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* News / Kenya: Samburu County Nurses Threaten to Withdraw their Support for Uhuru by Peculiar005: Today at 08:30:24 AM
Samburu County nurses have threatened not to support the re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta if their CBA is not considered and their demands looked into.

They urged the President to stop his campaigns and concentrate on ending the strike.

The health workers took to Maralal streets on Saturday morning saying the Government should treat the strike as an emergency.



The Organising Secretary James Longonjine said that the nurses’ strike is not a priority to the leaders.

"What is priority to them is their campaigns and we are telling them come August 8th if they are not going to solve this we are going to show you the way," said Lengonjine.

The nurses urged the Head of State to push for the signing of the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

The health workers also noted that most Samburu residents are poor and cannot afford the services of private hospitals in the region.

By Martin Njiru, Standard Media
* Articles / Hotline to Prevent Nigerian Men from Murdering their "imported" Nurse Wives by Peculiar005: Today at 08:18:53 AM
-Between  2006 and 2008 10 women were killed by their Nigerian husbands in USA, 8 were RN
"Nigerian nurses [also] marry Nigerian-American men as tickets/passports to higher income and better quality of life," after which some of the men feel entitled to their partners' salaries and insist on controlling their income.


It was an ordinary afternoon when Anthonia Iheme left her work at a nursing home in Hennepin County, Minnesota, and got into her car. But as she was about to pull out of the car park, she was shot - twice. Her vehicle lurched forward and clipped the side of a parked van before going over a pavement, down a small hill and striking a chain-link fence bordering the nursing facility. The gunman followed. He approached the driver's window and fired several more shots.



The attacker was Anthonia's husband. It was July 24, 2008. After murdering his wife, he called 911 and declared: "I have killed the woman that messed my life up … a woman that destroyed me."

Years later, Grace Ogiehor-Enoma sat quietly on the J train heading to her office in the New York borough of Brooklyn. When the train emerged above ground, her phone rang. The caller had hidden his ID.

"Tell me why I should not kill my wife now," he raged.

Although she receives similar calls 10 to 15 times a year, they never cease to startle Ogiehor-Enoma. The man, calling from the state of Georgia, launched into a tirade against Nigerian nurses in the United States.

"Some of the women, they deserve what they get," he said. Ogiehor-Enoma let him vent.

When he had finished, she assumed the role of educator and counsellor. She asked: What would become of his children? What would become of him? By the end of her commute, she had managed to talk him down.

After 10 Nigerian women - eight of them nurses - had been killed in the US by their partners between 2006 and 2008 - shot, stabbed or bludgeoned to death - Ogiehor-Enoma decided to act.


The nurse and executive director of the National Association of Nigerian Nurses in North America (NANNNA) started handing out her mobile phone number at community gatherings and events. It became an unofficial, de facto hotline for Nigerian men abusing or contemplating killing their partners, for couples seeking help, and for abused women.



The unofficial hotline was part of her organisation's efforts to understand and tackle domestic violence among Nigerians in the US. Why was there so much violence against nurses? What should be done?

Deciphering violence


Domestic abuse and fatal cases of partner violence are global phenomena. According to the United Nations, 38 percent of murders of women worldwide are committed by their male partners, and partner violence is the most common type of violence against women, affecting 30 percent of women globally.

The National Network to End Domestic Violence reports that three women are killed every day in the US by their partners. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), black women in the US have historically experienced intimate partner violence at rates higher than white women.

These numbers, however, fail to account for the plurality of experiences within the African-American community. The BJS' National Crime Victimization Survey did not track domestic-related murders and murder-suicides by perpetrators with an immigrant status until July 2016.

NANNNA wanted to determine the specific factors driving violence in the Nigerian diaspora. In 2011, they conducted an informal investigation into the murders of Nigerian nurses,
gathered anecdotal data by reviewing comments on Nigerian news sites and blogs, hosted focus groups and used knowledge gleaned from the hotline.

Their findings revealed a recurring theme for Nigerian women in the US. They earned more than their partners and worked long hours, which kept them from what their partners perceived to be their domestic duties and led to suspicions of infidelity.

It also revealed a clash between a particular strain of patriarchy - as embodied by the Nigerian man accustomed to the norms of his male-dominated homeland - and feminism, as represented by the acculturated Nigerian woman.

Women were accused of "losing their identity" in the US and being corrupted by its "women-friendly" legal system.

NANNNA is currently collaborating with two psychiatrists at Yale University, Theddeus Iheanacho and Charles Dike, to formally research domestic violence against nurses in the US and Nigeria. Based on news reports of fatal domestic violence cases, Iheanacho estimates that on average in the past decade about three to four Nigerian nurses are killed by their intimate partners every year.

"In Nigeria, the balance of power, most of the time, is in the man's hands, so he has less recourse to violence," says Iheanacho. "Domestic violence is acceptable in Nigeria."

