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* News / India: Fake Nurse arrested for Injecting Patients in Hospital Nurse Suspended by katty: Today at 01:47:29 PM
-The nurse on duty left the ward with utility room opened. The woman strayed in, took injections and administered it to at least 8 patients

Police on Monday arrested the woman who allegedly administered injections to eight patients in Sambalpur district headquarters hospital on Saturday night by posing as a nurse.

Police said the woman, Lily Jal of Nayapara in A N Guha lane in the city, has been arrested under sections 448, 324 and 440 of the IPC.

Lily entered the male medicine ward of the hospital on Saturday night and administered injections and saline to at least eight patients, identifying herself as a nursing staff member. She also asked the attendants of the patients to leave the ward. Since she was authoritative and the hospital security guard was accompanying her, the patients did not doubt her intentions.

Sub-divisional police officer (SDPO), Sambalpur, Bhawani Sankar Udgata said, “We traced the woman after watching CCTV footage. During interrogation, the woman said she had an altercation with her family on Saturday night. Later, she went to the hospital to sleep.”
“She entered the nurses’ duty room, which was vacant at the time, and sat there for some time. Later, she took the injections, which were in the duty room, and administered them to the patients in the male medicine ward,” Udgata added.

The SDPO said the woman is suspected to be unbalanced. “When we asked her why she administered the injections, she said she had seen how an injection is administered. When she saw the injections in the duty room, she felt like doing it herself,” said police. The hospital authorities on Monday suspended the nurse, Rajani Sahu, who was on duty at the ward where the incident took place and disengaged the on-duty security guard, Pramanand Vineet.

Additional district medical officer, Ashok Dash, said, “Had the nurse who was on duty not left the ward, this incident would not have happened. She had also left the duty room open. Hence, she has been suspended for dereliction in duty.”

“Moreover, though the security guard was there in the ward, he did not stop the woman from entering it,” Dash said. He also said nothing had happened to the patients who had been administered the injections. He further said security had been beefed up at the hospital after the incident. “We have started issuing passes to visitors. No outsider will be allowed to enter the wards without a pass,” he added.
* News / Kwara Health Workers Trained on Maternal, New Born Care by katty: Today at 01:30:30 PM
Health workers in Kwara State were recently trained on obstetric and new born care towards tackling maternal and child mortality.

The training was conducted by the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine United Kingdom (LSTM) in collaboration with the Wellbeing Foundation Africa with the support of Johnson and Johnson. It was aimed at broadening the knowledge of health workers in the care of mothers and newborns.

Speaking during the training in Share General Hospital, Ifelodun Local Government Area of Kwara State, Senior Technical Officer, LSTM Nigeria office, Dr Hauwa Muhammed, said the programme targeted 450 health workers in the state and it was expected to last till the year 2020.

“We started the training since 2015 and it will end by 2020. The training is targeted at doctors, nurses, community health workers, other health workers and midwives.

“We have so far trained 96 health workers in Ilorin east, west and south local governments in emergency obstetric and newborn care, 48 health workers in quality improvement for mothers and babies, 30 health workers in data management. We have replicated same in Offa, Irepodun, Edu, and Kaiama covering 193 health workers, 32 in QIT and 28 in data management.

“We will work in the remaining nine local government areas of Asa, Patigi, Ifelodun, Baruten, Isin, Oyun, Oke ero, Ekiti and Mooro. We have also reduced the stress on trainees by taking the training to various local governments,” Muhammed said.

She however lamented lack of adequate health workers in most of the local governments they visited, saying some local governments could not produce up to 50 health workers for the training. She said the local governments invited health workers from private hospitals around to make up the targeted number for all local governments.

One of the trainers who is a registrar at the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital, Dr Rahman Kayode, said the training would help bridge the gap between tertiary and primary health care sector.

“It helps in transfer of knowledge  and skills on how to improve the care of babies and mothers to reduce mortality rate,” Kayode said.

