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* Nursing Jobs / Plateau State Specialist Hospital, Jos 2019 Vacancies for Registered Nurses by Idowu Olabode: Today at 09:27:36 AM
 Following the approval of the Plateau State Governor for the recruitment of fresh hands into the services of Plateau State Specialist Hospital, Management o the hospital hereby invites applications from suitably qualified candidates to fill the undermentioned vacant position:

Job Title: Nursing Officers

             

Method of application

    RN, RM with evidence of up to date practicing lisence, from Nurses and Midwives Council of Nigeria.
    At least one year post registration cognate experience
    Must not be above thirty-five (35) of age.           

Note:

All applications are to be submitted to the open Registry of the Plateau State Specialist Hospital, Jos within two weeks from the date of this announcement. Only qualified shortlisted candidates shall be invited for the interview.

Signed:

Talatu Achan Angi

Public Relations Officer

For: Chief Medical Director.
* News / Ondo Health Workers Drag Akeredolu To Court Over Demotion, Salary Reduction by Idowu Olabode: Today at 09:25:03 AM
Health workers in the Ondo State Civil Service have dragged Governor Rotimi Akeredolu to the National Industrial Court in Akure, the state capital, for allegedly demoting them and deducting their salaries illegally.

 Other defendants in the suit are the state Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice and the Ondo State Local Government Service Commission.

It was gathered that the workers, who were said to be over 2,000 across the 18 local government areas of the state, alleged that the defendants had been shortchanging them since 2013.

It was also learnt that the claimants, who were employed by the Ondo State Local Government Service Commission as health workers, were tactically demoted since 2013 as they were being paid as administration officers, which had led to the reduction of their salaries.

In the suit number: NICN/AK/66/2018, filed by their counsel, Mr Tolu Babaleye, the claimants asked the court to correct the purported abnormalities.

However, at the court proceedings on Monday, counsel for the defendants, Mr T.O. Coker, raised preliminary objection against the suit saying the claimants had not served them the pre-action notice.

But Babaleye argued that the defendants had been served pre-action notice twice in 2017 and 2018, saying the law establishing the Ondo State Local Government Service Commission provided for 30 days for the pre-action notice to be served but they had served them ( defendants) over a year.

In her ruling, Justice Oyejoju Oyewumi dismissed the preliminary objection of the defendant and held that the claimants served the pre-action notice to the defendants and that the case was properly constituted.

The judge declared that full hearing of the case would commence on July 1 and 2, 2019.

Speaking with our correspondent after the proceedings, the claimants’ counsel, Babaleye said the aggrieved health workers “were recruited as health workers and all their promotions were done for them as health workers but when they want to pay them salaries, they pay them as administrative officers.”

He said, “They have been complaining about this matter since 2013, they have written a series of letters to the parties concerned, but it is as if nobody is ready to listen to them.

“From the information at our disposal, they prepared the vouchers for them as health workers and ended up paying them as administrative officers. So, we want to know where the differential in the vouchers is going since 2013.”

Source:https://punchng.com/health-workers-sue-akeredolu-over-demotion-salary-reduction/
* Articles / Nigerian Doctors, Nurses Lament Poor Pay, Overwork in State Hospitals by Idowu Olabode: Today at 09:10:07 AM
-Benue has 900 nurses, needs 2,000
-Kwara nurses earn N40,000 per month
-Three Akwa-Ibom nurses die every month due to stress
-30% nurses left in Ekiti,  not replaced

Despite an acute shortage of medical workers in state hospitals, many state governments have not been employing doctors and nurses.

The PUNCH’s investigations has shown that in spite of a shortage of medical workers, a few of doctors and nurses in state hospitals are leaving for other countries and federal health institutions because of poor pay.

The few doctors and nurses in these public hospitals are being overworked, thus exposing some of them to stress-induced deaths.

In some hospitals in Akwa Ibom, Osun, Edo, Cross River, Oyo, Gombe, Kwara and other states visited by our correspondents, there were no doctors while some others, particularly those in state capitals had between one and six doctors.

The National President of the NMA, Dr Francis Faduyile, corroborated the findings of The PUNCH and attributed the shortage of personnel to the failure of state government to open secondary health care centres, employ more doctors and pay them living wage.

Doctors, nurses slumped and died because of overwork


The NMA president stated that efforts to engage state governments on the plight of doctors had not succeeded.

He said, “It is important for us to state that the important thing we need the state governments to do is to open up their facilities so that they can employ doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other health care professionals to complement the work of the Federal Government.”

Lamenting the plight of the NMA members, Faduyile stated, “Within this year, we have had cases in which doctors had overworked themselves slumped and died while at work. Some of them have done surgery for many patients and they get so exhausted and passed out.

“We have a case in Benin about three to four months ago. These are signs of the intense stress on the doctors. Doctors who are seen in this case are liable to leave if they get a better opportunity. Many of them are groaning under the intense hardship and we can just plead with the government to do the necessary thing.”

Some C’River hospitals don’t have a single doctor – NMA

In Cross River State, it was learnt that the General Hospital in Calabar, was in dire need of medical personnel, especially doctors and nurses.

