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* Nursing Jobs / Thiruvananthapuram Corporation Interview Date for Community Nurses by Idowu Olabode: July 24, 2017, 09:50:15 PM
The Thiruvananthapuram Corporation will hold an interview on July 25 to the posts of community nurses under the Thanal palliative care scheme, which is undertaken by the Health wing of the local body.

The interview will be held at the mini-conference hall of the Corporation headquarters from 11 a.m. Candidates registered with the Nursing Council have been advised to produce original copies of all relevant documents as well as an affidavit issued by the Kudumbasree CDS of the respective places.
* News / India Nursing Council not Authorized to Recognize Nursing Colleges -High Court by Idowu Olabode: July 24, 2017, 09:43:00 PM
"The court held that the council is empowered to prescribe qualification and syllabus for nursing courses, and not to accord recognition to colleges."

The High Court of Karnataka on Monday declared that the Indian Nursing Council (INC) has no authority to grant recognition to institutions imparting nursing courses. It restrained the INC from publishing on its website material indicating that the institutions have to obtain recognition from it.

The court held that the council is empowered to prescribe qualification and syllabus for nursing courses, and not to accord recognition to colleges.

Justice L. Narayana Swamy delivered the verdict while allowing petitions filed by the Karnataka State Association of the Managements of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences Institutions, and some nursing colleges.

Also, the court said that all such stands withdrawn from the INC’s website forthwith.

The action of the INC claiming that nursing colleges have to get recognition from it, publishing the list of recognised colleges, and releasing any such material on its website, would cause hardship to petitioners and nursing colleges as students, who visit the website would infer that colleges which are not in the list, are not recognised.

‘Against the law’

The action of the INC in publishing the list of recognised nursing institutions is against the law declared by the High Court in a earlier case of 2005 as well as an order of the Supreme Court, Justice Narayana Swamy observed in the order.

The petitioner-association had claimed that the INC has no authority to grant recognition to institutions imparting nursing courses, such as auxiliary nurse and midwife, general nursing, B.Sc. Nursing and M.Sc. Nursing, after the INC removed Karnataka’s nursing colleges from the list of recognised institutions of nursing.

The association had supported the State government’s notification of December 14, 2016, which was issued citing 2005 order of the High Court, clarifying that the power to grant recognition, impart training in nursing and fixation of intake vests with the State government, the Karnataka State Nursing Council and the Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences and not the INC.

Prior to the December 2016 notification, the State had insisted recognition from the INC.

Petitions rejected

Meanwhile, the court rejected the petitions filed by Student Nurses’ Association of the Trained Nurses’ Association of India and several other nursing colleges seeking a direction to the INC to renew or grant recognition to the nursing institution, while claiming that it is the INC that has to grant recognition to their qualification if their nursing certificate or degree is required to have recognition across India and abroad.

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* News / Woman lands in court for gaining admission into Nursing School with fake results by katty: July 24, 2017, 09:30:10 PM
Zimbabwe: A WOMAN from Kingsdale in Bulawayo allegedly secured a place to train as a nurse at Mpilo Central Hospital using forged certificates.

This was heard by the Bulawayo magistrate, Gladmore Mushove when Naleki Nyathi (42) appeared before her charged with forgery last week.

Nyathi was granted free bail and remanded to Tuesday. The court heard that sometime in 2016, Nyathi went to Mpilo School of Nursing and applied for a nurse training vacancy using a forged Ordinary Level certificate.

After her application was accepted, the nursing school sent her certificates to the Zimbabwe School Examination Council (Zimsec) for verification.

Nyathi’s certificates were discovered to be fake and forged, leading to her arrest.
* Articles / eNLC Enactment: A Modern Nurse Licensure Solution for the 21st Century by Idowu Olabode: July 24, 2017, 07:28:31 PM
Press Release: Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC) Enactment: A Modern Nurse Licensure Solution for the 21st Century

The signing of legislation by North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper on July 20, 2017, triggered the landmark enactment of the enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC), ushering in a new era of nurse licensure in the U.S. The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN), the Nurse Licensure Compact Administrators and the incoming group of eNLC Interstate Commission members are extremely pleased with the eNLC legislative progress made in the last 18 months.

NCSBN President Katherine Thomas, MN, RN, FAAN, executive director, Texas Board of Nursing, noted, “We have made great strides in unlocking access to nursing care across the nation and are thrilled to begin this process. Even as we work on implementing this first phase our efforts continue to aid other states in passing eNLC legislation so our ultimate goal of having all 50 states in the compact is realized!”

Allowing nurses to have mobility across state borders, the eNLC increases access to care while maintaining public protection. The eNLC, which is an updated version of the original NLC, allows for registered nurses (RNs) and licensed practical/vocational nurses (LPN/VNs) to have one multistate license, with the ability to practice in person or via telehealth in both their home state and other eNLC states.