One of the beneficiaries, Folake Alakija who is a principal nursing superintendent, said the training has changed her orientation about care of patients and deepened her understanding about  the care of pregnant women.

Source: Daily Trust
* Nursing Jobs / Medacs Healthcare is Recruiting Nurses with IELTS of 6.5 in Writing to UK by katty: January 21, 2019, 05:47:38 PM
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* MCPDP / Kaduna State MCPDP Schedule for Nurses in March 2019 by katty: January 21, 2019, 05:31:27 PM


Mandatory Continuing Professional Development Program (EMCPDP) For NURSES & MIDWIVES



Date:                     11th-15th March, 2019

Venue:                  Catholic Social Centre March Kaduna

Time:                     8:00am – 4:00pm daily. 


Fees  (N20,000.00), Twenty Thousand Naira only payable into MCPDP Account.

ACCOUNT NAME:           Kaduna State

ACCOUNT NUMBER:      2020322115

Banker:                             First Bank of Nigeria PLC

Obtain your Bank Teller. (Computer Print Out) and Present at the venue of the workshop.


Summary of report of research work conducted by Nurses and midwives can be submitted for presentation during the workshop.
-10 Mules of presentation of selected abstract will be slotted.
All research reports to be submitted to: on or before Friday 1st March, 2019.

Send your name, contact phone number and location i.e. Zaria, Kaduna or Kafanchan to any of  the following number:- 08068439646, 08065946495, 07063021891 and 08035872925


 All Prospective participants are expected to come along with their license.   


7th March. 2019


 Late registration attract the sum of Three Thousand Naira (N3,000.00)Only
* News / Jealous Ghanaian Nurse Chews Lip of Suspected Rival in Takoradi by katty: January 21, 2019, 12:56:41 PM
A jealous newly trained nurse  in Takoradi has completely bitten off the lower lip of another lady she suspected of having an affair with her boyfriend.

The newly trained nurse who did not understand why her boyfriend gave a lift to the 23-year-old hairdressing apprentice, pursued the victim to her house and in a cannibalistic manner, bit off her entire lower lip.

The lady, Beatrice Eric Agyapong was immediately rushed to the Kwesimintsim Government Hospital but doctors on duty said the cells in the bitten off part had died, hence could not stitch it to the mouth.

Beatrice who has been on admission since Friday when the incident happened, told Takoradi-based Connect Sunday that the matter has been reported to the Police but the perpetrator is yet to be arrested.

She said she has been groaning in pain

What happened?

According to the victim, she was recently treated for an ulcer and was thus advised by doctors to adopt the habit of eating early to avoid complications.

On Friday at about 8:00 am, she decided to go to Kwesimintsim to find food to buy and just when she stepped out of her house, she saw a private car passing so she flagged it to stop.

Beatrice said she pleaded with the driver of the car, who turned out to be the boyfriend of the suspect, to give her lift to Kwesimintsim which he obliged.

“I saw the private car passing and pleaded with the driver to alight me at Kwesimintsim so I could find some food to buy,” she recounted.

She explained that just when she got back home and about to eat her food, the nurse whose name has only been given as Mummy, suddenly showed up and confronted her [Agyapong] about why she boarded the boyfriend’s car.

“She grabbed my lip and started chewing it as I struggled to defend myself but to no avail,” she told Connect FM.

The victim said people intervened and rushed her to hospital and doctors on duty sent for the bitten off flesh but the time it was brought, they said all the cells in it had died so could not be stitched.

Asked whether she had any issues with the suspect, Beatrice responded in the negative, adding she had not even spoken with her before though she knows the nurse as a tenant in her (victim’s) uncle’s house.

A report has since been made to the Kwesimintsim police who are waiting for the victim to feel a little better to take a statement from her.

* News / Uganda: Solar Energy Easing Midwives' Work in Arua by katty: January 21, 2019, 12:17:04 PM
It is what I was trained to do. Whatever the circumstances, I have to do everything possible to save lives," Baku says.

