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* News / National Nurses United Wants Senate to reject Tom Price as Health Secretary by katty: Today at 05:14:45 PM
With the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions scheduled to open a hearing Wednesday on the nomination of Rep. Tom Price as Secretary of Health and Human Services, National Nurses United urged both the committee and the full Senate to reject Price, citing his record of opposition to major healthcare services and advocacy of harmful cuts in in key healthcare programs.

While both President-elect Trump and Rep. Price want to repeal the Affordable Care Act, a step that would endanger the health and safety of millions of Americans, Price has also taken public positions that directly conflict with pledges made by the President-elect, said NNU Co-President Jean Ross, RN.

Trump, for example, has called for a system that would assure healthcare coverage for everyone, lower healthcare premiums, deductibles and co-pays, high quality, a process to negotiate the high costs of prescription drugs, and has repeatedly opposed cuts to Medicare and Medicaid.

“Price is on record against every one of these positions,” Ross noted.

“There is only one plan that would achieve all of those goals, improving and expanding Medicare to cover all Americans,” said Ross. “Medicare for all would mean universal, guaranteed access to care for all, guaranteed patient choice of provider, lower costs to families, strengthening Medicare through an expanded pool of healthier people, and the ability of the federal government to negotiate and demand fairer prices from the drug companies,” Ross noted.

“That’s the health care plan President-elect Trump should support, and we should have an HHS Secretary who will protect the health and safety of Americans, not shred it,” Ross said.

By contrast, Price supports the push by House Speaker Paul Ryan to privatize Medicare, a major cut in access and cost for seniors and the disabled and favors cuts to Medicaid by repealing the ACA expansion and replacing it with reduced block grants to states to make further cuts.

Price wants to repeal curbs on insurance abuses set by the ACA, notably the ban on pre-existing conditions exclusion, lifetime and annual payment limits.

The proposals by Price to replace subsidies for low income families to buy coverage with tax credits or health savings accounts, without any limits on industry price gouging, “would lead to additional disaster for millions of Americans already priced out of access to care, even if they have insurance,” said Ross. “The last thing we need is a full return to a cutthroat healthcare system totally based on ability to pay.”

NNU is also deeply troubled by the numerous conflicts of interest reports involving Price, including the recent charges of insider trading, that Price bought shares in a medical device company last year and then introduced legislation less than a week later to benefit the firm. In December, the Wall Street Journal also reported that Price has traded over $300,000 in healthcare stocks while promoting bills that affected the profits of those companies.

In December, Ross and her NNU co-president Deborah Burger, RN sent a letter of opposition to the HELP committee warning that confirmation of Price would severely erode health care protections for millions of Americans.

“If confirmed, it is clear that Rep. Price will pursue policies that substantially erode our nation’s health and security – eliminating health coverage, reducing access, shifting more costs to working people and their families, and throwing our most sick and vulnerable fellow Americans at the mercy of the healthcare industry,” Burger and Ross wrote.

“As nurses know from the patients we care for every day, without health, there is no security. We cannot risk the very real consequences of Rep. Price’s reckless disregard for the health of our patients and our nation,” Burger and Ross concluded.

National Nurses United, with close to 185,000 members in every state, is the largest union and professional association of registered nurses in US history.

Source: http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2017/01/18/confirmation-hearing-opens-nurses-urge-senate-reject-price

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* News / Texas Nurse Shared Tributes to Nurses on Facebook, Post goes Viral by katty: Today at 04:59:55 PM
The post has been shared over 59,000 times,has over 51,000 likes and over 14,000 comments


Susan Jolley, a registered nurse from Texas, has shared a beautiful tribute to delivery nurses, highlighting the amazing and sometimes heartbreaking work they do on a daily basis.

It begins: 'I am just a nurse. A Labor and Delivery nurse. Sounds like fun doesn't it? Well....

'I am just the nurse who was there during the birth of your child.
I am just the nurse who held your hand, looked you in the eye, and made you feel like the strongest woman in the world.'

The post then goes on to explain that midwives are also there during some truly difficult moments.