A nurse, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said, “We have only four medical doctors in this hospital. There is a dearth of medical personnel due to retirement and other factors such as migration to other countries for better paying jobs.

“The embargo placed on employment by the state government is not helping matters. As I said, a lack of doctors and nurses is the bane of the hospital.”

The Chairman of NMA in the state, Dr Agam Ayuk, who confirmed what the nurse said, painted an appalling picture of the condition of the state’s hospitals.

He said, “Doctors in the state are not enough. We have said that over and over again. They are grossly inadequate. Currently on the ground in the state hospitals we have about 34 doctors. In the past two years or so we have had 19 doctors who have left the system.

“Most of them left for teaching hospitals or other states that pay better. If you look at what doctors are earning (in the state), it is very discouraging. That is why we want the state government to implement the 100 per cent Consolidated Medical Salary Structure for doctors.”

Ayuk explained that because of a shortage of doctors and nurses, wards in some state hospitals were merged.

“It is not only doctors that are inadequate. Averagely, we have two doctors in a hospital. There are some hospitals that don’t have a doctor, like the General Hospital, Ugep. Cottage Hospital Oban doesn’t have a doctor. Ranch Medical Centre doesn’t have a doctor,” he added.

We have fewer than 30 doctors in Cross River – Perm sec

When contacted, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Dr Bassey Joseph, told one of our correspondents that it was true that the state had inadequate doctors. He, however, said the government was planning to employ more doctors for its general hospitals.

“A lot of the doctors we moved to teaching hospitals where they are doing their residency training. We don’t do training here. The government has concluded plans to employ younger doctors and other health personnel to beef up the human resource in the hospitals,” he said

He added that general hospitals in Obubra, Akamkpa and Okpoma had one medical doctor each. According to Joseph, the General Hospital in Calabar has six doctors.

The permanent secretary added, “In Cross River, we have about 600 nurses, while we have less than 30 doctors in the whole state. We need up to 2,000 nurses and 100 doctors.”

Doctors were last recruited in 2013 for Osun hospital

Findings at the Osogbo General Hospital revealed that the last time doctors were recruited was in 2013.

It was learnt that between the last recruitment and 2019, many doctors and nurses had retired or left the service in search of greener pasture elsewhere.

Speaking on the development, the Chairman of Medical and Health Workers Union in the state, Mr Wemimo Olowookere, explained that the general hospitals across the state were facing acute shortage of manpower.

We’ve problems paying existing doctors – Osun

When contacted, Supervisor, Ministry of Health in Osun State, Dr Rafiu Isamotu, confirmed that the hospitals did not have enough doctors.

He said, “We don’t have enough doctors in our hospitals. We are striving hard to engage more doctors. We have problems with those we already engaged in terms of paying salaries and all that.

“We find it difficult to engage more but I can authoritatively tell you we are on the verge of employing more doctors. We want to employ more nurses, community health workers and other paramedics especially into our primary healthcare centres.”

Kwara nurses get N40,000 per month –Adekanye


In Kwara State, Chairman of the NMA, Dr Kolade Solagberu, said doctors were not enough because of poor condition of service.

The Chairman of the NANNM in the state, Joseph Adekanye, said nurses and midwives in the state hospitals were being overworked.

He said new nurses and midwives had not been recruited by the state government in the last 15 years.

Adekanye said the state had also lost many qualified nurses and midwives to neighbouring states because of poor pay.

He added, “Kwara is paying a qualified nurse N40, 000 as salary per month, neighbouring states are paying the same category of workers between N90, 000 and N100, 000 per month.”

When contacted, the Kwara State Commissioner for Health, Alhaji Usman Rifun, said he could not react to the poor pay and a shortage of medical workers in the state hospitals and the poor health care provision in the state.

This, he said, was because the present administration was winding up its activities.

Three A’Ibom nurses die every month due to stress – NANNM chair

Also, doctors and nurses in Akwa Ibom State complained about manpower shortage in the state. The state chairman of NANNM, Mr Patrick Odu, lamented that nurses were dying every month due to stress of work.

According to him, the association buries at least three nurses a month in the state as a result of overwork.

Odu said, “The number one issue affecting us in Akwa Ibom State is manpower. We run three shifts- morning, afternoon and night- and normally we have the bulk of the patients in the morning and in the night. If you go right now to any government hospital, it will be very hard for you to find up to two nurses in a shift.

“We bury a lot of nurses in this state because of stress of work. What many nurses would have done is being done by a few nurses. We have cases where nurses collapse on duty because of stress.

“In the process of taking care of the patients they end up dying in the ward, so the situation is as bad as that. In fact, there is no month we don’t bury up to three nurses. There is one obituary I have just received for burial of one of my members.

“These are young people between 40 and 50 years. So stress is one calamity that is befalling us in this state and that is why we are calling on the state government to do something.”

