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* News / Finland: Doctors Oppose Empowering Finnish Nurses to Prescribe Medications by Idowu Olabode: November 24, 2017, 08:53:03 AM
The Ministry of Social Affairs and Health is moving to expand the rights of nurses to write prescriptions to cover drugs such as allergy and asthma medication as well as the right to renew prescriptions needed for some chronic illnesses, according to newspaper Uutissuomalainen.

"The expansion [of rights] with respect to pain medication would only apply when a doctor has previously made a diagnosis and prescribed the medicine," explained Marjukka Vallimies-Patomäki, a ministerial counsellor.

So far some 364 nurses have had prescription training in Finland. New legislation allowing nurses to issue prescriptions came into force in 2010, and the first so-called prescription nurses completed their training in 2012. The training accounts for 45 credits in nursing training.

FMA: Nurses should not encroach on doctors' turf

The latest legal amendment proposes expanding those rights to include home care nurses and specialist nurses in polyclinics. The limited right to write prescriptions has been taken into use in open care facilities as health centres, at maternity clinics, school and student healthcare centres, at occupational health facilities and at accident and emergency stations.

The proposed legislative amendment will be sent out for commenting early next year, according to the paper.

Doctors union the Finnish Medical Association says it opposes the proposed changes. The union said that even nurses’ current rights to write prescriptions should be scaled back, especially in cases where a prescription requires a diagnosis of an ailment.

"We see that the work of nurses and public healthcare workers is strongest when it comes to interacting with patients, getting information about their backgrounds and providing guidance on lifestyle. This is where we should use nursing resources, not on encroaching on doctors’ territory," said Kati Myllymäki, head of the medical association.

Sources Yle, Uutissuomalainen
* News / Ghana: Ankaful Director Apologises to Striking Nurses, Seeks Forgiveness by Idowu Olabode: November 24, 2017, 08:47:46 AM
The striking nurses accused him of
-Victimizing Nurses who are using their off duties to further their education
-Giving hospital vehicles to his family and friends for personal use among others

The hospital director of the Ankaful Psychiatric Hospital has apologized for “going overboard” in resolving some systemic challenges in the hospital.

In a four-paged letter af apology copied to the Regional Minister, Central Region,  and the Chief Executive of the Mental Authority and three others, Dr Eugene K Dordoye chronicled several acts of indiscipline by some nurses and other workers which he attempted to resolve.

According to him, his disciplinary measures appear not to have gone down well with the workers some of whom have gone on strike.

The scene at the Ankaful hospital, Thursday was that of chaos when nurses declined to attend to patients at the hospital.

The nurses accused the hospital director of disrespecting them. The nurses also alleged Dr Dordoye had, on several occasions given hospital vehicles to family members and friends for unofficial use.

The nurses had petitioned the Central Region Minister Kwamena Duncan, demanding the removal of the hospital director.

More than three weeks after the petition, the nurses claimed nothing significant has been done about their concerns and therefore decided to declare a sitdown strike, Thursday.

According to Joy News’ Central Region correspondent, Richard Kojo Nyarko the 500-bed hospital which currently has some 150 in-patients was totally abandoned by the nurses on Thursday, leaving the patients and their family members stranded.

Hours after the strike action, the hospital director has issued a letter, an apology letter, asking his compatriots who feel hurt by his disciplinary approach to forgive him.

He was however detailed in the many acts of indiscipline he claimed were committed by some staff in the hospital.

According to him, many of the nurses attended regular school, while still working full time for the hospital.

As a part time lecturer himself, he said, some of the nurses are his students something he has not been comfortable with.

As a result he had asked that all those schooling must receive approval before starting else they will not be promoted after their course.

He said during weekends, nurses were either not on duty or reported late to work, something he has tried to fight.

“I admit I sometimes went overboard either carrying out some of these changes or teaching clinicians about the patients conditions during review of the patients which sometimes to them were very embarrassing.

“I apologise unreservedly to all staff at Ankaful Psychiatric Hospital who have been hurt by my approach, the CEO, MHA, Central Regional Minister, Healtj Minister and all others affected…” he said.

It is unclear yet what the next line of action will be for the aggrieved workers after receiving the apology from the Health Director.

