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* Nursing Heroes / Commotion as Jigawa State School of Nursing and Midwifery Bosses Exchange Blows by KemiRN: Today at 09:30:19 AM
THE Provost of the Jigawa college of Nursing and Midwifery, Birninkudu Hahiya Aisha Muhammed, and the acting Director of School of Midwifery, Hajiya Halima Muhammad, appeared semi naked at college compound in a physical combat.

Reports from the state indicated that the two female managerial staffs engaged themselves in a physical combat in the office of the acting director, Hajiya Halima Muhammad Yunusa a situation which threw the institution into commotion.

Tribune Online in the state gathered that it was the Provost, Hajiya Aisha Muhammad Kazaure who allegedly walked into the office of the acting Director of midwifery, Hajiya Halima Muhammad Yunusa and assaulted her.

An eye witness who prepared anonymity told Tribune Online that the tension had for long been brewing, as there was no love lost between the duo since the director was asked to head the school of midwifery. A situation that never went well with the provost of the school.

An eye witness account further revealed that the trouble started when the Provost demanded for a refund of expenses she ‎incurred while attending to her guests, a situation that led to the argument between them.

Also gathered by Tribune Online in the state that the provost followed the director to her office and allegedly slapped her on the face, a situation that led to an immediate brawl by the duo, which led to other lecturers and some students around the building running to the scene.

The academic staffs union of the college had summoned an emergency congress meeting, and to that effect have out rightly condemned the incidence and declared it unacceptable to the entire members.

In a communique issued at the end of their meeting, signed by the chairman and Secretary Ibrahim Aji and Ahmad Alhaji, made it available to the news men called by the state governor, Alhaji Muhammadu Badaru Abubakar for an immediate action.

The academic staffs union called for the suspension of both parties while an investigative panel should be set-up ‎by the state Ministry of health with a view to finding and punishing the trouble maker.

The academic union in the college have threatened to down tools, if necessary action is not taken by the authorities to prevent the continued embarrassment, that they said have been going on for a long time since the provost have assumed duty in the school.

When contacted in her office, the Provost Hajiya Aisha Muhammed Kazaure declined to comment, she said “I’m a civil servant not in the position to speak with journalist without the clearance of the ministry (Min of Health).

Also contacted in her resident the director school midwifery Hajiya Halima Muhammed Yunusa kept mute, she said “some many people intervening and a committee had been set up to investigates the matter and the true will reveal.

When contacted, the state commissioner of health Dr Abba Zakari said, “the ministry have already instituted an investigative committee that will furnish us with its findings and recommendations before we could take any action on the matter”, he said.

Source: Tribune Online
* News / Important Updates on filling the Professional Update Form of NMCN by Idowu Olabode: Today at 07:06:48 AM
The Day  2 of the NMCN Desk officers training in North East Central Zone commenced today. A major highlight was the focus on the PUF also called the Professional Update Form. It is the brainchild of the Nursing and Midwifery Council Of Nigeria. The PUF was born as the NMCN  wanted to capture all nurses and midwives in Nigeria and have easy access to demographic data of nurses in our various states, zones and even outside the country. The councils representative who spoke at the event said that though they have the register for every nurse on record the council still needs to get the details of all current and active nurses.
 
Completing The Professional Update Form For Nurses
1. When you want to fill yours ensure you read the instructions in red, this would show you some important points to note before you start up.
2. Once there's a contradicting info between what you filled and what the NMCN has on their register, just like indexing, examination and registration applications, your PUF application can be rejected and returned to you to update and make corrections as needed.
3. A mail would be sent and/or text to inform you on the status of your PUF application.
 
