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* News / At Last Multistate Compact Licensure Goes Live in 29 States by Idowu Olabode: January 19, 2018, 08:51:41 PM
Nurses with multistate licenses welcome to practice in participating states

As of this morning, the Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC) goes into effect in 29 participating member states, allowing RNs and LPNs with a multistate license to practice in eNLC states.

The applicable license grants these nurses the ability to treat patients in not only their home state, but in others participating in the program. (A full list of eligible and participating states appears at the bottom of this article.)

Nurses residing in a participating state (commonly referred to as “compact states”) are grandfathered into the eNLC, as long as they held a multistate license as of six months ago (July 20, 2017 to be precise) under the original Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC).

Of the 29 compact states, Florida, Georgia, Oklahoma, West Virginia, and Wyoming are requiring nurses who wish to obtain a multistate license to complete an application on their respective websites.

With the measure going into effect today, initially only 27 states ratified their participation. However, the governors of both Colorado and New Mexico signed off on the measure Friday morning, bringing the total to 29.

The eNLC’s widespread implementation gives compact states the ability to align their licensure requirements and assimilate all application prerequisites. This includes a full background and criminal check for applicants, regardless of their state of residence.

From a perspective of continuing education requirements, a compact nurse must first meet the requirements of his or her home state—but also those of any states in which he or she wishes to practice. For example, a nurse residing in Florida wishing to practice in Texas would be mandated to meet the CE requirements of each state.

(This ruling is in flux in many areas, and it is recommended that any interested nurse consult with the appropriate State Board of Nursing.)

“This opens a new and exciting era for nursing licensure,” said Sue Tedford, MNSc, APRN, RN, executive director, Arkansas State Board of Nursing, and Interstate Commission of Nurse Licensure Compact Administrators Chair. “The eNLC not only benefits nurses with increased mobility to practice, it also increases access to care for patients. Additionally, new provisions in the eNLC enhance patient safety.”

James Puente is the Director of the Nurse Licensure Compact, National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN). Mr. Puente told ADVANCE that the transition from the original NLC to the eNLC has been more than smooth. 24 of the 25 states in the original NLC have made the transition, with an additional five states joining in the meantime.

“That shows significant growth,” Puente said, “but more importantly, the revisions within the compact are removing the barriers that some states had to joining.”

As a result, Puente said eight more states are ‘pending’ or prospective members of the compact, with potential to come on board in the near future. If this comes to fruition, 37 of 50 states would be members—placing some pressure upon those states that continue to resist.

“I don’t think anyone would debate that we will have reached a tipping point, where more states are compact than not,” said Puente. “Consequently, the nurses of those states will begin to question why they aren’t in the compact.”

The goal, of course, is to make all 50 states compact. While it’s hard to put a timeline on such an achievement, Puente did express optimism that the trend will continue, and he looks forward to hopefully seeing at least 42-43 states on board within the next five years.

“But these things are unpredictable, as to when they will happen. We’re often surprised as to when these initiatives are introduced.” Puente admitted. “Just today, we learned about two more states that have taken up legislation. We weren’t expecting that.”

Statistically, the overwhelming majority of the profession favors the compact. Puente cited statistics derived from NCSBN surveys indicating that 96 percent of hospitals nationwide want their states to be in the compact, while 88 percent of nurses favor membership in their states.

“In any given state, there’s significant support for the compact,” he summarized. “If you see close to 90 percent of the states shaded as compact states, and the others aren’t… I think it will cause the nurses of those states to take a stand against why their state can’t join. It’s already happening in a number of states.”

For today, however, the widespread ratification is a victory—for Puente and NCSBN, for nurses in 29 states, but most of all for the millions of patients impacted in the present and future by this decision.

“With one license, nurses can now practice throughout much of the country,” Puente concluded. “This means greater access to care for patients, whether at staffing levels in a hospital, telehealth, or remote and rural healthcare. Nurses no longer have that barrier of applying for a license in each state in order to practice.”