* News / Jamaican Nurses Protest Wage Dispute, Boycott Work by Idowu Olabode: November 24, 2017, 08:37:57 AM
The public is being urged to brace for delays in getting treatment at health facilities after only a fraction of the island's nurses turned up for work today.

President of the Nurses Association of Jamaica, Carmen Johnson, says many nurses did not turn up for work in response to the delay in settling wage negotiations with the government.

MINISTER of Health Dr Christopher Tufton said last night that his ministry has been assessing the situation in hospitals created by a sick-out of some registered nurses, which began yesterday.

The action is believed to be in response to the delay in the Government settling their wage claims, which are currently being negotiated. But there was no official response from the Nurses Association of Jamaica (NAJ) on the issue.

NAJ President Carmen Johnson was, however, reported in the media as confirming that there was industrial action by the members across the island in response to the delay in settling pay issues with the Government.

The ministry said that in response to the industrial action by the registered nurses, it has been putting measures in place to ensure that health care coverage continues with the least possible disruption.

“The ministry is therefore coordinating with the Regional Health Authorities to manage coverage at the affected facilities,” a release from the ministry said.

According to the ministry, 77 per cent of registered nurses slated to report to work for the morning shift were present at their respective duty stations in hospitals, islandwide. But the shortage seemed to have increased as the day progressed.

The ministry said that the hospitals most affected would only provide emergency services, which means that they would not be able to conduct elective surgeries due to the reduced nursing complement.

It was not clear whether the nurses plan to continue their industrial action into today.

Source :Jamaica Gleaner
* Undergraduate / Madonna University, Nigeria Undergraduate Programmes Admission into 2017/2018 Forms on Sale by katty: November 23, 2017, 09:54:25 PM
Madonna University, Nigeria is the first Private Catholic University in the West African Region and also the First Private University to be approved by the Federal Government of Nigeria. Madonna University Nigeria commenced full Academic Programmes in 1999. This noble Institution was founded by Very Rev. Fr. Prof. EMP. Edeh CSSP OFR.
The University Operates on Three (3) Campuses:
1. Okija, Anambra State
2. Elele, Rivers State
3. Akpugo, Enugu State
• Madonna University enjoys both NUC and Relevant Boards/Council Accreditation in all her academic programmes
• No disruption of academic exercise through strikes
• 100% excellent boarding facilities for all students
• No cultism
• Unhindered campus wide internet access
• State of the Art Teaching Hospital for Medicine and Related Programmes
• Free Body Building/ Weight Training/Fitness Programmes
• Nursing Science (B.Nsc)
Five (5) O' Level Credit Level Passes at not more than two sittings to include English Language and Mathematics and three (3) other subjects relevant to course of study.
All prospective undergraduates who scored up to 120 in the most recent JAMB UTME are qualified to apply.
Candidates awaiting SSCE result or its equivalent are also eligible to apply for admission provided the result will be available on resumption.
Candidates should collect Screening forms from any of our three (3) campuses or any branch of Mayfresh Mortgage Bank Nation-wide, Application forms could also be completed online through our university under Admission Screening for admission id free and does not attract any cost. You are strongly advised not to pay money to any Person (S) or agent on behalf of the University. Monetary transactions are made only afteer the candidates has been fully admitted and it is through any of the branches of Mayfresh Mortgage Bank Ltd
All completed Admission forms should be submitted to the Admissions online if the completion was done, online, or to the Registrar/Admissions Offer if the form was Collected from any of Madonna University Campuses of the bank if it was collected from there.
NOTE: You can make payment for your child/ward at any of our Bank branches listed below as well as using our Official UBA and First Bank Account Details or through bank draft raised at any bank in Nigeria payable to MADONNA UNIVERSITY

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* News / Re: OAUTHC Holds Celebratory Lecture in Honour of First Director of Nursing Educatio by olabisi: November 23, 2017, 09:43:25 PM
Good progress in Nursing.  Congratulations Ma
* MCPDP / New Regulations on License Renewal by Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria by katty: November 23, 2017, 09:38:05 PM
1. Two MCPDP certificates or One MCPDP with One accredited scientific conference certificate are required to renew expired license henceforth.     
2. A Bank remita payment print out CAN no longer get a nurse council original receipt except with one MCPDP certificate.       
3. Even when you a get a council original receipt, if a nurse doesn't renew her license after 6months of collecting the receipts, a penalty fee of 10500 would be charged such a Nurse.                           
4. Every bank remita print out Must have an original duplicate teller
5. Nurses who graduated since 2012 from both basic and post basic schools must present photocopy of certificate not notification.