On Making Errors and Editting Submitted Forms
1. The PUF is a one way direct form, this means that once submitted, you can not have any access to it again to edit. 
2. If you need to edit anything on your PUF, you will have to send a mail to any of these email addresses below, State the problem and what you need to be added, the IT personel of the NMCN would add it up for you. NOTE, this is the arrangement on ground now till further deliberation and approval to grant applicants access to their forms for editing
 
The email addresses are:
 oafilade@nmcn.gov.ng
And

 support.nmcn@swglobal.com
All Nurses are adviced not to call Mr Filade but instead send mails to the above email addresses. Same applies to any and all challenges or issues regarding the NMCN
 
 
On Status Of Retired Nurses

The PUF also applies to all retired nurses in and outside the country, but they should pick "unemployed" when they get to section for employment.
 
On BNSc Not Found In The Form

The NMCN does not have an interest if a Nurse graduated from a university or from a school of nursing, that is a reason why the "BNSc" is not captured on PUF as the body (NMCN) is only interested in certificates issued by them to you for practice which include: Basic and All Post Basic certificates for qualifications
 
Adding all Qualifications on the form
If you have more than one (ie double, triple, etc qualified) please ensure you do add them all.
 
Nursing License And PIN
If your license doesn't come with a PIN or If the number on your license is not going through, you should try the number on your notification letter
 
NOTE:
The council advices all desk officers to design a form that looks like the PUF and send to areas where there is no internet access available to nurses. That way everyone will fill in details and someone can be mandated, mobilized to go to an area where coverage is to have it done on everyone's behalf such as was done in crisis prone areas like Bornu state and others.
 
Also All nurses must complete PUF before 31, Oct 2017 as License renewal, operation show your license depends on doing this.

Don't forget to share this with other nurses both home and abroad
* News / UGONSA Directs Members Nationwide to Join JOHESU Strike! by Idowu Olabode: Today at 06:52:17 AM
In clear departure from its past stand on JOHESU agitation the University Graduates of Nursing Association in Nigeria has directed her members nationwide to show solidarity with JOHESU Strike scheduled to commence today.

In a press release by the association obtained by Nursesarena.com, the association said its assessment of the current JOHESU agitation shows that it is a departure from what it used to be in the past.

Many Nurses in the past had no clue on what nurses stand to gain in the JOHESU Struggle until nurses' demands in JOHESU agitation was published by Nursesarena.com last week see http://nursesarena.com/news/list-of-nigerian-nurses-demands-in-johesu-struggle-by-nursesarena-com/msg8041/#msg8041

Below is the press statement by the association

The University  Graduates of Nursing Science Association (UGONSA) also known as the Graduate Nurses Association of Nigeria (GNAN) has called on its members to show solidarity to the Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU).

In a statement jointly made by its National President, Chief Hon. Solomon E.O. Egwuenu, and the National Secretary, Nurse Goodluck I. Nshi, the association said its assessment of the current JOHESU agitation shows that it is a departure from what it used to be in the past.

The association said it is encouraging that JOHESU put the patient at the centre of its current struggle; such disposition makes its agitation an honourable one worthy of holistic support by all. 

“It is a good thing that JOHESU centres its current agitation on improving the lots of Nigerian patients, which can be any Nigerian other than the insensitive political class that crumbled our health system with adverse policies and now shamelessly added medical tourism abroad as a part of their official entitlements.

 “Ordinary Nigerians are not slaves. Like the heartless political class, they also deserve accessible qualitative healthcare services at affordable cost. It is an honourable thing that JOHESU is taking the bull by the horn at this moment for the masses, who are at the receiving end of our poor healthcare system that was naughtily battered by the 'mismanagers' of our health sector.

The association called on Nigerians to understand that JOHESU’s agitation is for their interest and urged that they should join JOHESU to demand for repositioning of our health system for efficient and effective care delivery.

“It is better we pass through some pains today and bequeath a better healthcare system to our children. Our healthcare system is going down every day because of mismanagement. Such must not be allowed to continue.

“That our health system that once ranked among the best three in the Commonwealth of Nations today ranks among the last three, not because we do not have capable and competent healthcare professionals, is a testament to the fact that mismanagement is entrenched in the leaching fabrics of retrogression of our health system.  If nothing drastic is done now, in the near future we may derail further to become number one from behind!

