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* Nursing Jobs / Opportunity in Dubai for Operation Room Nurse and NICU Nurses by Krupali Jani: September 19, 2018, 04:31:20 PM
The American Hospital Dubai is an acute care, general medical/surgical hospital whose mission is to provide high quality American standard healthcare that meets the needs and exceed the expectations of the people of Dubai, the UAE and the surrounding Gulf States.


Other benefits:
-   Free mobilisation flights
-   Annual return flight ticket
-   Healthcare insurance
-   Malpractice insurance
-   30 calendar days paid annual leave + 11 public holidays per year
-   End of Service bonus

Dubai Health Authority (DHA) issues license for all healthcare professionals who wish to work in hospitals and clinics in Dubai. We will guide you step-by-step on what documents are required in order to obtain this license.

To apply for the post please feel free to contact on krupali.jani@medacs.com  or Call on +44 0 203 198 9050.
* News / Ghana: Withdraw Nurses, Teacher Trainee Allowances - Prof Adei by katty: September 19, 2018, 02:07:23 PM
A renowned educationist and economist, Professor Stephen Adei, has advocated for the abolishing of allowances for trainee nurses and teachers and rather invest such funds into Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET).

“I do not even think that today, teachers and even nurses should get free education... I know the teachers and nurses will kill me but, all die be die,” he said.

Prof Adei was speaking at a public lecture organised by the Takoradi Technical University (TTU) on enhancing the “Development of Ghana through Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) and the Role of Technical Universities.”

He argued that, “it is the neglect of technical and vocational education and training that makes the prospect of giving second cycle education to all seem daunting.”

As a nation, Prof Adei said, “we have chosen to continue general education of our colonial masters, who only needed clerks and few public servants and have made it the norm. Educational system meant for servitude is not adequate for self-government and development and Nkrumah knew that."

He explained that it is not to say that these professions (teachers and Nurses) are not important for national development. “I say so because as an economist I know that if the government does not support them we will still have enough people doing those courses as they do by going to private universities.”

“We cannot deny young people the basic tools to participate in a modern society because there are no university places. Even in advanced economies less than half of second level products go to universities,” he said.

Source : Graphic Online
* News / ICM Press Statement on Saifura Hussaini Ahmed Khorsa Killed By Boko Haram by katty: September 19, 2018, 02:02:35 PM
Every single death in the service of others is one death too many. 

For midwife Saifura Hussaini Ahmed Khorsa, who was killed today at the age of 25 after being kidnapped by Boko Haram six months ago, the injustice is compounded even more so by her selflessness, her compassion and her youth. We hereby call on her captors to release her colleagues, Hauwa Mohammed Liman and Alice Loksha.



Like many midwives, Saifura, who worked for the Red Cross, had the robust heart of a humanitarian. And as we mourn her today, we will not become consumed by hatred and fear – the very principles that run counter to her work and her character.

The great risk midwives take in the service of others is one that is well known to us. Midwives are a workforce predominantly comprised of women who, through their practise, represent the great power of women’s bodies as they bring life into the world. No wonder midwives - midwives like brave, brilliant Saifura - can feel confrontational to others. There is strength in our knowledge, and in our understanding of women's bodies. We believe the sacredness of childbirth. We believe in the future.

It is not only in this situation in Nigeria that midwives are marginalised as professionals and as individuals. As we mourn Saifura, we must not reduce her to one single death; one midwife. Saifura is every midwife. She is every life brought safely into the world and every mother that holds her newborn in her arms. She is also every woman who pursued education; every woman who found her vocation and who has a voice. She is all of us. 

And so we are bold and unified as we call on policy-makers to protect women, to protect girls, to protect the midwives who serve them. We advocate for everyone to respect the world's midwives – in policy, in the workplaces and at home – and we remain uncompromising in our love of midwifery. 

We must champion the name of Saifura Hussaini Ahmed Khorsa, and every midwife she represents. Because saving lives and improving lives is what midwives do.

We listen, we grieve, we let go and we grow.