Expect more information or share with us on new rules as you go to NMCN office.
* News / Why are Midwives in Germany Feeling Squeezed Out? by Idowu Olabode: November 23, 2017, 04:46:08 PM
Ten years ago, Dr Christiane Schwarz - a lecturer and researcher - decided that she could no longer continue working as a midwife in Germany. “It was not so much about how we were treated but how the labouring women were treated, she says. “Having worked in the UK and New Zealand, I knew it is possible to care for women and babies with much more respect”.

Schwarz’s decision also had much to do with how midwives are treated in Germany: squeezed by flat wages, work pressure and a strict system of accountability that can send them to jail. The German Midwives Association estimates that of the 23,000 registered midwives in the country in 2015, only 13,430 attend to birth. “There was a time when all midwives attended to birth,” said Astrid Giesen, chairperson of the Bavarian Midwives Association. “After all, our profession is birth.”

Now, however, an exodus of midwives is under way. A tangle of factors is responsible, principal among them soaring insurance premiums,which have resulted in a substantial number of maternity unit closures. From 2010 to 2017, they have decreased from 807 to 675, according to the Federal Statistical Office of Germany. “On one night shift, I saw two midwives attending to six births at one of the largest Berlin hospitals,” said journalist Eva Schindele, who has been reporting on the crisis for the German press.

Then there’s the case of Anna Rockel-Loenhoff, a midwife and doctor well-known for advocating vaginal birth. In 2014, she was convicted of homicide, not negligent birth, for the death of a baby born by breech birth in a hotel room near her practice in 2008. She was sentenced to seven years in jail. Midwives are, of course, liable for medical negligence. This is why they pay for insurance. But the possibility that they might be jailed has snapped something in the community. “It is the straw that broke the camel’s back,” Giesen said. “Poor salaries, high premiums, now jail. It just doesn’t seem worth it.”

The repercussions from this affect women and newborns, too. In 2013, the last year for which comparative OECD data are available, Germany’s C-section rate was 30.9%, one of the highest in Europe. Only Switzerland, Poland, Portugal, Hungary and Italy had higher rates according to this data. The second European Perinatal Health Report, looking at comparative data from 2010, offers another significant statistic: at 15.9%, Germany has among the highest rates of emergency or non-elective Caesareans, second only to Malta and Romania. A higher rate of non-elective Cesareans as against elective Caesareans likely reflects decisions made under pressure during birthing. The World Health Organisation recommends a range of 10-15% for C-sections.

The damage is also qualitative in nature: the medicalisation of birth, and the lack of respectful care that troubled Schwarz so much that she quit. This kind of change is unfortunately not reflected in statistics. But it is starting to be acknowledged as a problem. In 2007, when Venezuela passed the Right of Women to a Life Free of Violence, it included excessive medical interventions and coercion at birth as a violation of human rights: the term used is “obstetric violence”.

Professor Lesley Page, president of the Royal College of Midwives in the UK, told me: “Midwives around the world, and Germany is no exception, often leave the profession because they are frustrated at not to be able to give it their best. This, as in Germany, is often because of the medicalisation of birth, the overuse of interventions including caesarean section, poor status and lack of respect in the health services, and difficulty in gaining insurance to practise autonomously.”

Today’s healthcare system necessarily involves co-reliance; it’s rare to find midwives and doctors working in isolation. Midwives, according to the Lancet series on Midwifery published in 2014, are better suited to low-risk births, the medical model to potentially risky ones. The series contended that midwifery holds knowledge of biological, cultural and social factors that aid labour, breast-feeding and the many changes the body goes through during and after pregnancy, and that women reported “greater satisfaction” with midwifery care. In 2011 and 2014, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) brought out reports titled State of the World’s Midwifery emphasising that high-quality midwifery services are essential to improving maternal and newborn health across the world.