“What we have now as a health system was not what our founding fathers handed down to us and we cannot afford to bequeath something similar or worse than this currently squalid health system to our children. Nigerians should rise up to join JOHESU in saying that enough is enough!

The association asserted that it stands for and with any struggle that is selfless and honourable, like the current agitation by JOHESU, and called on its members to show maximum solidarity to the struggle.

“Just as we call on Nigerians for understanding and support, we equally call on our members to show maximum solidarity and support to JOHESU because its current agitation is a selfless campaign for qualitative and efficient care delivery to ordinary Nigerians- it said
* News / Nurses, Midvives, other JOHESU Members in Nigeria Begin Indefinite Strike Today! by Idowu Olabode: Today at 06:36:06 AM
-Nurses, Midwives and other JOHESU members which make up 95% of the workers in the health sector will shut down health sector from today

The major unions of health workers have announced the commencement of their nationwide strike on Wednesday.

The Joint Health Sector Unions and Assembly of Health Care Professionals, JOHESU, and the National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives, NANNM, announced the strike on Tuesday.

According to a statement signed by the National President of NANNM, Abdrafiu Adeniji, all nurses and midwives in all federal health institutions are to proceed on an indefinite strike action from midnight of Wednesday.

Mr. Adeniji said the association is in agreement with all JOHESU’s positions on the recent seven-day ultimatum given to the federal government to accede to all its lingering demands dated back to 2012.

The strike is coming barely a week after the National Association of Resident Doctors suspended its strike.
The healtht workers had earlier threatened to embark on an indefinite industrial action that would shut down operations in public hospitals due to the prolonged delay by the federal government in meeting their demands.

Their demands include payment of arrears of specialist allowances and upgrade of their members due for promotion.

Earlier, the Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, had pleaded with the leadership of JOHESU, not to embark on its planned industrial action.

Mr. Adewole said that the government would continue negotiation with the union and hoped that a consensus would be reached on the issues in contention.

JOHESU comprises all the other professional groups in the health sector and forms about 95 percent of health workers and health care providers in Nigeria.

Source : Premium Times
* Nursing Jobs / Healthcare Jobs Kenya: PCEA Tumutumu Hospital and Training College Vacancy for Nurses by katty: September 19, 2017, 08:52:18 PM
PCEA Tumutumu Hospital and Training College invites suitably qualified candidates to fill the above position.

Our Vision: To be a leading Christian hospital in providing holistic quality health care in Kenya.

 Our Mission: To bear witness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ through provision of quality, accessible, affordable health care to individual/ families/ groups and communities as well as train skilled health workers.

Qualifications Required

Diploma in Nursing and who has experience in Renal Unit

How to Apply

Send application to:- The Hospital Administrator, PCEA Tumutumu Hospital, Private Bag – 10101, Karatina. Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted
* News / Update on UK NMC Proposed Changes to IELTS for Foreign Educated Nurses by katty: September 19, 2017, 08:08:26 PM
I was invited to take part in a workshop webinar with the NMC today where they outlined their plans regarding the changes to the current English language criteria and I just wanted to share this with you.

Attached and summarised below for your review.

1. NMC will at this stage not change the IELTS score of 7 but they will most likely add the OET (Occupational English Test) as an 2nd test option for nurses to consider

2. The NMC will most likely exempt nurses from having to do the IELTS as long as the nurses can proof that they studied in English and that they completed both theory and practical parts of the course in English

It is still unclear at this stage how difficult it will be to proof this to the NMC especially the part about the practical assignments because I guess in many countries you might have studied but not necessary practiced in English?

3. The NMC will also exempt nurses who has been registered/ practicing for more than 2 years in a English Native country they will also be exempt from the IELTS - although the countries was not listed by the NMC yet. I assume it would be similar to the GMC list below
http://www.gmc-uk.org/doctors/registration_applications/english_first_language.asp

The NMC are aiming to have the changes implemented on the 1st of November 2017 Any changes will be subject to the NMC Board's approval. They are committed to continue the review on the IELTS and other language tests and will make more changes in January 2018 based on IELTS evidence and research but again it seems highly unlikely that the score will be reduced.

