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* News / How Media Influences Image of Nursing, Midwifery Careers by katty: August 12, 2018, 07:21:40 PM
...but nurses do much more than physicians, who, unfortunately, get credit for all the meaningful work done.

Public health research shows that the media affects how the public think about nurses and nursing as a profession.

Many health reports in print and electronic media relegate the views of nurses to general experiences while expert opinions are reserved for physicians.

This has, over time, influenced misconceptions and stereotypes of nurses.

One stereotype that is especially damaging to the profession is that the role of a nurse is to fetch things for physicians, especially during surgical procedures.

But nurses do much more than physicians, who, unfortunately, get credit for all the meaningful work done.

SETBACKS

Another is that nurses are uneducated and cannot make rational decisions on the welfare of patients without consulting physicians.

If nurses did not double-check and question physicians’ diagnoses and treatment, that would be malpractice.

Nurses usually have a better idea of a patient’s doing; their job is to protect the patient.

The third is of a self-sacrificing angel of mercy who does not mind being overworked and underpaid.

That explains why cases of industrial action by nurses have increased, especially in developing countries.

Another setback of this stereotype is the massive brain drain of developed countries in search of better life.

SOLUTION

Then, of course, is the negative female sexuality stereotype that depicts nurses as sex objects.

Research shows that nurses suffer an inordinate amount of sexual and other abuse at work.

These stereotypes persist as they are largely accepted in many media platforms and have been identified as among factors that inhibit the ability of nurses to provide quality patient care.

What can nurses do about it?

There is the widely accepted thinking that it’s better for nurses to keep their mouths closed — which may have evolved from the fact that the first nurses were nuns.

Even while working, nurses rarely speak about what they are doing and what they observe.
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ADVOCATES

It is hard for people to learn about nursing through ‘collective closed-mouth policy’. Nurses need to be advocates of the profession.

They need to initiate partnership with the media since there are many of them who can be resources for journalists, bloggers and editors.

Nurses need to embrace communication technology, including social media, to sensitise the public on what they do including highlighting their success stories.

Many nurses are going out of their way to improve the morbidity and mortality statistics in their regions by initiating innovative community health projects but these efforts are neither recognised nor appreciated.

Finally, nurses need to pursue other avenues of conflict resolution, especially on their welfare, other than constantly resorting to industrial action as that fuels their negative image.

SOSPETER NDABA KIMANI is a programme manager at Aga Khan Development Network.
* News / New Jersey Nurse Turns 99 in November, Has no Plan to Retire Soon by katty: August 11, 2018, 11:56:06 AM
-She has been practicing for 77 years.

On the second Thursday of every month, the Emerson Senior Club gathers together for meetings, dance classes and other activities. They also usually get their blood pressure checked, and the nurse on call is 98 years old.

Kathryn “Kay” Hodges is reportedly the oldest active nurse practitioner in the state. She’s been certified for 77 years, and has worked in Emerson for more than five decades. She’s been practicing so long that she started seeing some of her senior citizen patients when they were babies.



“Their children or grandchildren [now] come,” said Hodges. “It’s a nice family connection.”

She works every Thursday, checking blood pressure and reading medications. Hodges also attends monthly county meetings, but her job responsibilities don’t tell the full story.

“Kay has never taken a sick day while working for the Borough of Emerson,” said Robert Hoffmann, Borough Administrator. “She’s like the post office motto: Neither rain nor snow nor gloom of night can keep Kay from her appointed rounds."

Hodges says her best days are when she finds something troubling while checking a patient’s blood pressure. She will then encourage them go to a doctor for a checkup.

Though she just stopped driving this past spring, she has no plans of slowing down.

“I’ll let the good Lord take care of that,” Hodges responds when asked about retirement. “I like what I am doing, and as long as I can do it and do what I’m supposed to, and they have no objections, I will stay.”

The beloved nurse turns 99 on Nov. 1.
Source : https://pix11.com/2018/08/10/meet-njs-98-year-old-nurse-the-states-oldest-who-has-no-plans-to-retire/
* News / UK Nurse Who Had Her License Revoked for Talking to Patient About Jesus Win Case by katty: August 11, 2018, 10:22:03 AM
A nurse in Great Britain who was dismissed from her nursing job for talking to patients about Jesus now has her full rights to practice nursing restored.

It all started two years ago after Sarah Kuteh was fired for alleged "gross misconduct" after her supervisor received complaints that she was talking to patients about her faith.



Kuteh says there was a pre-op assessment questionnaire she had to go over with patients and asking about their faith was part of it. She says from time-to-time this would lead her to conversations about faith with her patients. In one case, she even gave a patient her Bible.

She was surprised to learn about the initial complaints but once she did, she said she decided she would only share her faith in Jesus if a patient asked her about it.

However, the 15-year veteran nurse received additional complaints against her, was suspended and later fired.

"I was walked out of that hospital after all I had done during all my years as a nurse and I was told I couldn't even speak to any of my colleagues," she said in a Christian Concern interview.

"All I had done was to nurse and care for patients. How could it ever be harmful to tell someone about Jesus?" she asked.