Some correctives are under way in Germany, albeit belatedly. In the past two years, the National Association of Health Insurance Funds has refunded two-thirds of the insurance fee to midwives, Schindele told me. But some of the damage might be irreparable. “I see now that midwives work just like doctors,” said Dr Brigitte Sanden, a gynaecologist and obstetrician in Munich. “They are on the clock, and are just as likely to induce labour or carry out an intervention. I myself learned about birth by watching the midwives. As a fresh graduate, you realise there are so many things the books don’t tell you. I worry about how much us doctors are losing out too.”

Source :
* News / Nurse Banned for 9 Months for Informing Wrong Family their Loved one had Died by Idowu Olabode: November 23, 2017, 04:28:33 PM
UK : A nurse who worked in west Cornwall has been banned for a range of offences – including informing the wrong family that their loved one had died.

Agency nurse Uyabongeka Thamzane Yengwa, who was working at the Benoni Nursing Home at St Just, was found guilty of misconduct and banned from working for at least nine months.

She did not attend and was not represented at the Nursing and Midwifery Council Fitness to Practise Committee Substantive Hearing, which was held in London from Monday, November 13, to Thursday, November 16.

The hearing, which concluded her fitness to practice was impaired, heard that she told the wrong family that their relative had collapsed and died. On another occasion she also did not respond quickly enough to a critical emergency and fell asleep on duty for five hours, covered in a blanket.

“We had no choice than to report her (Ms Yengwa) for the incidents,” said a spokeswoman for Benoni Nursing Home.

“She was an agency nurse and was only at the home for a few months; you do not know what kind of nurse you are going to get through an agency.

“We reported her straight away and it’s nice to know that something has been done about it.”

The home stressed that the actions of the agency nurse were the subject of the hearing, not the home itself. The latest Care Quality Commission report, published this August, judged that the home requires improvement but was rated ‘Good’ for care.

The panel decided to proceed in Ms Yengwa’s absence as they were satisfied they had done all they could to notify her and judged that she had voluntarily absented herself.

They also took into account the correspondence from Ms Yengwa’s representative at the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) to the Nursing and Midwifery Council dated August 24, 2017.

It said: “We are advised by Miss Yengwa that she has reached retiring age and is currently suffering with ill health, which she says is not improving as time passes and is made worse by the stress she feels from undergoing this investigation.

“Accordingly whilst this is not a decision she has taken lightly she has decided to withdraw from proceedings. Miss Yengwa asks that the panel are made aware that she intends no discourtesy in making her decision.”

During the hearing it was confirmed that on the day shift of July 8, 2016, she failed to deal appropriately with a resident who collapsed.

The panel proved she did not act urgently on hearing the emergency bell, was unaware of the resident’s non-resuscitation status and later informed the wrong resident’s family of the collapse and death.

It was also alleged, but not proved, that she called or attempted to call 111 rather than 999. Claims that she did not hand over any information to the paramedics and did not complete documentation were withdrawn by the NMC.

Her service ran from from January 24 to July 14, 2016 and she left the home following the last incident of July 8, 2016.

The panel heard how Ms Yengwa’s actions put patients at an unwarranted risk of harm, brought the profession into disrepute and breached one of the fundamental tenets of the profession.

“The behaviour as demonstrated by Ms Yengwa in not assisting colleagues, falling asleep on duty and failing to respond urgently to a critical situation fell far short of the standards expected of a registered nurse,” stated the hearing’s report.

The panel also took into account the fact that Ms Yengwa did not know or attempt to check who the resident’s family was before informing them of the collapse and subsequent death.

It noted that this indicates a "deplorable" lack of care and dignity towards the resident’s family and is not the kind of behaviour expected from a nurse.

Certain mitigating factors were taken into account by the panel. Two positive references, provided by Ms Yengwa’s previous employer, detailed that there have been no other complaints or concerns regarding Ms Yengwa’s fitness to practise.

The panel also noted that Ms Yengwa has had an “otherwise long and unblemished career” and there have been no other regulatory concerns against her.

However, they said there was evidence of Ms Yengwa’s attitudinal concerns over the period of time that these incidents occurred.

“Ms Yengwa’s failings have impacted her colleagues, a resident's family and vulnerable residents”, continued the report.

“Ms Yengwa has not shown any insight or expressed any remorse for her failings.