Nearly a third of all women in Nigeria, 28 percent, have experienced physical violence. Nigeria has disparate pieces of legislation. A few states have passed legislation on domestic violence, but others permit husbands to physically "correct" their wives. Nigeria signed the Violence Against Persons (Prohibition) Act into law only in 2015, after a decade-long legislative process. The bill finally tagged spousal battery as "an offence".

"[But] there is no enforcement of laws around domestic violence in Nigeria," says Iheanacho.

Sometimes the abuse can escalate to extreme violence because women often stay in abusive relationships and refuse to take advantage of the different sources of aid available to them in the US. They believe as Ogiehor-Enoma puts it, "that as Nigerian women you have to be married to gain the respect of the community".

Why nurses?


One of the reasons nurses are targeted is because it is a common profession for Nigerian women in the US.

Based on data from the Migration Policy Institute as of 2015, Nigeria was the third source country for foreign-born registered nurses in the US. The field is relatively easy to get into; one can become a certified nursing assistant, picking up extra shifts and working for $12.78 an hour, in a matter of weeks.

"Nigerian nurses [also] marry Nigerian-American men as tickets/passports to higher income and better quality of life," states the NANNNA study, which also revealed that some Nigerian-American men often return to Nigeria to marry nurses or women they later convince to adopt the profession.

After bringing their female partners to the US and or funding their nursing education, some of the men feel entitled to their partners' salaries and insist on controlling their income. Once the women start to work, the men expect a return on their investment, says Ogiehor-Enoma - but in the US they often find it harder than anticipated to control their partners.

"Decisions about how money is spent are a source of conflict. The women were blamed for rebelling against this expectation and sometimes flaunting their superior contribution to their peril," says the NANNNA study.

It is not just the prevalence of the nursing occupation in the community that accounts for why most of the victims of fatal domestic violence cases are nurses. For Iheanacho, the murders of nurses are almost symbolic.

"Nurses are just representative of a professional woman," he says. "A nurse from Nigeria represents a successful professional, potentially independent, woman."

Ogiehor-Enoma receives calls from irate husbands, complaining that now their women are nurses they no longer feel respected by them.

Her hotline has deepened understanding into the issue, and it is also filling a void - offering help to a community that is often not reached.

Official marriage counselling or involving the authorities in marital disputes is not common in the Nigerian community "because back home we tend to focus on elders; reporting the woman or the husband to the mother-in-law or to the family member to discuss the issues," Ogiehor-Enoma says.

Community members, like most immigrants, are often unwilling to seek help from official sources of aid for fear of the authorities and of betraying their own group.

Research findings suggest West African immigrants are more likely to turn to informal avenues such as religious leaders, friends and relatives for help with domestic violence than the authorities, psychologists or marriage counsellors.

Filling the void


The advice and counselling Ogiehor-Enoma dispenses draws on her medical training, her Nigerian background and common sense.

When she receives calls from men, she refers them to local NANNNA leaders in their state; and she directs abused women to the National Domestic Violence Hotline. The calls are confidential and are often from nurses and their partners. But it is difficult to get these men and women to trust and use resources outside the community.

After the 2011 research, NANNNA presented its findings to the Ministry of Health in Nigeria and created domestic violence groups in their 13 chapters across the US.

Ogiehor-Enoma faces a lack of resources to create an official hotline with designated responders other than her as well as the culture of silence around domestic violence that prevents more people from using existing services to openly discuss intimate partner abuse.

More research, services and programmes tailored to the cultural needs of the community are needed to effectively monitor and curb domestic violence, she says. This would involve collaborating with diaspora groups and religious centres such as churches and mosques.

There have been no fatal cases since the death of Nigerian-American nurse Nnenna Laura Ogbonna-Onwumelu in Baltimore, Maryland on February 16, 2016.

The calls to Ogiehor-Enoma's hotline are decreasing, and she isn't certain why, but she attributes it partly to a lack of awareness and people's unwillingness to discuss domestic violence. Perhaps opening a direct line to her community has also helped with curbing domestic violence, but without the data, it's hard to tell.

Ogiehor-Enoma, like Iheanacho, believes the murders are just the tip of the iceberg, as the abuse endures and remains normalised below the surface. For their study, Iheanacho and Dike screened 100 Nigerian nurses in the US and Nigeria, and while their final findings will be reported in November, Iheanacho says the majority of the women screened positive for intimate partner violence.

As much as the Nigerian diaspora tries to save face and tackle its issues internally, Ogiehor-Enoma admits their aims cannot be met alone. More external assistance and resources are needed for community-run programmes; particularly programmes targeting men. "Our community needs help," she says.

