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* News / Jigawa Gov Launches Universal Health Coverage, to Commence Recruitment Nurses by Idowu Olabode: March 23, 2017, 08:10:17 PM
Gov. Muhammad Badaru of Jigawa has launched the state’s Universal Health Coverage (UHC) to boost healthcare delivery service to the people.

He said this while inaugurating a newly-built Primary Healthcare Centre (PHC) at Jaudi village in Dutse Local Government Area of the state.

Badaru said that the provision of the health facility was in line with President Muhammadu Buhari’s agenda of providing at least one functional PHC in each electoral ward in the country.

“I thank Almighty God for keeping us alive to witness this historic occasion, the launching of the Jigawa State Universal Health Coverage.

“Thus, it is in line with the presidential agenda of providing at least one functional PHC in each political ward in the country.

“I am made to understand that the UHC involves the provision of appropriate physical health infrastructure, relevant health human resource.

“Functional essential equipment and supplies as well as an array of complement essential services that will address the primary health care needs of rural population on a 24-hour basis,” Badaru said.

He assured that his administration, despite the contracting fiscal environment, would commit substantial resources to make sure that the people of the state live a productive life, good enough for vibrant economy.

“And our agricultural reform and investment heavily depend on a healthy population, strengthening of health system we believe translates into a huge return on investment in the near future,” he said.

The governor further revealed that in the last two years, his administration has embarked on a number of new projects, while many inherited ones were being completed.

According to him, 27 new PHCs were built by his administration in remote areas with a view to improving access to quality healthcare by rural dwellers.

“This year, we planned to construct 57 of this kind of facilities. In some locations, midwives staff quarters will be constructed as well.

“Renovation of windstorm and termite damages are currently going on in remote areas that were neglected for years,’’ he said.

Badaru said that the 450 recently recruited health workers would be deployed to the new health facilities.

“We have just concluded the recruitment of 450 healthcare workers to man these new health facilities in the spirit of achieving the universal coverage health.

“And soon recruitment of doctors, nurses, midwives, pharmacists and other healthcare workers in secondary and tertiary facilities will commence,’’ Badaru said.

He commended the Department for International Development (DFID) for supporting the state with drugs, equipment and motorcycles worth over N700 million in order to actualise the UHC agenda.

“DFID supported us with drugs, equipment and eight motorcycles to help us actualize the UHC agenda.

“WHO is also fully working with us day and night to ensure that we remain polio free, which is the case for over four years now,” the governor said.

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* News / Young Saudi nurses struggle with expectations versus reality of the job by Idowu Olabode: March 23, 2017, 07:57:38 PM
Young Saudi nurses have difficulties reconciling their expectations working in a hospital with the reality of long hours, intense work and social and family pressures.

Two Saudi nurses presented a study they conducted on intern nurses and the difficulties they face during their internship, which sometimes lead young women to leave the nursing profession.

Noof Janbi and Lama Alsini are Saudi nurses-to-be currently completing their internship at King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center (KFSHRC) in Jeddah. Janbi is studying at King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Science, and Alsini studies at Jeddah’s King Abdulaziz University. Both are members of the Saudi Nursing Pioneers Committee.

Their study, “The Journey Between Ideal and Actual: Experiences of Intern Nurses ‘Becoming’ as They Transition into Clinical Interdisciplinary,” focuses on five nursing students from King Abdulaziz University and eight from King Saud University. Their subjects completed five months of nursing internship.

New nurses, the study concluded, still struggle with uncertainty and fear due to their perceived reality between ideal and actual in exploring the qualitative literature. New interns experience turbulent emotions before clinical placements and their perceptions of the “actual” clinical placements shows that they are “not belonging.”

Despite the changes that have emerged on the Saudi society, nursing as a profession still faces negative perceptions from Saudi society, which, sometimes leads some nursing interns to withdraw from the field. Twelve-hour shifts may not be easy to accept either by the nurse’s family. In some cases, Saudi nurses are deprived from marriage or get divorced.

“Some of the interns had difficulties in separating from their role as students to interns, which is a totally different role,” co-author Janbi told Arab News. “Also, difficulties in adjusting with the new hosptial envioronment and working hours (was a problem).”
One intern, who spoke on the condition that she would not be identified, told Arab News that “before the internship, unfortuately, my expectations were high. However, I was shocked at the beginning that I, as a student holding a baccalaureate degree, don’t participate in the developoment of a treatment plan or rehabilitation of the patient.”

