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* News / Here are the 90 Skills UK Associate Nurses are Expected to Learn by katty: February 19, 2018, 11:25:17 AM
-Manage the administration of oxygen
-Complete and interpret urinalysis results.
-Undertaking venepuncture and cannulation.
-ECG recording among others. See full list below

The Nursing and Midwifery Council has unveiled a list of ninety skills that nursing associates should be trained in.
The NMC’s draft skills annexe contains around 30 communication skills and 60 clinical procedures, including medicines management, drug calculations, and clinical assessment skills that nursing associates should be competent in.

2,000 trainee nursing associates are currently half-way through their two-year training programmes to become registered nursing associates.

In October 2017, the NMC released the draft standards of proficiency for nursing associates which will work alongside the annexe.

According to Health Education England (HEE), the controversial new role is intended to act as a bridge between healthcare assistants and registered staff. HEE has plans to train a further 45,000 nursing associates before 2027.

The list of skills include;

Manage the administration of oxygen.
Use appropriate nasal and oral suctioning techniques.
Manage inhalation, humidifier and nebuliser devices.
Manage airway and respiratory equipment.
Carry out drug calculations for a range of medications.
Administer drugs via oral, enteral, topical and inhalation routes.
Administer injections using subcutaneous and intradermal routes.
Observe and reassess a patients’ skin and hygiene status.
Manage catheters for both genders.
Provide stoma care.
Recording and interpreting vital signs.
Complete and interpret urinalysis results.
Complete and interpret blood glucose results.
Undertaking venepuncture and cannulation.
ECG recording.
Administer basic mental health and physical first aid.
Undertake wound care using aseptic techniques.
Appropriate escalation of clinical concerns.
Understand ‘DNACPR’ decisions and verification of expected deaths.

Other skills include the management of end of life care patients, infection prevention and management, managing falls and supporting nutrition, hydration and sleep and providing holistic care.

Finally, nursing associates will be expected to have a knowledge of common conditions including anxiety, depression, diabetes, dementia, asthma, cardiac disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, cancer, skin problems, immune deficiencies, psychosis, stroke and arthritis.

The NMC has reiterated that these are draft plans and remain subject to change – a new version for consultation is expected in April 2018

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* News / UK: Jeremy Hunt’s apprentice-style training for nurses is a bad idea by katty: February 19, 2018, 11:16:05 AM
-Nursing Apprenticeship has been introduced in UK due to shortage of Registered Nurses

"The idea of nursing apprentices is bad for nursing because it says that you do not have to be very clever to be a nurse".

Healthcare workers who want to become nurses but who lacked the qualifications to go to university will be able to train as nursing apprentices,  says health secretary Jeremy Hunt. This is bad for nursing and bad for patients.

For good reasons, we long ago stopped this style of training. Nursing students were being used as “pairs of hands” and they were not being prepared well to work in the modern NHS. Anne Marie Rafferty, professor of nursing policy at King’s College London, described the reinvention of nursing apprenticeships as “an act of historical amnesia”.

I do not see the point behind apprentice-style training for nurses. According to the proposal, apprentices will be able to study at university while they are paid to work in the NHS. They will not be part of the nursing workforce, but will get a degree and become registered like other nurses. However, the university route to becoming a nurse is already open to anyone, if they have the right entry qualifications. Why do we need another route? If these healthcare workers lack the right qualifications, how will they cope with university education? How many will drop out, damaged and disillusioned? And why would it be attractive to the NHS to fund these apprentices when from 2017 it will no longer fund nursing student bursaries or pay fees? These questions need to be answered.

Smart people need not apply

The idea of nursing apprentices is bad for nursing because it says that you do not have to be very clever to be a nurse. If you do not have to be very clever then you do not have to be educated, and you can learn about nursing on the job. Of course, much of nursing education is learned working with patients. But that is after a lot of time learning about how the body works and how people behave when they are ill. Nursing students also practice with special manikins which can react almost like real patients. They meet patients early in their course, but are watched closely by qualified nurses. As they learn more they take on more important jobs.