 

 - Franka Cadée, President of the International Confederation of Midwives
* News / Toyin Sàràkí Demands Release of Abducted Nurses by katty: September 19, 2018, 12:22:08 PM
Global goodwill ambassador of the International Confederation of Midwives, Toyin Saraki, has called for the release of two abducted health workers held hostage since March after one other midwife working with the International Committee of the Red Cross was killed.
 
The murder of Saifura Hussaini Ahmed Khorsa is a tragedy for Nigeria and for the global community of midwives, said Saraki.
 
“We mourn her deeply. My thoughts and prayers are with her family, in particular her two children, and her International Red Cross colleagues.”
 
“I now call on all efforts to be made to secure the immediate release and rescue of Hauwa Mohammed Liman and Alice Loksha.
 
Health workers should never be a target; their abduction is an act of unimaginable cruelty” Liman and Loksha are still captive, and both the United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs and the ICRC have called for the release.
 
“This is a tragic reminder of the threat to life and liberty faced by midwives, nurses and health-care workers who selflessly work for the health and wellbeing of others.
 
I stand in solidarity with them and will continue to advocate for their safety in carrying out their life-saving work,” Saraki said.
 
Source: Vanguard News
* News / Ghanaian Nurse Wrongly Accused of Raping Italian Tourist in Ghana Cleared by katty: September 18, 2018, 10:30:16 PM
Ernest Green, a 24-year-old nurse at the Damango Government Hospital in the Northern Region, who was arrested by the Damango Police for allegedly raping a 24-year-old Italian woman, who was on admission at the hospital, has been discharged by a Tamale District Magistrate Court.

Magistrate Anthony Ansah discharged the accused nurse on grounds that there was no evidence to prove that the victim was actually raped.

The judgment by the court had vindicated nurses and staff of the Damongo Hospital who strongly insisted the accusation that Ernest Green had raped the Italian woman was palpably false.

Angry nurses and staff of the Damongo Hospital and friends of the accused had asked him to file for damages and demand compensation from the court for the mess he went through which almost tarnished his reputation and destroyed his career.

Some nurses who spoke to DAILY GUIDE  said from the beginning of the case they knew that all the allegations levelled against the accused were never true.

Nurses and workers of the Damongo Government Hospital embarked on a sit-down strike in solidarity with the accused as regards his unlawful arrest.

Health personnel who came to the court premises to support their colleague were seen jubilating on the court premises after the judgment had been given.

It would be recalled that Ernest Green was arrested by the Damango Police for allegedly raping an Italian woman, who was on admission at the hospital.

According to the victim, she was rushed to the hospital after she had been afflicted by malaria.

She said upon her arrival at the facility, the suspect informed her of the availability of a private ward.

The victim said Ernest Green helped her to lie on bed at the private ward, saying “suddenly he fondled my breast, removed my panties and eventually penetrated me.”

The victim said even though she was conscious during the rape, she was extremely weak to stop him.

FROM Eric Kombat, Tamale
Modern Ghana
* News / Nurse To Spend One Year in Prison for Assaulting Colleague with Syringe by katty: September 18, 2018, 01:18:36 PM
A psychiatric nurse has been sentenced to twelve months in prison for assaulting another nurse with a syringe filled with sedating, anti-psychotic medication.

Kofi Kankam (48), 15 The Clarin, Athenry, denied a charge of assaulting Emer Hyland, causing her harm, at the Psychiatric Unit at UHG, on February 5 last year.

Nurse Hyland, who is in her twenties, told the hearing at Galway District Court that Gardai came into the male ward with a patient that evening who was very unwell.

She was dealing with another patient at the time who had absconded. She was sitting in the nurse’s station having just got off the phone from speaking to security about that patient when she suddenly felt a sharp pinch in her left side

Nurse Donna Long and Kankam had been standing behind her.  Ms Long was holding a kidney dish which contained two syringes, which had been prepared for the patient the Gardaí had brought in.

She jumped up and saw blood coming from her side. She and nurse Long went into a linen closet to examine her side.

Kankam came in and said he was sorry.

Management were made aware of the incident and while Nurse Hyland was brought to A&E for treatment, Kankam was escorted as far as the door and told to go home.