Janbi and Alsini relied their experiences for part of the study, which addressed emotional rediscovering, identity adjusting, competence and boundaries.
The study’s findings showed that new nurses still suffer from identifying between the ideal and actual perceived reality, which can cause an emotional roller coaster and make them give up nursing.

Janbi and Alsini recommended in-depth orientation and explanations to new nurses and emotional support for the interns to avoid emotional instability.

The study’s authors also recommended educational programs on how to deal with nursing interns, starting gradually with the duties (new nurses can start working eight hours, then 10 hours and later can achieve the 12-hour shift) to reduce physical exhaustion and help cope better. The study also recommended that help should be provided to nurse managers to plan improved clinical and educational practices of a nurse intern by having a better understanding of the expectations verses the actual experience of the job.

“I am sure the international guests would agree with me, that these are presentations (done by Saudi health professionals) that should not be just kept in Saudi Arabia,” said Dr. Mustafa Bodrick, a fulltime consultant in nursing education and practice at the Saudi Commission for Health Specialties. “I think that they should look into international conferences. These ladies should go and speak and fly the flag and show what Saudi nurses are actually doing in this part of the world to contribute to the global advancement of nursing.”

Bodrick invited the two authors to the Saudi Commission for Health Specialties to present their paper in order to be taken into consideration.
Bodrick asked for a copy of the paper. He said he believes that “there is a moral obligation to pass this research on to all the deans in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.”
He said the Saudi Commission for Health Specialties’ intention is to partner with Janbi and Alsini as to how to respond to their recommendations.

“In Islam, we talk about intentions and actions – we should not only talk about intentions, but actions have to follow,” Bodrick said.

The paper will be submitted to the Saudi Commission for Health Specialties to be published in its journal.

Nursing is a difficult field, said Dr. Rosemarie Lawrence an acting education coordinator and intern coordinator for King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center in Jeddah.

“When I first started in this country many, many years ago, there was a stigma attached to nursing, as if nursing had no place, no belonging, but things have changed,” she said.

Many people now realize that nursing is an amazing field of a career.

“Saudi nurses are growing and they started believing in themselves. They do not have to be great; they just need to believe in themselves, because once they do, that way growth comes. ”

From a Saudi nurses’ perspective, nurses in the Kingdom try their best to improve the image of nursing as a profession in the country.

“We support them through involving them to be part of the organizing committee of this international symposium, to put them in the right direction,” said Amna Hamzah Al-Shelali an education coordinator in the Nursing Development and Saudization Department at KFSHRC.

Al-Shelali told Arab News that King Faisal Specialist Hospital is planning to have an advanced nursing diploma in October 2017. “This comes within our responsibility to developed and support our Saudi nurses to be in a very specialized area like oncology – as cancer, according to statistics, is No. 1 disease in the Kingdom. So we are trying to develop them in this specialty.

“As you saw today, there were educators, coordinators, nurses and undergraduates from Jeddah and Riyadh interacting and exchanging experiences. We are trying to link and think as to how to improve and have a lead, not only in Saudi Arabia, but regionally and internationally. So proudly, I say that we are in the front,” Al-Shelali said.

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* Undergraduate / Babcock University Admission into Nursing for 2017/2018 Academic Session by katty: March 23, 2017, 04:57:42 PM

Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for admissions into Babcock University (BU),  Degree Courses for the 2017/2018 academic session.

Minimum qualification for the First Degree Programs: 5 credits at the GCE/SSCE/NECO Examinations or their equivalent (at not more than 2 sittings); one sitting only for Medicine & Surgery.  Candidates below 16 years of age are advised not to apply.


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Requirements: 5 credits in English Language, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry and Physics. For Direct Entry students, a candidate is required to: (1) be a Registered Nurse (RN) with the N&MCN. In addition, possession of at least one post-RN certificate e.g. Registered Midwife (RM), Registered Public Health Nurse (RPHN) and Registered Psychiatric Nurse (RPN) would be an advantage. (2) Possess satisfactory result at the SSCE or its equivalent in five subjects at not more than two sittings, which must include English Language, Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics. (3) Submit official transcript of all the nursing programs to be used for the admission. (4) Submit current license from the N&MCN at least 6-9 months expiry duration. (5) Produce letter of reference from three people which may include the current employer.


