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* News / West African College of Nursing Adult and Geriatric Psychiatry Certificate Cours by katty: July 22, 2018, 08:48:11 PM
The West African College of Nursing is organizing a one week certificate course on Adult and Geriatric Psychiatry Certificate Course
Theme: Expanding awareness of mental health challenges in adult and geriatrics
Venue: Hotel Codial limited, 151 Chime Avenue, New Haven Enugu
Date 3-7 september 2018
* Schools of Nursing / Oyo State College of Nursing and Midwifery Eleyele 2018 Interview List and Date by katty: July 22, 2018, 08:45:22 PM
This is to inform you that the results of the entrance examination into the College held on Saturday, 7th July, 2018 have been released.
To check your results click to see the full list of shortlisted student. Sucessful students are to resume immediately for academic activities.
The candidates whose names appear below having met the cut-off marks have been shortlisted and invited for oral interview scheduled to hold between Tuesday, 24th and Friday, 27th July, 2018 at the College premises. Time: 8:00am prompt.
Successful Candidates are expected to come along with the following documents:
- Original and photocopies of their O'level results
- Original and photocopies of Birth Certificate/Sworn Declaration of Age
- Original and photocopies of Local Government Identification
- A copy of Interview Notification printed from the College Portal using the Username and Password generated at the time of registration
Please note that all Nursing applicants with:
- serial number 1-50 should appear for the oral interview on Tuesday, 24th July, 2018
- serial number 51-100 should appear for the oral interview on Wednesday, 25th July, 2018; and
- serial number 101-131 should appear for the oral interview on Thursday, 26th July, 2018; and
- all successful Midwifery applicants should appear for the oral interview on Tuesday, 24th July, 2018
The successful Midwifery applicants should appear for the oral interview on Tuesday, 24th July, 2018 with their Notification of Results as Registered Nurse issued by the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria (NMCN) alongside the above documents.
'Biodun Oni
Ag. Registrar
* News / Lagos Dashes Pharmacists Hope, Withdraws Circular on Consultant Pharmacists by katty: July 22, 2018, 08:40:35 PM
The Lagos state government has suspended with immediate effect till further notice the implementation of the provisions of Circular Ref.CIR/HOS/'18/Vol.1/036 of 10th May 2018 as it relates to the consultant pharmacist cadre dashing the hope of JOHESU members nationwide.
This was contained in a memo dated 13th july 2018 and signed by the permanent secretary PSO Braimah Bashir.
The memo continues: While the state government remains committed to staff career development and the professional fulfilment of its employees, the suspension has been necessitated by the need for the wider consultation with all stakeholders in the healthcare sector in the overall best interest of quality healthcare service delivery in lagos state
* News / Nigeria Health Ministry Warns Nurses Against Going for Illegal Nursing Degree by katty: July 22, 2018, 08:35:18 PM
The Federal Ministry of Health in Nigeria  has warned Nurses against going to Unregistered and Unaccredited Universities for their  Bachelor of Nursing Science Programs. This warning was contained in a memo dated 17th July 2018 issued by the apex health body and  reads:
It has come to the attention of federal ministry of health that some nursing officers in pursuit for further education end up in an unregistered/ unaccredited/illegal institution and at the end of such programs would insist on presenting such unapproved certificates for promotion or other use within the public service in nigeria
Consequently, all chief executives are hereby directed to always seek clarification from relevant authorities regarding registration/accreditation status of particular institutions before granting approval for further studies
The federal ministry of health would not be cowed into accepting illegal certificates for use in any form within the public service in Nigeria
* MCPDP / Ondo State july 2018 MCPDP Schedule Postponed by katty: July 22, 2018, 01:57:04 PM
The MCPDP earlier scheduled to hold between 23 and 27 July 2018 is hereby suspended. This is due to poor number of participants'  registration. A new date will be announced. All inconveniences are highly regretted.
* Articles / Why We Need More Men in Nursing By Nurse Ikechukwu Ogbu by katty: July 21, 2018, 02:54:01 PM
Following the most recent manifestation of mental illness demonstrated by Dr. Ajibola of the A&E unit, Ondo State Trauma and Surgical centre who had poured wound irrigation fluid on a licensed and practising nurse, one could be tempted to question the fabrics on which the medical ethics in Nigerian healthcare industry is woven. This was not long after the hopeless idiot, Dr. Emmanuel Okolo of Awoyaya Hospital and Maternity centre, Ibeju Lekki, Lagos meted out a severe beating on a nurse assisting him. You see, there are many mad men on dangling stethoscopes. But the point is that a given specie is always their prey: the female nurses. This is what has beaten my emotion and reason below the belts!