Akwa-Ibom hospitals have one neurosurgeon – NMA chair

On its part, the state NMA Chairman, Dr Nsikak Nyoyoko, said the state government had carried out two recruitment exercises. According to him, in the first exercise, 20 doctors were employed and in the second recruitment 21 medical doctors were employed, but this is not enough compare to the number of patients we have in the state.”

Nyoyoko lamented that the state had only “one neurosurgeon that treats diseases and conditions affecting the nervous system, including the brain, the spine and spinal cord, and the peripheral nerves.”

109 doctors in Ekiti hospitals, 30% nurses left not replaced

In Ekiti State, findings revealed that some general hospitals had as low as two doctors.

The state Chairman of the NMA, Dr Tunji Omotayo, who said the shortage was a general problem in the country, said there were only 109 doctors in the state government-owned health care facilities.

Omotayo stated, “The reality is that doctors leave, most especially in the recent past when you cannot predict when you will receive your salary in the state.”

Also, the state Chairman, NANNM, Ezekiel Fatomiluyi, who said about 30 per cent of nurses in the state general hospitals who had left due to retirement and migration, had not been replaced.

He said the situation had put pressure on the nurses.

“The nurses are overworked. There is pressure on those on the ground,” he stated. The state Commissioner for Health, Dr Moji Yaya-Kolade, said government would employ more workers after the need of the hospitals had been assessed.

Ogun employs 30 doctors to replace 100 that left – NMA chair

In Ogun State, government hospitals are also facing manpower shortage. At the General Hospital, Ilaro, a worker said, “One nurse is running two shifts and only one nurse on duty in almost each of the wards every time.”

The NMA chairman, Ogun State chapter, Dr Ismail Lawal, said there were 800 doctors in the state both at the federal and state hospitals in the state.

“In state hospital management board, they have about 140 doctors across board. There are 35 health facilities,” he stated.

He explained, “When you compare the salaries of doctors in Ogun to other states, the difference between the salary of a doctor in federal hospitals and state hospitals on the same grade level is about N100, 000 in the same state. This is why doctors prefer federal hospitals to state hospitals in Ogun.

“You will observe that when people leave, government will never see the need to replace them. When people leave, the workload remains the same or even increase which will make the remaining doctors work more.”

Lawal stated that there was a general hospital that had one doctor. He did not give the name of the hospital.

“I ask myself, how do you expect him to perform? The rate at which he will work will make him have psychiatric problem. This deficit is not only to the doctors. It affects nurses and even laboratory staff. The time they recruited was like three months ago, but only 30 doctors were employed for the whole state.

“These 30 doctors were recruited in replacement of 100 doctors that left the service. Even 100 doctors are not sufficient. Yet, the government still recruited 30, you can see the challenges,” the NMA chairman said.

We cannot have sufficient doctors – Amosun’s commissioner

But when contacted, the state Commissioner for Health, Dr Babatunde Ipaye, said, “We cannot have sufficient doctors, the number of staff we have depend on the level of output. I am a performance manager and I agree that in some hospitals, we don’t have enough, but, in some places, we have just enough.”

Only 80 doctors in Edo

In Edo State, the state Chairman of National Association of Resident Doctors, Dr Carl Umakhikhe, said there were only 80 doctors in the state-owned hospitals.

He stated, “As we speak, we have about 120 medical officers in all the 34 government hospitals across the state. A lot of these doctors are presently undergoing residency training. The number that are on the ground now is about 80, and the Central Hospital and the Stella Obasanjo Hospital, both in Benin, have almost half of that number.”

But the state Commissioner for Health, Dr David Osifo, said the government would soon begin recruitment of doctors and nurses to fill vacant positions.

In Gombe State, the NMA Chairman, Dr Bose Mohammed Abdullahi, said there were 150 doctors in the employment of the state, adding that there was a shortage of doctors in the state hospitals.

But the state Commissioner for Health, Dr Kennedy Ishaya, said the Gombe Specialist Hospital alone had 45 doctors.

379 doctors in Ondo but some are leaving – NMA chair


For Ondo State, the NMA Chairman, Dr Olawale Oke, said there were 379 doctors on the payroll of the state government, adding doctors were leaving the state for better condition of service.

The Commissioner for Health in the state, Dr Wahab Adegbenro, said the state government had started recruiting doctors.

Benue has 900 nurses, needs 2,000

In Benue State, the chairperson of the NANNM, Esther Akpai , said nurses in the state general hospitals were overstretched due to staff shortage.

She said, “We need over 2,000 staff nurses throughout the state but what we have now is over 900. This is caused by death, retirement or some of my colleagues’ decision to seek for greener pasture.”

Source: https://punchng.com/doctors-nurses-lament-poor-pay-overwork-in-state-hospitals/
* News / Why It's Hard To Ban The Menstrual Shed? by Idowu Olabode: May 20, 2019, 02:27:54 PM
Every year in Nepal, women die while sleeping in a shed outside their home because they are on their period. The cause of death is often smoke inhalation from lighting a fire to stay warm.

The practice, called chaupadi, is linked to Hindu beliefs around religious purity and the idea that menstruation is spiritually polluting. In much of the country, this means that a woman who is menstruating will avoid temples, prayer rooms and kitchens — places important to keep pure in the Hindu religion.



