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* Scholarships / MasterCard Foundation Scholarships for Nurses by katty: March 21, 2018, 08:11:15 PM
The American University of Beirut is pleased to announce the opening of this year’s recruitment for the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program. This program is in partnership with the Mastercard Foundation in Canada and aims to prepare young people to be agents of change in their communities, countries, and regions. The scholarship program is open to all Master’s Degree programs offered at AUB.

Applicants must be nationals of Sub-Saharan Africa, nationals of Lebanon, or refugees living in Lebanon (Palestinian, Syrian, or other nationalities).
The program will offer the scholarship recipients: Full tuition support, a monthly stipend, medical insurance, housing, books and laptop, in addition to travel costs for students from Sub-Saharan Africa. The program can also cover for English language courses at AUB for those who do not meet the required English score on TOEFL or IELTS.

 High financial need
 Good academic standing during undergraduate degree
 Commitment to go back and give-back to the community, country and region
 Leadership skills
 Enthusiasm to attend all the additional learning experiences and workshops required by this program

 Complete the online application and upload supporting documents (as per the requirements on the online application)
Step 2:
 For applicants from Lebanon:
Fill out the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program Application Form for Graduates (link available within the online application), and submit by hand at the Office of Admissions at AUB
 For applicants from Sub-Saharan Africa:
Fill out the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program Questionnaire (link available within the online application), and email to
For questions, please contact the Mastercard Foundation Scholars program at AUB at:
Email: Website:
Tel: +961 350 000 Extension: 2583/4925/4950/4990

Application deadline: April 4, 2018
* News / Listeriosis Outbreak: WHO Warns Nigeria, 15 Other African Countries by katty: March 21, 2018, 07:48:09 PM
Other African countries are Angola, Botswana, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

World Health Organisation on Wednesday warned Nigeria and 15 other African countries of a listeriosis outbreak that started in South Africa in 2017, confirming its support for their preparedness and response to the disease. The other African countries are Angola, Botswana, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

Listeriosis is a bacterial infection most commonly caused by Listeria monocytogenes. It can cause severe illness, including severe sepsis, meningitis, or encephalitis, sometimes resulting in lifelong harm and even death. Listeria is ubiquitous and is primarily transmitted via the oral route after ingestion of contaminated food products

According to WHO numbers, nearly 200 South Africans have died since January 2017 as a result of contaminated ready-to-eat meat products that are widely consumed in the country and may also have been exported to two West African countries and 14 members of the South African Development Community. South African health authorities recently declared the source of the outbreak as a factory in Polokwane, in the country’s northeast prompting a global recall of the food products.

Source : The Nation Newspaper
* News / Nigeria Restarts Midwives Services Scheme (MSS) Mobilizes 1,586 Midwives by katty: March 21, 2018, 04:18:38 PM
-All who graduated from March 2016 to September 2017 to be deployed

The National Primary Health Care Development Agency has begun mobilizing 1,586 basic midwives for deployment to primary health centres nationwide in a modified Midwives Services Scheme (MSS).
All graduated from midwifery schools between March and September in 2016 and 2017, and the deployment is a one-year posting mandatory before they are licensed by the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria.
The MSS using older midwives was modified to use young graduates in efforts to cut costs, according to NPHCDA executive director Faisal Shuaib.
“This has the dual advantage of providing practical experience to the midwives prior to full certification as well as ensuring availability of skilled health workers in the very rural facilities,” he said in a statement at the start of a five-day orientation for midwifery graduates from the north central zone.
“In addition, the cost of running this new scheme would be very much less than that of the old MSS. This change of approach has remained valuable to the successful implementation of the project.”
The orientation has been zoned to save graduates the cost of travelling to a national orientation venue.
It covers training in basic guide and monitoring for routine immunisation, disease surveillance, data management, cold chain management of vaccines.
Before their licensing and deployment to designated primary health centres, the regulatory council will verify the midwives’ certification and take biometrics for documentation on the council’s database.
By: Judd-Leonard Okafor
Daily Trust News
* News / A Witness to Letting Go: Nursing Care at the End of Life by katty: March 21, 2018, 11:26:34 AM
"It's a good one to see," my preceptor Austin said. This was my first comfort care patient as a nurse, and it felt incredibly profound.
The patient had come in a mere 2 weeks earlier complaining of some dizziness and fainting. What doctors found was advanced melanoma that had metastasized to the brain. Time sped up while her care team scrambled to collaborate on a treatment plan. Before they offered hope to their patient, they had to find it for themselves. Through various consults and conferences with the patient and her loved ones, however, inpatient comfort care was the difficult but necessary decision that was made.
I know this is a well-beaten path for oncologists. Part of me wonders if they knew where this journey would end when the initial scans were completed. Maybe exhausting all options was a way to honor the oath they took when they became healers.

