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* News / Nurse To Spend One Year in Prison for Assaulting Colleague with Syringe by katty: Today at 01:18:36 PM
A psychiatric nurse has been sentenced to twelve months in prison for assaulting another nurse with a syringe filled with sedating, anti-psychotic medication.

Kofi Kankam (48), 15 The Clarin, Athenry, denied a charge of assaulting Emer Hyland, causing her harm, at the Psychiatric Unit at UHG, on February 5 last year.

Nurse Hyland, who is in her twenties, told the hearing at Galway District Court that Gardai came into the male ward with a patient that evening who was very unwell.

She was dealing with another patient at the time who had absconded. She was sitting in the nurse’s station having just got off the phone from speaking to security about that patient when she suddenly felt a sharp pinch in her left side

Nurse Donna Long and Kankam had been standing behind her.  Ms Long was holding a kidney dish which contained two syringes, which had been prepared for the patient the Gardaí had brought in.

She jumped up and saw blood coming from her side. She and nurse Long went into a linen closet to examine her side.

Kankam came in and said he was sorry.

Management were made aware of the incident and while Nurse Hyland was brought to A&E for treatment, Kankam was escorted as far as the door and told to go home.

Nurse Hyland said she had been traumatised by the incident and while she had loved working in Galway, she had since moved to another psychiatric unit in Mayo.

During cross examination by defence solicitor, John Martin, Ms Hyland said she had not engaged in any banter with the accused.  She said she had her back to him when it occurred and she had just come off the phone.

The accused told Judge Mary Fahy he had never intended to harm Nurse Hyland.  He said they had been engaged in some banter and he had jokingly picked up the syringe.  He said he saw the sheath protecting the needle was present when he picked it up from the kidney dish and that it must have dropped off back into the dish.

He said he apologised to Nurse Hyland at the time and had since written a letter of apology.

He confirmed he had been a nurse working in Ireland for the last 10 years.

Judge Mary Fahy said Kankam was not sorry enough to come into court and plead guilty.  She said it was his right to contest the charge but he had put the victim through the trauma of having to give evidence and the court had been left with no choice but impose a custodial sentence.

“It’s a very serious assault, to prick someone with a syringe and to have it done to you by another professional working with you is simply outrageous,” the judge said.

Mr Martin said his client had returned from Africa to face the charge and he asked the judge to suspend any sentence or his client’s career would be ended.

“It should be ended,” Judge Fahy said before imposing a 12-month sentence.

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* Articles / Tips for Aspiring Nurse Entrepreneurs by Robin Farmer by katty: Today at 01:09:14 PM
Are you thinking about using your expertise as a nurse to launch a business? Do you have innovative ideas about patient care? Are you eager to create a new opportunity at the forefront of health care that is independent, flexible, and profitable?

Perhaps owning your own business is your next move.
As a nurse entrepreneur, you control everything, from your calendar and career path to your success or failure.

Whether you plan to launch a nursing education business, work as a legal nurse consultant, start a community-based elder care business, or sell products, growing a profitable business requires information, inspiration, and insight into industry needs.

So what do you need to know and do to avoid costly mistakes?

Adopt an entrepreneurial mindset.
Thinking like a business owner instead of an employee, is essential, says Michelle Podlesn, RN, president of the National Nurses in Business Association (NNBA) and author of Unconventional Nurse: Going from Burnout to Bliss! “When you realize you are your business, you start looking at everything with fresh eyes from that viewpoint. And yes, every nurse can adopt it. In my book, I ask nurses to make this paradigm shift so that they can strengthen and prosper their careers, regardless of their setting,” says Podlesni,

Create a business plan.
It can be simple, but having one is essential.  In short, it’s a description of your business goals and the strategies you will use to meet them. Update and revise when necessary.

Clarify your business focus or niche.
Be clear about your idea’s scope and target audience. Who are your intended customers for your services or products?

Research market place need.
Ensure a market exists for what you want to do with your business. Do a market analysis to help you see potential opportunities and threats as well as the strengths and weaknesses of your competition.

Find a mentor.
Relationships matter. Get a mentor you trust and respect to brainstorm ideas. Learn from his or her mistakes and setbacks. When you are ready to take your business to the next level, consider a business coach.

Keep learning.
Developing your business skills is a wise move. Running a business requires skills in marketing, negotiating, and branding. Read widely, attend conferences, take classes, and consider a certificate program on innovation and entrepreneurship.

