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* News / 61 Denosa members withdrawn from Ekurhuleni clinic after attack on nurse by katty: November 12, 2018, 06:54:07 PM
South Africa: The Democratic Nursing Organisation of SA (Denosa) has withdrawn its members from Ramokonopi clinic in Ekurhuleni over safety concerns.

Denosa withdrew its nurses following alleged attacks on its members by community members, with little or no intervention from management.

In the latest incident, Denosa alleges one of its members was physically and verbally assaulted by the relatives of a patient over the weekend.

According to Denosa Ekurhuleni regional secretary Lebohang Khumalo, the midwife was attacked three times, despite police intervention, and even had to be escorted home following her shift.

"Over the weekend, a midwife at Ramokonopi was physically assaulted and verbally insulted by relatives of a patient during a delivery while security personnel sat and watched without any assistance.

"12 people walked into the centre and assaulted her three times, at some point demanding the patient's files. The member was afraid to go home and had to be escorted."

Following this, Khumalo said 61 of the 76 nurses working there were withdrawn from Ramokonopi and deployed to surrounding health facilities until the safety issues are resolved.

Khumalo confirmed that Denosa had engaged the hospital's management and Ekurhuleni Health District on the ongoing issue for more than two years, yet despite this, attacks on members continued, particularly at night.

"Safety of workers has been an agenda item in the district multilateral for the past two years and the security manager has proven to be incompetent as he has failed to put proper security measures in place, and has failed to provide new means that ensures safety of staff.

"The security company has failed to render the required services to the staff which is a gross indication that they are incapable of providing and ensuring safety of members.

Khumalo further said: "The community of Ramokonopi section in Katlehong has a responsibility to protect the services provided to them. It is unfortunate that they have also contributed to the security problems in the facility as it is the very community members that assault staff members."

She confirmed that engagements with management continued but that nurses would not return to Ramokonopi until their grievances had been resolved.

* News / Preterm Deaths: Paediatric nurses seek newborn units in hospitals by katty: November 12, 2018, 05:08:07 PM
The National Association of Nigeria Paediatric Nurses (NANPAN) has called for the establishment of special newborn units in all secondary health institutions in the country to curb the rate of preterm deaths.

Mrs Olubunmi Lawal, National President of NANPAN, made the appeal on Monday in Abuja.

Lawal fielded questions ahead of the association’s annual general conference and commemoration of International Day of Prematurity.

The association’s conference is scheduled for Nov. 13 to 17 in Owerri, while the International Day of Prematurity is billed for Nov. 17.

The conference theme is: “Innovative process of policy and politics to improving nursing/midwifery profession for a healthy nation”.

Lawal, who frowned at the rate of preterm death in the country, attributed it to lack of proper care and necessary equipment that could fast-track the resuscitation of children born before time in most hospitals.

The president identified preterm as the leading cause of neonatal death globally, urging governments to adopt measures that will curb the prevalence in the country and restore the lives of “our future leaders”.

Preterm birth is also known as premature birth is the birth of a baby at fewer than 37 weeks gestational age.

Lawal specifically noted that the association has adopted prematurity as the thrust of the conference focusing on five preterm steps campaign that would ensure the survival of babies born preterm.

She identified the establishment of newborn corners in all hospitals as one of the steps.

Other steps are sustainable policies, capacity building for nurses to ensure increase and well-skilled personnel in the field, promotion of Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC) and science.

KMC, sometimes called skin-to-skin care, is a technique of newborn care where babies are kept skin-to-skin with a parent, typically their mother.

She, however, explained that if all maternities in the country have new bone corners as soon as such baby is delivered and unable to breathe the paediatric nurses could easily take the child to that corner, push some air into his noise to aid his breathing.

“Most secondary health facilities do not have newborn units as such they refer some of these babies to tertiary health facilities in the process some of the children will die and when the few ones eventually get to tertiary they are cold.

“If most of the secondary facilities have newborn unit equipped with incubators especially for the very preterm that has respiratory distress such baby can be kept there till he is stable then later place on mother to mother skin continuously.

“Establishing newborn corners in our localities will aid in resuscitating babies born preterm that cannot breath and after resuscitation you administer antibiotics, place such child on skin to skin which will assist in his survival before referral,” she noted.

The International Day of Prematurity is observed on Nov. 17 each year to raise awareness of preterm birth and the concerns of preterm babies and their families worldwide.
According to the WHO, approximately 15 million babies are born preterm each year, accounting for about one in 10 of all babies born worldwide.