The Christian Legal Centre represented Sarah in her appeal to be reinstated to full nursing rights and privileges.

Their chief executive, Andrea Williams, said if it weren't for the pre-op question about faith, these conversations with patients would not have happened.

"Without proper investigation, she was fired and her long career as a nurse put under threat," Williams said.

Kuteh was able to find work at a nursing home but was under certain restrictions imposed by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and could work only under the supervision of a senior nurse.

When the NMC reviewed Sarah's case and request to return to full rights as a nurse she had many character witnesses.

Christian Concern reports Sarah's supervisor had lots of good things to say about her. She was described as "a kind, caring, honest, friendly nurse" and was also considered a "valuable member of the team. A co-worker told the NMC panel that she was "respectful" and "always acts professionally while on duty."

At her hearing, Sarah said she should have given a Bible from the hospital chaplaincy to a patient instead of one of her own.

The panel eventually ruled: "It is in the public interest to return an otherwise experienced and competent nurse into practice."
Source :http://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/cwn/2018/august/how-could-it-ever-be-harmful-to-tell-someone-about-jesus-nurse-wins-two-year-fight-for-her-job
* News / UK Nurse who had her license restricted for giving bible to patient Win Case by katty: August 11, 2018, 10:17:18 AM
"She said that although she had no intention of imposing her beliefs on others, she would sometimes tell them about how her own faith had helped her overcome adversity."

A nurse sacked from a hospital and then placed under restrictions for imposing her religious beliefs on patients has been told she is fully fit to practice.

Sarah Kuteh was dismissed from Darent Valley Hospital in Kent two years ago after giving her Bible to a patient.

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) said it was now in the public interest for her to return to practice.

Ms Kuteh told BBC South East she was absolutely elated at the decision because nursing was her passion.

She said: "I didn't expect to be sacked so I was shocked. This means so much to me because I can go back to the profession I love."

Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust said it was pleased she could continue her career as a nurse unrestricted.

Patients' faiths

It said her case had never been about religion and she was dismissed for gross misconduct after she was made aware of several complaints from patients and asked to refrain from preaching to them.

"We took no satisfaction in having dismissed Sarah but must always act in the best interests of our patients and in accordance with professional codes of conduct," a statement said.

The mother of three had worked at the hospital in Dartford from 2007 and had 15 years of nursing experience when she was sacked in August 2016.

Her job had involved asking patients about their faith as part of a pre-operative assessment questionnaire.

She said that although she had no intention of imposing her beliefs on others, she would sometimes tell them about how her own faith had helped her overcome adversity.

Ms Kuteh launched legal action in December 2016, supported by the Christian Legal Centre, and in a statement at the time she said: "How could it ever be harmful to tell someone about Jesus?"

Her dismissal was ruled as fair by an employment tribunal in April 2017.

Ms Kuteh subsequently found a new job in a nursing home, but was only allowed to work as a nurse subject to a range of conditions imposed by the NMC.

At a hearing before an NMC panel last month, her supervisor praised her as "a kind, caring, honest, friendly nurse" and "a valuable member of the team".

Ms Kuteh conceded that giving her personal bible to a patient was "going too far" and "crossing professional boundaries", and she should have used a bible from the hospital chaplaincy instead.

The NMC unanimously ruled the restrictions should end.
Source: BBC
* Articles / Healthcare personnel shortage: Task Shifting, Task Sharing policy to the rescue by katty: August 10, 2018, 04:37:34 PM
For a long time now in Nigeria, maternal mortality, morbidity, childbirth complications and other negative healthcare indices have continued to soar higher as the country is being subjected to a natural haemorrhage of health professionals who tend to seek greener pastures abroad or ensconce themselves in the urban areas of the country. According to statistics, 20 doctors, nurses and midwives are to attend to 10,000 Nigerians.


 
Apparently disturbed by this phenomenon, the Federal Ministry of Health, in 2014, came up with a national policy called Task Shifting, Task Sharing (TSTS) to promote rational distribution or delegation of tasks from the highly qualified health workers to the junior ones who have been trained in order to widen up access to healthcare services across the nooks and crannies of the country.

The policy is also intended to provide a legal framework or backing to enable Community Healthcare Extension Workers (CHEWs) to provide quality maternal and new-born healthcare as well as family planning services, especially at the Primary Healthcare Centres in the country.

Other areas which this framework is expected to cover include, but not limited to, epidemic or communicable diseases like the HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections, tuberculosis and leprosy diseases.

According to a report obtained by DAILY NIGERIAN, within the four years in which the policy has existed, the country’s health ministry, in collaboration with its supporting partners under the Partnership for Advocacy in Child and Family Health (PACFAH at Scale), have significantly dissipated energies towards the success of the policy. However, precious as the policy sounds, it, regrettably, met with resistance and other challenges across some states in the country.

The statistics show that, four years after, only 22 out of the 36 states of the country have adopted the policy and are currently at different levels of implementation. The rest neither are nonchalant nor unimpressed about the policy. With this, it is clear that some states are not committed to the policy.