Representatives of the 26 states* that make up this new compact will form the eNLC Interstate Commission. This new Interstate Commission will announce its first meeting in the coming weeks. The Commission’s first priority will be to adopt operational rules and set implementation dates.  Once set, dates of implementation will be shared with licensed nurses and the public.

NCSBN CEO David Benton, RGN, PhD, FFNF, FRCN, FAAN, commented, “Boards of nursing were the first health care profession regulatory bodies to develop a model for interstate licensure, and we are looking forward to the implementation of this new phase of nursing regulation. Patient safety was of paramount importance in the development of eNLC leading to the addition of new features found in the provisions of the model legislation.”

Licensing standards are aligned across eNLC states so all applicants for a multistate license are required to meet the same standards, which include federal and state fingerprint-based criminal background checks.

The original NLC will remain in effect with Colorado, New Mexico, Rhode Island and Wisconsin as members until each enacts eNLC legislation.  In NLC states that have also enacted the eNLC, a nurse that holds a multistate license on the effective date of the eNLC will be grandfathered.  However, if the grandfathered nurse wants to practice in a state that did not enact the eNLC, the nurse must apply for single-state licenses in each of those states.

In 2018, eNLC states will implement and prepare to issue multistate licenses. Additional information about the eNLC can be found at For the latest information, follow the eNLC on Twitter or Facebook.

Founded March 15, 1978, as an independent not-for-profit organization, NCSBN was created to lessen the burdens of state governments and bring together BONs to act and counsel together on matters of common interest. NCSBN’s membership is comprised of the BONs in the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and four U.S. territories — American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands and the Virgin Islands. There are also 27 associate members that are either nursing regulatory bodies or empowered regulatory authorities from other countries or territories.

NCSBN Member Boards protect the public by ensuring that safe and competent nursing care is provided by licensed nurses. These BONs regulate more than 4.5 million licensed nurses.

Mission: NCSBN provides education, service and research through collaborative leadership to promote evidence-based regulatory excellence for patient safety and public protection.

The statements and opinions expressed are those of NCSBN and not the individual member state or territorial boards of nursing.

*eNLC states include: Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia and Wyoming.

Contact: Dawn M. Kappel Director, Marketing and Communications 312.525.3667 direct 312.279.1034 fax

Source : The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) and (GLOBE NEWSWIRE)
* Upcoming Conference / National Association of Perioperative Nurses of Nigeria Scientific Conference by katty: July 24, 2017, 01:05:11 PM
The National Association of Perioperative Nurses of Nigeria Scientific Conference kicks off today.
Managing Operating Theatre Team: Whose Responsibilities?
Date: 24th - 25th July 2017
Time: 9.00am

* Articles / Nurses In Uniform: Is It Okay to Wear The White Uniform In Public? by katty: July 24, 2017, 01:02:19 PM
Frankly, no.
While our whites come in different styles and patterns, these are not enough reasons for you to flaunt them out of your workplace. Not only is it considered a major fashion blunder, it can actually be a hazard.
Now, before you argue, here are some good points to consider before heading out in your uniforms to the market places or into a bus.
Where you’ll be going

If you will be going out for shopping in your uniform, that can be considered an attention-seeking behavior or not being safety concious
How your uniforms look

Before you actually head out, always check your Uniform. Make sure that there aren’t any stains and spots. Wearing dirty whites in public isn’t only gross, it can also run you the risk of spreading infections and bacteria. It can throw people off, too.
Where you work

If you know you are handling highly contagious patients or you work in a sterile environment, don’t think twice. You can wear your regular clothes, change into your uniform for work and change back to your regular clothes before leaving the hospital. This way, you’ll be able to contain the pathogens in the hospital.
As for exposure, you don’t actually have to be in direct contact with contagious patients to acquire harmful bacteria. There are pathogens you can get from the surrounding air and your own bacteria ridden hands.
Now, before you tell off the other people you see in public wearing the white uniform, keep in mind that not all who wear them are in the medical field. Anyone can buy a pair of whites today and just put them on, be they #QuacksinNursing (aka Auxilliaries).
Reasons Why People Wear their uniforms in Public
People who work in the hospital and medical field are believed to have a higher status in society. If you are seen wearing one, you’re likely to experience a boost in ego.
Apart from that, media has also conditioned people to believe that wearing these to work is completely acceptable. There are TV programs that practically shows nurses and doctors wearing their uniforms and scrubs in public (though wearing your scrubs is like wearing your pajamas. They are breathable and comfortable. They give you a lot of space to move around and do your job. Because of these things, a lot of people feel tempted to just wear their scrubs when running errands after work.)
Laziness is one good reason, too. Doctors and nurses spend hours in the hospital attending to their patients’ needs. At times, they are just too tired to even think of changing their clothes before heading home.
Do’s And Dont’s Of Wearing Uniforms/Scrubs Outside Of Work

Some people say never to wear your uniforms and scrubs in public as they carry deadly bugs. Other people argue that it’s just blown out of proportions. You can wear them outside if you can just be sensible and if you can use proper judgment.

