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* Research / WhatsApp Support Group Study Makes Nurses More Better and Confident - Research by katty: October 15, 2018, 07:16:11 PM
What happens when you take a bunch of newly-graduated student nurses and get them together in a WhatsApp support group? Well, according to research by Professors Felicity Daniels and Jennifer Chipps, they become better and more confident nurses for it.

“Becoming a practicing nurse isn’t easy – despite the training and assessment student nurses undergo, transitioning into practice can be exciting, but also challenging and traumatic,” says Professor Felicity Daniels from the University of the Western Cape’s School of Nursing.



“A period of additional support is essential to help these nurses settle into their new roles and responsibilities – and one effective way of finding that support is through a tool students use practically every day: WhatsApp.”

She conducted an exploratory study focusing on the experiences of new nurses about a WhatsApp support group.

A total of 63 newly-graduated nurses in community service were purposively selected, divided into rural and urban groups, and participated in a three-month support group based on identified needs.

“The study indicates positive effects of using moderated WhatsApp groups and points to some challenges,” Prof Daniels says. “Participating in the group was a positive experience for many nurses, especially for the ones who worked in remote and rural areas.”

New nurses may face a range of challenges

“Nurses face challenges with theory and practice where the clinical placements might have fewer or different resources to what nurses are used to. There are also stresses involved with new levels of responsibility – being the only RN in charge of award or clinic as a community service nurse, for example, especially when dealing with anxious or angry patients.”

The moderated WhatsApp groups were found to be a convenient tool for empowering newly graduated nurses, providing them with a platform for moderator-centred and peer-to-peer-based learning and knowledge sharing and for motivational and emotional support. 

“Participants developed resilience and confidence by being connected with colleagues from school, and acknowledged that content of discussion was relevant to their personal and professional development,” notes Prof Daniels. “They recommend that this group should be continuously used in supporting new nurses.”

Of course, no intervention is without challenges - and chief among those were the high number of daily messages and the relatively high costs of data bundles.

“These issues could perhaps be addressed by using smaller WhatsApp groups, and by enabling Wi-Fi in workplaces,” Prof Daniels suggests. “These challenges are unevenly distributed, though: rural participants need more support than their urban counterparts - and that’s something we need to keep in mind.”

Tech for the Nursing Transition: WhatsApp in the Workplace

The experience gained from this first intervention has informed the development of a new, WhatsApp-based transition curriculum to empower new nursing graduates.  This online transitioning programme is currently being piloted, and will be researched in the form of a larger-scale intervention at the beginning of 2019.

“The overall goal is to create an evidence-informed professional Community of Practice to better support nurses in the study-to-work transition using mobile social media, especially in rural and marginalised areas of South Africa,” says fellow researcher Prof Chipps.

“This can then be used to improve nurses’ study-to-work transitions during their community service programme on a national scale - providing a stronger community health force for the country.”

Source:https://www.iol.co.za/business-report/technology/nurses-make-use-of-convenient-tool-in-whatsapp-17486238
* News / Kenya: KNH Nurses Begin Strike After Nurse was Strangled by Patient Relative by katty: October 15, 2018, 01:26:49 PM
Kenyatta National Hospital nurses have downed tools protesting an attack on their colleague on Saturday.

Kenya National Union of Nurses chairman Seth Panyako said they will use the opportunity to lobby for proper management of KNH.

"Nurses have already withdrawn their services on grounds of security challenges at the hospital," Panyako said.

A nurse at the KNH emergency room was attacked by a woman whose child had died at the hospital.

The nurse had gone to inform the said woman of the death of her son when the incident happened.

KNUN vice chairman Moses Chirchir said the attacker strangled the nurse leaving her unconscious.

The nurse, who is receiving treatment at the facility,  is lined up to see an ENT specialist to check the extent of the neck injuries.

Panyako lamented the lack of proper security for neither the nurses nor the patients admitted to the facility.

He cited the case of Cosmas Mutunga, a cancer patient who was reportedly murdered in November 2015.

Four people were charged with the offence.

He further raised concern over KNH management's refusal to allow the facility's nurses to join unions.

Source:
https://www.the-star.co.ke/news/2018/10/15/knh-nurses-down-tools-in-protest-against-colleagues-attack_c1834907
* News / New App Makes Nurses, Caregivers More Accessible to Patients in Philippines by katty: October 15, 2018, 01:20:45 PM
A mobile app which makes nurses and caregivers more accessible to those who need them is now available in the Philippines.