Nurses and midwives are usually the first point of contact with patients. It is no different for Mary Baku, a midwife at Riki Health Centre III in Arua District. About 25 kilometres away from Arua town, Baku's daily work is well cut-out to save the lives of mothers and babies. Her desire to fulfil the dictates of her calling, beams in a wide smile when she recounts the hundreds of mothers she has helped deliver in her career that spans over 10 years.

"There are mothers who come back and say thank you. This makes me happy," Baku says.


But like a horse which has four legs, yet it often falls, Baku's desire to save lives many times is tested to the point of frustration. Riki Health Centre, like many other small health facilities across the country, does not have electricity.

Ministry of Energy statistics show that only 21 of Ugandans have access to electricity. The ministry, however, plans to increase coverage to 26 per cent in the next three years.

At night, other than the flicker of a kerosene lamp that emits both necessary light and dangerous soot, there is no light to enable Baku see when helping mothers to deliver. At 135 deaths per 1,000 live births, Uganda ranks as one of the unsafe countries in the world to deliver from. An estimated 28 per cent of maternal deaths in the country occur among women and girls under 24 years. Some of the leading factors; include teenage pregnancies, not attending antenatal care, negligence of health workers and lack of essential commodities in health facilities.

"There is no infection control because in the darkness, things can become messy very quickly. We were really worried of infecting ourselves and infecting other patients," Baku says.

The World Health Organisation, lists norovirus, influenza, methicillin, tuberculosis, among others are diseases that spread highest in hospitals.

The facility delivers between 35 and 40 mothers each month. Services such as prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV, family planning and general diagnosis and treatment are also a given. There are two midwives at the facility and one in-charge.

Solar energy

A month ago, however, Riki Health Centre graduated from darkness to solar lighting donated by World Wide Fund, a conservation organisation with funding from the European Union under the Scaling-up Rural Electrification programme.

The lighting system comes as a relief to not only patients but health workers here, where roads to Arua town with better healthcare can be accessed are bumpy.

"When delivering a mother and she is pushing the baby, you need to talk to her. But how would you talk to the mother when you have a touch in your mouth? It was very difficult," Baku adds.


Lundia Asekuru, who said in an interview that she has suffered from asthma since 2003, was one of the first beneficiaries of a lit-up facility. "Sometimes I get an attack at night and they have to use a touch to take me to the centre. Even at the centre, I find them using a touch," Asekeru, a resident of Turupa village, Oluko Sub-county in Arua says.

"If this health centre was not around, I would be dead. It is easy to get treatment here since it is near. Government should provide electricity or provide solar systems to all health facilities, especially in rural areas," she adds.

Her request, State Minister of Health for General Duties, Sarah Opendi, said is something government is aware of and doing everything possible to extend power to all corners of Uganda. Opendi says with the abundance of the sun, which can be used to generate power, a bright future lies ahead.

The country also has the potential to generate 1,650MW from biomass, 800MW from peat, 200MW from mini hydropower sites and 2,000MW from large hydropower sites.

"It is still a challenge to have power in all health centres but overtime, we have connected a number of them to solar. It is efficient and we are working with the ministry of Energy to see that all centres have power," Opendi says. "Cabinet approved more money to rural electrification programme and these health centres will benefit," she adds.

In the meantime, however, minister Opendi cautions health workers to at all times wear protective gear before attending to patients.

"Because the ministry sends this protective gear to all centres, there should be no worries of infections even in darkness," she says. David Binega, the in-charge of Riki Health Centre, says without electricity, keeping medicine which requires low temperatures was a challenge. He adds that now, it is easy to keep vaccines and light the premises.

Binega adds that lighting is also providing security to the centre as patients and caregivers are able to see who is coming in and leaving unlike in the past when the facility was in darkness.

"As a result of the installation of solar energy, we are now able to respond to emergency cases in the night and administer vaccines to new born babies in time, which was not possible before," he adds.