Nursing students spend half of their time in clinical practice and half of their time in the classroom. If nursing apprentices learn mainly “on the job” and not in the classroom, then they will lack the skills of other nursing graduates. These skills are mainly about how to learn and how to apply what is learned, how to make connections and how to react in situations that are unusual. This is often called “thinking outside the box” and it could be what makes graduate nurses  better at saving lives than nurses who are not graduates.

Graduate nurses are so valued in the US that in 2010 the Institute of Medicine, a division of the US National Academy of Science, said their numbers should be increased from 50% to 80%. In the UK all new nurses are now graduates of mainly full-time university courses.

Nursing apprentices will earn degrees, but the kind of degree will be different from the established degrees because these courses are designed for people without the right entry qualifications. We cannot be sure that nursing apprentice graduates will be as good as other graduates. The benefits of graduate nurses may be reduced with the introduction of apprentice-style training.

Allowing nursing apprentices to work with patients if they are not being prepared like university nursing students is a risk. They may not know what they are doing. To reduce this risk, they would have to be watched closely by qualified nurses. But qualified nurses already look after large numbers of nursing students. They will have little time to look after apprentices.

This reinvented route to a nursing qualification is unnecessary, ill-considered and dangerous. It creates two tracks to becoming a nurse and risks creating a two-tier system of nursing. Nurses qualifying by the nursing apprentice-style training may be looked at as being second rate. Unless Hunt can tell us what the value of apprentice nurses will be to nursing, to the NHS and to patients, universities currently providing nursing degrees should not become involved in supporting them.

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* MCPDP / West African College of Nursing (WACN) 2018 Disaster Nursing by katty: February 19, 2018, 09:47:13 AM
The West African College of Nursing (WACN) has released its calendar of events for the year 2018; highlighting  the various workshops, lectures, examinations, dates and venues of the programmes.
The WACN 2018 calendar of events, described as a tentative one, as follows:
Disaster Nursing: Emergency Preparedness / Basic Life Support
Date: 19th -23rd March
Venue: NANNM Secretariat, Port Harcourt.
Emergency Preparedness/ Basic Life Support,
Date: 22th – 28th July,
Venue:National Orthopaedic Hospital, Dala, Kano.
Emergency Preparedness/ Basic Life Support,
Date: 26th August-1st September,
Venue: Conference Hall, West African College of Nursing Secretariat Yaba, Lagos.
Disaster Nursing: Emergency Preparedness / Basic Life Support,
Date: 3rd – 7th September,
Venue: NANNM Secretariat, Port Harcourt.
* MCPDP / List of those who have registered to attend Ogun MCPDP in OOUTH in February 2018 by katty: February 19, 2018, 08:57:32 AM
Please, find below the names of those who have paid their registration fee. Kindly note that we will not change the date, regardless  of the number of the registered participants. Meanwhile, this edition will feature Public/Community Health Nursing Module 2. If you plan to do this module, please go and pay the fee and inform others too.