For resources, including mentors, check out the NNBA, a professional nursing association for nurses transitioning from traditional nursing to small business ownership and self-employment.

As a nurse, you are keenly aware of what needs to be fixed to improve patient care. As a nurse entrepreneur, you can provide solutions and advance patient care while being your own boss. Are you ready?

* News / Boko Haram Kills One of the Adopted 3 Nurses, Threatens to Murder Leah Sharibu by katty: Today at 10:26:31 AM
Boko Haram has killed one of the health workers kidnapped from Kala-Balge, Borno State, Saifura Khorsa, a midwife with the International Committee of Red Cross.

In a video seen by an online newspaper,  The Cable, the deceased who was wearing a white hijab was shot from behind.

The sect also threatened to kill Hauwa Liman and Alice Ngaddah who were abducted alongside Khorsa in March, 2018, as well as Leah Sharibu, the remaining Dapchi schoolgirl in Boko Haram captivity.

At least four soldiers, policemen and three humanitarian workers were killed in the attack in Rann, Kala-Balge Local Government Area.

Liman, one of the workers abducted, had sent an audio to one of her friends, demanding that her parents be informed that she had been kidnapped.

Liman and Ngaddah, a mother of two, who worked with United Nations International Children Fund, were the ones in captivity among the three people abducted in Rann on March 1.

According to The Cable, the insurgents claimed that they had contacted the government over the captives but did not get any response.

“We contacted the government through writing and also sent audio messages but the government has ignored us. So, here is a message of blood,” said a spokesman of the group who did not give his name.

“The other nurse and midwife will be executed in a similar manner in one month, including Leah Sharibu,” the sect threatened.

The ICRC in a statement on Monday by its spokesman, Aleksandra Mosimann, condemned the killing, and described the action as sad while calling for the immediate release of the two others still in captivity.

The statement read, “The International Committee of the Red Cross condemns in the strongest terms the tragic killing of its abducted colleague Saifura Khorsa.

“It is appealing to the armed group to immediately release a second ICRC midwife and another health care worker taken in north-eastern Nigeria in March.”

The statement quoted the head of the ICRC delegation in Abuja, Eloi Fillion, as saying the murder was devastating.

He said, “Saifura moved to Rann to selflessly help those in need. Our thoughts are with her family and other loved ones at this incredibly difficult time.

“At the time of their abduction, Saifura, as well as our colleague, Hauwa Mohammed Liman,  and Alice Loksha, a nurse working in a UNICEF-supported centre, were providing essential antenatal care to communities in Rann, whose population has more than doubled after an influx of people fleeing violence.”

“We urge those still holding our colleague, Hauwa, and Alice: release these women. Like Saifura, they are not part of the fight. They are a midwife and a nurse. They are daughters, a wife, and a mother – women with families that depend on them,” Fillion stated.

Since the women’s abduction six months ago, the ICRC said it had made sustained and committed efforts to secure the three healthcare workers’ release, stressing that it would continue to do everything in its power to ensure that Liman and Loksha were released and returned to their families immediately.

ICRC, in another statement by its Communication Officer, Eleojo Akpa, said it condemned the murder. It asked the Boko Haram insurgents to release another two workers still in their captivity.

Meanwhile, the United States has condemned the murder of Khorsa, describing it as a heinous and inhuman act.

The US embassy in Nigeria in a statement said, “We utterly condemn this heinous and inhuman act and stand in solidarity with the ICRC and all those who work in service with the Nigerian people.”

President Muhammadu Buhari, on Monday, condemned the killing of Saifura.

A statement by Buhari’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr Garba Shehu, said, “The government of Nigeria strongly condemns this reprehensible and inhuman act. No religion permits the killing of the innocent.”

* News / Boko Haram Kills Midwife Saifura Ahmed Abducted in Borno by katty: Today at 10:18:29 AM
Saifura Ahmed, one of the three humanitarian workers abducted in Rann, Kala Balge local government area of Borno state, has been killed by the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), a faction of Boko Haram.
The victim was abducted during a raid on a military facility in the area on March 1. At least four soldiers, policemen and three humanitarian workers were killed in the attack.

Following the murder of Ahmed, Leman and Alice Ngaddah, a mother of two, are the ones in captivity among the three people abducted in Rann on March 1. While the deceased worked with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the survivors were staff of UNICEF. In a video seen by TheCable, the deceased was wearing a white hijab. She was shot from behind.
The insurgents claimed that they had contacted government over the captives but did not get any response.

