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* News / Toyin Saraki Named Universal Health Global Champion by Idowu Olabode: Today at 02:56:30 PM
The Founder and President of Wellbeing Foundation Africa (WBFA), Mrs Toyin Saraki has been named Global Champion of Universal Health Coverage.
Mrs Saraki, whose husband is the President of the Nigerian Senate was given the recognition at the Universal Health Coverage (UHC) Forum which convened in Tokyo.
The Forum which brings together over 300 high-level policymakers, including heads of state and ministers of health and finance, recognised Saraki for her roles in advancing health services in Nigeria, especially for women and children.
UHC is defined as people and communities being able to use the promotive, preventive, curative, rehabilitative and palliative health services they need, of sufficient quality and timeliness to be effective, while also ensuring that the use of these services does not expose the user to financial hardship.
According to the Forum, Mrs Saraki was awarded in recognition of her high-level advocacy for UHC at the 72nd United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York, in September.
While attending the UNGA, Mrs Saraki advocated for the implementation of innovative country and regional initiatives on policy and governance, working towards strengthening primary healthcare systems and the development of health security in Nigeria.
Her advocacy drew upon thirteen years of the WBFA’s work to improve health outcomes in Nigeria, across Africa, and around the world.
While expressing gratitude for the award and to mark the Universal Health Coverage Day, Mrs Saraki said: “We must act to ensure that every person – rich or poor, old or young, living in urban or rural areas – has access to effective, timely and quality healthcare.
“The effects of Universal Health Coverage stretch far beyond health outcomes, although we are in dire need of vast improvements in that area.
“Health security reduces poverty, protects against epidemics, drives economic growth and promotes gender equality.”
“Every year, roughly 100 million people, globally, are pushed into poverty due to colossal health costs, while only 1 in 5 have social security protection that will cover lost wages in the event of an illness.
“The situation in Nigeria reflects that of many developing countries. With an estimated population of 191 million, less than 10 million of our population is covered by the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS).”
“I have been advocating for action and investment to make UHC a reality, and I am delighted that some progress has been made – the Legislative Network for Universal Health Coverage, launched in July, aims to address the issue of financing healthcare to reach all Nigerians, and the Senate’s adoption, last month, of the one percent Consolidated Revenue Fund (CRF) for the Basic Health Care Provision Fund (BHCPF) is ground-breaking.”
“We do, however, need to consolidate and build upon these achievements as a matter of urgency. As a Global Universal Health Coverage Champion, I will advocate for the benefits of UHC all over the world – but always challenge innovators, partners, experts and legislators to prioritise Nigeria, with its burgeoning population and health challenges.”
By: Ifeanyi Nwoko
* News / ICN Guide To Delivering High Quality Care For TB Patients Launched by Idowu Olabode: Today at 02:55:10 PM
On Universal Health Coverage Day updated guide supports front line staff to offer quality health care to every TB patient around the world.  On Universal Health Coverage Day, International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union) and the International Council of Nurses (ICN) have launched updated guidance for health care workers who are involved in detecting and caring for patients with tuberculosis (TB).
Universal Health Coverage Day commemorates the anniversary of the first unanimous United Nations resolution calling for countries to provide affordable, quality health care to every person, everywhere. Supporting health care workers to be empowered and equipped to deliver high quality care for TB patients is one vital step towards universal health coverage.
Best Practice for The Care of Patients with Tuberculosis: A guide for low-income countries provides detailed guidance for the care and support of people in health care settings who present with symptoms suggestive of TB, and their subsequent care and support if found to be required.
The guide has been developed by The Union’s member network of Nurses and Allied Professionals (NAPS) with ICN.
Dr Carrie Tudor, immediate past NAPS Sub-Section Chair and TB Project Director for ICN, says, “TB treatment is not generally part of nurse training, yet in low-resource settings there are fewer doctors, meaning that TB care is often carried out by nurses. This means high quality nursing care is vital to the successful treatment of TB and training with resources such as this guide is central to that.”
Mr Jojo Moyo, a nurse from Zambia said: “One of the tools that has taught me to think out of the box is the Best Practice Guide, in that I learned to identify gaps in standards and so now I am constantly able to identify ways in which to improve patients’ TB care and improve infection control practices.”
ICN has used the original version of the guide in all TB training for nearly 10 years. This second edition has been developed in line with the End TB Strategy and takes a broader view than the earlier edition regarding what is required to achieve lasting control of TB. There is more information in this second edition about drug-resistant TB (DR-TB).
Dr Paula I Fujiwara, Scientific Director of The Union, said: “Everybody should receive the care they need, when they need it and at a good quality standard - yet far too often the place of your birth determines if you can access good healthcare or not. This has to change at all levels. The Guide is a crucial tool that is strengthening healthcare systems right at their heart. It is led by the patient’s needs and is being used to empower the staff who work with TB patients every single day.”
* News / LPTC Organizes Second Training Session For Nurses and Midwives by Idowu Olabode: Today at 02:53:32 PM
The  Second training for Nurses and Midwives organised by London Professional Training centre commenced on December 11th 2017. The class was attended by 40 Nigerian nurses and midwives.