There is no civil or moral justification to amend the act of laying an inimical hand, or even, a blazing tongue upon a fellow caregiver. The barbaric of this is that it often happens in the presence of patients/clients. However, this is obtainable in Nigeria where such school as Bishop Shanahan Hospital Nsukka (among others) would cast a heaving gap, an intimidating gap between the number of females and males to be admitted into General Nursing in the school. Imagine a school admitting only 3, 4 or at most, 5 men into their school among 45 females or more. This is happening in this current era.

Amidst the unscrupulous and jarring attitudes of some doctors on the ward, I have never heard of a male nurse receive such a brutal treatment from a doctor. Men, no doubt, have always gained more respect than their female colleagues. It is no way by male chauvinism, but by the dexterities of manhood; nay, courage, boldness and professionalism. Men question many things and cannot be controlled like a helpless she-goat that is been paraded for sale at Eke-Ozzi market. It's just baffling that some private hospitals in Lagos, Abuja and other big cities do not recruit male nurses again. As some of them could be as a result of religious fanaticism, extremism and or, mere human stupidity, a good number of them are afraid of men who would come and change a status quo or make a paradigm shift, or even challenge them. Some doctors will not recruit them in their private hospital because they are afraid that such male nurses will gain more ground than they in their own hospital.

However, for the Nursing profession in Nigeria to gain an aggrandized standard, men who are ready to make exploits, both in the brains and in courageous character must be involved. Open wide doors for male aspirants in Nursing schools. Enough of all these girly and fragile manners of nurses. A staunch nurse tutor, Mr. Gold A. relates this fragility and exaggerated obedience of nurses to what he called "Early Childhood Experience" whereby they (student nurses) were treated like Secondary school kids: learning how to open doors for doctors and assisting them do their own duties. This is jaw-breaking! Bullshit!

We do not know who we are probably because we do not also know what we have evolved. We have been enjoying the legal status of "Profession" since 1981 that the Industrial Arbitration Panel awarded us that status. It means we are solely a standardized body and profession whose practice is not fully dependent on another profession, but rather, a complement to other professions which ought to be reciprocated by compliments too. Nursing is never an adjunct of medicine, neither is it an auxiliary. The two professions are parallel; they do not meet. They only rub minds (not shoulders) when the attainment of a therapeutic stardom is inevitable.

I think, in a way, women contribute to a greater percent of our problems. Women, especially these menopausal matrons lazing around with big hips and ancient brains. They should not be made to head units. Clinical expertise is not by age, experience nor political influences and affluence. It is simply by skills and proficiency which is not always gotten by many years of experience. Look at these two categories of mentality now. The White ask: "What can you offer?" The Black ask: "How many years of work experience do you have?"

This is a clarion call. We must wake up. The best way is not by seeking to travel abroad and develop the already developed countries. The best way is standing up and standing out, and eventually standing tall in the very vocation where we are called to serve humanity.

Culled, with minimal edition from: Ogbu, I (2018): A Dangling Stethoscope. Enugu: Timex Enterprises.
* News / Endoscopy Nurses in Ghana Need Formalize Specialized Training – Mr Kpodo by katty: July 21, 2018, 02:40:52 PM
Mr Joel M. Kpodo, Chairman of the Society for Nurses in Endoscopy and Minimally Invasive Surgery- Ghana (SNEMIS), has called for the formalisation of the specialised training for nurses in the fields of gastroenterology, endoscopy (Nurse Endoscopists), and minimally invasive surgery.

He said a formal training for nurses would enable them acquire the requisite knowledge, skills, academic and professional qualifications matching international standards.

Mr Kpodo made the call at a three-day third national endoscopy and minimally invasive surgical nursing workshop, ECG reading and basic life support training for nurses and endoscopy staff, held on Friday, in Accra.

The training workshop, on the theme, “Demystifying endoscopy and minimally invasive surgery for safety and efficiency,” entails both didactics and hands-on sessions, which would cover vital areas of the practice, including the roles and responsibilities of the endoscopy nurse, advances in endoscope reprocessing protocols, patient’s pathway in endoscopy, client’s safety in endoscopy, ECG reading and interpretation, and basic life support.