BackApp offers solutions for long-term care (through affiliated staffing agencies), acute care (for hospital-based nurse managers looking for last-minute staff replacements) and homecare (for home-based patients looking for private nurses and caregivers).

“The Homecare BackApp aims to keep the Filipino family together by eliminating the need to send your sick family member to the hospital or nursing home. This ultimately reduces hospitalization costs, thus lessening the financial burden on the family,” SLF Management System Inc. president and CEO Sally Nunez said in a statement released Monday.

Aside from providing hassle-free access to nurses and caregivers, BackApp also provides job opportunities for health professionals.

Every health professional hired through the mobile app is carefully matched by a case manager and is under close clinical monitoring by the patient's attending physician, the statement said.

BackApp is available both for Android and iOS devices

Source: ABSCBN News.
* News / ICRC Makes Urgent Public Appeal for Release of Captured Nurses by katty: October 14, 2018, 07:51:34 PM
Press Release: Geneva/Abuja (ICRC) – The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is making an urgent public appeal to the Nigerian Government and to communities and individuals with influence to work toward the release of two committed medical workers abducted in north-eastern Nigeria earlier this year. Speed and urgency are critical. A deadline that could result in the killing of another health-care worker is less than 24 hours away.

To the holder of these kidnapped women, ISWAP (Islamic State's West African province group): We urge you for mercy. We urge you to not kill another innocent health care worker who was doing nothing but helping the community in north-east Nigeria.

Hauwa Mohammed Liman worked in a hospital supported by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) when she was abducted on 01 March with Alice Loksha, a nurse who worked in a centre supported by UNICEF.

"Hauwa and Alice are medical workers who chose to work and help vulnerable communities in Rann, an area heavily affected by violence", said Mamadou Sow, the head of ICRC's Operations in the Lake Chad Basin. "The town's population has more than doubled because of the conflict, while most local health-care staff have fled. These women were providing essential and life-saving services to thousands of people, displaced and resident alike. All they sought to do was help."

A third health care worker abducted alongside Hauwa and Alice – ICRC colleague Saifura Hussaini Ahmed Khorsa -- was killed by her abductors in September. The ICRC asks those involved with this case to do everything they can to avoid a repeat of that devastating outcome. Leah Sharibu, a 15-year-old school student, was taken from her school in Dapchi in a separate abduction incident in February. She is also being held by the same armed group and everything must be done to ensure she too is released promptly and unharmed.

"We urge you: spare and release these women. They are a midwife, a nurse and a student. Like all those abducted, they are not part of any fight," said Patricia Danzi, Director of ICRC Operations in Africa. "They are daughters and sisters, one is a mother -- women with their futures ahead of them, children to raise, and families to return to."

For further information, please contact:
Aleksandra Matijevic Mosimann, ICRC Abuja, + 234 903 151 5543 (English)
Aliyu Dawobe for Hausa, ICRC Abuja, + 234 802 841 7085 (Hausa)
Krista Armstrong, ICRC Geneva, +41 79 217 32 87 (English & French)
Jason Straziuso, ICRC Geneva, +41 79 949 35 12 (English)

* News / Patient Relative Strangles Nurse in Kenya, Nurse in Coma by katty: October 14, 2018, 04:43:52 PM
A female nurse at Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) is nursing serious injuries after she was attacked by a relative of a patient at the hospital.

Trouble started on Saturday at around 10.30am when the mother of a 17-year-old boy who died at the hospital attacked a nurse who was on duty.



The boy, Elisha Ouko Juma, was a Third Form at Upper Hill School.

The brother of the boy, Gideon Mayenga, said her mother acted out of anger accusing the nurses of failing to transfuse blood to save the boy’s life.

Mr Mayenga said he had brought more than ten relatives and friends to donate blood after the hospital told them they had no matching blood in the blood bank.

The mother is said to have attacked the nurse when she learnt that her son had succumbed to leukemia-related complications.

The nurse was rushed by fellow colleagues to an emergency room at KNH for medical examination and was said to be in a coma.

Kilimani OCPD Michael Muchiri said the woman was being held at Capitol Hill Police Station for further questioning.

 “It’s true the incident happened at the hospital. We are yet to establish the motive of the attack. We have launched investigations and the woman will be charged next week with assault,” Muchiri said.

Kenya Union of Nurses (KNUN) officials vice chairman Moses Chirchir protested outside the hospital over the incident.

Mr Chirchir said the mother to the dead student, accompanied by five of her relatives, entered the ward where the nurse on duty was preparing to disclose the death of their patient. He blamed security guards for failing to respond to the incident on time and ignored to screen those entering the hospital wards before the recommended hours.