'I am just the nurse who vigilantly monitored your baby's heartbeat and recognized that he was in distress.

'I am the nurse who took photos of your baby because you were all alone... Even though I should really be charting and dong about a hundred other things.'

Susan's post went on to say that nurses will be there through everything, including being the one who 'reassured a teenage mom that she can be an amazing parent and still get an education.'

However, they are also: 'Just the nurse who stood by you while you handed your baby to his adoptive mother. I held you steady. I watched you tremble. My heart ached for you.'

If that wasn't enough, the post details how nurses and midwives are also there at the truly tragic moments. 'I am just the nurse who held your hand and told you, "She is beautiful. I am so so sorry for your loss." My heart ached for you. I wanted to hold my children and never let them go that night... but they were already sleeping because I stayed late to be with you.'

However, the end of the post ended saying that while it might be difficult and often unappreciated, being a nurse is an amazing job, ending with:

'I saved your life.
I saved your child's life.
My body aches.
My heart aches.
And I love every minute.
I am JUST a Labor and Delivery nurse.'

The post has already been shared over 55,000 times with many mums sharing their own stories of how they have been helped by labour and delivery nurses.

One said: 'Angel's in disguise who are very under appreciated at times but very dedicated and beautiful people.. Because of the special care and pure selflessness they show us.'

Another added: 'So true they really don't get the recognition they deserve i will always remember the nurse who delivered my still born baby boy and then 2 years later came in on her day off to deliver my son the emotional support from her was unbelievable and definitely something that will stick with me forever xxx'



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I am just a nurse. A Labor and Delivery nurse. Sounds like fun, doesn't it? Well...
I am just the nurse who was there during the birth of your child.
I am just the nurse who held your hand, looked you in the eye, and made you feel like the strongest woman in the world.
I am just the nurse who recognized that you had severe preeclampsia and got an order from your physician for magnesium sulfate to prevent you from seizing.
I am just the nurse who carefully monitored your breathing WITH MY STETHOSCOPE because I know the possible complications.
I am just the nurse who vigilantly monitored your baby's heartbeat and recognized that he was in distress.
I am also just the nurse who had you on the OR table by the time your doctor was in the parking lot to deliver a healthy baby.
I am the nurse who took photos of your baby because you were all alone... Even though I should really be charting and doing about a hundred other things.
I am just the nurse who's family has to experience another day without me because I stayed 3 hours late to see you through a difficult delivery.
I am just the nurse who maintained your dignity and made you feel comfortable when you were at your most vulnerable.
I am just the nurse who convinced your OB to give you more time before performing a cesarean section.
I am also just the nurse who waited as long as possible to call your OB for delivery so that he wouldn't cut an episiotomy.
I am just the nurse who held your hand and cried with you when you came through triage... and your baby had no heartbeat.
I am just the nurse who hasn't had ANYTHING to eat or drink since my cup of coffee I drank this morning when I woke up... at 5am.
I am just the nurse who will let you leave grip marks on her arm while you are getting your epidural, while repeating to you, "You are doing an amazing job. Almost there. You can do it."
I am just the nurse who reassured a teenage mom that she can be an amazing parent and still get an education.
I am also just the nurse who stood by you while you handed your baby to his adoptive mother. I held you steady. I watched you tremble. My heart ached for you.
I am just the nurse who knows that preventing the primary cesarean helps prevent future cesareans and all of the associated risks for each future pregnancy and, therefore, will do everything in my experienced power to encourage your baby to position herself correctly in your pelvis.
I am just the nurse who held your hand and told you, "She is beautiful. I am so so sorry for your loss." My heart ached for you. I wanted to hold my children and never let them go that night... but they were already sleeping because I stayed late to be with you.
I am also just the nurse who cried the entire drive home and who's husband doesn't even have to ask how my day was.
He knows.
Today.
Every day.
I felt your joy.
I felt your pain.
I wiped your tears.
I calmed your fears.
I kept your secrets.
I taught you how strong you are.
I saved your life.
I saved your child's life.
My body aches.
My heart aches.
And I love every minute.
I am JUST a Labor and Delivery nurse.
~ anonymous