Source: PM News
* Nursing Heroes / How Nurses in World War I Helped Change Ideas About What Women Could Accomplish by katty: November 12, 2018, 10:20:08 AM
Before Florence Nightingale reorganized the care of wounded soldiers during the Crimean War in 1854, it had been the task of camp followers — wives and prostitutes — to treat them with whatever primitive medical help was available. Nightingale insisted that conditions for the wounded were killing men as fast as the enemy. She demanded clean bandages and bedding, fresh air, nourishing food and decent trained care. A few years later and across the world, Clara Barton fought for the same principles in the American Civil War. Both women, and those they inspired to serve, saved countless lives. They attended to the wounded while there was still a chance of treating them, and forever changed how the war-wounded were perceived by the military — no longer as collateral damage in battle, but as lives that could be saved.

And yet, though both are remembered today as heroes, they were often at loggerheads with their governments before they got their way. And even years later, well into the First World War, which came to an end a century ago on Nov. 11, 1918, some officers still felt that women didn’t belong on the battlefield. As I learned while researching a novel with a battlefield nurse protagonist, many women had to prove themselves all over again as competent assets to the army, able to fend for themselves and provide skilled care that returned wounded men to regiments hungry to replace casualties. They were not just a higher class of camp followers.

By 1914, medical care had come a long way. The various combatants approached medical care in different ways. The French were far behind, their mindsets still almost medieval. Some accounts of the cellars and barns and railway cars where the wounded were housed are harrowing. Indeed, decades earlier, they’d decided, as part of a program separating church and state, to prevent nuns, historically the healers in war and peace, from serving with the Army hospitals. A few nuns did work independently of the Army to open hospitals wherever they could. There is also the story of French noblewomen who rushed to sign up for French hospital nursing, only to discover that they must treat the ranks as well as officers. Conversely, the Germans had decent male-only hospitals in their deep, multilayered trenches, so unlike the shallow ones the Allies dug. Even surgery could be done in some of these facilities. Meanwhile, St. Louis sent a unit of nurses and doctors — and an early X-ray machine — to Rouen, long before the U.S. entered the war.

For the British, the declaration of war in 1914 meant that women took over the work of men wherever possible. Postmasters became postmistresses. Women learned to drive omnibuses or to take over desks wherever men could be spared. Others dug up gardens and fallow land to grow needed foodstuffs for the home front, after U-boats attacked convoys coming in from the Empire and the U.S. British farmers were desperate for help. Many women went into factories, and were very good at setting fuses in shells and bullets. It was dangerous work, and the chemicals they dealt with made many ill.

And, on the battlefield, the nurses stepped in. What they would experience over nearly five years of war was horror, privation, exhaustion and danger. Their reward was the satisfaction of saving lives.

For our fictional take on the nurse’s situation, we made protagonist Bess Crawford the daughter of an officer in the British Army, giving her a less Victorian upbringing as well as parents who were more likely to agree that she could train, but it was not uncommon for families to refuse permission, feeling that this would be too shocking.

The women who did volunteer went through several layers of medical training as well. For the Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service, training was mandatory. There were other volunteer nursing groups, like the VADs (Voluntary Aid Detachments) — with whom Agatha Christie trained — with less strict training, who helped in the wards at secondary nursing tasks.

The regulated nursing groups like the Queen Alexandra’s were given the rank of officer in order to protect them and give them some standing when dealing with doctors, other ranks and high command. These women were expected to uphold the integrity of their service. Their relationships with the men under their care had to be completely professional. They could be expelled if they had affairs or even became engaged. And yet these young women who had never seen a man in his underclothes were expected to work with the mutilated bodies of wounded fresh from the trenches. All of which they did with great courage and dedication, often staying with their patients as the Germans overran a sector. Indeed, the British nurse Edith Cavell not only stayed with her wounded in Belgium, but was accused by the Germans of helping the local underground. She was executed by firing squad on Oct. 12, 1915.

How did a grateful nation reward all those women who had come to its defense? Rather stingily, considering their service and the losses they’d suffered as a generation of fathers, husbands, and sons died for King and Country.