In parts of the remote west, an extreme version means nights sleeping outside in a hut or shed.

Last August, the government of Nepal announced punishments for anyone who forces a female family member to sleep outside while on her period: three months in jail or a fine of 3,000 rupees, roughly $30.



The practice was previously banned by Nepal's Supreme Court in 2005 but without penalties attached.

So far, the legislation is off to a slow start.

Consider the case of Dambara Upadhyay.

Three years ago, Upadhyay, age 21, died inside a menstrual shed in the village of Timalsena. Family members say her husband had asked her to stay in the family home that night, but she had said she was afraid that if she broke the rules, harm could come to her family.



The next morning, her sister-in-law, Nirmala Upadhyay, now 40, found her body in the shed.

The cause of death remains unknown. The family quickly tore down the shed, fearing that her spirit would haunt them — but perhaps also because local officials sometimes tear down the sheds in an attempt to enforce the law.

For a while, the women of the family slept inside the house while menstruating, though in a separate room that they would later have to purify.

But six months ago, the family built a new shed. Now, the women usually sleep there, including Upadhyay's 14-year-old niece, who recently got her first period.

The family's return to the shed is a sign of how hard it is to stop the practice.

Why the law isn't working ... yet

The August law had been enacted after a series of highly publicized deaths, including Upadhyay's in November 2016. Just a month later, in December 2016, a 15-year-old died of suffocation after lighting a fire inside the shed. Seven months after that, in July 2017, another teen died of a snakebite. Deaths of other women and girls followed.

Four people have died in sheds since the start of 2019, including two children sleeping beside their mother — all three reportedly died from smoke inhalation after lighting a fire inside the confined space of the shed. But no one has been prosecuted since the new law was announced.
Banished To A 'Menstrual Shed,' A Teen In Nepal Is Bitten By A Snake And Dies
Goats and Soda
Banished To A 'Menstrual Shed,' A Teen In Nepal Is Bitten By A Snake And Dies

Mohna Ansari, a member of Nepal's National Human Rights Commission in Kathmandu, says myriad reasons prevent the law from having much effect. For one, a woman who reports a family member might be kicked out of the family with no way to support herself on her own. It's also tricky to prove someone was forced to sleep in a menstrual shed when many women do so out of societal pressure and their own fear of the consequences.

"It's a deep-rooted belief if they will not go [to the shed], something [bad] will happen," Ansari says. Family members could get sick, livestock could die, crops could fail.

Janak Bahadur Shahi is the deputy superintendent of police in Achham district, where many of the deaths have occurred and where Upadhyay lived. He agrees that fear of spiritual retribution trumps the law.

"They [are] afraid with the God, not with the police," he says.

Next door to the Upadhyay home, Koshila Khatri, 27, talks about a time when the dishes she ate from while menstruating were accidentally brought into the house. Then a tiger killed two of the family's goats. Khatri isn't totally sure whether to blame this attack on menstruation.

Khatri's father-in-law, Dilli Prasad Jaisi, who heads the household, says the mishap with the goats is an example of why laws prohibiting the practice won't work. "One buffalo costs 20,000 rupees [about $180]. If it dies because a menstruating woman touched it, is the government going to pay for that?" Jaisi asks.

Other consequences of chaupadi

Even when women don't actually sleep outside, menstrual restrictions take a psychological toll, says Subeksha Poudel, senior manager for communications and gender and social inclusion at Possible Health, a health care organization that focuses on maternal health in the region.

"If you're labeling and treating girls as impure, it's the same as treating [them] as untouchable," Poudel says, comparing it to the caste system. In fact, colloquially, Nepalis use the phrase that means "to become untouchable" for a woman who is menstruating.

Religion and health care are intertwined too. People believe that illnesses may have a spiritual cause, and a shaman may be the first person called when someone falls sick. Drawing upon Hindu traditions, a shaman may say the illness is the result of breaking menstruation rules and angering God.

The belief is that, because most homes have a prayer room, God inhabits the home. So even if menstruating women don't touch religious items, their very presence in the home could be considered enough to contaminate them.

God inside — and outside — the house

In a village a few hours away from Timalsena, the local government is teaming up with shamans to find a workaround: keep God outside the house so women can stay in. The campaign's slogan translates to "God outside, menstruating women inside."

With the endorsement of the shamans, the municipal government is constructing outdoor community temples where families can store items they use for prayer, like sacred cloths and bells typically kept in prayer rooms inside their houses. With no symbolic representation of God inside the home, the government hopes that women can sleep inside while they're menstruating and families will not be afraid.

"We still need to pray, but for our safety, now we put God outside," says Ratna Tamata, a 55-year-old woman from Ramaroshan, standing at one of the temples under construction.

The Ramaroshan municipal government is trying a few tactics to end the practice of menstrual isolation. Vice chairperson Saraswati Rawal says they'll refuse to issue birth certificates, for example, for children in families that practice chaupadi.