Source: http://www.goodtoknow.co.uk/family/548099/nurse-tribute-to-midwives

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* Articles / Benefits of Nursing Internship By Saleh Nadabo by katty: Today at 04:44:43 PM
(A)  BENEFITS TO GRADUATE NURSES

1. Internship will help sharpen the practical skills of graduate nurses and raise their confidence level as it is often said experience is the best teacher
2. It will open the eyes of fresh graduate nurses to area of interest for professional specialisation.
3. It will open up job opportunities and provide for experience in the curriculum vitae/resume of new graduate nurses
4. The hospital get to see intern nurses in action and as such may hire/appoint very competent or great nurses on completion of the internship programme
5. Internship will bring about enhancement of placement at the point of entry into employment or professional career of a graduate nurse.
 
(B) BENEFITS TO THE NURSING PROFESSION

. Internship will place nursing profession at par with other professions in the health sector
. It will help in ensuring excellence in nursing practice which will consolidate the position of nursing as a profession
. It will enhance the professional status and public image of nursing.
 
(C) BENEFITS TO THE HOSPITALS/HEALTH INSTITUTIONS
. Internship will make available competent and practically efficient graduate nurses to the hospitals
. It will on the long run reduce the cost of nursing care in particular and health care in general.
. It will improve nursing care and health services provided in these hospitals
. It will reduce cases of nursing care errors, negligence, care complications and associated litigations against the hospitals in Nigeria.
 
(D) BENEFITS TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC/SOCIETY

. Internship will bring about improvement in the quality and efficiency of nursing care provided  to the general public.
. It will lead to quick recovery of patients and reduce problems associated with nursing care errors
. It will help in increasing life expectancy and quality of life of the general publi

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* News / Newly Inaugurated 115th US Congress Has 3 Nurses by Idowu Olabode: Today at 01:33:22 PM
The newly Inaugurated US Congress Has 3 registered nurse. Sworn in on Jan. 3, 2017, the 115th U.S. Congress these veteran congresswomen include Reps. Karen Bass, APRN, Diane Black, RN, and Eddie Bernice Johnson, BSN.

Rep. Karen Bass, APRN, D-Calif.
In November 2016, Congresswoman Bass earned her fourth term representing California's 33rd congressional district. Within the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Congresswoman Bass serves as a ranking member of the Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations. She is also a member of the House Judiciary Committee and serves as the Congressional Black Caucus' second vice chair for the 115th Congress. Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi chose Congresswoman Bass to serve on the Steering and Policy Committee.

Congresswoman Bass is an advanced practice registered nurse, previously serving as a physician assistant, nurse and instructor at Keck School of Medicine of USC in Los Angeles.

Rep. Diane Black, BSN, R-Tenn.
Congresswoman Black has represented Tennessee's sixth district in the House of Representatives since 2010. She serves on the House Ways and Means Committee, hoping to change the U.S. tax code, and is a co-sponsor of the American Health Care Reform Act. As part of the House Budget Committee, Congresswoman Black is a co-sponsor of a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution.

Congresswoman Black holds a bachelor's of science in nursing degree from Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn. As a nurse, she worked in the emergency room as well as a long-term care facility.

Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson, BSN, D-Texas.
Now in her 12th term representing the 30th Congressional District of Texas, Congresswoman Johnson became the first African American and first female Ranking Member of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology. She also serves on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee; the Aviation Subcommittee; the Highways and Transit Subcommittee; and Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee. In 2007, Congresswoman Johnson became the first African American and female to chair the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment during the 110th and 111th Congresses.

Congresswoman Johnson earned her bachelor's of science in nursing degree from Fort Worth-based Texas Christian University and holds a Master of Public Administration degree from Dallas-based Southern Methodist University. She previously served as chief psychiatric nurse at the VA Hospital in Dallas. Congresswoman Johnson was the first nurse elected to the U.S. Congress.