He said endoscopy nursing roles had advanced over the last few years, and today endoscopy nurses were upgrading their skills and qualifications to become nurse endoscopists, bowel scopists, and capsule endoscopy interpreters, lead nurses in therapeutic endoscopy, nurse consultants and Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) specialist nurses.

He noted that the diversity of practice in endoscopy challenges and requires the endoscopy nurse today to acquire the needed academic and professional qualifications, and to continually seek continuing professional developments.

“At the moment, the very few of us advocating for this, have had to go for various degrees of training in foreign countries, from our own pockets, and sometimes supports from some foreign agencies.”

Mr Kpodo said some factors that were affecting the development of endoscopy included, lack of interest and training, lack of exposure, high cost of equipment, cost of procedure, infection control, complications sedation safe handling of equipment among others.

“Lack of government support, insufficient cash flow, lack of equipment in many government hospitals, endoscopy not covered by the national health insurance scheme, little investment in the training of specialists’, high import tariff on equipment and machines, are some of the challenges facing the endoscopy in Ghana.”

He said the ramifications of the roles of the endoscopy nurse were considerable, yet their contribution was often undervalued by colleagues and some managers of some health institutions, saying, it was unsafe and virtually impossible to effectively run any endoscopy service without a well-trained and efficient endoscopy nurse.

“We need to accept that, lots of wrong things have been done over the years to the point that it has become a norm, but all must come on board to tackle the issue with a conscious and deliberate effort to right the wrong.”

Mr Kpodo appealed to the government to work out immediate plans for regulations and accreditation for the numerous endoscopy centres mushrooming as well as the healthcare professionals performing the various procedures.

Dr Kweku Asante Krobea, President, Ghana Registered Nurses and Midwives Association, said an endoscopy is a procedure that allows qualified health practitioners to view the inside of a person’s body.
He said the universal health coverage and the global goals would not be achieved unless nurses and midwives who make up to 75 percent of the health sector professional workforce globally are supported and empowered to become advanced practitioners.

He said Ghana has had its fair share of the challenges imposed on its health agenda by the growing global burden of diseases necessitating innovations aimed at the creation of opportunities for health professionals to grow their knowledge.

Dr Asante Krobea said everyday thousands’ of children and adults die needlessly because they do not receive basic life-saving interventions that are often locally available but are simply not provided due to indecision, delays, misdiagnosis and incorrect treatment.

He explained that it is more important to define the field of endoscopy and get it more grinded into the health care practice, urging the nurses in their quest to reverse the trend not to be relentless in their efforts and not to disappoint the good people of Ghana.

SNEMIS – Ghana is a society of nurses in endoscopy and minimally invasive surgery, which was put together to unite as a body engaged in any capacity in the fields of endoscopy or minimally invasive surgical nursing.

It is aimed at advocating for safe and effective practice, advancing the science and practice of endoscopy and minimally invasive surgical nursing through education, training and re-training, research, advocacy, and collaboration.

It is also to promote the professional development of its members in an atmosphere of mutual support, and continually collect information, establish guidelines for future professionals and expand specialized educational opportunities.


* News / Ghana Requires 7,000 Specialised Nurses To Meet Medical Care Demand by katty: July 21, 2018, 02:30:55 PM
-Korle-Bu graduates first set of Degree in Preoperative and Critical Care Nursing

Ghana requires not less than 4,000 Critical Care and 3,000 Peri-Operative Nurses (PON) to meet the country's holistic medical care demand, Dr Kwaku Asante-Krobea, Principal of the School of Peri-Operative and Critical Nursing, Korle-Bu has said.

Dr Asante-Korbea said the global health coverage and other health goals would not be achieved unless Nurses and midwives who make up to 75 per cent of the health sector professionals' workforce globally were supported and empowered.

'Nurses and Midwives are often undervalued and we believe we could make a bigger contribution if we are enabled to work to the limit of our competence having acquired specialised education.'

Dr Asante Krobea was speaking at the first graduation ceremony of 50 Peri-Operative and 47 Critical Nurses respectively at Korle-Bu in Accra on Thursday. They were awarded with Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing.

Under Peri-Operative Nursing (PON), four students obtained first class, 42 obtained Second Class Upper and four obtained Second Class Lower. Mr Mallet Kojo Gbogblorvor was adjudged the overall best in PON.

Five students also obtained first class in Critical Care Nursing (CCN) while 38 obtained Second Class Upper and four had second class lower. Cecilia Asiama Yeboah was adjudged the overall best student in CCN.

The University of Cape Coast, awarded them with the Degrees certificates.