Source: Standard Media
* News / 2 Nurses Who Saved 22 Children During Hospital Fire Outbreak To Receive Award by katty: October 14, 2018, 10:12:17 AM
They are to receive National Award for risking their lives to evacuate 22 children in NICU during fire Outbreak four years ago

Jamaica – Four years after displaying bravery in saving the lives of 22 infants during a fire in the Neonatal Care Unit of the Victoria Jubilee Hospital in downtown Kingston, nurses Mrs. Sophia Cameron, Ms. Camille McIntosh and Ms. Verlyn Faithie-Ann Douse will be honoured on Heroes Day, October 15.



In an interview with JIS News  at the hospital on Friday (October 12), before they receive the Badge of Honour for Gallantry from Governor General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, at King’s House, two of the nurses said it was an experience they would never want to relive.

“I’ve never seen so much black smoke. It was a frightening experience.  The babies were on oxygen in the room with fire, so it was really an experience. We started putting the babies in a cot to get them out as quickly as possible, and we just created [something like] a conveyor belt and persons were just pushing them out,” Ms. McIntosh recalls.

“We ensured that all the staff were out… .  I was thinking ‘I need to get the babies out. Then I need to get the staff out.  Then I need to evacuate the hospital’.  That was what was in my mind. By the time the fire brigade reached us, the fire was out, but there was still a lot of smoke. It was an experience. We had persons having asthma attack and going to the accident and emergency department,” she tells JIS News.

Mrs.  Cameron said she never thought she would be awarded by the Governor-General, given that four years have passed, but she is extremely grateful.

“When it happened, the last thing I was thinking of was an award, because I just did what I had to do.  I just saw those babies in my care; there was a fire, so instinct and motherly instinct… all of that inside of me, allowed me to do what I did, and I just want to give God thanks, who is behind all of this,” Mrs. Cameron says.

Ms. McIntosh said she was not thinking about receiving an award either, and she is also grateful.

“I’m so honoured that I am getting the award, but the award really belongs to a collective crew – the maintenance team, the patient care assistants who helped us, the orderlies from the operating theatre, the other nurses who came and helped…there were so many persons who helped to save those babies’ lives,” she says.

Ms. Douse, the other nurse who played an active role in the evacuation process, is off the island and has communicated that she, too, is grateful for the award. She will return and join her colleagues on Monday as they collect their awards.

By: Ainsworth Morris
Magnetic Media TV
* News / Swaziland: Riot Police Invade Hospital During Peaceful Nurses' Protest. by katty: October 14, 2018, 10:05:08 AM
Armed riot police invaded the Hlatikhulu Government Hospital in Swaziland and it 'almost turned into a battleground' during a legal protest by nurses.

It was another attack by police against workers in recent weeks.

The Times of Swaziland, the only independent daily newspaper in the kingdom recently renamed Eswatini by absolute monarch King Mswati III, reported on Friday (12 October 2018), 'The Hlatikhulu Government Hospital was almost turned into a battleground after riot police invaded the facility, while nurses were engaged in a protest action.'

It said police with guns patrolled the hospital. They had entered the premises on Thursday after nurses started singing and chanting slogans, 'in protest over what they described as unfair treatment by their management'.

It added, 'Sparking the anger was the abusive language that was allegedly employed by the over 10 officers, who were sent to the hospital.'

The Times reported, 'Angry nurses who were demonstrating around the hospital premises confronted the police after the latter became aggressive and ordered them to halt their action.'

Police in Swaziland have an written policy to use violence against protestors. In the week up to the kingdom's national election on 21 September 2018 workers organised by the Trade Union Congress of Swaziland (TUCOSWA) took part in three days of strikes and protests in Mbabane, Manzini, Nhlangano and Siteki.
Armed police were deployed across Swaziland. Videos and photographs of brutal police attacks were uploaded on social media.

The Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC) in a statement said, the videos circulated on social media indicated 'unlawful police actions, and require urgent investigation'.

It added, 'Several workers were wounded after police fired stun grenades to disperse the crowd in Manzini. These police officers then unleashed a wave of assaults against striking workers in an effort to quell the protests.'

The strike came after a series of protests and rallies which saw police violence in attempts to suppress the protestors. Police shot and wounded a schoolteacher at a vigil protesting their salaries in late August. Nurses in the kingdom's capital city of Mbabane were tasered during a pay protest.