Some women finally gained the vote in 1918 — at war’s end — as promised earlier in the war when the Suffragettes had agreed to halt their civil protests for the duration. But the franchise was only extended to women who were 35, the head of household or the owner of property. The war nurses were not eligible unless they fit into one of these categories. Nor were those who worked on the land or drove the buses or set the fuse in all those shells. Even so, there were men who went on record predicting dire consequences to the nation arising from women being allowed to vote or stand for Parliament, because they were as a sex emotionally unsteady.

Britain didn’t collapse. Still, it was not until 1928 that all women over 21 received the same rights as men, in the Representation of the People (Equal Franchise) Act. American women were granted that right in 1920, in the 19th Amendment.

Less than a hundred years ago… I wonder sometimes how many women today understand what a hard-won right that was. Certainly nursing was a high-profile example of what women could achieve, although their sisters in other positions were the backbone of England’s work force and clearly visible on an almost daily basis. This was repeated in WWII and, in both instances, these women were expected to quietly return home and resume their places as wives and mothers.

After World War I, however, that wasn’t always possible. Britain had lost a generation of men, and many women had to find work to support themselves and their children. At the same time, many employers had to swallow their feelings about hiring women, and fill vacancies where they could. Still, in the hundred years since the Armistice, we have really not made a hundred years of progress in how women are viewed in many workplaces. The nursing profession is thus perhaps the best example of one in which the work of women in the Great War had a proud and lasting impact on the future. Contrary to what some hoped at the time, that war did not end all wars — and in those that followed, nurses carried on the tradition of duty and service begun by Florence Nightingale and so faithfully embodied by the courageous women of World War I.

* News / PAPHNON Conference: Ondo Govt Assure Nurses On Capacity Building by katty: November 10, 2018, 03:53:50 PM
The Ondo State Government has assured nurses serving in the state of support to sharpen their professional capacity at higher levels to improve service delivery.
The Gov. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu said this at 30th Annual National Scientific Conference of Professional Association of Public Health Nurses of Nigeria (PAPHNON) in Akure on Friday.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the theme of the conference is: “Universal Health Coverage: A Healthier Future for All”.

Akeredolu promised to assist them to deepen their knowledge and skills in higher institutions and through research towards achieving Universal Healthcare Coverage (UHC).

Represented by Mr Toyin Akinkuotu, the State Head of Service (HoS), the governor said the health of the people was cardinal to his administration.

Akeredolu said that was why the government merged the state School of Nursing and Midwifery with the University of Medical Sciences, Ondo.

He said the gesture was to ensure that nurses would not limit themselves to Ordinary National Diploma (OND) certificate.

“Our target in Ondo State now is degree for our nurses and this is world class standard because we want you to engage in more research and I am happy that you have embraced it.

“This government needs you more than any group of civil servants and we will continue to support you and continue to have robust relationship with you,” he said.
The governor noted that medical doctors could not adequately perform their roles without support of nurses.

According to him, the state government has instituted contributory health commission to kick-start its contributory health scheme in order to cater for health needs of citizens at affordable fees.

He also pledged to ensure that health benefits were extended to all people irrespective of their status and education attainment.

Dr Wahab Adegbenro, the state Commissioner for Health, thanked PAPHNON for choosing the state to hold its 30th annual conference, saying that he hoped many nurses will be better informed and consequently be reformed at the end of the conference.

Adegbenro asked the participants to harness virtues and potentials of the state in the course of their stay, assuring them that the state is free of plagues and epidemic.

Mrs Alice Ogundele, the state Director of Nursing Services, called on nurses to show compassion and passion as they discharged their duties in achieving UHC.

Earlier, Mrs Salome Tor, the National Chairman of the association, said that the conference acknowledged valuable contributions of public health nurses to the Nigerian society.

Tor, who was represented by Mrs Francisca Umana, the association’s 2nd Vice Chairman, said that the conference would afford members the opportunity to look back, assess the current situation in healthcare delivery with recorded impacts on the health status of the country and re-strategise for better tomorrow.

She said that UHC encompassed the achievement of quality essential healthcare services and access to safe, effective, quality and affordable essential medicines and vaccines for all, including financial risk protection.

“The overall goal of UHC is to ensure that every individual and community irrespective of their circumstances should receive the health services they need without risking financial hardship.

“There has been a steady progress on the implementation of preventive healthcare services in Nigeria but the health indices are still not where it is expected to be.

“It means that there is still more to be done by government, health professionals, civil society organisations, private sector and other stakeholders,” she said.