The training started with Dr. Folami delivering the first day training. All delegates will receive a UK awarded Certificate in Clinical skills level 1 and acquire 3 CEU towards renewing their license on the last day of the training.
LPTC states that they are working very closely with the Nursing and Midwifery council of Nigeria to make license renewal easy and equip Nigerian nurses and midwives with more training sessions and dates fixed so other nurses and midwives in Nigeria can benefit from them.

* News / Nurse Tutors Vacancies at Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital, Ado Ekiti by Idowu Olabode: Today at 02:51:29 PM
Applications are hereby invited from suitably qualified candidates to fill the follossing vacant positions in the above named institution:
Position: Nurse Tutors
Location: Ado Ekiti
Slot: 3
• RN/B.NSc. in a well-recognized university
• Any Post Basic Qualification will be of an add. advantage
• Nurse Tutors Certificate/PGDE will afro be an added advantage
• NYSC Certificate or Exemption Certificate
Salary: CONHESS 07 Step 3 (N1,014,304.00) Per Annum
Application Closing Date:
28th December, 2017
Method of Entry:
Interest, applicants are to obtain application form of the Hospital from the Registry Unit with 'Teller' from bank after payment of the Sum of Ten Thousand (N10,000.00) Naira to Account Number 0029655019 (1091E) of Sterling Bank Plc.
Candidates are to submit:
• Completed application form
• Detailed Curriculum Vitae
• Photocopies of all relevant credentials
• Letters from at least three (3) referees
Application should be submitted to the Registry Unit.
* News / 2 Filipino Nursing grads die in car crash the same day they passed Board exam by Idowu Olabode: Today at 12:28:05 PM
THEY made everyone proud for one last time.

Louis Mitchell Nayre Ferolin and Alexa Eddy Ceniza Carvajal, both new nursing graduates of Cebu Doctors’ University (CDU), passed the Nurse Licensure Examination conducted in November, the result of which was released by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) on December 12.

On the same day, however, Ferolin and Carvajal were killed in a vehicular accident that happened in Barangay Barrio Luz, Cebu City.

They never had a chance to celebrate since they died at dawn that day, or hours before the results were released.

Based on the PRC website, Carvajal and Ferolin’s sequence numbers are 1368 and 2352, respectively.

The two were among the 5,875 out of 12,869 who passed the November 2017 Nurse Licensure Examination that took place in the cities of Manila, Baguio, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Davao, Iloilo, Legazpi, Lucena, Pagadian, Tacloban, Tugegarao and Zamboanga.

SPO4 Ramon Budiongan from the Traffic Patrol Group of the Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) said that Ferolin, 23, and Carvajal, 21, who were both natives of Mandaue City, died in a car crash at dawn of December 12 at Governor Cuenco Street in Barangay Barrio Luz, Cebu City.

The Isuzu MU-X car with plate number ABN 5206, which was driven by Ferolin, reportedly went out of control while it was going up the flyover. The car hit the metal railings of the flyover. Both victims were identified as Batch 2017 nursing graduates of CDU.

The Facebook page of CDU College of Nursing Alumni Association posted on Wednesday morning, December 13, a notice which said that the university was mourning the passing of Ferolin and Carvajal.

“Heaven gained 2 new RNs (registered nurses) today. Our prayers are with you and your families. RIP Louis Ferolin and Alexa Carvajal of Batch 2017,” the post read.

Source: Cebu Daily News
* Research / Nurses are being bullied: study by Idowu Olabode: Today at 12:16:10 PM
A survey nationwide found 48 per cent had been bullied with 12 per cent of victims being targeted several times per week.