Compact states include:

New Hampshire,
New Mexico,
North Carolina,
North Dakota,
South Carolina,
South Dakota,
West Virginia,
and Wyoming.
For more information on eNLC implementation, visit the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) website.

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* News / USA : Colorado Nurse Fired for Supporting Donald Trump, Sued her Employer by Idowu Olabode: January 19, 2018, 08:46:13 PM
A Colorado nurse has filed a lawsuit saying she was fired over her support for Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign.

Lizzy Mathews, 65, of Lakewood, filed a suit in U.S. District Court Denver on Jan. 11 against Kelly Torres, nursing manager, and Marc Fedo, director of acute nursing, at the Denver Health Medical Center. The suit calls for Mathews to get her job back, along with back pay and punitive damages for the emotional pain she has suffered since losing her job.

The lawsuit alleges Mathews' firing stems from a Sept. 10, 2016 incident, when she was attending to a patient who had once been a high-ranking employee at the hospital.
After the patient questioned Mathews on who she thought would win the presidential election, the suit claims, Mathews said she wanted Trump, and added that she was “praying for him.” The patient replied, “Oh no, I don’t want him.”

Mathews said she then received a call from Torres three days later, and was told that the patient had complained about her conversation about the election. Mathews was also questioned whether she asked the patient to read the Bible – a charge which she denied.

The suit says Torres then fired Mathews, claiming she did not work enough hours, even though her supervisors had approved them. Fedo approved the firing and said the nurse was ineligible to be rehired, the suit said.

“The Defendants’ act of terminating Mrs. Mathews from her employment without eligibility for rehire was motivated by Mrs. Mathews’ exercise of constitutionally protected conduct of association with her political views,” said the lawsuit, filed by Denver attorneys Francis Culkin and Karen Larson. “[These] actions caused Mrs. Mathews to suffer injuries that would chill a person of ordinary firmness from continuing to engage in such constitutionally protected activity.”

The lawsuit also states the only document addressing the termination says Mathews was fired for “other reasons” – something Mathews did not see until Jan 24, 2017. Mathews made a complaint to the Equal Employment Occupation Commission, where the case is still pending.

Mathews, who is Asian-Indian, also claims discrimination based on ethnicity.

“[Mathews’ supervisors] treated non-Asian/Indian employees more favorably, including but not limited to disparate discipline and with less scrutiny then that applied to Ms. Mathews that led to termination of her employment without eligibility for rehire based on race and national origin,” the lawsuit states.

In a statement sent to Fox News, Denver Health said it does not comment on pending litigation, but added it does not discriminate against any employee based on their race or ethnicity.

“As a public hospital, Denver Health has a proud history of diversity and inclusiveness and is welcoming to all,” the statement said. “We have staff members from a variety of backgrounds with a variety of beliefs and work diligently to ensure Denver Health continues to provide an environment in which everyone can feel comfortable delivering or receiving our world-class care.”

