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* News / 90% of Nigerian Nurses Lack Basic Life Support Skills - INNA by Idowu Olabode: Today at 04:57:21 AM
-A Nigerian nurse typically nurses 20-30 patients per shift

Inspire Nurses Network Africa (INNA), an NGO, on Sunday in Abuja said 90 per cent of Nigerian Nurses lacked basic life support skills on emergency care.

Josiah Okesola, Leader of the group, disclosed this while fielding questions from the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).



Okesola, who was accompanied by Mrs Regina Askia-Williams, emphasised that every nurse was supposed to be trained on emotional intelligence and critical thinking as well as basic life support skills.

She said these would enable them to respond effectively to emergency anywhere they found themselves.

NAN reports that emotional intelligence is an important characteristic of nurses that could affect the quality of their work including clinical decision making, critical thinking evidence and knowledge of practice.

Basic life support skills aid health workers on the management of choking, bleeding, shock and heart attack, among other emergency incidences.

These skills also assist in meeting health and safety of patients, students as well as workers.

He lamented that majority of nurses in Nigeria lacked such training and skills to arrest heart attack or prevent sudden death .

“Ideally, every nurse is supposed to be trained on national basic life support and equipped with the skills so that when he or she is hit with any emergency situation anywhere, anytime they will know the simple remedy to arrest heart attack, to prevent sudden death.

“But at the moment 90 per cent of Nigerian nurses do not have basic life support skills.

“It is the responsibilities of health institutions to train them for this but they failed. So, nurses do the little they could with the little training they were able to equip themselves with it.

On the allegation of nurses’ negligence to patients’ care, the leader of the group blamed this on foundation problems which included unfriendly working environment, lack of basic working tools such as cotton wool, thermometer and injections.

He said in spite of these challenges, nurses were overburdened, citing instances where a nurse had to attend to 20 to 30 patients simultaneously.

According to him, this challenge informed the acclaimed “I don’t care attitude of some nurses”, saying, “ if they have good working environment, well armed with adequate skills, knowledge and basic working materials, their services will be efficient”.

Okesola noted that the same nurses when they traveled abroad performed excellently, describing the alleged “I don’t care’’ attitude as a reflection of how they were being treated in Nigeria.

“I personally had to nurse over 30 patients per shift; imagine a nurse having four to five patients on emergency who are dependent on her, each one of them calling simultaneously for attention.

“For instance, 25 to 30 people calling you at the same time to attend to them, like emergency situation in hospitals, will not augur well with the concerned nurse as he or she will not be able to give his or her best,’’ he said (NAN)
* News / Regina Askia Wants Government To Invest In Nurses by Idowu Olabode: Today at 04:51:47 AM
Regina Askia-Williams, a New York-based Liver and Kidney Transplant Nurse, has called on the Government to “invest in the Nurses” to achieve efficient healthcare delivery in the country.

Askia-Williams made the call  in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja on Sunday.
She said: “It is time for government to invest in the nurses in terms of providing a good environment of care, improving their skills, especially training and provision of right equipment.”

She also stressed the need for government to create an enabling environment for good healthcare, beside provision of standard equipment and regular training or capacity building for health workers.

Askia-Williams, a former Miss Nigeria, described the poor state of health facilities in the country as a major factor responsible for the perceived misconduct on the part of some nurses in the nation’s health institutions.

She identified epileptic power supply in most health facilities, unskilled manpower among others, as factors inhibiting efficient healthcare delivery in the country, beside dearth of stethoscope, blood pressure machine among others, for nurses to give their best of services to their patients.

She said requisite skills, knowledge and the environment very conducive for nurses to give their best had made nursing in New York, US very efficient because of the availability of medical facilities to fast-track the healing process of the sick .

Askia-Williams noted that nursing standard was not compromised in New York while the health workers’ welfare was adequate.

She said: “I will like to see a situation where there is dual action on the part of the government to provide an environment that is safe to practice healthcare delivery.

“We have to work on these challenges and attack the root of the problem, like environment of practice.
“You cannot access blood pressure machine, stethoscope, you do not have essential things needed to work with but then you have to attend to 20 patients.

“This is frustrating because you cannot tell if your patient is improving or degenerating, ignorant of where to concentrate your services nor how to access the patients and get a snap shot of his health situation.”
Askia-Williams had earlier visited the Acting Managing Director of NAN, Khadijat Lawal, in company of the Inspire Nurses Network Africa.