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* News / Nigeria Govt deploys 1,473 graduate midwives to Prrimary Healthcare Centres by katty: March 23, 2017, 04:51:24 PM
The Federal Government has deployed more than 1,473 newly graduated basic midwives to Primary Health Care Centres (PHCs) across the country.

Dr Faniran Sanjo, the Assistant Director, International Cooperation Department, Ministry of Budget and National Planning, disclosed this in Abuja on Wednesday.

Sanjo disclosed this during a sideline interview at a two-day meeting of the National Task Force Committee, and Partners in Population and Development (PPD) on South-South Cooperation.

He explained that the recruitment and deployment was undertaken by through the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA).

He said that Nigeria had showcased the achievement of the agency and other projects implemented by the partners at the 2016 International Inter-Ministerial Conference and Board Meeting of the PPD in Senegal.

“The midwives were deployed to PHC facilities in rural areas throughout the 36 states and FCT in 2016.

“The deployment of the midwives was aimed at improving maternal, newborn and child health outcomes and consolidation on the gains of the Midwives Services Scheme (MSS) of the Federal Government,’’ Sanjo said.

The official said the federal government through the relevant MDAs had developed series of programmes on reproductive health and had implemented them accordingly.

He said reproductive healthcare was one of the priorities of the current administration.

“The focus of the government is to make sure that the issue of primary health care, the issue of productive healthcare, the issue of childbirth and pregnancy are adequately addressed.

“Some of the programmes and projects were on addressing sexual and reproductive health because issues of social and reproductive health affect mostly women and young people, and in particular young girls.’’

Sanjo said that relevant MDAs had carried out programmes on the National Response to Young Peoples Sexual and Reproductive Health, and Sexual Rights and Gender Issues.

“They have carried out programmes on improving Sexual and Reproductive Health of Youth Corps Members and Young People, and on the strategies to improve knowledge, attitude and practice of contraceptive in Northern Nigeria.

“Others included programmes to explore the Social Reproductive and Social Development needs of adolescents living with HIV in Nigeria.

“In addition, programmes on media interventions for adolescents reproductive and sexual health, and Nigeria Urban Reproductive Health Initiative focused on Urban poor were also carried out,’’ he said.

According to him, women in Nigeria begin childbearing early with too frequent pregnancies and on average have six children.

“Reports of last two Nigeria Demographic and Health Surveys (NDHS 2008 and 2013) consistently show that 23 per cent of our teenage girls (ages 15-19) are already mothers or pregnant with first their first child.’’

The director said that the UN World Population Prospect (2015) showed that Nigeria would become the third largest population globally by 2050 if the current fertility rate persists.

He said that good reproductive health implies that people were able to have contentious and safe sex life and that they have the capability to reproduce with freedom to decide if, when and how often do so.

NAN also reports that the meeting is being attended by more than 49 MDAs and CSOs involved in reproductive health, family planning, population and development as well as humanitarian services.

They include the host Ministry of Budget and National Planning; Ministries of Finance, Education, Health, FCT and Women Affairs, NAN and National Population Commission, among others.

The meeting was supported by the UN Population Fund (UNFPA).

Source: PM News

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* News / Nurses and Doctors ran from local Hospital to save lives of London Terror attack by Idowu Olabode: March 23, 2017, 06:28:37 AM
"In the darkest of days, heroes appear": Nurses and doctors ran from nearby hospital to help save lives in London terror attack

Hero doctors and nurses ran from a nearby hospital to help the injured after a terrorist mowed down pedestrians on Westminster Bridge in London today.

NHS staff at St Thomas' Hospital, which is adjacent to the bridge, fled from their workstations without hesitation - not knowing whether there was danger ahead and if they were risking their own lives.

Images taken at the scene of the attack show hospital staff attending to casualties, nurses piling up blankets to distribute to those involved in the attack and, in one particularly haunting image, a medic clutching his head in despair.

Tonight, it is these helpers who are most playing on people's minds - not the terrorist who committed the attack.

Nurses from St Thomas' hospital load blankets

They have been described as 'real heroes', selflessly risking their own safety to save the lives of others.

As one person rather eloquently put it on social media: "In the darkest of days, hundreds of heroes appear".

Others said that these acts of heroism are "what makes our great nation so unique."

Leanne Fluke wrote in an NHS Facebook group: "Watching our ladies and gents doing what they do best during the ongoing incidents in London right now.