1. Oyenuga Sadi Abiola

2. Osidein Adeola


3. Njoku Glory


4. Jayeola Temitayo


5. Bakare Basirat


6. Aluko Omobolaji


7. Egbewande Oluwakemi


8. Sontan Ayoola


9. Ayodele Funke


10. Abdul Tolulope


11.Akinode Lydia


12. Oke Temitope


13. Adediran Olushola


14. Omotunde Olubukonla


15. Olajitan Yetunde


16. Adelaja Rashidat


17. Anuforo Elizabeth


18. Kehinde Ebunoluwa


19. Adekanmbi Mulikat


20. Ogunjimi Rachael


21. Odunsi Adijat


22. Osifeko Omowunmi


23. Awoyomi Florencee


24. Oyekan Oluremi


25. Oyenuga Modupe


26. Adesanya Sarah


27. Akande Victoria


28. Olaleye Adelani


29. Aina Olufunmilayo


30. Oyenuga Gbonjubola


31. John Adesola


32. Ayeni Alice


33. Ejiko Omoyeni


34. Odupitan Opeoluwa


35. Adeniyi Mariam


36. Sholeye Ajimo


37. Ajala Omoyeni


38. Bello Otaru


39. Fapuro Olukemi


40. Ojomo Mary


41. Enaholo Kikelomo


42. Oduyale Temitope


43. Olatunji Victoria


44. Sinna Odunsi


45. Seriki Khadijat


46. Idowu Christiana


47. Fawole Folashade


48. Fatunsi Paulina


49. Bello Bridget


50. Odubanwo Funmilayo


51. Ogundein Yetunde


52. Ademakinwa Ajoke


53. Ogunsola Olamide


54. Adesioye Oluwatoyin


55. Odunsi Mojisola


56. Mariam Chiwendu


57. Ogunbanwo Adebukonla


58. Oniyokor Adesola


59. Akpabio Ruth


60. Abiodun Abiodun


61. Sigbekun Olasunbo


62. Olutayo Omolara


63. Adeola Funmilayo


64. Olajubu Sarah


65. Soyinka Dorcas


66. Abijo Omobola


67. Adekoya Lydia


68. Omotoke Opeyemi


69. Adetunji Victoria


70. Koiki Rotimi


71. Orepekan Eunice


72. Olusola Olabisi


73. Somotun Oyebisi


74. Adebayo Elizabeth


75. Asagba Olabisi


76. Fatade Kehinde


77. Enike Omotayo


78. Adeniran Adejoke


79. Oladipupo Folashade


80. Ogunsemowo Olufunke


81. Olubunmi


82. Atulomah Ellen


83. Onigbinde Elizabeth


84. Odunnaike Esther


85. Tayo Folashade


86. Odesesan Kingslord


87. Onah Onyeche


88. Hassan Amudat


89. Oyefeso Morounranti


90.Olowokere Emmanuel


As usual, the programme will start everyday by 8:30am and end by 5pm. No late coming will be tolerated as punctual attendance will be one of the criteria for the issuance of MCPDP Participation Certificate by the Nursing Council. Equally, every participant is expected to be 100% (fully) on ground during the 5-day programme.

Roll call will be maintained randomly during the sessions on daily basis. Please, be reminded that we would not entertain more than the expected number (120) of participants during this coming edition.

Kindly note that if you DO NOT find your name on the above list for the next programme, you are NOT expected to participate in the edition.

As many of you are aware in the past MCPDP, we had been taken more than the required number of participants. From now on, we shall strictly abide with the above and Nursing Council directive. No additional or extra participant will be allowed after the required number has been reached. 

Prospective participants with babies must come with their maid or someone that will stay with their kids. No one will be allowed into the hall with babies. We will ensure that this is followed. In the meantime, arrangement will be made as to where the babies will be kept during the sessions.

DO NOT FORGET TO BRING YOUR EXPIRED LICENCE and all your PAYMENT details to the MCPDP venue as those who DO NOT have these documents will NOT be allowed for the programme and the fee will NOT be refunded.

You are all encouraged to visit our site- as regularly as possible for more updated information. Kindly give the aforementioned information the widest publicity it deserves. Thanks.

For further enquiries please feel free to contact the following: 08038312780 & 08035953947-OGUN MCPDP COMMITTEE.
* MCPDP / Ogun State MCPDP Schedule for February 2018 Reminder by katty: February 19, 2018, 08:49:15 AM
Ogun State MCPDP Reminder
Module : Public Health Nursing 2
Venue : OOUTH chapel Hall Sagamu,Ogun State
Date :26th February- 2nd March, 2018
Fees: #20,000
Bank Name: Guaranty Trust bank(GTB)
Account name - MCPDPOG
Account no- 0052781970
Amount- 20,000

step 1 (make payment)
BANK: GTBank Plc, Abeokuta Branch
ACCOUNT NUMBER: 0052781970
WORKSHOP FEE: N20, 000.00
and collect a copy of the Teller and E-Receipt

step 2,

click on the register button and complete the workshop registration form.
make sure you confirm your details before you submit the form.

note: you cannot register twice.

step 3,

On the first day of the workshop, Please, come to the venue with the following documents.
(i) the original copy of your teller or Transfer receipt

(ii) your original licences (expired or not) or Certificate (RN)

For more info call:
Lead Facilitator: 08035953947

Asst State Fac; 08038312780

DNS: 08020565689

For more info : Call or visit
for more details.
* News / Nurses Say Canada Registration Process for Foreign Nurses is Expensive & Complex by katty: February 19, 2018, 08:34:44 AM
-The top five countries seeking registration are Philippines, India, the U.S., Nigeria and the U.K.
-Applicants have to cough out initial $650 to NNAS whose report can take 2 years to be issued

Nurses who were educated outside of Canada and want to work within our country can face a labyrinth of application procedures and a wait in limbo of two years or more, an Irish nurse said.