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* News / Nurses Blast Nigerian President over Lassa Fever Outbreak by katty: January 19, 2018, 11:45:09 AM
 Nurses under the auspices of University Graduates of Nursing Science Association (UGONSA), Thursday, came hard on President Muhammadu Buhari-led federal government over the fresh outbreak of lassa fever in Ebonyi State.
The nurses say no less than 40 health workers have died of the disease in the State.
DAILY POST recalls that two doctors and a nurse have already lost their lives to the outbreak.
Reacting to the recent deaths, the association decried as despicable the level of lip service paid to development and strengthening of the Nigerian health system by successive governments.
It frowned at the state of the Nigerian health system and called on the government to live up to its responsibility and overhaul the health system for efficient and effective care delivery.
In a statement in Abakaliki by its National President, Chief (Hon) Solomon Egwuenu, and its National Secretary, Nurse Goodluck Nshi, the association said the recent killings by Lassa Fever of health workers in Ebonyi State was avoidable but for gross neglect and abandonment of our health system by government.
“At the latest count, more than 40 health workers have died as a result of Lassa fever in Ebonyi State alone in the past 13 years. This ugly incidence has continued because there have been no proactive measures fostered by the government to arrest it over the years.
“What we see each time we experience the avoidable dead of health workers from Lassa fever is that government officials rush to the press to commiserate with the victims and hypocritically resume the supply of basic personal protective equipments (PPE) and hand sanitizers to hospitals. But as soon as the tension dies down, hand sanitizers, PPEs, electricity and ever running water disappear and become essential commodities in our hospitals, leaving our compassionate nurses and physicians with the pathetic option of treating patients largely unprotected, and in the process, dying while trying to save others from a preventable disease like the Lassa fever.
“The worst is that as we bury the deceased in agony, the government mocks the living health workers by paying them five thousand naira as hazard allowance. In Nigeria today, we all know that five thousand naira can hardly procure a comprehensive therapeutic drug regimen let alone run a basic laboratory health screening.
“Despite this, our irrational government that pays millions of naira to political office holders as newspaper and wardrobe allowances does not see any good in reviewing upward the current ridiculous hazard allowance payable to health workers in the face of non-provision or inadequate supply of basic PPE and sanitizers for standard universal precaution in our healthcare institutions.
“We advice JOHESU and NMA to sheath their swords and fight together to salvage the plight of the Nigerian health workers especially on this issue of abusive hazard allowance because the current government seems insensitive to the plight of the health workers and more so seems too comfortable with the rot in our health system”, the group said.
The association further queried why the South-East virology centre built by Ebonyi State government and commissioned by the Federal government two years ago was not yet fully functional, necessitating the arduous ferrying of victims of Lassa fever, by road, to far away Irrua in Edo State, which leads to the deaths, from exhaustion, of some of them in the course of such a long distance journey on very bad roads.
“With the pomp and ceremony that greeted the commissioning of the South-East virology centre, we thought the government had meant business in efforts to curtail the endemic Lassa fever. Two years later, it is now clear that it was the usual case of “the more you look, the less you see”.
“We have come to the conclusion that the problem with Nigeria is not APC or PDP or any other political party but bad leadership. With the change mantra mouthed by the APC, we hoped that Buhari was coming to overhaul our health system and end medical tourism. But what we have witnessed is escalating medical tourism, poor remuneration of health workers, dearth and decay of facilities and incessant migration of our best brains in the health system oversea in search of greener pastures”, it added.
The association called on Nigerians to be objective and wise and stop voting along ethnic, religious, tribal or party lines but rather on verifiable facts of what a candidate can offer.
“While we urge Nigerians to diligently observe all the preventive measures against Lassa fever currently being preached across electronic and traditional media, such as rearing of cats in rodent-populous environments, storage of foods and wastes in rodent-proof containers, cooking of foods properly and proper hand washing with soap and water, we also call for objectiveness in voting during elections.
“Having seen that the current APC government is no better than the past PDP governments we chastised, we advise Nigerians to make concerted effort to end the perennial health and economic sufferings we have been subjected to by looking beyond ethnicity, tribe, religion and political affiliations and objectively root, in future elections, for pragmatic and selfless leaders whose antecedents testify of their possession of the will power to overhaul our health system, stop medical tourism and turn around our economy”, the statement concluded.
By: Emmanuel Uzodinma
Daily Post News
* MCPDP / Ondo State MCPDP for Nurses February 2018 in FMC Owo by Idowu Olabode: January 19, 2018, 08:56:32 AM
Ondo State MCPDP
2018 1st Edition
Module : Public /Community Health Nursing Module 1 /Nursing Audit
Venue : Federal Medical Center Owo
Date : 5th - 9th February 2018
Fees: #20,000
Account Name: Ondo State MCPDP
Account Number: 0038668697
Bank Name: Union Bank.
For more info : Call 07061683769,
0803 560 2861
* Upcoming Conference / Re: Men in Nursing and Midwifery To Take over Abuja Between 30th Nov. & 1st Dec 2017 by kaiza: January 18, 2018, 01:32:14 PM
That conference is good to us male nurse
* News / Looking for a life partner? This is why you should marry a nurse by katty: January 18, 2018, 12:17:09 PM
Nurses are a breed of people who know how to be tough and loving. They are smart and tough at the same time. That is probably why men who marry nurses end up the happiest.