Her visit was to seek collaboration with the agency on her one-year pet project in Nigeria on primary healthcare, health promotion, HIV prevention and control as well as productive health, among others.
NAN.
* News / RCCG Donates Neo-Natal Care Equipment to Massey Street Children Hospital by Idowu Olabode: December 17, 2017, 04:21:51 PM
Massey Street Children Hospital Lagos is the latest beneficiary of Corporate Social Responsibility CSR intervention of the Redeemed Christian Church of God Lagos Province 44, with the donation of neo-natal care equipment & hospital relief materials.
 
The gesture, according to the Pastor in Charge of the Province, Pastor Amos Emovon, is to improve the quality of health care services at the hospital especially neo-natal care, increase the survival rate of very low birth-weight and premature infants thereby increasing the infrastructural support for enhancing the capabilities of the hospital.
 
While handing over the equipment comprising 1 unit of Standard Infant Incubator, 12 units of Bed Pans and 1 Roll (about 50 metres) of Mackintosh, he said it was in alignment with the vision and mission of the RCCG Mission which regularly embarks on various CSR Initiatives directly and through its various Parishes/Areas/Zones as a way of positively impacting the quality of lives within the communities the parishes are located.
 
Flanked by the Assistant Pastor in Charge of the Province (CSR), Pastor Ajibola Opeoluwa-Calebs and other dignitaries, he said “the RCCG Lagos Province 44 appreciates the effort of government. We also appreciate the contribution of our extremely knowledgeable doctors and medical personnel. However, without adequate equipment especially in the neo-natal care department, we may not be able to reduce infant mortality rate. Thus, these items are being donated to help our doctors and medical personnel to improve the quality of neo-natal care, increase the survival rate of very low birth-weight and premature babies and thereby increasing the infrastructural support for enhancing the capabilities of the hospital”.

He listed previous mega CSR interventions of the Province to include Supply of Medical Equipment to Randle Children Hospital, Equipping & Commissioning of an ICT Laboratory for Aguda Junior Grammar School, Renovation & Donation of Security Equipment to Four Divisional Police Stations in Surulere, Renovation of the Dining Hall, Kitchen and Boys Hostel of Modupe Cole Memorial Child Care & Treatment Home, Provision of Exercise Books, Science Text books to Epetedo High School and Skill Acquisitions and Empowerment of over 200 unemployed /underemployed people.
 
Others include Eye testing, Provision of Glasses and Surgery for the elderly around Lagos Island, Provision of Boreholes to several communities, Provision of Street Light, Monthly feeding within the Province communities, Various Medical/Health Awareness Interventions, etc.
 
While appreciating the gesture, Medical Director, Massey Street Children Hospital, Dr. Aina Oluwagbenga said the church has really met the hospital in its critical area of needs, noting that the equipment would go a long way to improve neo-natal care in the facility.
 
Thisday News
* Articles / All Nurses are Entrepreneurs, they should always think of Plan B by Michelle P by Idowu Olabode: December 17, 2017, 10:11:27 AM
It  is an exciting time to be a nurse! There are so many options for nurses including owning a business. Although most nurses do not see themselves as entrepreneurs, nurses are educated in a scientific method of problem solving and resolution that equips them for a successful transition into an entrepreneurial role.

It is an exciting time to be a nurse! There are so many options for today’s nurse and one area that is growing is nurses interested in becoming business owners. What is creating this need for Plan Business? Well one thing is that the number of nurses employed by hospitals is decreasing from what it has been for decades. Today, about 58% of nurses are employed by hospitals compared to 68% in 1980. Many nurses, over 30%, report being burned out and highly dissatisfied with their jobs. The dissatisfaction relates to feelings of frustration, being overwhelmed with new technology (equipment and EMRs) and overworked due to higher severity of illness of the patient load. Nurses have high levels of anxiety over jobs being eliminated and potential lay-offs due to restructuring. There is a large number of nurses, 900,000, over the age of 45 looking to possibly reduce hours but not their income. And for many nurses, Plan A no longer serves them or the nurse that they have become.