PON and CCN are specialised nurses who provide quality service and care delivery in operating theatres and intensive units of medical facilities.

Touching on the theme 'Confronting the challenge of healthcare with Nursing Specialisation: projecting Peri-Operative and Critical Care, ' Dr Asante-Krobea said the country could not continue to rely on the skills of more basic skills as against insignificant few specialised skills to achieve appreciable Universal Health Coverage.

He said literature had suggested that clients seeking health care everywhere were safer in the hands of 'well educated nurses.'

'If we can apply our skills of actively listening to individuals, getting a sense of their individual needs, constraints and desires, higher education becomes a sine-qua-non.

' We need to work on many fronts, and it is only a focus-driven academic preparation that will meet the emerging trend.'

According to him patients' needs kept changing over time and nurses needed to embrace a strong health promotion approach.

He said currently the World Health Organisation, global health agenda endorsed the rights and privileges' of all individuals to receive health care information pricelessly if possible.

That agenda, he said imposed a great responsibility on persons who possesses the skill and knowledge to deliver health care information to persons requiring it.

'Considering the fact that health care information is a right and a privilege, I dare challenge professionals in health care to rise up against the challenge by seeking continuous education.'

Dr Asante Krobea recounted that it was responsibility of government to strengthen and invest in nursing and midwifery for health institutions to have a triple impact of promoting health, advance gender equality and strengthen local economies.

'The long term goal is to raise the profile of Nursing and Midwifery globally, makes it central to health policy and decision making to ensure that Nurses and Midwives can use their skills, education and training to their full capacity. '

Such a positive action from government will engender public confidence in the slowly dying health system,' Dr Asante-Krobea said.

He therefore appealed to the Ministry of Health to expand the school's existing infrastructural edifice in order to procure more class rooms, laboratories, electronic libraries staff offices and accommodation.

Dr Asante-Krobea said school was ready to partner with relevant stakeholders to enable staff of the school to build the needed capacity through enrolment in Doctoral Programmes.

'We still uphold the tenacity to collaborate with some countries in Africa to train their practicing Nurses to acquire specialisation in PON and CCN. This academic year, again, foreign students would be enrolled.''

He announced that school was currently in partnership with the National Blood Service to produce degree-prepared nurses who would work in various capacities within the Service where specialists would be required.

Dr Asante- Krobea was elated that for the past 20 years, the school had produced 1,000 Peri-Operative and Critical Care Specialists in the country.

He congratulated the students bracing the storm through dint of hard work in order to achieve high academic laurels.

Madam Tina Mensah, Deputy Minister of Health in a speech read on her behalf noted that pursuing a specialisation was not only beneficial for career advancement but also for shaping the future of health care system.

The Minister said task of ensuring universal health coverage as enshrined in the SDG's, required the contribution of specialised nursing.

'My plea to our graduands is that their impact should be felt by patients. Let clients project you by the testimony they give as a result of the unique services they receive.'

According to her, that would require good interpersonal relationship and good communication and feedback with patients at every point of the health delivery chain.

The Minister further tasked the graduands to practice within the confines of the law and maintain high professional standards at all times.

By Joyce Danso/Gifty Amofa, GNA
* News / Nigeria Needs 10 Times More Health Workers to Achieve Universal Health Coverage by katty: July 21, 2018, 07:45:59 AM
Nigeria needs to produce an estimated 450,000 health workers yearly in the next ten years to achieve the Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The Senior Technical Advisor for Development Research and Project Center (dRPC)-PAS, Emmanuel Abanida, said this in Abuja on Thursday, quoting the World Health Organisation.

He was speaking at a meeting of non-governmental organisations called to deliberate on their role in implementation of the 2014 Task Shifting/Task Sharing (TSTS) policy.

TSTS is a strategy of government formulated to accelerate progress towards achievements of the Millennium Development Goals.

The policy focuses on priority areas such as Family and Reproductive Health, Maternal and Child Health services (RMNCH), HIV, TB, Malaria and other communicable and non-communicable diseases It aims to help the country achieve universal health coverage and meet the health needs of Nigerians.

Mr. Abanida stressed the country cannot achieve universal health coverage if there are no health workers to do the job.

Currently, Nigeria produces only about 45,000 health workers yearly, about one tenth of what the WHO said is required.

Speaking further on the human capital gap, Mr Abanida said Nigeria needs about 237,000 medical doctors, but currently has only 35,000 doctors.

"Nigeria is second in terms of inadequate number of nurses and midwives in Africa with only 152,000, closely followed by Ethiopia.