According to her, it is timely to help in suggesting ways to strengthen preventive healthcare services which still remains the only cost effective and cheaper method than curative healthcare services

To encouraged participants to contribute their quotas in making recommendations that would assist in improving the prospects of preventive healthcare services, which was the foundation for the achievement of UCH.

Mrs Ayodele Daodu, the state Chairman of PAPHNON, thanked the governor for creating the Directorate of Nursing at the state Primary Healthcare Development Board, which was being headed by a public health nurse.
Daodu urged the government to inject new energies, new ideas and new people to the profession for professional efficiency.

She commended the leadership of the association for giving serious thought to the conference theme and the sub-themes to align with current National Strategic Health Development Plan II with the goal of expanding coverage for improving the health status of citizens.
According to her, a communiqué on the major conclusions and recommendations of the conference will be made available to the state government for action-oriented policies.
* Research / UK Nurses ‘reluctant’ to recommend e-cigs to smoking cancer patients - Study by katty: November 09, 2018, 06:11:17 PM
Clearer guidance and training is needed at local level for health professionals on the endorsement of e-cigarettes to cancer patients who smoke, according to the authors of a UK study.

Based on their research, they found around 30% of health professionals would not recommend e-cigarettes to cancer patients who were smokers.

“These results suggest that there’s a lack of clear policy on e-cigarettes at the local level”

Jo Brett
This was despite the fact that national public health guidelines listed e-cigarettes as a less harmful substitute to smoking, the researchers noted.

They highlighted that both Public Health England and the Royal College of Physicians had given their support to e-cigarettes as less harmful alternatives to regular, despite their relative health risks.

An independent e-cigarette evidence review was published in February this year by PHE, which led the body to recommend to trusts that e-cigarettes, alongside nicotine replacement therapies, were available for sale in hospital shops.

The Royal College of Physicians had also concluded in a 2016 report – titled Nicotine without smoke: Tobacco harm reduction – that e-cigarettes were “likely to be beneficial to UK public health”.

But the authors of the new study stated that this national support for e-cigarettes was not commonly known at a local level among clinicians who regularly interacted with cancer patients, including both specialist nurses and practice nurses.

The study comes in light of the evolving debate on e-cigarettes in recent years, which has largely seen guidance come down in favour of them as a safer alternative to traditional tobacco products.

The Oxford Brookes University researchers surveyed 506 health professionals, comprising 103 GPs, 102 oncologists, 100 cancer surgeons, 103 practice nurses, and 99 cancer nurses.

“It suggests doctors and nurses need better information and clearer policies to guide their discussions with patients”

Linda Bauld
The survey included questions on knowledge of e-cigarettes, hospital policies on e-cigarettes, and whether the participant would recommend them to cancer patients who smoke.

Out of the 506 professionals, 29% said they would not recommend e-cigarettes and over half said they did not know enough about e-cigarettes to be able to recommend for or against their use.

The study also found that 46% of respondents claimed that clear guidance was not provided by their hospital or clinic.

The findings were presented last week by senior research fellow Dr Jo Brett at the National Cancer Research Institute’s 2018 Cancer Conference in Glasgow.

Dr Brett said: “These results suggest that there’s a lack of clear policy on e-cigarettes at the local level. They also suggest a lack of awareness of existing evidence and national policy on e-cigarettes among doctors and nurses.”

Smoking while being treated for cancer increased risk of complications, recurrence and the development of a second primary tumour, warned Dr Brett.

She highlighted that e-cigarettes were “now the most popular intervention for smoking cessation in the UK”.

Hospitals and clinics must develop policies on e-cigarettes and health professionals must be given the evidence and policy on e-cigarettes, she added.

Professor Linda Bauld, a public health expert from the University of Edinburgh and member of the NCRI’s Cancer Conference Scientific Committee, supported Dr Brett’s recommendations.

“Although we have evidence to show that e-cigarettes are a substantially less harmful alternative to smoking tobacco for cancer patients, this survey highlights that not all health professionals know this,” she said.

“They are unsure how to talk to cancer patients who smoke about e-cigarettes,” she said. “It also suggests that doctors and nurses need better information and clearer policies to guide their discussions with patients.”

* News / Philippines: Cebu Nurses to Tackle Leadership Role in Gathering by katty: November 09, 2018, 12:34:17 PM
THE Association of Nursing Service Administrators of the Philippines Inc. (Ansap) Cebu Chapter will hold its 31st Founding Anniversary and Annual Regional Convention on Nov. 16, Friday, with the theme “Going Beyond To Improve Patient Experience: Nursing Leadership Role.”