“We contacted the government through writing and also sent audio messages but the government have ignored us. So, here is a message of blood,” said a spokesman of the group who did not give his name. The other nurse and midwife will be executed in similar manner in one month, including Leah Sharibu.”
The ICRC has confirmed the identity of the victim, promising to issue a statement.
Source: The Cable
* News / India to allow Nurses own Clinics, Train as Nurse Practitioners by katty: September 17, 2018, 02:15:18 PM
The Nursing professionals may soon be allowed to run autonomous clinics in India. At the behest of the government, the Indian Nursing Council, the regulatory body for nurses and their education, is preparing a draft bill to amend a 1947 act which will bring nurse practicing rights in the country up to global standards.
The programme may allow nurse practitioners (registered nurses educated to a master’s degree level) to prescribe medicines for primary care and conduct invasive procedures in the presence of senior doctors. It is also expected to institute a new examination process to issue nursing licences.
Once the draft bill is ready, it will be sent to the ministry of health and family welfare for approval and introduction in Parliament. The council is likely to send the draft in the next three months.
“Nurse practitioner programmes and licentiate examination for nurses are among the key initiatives under the National Health Policy 2017 of the government of India. The ministry of health & family welfare has entrusted the Indian Nursing Council with their implementation in a time-bound manner,” Rathish Nair, secretary of the council, told ThePrint.
With nurse-led clinics, the idea is to increase the scope for nurses to practice more autonomously and to develop and apply advanced practice. The move is in line with the government’s vision of raising a non-MBBS cadre in certain fields to combat the shortage of doctors, especially in rural areas.
Prescribe drugs, conduct invasive procedures

The government has already introduced an amendment in the National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill, a wide-ranging legislation for reform in medicine, to allow nurse practitioners to prescribe medicines.
The amendment has been cleared by the union cabinet.
According to the bill, nurse practitioners may also be allowed to perform some invasive procedures under the supervision of senior doctors, and in certain circumstances.
“To fulfil the delivery of healthcare services in rural areas and share the workload of senior doctors, we have decided to allow nursing practitioners to prescribe and practise modern medicine,” Jayshree Mehta, president of the Medical Council of India, had told ThePrint.
“The nursing practitioners with specialisations such as tertiary nursing and ICU care, cardiac problems and pharmacy, as well as physician assistants and optometrists are eligible for the upgradation.”

Stricter licencing

To ensure quality healthcare, the nursing council plans to make the process of obtaining the licences stricter.
The planned amendment is likely to introduce a licentiate examination for registering nursing professionals.
At present, after completing academic programmes, one needs to register with the relevant state nursing registration council to get the licence to practice. However, under the licentiate examination, the government could make it mandatory for nurses to pass two examinations — theoretical and practical — to get the licence.
What happens the world over

In several countries, apart from playing their traditional roles, nurses also work under titles such as ‘advanced practice nurse’, ‘nurse practitioner’, and ‘clinical nurse specialist’ such as anaesthetists.
Nurses are allowed to practice independently in some middle- and low-income countries such as Thailand and Nigeria, as well as in high-income countries, such as the USA, Australia, Canada, Ireland, the UK, Finland and the Netherlands.
“I recently met an Indian nurse who is now settled in United States. She is a paediatric nurse practitioner who successfully runs her own clinic. She has two other nurse practitioners and two paediatric medical practitioners working at her clinic,” said Nair.
“The medical practitioners perform procedures and therapies which might be needed in case a patient requires further medical evaluation or intervention beyond the scope of practice of a nurse practitioner.”
While in some provinces of these countries, nurses need to have collaborative practice agreements with physicians to practise independently, the ministry expects discontent among the medical fraternity. The idea of alleviating the status of nurses in a doctor-driven healthcare system is likely to face some backlash.
But according to the Indian Journal of Medical Ethics, there is evidence across the globe to show that nurse practitioners are increasingly being used as the point of first contact and that patients are equally or even more satisfied with them than doctors.
“The cost of the health service is also lower with NPs. Several studies have found that there is no difference between the clinical outcomes with NPs and general practitioners,” the journal said.

Source :Hmani Chanda, The Print
* News / India: Bihar Hospital Nurses Beat Doctor Mercilessly for Molesting Student Nurse by katty: September 16, 2018, 06:03:59 PM

The incident happened in Bihar's Katihar
Nurses barged in when the doctor was being questioned by hospital authorities

Accused doctor managed to flee the spot
Nurses in a hospital in Bihar's Katihar mercilessly beat up a doctor who was accused of molesting a trainee nurse. The nurses alleged that the surgeon molested a 2nd year trainee nurse.