Source : http://www.beckershospitalreview.com/hospital-management-administration/115th-us-congress-includes-3-nurses.html

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* News / Nurse Rescued from Kidnapper on her way to work in Ondo State,Kidnapper Arrested by katty: Today at 12:19:13 PM
A Registered Nurse has been saved from the hand of a kidnapper operating on a motorcycle popularly known as Okada according to a report coming from Ondo State. Here is a message sent in by a source :

 I'm happy to inform you that one of our Staff Nurse (Name withheld)  was saved from the hands of Kidnappers(Okada Rider) who nearly strangulated her yesterday night around 7pm while coming from Ikare to Okeagbe, but took her to the abandoned Arigidi-Imo alternate road despite her objection.

She was saved by an Alfa  that took the alternate road to Imo in order to save fuel.

The Kidnapper is presently at Police station Okeagbe, assisting the Police to get other members of the Kidnapping ring.

All Nurses in Ondo State please rejoice with us in Akoko North West (Okeagbe) for the deliverance of one of us Mrs (Name withheld)  from the hands of kidnappers yesterday.


The  Kidnapper has been transferred to Akure the state capital according to a source and Ondo State NANNM Council Chairman may likely release a press statement soon the source added.

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* Schools of Nursing / OAUTHC School of Nursing Form for 2017/2018 Admission Now on Sale by katty: Today at 08:07:46 AM
Applications are hereby invited from suitably qualified candidates for admission into the following Nursing programmes of the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospitals Complex, Ile-Ife
 
Course:
Basic  General  Nursing
Duration: This is a three-year programme commencing in October, 2017
 
Requirements

Applicants must possess: WAEC/SSC/GCE or NECO, SSCE/GCE five (5) credits (at not more than two sittings) in English Language, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology. He or She should be at least Seventeen (17) years old on admission.

Method of Application

Application forms are obtainable from the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospitals Complex, Schools of Nursing, Ife Hospital Unit, Ile-Ife and Wesley Guild Hospital, Ilesa at a cost of Six Thousand Naira (N6,000.00) only. Payable at Skye bank branches in OAUTHC Ile-Ife and W.G.H. Ilesha
 
Passport Photograph

Two recent identical passport photographs should be attached to the application form.
 
Closing  Date

Completed application form should be returned to the office of the Principal, Schools of Nursing, I.H.U., Ile-Ife and W.G.H., Ilesa respectively on or before Friday 19th May, 2017.
 
Date  of  Entrance  Examination


Entrance examination shall be conducted by the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospitals Complex, Nursing & Midwifery Committee on Saturday 3rd June, 2017.

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* Post Basic Courses / Perioperative Nursing in Nigeria: OAUTHC Application Form for 2017/2018 Session by katty: Today at 07:57:18 AM
Admission into OAUTHC School of Peri-Operative Nursing for 2017/2018 Academic Session

Applications are hereby invited from suitably qualified candidates for admission into the following Nursing programmes of the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospitals Complex, Ile-Ife.

Perioperative  Nursing


Duration : This is a twelve-month programme (1year) commencing in November, 2017

Requirements

Applicants must:-
1. Possess  the WAEC, SSCE/GCE or NECO, SSCE/GCE with at least 5 credits (at not more than two sittings) in English Language and at least one Science subject i.e. Physics, Chemistry or Biology for candidates who finished General Nursing before 2006
2. Possess  credits in English Language, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology for Candidates who finished General Nursing from 2006
3. Be  registered with the nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria.
4. Have at least one year post qualification experience.

Method of Application


Application forms are obtainable from the office of the Co-ordinator, School of Perioperative Nursing, O.A.U.T.H.C., Ile-Ife on payment of Seven Thousand, Five Hundred Naira (N7,500.00) only.
Note:
The payment must be made into the Skye Branch of OAUTHC Only.

Two recent identical Passport photographs should be attached to the application form.

Test and Selection Interview


Written Test 23rd May, 2017
Oral interview 24th and 25th May, 2017

Closing Date

Completed application form, duly endorsed by sponsors, together with photocopies of relevant credentials should be returned to the office of the Co-ordinator, School of Perioperative Nursing last by 11th May, 2017.