Nurse Hyland said she had been traumatised by the incident and while she had loved working in Galway, she had since moved to another psychiatric unit in Mayo.

During cross examination by defence solicitor, John Martin, Ms Hyland said she had not engaged in any banter with the accused.  She said she had her back to him when it occurred and she had just come off the phone.

The accused told Judge Mary Fahy he had never intended to harm Nurse Hyland.  He said they had been engaged in some banter and he had jokingly picked up the syringe.  He said he saw the sheath protecting the needle was present when he picked it up from the kidney dish and that it must have dropped off back into the dish.

He said he apologised to Nurse Hyland at the time and had since written a letter of apology.

He confirmed he had been a nurse working in Ireland for the last 10 years.

Judge Mary Fahy said Kankam was not sorry enough to come into court and plead guilty.  She said it was his right to contest the charge but he had put the victim through the trauma of having to give evidence and the court had been left with no choice but impose a custodial sentence.

“It’s a very serious assault, to prick someone with a syringe and to have it done to you by another professional working with you is simply outrageous,” the judge said.

Mr Martin said his client had returned from Africa to face the charge and he asked the judge to suspend any sentence or his client’s career would be ended.

“It should be ended,” Judge Fahy said before imposing a 12-month sentence.

Source : https://connachttribune.ie/nurse-jailed-for-syringe-assault-on-colleague-088/
* Articles / Tips for Aspiring Nurse Entrepreneurs by Robin Farmer by katty: September 18, 2018, 01:09:14 PM
Are you thinking about using your expertise as a nurse to launch a business? Do you have innovative ideas about patient care? Are you eager to create a new opportunity at the forefront of health care that is independent, flexible, and profitable?

Perhaps owning your own business is your next move.
As a nurse entrepreneur, you control everything, from your calendar and career path to your success or failure.

Whether you plan to launch a nursing education business, work as a legal nurse consultant, start a community-based elder care business, or sell products, growing a profitable business requires information, inspiration, and insight into industry needs.

So what do you need to know and do to avoid costly mistakes?

Adopt an entrepreneurial mindset.
Thinking like a business owner instead of an employee, is essential, says Michelle Podlesn, RN, president of the National Nurses in Business Association (NNBA) and author of Unconventional Nurse: Going from Burnout to Bliss! “When you realize you are your business, you start looking at everything with fresh eyes from that viewpoint. And yes, every nurse can adopt it. In my book, I ask nurses to make this paradigm shift so that they can strengthen and prosper their careers, regardless of their setting,” says Podlesni,

Create a business plan.
It can be simple, but having one is essential.  In short, it’s a description of your business goals and the strategies you will use to meet them. Update and revise when necessary.

Clarify your business focus or niche.
Be clear about your idea’s scope and target audience. Who are your intended customers for your services or products?

Research market place need.
Ensure a market exists for what you want to do with your business. Do a market analysis to help you see potential opportunities and threats as well as the strengths and weaknesses of your competition.

Find a mentor.
Relationships matter. Get a mentor you trust and respect to brainstorm ideas. Learn from his or her mistakes and setbacks. When you are ready to take your business to the next level, consider a business coach.

Keep learning.
Developing your business skills is a wise move. Running a business requires skills in marketing, negotiating, and branding. Read widely, attend conferences, take classes, and consider a certificate program on innovation and entrepreneurship.

For resources, including mentors, check out the NNBA, a professional nursing association for nurses transitioning from traditional nursing to small business ownership and self-employment.

As a nurse, you are keenly aware of what needs to be fixed to improve patient care. As a nurse entrepreneur, you can provide solutions and advance patient care while being your own boss. Are you ready?

Source: https://dailynurse.com/tips-for-aspiring-nurse-entrepreneurs/
* News / Boko Haram Kills One of the Adopted 3 Nurses, Threatens to Murder Leah Sharibu by katty: September 18, 2018, 10:26:31 AM
Boko Haram has killed one of the health workers kidnapped from Kala-Balge, Borno State, Saifura Khorsa, a midwife with the International Committee of Red Cross.