Medics attend to casualties at the scene of the attack

"Potentially putting themselves at risk in order to help others (along with the other emergency services)

"Proud to work within the family that is the NHS.
Stay safe everyone x"

St Thomas' Hospital is a large NHS teaching hospital in Central London.

It is just feet away from Westminster Bridge, where a terrorist used a car to mow down pedestrians on the pavement earlier this afternoon in an incident police are classing as terrorism.

A police officer was then attacked outside the Houses of Parliament and later died after receiving 'knife-related injuries'.

The attacker was shot and later died. Two other people also died from their injuries and more were injured.

Police are conducting an ongoing investigation into the day's events.

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* Nursing Jobs / Abba Personnel Services Recruiting Filipino Nurses to UK with or without IELTS by Idowu Olabode: March 22, 2017, 10:47:14 PM
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* News / Ghana produces first batch of Plastic Surgery, Burns nurses by Idowu Olabode: March 22, 2017, 07:20:21 PM
The National Reconstructive Plastic Surgery and Burns Centre (NRPSBC) has taken a bold step to save the country thousands of cedis that go into the training of Plastic Surgery and Burns nurses abroad.

Forty of such nurses from selected hospitals across the country graduated with Postgraduate Diploma certificate in Plastic Surgery and Burns Nursing in Accra last Thursday, saving the country between $ 25,000 and $30,000 which would have been spent on training each nurse abroad.

The one-year programme which was offered to qualified beneficiaries for free was organised by the NRPSBC in collaboration with Resurge Africa to enable surgeons in Ghana to have their complement nurses.

At the graduation ceremony, the Director of NRPSBC and Head of Faculty for Accra, Dr Opoku Ware Ampomah, said there was the need to train nurses in Plastic Surgery and  Burns Nursing to complement the work of surgeons, since the department only trained doctors for the programme.

According to him, the department had been in existence for over 20 years but did not have a programme for training postgraduate nurses in reconstructive plastic surgery and burns care.

It, therefore, had to create a programme for the nurses to acquire knowledge on plastic surgery and burns nursing to support surgeons in the field.


Dr Ampomah said some of the challenges they faced were lack of manpower, logistics and infrastructure, adding, ‘’in this maiden programme we did not limit it to only Accra but across the country because we knew that accidents did not choose location but it occurred anywhere and we did not want to look at one place while developing a human resource facility.”

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The Director of Resurge Africa and a doctor at the Canniesburn Plastic Surgery Unit, Glasgow, Dr Stuart Watson, urged the nurses to carry their experience to other nurses and excel in practising the profession.

He stated that the programme would run for two years, and advised patients, doctors and nurses on preventive measures and treatment processes.

He stated that the team would organise other programmes that would also benefit other nurses in Ghana.

“We are going to run this programme again in the next two years so that another batch of nurses can enter into the programme and I am hoping that many of the nurses we trained here can come back and teach on the programme, in future.  It will be fully accredited and then it can run after every year.”


The Deputy Director of Administration at the Ministry of Health, (MoH) Mr Dela Kemevor, asked the team for accreditation for the programme since it was helpful to surgical expertise, nurses and the public.

“Accreditation needs urgent and speedy attention and we are counting on you for that. We hope that you would put this into consideration,” he said.

He advised the trainees to excel in the profession while they built on their customer care.


He said he believed that customer care was very important in health delivery and, therefore, the need to encourage the graduands on customer care.

Source : Graphic Online

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* Post Basic Courses / Post Basic Paediatric Nursing Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital 2017/2018 Admission by Idowu Olabode: March 22, 2017, 07:09:02 PM
Applications are here by invited from suitable candidates for admission into Post Basic Paediatric Nursing Programme in the 2017/2018 session.
1. Course of Study:
Post Basic Nursing in Paediatrics
2. Duration: One (1) year
3. Entry Requirement:
• RN with current practicing license from Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria
• Minimum of one year registration experience
• SSCE/WAEC Certificate with minimum of Five (5) credits in English, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry and Physics which were obtained in not more than 2 sittings.
4. Method of Application:
Application forms are obtainable from the Medical Advisory Commtttee Secretariat on payment of non-refundable fee of Ten Thousand Naira (N 10,000.00) only.
Completed forms should be returned on or before 15th May, 2017 directly to the Medical Advisory Committee Secretariat or through the following address.
Assistant Director of Administration (MAC)
Amino Kano Teaching Hospital,
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