Krishna Bhakta Pokhrel is a parliamentarian involved with drafting the anti-chaupadi measure that went into effect in August. Pokhrel told NPR that several municipalities are considering the withholding of government services processed at the municipal level, like citizenship documentation and social security registration.

Of course, families can simply lie about whether they practice chaupadi.

Women taking a stand

The campaign with the shamans has inspired a group of women activists in Ramaroshan to push back.

"Men and women are equal. Their blood is the same. They can live happily together," the women sang at a demonstration when NPR visited their village in March. Clad in a bright blue and pink sari like the rest of the group, their leader, Ganga Devi Saud, says that women can show how nothing bad will happen if they abandon the practice.

At the Nepal Fertility Care Center in Kathmandu, executive director Pema Lhaki wants to help more women and girls decide whether to stop.

Lhaki co-authored a study published in February in the journal Global Public Health. It found that only around a quarter of nearly 700 women and girls surveyed in Nepal knew menstruation was "to prepare for pregnancy." More than half thought it was to release impure blood.

The center has teamed up with other organizations and the government of Nepal to improve reproductive education in schools so students understand that menstruation is a normal biological process — not a curse or form of spiritual pollution.

In the village of Masthamandu, women of a younger generation have come up with their own way to stay safe without disrupting the social order. Aishwarya Kunwar, 24, is finishing up a prenatal session with a health care worker. At nine months pregnant, she doesn't have to worry about periods right now, but she and other women have pretended that they'd received hormonal birth control injections and told their in-laws that as a result, they would not menstruate.

Kunwar says their husbands know about and support their deception.

Back in Timalsena, Nirmala Upadhyay, the sister-in-law of the late Dambara Upadhyay, is waiting for generational change. For now, she still has to follow the rules of the house where she lives with her in-laws.

Things will be different, she says, when she's in charge. "When my mother-in-law and father-in-law are no longer with us, we'll do everything. We'll stay inside, milk the buffalo, cook food. We just won't go to the temple. Everything else we'll do."

Source: https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2019/05/13/721450261/why-its-so-hard-to-stop-women-from-sleeping-in-a-menstrual-shed
* News / Pope Urges Doctors, Nurses To Take Care of Their Healths, Avoid Burnout by Idowu Olabode: May 20, 2019, 02:21:02 PM
Patients are at risk of being treated as numbers, but doctors and nurses are too!
Pope Francis laments a health care industry that runs the risk of making patients into numbers in the search for efficiency and cost reduction, but he also says that patients aren’t the only ones who can be victims. The health care workers themselves are at risk, the pope said in an audience with the Catholic Association of Healthcare Workers on the 40th anniversary of its founding.

“The care that you give to the sick, so demanding and engaging, requires that you also take care of yourself,” the pope urged them.



    In fact, in an environment where the patient becomes a number, you too risk becoming one too, and being “burned out” by work shifts that are too hard, by the stress of emergencies, or by the emotional impact. It is therefore important that healthcare professionals have adequate safeguards in their work, receive proper recognition for the tasks they perform, and can use the right tools to be always motivated and trained.

The Holy Father also spoke to the health care professionals about the importance of the right of conscientious objection in an environment where “many consider that any possibility offered by technology” is also “morally feasible.” Instead, he said, every intervention “must first be carefully evaluated whether or not it effectively respects human life and dignity.”

    The practice of conscientious objection, in the extreme cases in which the integrity of human life is endangered, is based therefore on the personal need to not act in a way contrary to one’s own ethical convictions, but also represents a message for the surrounding healthcare environment, as well as in relation to the patients themselves and their families.

The pope cautioned that in the use of conscientious objection, however, medical professionals should aim to act with humility, so as not to cause disdain, nor to effectively block others from seeing one’s true motivations in objecting to this or that practice.

“It is good instead always to seek dialogue,” the Holy Father said, “especially with those who have different positions, listening to their point of view and seeking to transmit your own, not like one who gives a lecture, but as one who seeks the true good of people.”
Source:https://aleteia.org/2019/05/17/pope-urges-health-care-workers-to-self-care-avoid-burnout/
* News / Pakistan, Nigeria, Egypt Doctors, Nurses Top List Of Banned Practitioners In UK by Idowu Olabode: May 20, 2019, 02:15:55 PM
    Pakistan, Nigeria and Egypt top the list of nations with doctors and nurses working in the United Kingdom (U.K.) despite a ban on recruiting from those countries.

    According to the British National Health Service (NHS) Code of Practice, Nigeria is among 97 nations that “should not be actively recruited from” because they receive aid or suffer from shortages of medical practioners.

    However, figures revealed that one in four new NHS medics are from countries ‘banned’ from working for the health services sector.


    A breakdown of the figures published by the Daily Mail UK showed Pakistan with the highest number of medics with 3,413, followed by Nigeria and Egypt with 1,995 and 1,775 medics.

    Others are Sri Lanka with 826 medics, Sudan 797, Bangladesh 444, Iraq 326, Myanmar 312, South Africa 290, Nepal 166 and Jordan 160.

    The figures showed the number of doctors joining the NHS from these countries have doubled in the past two years.