Source: Al Jazeera
* Articles / Falsification of Client Documents in Nursing a Felony by Azzida Dzaher by Peculiar005: July 21, 2017, 08:44:11 PM
The falsification of information is a serious matter especially in healthcare. When carried out by nurses, it signals to the employers that they are not trustworthy – and can lead to immense consequences.

Even though the falsification of documents in nursing is not a new phenomenon, it places patients in danger and is a completely deceptive and unacceptable act. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) alleged this as a fraud, which is “the intentional deception or misrepresentation made by a person with the knowledge that the deception could result in some unauthorised benefit to him or some other person.”



Chart falsification comes in many forms. A nurse might do an ‘early’ documentation by signing off early on the medication chart – indicating that she has given the medication before she actually did. She might have the intention of carrying out her duties, but she might have been caught up with another task and forgot to serve medications.

Nurses also work in a hectic environment, which can lead to late or missed medications and unintentionally cause nurses to sign off on the missed medications and dispose them to avoid the discipline. Sometimes, nurses tend to sign-off on medications that were given to the patient – however, probably due to careless and poor vigilance of monitoring, the medication given would not be taken by the patient.

Nurses jailed for falsifying stroke patients' records


Falsification in nursing is an offence that can jeopardise one’s career. In the UK, two nurses, Rebecca Jones, 31, and Lauro Bertulano, 46, were sentenced to prison due to falsifying vulnerable stroke patients’ vital medical tests. In their case, they were supposed to carry out a test and record it accurately instead of submitting bogus blood glucose readings.

Their task was to conduct checks at least every two hours on diabetic patients, so that their glucose levels would not become dangerously low or high. However, Jones falsified 51 entries for nine elderly patients. Additionally, Bertulano made 26 bogus readings for six gravely ill patients at the Princess of Wales hospital in Bridgend, South Wales.

The prosecutor, Christopher Clee, told the court that they recorded fictitious results of patients in their care. “It was found they failed to carry out diabetes tests for patients and made up results. In short throughout blood glucose tests were never carried out,” expressed Clee, adding that such a practice could lead to serious consequences.

Following their offence, Rebecca Jones was sentenced to eight months, while Bertulano was sentenced to four months in jail.

Falsification of documents: Unethical and a serious felony


Falsification of documents is against the legal parameters. Nevertheless, many nurses take it as a light matter; and overlook the serious consequences that they have to face due to this illegal omission. If they are convicted to the felony, they are responsible for the fines, lose their license of practice and face a jail sentence.

In fact, nurses in a felony conviction related to a controlled substance, or a misdemeanor conviction relating to a healthcare fraud, may be excluded from working in any Medicare or Medicaid facility.

Once nurses are involved, the board of nursing will make a report to take disciplinary action against nurses to the National Practitioner Data Bank. The data bank is used by organisations to determine licensing, credentialing, privileging or employment decisions. MIMS

Sources:
https://www.nurse.com/blog/2017/06/09/falsification-in-nursing-its-a-legal-line-you-should-not-cross/
https://www.americannursetoday.com/documentation-youve-got-lot-lose/
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/dec/14/nurses-jailed-for-falsifying-stroke-patients-records
* News / University of Abuja to Begin Bachelor Degree in Nursing Very Soon-VC by Peculiar005: July 21, 2017, 08:36:24 PM
The University of Abuja commonly called UNIABUJA is to commence the running of Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing soon among other courses according to its Vice Chancellor, Prof Michael Adikwu.

He said this at a briefing in Abuja on Monday to celebrate three years in office as vice-chancellor.

Adikwu said the university had secured full accreditation for most of the courses that were not fully accredited in the past.

“We are thinking of courses not hitherto running in the university how we can begin to offer them – courses like nursing, mass communication, biochemistry, geology and host of others.

“We are looking at expanding into those areas. If we have more courses, more students can be taken.

“All the 12 courses have full accreditation,” the VC said.

He said it was not true that the university was paying half salaries to the university workers.

“It is not true that we were paying half salaries. We have never paid less than 85 per cent or 90. The bursar can confirm this that we have never paid less than 85 per cent.

“It was not only University of Abuja, but all the federal institutions. Some paid 75, some paid 80. Our own was very good,” he added

Source : The Nation Newspaper
* News / Kenya: Talk Between Nurses Union and Governors Flop as Nurses' Strike Bites by Peculiar005: July 21, 2017, 04:08:09 PM
A meeting supposed to bring the ongoing nurses' strike to a halt ended in disarray after the medics stormed out.

Officials of the Kenya National Union of Nurses (KNUN) walked out of the Council of Governors (CoG) offices, arguing that the convened meeting had no "agenda".

The meeting that kicked off some minutes past 10am quickly escalated into a heated debate, with harsh words being hurled inside the boardroom before the nurses walked out.

Apparently, no governor turned up for the meeting, including the Health Committee chairman and Kisumu Governor Jack Ranguma and Human Resource chairman, Kisii Governor James Ongwae.