“I’m part of an ever-expanding group of internationally qualified nurses being forced to wait an inordinate amount of time for our qualifications to be recognized,” Lisa McGowan said. “I will have waited three years come May.”

Foreign nurses wanting to work in Canada begin their licensing or registration process with an application to the National Nursing Assessment Service (NNAS).

The body was formed in 2012 by 21 Canadian nursing regulatory bodies, including the colleges for licensed practical nurses, registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses in B.C.

If a nurse’s credentials are verified and they receive an advisory report, they can then apply to their provincial regulatory body for registration to practise.

According to the NNAS annual report for the 2016-17 fiscal year, 5,488 internationally educated nurses from more than 180 countries submitted applications. The top five countries were the Philippines, India, the U.S., Nigeria and the U.K.

The report states that the average processing time — from receipt of all documents to issuing an advisory report — fell from 12 weeks the previous fiscal year to 10 weeks in 2016-17. The entire process takes an average of eight months.

McGowan called those numbers “laughable” and a “ridiculous charade.”

“And it’s a near impossibility to contact (NNAS) after applying,” she said.

The initial application costs $650 and the file will remain open and active for a year. If the application expires, then the applicant must pay $180 to reactive it.

Raquelle Forrester, interim executive director for NNAS, said delays are most often caused by problems with documentation, because the service doesn’t accept copies and needs the information about applicants directly from universities, regulating bodies and workplaces in their home countries.

“Ultimately, the reason that we take these precautions is to make sure that everything is done in a certain fashion. At the end of the day it’s about patient safety,” Forrester said.

Everything is done on a case-by-case basis and some can take longer than others, she said. If a nurse’s case is taking longer than it should, Forrester said the nurse should contact the NNAS Toronto office and make an inquiry. In some cases, an application’s time can be extended for a month or more depending on the circumstances.

Forrester said she found the prospect of people waiting two years to receive an answer concerning: “That is something I would want to hear about personally.”

She said the service has renewed its focus on quality improvement and dealing more quickly with files that have been escalated.

“It’s a huge priority for us. We’re focusing on that,” she said. “They were definitely acting on things (before), but I’m not sure they had all of the staffing complement and that’s the important piece.”

According to the College of Registered Nurses of B.C., as of Dec. 31, 2017, there were 5,658 nurses practising in B.C. who were processed as internationally educated applicants. This is out of a total of 41,100 practising registrants.

The B.C. Nurses Union has heard complaints of long waits for years, both from its members and others who haven’t become accredited but are working elsewhere in the health field, and has been advocating on behalf of internationally educated nurses to the government and the colleges.

“This is not news to us, and it’s becoming of greater concern,” said Christine Sorensen, the union’s acting president. She described the process as long, expensive, “very arduous and difficult to navigate.” She has heard of nurses waiting up to two years for their applications to be approved.

“That’s extremely hard on our nurses financially and psychologically,” she said.

The applications process is also a concern because B.C. is in the midst of a nursing shortage — particularly critical-care and specialty nurses. Sorensen said it’s leading to heavy workloads, short staffing, congestion in hospitals and an inability to discharge because nurses aren’t available in the community.

“It becomes a significant issue for the system,” Sorensen said. “We have a looming nursing shortage and we need to make this province accessible.”
McGowan, meanwhile, sits and waits, overqualified and underpaid (compared with nursing wages) in her job as office manager at a private clinic in Vancouver.

“It’s at the point now of what is the point?” she asked.