Here’s why marrying a nurse is like hitting a jackpot:

1.Nurses are tough and sensitive
Nurses deal with people at the most difficult time and give comfort and support to others at their worst. They listen to the complaints and demands of the sick and understand that fear. They know how scared people can be and don’t judge. Nurses are the best support.

2. They value the importance of things in life
They appreciate everything they have. Because they deal with difficult situations every day. They know how difficult is just to watch at people who struggle with their health or their family who care for their loved one. All the things they see give them some perspective to value the important things in life.

3.You will have enough alone time

Guys like to have a bit of alone time and men who marry nurses will have plenty of it. Because nurses work in shifts. They work long hours that are usually fairly predictable. It will give guys who might be working on some big project the alone time they need without taking away important time from their loved one.
4.Nurses are pros at handling emergency situations
They can jump into action, get things shifted, and perfected in order to avoid any disaster. They are trained to handle emergencies and they are really good at it.
5. Nurses make great mums
They already have the skill to make sure that children have safety and well care. They have lots of love to give to any child they may have. Also, they can actively provide for a great future for any child.
6.A nurse knows when to worry
They know the right time to worry about your health and safety. They know the appropriate time to be worried, with their experience handling different cases of illnesses at work.

7.A nurse will push you to be the best you can be
A nurse will want you to have a better life that she has. She is a fixer who will love and support you in your endeavors. She will challenge you to improve and pick up the slack when you need help.
By: Laura Chebet
* News / UK NHS Bleeds as 33,000 Nurses Leave NHS Each Year - BBC by Idowu Olabode: January 18, 2018, 11:41:27 AM
The NHS is "haemorrhaging" nurses with one in 10 now leaving the NHS in England each year, figures show.

More than 33,000 walked away last year, piling pressure on understaffed hospitals and community services.

The figures - provided to the BBC by NHS Digital - represent a rise of 20% since 2012-13, and mean there are now more leavers than joiners.

Nurse leaders said it was a "dangerous and downward spiral", but NHS bosses said the problem was being tackled.

The figures have been compiled as part of an in-depth look at nursing by the BBC.

We can reveal:

More than 10% of the nursing workforce have left NHS employment in each of the past three years

The number of leavers would be enough to staff more than 20 average-sized hospital trusts

More than half of those who walked away in the last year were under the age of 40

Leavers outnumbered joiners by 3,000 last year, the biggest gap over the five-year period examined by the BBC

Brexit may have had an impact. Since the referendum the NHS has gone from EU joiners outnumbering leavers to the reverse - more leavers than joiners

Nurses are being pulled off research work, special projects and admin roles to plug the gaps

Other parts of the UK are also experiencing problems retaining nurses.

In Northern Ireland and Scotland, the leaver rates are rising. In the most recent years, 7.5% of nurses left NHS employment in Northern Ireland and 7.2% did so in Scotland. But in both nations, the number of joiners outnumbered leavers.

In Wales there were more leavers than joiners, according to Freedom of Information reports.

'I can't work in the NHS any more'

One of the nurses who has left the NHS is Mary Trevelyan.

She was working as a staff nurse in a London hospital, but quit last year after the pressures of the job left her stressed and depressed.

She had only worked in the NHS for two-and-a-half years.

"I want to be a great nurse and I want to give my patients my best, but I feel that I can't do that at the moment because we're just too short-staffed, too busy, there are far too many things for us to be doing.

"I want to work for the NHS, it's such a brilliant thing, [but] I don't think I can."

She is now living with her family in Cornwall. She says she has not decided what to do next, but is considering moving abroad.

"A few of my friends have gone. I think they've just got a better quality of life nursing overseas, which is very sad."

Where are the nurses going?