Need for manpower

David Binega, the in-charge of Riki Health Centre, says there is need to recruit more staff to beef up the current manpower at the facility. The health sector is one that suffer from under-staffing. Although the World Health Organisation recommends doctor-patient ratios of 1:1000 and 1: 600 by 2020, the ministry of Health estimates that the ratio currently stands at 1:24,000.

The 2015/2016 annual Health Sector performance review shows that Uganda has a staffing shortage of anesthetic officers, which stands at 73 per cent, pharmacists at 60 per cent, nurses at 51 per cent and midwives at 25 per cent.

The 2016/2017 Annual Health Sector Performance Report also indicates the overall staffing gap of health workers in Uganda stands at 27 per cent.

Fortunately, government recently announced that they will recruit at least 15,000 O-Level leavers as community health extension workers to provide basic healthcare in villages in the next three years. The move is in line with the ministry's initiative to promote its new healthcare delivery model that focuses more on disease prevention to decongest public hospitals and health facilities in rural areas

Source : Kampala Monitor
* Upcoming Conference / West African College of Nursing 15th Biennial Conference Call for Abstracts by katty: January 21, 2019, 10:25:46 AM
West African College of Nursing 15th Biennial General Meeting, 24th Scientific Session and 38th Council Meeting, March, 2019 – Freetown, Sierra Leone
The West African College of Nursing (WACN) will hold its 15th Biennial General Meeting, 24th Scientific   Session and 38th Council meeting in March 2019 in Freetown, Sierra Leone. The international programme will offer nurses, midwives, other healthcare professionals and the general public an opportunity to come together to discuss community and health workforce responses to current health issues.

The WACN cordially invites submission of abstracts that explore the theme and sub-themes for the programme in the area of nursing and midwifery research, education and practice; community health, and other relevant health domains to be considered for presentation at the 2019 scientific session. Papers may be presented in the symposium, oral/podium, or poster sessions.

The Sierra Leone Chapter of the West African College of Nursing will be hosting the 15th Biennial General Meeting and 24th Scientific sessions in March 2019 with the theme as “Health service Partnership’’: The Role of Nurse and Midwife in Building Global Health Security”.

THEME FOR WACN BGM 2019: “Health service Partnership: The Role of Nurses and Midwives in Building Global Health Security.”

1. Overview of Health Service Partnership
2. Inter-professional Global Health Competencies
3. Interconnectedness of health professions (e.g. medicine, public health, nursing)
4. Interconnectedness of global health systems, including structural inequities
5. Trends in Global Health Security
6. Cross-cultural communication
7. National Policies on Nursing/Midwifery in Global Health Security
8. Strategies for reduction/eradication of epidemic /pandemic through Health Service Partnership
9. Capacity building of Nurses/Midwives in Epidemic /pandemic preparedness, response and resilience to minimize vulnerability of the population.
10. Investing in Midwives Programmes: The Sierra Leone Situation
Submission Details
Deadline for submission of abstracts is 2PM on 7th December Friday, 2019.
No extension will be granted. Late submissions will not be considered.
All abstracts, font Arial 12, not exceeding 300 words, should be submitted as attachment in word document and sent to the following.
WACN’s online abstract submission site:
Dr. Joan H. Shepherd
Executive Secretary, WACN:         /
The author’s name, qualifications, email and address should be written in Arial 10.
All authors with accepted abstracts MUST register for the programme before 30th January, 2019.
For abstracts with multiple authors, the presenting author’s name should be highlighted.
Multiple author abstracts will only be accepted if at least one of the authors is registered and present at the conference.

Abstract Selection and Notification
The Programme Committee will meet mid-December 2019 to peer review and select abstracts that meet the requirements. Selected abstracts shall be confirmed by email. For each accepted symposium, oral/podium, and poster abstract, the Programme Committee will assign the time and date of presentation on the conference schedule. The Committee reserves the right to accept abstracts as symposium, oral/podium or poster presentations. The presentation schedule will be available to presenters via email by January 15th, 2019.
Only the presenting authors will be communicated.