Edith Cowan University researcher Stephen Teo said the numbers "reflected the nature" of the healthcare sector.

Professor Teo said the pressure of the medical field can lead to abrupt, "snappy" behaviour which had a trickle-down effect on subordinate staff which, unless addressed, becomes normal.

Nurses were also surveyed on subtler forms of bullying such as rudeness, exclusion, unfair work distribution and negative tone and body language.

Respondents who had experienced or witnessed 'incivility' reported a 52 per cent increase in psychological distress, linked to an increase in health problems, staff turnover and decreased efficiency.

But in workplaces with leadership that was open, honest and held shared values with staff, nurses perception of rude behaviours fell 37.5 per cent, reducing stress.

"Those in charge usually make promotion choices based on a person's technical skills related to treating patients," Prof Teo said.

"Soft skills, such as managing people and relationships, are secondary."

He said the survey of 230 nurses proved there needed to be more emphasis on training hospital line managers in the human side of work.
* Research / Shift work linked to burnout in sleep-deprived nurses by Idowu Olabode: Today at 12:13:12 PM
Shift-work nurses who have sleep problems are more likely to experience career burnout that has the potential to compromise their job performance, a small Italian study suggests.

Researchers studied 315 nurses who worked rotating shifts in 39 wards of seven Italian hospitals. Each week, nurses worked an average of 36 hours and typically had at least one shift starting in the morning, the afternoon and the evening.

Overall, 52 percent of the nurses reported sleep difficulties and 31 percent reported feelings of career burnout.

Nurses who reported poor sleep quality, disturbed sleep, reliance on sleep medications or daytime impairment related to sleep issues were at least two times more likely to report burnout than nurses who didn’t have these sleep issues, Loreto Lancia of the University of L’Aquila in Italy and colleagues note.

“Burnout syndrome in nurses is associated with decreased patient satisfaction, reduced quality of care, medication errors, higher rates of healthcare related infections and higher mortality rates,” said Meredith Mealer, a researcher at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and Denver VA Medical Center who wasn’t involved in the study.

“What this study adds to the literature is that there is a direct association between shift work and burnout syndrome,” Mealer said by email.

Working rotational shifts or night shifts can alter the normal circadian rhythm, the body’s internal clock that regulates sleeping patterns and eating patterns, Mealer added.

“This internal clock adapts slowly to transitions between different shift schedules, leading to issues with metabolism and the release of hormones, body temperature, alertness, sleep and performance,” Mealer said.

In the study, 60 percent of the nurses worked a so-called “long cycle” with two morning shifts, followed by two afternoon shifts, two night shifts, and three days off. The rest worked what researchers called a “short cycle” with one morning shift, one afternoon shift, one night shift and then two days off.

Compared to nurses on the short cycle, people working a long cycle were 41 percent more likely to experience burnout, researchers report in the Journal of Advanced Nursing.

A long cycle was also associated with higher odds of impaired sleep quality, but the difference was too small to rule out the possibility that it was due to chance.

One limitation of the study is that the small sample of nurses might make it difficult to draw broad conclusions about how shift work might impact nurses elsewhere.

The rotating shifts in the study may be common in Italy, but they’re not the norm in the U.S., noted Ann Rogers, a researcher at the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing at Emory University in Atlanta who wasn’t involved in the study. Many nurses in the U.S., for example, work 12 hour shifts on either days or nights, not both, Rogers said by email.

Because the study wasn’t a controlled experiment, it’s also impossible to know whether sleep caused burnout or if burnout preceded difficulties with sleep, Rogers noted.

“The Italian nurses in this study worked rotating shifts, which means that their circadian rhythms for sleeping, eating, and alertness are never aligned,” Rogers said. “When they get off work in the morning, they have to try to fall asleep in the daylight when their body temperature is rising, making it hard to fall asleep – and if you don’t get enough sleep, your ability to concentrate is impaired.”