There are huge demands that can be supplied by the nurse business owner. Elder care services, called the silver tsunami, will only increase through 2030. This demand has a variety of businesses well suited for nurses from home residential care facilities, day care services, non-medical in home care, geriatric case management and geriatric patient advocacy type services and programs. Educational programs for family caregivers, caregiver training programs and respite care. Technology is breaking all kinds of boundaries and nurses interested in health information technology, telemedicine and telehealth have a plethora of choices in independent consulting including Documentation Specialists and RN Medical Bill Auditors. Nurses that enjoy teaching can create continuing education units and become CNE providers in any number of specialties. Public Health education is so critical today as patients are released sooner and sicker from the acute care setting. Home Health Care is booming and Wellness Programs are on the rise especially in the corporate setting. Nurses are Authors, Speakers and Consultants in health, wellness and social settings. In fact we have many nurses that are bloggers, podcasters, columnists and social media experts like Nurse Beth!

If you would ask most Nurses if they see themselves as entrepreneurs I think the majority would automatically say no; but I believe that because they are not seeing themselves clearly. Nurses make great business owners because they are educated in a scientific method of problem solving and resolution. Nurses can think critically, prioritize and organize. Nurses are compassionate, dedicated and professional. While entrepreneurs have their business plan for success, nurses create care plans envisioning the optimal patient outcome. The tug and pull of business responsibilities requires the entrepreneur to wear ten hats at the same time and that is just a routine day for most nurses in a patient care environment! From my own experience, I adapt the Nursing Process and Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs to every business problem I encounter. I was able to navigate from being a staff nurse at the bedside to being a CEO in corporate boardrooms. I was always happy to tell folks that asked about my business acumen that it was my nursing experience that was the foundation of any success.

Michael Gerber, the author of The E-Myth, believes that every single man and woman has the entrepreneurial instinct, desire and gift. I agree with him. Most all constraints are self-imposed and our assumptions of what a nurse can be must continually be challenged. There are more successful nurse entrepreneurs today than there was a generation ago. There are many role models that nurses have available so they can accelerate their learning curve and talk with other nurses that have succeeded in areas they are interested in. Nurses can do anything and owning an entrepreneurial mindset begins changing the way nurses look at using their nursing experience.

Source : All Nurses
* News / Outrage as NHS Bosses charge nurses £1,300 a year to Park at Their Workplaces by Idowu Olabode: December 17, 2017, 10:02:18 AM
Already struggling with crippling wage freezes, soaring rents and ­living costs that are driving many into poverty, nurses could do ­without sky-high parking charges.

But private companies and health trusts are making them and other NHS workers pay through the nose to leave their cars at or near hospitals.

The most expensive was University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust, where cash-strapped staff fork out up to £1,300 a year to park at work.

Health staff, unions and MPs branded the high charges outrageous and demanded they be scrapped for workers who have dedicated their lives to the care of others, for little financial reward.

The shocking tariffs were exposed by the GMB union which used freedom of information requests to ask 247 NHS trusts if they made staff pay to park. National officer Kevin Brandstatter said: “Hard-working NHS staff are already being hit hard by the pay pinch, which means many are forced to food banks.

“The last thing they need is a further kick in the teeth having to fork out hundreds of pounds to park at work.”

General secretary Tim Roache added: “It is an outrage. Hospital workers who care for the sick deserve a medal, not being charged for the pleasure. Unfair charges add insult to injury.”

The Royal College of Nursing ’s Gerry O’Dwyer said: “Hospitals run on the goodwill of staff but hefty parking charges show the feeling doesn’t go both ways. For some nurses, especially those who work nights, public ­transport isn’t an option.

“They work around the clock and should not be ­over-charged for doing their jobs. Nursing staff are £3,000 worse off than in 2010 and can do without these costs.

“The Government isn’t giving the NHS the funding it needs but ­hospitals should not try to make money off their staff.”

Labour has vowed to axe hospital parking charges if Jeremy Corbyn gets into power and Shadow Health ­Secretary Jon Ashworth branded them “a burden, which disproportionately affects the most vulnerable people”.

He added: “Even Jeremy Hunt has described this outrageous practice as a ‘stealth tax’, and yet Tory underfunding of our NHS has resulted in hospitals and private companies charging record fees to patients and staff.”

Lib Dem MP Norman Lamb said: “This survey reveals some shocking practices. High parking charges are a tax on hard-working NHS staff and this should be outlawed.”

Bristol trust’s £1,300-a-year charge is for full-time staff, including some nurses, using off-site commercial parking. But even its lowest-paid workers, such as secretaries, porters and cleaners, have to fork out £1,022 a year.

And those lucky enough to find one of the few on-site parking spots are charged up to £6.20 a day. The charges started in May. Of the 131 trusts that responded with specific figures to the GMB requests, 92 made staff pay for parking at work.