Inviting all nursing leaders, nurse supervisors, head nurses and nurses to join in this annual gathering and learning.

The convention will run from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Cebu Grand Convention Center, Cebu City. The registration fee is P1,500 inclusive of meals and a seminar kit.

For confirmation and other concerns, one may call the following: Edna Jocelyn Caballero (Cebu Doctors’ University Hospital): 0923-749-8365, Norbeta Mayol (Associated Marine Officers’ and Seamen’s Union of the Philippines - Seamen’s Hospital): 0922-815-0606 and Karen Alfafara (South General Hospital): 0922-855-6073.
* MCPDP / Ondo State MCPDP Schedule for November 2018 by katty: November 08, 2018, 02:06:06 PM
Ondo State MCPDP 2018 33rd Edition
Module 4:  Medical/Surgical Nursing
Venue : Federal Medical Centre, Owo.
Date : 26th - 30th, November, 2018
Fees: #20,000
Account Name: Ondo State MCPDP
Account Number: 0038668697
Bank Name: Union Bank.
For more info : Call
0 7068464232, 0803 560 2861
08136290799. Pls note that if the class is not up to 80 participants, it will be rescheduled to a later date. So register on time
* News / Ghana: National Service Nurses on Strike by katty: November 08, 2018, 11:06:28 AM
Some graduate nurses rendering national service at the Upper East Regional Hospital in Bolgatanga have declared an indefinite strike action over unpaid service allowances.

The nurses numbering close to 150 said since they were engaged some seven months ago, they had not been paid their national service allowance, even though they had been working on a daily basis at the various departments.

It is expected that other national service nurses in other districts in the Upper East Region will soon join since their situation is the same as that of the nurses at the Regional Hospital – the biggest referral hospital in the Upper East Region.

According to the nurses, the painful side of their situation is that the Nurses and Midwives Council (NMC) does not seem to care about their plight and therefore it does not surprise them at all that the NMC is quiet over the non-payment of their allowances and the cruel treatment from some “In-charges” – referring to senior nurses at the Regional Hospital.
They said even when they had not been paid their allowances, they were compelled to pay an amount of GH¢70.00 for their biometric registration to get their names unto the Controller and Accountant General Payroll and yet the NMC did not intervene.

“The NMC is not behaving like a mother association for all nurses. In our case, they seem not to care about us . . . If you are sick or you happen to get injured on duty and you don’t have health insurance, you will pay for the treatment . . .” they added.

They have threatened to be on strike till government through the National Service Scheme pays their allowances.

“We have completed college and our parents expected us to be independent by now, but we still call home for money for our upkeep. So what will happen to those whose parents do not have money to give them to support themselves. It is a painful situation and many of our colleagues are in an embarrassing condition,” a nurse stressed.


* Schools of Nursing / Adamawa State College of Nursing and Midwifery Council 2019 Admission Forms by katty: November 07, 2018, 01:00:37 PM
Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates into basic and community midwifery programmes.
Basic Midwifery Requirements:
5 Credits, including: English, Maths, Physics, Chemistry and Biology.

Community Midwifery Requirements:
4 Credits to include English and Biology, and any 2 from the following: Maths, Physics and Chemistry.
Mode of application:
Intending candidates should visit the College for collection of the form and pay the sum of  N5000 into the Colleges bank account  at Polaris Bank (former Skye Bank) or Zenith Bank.  Sales continue until 22/December/2018.
* Schools of Nursing / Katsina State College of Nursing and Midwifery 2019/2020 Admission Form on Sale by katty: November 07, 2018, 12:58:18 PM
Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates into basic, community midwifery and post basic general nursing programmes.
The sales of forms begins from Monday 5th Novemeber 2018 and Ends on Friday 7th December 2018

Application forms are obtainable from the 2 satelite schools (kasimu k/bai school of nursing katsina and Nana Babajo school of midwifery malamfasho) after payment of N1,050 in to the college bank account at any branch of keystone bank of Nigeria PLC.
While community Midwifery forms are obtainable at local govt. service commission katsina
All applicants must have credits in English Mathematics, physics, Chemistry and Biology at not more than two Sittings (combination of waec, neco and nabteb is acceptable)
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