SOURCE: Journal of Advanced Nursing, online November 22, 2017.
* News / JOHESU, Others Give FG Ultimatum Over Unpaid Promotion Arrears by Idowu Olabode: Today at 12:08:04 PM
The Joint Health Sector Unions, JOHESU and Assembly of Health Care Professionals, AHPA, of the Federal Neuro Psychiatric Hospital, FNPH, Branch, Calabar, Cross River State, have given the Federal Government an ultimatum to pay the promotion arrears of their members from 2014 till date.
They gave the ultimatum which will expire on December 31, in a communiqué at the end of their joint congress held yesterday in Calabar.
Briefing newsmen after the meeting, Mr. Ken Bassey, Secretary of JOHESU/Chairman, Senior Staff Association, FNHP, Calabar, said that the attention of the office of the Accountant General of the Federation had been drawn to the unpaid promotion arrears of its member from 2014 till date.
The unions also called on the Federal Government to immediately and unconditionally pay their members to enable them celebrate this festive period with their kiths and kin.
His words: “Many workers are indebted, many have even mortgaged their salaries because they borrow money upfront to pay their children’s school fees, house rent and other utilities and this is why we are giving the Federal Government till December 31, to pay our arrears from 2014 till date.”
By: Ike Uchechukwu CALABAR
Vanguard News
* News / PRC results: Nurse licensure examination November 2017 by Idowu Olabode: December 13, 2017, 03:51:57 PM
The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) announces that 5,875 out of 12,869 passed the Nurse Licensure Examination given by the Board of Nursing in the cities of Manila, Baguio, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Davao, Iloilo, Legazpi, Lucena, Pagadian, Tacloban, Tuguegarao and Zamboanga last November 2017.

The members of the Board of Nursing who gave the licensure examination are

Glenda S. Arquiza, Chairman; Carmelita C. Divinagracia, Gloria B. Arcos, Carfredda P. Dumlao, Florence C. Cawaon and Cora A. Añonuevo, Members.

Pursuant to Section 16, of Republic Act No. 9173, “all successful candidates in the examination shall be required to take an oath of professional before the Board or any government official authorized to administer oaths prior to entering upon the nursing practice”.

From January 3 to January 9, 2018, registration for the issuance of Professional Identification Card (ID) and Certificate of Registration will be done on-line. Please go to and follow instructions for initial registration. Those who will register are required to bring the following: duly accomplished Oath Form or Panunumpa ng Propesyonal, notice of admission (for identification only),
2 pieces passport sized pictures (colored with white background and complete name tag), 2 sets of documentary stamps and 1 piece short brown envelope. Successful examinees should personally register and sign in the Roster of Registered Professionals.
* News / UK University launches registered nurse degree apprenticeship by Idowu Olabode: December 13, 2017, 03:47:09 PM
Bucks New University is due to be one of the first to deliver a registered nurse degree apprenticeship, which is based on its existing pre-registration nursing programme.

The Degree Apprenticeship will support employers to develop their nursing or healthcare staff towards registration as either adult, child or mental health nurses, said the university.

It said the new three-and-a-half-year apprenticeship programme was due to welcome its first cohort in March 2018.

The course could also be used to support recruitment of new apprentices to healthcare organisations, which could help address the shortfall in NHS nurses, said Bucks New University.

It said it was talking to several trusts and private healthcare providers, including nursing homes, rehabilitation centres, private hospitals and hospices, about delivering their apprenticeships.

Entry requirements would remain the same as the traditional degree, it said, but the university would consider individuals’ profiles, as part of widening participation.

It suggested that the Level 6 apprenticeship was an “ideal progression route” for assistant practitioners and others who had undertaken foundation degrees, as they might be able to carry forward credits in order to gain a BSc (Hons) Nursing (Adult, Child or Mental Health).

It noted that the apprenticeship route also included the ALERT programme (Acute Life-Threatening Events Recognition and Treatment) in all fields like the university’s traditional nursing degrees.

Bucks New highlighted that it was the first university in England to provide this programme as part of its degrees and it was designed to enable healthcare practitioners with a structured system to assess, recognise, manage and escalate the care of a deteriorating patient early.

Karen Buckwell-Nutt, head of school of pre-qualifying nursing and vocational healthcare, said: “It’s exciting that we are now in a position, after a lot of hard work, to provide more people with higher education through an ‘earn as you learn’ alternative to our traditional degree programme.

“This option will offer a clear and structured career progression not only to those who already work within healthcare, whether that be the NHS, care homes or the community, but for those wishing to start their career,” said Ms Buckwell-Nutt.

She said: “Nursing apprenticeships mean organisations can take advantage of the levy, develop staff, as well as using it as a recruitment tool.

“All this will not only benefit the organisation but also improve the experience of patients and service users,” she added.

Source: Nursing Times
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