The figures do not show where these nurses went, although the BBC has been told the private sector, including agencies, drug firms and hospitals, is particularly popular.

But the figures will also include those moving abroad or leaving nursing altogether to pursue other careers.

A fifth of leavers in the past year were over 55 - the age at which nurses can start retiring on a full pension.
Royal College of Nursing head Janet Davies said: "The government must lift the NHS out of this dangerous and downward spiral.

"We are haemorrhaging nurses at precisely the time when demand has never been higher.

"The next generation of British nurses aren't coming through just as the most experienced nurses are becoming demoralised and leaving."

She said nurses needed a pay rise and more support if the vacancy rate - currently running at one in nine posts - was not to increase further.

"Most patient care is given by NHS nurses and each time the strain ratchets up again they are the ones who bear the brunt of it," she added.

It also says more must be done to support younger nurses at the start of their careers.

The chief nursing officer for England, professor Jane Cummings, admitted there was a problem - but said changes were being made to highlight the value of the NHS to new talent and retain current staff.

"We do lose people that need to be encouraged. We're in the process of bringing in lots of nurse ambassadors that are going to be able to talk about what a great role it is, to be able to tell their story, so we can really encourage people to enter the profession and for those in the profession, to stay in it," she said.

How the NHS is trying to stop the exodus
The regulator, NHS Improvement, is rolling out a retention programme to help the health service reduce the number of leavers.

More than half of hospitals and all mental health trusts are getting direct support.

Master classes are also being organised for all directors of nursing and HR leads.

The support is prompting hospitals to adopt a range of initiatives.

Some have introduced internal "transfer" systems, allowing nurses to move jobs more easily, and mentoring schemes have been started for newly qualified nurses, while in some places, staff can ask for "itchy feet" interviews where they get the opportunity to talk to bosses about why they might leave.

Others have introduced staff awards and worked with local businesses to offer workers discounts and benefits at shops and gyms.

England's chief nurse Prof Jane Cummings acknowledged there was a "workforce problem" and it was becoming more of a challenge retaining nurses.
But she said the NHS was learning by making nursing more attractive.

"We are beginning to see some fantastic good practice giving people flexible, rewarding careers. The key is getting it everywhere."

She also said in the future the number of joiners should rise.

The government is increasing the number of nurse training places by 5,000 this year - a rise of 25%.
But it will be three years before these nurses graduate.
Does the leaver rate matter?

The Department of Health and Social Care in England has been quick to point out that the number of nurses employed by the NHS has risen.

They have picked May 2010 - the point when the coalition government was formed - as the starting point, claiming there are "11,700 more nurses on our wards".
That relates to the rise in hospital nurses - up from 162,500 full-time equivalents.

But if you look at the entire nursing workforce, the numbers have only risen by just under 3,000 to 283,853 on the latest count - a rise of 1%.

The population will have grown by 5% during this period, according to the Office for National Statistics.

And if you look at nearly any measure of NHS demand - from GP referrals and diagnostic tests to emergency admissions and A&E visits - the increase is somewhere between 10% and 20%.

What is more, if you take the last 12 months, the number of nurses has started falling and the number of vacant posts is rising.

Even taking into account the rising number of nurses in training, the health service will only be able to ensure it has enough nurses by tackling retention.

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* News / West African College of Nursing Instructions to Journal Authors by Idowu Olabode: January 18, 2018, 10:11:19 AM
Papers for this journal should be fully documented research reports, empirical educational novel study, clinical care/case studies that interface with new methods or approaches to theoretical formulations and policy making in nursing and healthrelated disciplines.

Manuscripts must be submitted electronically to the Journal/College email or in triplicate copy  sent via a Rewritable Compact Disc. The hard copies should be wordprocessed/typed on A4 size paper with double line spacing and 2cm margins. The first page should contain a brief biographical sketch comprising author (s) name, academic degrees and professional qualifications, present position and institution including functional e-mail address (es) and mobile telephone number(s). t should bear the title of the paper which should be concise, informative and not more than ten words and state whether the paper has been presented at a conference, workshop or seminar and whether it has been submitted for publication elsewhere. There should be an abstract which should not exceed 200 words. Following the abstract, the "key words" to the article must be listed. The paper should not exceed 15 pages (excluding  references, tables and figures). Tables and figures must be inserted at the appropriate place with text.