Conference Registration
Any substituting author, other than the primary author must register for the conference and pay the applicable fee.
The 15th BGM, 24rd Scientific Session and 39th Council meeting registration form will be available on WACN’s website ( by November 12th, 2018. All other information regarding the programme, including the schedule will be available on the website in due course.
Oral/Podium: Each abstract for oral/podium session is allotted 10 minutes for presentation, with 5 minutes for audience questions. Oral/podium presenters are expected to attend the entire session in which their paper is featured.
ABSTRACT SUBMISSION OPENS 2PM on 7th December Friday, 2018. Click here to access the 2018 online abstract submission forms.


Exhibitors are also invited and should contact the Executive Secretary by email on  and Chairman WACN Sierra Leone for discussion and registration.
* News / Protesting Hong Kong nurses demand action over manpower shortages by katty: January 20, 2019, 08:54:51 PM
-More than 100 members of Association of Hong Kong Nursing Staff gather outside government headquarters to voice their discontent

Hong Kong authorities must hire more nurses to tackle an ongoing manpower crisis at public hospitals, according to the city’s largest nursing guild.

More than 100 members of the Association of Hong Kong Nursing Staff, which represents 60 per cent of the city’s 50,000 nurses, gathered outside the government headquarters on Sunday to voice their discontent at the shortage.

The nurses, as well as some doctors and former patients, brought with them black balloons to symbolise their unhappiness and stress.

Secretary for Food and Health Professor Sophia Chan Siu-chee, who headed the University of Hong Kong’s school of nursing before joining the government in 2012, showed up at the rally to speak to protesters.

Chan pledged to ask the Hospital Authority to look into the problem. She also told the protesting nurses that starting from the end of the month, the authority’s pay for frontline medical staff working on extra shifts would be increased by 10 per cent.

But she was booed by protesters, who said public hospitals needed more staff, not money.

A nurse, surnamed Chan, said: “Each nurse has to take care of up to 20 patients at the same time. The service quality could be affected and it could be easier for us to make mistakes.”

Another nurse, surnamed Chow, said: “Many patients need to wait even though they are asking for minor stuff such as the changing of diapers, or a cup of water.”

Nurses also said there was too much clerical or administrative work at public hospitals.

The outcry comes as the city grapples with the deadly winter flu season. Some 46 people have died since Hong Kong entered the peak flu season at the start of the month, of which 40 were older than 65. A total of 121 serious flu cases have been identified.

According to the authority, bed occupancy rates at all medical wards of public hospitals reached 105 per cent on Saturday, meaning temporary beds had to be laid along corridors or in between fixed ones.

Sophia Chan said she noticed the authority had set aside hundreds of million of dollars to deal with the ongoing winter flu season.

“They could have done better in terms of policy implementation and communication … It’s most important for us to listen to nurses’ suggestions on what are the key areas of concern and what measures would be helpful,” she said.

The association’s chairman, lawmaker Joseph Lee Kok-long, countered that from past experience, extra payment for nurses was ineffective in solving the problem.

After the rally, the nurses marched to Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor’s office nearby. But since there was no one there to receive their petition, they tied their black balloons on fences outside the office and ended their protest.

In a statement, the authority responded that it was fully aware of the tremendous workload faced by frontline staff and was committed to supporting them by every possible means.

In 2018-19, the authority added 574 beds and allocated HK$520 million (US$66.7 million) for public hospitals to prepare for the increase in workload.

Although 1,400 nurses were leaving the authority, it would recruit 2,230 nurses in the 2018-19 year, resulting in a net increase of 830. Public hospitals have also hired about 800 part-time and temporary nurses to alleviate the workload of frontline staff during the winter surge, it added.

Source : South China Morning Post
* News / South Africa: No places for 10 000 nursing students in KwaZulu-Natal by katty: January 20, 2019, 08:48:59 PM
Thousands of prospective students in KwaZulu-Natal entered this year with the hope of pursuing their studies in nursing despite clear indications that the field was saturated and that jobs would be hard to get.

Health MEC Sibongiseni Dhlomo recently estimated there were at least 10 000 unemployed nurses in the province and the situation was unlikely to change in the near future.