    General Medical Council figures revealed that 4,161 doctors registered to work in Britain last year despite coming from countries that should not be recruited from.

    This is a 1,955 increase from the 2,206 medics that migrated from the same countries in 2016 just as over 12,000 registrations took place from nationals of these regions in the past five years.

    Also, 27 per cent of all new doctors working in the NHS are said to have emanated from ‘banned’ countries, compared to 13 per cent in 2014.


    Chief Executive of the King’s Fund, Richard Murray, expressed concerns that the NHS was too desperate to check if recruitment agencies were ‘ethical’ in their recruitment processes.

    However, some of the individuals may have applied to work in the UK off their own backs rather than being actively recruited.

    Concerns that ‘banned countries’ are being exploited emerged as NHS officials prepare to launch a global recruitment drive to fill vacancies.

    He told The Telegraph UK: “The workforce shortages in the NHS mean it does need international recruitment but it needs to be done ethically. Increases in this scale from these countries are going to bring the UK into disrepute.

    “I think organisations are so desperate to get professionals they just aren’t checking whether it is done ethically.”

    According to the DailyMail UK, an ongoing recruitment crisis has struck all aspects of the NHS and reached unprecedented levels.

    Experts, therefore, cautioned that frustrated medical practitioners are fleeing the health service in their droves due to funding issues, relentless pressure and even Brexit concerns.



https://m.guardian.ng/news/pakistan-nigeria-egypt-doctors-nurses-top-list-of-banned-practitioners-in-uk/
* News / Press Statement: Lift the Ban on Hijab for Nurses in JUTH by katty: May 16, 2019, 11:13:24 AM
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is is to bring to the knowledge of the authorities concerned about an unhealthy development at the University of Jos Teaching Hospital (JUTH).

This has to do with the recent BAN OF SHOULDER SIZE HIJAB FOR MUSLIM NURSES/STUDENTS IN JUTH which is a direct onslaught on freedom of worship as enshrined in the Nigerian Constitution.

 
The Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria has approved a shoulder size hijab for all nurses across the federation, but sadly, the Department of Nursing, JUTH has insisted on banning the hijab totally.

Staff were made to choose between the hijab or their Jobs. Some had  to comply because they need the job to survive, to earn income, to support their families and most importantly to even have the right frame of mind to worship.

 
But there is minimum standard for the Muslim woman to worship and one of this is the privacy of her body which covered by the hijab.

The stringent measure in JUTH has made it practically impossible for many Muslim nurses to benefit from the opportunity of working there, despite the fact that they have the requisite qualification. Their only offence is that they don’t want to pull down their hijab.

Students nurses on training at the hospital have been told to use their natural hair or wig to cover the hijab. They have been denied partaking in trainings except without their hijab presently.

JUTH is a Federal Government organization. Why the discrimination?

Something has to be done. Right to practice religion of choice is a right for all. We have written to the management of JUTH on this but not action has been taken yet. Please, someone should assist the Muslim Nurse.
Source :Daily Trust
* Nursing Heroes / The First Nurse Featured on TED Talks Launches Society For Nurse Entrepreneurs by katty: May 15, 2019, 06:23:07 PM
Rebecca Love, the first nurse to give a TEDx talk and the founder of many businesses including HireNurses.com, spoke with us about her inspirations, why she became a nurse and how the support from her mother, who is also a nurse, changed her life and likely the lives of many others. 

The Massachusetts-based nurse is as passionate as they come. In one way, she is driven by a myriad of projects and the dream of helping all nurses find a better way to do their job. But in another way, Love is driven by a single idea: to elevate the public perception of nurses to ensure that the job of bedside caregiver doesn’t go extinct.

Why did you want to become a nurse?


To be 100% honest, I thought I wanted to be a lawyer. My mother was a nurse and my dad was a lawyer.

I was applying to law school and at the time I was working on a Presidential campaign and the issue of healthcare was major. My mom flew out to visit me and we out to dinner and she said, “I really think you should be a nurse.” At the time, I remember thinking to myself, “Nursing is a really tough job.” I remember the hours that she worked but I also recognized there was very little appreciation and recognition for the work she did. And she said, “You’re very mission-driven and compassionate, you should be a nurse.” And I remember at the time when I was working on the Presidential campaign, I started to feel like, “How can I preach to the choir if I’m not a member of the choir?”

I think that is where I changed my perception. It was such an important topic on the campaign, the access to care, the denial of care. I had heard stories of my mother’s patients dying because their insurance had been cut off. So, my ambition really came from that direction: if I really wanted to create change in an industry that could really impact the lives of others, becoming a nurse really was the front door.

What did it mean for you to be the first nurse featured on TED Talks?


I would say that it was long overdue. It is an incredible honor but it also is just so surprising to me that in the decades of TED Talks and TEDMED that there had never been a nurse featured on the main TED platform.

Many people have recognized the importance and value of nursing but I think that they actually didn’t understand how important nurses were in healthcare. The message that nurses have always been this unsung, natural hero in health care resonated.