I will be attending the NMC board meeting on the 27th where the final decisions will be announced. I will most certainly keep you informed

Kind Regards,
MMA Director
* News / Kenya: 15 volunteer nurses who assisted deliveries in Samburu to be employed by Idowu Olabode: September 19, 2017, 06:45:32 PM
Fifteen volunteer nurses who helped 300 women deliver will be employed by the county government.

The 15 nurses who volunteered to work at the county referral hospital maternity ward when the nurses went on strike will be engaged permanently once the strike is over, the county administration has said.

For the more than 100 days the nurses have been on strike, the volunteers have helped 250 women deliver normally and 50 others through caesarean section.

County Deputy Governor Julius Leseeto praised the volunteer nurses for working round the clock and with commitment to care for the patients.

Mr Leseeto promised that the team would be permanently employed soon to address shortage of nurses in the county’s health facilities.

He said the county government had been paying the voluntary nurses upkeep allowance to motivate them.

"They have been receiving some little allowances but the county government will employ them soon," said Leseeto.

He urged the county public service board to move with speed to recruit the whole team so that they can support service delivery at the county’s health facilities.

The county chief officer in charge of health, Lydia Letinina, said the team's passion and commitment to serve patients has been of great encouragement.

"Their services have greatly alleviated the pain and agony that patients would have gone through during the nurses' strike," said Ms Letinina.

She was speaking at the weekend during a ceremony held to appreciate the volunteers.

Source : Standard Digital
* News / Photograph of Nurse taking care of woman after birth goes viral by Idowu Olabode: September 19, 2017, 06:05:18 PM
A photograph capturing the close bond between a nurse and her patient who had just given birth has gone viral.

Katie Lacer, of MommaKT Shoots Photography, had been hired by a mother-to-be in Indiana to document her birth experience.

Lacer took a photo of her client's first post-birth trip to the bathroom, showing the nurse kneeling on the floor beside her offering her a cold pack, as the new mother went to the toilet.

Jill Krause, who runs the popular blog Baby Rabies, posted the photo to her Facebook page last week, explaining that it reminded her of her own birth experience.

It has since been shared more than 66,000 times, with 127,000 likes.

“I'll never forget the faces of the nurses who followed me into the bathroom after delivering each baby,” Krause wrote.

“That moment when I was so vulnerable, so tired, scared, shaky. My swollen belly deflating, and my modesty long gone. They treated me with such kindness and dignity.

"For me, these have been moments of empowerment and confirmation that I have a real village to help me, even if just for that little bit of time in a bathroom, on a toilet, while a kind nurse shows me how to put an ice pad on my mesh undies.”

The post has generated a flurry of support for nurses on social media, with fellow mothers sharing anecdotes from their powerful bonding experiences.



I'll never forget the faces of the nurses who followed me into the bathroom after delivering each baby. That moment when I was so vulnerable, so tired, scared, shaky. My swollen belly deflating, and my modesty long gone. They treated me with such kindness and dignity. For me, these have been moments of empowerment and confirmation that I have a real village to help me, even if just for that little bit of time in a bathroom, on a toilet, while a kind nurse shows me how to put an ice pad on my mesh undies. This photo by my friend MommaKT Shoots just takes me right back. Like, I can smell the Dermaplast. Let's hear it for the nurses and the doulas and anyone else who shows us how to make ice pad underwear (or helps with that first shower post c-section!)


“Immediately after my first was born, the nurse turned to me and said, 'I know you just had a baby, but the hospital kitchen closes in 10 minutes and I can score you some chicken nuggets and fries if we move fast!' I hadn't eaten in almost 24 hours. I wanted to kiss her!” commented one user.

“My delivery nurse grabbed my cellphone without me asking and snapped pictures of my boyfriend and I when they first put the baby on my chest.

"It was honestly one of the sweetest things anyone could've done for me that day 💜 I'll always be thankful for that,” added another.