Source : Jennifer Saltman Vancouver Sun
* News / South African Hospital Apologises Over Tsvangirai-Nurse Picture by katty: February 18, 2018, 05:35:14 PM
The South African hospital where MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai died last Wednesday has apologised for a picture that went viral on social media showing one of its nurses posing for the camera as the opposition leader lay on bed, seemingly lifeless.

In response to a complaint from a Zimbabwean healthcare professional Sol Masawi, Wits Gordon Hospital said it had taken disciplinary action against the nurse.

"It is with regret that we note recent posts on social media showing a photograph of Mr Tsvangirai with a nursing staff member," hospital spokesman Tertia Kruger said.

"We have investigated the matter and, according to the nursing staff member, the photograph was taken with the permission of Mr Tsvangirai.

"We strongly condemn the appropriateness of the photograph and its subsequent distribution and confirm that disciplinary action has been taken against the nursing staff member."

Kruger added that the hospital has since apologised to Tsvangirai's family over the issue.

Masawi also raised the matter with the South African Nursing Council (SANC), demanding further action.

South: New Zimbabwe
* Articles / Civil War changed the face of nursing for women by katty: February 18, 2018, 05:28:47 PM
The Civil War came to life Saturday as re-enactors of the 17th Corps Field Hospital shared information on Civil War-era medicine, nursing and dentistry at the Civil War Museum, part of the annual Civil War Medical Weekend.

But if one area had one of the biggest impacts on the war, it was the addition of women willing to act as nurses, said speaker Pamela D. Toler, author of “Heroines of Mercy Street, The Real Nurses of the Civil War,” the companion book to the 2016 PBS TV series.

During the Civil War, “Nursing was not yet a profession,” said Toler, of Chicago, author of two other books on history and children’s history books.

“In a hospital, it was not considered a job for a respectable woman. The Civil War really was a pivotal experience for women.”

Before then, Toler said, most nursing was done at home. In the 19th century, hospitals were considered places only for the poor and desperate.

“Women who were arrested for (drunkenness and) disorderly conduct were sentenced to work at (New York’s) Bellevue Hospital for 30 days,” Toler said. “It was really a job for women who had few options left.”

Nightingale’s influence
The Civil War changed all that, as did the work of Florence Nightingale during the Crimean War.

With the publication of Nightingale’s “Notes on Nursing” in 1859, “thousands of American women read that book and were inspired by her to do nursing as a vocation,” Toler said.

With casualties mounting, rising to more than 620,000 by the Civil War’s end in 1865, the former Army hospital system of convalescent men caring for patients was no longer sufficient.

Activist Dorothea Dix, who had reported on and spearheaded reforms on mental asylums, was one of those who volunteered. In April 1861, she was appointed the first superintendent for Army nurses. Among them was Louisa May Alcott.

Dix became the first woman to serve in a federally appointed role, but that doesn’t mean nurses were any more welcome by Army doctors and surgeons.

“One surgeon said, ‘A lady ceases to be a lady when she becomes a nurse,’” Toler said.

But things changed. The number of nursing schools grew from zero before the Civil War to 16 in the 1880s and to 432 by 1900. Three years after the war’s end, the American Medical Association recommended implementing nursing training.

After the war
What Toler found inspiring was that while some women went home and “stepped back into their old roles, others played a far more important role after the war. They really helped change the world.

“They were reforming prisons, starting hospitals. They became active in the labor movement. Some founded national organizations. It (the war) shaped their lives in important ways.

Women who survived the first few months learned to stand up for themselves and they stood up for their education.”

Susan Chiapete, a nurse from Racine, said she remembered reading about pioneers like Nightingale and reading Nightingale’s book, but was glad to hear even more.

“I learned about their nursing theories, but learning their story this way was very interesting,” she said.

* News / Kenyatta National Hospital unveils antibiotics usage guidelines by katty: February 18, 2018, 05:16:34 PM
Kenyatta National Hospital has unveiled clinical guidelines to curb growing cases of resistance to antibiotics.

The guidelines will provide a standard practice platform for all KNH health workers responsible for the dispensing and application of antibiotics.