It seemed to be a mystery to many that we might be facing perhaps the greatest challenge to our profession that we have ever seen - that if we don’t change how we view nursing and the opportunities that we present to nurses, then potentially young people won’t become nurses and there will be no one left at the bedside to care for patients.

So, it was this huge honor, don’t get me wrong. But I think it was long overdue.

In your TEDx talk, you spoke eloquently about trusting nurses and their bedside innovations. What is the danger of not listening to the innovations nurses make?


Not recognizing the workarounds nurses are doing as actually innovations shows, again, the disconnect between how we view the stature and importance of nurses to transform healthcare. I think the danger of not recognizing nurses as innovators is it undermines their value and their role. But more importantly, it prevents the transformations we so desperately need to address in healthcare.

So, the danger of not exploring the world of nurse innovation or recognizing nurse-led innovations is to miss out on perhaps catalyzing a transformation in healthcare.

There is no one closer to the patient than the nurse and they understand where all the gaps of care are; where all the challenges to our current healthcare system exist.

If we can give nurses a seat at the table and recognize these innovations then we might actually be able to move healthcare forward in a way that many people say it should.

What balance do you think should be struck between challenging the status quo and maintaining protocol?


Following protocol is always going to be important within the system, because protocols have been in place based on evidence-based practice and research to maintain the best outcomes.

The importance is to give time and space so nurses can bring these innovations and workarounds forward so that they can improve the system. There has to be a balance.

In a place where life and death are on the line, following protocol is the safest path in almost every situation. But there are always going to be those outliers, those moments where challenging the status quo and thinking differently is warranted - if you keep doing things and expecting different results, then that’s the definition of insanity. There are moments when you have to try things differently to make progress.

What we need to do in our healthcare system is recognize nurses are dealing with these bottlenecks everyday. We have to create a system in healthcare where the nurses can safely maneuver those bottlenecks and also be given the time, space and resources to address problems so that they can create the solutions to improve patient care for all.

How did you become involved in the business and entrepreneurial realm of nursing?


I learned the hard way. I started my own company as a nurse because I wanted to make it easier for nurses to find a job and for my hospice patients to find nurses and my nursing students to find jobs. So, I created a company and I thought it was as easy as putting up a website and everything would work out. For five years, I struggled every single day to figure out how to build a company and that was my entry into the world of business — the school of hard knocks. That’s when I went to a Hackathon and it changed my perception, I realized how I, as a nurse, had never been taught business skills. In the course of a weekend at the Hackathon, I learned more about the business side of healthcare than I had learned in a year of trying to start a company.

It was then that I realized, “Holy cow! We need to have nursing Hackathons.” So that they can identify the problem, create solutions that also get some business knowledge to nurses so that they can speak the language of business. Because in nursing, we’re taught to speak in empathetic terms: “I think, I feel, I believe.” But that doesn’t allow for a compelling argument to your manager or the CFO. In the world of the business of healthcare, you have to speak to finance, operations and strategy and we were never given those skillsets. This is why I became so passionate about how can I help nurses get the skill sets they need to drive change.

The truth is typical nursing education gave us great clinical skill sets but they gave us no business skill sets. So I learned by starting my own business and we built the first nursing innovation entrepreneurship program in the country at Northeastern University and I literally just started the program saying, “Gosh, I wish somebody would have told me the 15 facts of starting a business.” Like, don’t look for a name, buy a URL. All these little hints that I wish I’d done.

Working with now hundreds, if not thousands, of nurses who are trying to start a business or patent a product, I’ve become very well versed in all the stumbling blocks, the challenges and now I just say to people, “You got this, keep going!”

So often you strive to empower people, which is a very beautiful quality. Where do you think that comes from?


I’m very passionate about empowering people. I think part of that comes from being a nurse, right? You don’t choose to become a nurse if you don’t want to help other people. I’ve always believed that nurses are the most pure entrepreneurs because we got into this profession to save people’s lives, not to make money. Every day that I went to the bedside and took care of dying patients, it wasn’t because I was getting a paycheck, it was because I wanted to alleviate their suffering.

This transition into trying to empower nurses to have more of a voice so they can drive changes in healthcare comes from the heart of being a nurse, which is: Let me help others because that’s going to help the world overall.

I feel that nursing has been mostly disempowered as a profession and the way that we can change that is by giving nurses the tools to be successful. I think it’s going to make humanity better, too. I am petrified that potentially one day in the future there will be no nurses by the bedside because we didn’t do anything to strengthen that profession, to have it be seen as beautiful, knowledgeable, intelligent and expert at keeping patients alive. That’s really how I fundamentally live my life.

You’ve created a new nursing society, SONSIEL: Society of Nurse Scientists, Innovators, Entrepreneurs and Leaders. What is the mission?


We started a new nursing society around this, actually. And it took me about six months to get comfortable with the idea that we were going to launch a new nursing society, it’s called SONSIEL: Society Of Nurse Scientists, Innovators, Entrepreneurs and Leaders. It’s based on this idea that we just want nurses to be valued for how smart they are and how intelligent they are based on their value in healthcare.