Source: https://swazimedia.blogspot.com/2018/10/swaziland-riot-police-invade-hospital.html?m=1
* News / Pioneer FMOH Nursing Director Mrs. Mojisola Okodugha Honoured by katty: October 14, 2018, 08:23:42 AM
She graduated from School of Midwifery Akure

The Catholic Nurses Guild of Nigeria has conferred an award of honour on the pioneer Director of Nursing, Federal Ministry of Health, Mrs. Mojisola Okodugha (nee Akinniranye).

The CNGN, while conferring on her the award on the occasion of the guild’s national conference, described Okodugha’s retirement as a glorious achievement.

The guild, in a statement, said Okodugha had acquired her certification as a registered nurse from the School of Nursing, Specialist Hospital, Benin City, Edo State in 1978, and obtained her certification as a registered midwife from the School of Midwifery, State Hospital, Akure, Ondo State in 1980.

According to the guild, Okodugha also acquired a BSc (Nursing) from the University of Ibadan in 1984 and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Lagos in 1998.

“She became the first director of Nursing in the Federal Ministry of Health and has contributed her quota to the nursing profession, the Federal Ministry of Health, and Nigeria as a whole,” the statement added.
Credit: Punch Newspaper
* News / Zimbabwe First Lady Blasts Nurses for Observing Break While Women are in Labor by katty: October 13, 2018, 07:08:07 PM
FIRST Lady Auxilia Mnangagwa has warned Zimbabwean nurses who often arrogantly break for tea even when faced with cases of expecting mothers needing their urgent attention during labour.

She was speaking at this year’s belated World Breastfeeding Week commemorations held at Mahusekwa Hospital in Marondera district on Friday.



The President’s wife called on government to craft new laws that will make it possible for culprits to be held liable for any negligence-related deaths on mothers even when such death befalls their new-born babies.

“Giving birth is a ‘national duty’ so we should not neglect women who bring in life on earth,” Mrs Mnangagwa said.


 
“When we hear that these women have died due to neglect, it pains us. They must die of natural causes and not due to carelessness by health staff.”

The former Chirumhanzu legislator said some health workers would prefer breaking for tea when expecting mothers are writhing in labour pain.

“Our women are losing lives because some health staff go for tea when someone needs attention at a crucial time of giving birth,” she said.

“We want to hear from the Ministry of Health and Child Care if there is a law that allows for prosecution.

“There should be a law so that those neglecting these women are held responsible for any consequences of such carelessness.”

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO)’s statistics, the maternal mortality ratio (MMR) for Zimbabwe has declined from 960 deaths per 100,000 live births in 2010 to 614 deaths per 100,000 live births in 2014.

Though the ratio is still considered unacceptably high, WHO still views this as progress as the situation has been worse before.

The Public Health Bill (2017) that has been tabled in Parliament seeks to replace, update and align to the Constitution, the law relating to Public Health.

The present Public Health Act was passed in 1924 and calls have been made on its updating to meet the current health challenges and needs of the population.
Source: New Zimbabwe Live
* News / Nursing Training Allowance Replaced With Students Loan? by katty: October 13, 2018, 01:15:57 PM
The nursing students allowance has been replaced with students loan, Pulse.com.gh has sighed documents suggesting so.

The document is an admission letter of the Damango Nurses and Health Assistant's Training College in the Northern Region.



The admission letter, dated 24 August, 2018, states in part that the admitted student will not be on an allowance.

"You may request for a loan as you will not be allowance. The process will be explained to you on arrival at the College," the letter signed by the College principal said.




When did this happen

The letter did not state when the allowance was replaced with students loan.

The Ghana Health Service, which supervises nursing and midwifery colleges in the country, has not spoken on the matter.

The letter emerges two days after government announced that it has released GHC38 million for the payment of allowances in arrears to the nursing students.
Why is it a big deal?

The John Mahama administration cancelled the allowance drawing protest from the nursing students.

Then candidate Nana AKufo-Addo promised to restore it when he is elected president.

He kept his promise and restored the allowance effective September 2017 to the joy of the trainee nurses who had complained about the hardships they faced without those funds.

Are people calling on government to scrap the allowance?

Educationist Professor Stephen Adei has asked the Akufo-Addo administration to stop paying trainee teachers and nurses allowances.

He said the monies used to pay those allowances can be invested in Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET).

“It is time to put the required emphasis on TVET because of its critical role in national development. By technical and vocational education and training we are talking about aspects of learning directed towards the acquisition of knowledge, competencies and know-how to undertake trades and occupations that require practical and applied skills as well as applied scientific knowledge as opposed to general arts or even basic science education”, he said.
Source: Ghanaian Pulse
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