“The panel determined that a suspension order for a period of nine months was appropriate in this case to mark the seriousness of the misconduct found proved, and to provide Ms Yengwa the opportunity to remediate and reflect on how her actions and failings impacted on the care provided to Resident A, on her colleagues and the reputation of the nursing profession.

“The panel is mindful that Ms Yengwa has a stated intention to retire and not to seek to return to nursing.

“However, if Ms Yengwa decides to return to nursing practice, she will have to demonstrate at the review hearing that she has reflected on her conduct, has insight into her behaviour and remediated her practice.”

Source :
* News / Over 500,000 Babies Missed Vaccinations During Nurses Strike in Kenya by Idowu Olabode: November 23, 2017, 04:16:50 PM
More than 500,000 new-born babies missed out on crucial vaccines during the recent nurses’ strike that lasted for five months, putting their lives at risk the Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) has said.

Speaking during a press briefing at Travellers Beach Hotel in Mombasa, KRCS Secretary-General Abbas Gullet said the infants from across the country missed on BCG, OPV and yellow fever vaccines.

The Red Cross has now started giving the vaccines to the new-born babies in a programme dubbed 'Catch up campaign'.

Eleven counties from arid and semi-arid areas have been prioritised. These include Turkana, Moyale, Mandera, Wajir, Marsabit, Garissa, Tana River, Samburu, and West Pokot.


Thirty nurses have been hired to administer the jab pin every county.

"The programme has been trying to vaccinate close to half a million newly born babies in the last five months who missed the vaccine due to nurses’ strike,” Mr Gullet said.

He said several partners including Unicef and Amref have joined the vaccination initiative.

The campaign has been ongoing for a month.


"By next month we will have vaccinated all the babies and [help them] catch up with their normal vaccinations so that potential risks [they] would have gone through such as [getting] polio or measles is eradicated. These are crucial vaccines that are important to the health of a new-born baby. If they miss the jabs they risk being affected by polio [and] TB among other diseases," he said.

He said major towns such as Mombasa, Nairobi, Nakuru and Nyeri were not affected by lack of vaccines due to existence of private hospitals.

"We are targeting sparsely populated counties with very few health facilities. We are trying to catch up with those who missed the vaccines due to the challenges of the strike.

"The catch up campaign is an emergency campaign which we wouldn't have had to do it if nurses hadn't gone on strike," he said.

Mr Gullet urged the government to strengthen health systems to enable them withstand shocks.

"In the future, should there be industrial disagreements, solutions must be found quickly," he cautioned.

Source : The Nation Newspaper
* News / Ghana: Patients Stranded as Ankaful Psychiatric Hospital Nurses Begin Strike by Idowu Olabode: November 23, 2017, 02:11:18 PM
Staff of the Ankaful Psychiatric Hospital, have locked out their patients in a protest demanding the removal of the hospital's director, Dr. Eugene Dordoryi, from office.

The nurses say three weeks after they petitioned the Health Ministry and the Ghana Health Service over developments at the facility, nothing has been done about their grievances.

Joy News’ Correspondent, Richard Kwadwo Nyarko who visited the mental health facility Thursday reported the staff as claiming that Dr. Eugene Dordoryi has repeatedly ignored their concerns.

They claim that he gives the hospital's vehicles to his family and friends for unofficial trips and use.

People who visited the facility only met empty wards while pieces of red cloth hung on the offices that remained locked with no one attending to the patients.
After notifying their authorities about their situation, the nurses said they also held several news conferences and made follow-ups with the relevant authorities but they are yet to receive any feedback.

The sit-down strike the nurses say, is one of the processes they planned to do after the expiration of the notice they served the Health Ministry, the reporter told Nhyira Addo on the Super Morning Show on Joy FM Thursday, November 23.

“The situation that is currently developing at the Ankaful Psychiatric Hospital represents one of the few cases that no one is caring about the situation of mental health care,” he reported.

The Ankaful Psychiatric Hospital, built in 1965 in the Central Region, has a capacity of 500 beds but currently has 150 in-patients.

The reduction in the number of in-patients is due to dwindling number of nurses and doctors there coupled with inadequate funding which is a key constraint to the delivery of quality healthcare to the public.

Source :My Joy online
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