Wear them if you are grabbing a cup of coffee or a snack before work. Just make sure that you won’t be wearing the same set of uniform or scrubs to the OR or when handling immunocompromised patients. Wash and disinfect them properly before wearing them.

Avoid wearing them when visiting a friend in the hospital. Apart from creating confusion, there’s also the risk of transmitting bad microbes to the patient.
Don’t wear soiled and stained uniforms or scrubs.

Don’t wear your scrubs in parties, not unless it’s Halloween or a costume party. And if you’re really decided on wearing one as your costume, make sure it’s properly sanitized or you’re wearing a new pair.
The Solution?

Hospitals and similar institutions should provide a clean space where nurses, students, doctors and other workers can change their clothes. Another great idea is to have a laundry service that’ll be dedicated to washing these people’s uniforms and scrubs. This way, their scrubs won’t have to leave the hospital. After all, at least 44% of bacteria can remain in scrubs that are washed at home.
If those things sound too ambitious, then employees should be more responsible in looking after themselves. If you know you’ll need to go somewhere after work or even if you don’t, you should consider bringing some extra clothes with you and change into them right after your shift. And don’t forget to wash your hands before leaving, too.
In summary

Wearing your uniform or scrubs in public is a matter of common sense and proper work ethics. If you really need to go to some place or attend an event after your shift, pack a few extra clothes and change into them. It will take some time getting used to and a lot of discipline.
* News / Portugal: Midwives are Protesting non payment of Specialist Allowances by Peculiar005: July 24, 2017, 07:16:59 AM
"Midwives and other specialist nurses on maternity wards have since the start of the month been protesting against the failure to pay specialist bonuses, by refusing to provide anything other than general nursing care."

A protest staged by midwives and other specialist nurses working in maternity wards in public hospitals in Portugal could lead to their facing disciplinary or legal proceedings, or being deemed to have failed to turn up for work without justification, according to a legal opinion issued by the attorney-general's office.

The opinion had been requested by the Ministry of Health, after midwives and other specialist nurses on maternity wards started a protest earlier this months that has brought some wards to a halt.
The document recognises that nurses have a right to defend their interests, for example by taking strike action, but stresses that “the refusal to provide nursing services as a specialist does not fit in the framework of a strike" and states that "failure to provide [due] service means unjustified absence" from work.
If a nurse refuses to exercise functions that form part of their specialist professional category "on the basis that there is no pay differentiation" - the essence of the protestors' complaint - they can and should be disciplined, the opinion states. It also notes that they could be sued for damages caused to patients as a result of not providing these services.
On the subject of the Order of Nurses - which has supported the protest from the start - the written opinion stressed that the organisation is not a trade union and so cannot call a strike.
Portugal's minister of health, Adalberto Campos Fernandes, earlier described the protest as irresponsible and outside the law, arguing that its aim is the “creation of social alarm”.
He said that the government would do all it could to maintain the quality of hospital services
Midwives and other specialist nurses on maternity wards have since the start of the month been protesting against the failure to pay specialist bonuses, by refusing to provide anything other than general nursing care. The Ministry of Health has in the meantime sought an urgent legal opinion from the attorney-general's office on the legality of the protest, which is still awaited.

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* News / Kenya: Politicians have ignored us, say striking nurses by Peculiar005: July 24, 2017, 07:03:22 AM
Striking nurses have turned their anger on political aspirants, accusing them of ignoring their plight.

The local Kenya National Union of Nurses secretary, Sylvester Nganda, said yesterday that politicians are only worried about how they will get to power and do not care about the suffering nurses and patients.

"We are keenly watching them, especially the governorship aspirants. None of their manifestos is talking about us. The August elections are fast approaching and we will shock them," said Mr Nganda.

Services in public hospitals remain paralysed due to the ongoing nurses' strike.

Nurses are demanding that a collective bargaining agreement they allegedly signed with the Government be implemented before they resume work.

Source : Standard Digital
* News / British Nurse Who Emigrated to S. Africa "forced" to Sit for IELTS in UK by K. S by Peculiar005: July 23, 2017, 08:46:36 PM
A BRITISH nurse who emigrated to South Africa as a child was forced to sit an English test before she could apply for jobs when she came back home.