The patient's room was situated directly in front of the nurses' station, which felt odd. Almost like having a front row seat to watch one of the most intimate, heartbreaking, and strange events that can happen to a family.
It's different when death is unexpected and sudden. Everything is rushed, including the goodbyes. Hordes of family, friends, and acquaintances rushed through. Members of her church were by the comfort cart just outside her room praying. I couldn't hear what their deepest desires for the situation were, but I in turn, prayed for peace for them. The patient's husband made a schedule of visits, which made everything eerily streamlined.
Most of the day was spent waiting in what felt like limbo. The family was desperate for some semblance of knowledge into the process of dying. Dying is not specific. It is unknowable, even for the most advanced practitioner. The doctor knew there would be no recovery by all clinical signs. This shocking, earth-shattering, and life-altering knowledge was his alone to deliver to the family that morning.
I felt like a burden most of the time I spent in that room, as if I was constantly interrupting. Getting in the way of the goodbyes. Getting in the way of a family. After an awkward intrusion to perform oral care, one family member stood up and hugged me tighter than I expected and said "thank you" through tears. That moment is thus far my favorite. It was a moment in which I could not have felt more helpless. A moment in which I was humbled, stretched. I didn't feel like I deserved in any sense of the word the privilege of delivering care to this family. It was also a moment in which I truly felt like a nurse.
Source: Oncologynurse Advisor
* News / Nursing And Midwifery Council Of Nigeria Opens Registration Portal For May 2018 by katty: March 21, 2018, 11:23:40 AM
The Nursing And Midwifery Council Of Nigeria yesterday the 20th of March 2018 opened its portal for registration of students for its May 2018 professional exams. The portal according to its released memo would remain open from the 20th of March to the 6th of April 2018. This was contained in a letter addressed to all Principals,  Schools of Nursing, Principals Schools of Post Basic Nursing (Specialties) in all States & Abuja, HOD's Departments of Nursing and all Nigerian Universities offering degree in Nursing and tittled: RE: MAY 2018 PROFESSIONAL EXAMINATION FOR GENERAL AND POSTBASIC NURSES- OPENING OF THE EXAMINATION PORTAL
The letter was signed by the HOD Exams Anslem-Nnadi Mercy (Mrs) for the Secretary-General/Registrar and reads:
I am directed to inform you that the Council’s Examination portal is opened from Tuesday. March 20th  – Friday April 6th,  2018 for all your eligible candidates for May 2018 Professional Examination for General and Post basic Nurses to complete the online application for the examination.
Please note that there will be no extension after this date and all payment of the examination fee MUST be done within this same period.
However on the payment process, the Examination fees of N38,500 for Basic Nursing programmes in Schools of Nursing/Department of Nursing and N41,250  for Post Basic Nursing programmes as applicable to your school is to be paid by each of your candidate to Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria through remita platform in any of the commercial banks.

The total sum for the school should be paid in bulk in the name of the school through remita. After successful online application and payment, a covering letter stating the names of the students who had applied for online Examination application with the original tellers of payment (remita payment slip) should be sent to the Registrar’s office in Abuja immediately after payment has been made.
For fresh candidates, the consultancy fees of N2,995 for Basic Nursing programmes in Schools/Department of Nursing and N3,187.50 for Post Basic Nursing programmes as applicable will appear on the portal and on the netpostpay slip.  This should be paid individually to netpost pay through NIBBS e-bills payment platform in any commercial banks or acceptable payment channels such as debit card payment or internet banking payment platform.