Instead, they were represented by County Public Service board members and a secretariat team that included officials from the Ministry of Health.

GOVERNORS' ABSENCE

But according to KNUN, it was not the governors' absence that they found annoying.

"The secretariat team representing them did not even have a clue of what was to be discussed," said KNUN's acting Secretary General Maurice Opetu.

Despite insisting that both parties were positive towards the talks, Mr Opetu said the problem was that CoG was not ready for a proper engagement.

Earlier, nurses had affirmed their position that athough they had agreed to talks, this should not be seen as a chance for them to compromise as all they would be seeking was a date to sign their pay deal.

"Governors are not only taking the lives of Kenyans lightly but also the strike. They are not sensitive to the plight of nurses," said Opetu, who was accompanied by the union's acting chairman, Joseph Ngwasi.

The nurses have been on strike for 47 days.

Source :https://www.standardmedia.co.ke/article/2001248498/talks-to-have-nurses-back-to-work-flop-as-governors-skip-crucial-meeting
* News / UK: RCN calls on nurses and public to back its ‘biggest-ever’ rally by Stephanie by Peculiar005: July 21, 2017, 04:02:40 PM
The RCN will hold a rally in central London following its summer of protest to press government to scrap the public sector pay cap.

The event, planned for the afternoon of Wednesday 6 September at a location yet to be confirmed, will be the RCN’s ‘biggest-ever rally’, according to the college.

Protests continue after a recent failed attempt by the Labour Party to amend the Queen’s Speech to lift wage restrictions for nurses and other public sector workers, and to abandon cuts to emergency services.



Some senior ministers had hinted the government might consider lifting the 1% pay cap, but this did not materialise.

RCN general secretary Janet Davies said it was time to scrap the cap ‘once and for all’.

‘Following a whole summer of protests throughout the UK, this rally will be our biggest event yet,’ she said ‘We want everyone, from nursing staff to all those they care for, to come together and demand that the government gives them the pay deal they deserve.

‘We will show them they cannot ignore nursing staff for one moment longer.’

The summer of protests has included a variety of events led by frustrated nurses. Action planned for Thursday 27 July includes:

*A silent protest by nurses and their families in Canterbury City Centre.

*A picnic and protest at the Angel of the North sculpture in Gateshead.

*A candlelit vigil in Southampton.

*A rally opposite Downing Street in Westminster.

RCN members can apply for funding to cover travel costs to the September rally. To Apply for funding click
https://www.rcn.org.uk/nursingcounts/scrap-the-cap/uk-scrap-the-cap-rally
* Scholarships / Any free online degree courses with certificates for international student?s by seun apejoye: July 21, 2017, 03:07:54 PM
Good day, please is there any free online degree courses with certificates for international students? Especially nursing or health related courses?
* Nursing Jobs / Vacancies for School Nurse in Abuja by Peculiar005: July 21, 2017, 02:45:44 PM
A reputable School located in Abuja, requires the services of dynamic candidates to fill the position of a School Nurse

Qualifications
The ideal candidate must possess:
* Be a registered nurse
* Have a minimum of 3 years' work experience.
* Must maintain confidentiality at all times.
* Must be highly disciplined.
* Must be caring, have strong moral values, integrity, character and discipline.
 
Remuneration
We offer excellent Terms and Conditions with attractive remuneration.
 
Application Closing Date
3rd August, 2017.
 
How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should send their CV's and copies of qualification to: careersadvance08@gmail.com
 
Note: Interviews will be scheduled and only qualified candidates will be contacted.
* Nursing Jobs / Current Nursing Jobs in Ghana 2017: Medi-Moses Clinic Vacancies for Nurses by Peculiar005: July 21, 2017, 08:23:14 AM
MEDI-MOSES PROSTATE CENTRE, an international award-wining health service organisation is looking for Top-Notched Professionals for its new ultra-modern health facility.

Location : Accra Ghana

Requirements

*Have 3 to 5 years progressive work experience in reputable health service establishment.
2. Willingness to work on Saturdays and holidays

Method of Application

Send application letters, resumes and certificates to: degaulled@gmail.com or,

Medi-Moses Prostate Centre P. O. BOX TF 324 LA, ACCRA
Hand delivery: (M.M.P.C, Locagon. 500M Off Adenta Barrier-Pantang Road)
* MCPDP / MCPDP for Nurses 2017: August 2017 mcpdp for nurses in Abeokuta by katty: July 21, 2017, 07:21:12 AM
The next edition of the MCPDP will be held between 7th and 11th August, 2017 at the Nurses' House, Off Abiola Express Way, Abeokuta.

We encourage all interested participants to make payment before the above stated date. Please, note that participation in the programme is based on first come first served. Kindly inform others too. Thanks.
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