They were developed by infectious disease experts at KNH in conjunction with Andrew Seaton - a Scottish-based antimicrobial specialist.

Loice Ombajo said the guidelines will be used by physicians, clinical pharmacists, and nurses.

"With the development of these guidelines, KNH is now well positioned to standardize clinical operations relating to antibiotics administration," Ombajo said on Friday.

"Such standardisation remains a critical component towards improving patients’ outcomes and reducing the incidences of antibiotic resistance."

There are concerns most of disease resistance as most Kenyans buy drugs at pharmacies without a prescription from clinical workers.

Seaton maintained that the overuse of antibiotics is harmful because it causes resistance.

Source : Standard Digital
* News / Government pleased with Monze Mission Hospital School of Nursing’s contribution by katty: February 18, 2018, 08:48:17 AM
Zambia Government has praised the Monze Mission Hospital School of Nursing for its contribution to the pool of highly qualified health personnel in the country.

And Monze Bishop Moses Hamongole says the partnership that exist between government and the Catholic Church would continue to be nourished and strengthened by either party being considerate of each other’s needs.

Speaking during the occasion to mark 50 years of Golden jubilee Celebrations of Monze Nursing School and Midwifery yesterday, Southern Province Permanent Secretary Mwangala Liomba says government acknowledges the huge contribution that Monze School of Nursing has made in the country.

He noted that that the School has continued to churn out well trained nurses of all disciplines adding that the quality health care services offered by graduates from the school was exceptionally in terms of skills.

” Government will continue to appreciates Mission Hospital pool f Nursing for its immerse contribution to a pool of highly qualified health personnel in the country thus help accelerate health care services,” said Mr. Liomba in a speech read on his behalf by his Deputy Permanent Secretary Mr. Kennedy Mubanga.

“I wish to pledge full government support to Monze School of Nursing in order for the institution to continue churning out highly trained health personnel to meet the growing demands in health care services delivery across the country,” he added.

Since its establishment in 1968, the School has trained 1,286 midwives, 1,355 registered nurses and 157 both registered and midwives.

He pointed out that government would continue to fully support the school to meet all its needs to ensure that the school continue to train more health personnel to meet the growing demands for health care services across the country.

Mr. Liomba also noted the challenges the school of Nursing was facing such as lack of accommodation, and lecture rooms for the school to expand and increase enrollments rates.

The PS who pledged K5,000 towards jubilee activities such as expansion of the school, radio programmes, school rehabilitation further advised students to continue to learn values and skills that would help them to deliver exceptionally quality health cares services once employed.

And Bishop Hamungole said the Catholic church would continue to nurture the partnership with government to ensure that the school is sustained adding that it was the Catholic Church’s commitment to train medical personnel that would remain relevant to society despite the changing times.

The Bishop explained that the increase in the number of services offered by Monze Mission Hospital exposed the shortage of qualified Zambian Health professionals and thus the training of local personnel was a priority for the Church in Monze Diocese resulting in the training of Zambia Enrolled midwives(ZEM) started in 1968 while that of Zambia Enrolled Nursed(ZEN) started in 1971.

” Am conscious of the partnership that that exist between the Catholic Church and government in ensuring that this school is sustained. This partnership will continue to be nourished and strengthened by either party being considerate of each other’s’ needs because our commitment as a Church is to train medical personnel that will be relevant to our society despite the changing times,” said Bishop Hamungole.

“The increase in the number of services offered by Monze Mission Hospital exposed the shortage of qualified Zambian Health professionals and thus the training of local personnel was a priority for the Church in Monze Diocese and this resulted in the training of Zambia Enrolled midwives(ZEM) started in 1968 while that of Zambia Enrolled Nursed (ZEN) started in 1971,” added the Bishop.

The Bishop also took time to advise both current and future student to religiously keep the values of the school to shape their character.

Meanwhile, Hospital Superintendent Dr Eugine Kaunda says the student uptake has continued to increase adding that plans are in the pipeline to expand the school infrastructure to meet the training needs.

He also thanked government for completion of the students hostels, dining hall and kitchen at the new school campus.

Source : Lusaka Times
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