Please note that amount that will appear as consultancy fees for resit candidates depends on the number of papers each resit candidate is resitting.
You are expected to pass this information to all your students and guide them properly to ensure that they initiate the right application on the portal.
Your cooperation is essential to achieve this please.
Thank you for your usual support in promoting and maintaining excellence in Nursing Education and Practice
* News / Easycare Academy and ICN Enter Into Agreement to Promote Elderly Care Worldwide by katty: March 21, 2018, 11:18:34 AM
EasyCare Academy, S.A. ('ECA') and the International Council of Nurses ('ICN') today announced that they entered into an agreement in which they will work together to expand access to quality care for older adults around the world. The goal of the collaboration is to create robust and accredited educational and training material for those working to provide care to older adults, either in home-based or institutional settings. This educational material is created for caregivers - family members, paid care workers, nurses, and other healthcare professionals focused on supporting people as they age. According to the World Health Organization, there will be 1 billion people over 60 years of age in the world by 2020 and this number is projected to double to 2 billion by 2050. Thus, as the global population ages, there is a need to expand access to quality care so that people can live better as they live longer.

"Longevity is one of the great challenges of the 21st century. While it should be good news for all, many older adults experience misgivings due to concerns about their health and well-being," commented Peter Nicholson, co-Founder, President & CEO of ECA. "We need to empower all caregivers through better training and education, so they can become even more confident and effective in supporting older people to age with dignity."

"Nursing plays a vital role in improving and maintaining the health of the older person," commented Annette Kennedy, ICN President. "To foster attitudes, knowledge, and skills, maximize the functional ability of ageing populations, and support age-friendly supportive environments and public health policies, we must ensure the presence of an adequately skilled nursing workforce. This new collaboration will go a long way to improving care for an increasingly elderly population."

Over the past 29 years, research studies using ECA's person-centric, compassionate care model have shown that addressing the needs and priorities identified by each older adult can have a meaningful impact on their health and wellness and lower the cost of health and care. ECA is focused on providing training and education materials based on these principles.

"Putting the older person at the center and then developing the tools and training caregivers need to support them based on these insights is at the heart of everything we do," commented Professor Ian Philp, M.D, CBE, co-Founder and Chief Scientific Officer of ECA. "At the same time, as we empower an ever-broader group of people to care for older adults, we need to safeguard the quality of the care delivered and ensure a clear understanding of when to link to healthcare professionals."

Across the globe, the nursing profession is increasingly intersecting with the needs for caring for older adults. At the same time, there is a shortage of nurses around the world, and this issue is expected to be exacerbated in the future due to a rapidly increasing ageing segment of the global population. ICN believes it is essential that nurses are involved in the education, training, and supervision of carers and support workers to provide the best quality care.

"Nurses are often the primary care provider for the older person, particularly when their health needs require them to be placed in an aged care facility, "commented Professor Thomas Kearns, Interim Chief Executive Officer of ICN. "Most of the health problems of older age are linked to chronic conditions, particularly non-communicable diseases. Many of these can be prevented or delayed by healthy behaviours. With expertise in the life course approach, especially in primary health care settings, nurses are well positioned to promote healthy ageing. Supporting and empowering nurses to train and supervise other cadres of carers is key to improving access to quality health care for older people around the world."

ECA and the ICN are developing robust, structured and accredited learning materials for caregivers, including nurses, and plan to release this through ECA's online educational platform in the future.

About EasyCare Academy

Based on 29 years' research experience across nearly 50 countries, EasyCare Academy ('ECA') is a social impact company that has created a proprietary digital platform to address the global challenge of population aging in the 21st century. We work with caregivers - family members, paid care workers, healthcare professionals and others focused on supporting people as they age - by providing best-in-class training and education. Our person-centred compassionate care model assesses older people's concerns and priorities to generate a personalized care plan connected to local resources. The focus of our tools and training is to improve the well-being, independence, social connection and health of older people while creating jobs with meaning and lowering the costs of health and care. More information about ECA can be found at

About the International Council of Nurses

The International Council of Nurses ('ICN') is a federation of more than 130 National Nurses Associations ('NNAs'), representing more than 20 million nurses worldwide. Founded in 1899, ICN is the world's first and widest reaching international organization for health professionals. Operated by nurses and leading nurses internationally, ICN works to ensure quality nursing care for all, sound health policies globally, the advancement of nursing knowledge, and the presence worldwide of a respected nursing profession and a competent and satisfied nursing workforce. ICN's ever-increasing networks and connections to people reinforce the importance of strong linkages with national, regional and international nursing and non-nursing organizations. Building positive relationships on a global scale helps position ICN, nurses, and nursing for now and the future. Our work with the specialised agencies of the United Nations system, particularly with the World Health Organization, the International Labour Organization, and the World Bank, are important for nurses everywhere. In addition, we work closely with a range of international non-governmental organizations. More information about the International Council of Nurses can be found at