In a video seen by an online newspaper,  The Cable, the deceased who was wearing a white hijab was shot from behind.

The sect also threatened to kill Hauwa Liman and Alice Ngaddah who were abducted alongside Khorsa in March, 2018, as well as Leah Sharibu, the remaining Dapchi schoolgirl in Boko Haram captivity.

At least four soldiers, policemen and three humanitarian workers were killed in the attack in Rann, Kala-Balge Local Government Area.

Liman, one of the workers abducted, had sent an audio to one of her friends, demanding that her parents be informed that she had been kidnapped.

Liman and Ngaddah, a mother of two, who worked with United Nations International Children Fund, were the ones in captivity among the three people abducted in Rann on March 1.

According to The Cable, the insurgents claimed that they had contacted the government over the captives but did not get any response.

“We contacted the government through writing and also sent audio messages but the government has ignored us. So, here is a message of blood,” said a spokesman of the group who did not give his name.

“The other nurse and midwife will be executed in a similar manner in one month, including Leah Sharibu,” the sect threatened.


 
The ICRC in a statement on Monday by its spokesman, Aleksandra Mosimann, condemned the killing, and described the action as sad while calling for the immediate release of the two others still in captivity.

The statement read, “The International Committee of the Red Cross condemns in the strongest terms the tragic killing of its abducted colleague Saifura Khorsa.

“It is appealing to the armed group to immediately release a second ICRC midwife and another health care worker taken in north-eastern Nigeria in March.”

The statement quoted the head of the ICRC delegation in Abuja, Eloi Fillion, as saying the murder was devastating.

He said, “Saifura moved to Rann to selflessly help those in need. Our thoughts are with her family and other loved ones at this incredibly difficult time.

“At the time of their abduction, Saifura, as well as our colleague, Hauwa Mohammed Liman,  and Alice Loksha, a nurse working in a UNICEF-supported centre, were providing essential antenatal care to communities in Rann, whose population has more than doubled after an influx of people fleeing violence.”

“We urge those still holding our colleague, Hauwa, and Alice: release these women. Like Saifura, they are not part of the fight. They are a midwife and a nurse. They are daughters, a wife, and a mother – women with families that depend on them,” Fillion stated.

Since the women’s abduction six months ago, the ICRC said it had made sustained and committed efforts to secure the three healthcare workers’ release, stressing that it would continue to do everything in its power to ensure that Liman and Loksha were released and returned to their families immediately.

ICRC, in another statement by its Communication Officer, Eleojo Akpa, said it condemned the murder. It asked the Boko Haram insurgents to release another two workers still in their captivity.

Meanwhile, the United States has condemned the murder of Khorsa, describing it as a heinous and inhuman act.

The US embassy in Nigeria in a statement said, “We utterly condemn this heinous and inhuman act and stand in solidarity with the ICRC and all those who work in service with the Nigerian people.”

President Muhammadu Buhari, on Monday, condemned the killing of Saifura.

A statement by Buhari’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr Garba Shehu, said, “The government of Nigeria strongly condemns this reprehensible and inhuman act. No religion permits the killing of the innocent.”

Source: https://punchng.com/boko-haram-kills-nurse-threatens-to-murder-leah-sharibu/
* News / Boko Haram Kills Midwife Saifura Ahmed Abducted in Borno by katty: September 18, 2018, 10:18:29 AM
Saifura Ahmed, one of the three humanitarian workers abducted in Rann, Kala Balge local government area of Borno state, has been killed by the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), a faction of Boko Haram.
 
The victim was abducted during a raid on a military facility in the area on March 1. At least four soldiers, policemen and three humanitarian workers were killed in the attack.

Following the murder of Ahmed, Leman and Alice Ngaddah, a mother of two, are the ones in captivity among the three people abducted in Rann on March 1. While the deceased worked with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the survivors were staff of UNICEF. In a video seen by TheCable, the deceased was wearing a white hijab. She was shot from behind.
 
The insurgents claimed that they had contacted government over the captives but did not get any response.

“We contacted the government through writing and also sent audio messages but the government have ignored us. So, here is a message of blood,” said a spokesman of the group who did not give his name. The other nurse and midwife will be executed in similar manner in one month, including Leah Sharibu.”
 