Sharon Clarke, 47, was told she wouldn’t get work without taking the £150 language exam to assess her fluency in her mother tongue.

The mum of two spent 29 years at the healthcare frontline, treating everyone from shooting victims to women in labour — and has spoken English all her life.

But she says strict nursing registration rules stopped her putting her experience to use when she returned to live in Wishaw, Lanarkshire, last year.

Sharon, originally from Motherwell, Scotland, said: “The woman who took my exam said it was inherently obvious that I can speak English — she asked why I was there.

“I have done and seen everything as a nurse. I have got all my qualifications.

“All I want is to get back into nursing. I would be a worthwhile person in society if I was working as a nurse here.”

She added: “I keep hearing about a shortage of nurses. But they’ve made me jump through fiery hoops. This has left me absolutely flabbergasted.”

Sharon went to primary school in Wishaw, near Glasgow, but moved to Johannesburg aged 11.

She trained as a nurse there after leaving high school and has always worked in English-speaking jobs.

Her wealth of experience as a nursing sister includes treating victims with terrible injuries after a massive riot.

All nurses working in Britain must be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

Staff who qualified outside the European Economic Area must pass an International English Language Test regardless of whether it’s their first language.

The NMC’s website says: “This makes sure that all applicants meet the same standard in a system that is equitable, fair and non-discriminatory.”

There are no plans to waive the test for applicants from Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Canada and the USA. The requirements are different for nurses who trained in the EU.

A study earlier this month showed more nurses are leaving the profession than joining it.

But Sharon says she has been rejected for lower-paid roles after being told she is “overqualified”.

Her engineer hubby Jim, 55, is working in Sussex to support her and their kids, aged 18 and 11.

Sharon added: “It has put a real financial strain on us. I’d be willing to work under supervision if that was what it took but they are not even giving me a chance.”

An NMC source said most UK- born nurses who have worked abroad do not face the same hurdles as they qualified here.

They said it is also harder to verify the credentials of nurses who qualified outside the EU.

But many health boards pay for the registration of an overseas nurse they want to employ.

An NMC spokesman said: “Anyone who comes to work in the UK must show they have competency. It’s about showing a nurse is safe.”

Quiz on childhood memories just nuts

SHARON was tested on her speaking, reading and writing in a four-hour test.

The examiner asked her to talk about her childhood, then read a piece on the history of potatoes before answering questions on the topic.

She also had to pen an essay on peanuts being harvested, based on a slides she was shown.

Sharon said: “The whole thing was literally nuts.”

Source :
* News / India will need additional 2.4 million nurses to meet the demand by Peculiar005: July 23, 2017, 08:37:45 PM
The demand for trained nurses is expected to increase in the coming years, buoyed by the rising demand for tertiary and quaternary care in the country, says a report released by FICCI – EY. India ranks 75th in the list of 133 developing countries with regards to the number of nurses. There are only 0.7 doctors and 1.7 nurses available per thousand people. The country needs an additional 2.4 million nurses to meet the growing demand. Despite being a major supplier of the health workforce, the health care industry in India is suffering a wide gap.

The report 'Nursing Reforms: Paradigm shift for a bright future' notes that the nursing sector in India continues to experience challenges in terms of availability, distribution and retention, with the lack of a rewarding career progression, individual welfare, and income parity being cited as key reasons, amongst others. Additionally, alternative careers with better pay-outs and less stressful work environments and opportunities to migrate overseas tend to better attract nurses.

According to Vineet Chhatwal, partner EY India, nurses have a direct influence and role in determining the quality of care that is rendered to a patient. ""We need to make a concerted effort to ensure that this capability is recognized and rewarded in order to attract and retain qualified nursing professionals. A special emphasis is to be given to their continuous training and development for them to be able to leverage investments in initiative such as digital health,"" he added.

There is an urgent need for nursing transformation at the national and state levels in both the government and private sectors that can change the practice of nurses, expand current nursing roles while continuing to create new ones, and open up opportunities for nurses to participate in shaping the future health care delivery system. The report carves out 30 key suggestions to strengthen the nursing sector, which primarily deal with policy reforms, human resource development, strengthening the nursing practice, and education.

The report also highlights the need to revise the nursing curriculum - still governed by the Indian Nursing Act framed in 1947 and revised in 1948 – to make it relevant to the current health care industry requirements. Additionally, there exists a manpower skew and uneven opportunity of nursing studies across the country, with almost 52% of the nursing institutions concentrated in the south.

Nursing education needs to advance itself so that it remains competitive and relevant for the current technological environment, and rising customer centricity. This will also include opportunities for higher and specialized education, continuing nursing education and research and development, notes the report.

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