Photographs wherever applicable to illustrate nursing activities should be in black and white with gloss finish or colour. Reference to them should be indicated in the body of the paper.

A research report should include the following:

(a) Statement of problem: Aim of the study and Significance of study.

(b) Review of literature pertinent to the study and theoretical frame work.

(c) Method which comprises design: sample; sampling procedure; sample size and rationale for the choice, their psychometric properties and procedure for use.

(d) Discussion on the findings.

Arrangement of references is based on the Vancouver style. These should be numbered consecutively in the order mentioned in the text. Citation number is placed in the text after the name when the reference is cited e.g. "according to Walter, Gatling &Mullee. etal’...".

If no name is   mentioned the citation is placed in the text at the end of the statement, e.g."It has been shown that it is common in Nigeria.'"References of unpublished but accepted articles can be designated on "WAJN. In Press 2003."

Authors are responsible for completeness and accuracy of all citation.

A maximum of three authors should be quoted but if there are more, only the first three should be listed followed by et al.

  In the list of references, all references in the text are numbered consecutively in the order they appear in the text and Journal Abbreviations should conform to index Medicus National Library of Medicine. The reference should include author(s) name(s), title of article, name of the Journal, year of publication, volume of the Journal and the first and last pages of the article in that order e.g. Walter DP, Gatling

W, Mullee MA and Hill AD: Prevalence of diabetic distal sensory neuropathy in an English community 1992;9: 349-353. References to Books should in addition include the names of author(s), edition number (where appropriate) town of origin and names of publishers e.g. Adelowo, EO. The Nursing Profession in Nigeria, Ikeja; Lagos:

Lanhern Books; 1989.

All articles accepted for publication become the property of the West African Journal of Nursing. The Editors reserve the right to edit all articles to ensure their suitability for the journal. Authors will receive one copy of the issue in which their article is published.

Articles accepted for publication remain the copyright of the journal and may not be reproduced else  where without permission of the Editor-in-Chief.

All articles are blind peer reviewed.

Manuscripts that do not conform to these guidelines will be rejected and returned to the authors. All manuscripts should be addressed to the West African Journal of

6, Taylor Drive, Yaba, Lagos, Nigeria.

P.M.B 2023, Yaba, Tel: 08081245510 Website:

• Authors should send their email address, their mobile telephone number (s} and fax where applicable. A fee structure ($50) to support the publication of articles and $50 for processing fee. A written indication that the manuscript has not been published before or/and under publication consideration by other Journal. Also that there is no conflict of interest

Account Details :

Nigeria Naira- N10,  000

West African College of Nursing Journal, First Bank Plc. Acct No 2003701663.

Domiciliary Account No 2003465262. Payment teller should be scanned to the College email at or
* MCPDP / Oyo State MCPDP Schedule for Nurses 2018 by Idowu Olabode: January 18, 2018, 10:09:06 AM
The MCPDP Calender for 2018 has been released as follows
* Nursing Jobs / Mobonike Hospital Vacancies for Nurses in Lagos by Idowu Olabode: January 17, 2018, 09:40:03 PM
Mobonike Hospital and Maternity is located in Dopemu, Agege, Lagos. Our company is mainly into Opticians, doctors pediatrics and offering Ambulance Service, Immigration Consultancy.
We are recruiting suitably qualified candidates to fill the position below:
Position: Nurse
Location: Lagos
* Candidates should be a Registered Nurse/Registered Midwife.
Application Closing Date
31st January, 2018.
How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should submit their handwritten Application Letter, Curriculum Vitae, Practicing License and other relevant credentials to:
The Manager,
Mobonike Hospital,
33 Surulere Street,
Baale B/Stop,
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