Source :http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/post-birth-photo-nurses-jill-krause-baby-rabies-katie-lacer-facebook-a7955136.html
* News / Denosa Supports Cosatu National Strike And Says Hands Off Nurses Pension Money by Idowu Olabode: September 19, 2017, 05:44:50 PM
Press Releases: The Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA) fully supports the COSATU CEC decision to embark on a National Strike against State Capture, corruption and job losses on 27 September and would like to urge public servants to take part in the strike to protect their pension money which is becoming a target.
 
DENOSA is embarking on a mobilization programme in various facilities across the country, building up support for the Strike for those nurses who will be available to take part in the strike. The strike has been granted to COSATU by NEDLAC and Section 77 certificate has been granted, which protects workers who take part in the strike.
 
In the health sector where DENOSA organises, critical clinical positions in various departments have remained vacant and frozen for far too long. This is largely because of lack of funding, which compromises the quality healthcare service while millions of Rands go up in smoke mysteriously. Many State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) are begging for bailouts in the tune of billions largely because of mismanagement of funds. Currently, the Department of Health in Gauteng is under serious financial constraints that even threaten to disrupt the functionality of the department.
 
Part of the total shut down on 27 September is that a Commission of Inquiry on State Capture be established as a matter of urgency, so that the funds that get siphoned from public coffers could remain and used for public good. In health, there is a gross shortage of nurses and support staff and equipment. Vacancies remain unfilled for longer periods, thus putting too much strain on few health workers who are in facilities and who are expected to perform miracles.
 
State Capture and Corruption also threaten to delay the implementation of National Health Insurance (NHI), which is South Africa's Universal Health Coverage (UHC) where all community members have access to quality healthcare service regardless of their socio-economic status.
 
In the sector, State Capture and corruption also threaten to prolong delays in the payments of Performance bonuses to health workers who continue to work tirelessly, as well as payment of Rural and Danger allowances as well as pay progression for those who are deserving.
 
In the public sector, out of 1.3 million public servants a whopping 900 000 workers do not have houses, and monies leaving government through corruption and state capture could also assist in narrowing this gap by actualizing Government Employees Housing Scheme.
 
Nurses are worried that even auditors, who ordinarily should be the last line of defense against misuse of funds, are also made to overlook serious crime being committed in government entities. The latest KPMG concession is a case in point and begs the questions: how many other wrongs in government or SOEs have been overlooked by auditors? How deeply rooted is the problem of State Capture.
 
DENOSA strongly feels that it is in the interest of every South African who contributes to South Africa's well-being in one way or the other to take part and be counted on this important day so that there are consequences for those who are spearheading the misuse and diversion of public funds.
 
DENOSA urges all its shop stewards and nurses in general to demand transparency especially in the way their pension money is managed in government. It looks obvious that the R1.8 trillion government employees pension money under the management of PIC remains the only appealing last resort for those who are drying public coffers for their own interest. Nurses are not even well-paid, and their pension money is often their only hope. DENOSA says 'Hands-Off nurses pension money!"
* News / Fiji Nurses Might Go on Strike Next Month by Idowu Olabode: September 19, 2017, 04:47:24 PM
Nurses are confused as to what is the actual salary increase under the new contracts that they are signing and their union says the likelihood for nurses to go on a strike is a strong possibility.

Fiji Nursing Association’s General Secretary Salanieta Matiavi says they are hoping to get a clarification from the government as most of the nurses are raising concerns that they are only getting a transitional 5 percent pay increase.

It was announced in the 2017/2018 National Budget that specialised nurses will get salary increases of 25 percent while nurse practitioners will get a 74 percent salary increase.

Matiavi says this has not eventuated and they will be conducting a secret ballot soon to see whether the nurses will go on a strike next month.

When questioned on what will happen to patients in hospitals and health centres if nurses will go on strike, Matiavi says nurses need to be satisfied by the government.

Matiavi says most nurses are not satisfied with the new contracts and they would like to go on strike.

There are over 2,000 nurses in the country and 1,500 nurses are members of the Fiji Nursing Association.

Source :Fiji Village
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