The video of the nurses beating up the doctor has gone viral on social media.

The nurses initially lodged a complaint with the hospital's civil surgeon. The accused doctor was called in for questioning. The agitating nurses barged in during the questioning and beat him up.

Police were rushed to the spot. The accused doctor though managed to flee the spot.

Watch the video
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* News / Ondo State Employs Nurses, Doctors and Others by katty: September 14, 2018, 08:02:20 PM
In line with his avowed commitment to the provision of accessible and qualitative health care delivery to the people of the State, Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN has approved the appointment of more health officers into the various state owned  health institutions in the State.

Already, letters of appointments have been issued to about  244 successful candidates who  participated in the examination and subsequent  interview conducted on 8th June, 2018 by the Ondo State Hospital Management Board, HMB.

In August, the Governor established five additional Mother and Child Hospitals and declared free health services for children under age zero to five, and the vulnerable.

Governor Akeredolu had earlier secured N2.1bn Medical Equipment from US-based Firm - MedShare, a non-profit organisation in Atlanta.

Also, in August, the Governor  procured medical equipment worth multi million naira to enhance primary healthcare services in the state health facilities. While  inaugurating the equipment on Thursday, 23rd August  in Akure, the Governor  promised to improve the health sector  and provide enabling environment with necessary working tools for health workers.

On 26th of February, 2018 Mr Governor signed the 'Contributory Health Insurance Scheme into law. The law will ensure that poor and vulnerable have guaranteed basic minimum package as defined under the National Health Care Act and equitable distribution of health care costs across different income groups.

Invariably, to ensure a complete overhaul and total upgrade of the health sector in the State, Mr Governor has approved the appointments of the under listed health officers  :

16 Consultants
5  Dental officers
5 Dental Technologist
5 Dental Therapists
20 Medical Record Officers 
16 Medical Lab. Scientists
50 Medical Officers
95 Nurses/Midwives
5 Physiotherapists
12 Pharmacists
5 Radiographers
5 Psychologists
5 Scientific Officers

The new health officers are successful candidates who  participated in the examination and subsequent  interview conducted  by Ondo State Hospital Management Board.

Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu is determined to bringing qualitative, affordable and comprehensive health care services to the door steps of the people.

Allen Sowore
Special Assistant to the Governor
on New Media
* News / UK Passes New Law to Double Prison Terms for Those Who Assault Nurses by katty: September 14, 2018, 03:26:52 PM
The Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Bill  received its royal assent on Thursday and will come into force in November.

“From now on, anyone who wilfully assaults a health care worker will feel the full force of the law”  Kim Sunley

The legislation means the maximum prison term for anyone who attacks certain public servants in the course of their duties in England and Wales will double from six to twelve months.

Anyone carrying out an NHS service will be protected by the law.

It also covers police, prison and custody officers, firefighters and search and rescue teams.

“I hope it will give greater protection to the heroes and the heroines of the NHS” Chris Bryant

The new law will also mean that judges must consider harsher sentences for a range of other offences - including grievous bodily harm and sexual assault - if the victim is an emergency worker.

The Royal College of Nursing lobbied to have the bill broadened to cover all nursing staff employed to deliver NHS funded care.

Initially, it was only going to apply to those working in an A&E department or an urgent treatment centre.

Kim Sunley, RCN national officer, said: “Physical assaults remain a fact of life for many health care workers, from A&E to community services. This bill is the first step towards changing that for good.

“From now on, anyone who wilfully assaults a health care worker will feel the full force of the law and can expect a tougher sentence if found guilty.

“The RCN has campaigned tirelessly for this law. Our negotiations have ensured it covers as many health care workers as possible, including community and district nurses.”

However, Ms Sunley insisted that this was ”not the end of the fight”, and called for further measures to protect nurses from abuse.

She said: ”These attacks do not happen in a vacuum, and improved staffing levels, properly funded services and better support from employers would help further mitigate the risk that too many health care staff run day in, day out.”

The RCN is hosting a summit on tackling workplace violence in October, which will bring together key organisations that have backed the bill from across different sectors to discuss how they can support the implementation of the law.

The bill was proposed by Chris Bryant, Labour MP for Rhondda in Wales.