It took me six months to decide I was going to do this - we already have 800 nursing organizations in the country, but not one of them deals with the issues around the image of nurses in society. I wanted to create a place where nurses would be seen as the experts they are in healthcare.

Founding members include the Chief Nursing Officer at Microsoft and The Director of Innovation at the School of Nursing at UPenn. These are rockstar nurses who have all challenged the status quo, walked on the edge, done things differently but never could find other nurses like them to say, “Hey guys, it’s okay to be different in nursing and challenge the status quo and if you want to invent and if you want to start a company, we want to support you because we believe in your vision, we want to support and elevate it.”

We joke but we say we’ve created this stable for unicorns in nursing. We just launched in January and we have nurses from around the world reaching out to us saying, “Oh my gosh, there you’ve been, I’m not by myself! I’m just so happy!”

Your mother, who is also a nurse, helped you financially to start HireNurses.com when your father and husband wouldn’t. What did that trust and initial investment mean to you?




So, my mother gave me her nursing retirement to start HireNurses.com, that was our company. She went back to nursing school when she was almost turning 50. I was a freshman in college and she called me and said, “Am I too old to become a nurse?” It had always been her dream. And I said, “No, mom! You’re not too old to become a nurse!”

I remember when my dad and husband said they weren’t going to give us money to start this company. I had three little kids and my dad said, “If this was a great idea, why didn’t somebody else do this?”

So, my mom and I left that meeting with my dad, we were walking down the highway from the restaurant — we were so frustrated — on our way home. And my mother looked at me, and said, “Look, they’re not nurses. They don’t understand what you and I see in the community and I’ll give you my nursing retirement to start this company.” And I think it’s the only reason I never gave up.

Let me tell you, there were horrible times. Terrible things happened when starting the business; things I could not even imagine would go wrong went wrong. I won’t even go into them because I don’t want to scare anybody off, but just know there are incredibly dark moments and incredibly bright moments when starting a company.

Because that was my mom’s nursing retirement money she had given me, I just kept going. I could never give up because I knew the blood, sweat and tears that she had put behind that money. And if she hadn’t believed in me then and there, I don’t know if I would be where I am today. In fact, I know I wouldn’t.

Sometimes I wonder, would this conversation of nurse innovation in the world have taken off in the way it has if somebody hadn’t believed in me? If somebody hadn’t believed in all the other nurse innovators out there? I’m not sure, without her support in saying, “Yeah you can do something different,” if I would have ever had the courage to do it on my own.

What would it mean to you to throw out the first pitch at a Boston Red Sox game?


I think my kids would be super impressed. I think I would embarrass myself in front of an entire audience. But I think it would be absolutely exhilarating. But also if it gave nurses the courage to sit there and say, “I too can walk on the edge,” then that’s exactly why I would do it.

Source https://nurse.org/articles/nurse-ted-talk-teaches-entrepreneurs/
* News / Nurse Struggling With A Rapist Injured In Kano (Disturbing Photos) by katty: May 15, 2019, 01:14:33 PM
A nurse has incurred a deep knife wound on her neck while trying to resist rape.

The Kano State Police arrested a 20-year-old man called Bashir Yahaya over his attempt to rape a nurse at her duty post at a clinic in Taludu quarters, Gwale Local Government Area.

The spokesman of the command, DSP Abdullahi Haruna Kiyawa, said the suspect, Bashir Yahaya, trailed his victim to the clinic, tried to rape her and in the process injured her with the knife.



He added that the victim who was left with a deep cut on her neck was rescued by one Zayyanu Abdulhamid who also suffered a knife-cut injury from the suspect.

The injured woman has since been treated and discharged from the hospital while the suspect is in police custody under investigation.



The suspect was arrested at the scene and the weapon was recovered from him. He confessed to attempted rape and when she resisted he was forced to use the knife so she could comply with his wishes.
* News / Man Arrested for Trying to Rape A Nurse in Hospital by katty: May 14, 2019, 08:04:13 PM
The Police in Kano State have confirmed the arrest of a 20-year-old man over alleged attempt to rape a nurse (name withheld) at her duty post at a clinic in Taludu quarters, Gwale Local Government Area.

The spokesman of the command, DSP Abdullahi Haruna Kiyawa, who confirmed the arrest, said the suspect, Bashir Yahaya, on May 12, trailed his victim to the clinic and used a sharp knife to inflict an injury on her neck in his wild attempt to rape her.



He said the victim who was left with a deep cut on her neck was rescued by one Zayyanu Abdulhamid who also suffered a knife-cut injury from the suspect.

He said the injured had been treated and discharged from the hospital while the suspect was in police custody under investigation.

Kiyawa said the suspect, who was nearly lynched by the  mob, was arrested at the scene and the exhibit of knife with blood stain recovered from him.

He added that the suspect confessed to have attempted to rape his victim but that she resisted which informed his decision to use the knife on her to force compliance.

He said preliminary investigations revealed that the victim was a staff at the said clinic.

He said the suspect would soon be charged to court.

Source : Dailly Trust
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