Despite this, the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) received 14 668 applications for nursing degrees this year.

UKZN’s acting executive director for corporate relations Normah Zondo said most of the hopefuls had been turned away.

“The university can only accommodate 80 students in nursing,” she said.

In the past, Dhlomo criticised the 28 private nursing colleges in KZN saying they trained students at an exorbitant cost without considering whether there were enough posts in the public and private health-care sectors to accommodate them.

“It is sad when you look at the numbers of unemployed people who’ve been trained, largely by the private nursing colleges in the province, going over 10 000.

“When we engaged these private nursing colleges, I asked them, ‘What plan do you have? Why do you keep on training people when there’s no plan to get them into the system?’”

He said the province had even arranged to have unemployed nurses taken to other provinces for job interviews.

“Here and there they’ve been successful but by and large we still remain with over 10 000 nurses who are unemployed,” said Dhlomo.

Londeka Khuzwayo, a student who attempted to register for nursing at a private college in Durban this year, was unsuccessful, being told that “the college will not take any first year nursing students until the year 2020”.

Khuzwayo said the college also informed her that most private nursing institutions in the province were not accepting new nurses this year.

Netcare’s director of nursing and nursing education Shannon Nell said its institutions made provision for nurses to specialise and this minimised the number of students who were unemployed.

“Nursing professionals have the opportunity to become highly specialised in one of the many disciplines of modern medicine.”

She said some of the options after qualifying as a registered nurse included specialisations in paediatrics, neonatal, transplant, trauma and emergency, infection prevention, oncology and renal nursing.

“Considering the dynamic nature of the medical fraternity, there is also more scope for advancement into top administrative and management positions. Anyone considering a career in nursing should gain as much knowledge and experience as they possibly can,” she said.

In the past, the UK and the Middle East were highly sought-after destinations for South African nurses who wanted to improve their employment options and earn in foreign currencies.

Recently, the UK again made a call for nurses from Africa and Asia to fill their 400 000 vacancies.

Sunday Tribune
* News / Nursing Students Save Mans Life After He Collapsed In The Gym by katty: January 20, 2019, 07:19:56 PM
A nursing student walked into her gym at just the right time Friday morning after a 67-year-old man had collapsed and wasn't breathing. Megan Crawley, 23, was met with panicked shouts as soon as she opened the doors of the North Little Rock Athletic Club, and the first year nursing student immediately rushed over to help Charles Rainey, who was quickly turning blue.
“I just kept thinking, ‘please don’t die,'" Crawley told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. “When I felt he had a pulse and his color came back, I was like, ‘thank you, Jesus.'"
Crawley was assisted by her University of Arkansas at Little Rock nursing classmate, Ryan Ruff, who works at the front desk of the gym and is also a medic in the National Guard. Crawley performed CPR while Ruff charged an automated external defibrillator because Crawley had found no pulse.
The students jolted Rainey back to life with dozens of chest compressions and a single defibrillator shock. He was alert and talking before paramedics arrived.
Rainey, a retiree who decided to run less than a mile to the gym that morning, had suffered cardiac arrest. Crawley visited him at Baptist Health Medical Center on Sunday. He had three stents put in over the weekend and was released from the hospital Tuesday morning.
"I was dead when I hit the floor," Rainey said, recalling his collapse. He praised Crawley as a "sweet girl" who saved his life.
Crawley told Fox News she could not have done it alone without "Ryan's amazing teamwork and skills." She also credits her faith and UA Little Rock nursing instructor Joanna Rostad-Hall for preparing her for Friday’s emergency. “She was the one who taught my CPR class,” Crawley told the university newspaper. “If it wasn’t for Mrs. Rostad-Hall and God, I don’t know what I would’ve done.”
The university praised the students for going above and beyond to save Rainey's life.
“It still gives me goosebumps,” Rostad-Hall said. “The fact that they’re first-year students, and they did what they did…we could not be more proud of them.”
Caleb Parke|FoxNews
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