediate oncology nursing practices through input from nurse experts in both clinical and academic settings
  • enable nurses to provide excellent quality oncology care
  • facilitate the development of nursing leadership
  • advance oncology nurse research understanding and research practice