EasyCare Academy
Christine Perrin
Tel: +41 79 235 47 39

International Council of Nurses
Julie Clerget
Tel: +41 22 908 0100
* Research / Better educated nurses linked to better outcomes in surgical patients with demen by katty: March 21, 2018, 07:02:28 AM
A new study found that surgical patients with coexisting Alzheimer's disease and related dementias (ADRD) are more likely to die within 30 days of admission and to die following a complication compared with patients without ADRD. Having more nurses with at least a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the bedside improved the likelihood of good outcomes for all patients, but it had a much greater effect for patients with ADRD.

The Journal of the American Geriatrics Society study is the first to examine the effects of clinician education on surgical outcomes for patients with ADRD. It included 353,333 Medicare beneficiaries who underwent general, orthopedic, or vascular surgery in one of 531 hospitals in California, Florida, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.

"Patients with dementia are clinically complex and vulnerable, and nurses play a key role in monitoring and protecting these individuals from unwanted complications such as delirium and pneumonia after surgery," said lead author Elizabeth White, of the Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. "To do this, nurses must be able to think critically, problem solve, and work well within interdisciplinary teams. These are all competencies emphasized in bachelor degree nursing programs."

Source : Eureka
* News / New Zealand: Nurses' protest Facebook page nearly shut down twice by katty: March 20, 2018, 10:14:11 PM
Nurses behind a Facebook page set up to discuss the struggles of the job say they are more determined than ever to have their voices heard, after the page was almost shut down twice in two weeks.

They said the message of support for the page - set up under the pseudonym Florence Smith - has 40,000 members and it has spurred them to launch a petition and plan nationwide protests.

One of the nurses who runs the page works in the psychiatric and mental health ward.

She said in five and a half years on the job, she's been assaulted four times - three of which required time off work, with two incidents resulting in a concussion.

That doesn't include the verbal and mental abuse and her partner is also sick of it, she said.

"He's always worried [whether] today is going to be another day when I [tell] him, 'I have to go get checked out after being assaulted or punched in the head'," she said.

"It's not pleasant for either of us, not pleasant for him and his personal life, having that stress and worrying about me all the time."

The nurse said she was inspired by midwives and their Dear David campaign, which saw the Health Minister move to improve pay and conditions for them.

She said it was mindblowing to see the support the page has received since it was created, but there has also been backlash.

The page has nearly been shut down twice already after a third party reported it to Facebook and the group were forced to prove they were real people, she said.

"I got this message from her [the other admin for the page] going, 'Oh my goodness we've been reported, what do we do?' and we went, 'What's the pros and cons, we can't not be anonymous out of fear [of reprecussions]'."

"But whoever or whatever is going on, someone is very determined to have the movement shut down."

The nurse said that has only fuelled their drive to demand change from the government.

The petition has more than 15,000 signatures and the nurse said it is separate from the District Health Board pay deal public nurses are currently voting on.

She said along with the marches planned for mid-May, they are calling for better security and pay and more training for staff to deal with crisis situations.

A nurse who is leaving the profession after eight years said some staff have had to work in unreasonable conditions.

He said once, while on a night shift, a colleague received a call to say her brother had died, but the bed manager wouldn't let her leave.

"After she came up she told this nurse it was too late to replace her and if she left, it would be 'unsafe working numbers' [and] would be unfair to go home and leave her colleagues," he said.

"So we continued the shift with 'safe staffing numbers' while she was inconsolable for four more hours."

Another Auckland-based nurse who works in a rest home said it takes a huge toll on her when she is expected to handle deaths on any given day at work.

"Some of the residents, we do get attached to unintentionally because they've been there for a while or there's some sort of common bond," she said.

"But ... when people pass away it affects us emotionally."

In a statement the Minister for Health David Clark said he understands the pressure nurses are feeling after nine years of underfunding.

But he said the current government won't be able to achieve everything it wants to in its first budget.

Source : Radio NZ
* News / Zimbabwe Nurses Call off Strike, Accuse Govt of Insincerity by katty: March 20, 2018, 05:04:53 PM
-Govt says it will increase call and night shift allowance by 50 percent, while post basic allowance for nursing staff who acquire approved additional qualifications to be reintroduced with effect from April 2018
-Govt has also introduced nurse manager’s allowance

The strike by doctors yesterday entered its third week after they accused the Health Services Board (HSB) of negotiating in bad faith but nurses have pulled out of the industrial action by opting to negotiate while at work.