The Mirror told this year how nurses in Poole, Dorset, have to leave patients every couple of hours to dash out and move their vehicles because spaces in the hospital car park had been cut.

Some had to find a spot in residential streets which have a two-hour time limit and a £40 fine for overstaying.

Nurses today spoke of their fury. One said: “Some staff could be on 24-hour call. This means come in and park or find somewhere nearby. It’s very stressful and expensive.”

Another added: “It’s not just the staff, think of the patients. If you wife is in labour or you need cancer treatment you have to pay a lot, causing extra stress.”

Charlene Sibley, who works at ­Derriford hospital in Plymouth, said: “At a time when we’re feeling a pinch on pay and forced into using food banks, it’s outrageous to be facing such charges.”

Bristol trust defended their charges. A spokeswoman said: “We encourage staff to travel to our hospitals without using cars and provide a free bus service from the station.

“We provide on-site parking and discounted off-site parking for those who need to travel by car. Charges are on a sliding scale, based on salary and the Trust significantly subsidises off-site car parking so all staff are charged the same.”

She said the Trust also provides free parking for disabled staff or those with health needs as well as others who use their car for work or work out of hours.

The Department of Health said staff should not have to suffer unfair parking fees but shifted the blame on to NHS trusts insisting they “are responsible for the methods used to charge”.

NHS trust fees list of shame




University Hospitals Bristol - £1,300
Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals - £1,248
Barrier Parking Imperial College Healthcare - £1,200
University Hospital Of South Manchester (for restricted parking) - £1,140
Barts Health - £980
Stockport - £960
Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals - £954
Tameside Hospital - £720
East Kent Hospitals University - £675
Airedale - £619

Source :http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/outrage-nhs-bosses-charge-hard-11702936
* News / Sweden Awards 11 Ugandan Midwives for Exceptional Service by Idowu Olabode: December 17, 2017, 06:57:23 AM
Eleven midwives from 11 Ugandan sub-regions have been recognized by the Swedish government for their contribution towards the health sector by helping reduce maternal mortalities.

These stood out for their resilience in helping mothers deliver safely amidst challenges including poor pay, lack of necessary equipment, and moving long distances to work.

In her acceptance speech, Veneranda Musasizi, a registered midwife at Mparo health centre IV in Rukiga district, noted that it meant a lot to be recorgnised for doing a “very challenging” job.

“I am happy that today people from far have recognized that I have served mothers and for all those years, and what inspires me is that a mother has never died in my arms. I am really very happy and praying that may God help me keep serving and saving the mothers until I retire,” said Musasizi, who has spent 19 years in the job and delivers at least 70 mothers every month, or 840 a year.



According to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), one midwife in Uganda conducts between 350 to 500 deliveries a year, far higher than the recommended 175 by the World Health Organisation.

The winning midwives were selected from the sub-regions of Kabale, Busoga, Lango, Teso, West Nile, Karamoja, Bunyoro, Ankole, Acholi, Rwenzori and Bugisu.

Per Lindgarde, the Swedish ambassador to Uganda, observed that midwives play a key role in maternal and newborn health since their presence often makes the difference between life and death. Lindgarde further observed that the midwives are central in promoting women empowerment which, in the end, contributes to economic prosperity and sustainable development.

The Swedish envoy stressed that gender inequality and the lack of male involvement in maternal health are the root causes of high maternal mortality. He urged that men should be engaged more.

“It is our hope that all awarded midwives will continue to find inspiration and motivation to carry out the tremendously important work that they do and be role models for other midwives and students in their districts, regions and Uganda as a whole,” said Lindgarde on Wednesday at a dinner held at his residence in Kololo.

Alain Sibenaler, the UNFPA country representative, explained that even with support from the Swedish government in training midwives, there were still gaps that needed to be filled. He mainly pointed at recruitment whereby many of the trained midwives were not absorbed by the districts despite the staffing gaps in there.

Sibanaler urged government to prioritise the recruitment and retention of trained midwives, and this could be done by increasing their wages. He further suggested that under-served local governments be supported to recruit the number of midwives they need.

“By prioritising investments in midwifery, we can only stand to gain. When educated to international standards and within a fully functional health system, midwives can provide about 90 per cent of the essential care to women and newborns and can potentially reduce maternal and newborn deaths by two thirds,” said Sibenaler.

Sarah Opendi, the state minister for health, commended the 11 midwives for their contribution and for helping deliver mothers safely amidst challenging situations.