"Besides, about 65 per cent of Nigerians still lack proper access to healthcare services, while 70 per cent of the rural populace has no access at all to healthcare services in the country, according to World Health Organization (WHO).

He said the federal government introduced TSTS to move tasks from highly specialised to less specialised health workers.

He said task shifting can make more efficient and effective use of human resources currently available by reallocating tasks among the front-line health care workers.

Mr Abanida noted that the meeting was necessary to brainstorm on the ongoing review of the TSTS so as to ensure smooth implementation across the country.

The Director and Head Reproductive Health Division, Federal Ministry of Health, Kayode Afolabi, said the implementation of the TSTS policy is above 57 per cent across the country, as more states are adopting the policy.

He urge the professionals involved to fast track the implementation of the policy with the aim of repositioning family planning programme on its investment agenda and to ensure that all women of reproductive age have unhindered access to modern family planning methods of their choice in the communities.

The Executive Director, Women, Children and Youth Health and Education Initiative, Bauchi State, Halima Mukaddas, said the TSTS policy has given health workers the mandate to carry out some services in primary healthcare centres (PHCs ) across the state.

She said the policy has been well accepted in Bauchi because the workers see the importance of sharing some of their works to other people.

WHO Country Director, Wondi Alemu, said said the TS policy is important for Nigeria to move towards achieving Universal Health Coverage.

Represented by the National Professional Officer, Maternal, Sexual and Reproductive Health, Olumuyiwa Ojo, Mr Alemu, however, stressed that UHC cannot be achieved without proper attention to the patients themselves.

He said WHO will continue to support the process and the government in implementing this policy.

The one day meeting was organised by the Federal Ministry of Health and the development Research & Project Center (dRPC) under the Partnership for Advocacy in Child and Family Health (PAS) project.

PAS project is an intervention anchored by the dRPC and implemented by a coalition of 12 indigenous Nigerian CSOs and professional health associations holding government at national and state levels accountable on policy, programme and budgetary commitments in the health sector.
Source: Premium Times
* News / Sudanese Man 31, Who Stabbed a Nurse in Israel for not readmitting him Indicted by katty: July 21, 2018, 07:17:02 AM
Oshar Bakhit, a 31 year old Sudanese national in Israel on a tourist visa, charged with stabbing  65-year-old Nurse Rachel Kovo in the stomach, seriously injuring her

A man was indicted Friday for stabbing a nurse in Shmuel Harofe Geriatric Medical Center in the central Israel town of Beer Yaakov, where he had previously been treated.

According to the indictment, 31-year-old Oshar Bakhit, a Sudanese national, entered the hospital on July 2, carrying a knife with a 19-centimeter blade hidden in his pants. Bakhit, who had been a patient in the hospital from January to May, planned to attack one of the staff due to his anger that the hospital would not readmit him.

Ignoring the guard’s call for him to stop, Bakhit allegedly made his way to the nurse’s station. When the guard confronted him, Bakhit drew his knife and threatened him, and the guard fled

Bakhit then allegedly stabbed a nurse, 65-year-old Rachel Kovo, plunging the knife deep into her abdomen. According to the indictment, the nurse grabbed Bakhit’s hand and held on to him to prevent him from stabbing her again.

The guard returned with his pistol drawn and forced Bakhit to drop the knife. He was then overpowered by staff.

Kovo was seriously wounded in the stabbing. She required two operations, was sedated for some two weeks and remains in intensive care.

Bakhit, who is in Israel on a tourist visa, was charged with serious intent to cause injury and with threatening others.

The Health Ministry strongly condemned the attack and ordered security increased at health institutions.

Esti Ayalon Kovo, the daughter of the nurse injured in the attack, spoke then about the need for action.

“Cases such as this should not happen again, and decision-makers must understand that they have an equally important role — to create a culture with zero tolerance for violence. Something has to change,” said Ayalon Kovo.

“She was attacked by a patient who wanted to be hospitalized again. He did not single her out — he hurt her because he was frustrated, because he was angry. I cannot understand it,” she added.

According to a December 2017 report issued by the Health Ministry committee examining the issue, there are more than 3,000 incidents of violence against medical personnel per year, with only 11 percent of them reported to police. Only a small portion of that percentage are ever brought to trial.

In March last year, 78-year-old Asher Faraj doused nurse Tova Kararo at his local HMO clinic in the city of Holon with flammable liquid and set it alight, killing her.
Source: Times of Israel
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