In a statement, the Zimbabwe Nurses Association (Zina) recalled its members who had joined the striking doctors — choosing to serve patients despite not being happy with government’s attitude towards their grievances.

“As the national executive we have learnt with a heavy heart that the government is not sincere with nurses’ working conditions and it is not taking the nurses grievances with the urgency they deserve.

“Due to the fact that we have patients at heart and after consultation with provinces, we have decided to call off the industrial action with the condition that night duty should be paid without the need of the claim form, while other grievances are being pursued, viz: medical/risk factor allowance, uniform maintenance, review of locum rates (and) the availability of resources,” the nurses’ executive said.

On other hand, doctors have vowed to continue with their industrial action.

Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors’ Association (ZHDA) spokesperson Mxolisi Ngwenya, accused the HSB of negotiating in bad faith, which resulted in the doctors storming out of a meeting held last week.

“In the meantime, we will continue with the industrial action,” Ngwenya said.

He claimed the government had misrepresented facts to the effect that it was paying doctors $5 per hour, yet according to calculations, the government is actually paying $1,50.

In a statement issued last Friday, the HSB said government through the Health Service Bipartite Negotiation Panel had signed a collective bargaining agreement, meant to effectively bring the strike to an end.

According to details of the collective bargaining agreement published by the HSB, additional benefits have been added to the health workers with effect from April 1, 2018.

It says on-call, night duty and stand/call allowances have been reviewed by 50 percent, while post basic allowance for nursing staff who acquire approved additional qualifications up to a maximum of two qualifications has been re-introduced.

Government has also introduced a nurse manager’s allowance in recognition to the added responsibility.

Doctors are demanding among other things an upward review of on-call allowance, want the government to honour its word to subsidise purchase of cars and the HSB to urgently implement the agreed vehicle duty-free framework.

The ongoing strike has caused untold suffering to desperate patients at major government hospitals.

Parirenyatwa and Harare Central hospitals have had to suspend a number of services due to the absence of essential medical staff.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government has so far not been able to end the myriad problems affecting the public health institutions.

Zimbabwe is relying on foreign imports for its drugs, equipment and hospital consumables and imports over $400 million worth of basic drugs each year.

Due to the worsening shortages of foreign currency, hospitals have been experiencing shortages of oxygen.

The shortage of oxygen comes as doctors are battling to contain the outbreak of bronchiolitis which has seen a surge in the number of children seeking treatment.

Source : Zimbabwe Mail
* News / Ghana : Afia Kobi Ampem Nursing School Faces Closure Over Unsanitary Conditions by katty: March 20, 2018, 04:48:06 PM
The Environmental Health Director of the Old Tafo Municipality in the Ashanti Region, A.G Offin Boateng, has indicated that his outfit will ensure the closure of the Afia Kobi Ampem Nursing Training School for flouting sanitation laws.
The school is reported to have directed its sewage pipe, to a nearby open drain, dumping faecal matter directly into it at Tafo Nhyiaeso in Kumasi.

Mr. Offin Boateng said they will pray the court to close down the school until the insanitary conditions are addressed.

While complaining about the situation, he said the closure will serve as a deterrent to all residents in the metropolis who engage in similar insanitary practices.
“We had a call from Tafo Nhyiaeso that there was something going on so I quickly dispatched my officers and when they got there, it was a nasty scene. The whole place was scattered with faeces and there was a pipe that was coming from a toilet and discharging into the open drain which flows downstream. This would lead to the outbreak of diseases especially cholera, knowing very well of the coming of the rains.”
“We met with the officer in charge of the school and we are preparing to send him to court to serve as a deterrent. When we get to the court, we will plead with the honourable court to close down the school till such time that sanitation issues are at its best,” he said.
Common practice in Kumasi

Mr. Offin Boateng further expressed worry that many homes in the metropolis directly discharge faecal matter into nearby drains, warning that his outfit will descend heavily on such people.
“It is a common practice in Kumasi that people discharge their effluence and toilet into open drains. We are aware, and this time around we are not going to sleep,” he said.
By: Jonas Nyabor
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