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* News / Nigeria: Quack Nurse Who Pulled Baby's Hand Out Arraigned in Court by katty: Today at 07:31:41 AM
A 43-year-old auxiliary nurse, Kemi Oyekanmi, was yesterday arraigned before an Ebute Meta Magistrates’ Court for allegedly killing a child.

Magistrate O.I Adelaja granted the accused bail because the baby had died in the mother’s womb before her hand was pulled off.

Magistrate Adelaja asked the late child’s parents Mr Alaba and Mrs Adeola Adebayo, question before her ruling.

Oyekanmi is a relative of the late baby’s father.


Prosecuting police Inspector Chinalu Nwadione said the accused committed the offence last December 24 around 11:30pm at 23, Gboye-Obe Street, Odongunyan, Ikorodu, Lagos.

The charge reads: “That you Kemi Oyekanmi last December 24 at about 11:30pm did kill one unborn child by pulling off his left hand during delivery and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 234 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.”

Oyekanmi pleaded not guilty.

Magistrate Adelaja granted her N200,000 bail with a surety in the like.

She referred the matter to the office of the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) for advice and adjourned till February 27.

Source : The Nation Newspaper

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* News / Red Cross deplores the deaths of civilians and 6 Nigerian Red Cross aid workers by katty: January 18, 2017, 06:34:28 PM
The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement is shocked by the deaths of civilians and six aid workers from the Nigerian Red Cross following an airstrike on the town of Rann, near the border of Nigeria and Cameroon.

"We are deeply saddened by the loss of our six colleagues and shocked that an incident of this magnitude has occurred in a civilian area," said Elder (Chief) Bolaji Akpan Anani, President of the Nigerian Red Cross Society. "Our hearts and prayers are with the bereaved and the wounded as we remain undaunted and focused on our commitment to those who need help,"

The six Red Cross workers were in Rann as part of a humanitarian operation bringing food to more than 25,000 displaced people.

Hours after Tuesday's airstrike, a surgical team from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) deployed to Rann, while another ICRC surgical team in Maiduguri prepared to support the Ministry of Health in receiving casualties. The team in Rann triaged around 100 patients, while nine patients in a critical condition were evacuated by helicopter to Maiduguri on Tuesday. Around 90 patients remain in Rann, out of whom 46 are severely injured and need to be evacuated to Maiduguri as a matter of urgency. Patients are attended to in an open-air space in a precarious environment.

"We started medical work in Rann shortly after the incident. The conditions for post-operative care are not adequate, so all the patients must be evacuated to Maiduguri as soon as possible," said Dr. Laurent Singa, an ICRC surgeon in Rann.

The Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement extends its heartfelt condolences to the families of all those killed or injured, including those affiliated to the Médecins Sans Frontières.

"It is unacceptable that so many civilians were killed and wounded. All measures must be put in place to ensure that such a tragic incident never happens again. We stand committed to continue providing humanitarian assistance to the persons affected by the conflict in the North East of Nigeria," said Eloi Fillion, Head of Delegation for the ICRC in Nigeria.

The Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement reminds all that aid workers must be able to operate safely and be allowed to deliver vital assistance where it is needed, without fear of losing their lives. Parties to the conflict must comply with their obligations under international humanitarian law to ensure that civilians are not affected by the hostilities.

For further information, please contact:

Nwakpa O. Nwakpa, Nigerian Red Cross Society, tel: +234 803 473 62 00, email: nwakpaon@redcrossnigeria.org
Aleksandra Matijevic Mosimann, ICRC Abuja, tel: +234 706 418 90 02 or +234 703 595 41 68
Jason Straziuso, ICRC Nairobi, tel: +254 733 622 026
Elodie Schindler, ICRC Geneva, tel: +41 22 730 21 86 or +41 79 217 32 17
Benoit Matsha-Carpentier, International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent societies Geneva, tel: +41 22 730 46 96 or +41 79 213 2413

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* Travel Nursing / Re: How do I apply for MOH Oman Exam for Nurses? by zee: January 18, 2017, 05:53:52 PM
Good day. Could I possibly use my own credit/debit card from PH to pay for my data flow or should the card be from Oman?.. TIA :)

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