The ICRC has confirmed the identity of the victim, promising to issue a statement.
Source: The Cable
* News / India to allow Nurses own Clinics, Train as Nurse Practitioners by katty: September 17, 2018, 02:15:18 PM
The Nursing professionals may soon be allowed to run autonomous clinics in India. At the behest of the government, the Indian Nursing Council, the regulatory body for nurses and their education, is preparing a draft bill to amend a 1947 act which will bring nurse practicing rights in the country up to global standards.
 
The programme may allow nurse practitioners (registered nurses educated to a master’s degree level) to prescribe medicines for primary care and conduct invasive procedures in the presence of senior doctors. It is also expected to institute a new examination process to issue nursing licences.
 
Once the draft bill is ready, it will be sent to the ministry of health and family welfare for approval and introduction in Parliament. The council is likely to send the draft in the next three months.
 
“Nurse practitioner programmes and licentiate examination for nurses are among the key initiatives under the National Health Policy 2017 of the government of India. The ministry of health & family welfare has entrusted the Indian Nursing Council with their implementation in a time-bound manner,” Rathish Nair, secretary of the council, told ThePrint.
 
With nurse-led clinics, the idea is to increase the scope for nurses to practice more autonomously and to develop and apply advanced practice. The move is in line with the government’s vision of raising a non-MBBS cadre in certain fields to combat the shortage of doctors, especially in rural areas.
 
Prescribe drugs, conduct invasive procedures

The government has already introduced an amendment in the National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill, a wide-ranging legislation for reform in medicine, to allow nurse practitioners to prescribe medicines.
 
The amendment has been cleared by the union cabinet.
 
According to the bill, nurse practitioners may also be allowed to perform some invasive procedures under the supervision of senior doctors, and in certain circumstances.
 
“To fulfil the delivery of healthcare services in rural areas and share the workload of senior doctors, we have decided to allow nursing practitioners to prescribe and practise modern medicine,” Jayshree Mehta, president of the Medical Council of India, had told ThePrint.
 
“The nursing practitioners with specialisations such as tertiary nursing and ICU care, cardiac problems and pharmacy, as well as physician assistants and optometrists are eligible for the upgradation.”

Stricter licencing


To ensure quality healthcare, the nursing council plans to make the process of obtaining the licences stricter.
 
The planned amendment is likely to introduce a licentiate examination for registering nursing professionals.
 
At present, after completing academic programmes, one needs to register with the relevant state nursing registration council to get the licence to practice. However, under the licentiate examination, the government could make it mandatory for nurses to pass two examinations — theoretical and practical — to get the licence.
 
What happens the world over


In several countries, apart from playing their traditional roles, nurses also work under titles such as ‘advanced practice nurse’, ‘nurse practitioner’, and ‘clinical nurse specialist’ such as anaesthetists.
 
Nurses are allowed to practice independently in some middle- and low-income countries such as Thailand and Nigeria, as well as in high-income countries, such as the USA, Australia, Canada, Ireland, the UK, Finland and the Netherlands.
 
“I recently met an Indian nurse who is now settled in United States. She is a paediatric nurse practitioner who successfully runs her own clinic. She has two other nurse practitioners and two paediatric medical practitioners working at her clinic,” said Nair.
 
“The medical practitioners perform procedures and therapies which might be needed in case a patient requires further medical evaluation or intervention beyond the scope of practice of a nurse practitioner.”
 
While in some provinces of these countries, nurses need to have collaborative practice agreements with physicians to practise independently, the ministry expects discontent among the medical fraternity. The idea of alleviating the status of nurses in a doctor-driven healthcare system is likely to face some backlash.
 
But according to the Indian Journal of Medical Ethics, there is evidence across the globe to show that nurse practitioners are increasingly being used as the point of first contact and that patients are equally or even more satisfied with them than doctors.
 
“The cost of the health service is also lower with NPs. Several studies have found that there is no difference between the clinical outcomes with NPs and general practitioners,” the journal said.

Source :Hmani Chanda, The Print
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