Mr Bryant said: “I am delighted this new act will go some way to stopping the assaults on emergency workers, including all members of NHS staff.

”It has been a delight work with the RCN and the NHS trade unions to deliver a bill that provides protection for the first time ever to NHS staff,” he said.

“The key issue will now be ensuring that the police and prosecuting authorities use the new law to crack down on assaults,” said Mr Bryant.

”An attack on an emergency worker is an attack on all of us, and although this bill will not change the world overnight, I hope it will give greater protection to the heroes and the heroines of the NHS,” he added.

Justice minister Rory Stewart said public servants must be able to do their job “with the fear of being assaulted”.

He added: “Our message is clear – we will protect our emergency services and violence towards them will not be tolerated.”

It comes amid a rise in assaults against emergency workers, with 17,000 attacks on NHS staff in the past year.

Source : Nursing Times
* News / Nurses And Midwives Challenged To Be Committed To Care by katty: September 14, 2018, 11:02:20 AM
Nurses and midwives were on Thursday encouraged to provide quality care with commitment in the midst of the numerous constraints that confront their profession.

They were encouraged to remain resolute in the performance of their duties in the face of the huge pressures arising from the increasing diseases burden against scarce financial, infrastructural and limited human resources in the health sector.

Dr Cecilia Akrisie Anim, the President of the Royal Collage of Nursing, United Kingdom (UK), gave the encouragement in her keynote address in Accra at the Third Dr Docia Kisseih Memorial Lectures, instituted by the Ghana Registered Nurses and Midwives Association (GRNMA).

She said the lectures, which were instituted in 2015, were to honour Dr Docia Kisseih, who was the Founder and First President of the GRNMA, and a model of Nursing and Midwifery practice in Ghana.

They were to motivate the present generation of nurses and midwives and inspire them to great accomplishments to, hopefully, write away the wrong impressions and perceptions of the profession.

Dr Anim said although some negative experiences had created a dent on the image of the profession, nurses and midwives could only provide the expected care if they were given the requisite skills and resources to work with.

They must also be given due recognition and respect by both the Government and the public for their invaluable services.

She called for improved investment for higher education and training for this core group of healthcare professionals, saying their services were indispensable, especially in the era of global widespread communicable and non-communicable diseases, most of which required long-term care and treatment.

Dr Anim, focusing her talk on Dementia, which was a disease that results in the loss of cognitive functioning including thinking, remembering, reasoning, and behavioural abilities to the extent that it interferes with a person's daily life and activities, called for sustained support care for sufferers, their families and carers.

She said people with dementia may have impairment with their memory, language skills, visual perception, problem solving, self-management, and the ability to focus and pay attention, and could not control their emotions.

Those, she said, could result in a change in their personalities depending of the severity, where some may depend completely on others for basic activities of living.

Dr Anim said statistics from 2017 showed that 10,000 Ghanaians were living with dementia from age 40 and above, compared to the 850,000 in the United Kingdom.

Africa currently has a dementia population of four million, and called for intensified public awareness and education on the disease as a medical condition and not an old age disorder, giving the alarming statistics, she said.

Dr Anim called for effective partnership with families and carers of dementia patients to ensure effective support, insisting on a cultural shift to change the perception of people living with the disease being associated with witchcraft and needing spiritual interventions.

She said the knowledge and skills of healthcare professionals must be improved to ensure inclusive service provision.

She urged the Government to work with professional associations like the GRNMA, the Alzheimer's Society of Ghana, and the public, to lobby for quality investment for dementia care, and to build on the good work already being done.

She urged the GRNMA to take the lead in creating 'Dementia and Delirious Care Champions' for community outreach services, and to provide education on the symptoms for early interventions.

Ms Eva Mensah, the Director of Nursing and Midwifery Services, Ministry of Health, who represented the Minister, said the Government acknowledged the great contributions of those core group of health professionals in the midst of the numerous challenges.

She, however, urged the members to continue with their good work as the Government made efforts to mobilise more domestic resources to achieve Universal Health Coverage.

Dr Kwaku Asante-Krobea, the President of the GRNMA, outlined some of the constraints of the profession as poor conditions of service, unhealthy working environment, and low staff morale, and called for urgent redress.

Dr Mary Opare, the Head of the Department of Nursing at the Central University College, described Dr Docia Kisseih as an epitome of great excellence in nursing, who persevered through hard work to improve upon her skills against the odds of her time, which was worthy of emulation.

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