She said government was in the process of reviewing their salaries, adding that since there a few midwives, government was considering giving contracts to the retired one to fill this gap. The Midwifery Awards were first launched in 2015.

Source : The Observer
* News / JOHESU writes Buhari, passes no-confidence vote in Adewole by Idowu Olabode: December 16, 2017, 09:37:33 AM
The Joint Health Sector Union/Assembly of Healthcare Professional Associations has written an open letter to President Muhammadu Buhari, complaining about the marginalisation of some health professionals in his administration.

Also lamenting about poor welfare of health workers, the group said it had passed a vote of no confidence in the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole.

In the letter, dated December 7, 2017 — signed by the group’s chairman, Biobelemoye Josiah, and the secretary, Florence Ekpebor — JOHESU said recent events had compelled it to write the President, stating that in the past few years, health care workers’ sensibilities had been traumatised and that the government appeared to have “wittingly” compounded the situation by conceding privileges to only one profession in the health care sector.

The group’s letter to Buhari partly read, “We observed, rather tragically, that the two ministers in charge of the Federal Ministry of Health were picked from only one profession. This was a repeat of the precedence set by the (former President Goodluck) Jonathan administration, which boomeranged with unprecedented strikes and disharmony in the health sector because of the dubiety in handling labour matters.”

JOHESU said in 2015 when the trio of Adewole, Dr. Osagie Enahire (Minister of State for Health) and Dr. (Mrs.) Amina Shamaki were appointed to lead the Federal Ministry of Health, in addition to the appointment of Dr. Chris Ngige, as the Minister of Labour and Employment — it raised the alarm that danger loomed “with regards to fulfilling the professional destiny of all health workers, apart from doctors, because of the peculiarly skewed nature of the appointments.”

The group said it had been vindicated in raising the alarm as Adewole and Ngige had failed to assent to the welfare initiatives of other health workers’ welfare despite court judgments and other agreements.

The letter read, “The body language of both the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Labour and Employment has always revealed their unwillingness to realistically solve the problems inherent in giving us a sense of fairness and justice in the scheme of things.

Source: Punch Newspaper
* Nursing Jobs / Vacancy for a Nurse/ Midwife at a Reputable Hospital by Idowu Olabode: December 15, 2017, 09:08:37 PM
A reputable hospital in lagos is seeking the position of a Nurse/ Midwife
 
JOB DESCRIPTION
to render nursing care with professionalism and empathy to patients,
to work along side the doctors,
to manage nursing affairs,
to assist in taking delivery of children etc
 
APPLICANTS should have a good wealth of experience.
 
INTERESTED APPLICANTS  are to forward their cvs to
heavensjewel2u@gmail.com
 
APPLICATION DEADLINE; 13th of  January 2018
* Nursing Jobs / Pearldrops Healthcare Staffing Nursing Recruitment in Lagos by Idowu Olabode: December 15, 2017, 09:03:08 PM
Pearldrops Healthcare Staffing located at No. 10b Akin Oshiyemi Street Off Allen Avenue, Ikeja -Lagos is currently recruiting for a healthcare facility
 
Job Opening Name: Registered Nurse/ Midwife
 
Job Opening ID: ZR_26_JOB
 
Target Date: 22/12/2017
 
Job Type: Full time
 
City: Lagos
 
Salary: 80,000 above
 
Work Experience: 1-3 years
 
Job Description :
Monitor, record, and report symptoms or changes in patients' conditions.
Assist women in all stages of pregnancy, childbirth and post delivery.
Work closely with obstetricians and gynecologists in diagnosing and treating women with acute and chronic illnesses.
Directs or supervise less-skilled nursing or healthcare personnel and supervise a particular unit.
Consult and coordinate with healthcare team members to assess, plan, implement, or evaluate patient care plans.
Monitor all aspects of patient care, including diet and physical activity.
Instruct individuals, families, or other groups on topics such as health education, disease prevention, or childbirth and develop health improvement programs.
Prepare patients for and assist with examinations or treatments.
 
Method Of Application:
Interested applicants should forward their resume to careers@phs.com.ng using the Job title as the subject of the mail.
 
NB:
Only candidates who comply strictly with this instruction will be considered, emails without subjects will be disregarded.
* News / Ondo State Hospitals Management Board 2017 Promotion Interview by Idowu Olabode: December 15, 2017, 07:00:43 PM
This is to notify all nurses at the HMB that promotion interview comes up on Thursday 28 December 2017, all concerned should take note and get all necessary papers ready , pls give this information widest publicity in all units .
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