Other challenges the document observed include funding challenges and a professional rivalry between doctors, nurses and CHEWS, with the former feeling threatened by an encroachment into his territorial grounds by the activities of the latter. For instance, a doctor would feel threatened if a trained CHEW attends to, or deliver pregnancies and so on.

To address these clogs in the policy’s wheel of progression, the policy, as it had roundly been observed, needed a review. To this end, PACFAH at Scale, in conjunction with the country’s health ministry, recently convened a stakeholders workshop in Abuja with all other implementing Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) view to brainstorming on the way forward.

In an interview with DAILY NIGERIAN during the event, Senior Technical Advisor to PACFaH@Scale  Project, Dr Emmanuel Abanida said that the workshop was a follow up to a successful stakeholders’ consultative meeting for the review of the TSTS policy held on June 4-8, 2018.

He disclosed that the main reasons for the workshop was to expand knowledge of the status of initiatives to monitor the state of implementation and revise the 2014 TS policy, increase awareness of the role of CSOs and Professional Associations as monitors within an accountability framework for effective TSTS implementation and strengthened linkages between service delivery and advocacy in TS implementation.


 
Mr Abanida added that participants are also expected to increase their awareness of the programs and activities of development partners working to implement TSTS policy at the national level as well as expand their knowledge of challenges and gaps in TS implementation at the state level.

“As we might all be aware, Nigeria is set to review the 2014 Task Shifting and Task Sharing Policy (TSTS) in 2018. The Task shifting and task sharing policy in the health sector is a global recommendation by the World Health Organization (WHO) designed to ensure equitable distribution of quality essential health care services in Human Resources for Health (HRH) constrained regions of the World,” he added.

While elaborating on the concept of TSTS policy, Mr Abanida explained that the policy is a process of delegation, whereby tasks are moved from highly specialized to less specialized health workers.

According to him, when properly done, the policy can make more efficient and effective use of the human resources for Health sector currently available by reallocating tasks among front-line health care workers.

During their deliberation, the participating CSOs unanimously reaffirmed that in order to address the shortage and gap in human resource in the sector, Task Shifting/Sharing is the only option available. They further noted that women and children are dying daily due to lack of competent health practitioners around their localities. According to them, large percentages of qualified doctors in the country are concentrated in the urban cities while the rural populace is left at the mercy of a few nurses and unqualified CHEWs.

65% of Nigerians lack proper access to healthcare services.
70% rural populace have no access to healthcare services.
Nigeria needs about 237,000 Medical Doctors.
Nigeria currently has 35,000 doctors only.
Nigeria has as low as152,000  Nurses and midwives.
To this end, they recommended that there is a need for the CHEWs who have ‘volunteered’ to stay back to be adequately trained, supervised and mentored in order to do the job well. They also called on the government at all levels to take ownership of the policy and support it through adequate funding and sustainability.

However, some participants expressed their fears over the policy, thinking that the policy could create room for more quackery, indiscipline and malpractices in the health sector.

Earlier in his remark, the Director/Head of Reproductive Health Division at the Federal Ministry of Health, Dr Kayode Afolabi, tasked the stakeholders on coming up with a viable policy document in order to provide efficient health care services, especially in the hard-to-reach areas of the country.


 
He stressed that adequate training of frontline health workers is a major way of curbing health risks which some described as a weakness of the policy.

One of the participants, Halima Muqaddas, the Executive Director of Women, Children and Youths’ Health and Education Initiative, said the policy is grassroots-friendly and would go a long way in catering to the healthcare needs of the rural populace.

She said: “If you critically look at it, especially in the Northern part of Nigeria, like Bauchi State where I come from, eighty percent of the people live in rural areas and we know that the primary health care facilities in those rural areas are being manned by frontline healthcare workers like Community Healthcare Officers (CHOs) and Community Health Extension Workers (CHEWs).

“So, we this policy, communities at the grassroots will get the necessary healthcare services. For example, if a woman wants to go in for a normal delivery, she will have a health care provider that is trained and licensed to provide that service.


 
“However, once complications begin to set in, she will be referred appropriately to the next line of care. That is what is all about Task Shifting and Task Sharing.”

She added: “I know that a lot of professionals have reservations because they are protecting their territorial ground, but we cannot continue to deceive ourselves. In so many villages and rural areas, you don’t see a nurse, a doctor or even a midwife but if a CHEW is there, fine and good.

“When the individual is properly trained, he or she will be able to at least access whether the woman has risks of complications or a woman is going to have a normal delivery and advise her appropriately.”

Source : https://dailynigerian.com/healthcare-personnel-shortage-task-shifting-task-sharing-policy-to-the-rescue/
* News / Bahamas : New shifts for nurses to begin September 3 by katty: August 10, 2018, 04:28:16 PM
Four days on, four days off is over
The Ministry of Health announced late Thursday afternoon that the shift system, which the Bahamas Nurses Union (BNU) roundly rejected in recent weeks, will come into effect September 3.

A memo issued to all hospital administrators gave directives that the comprehensive shift system for the entire nursing complement is forthcoming.

Nurses, according to the memo, will be required to work eight-hour work shifts, including nurses previously assigned to a night shift.


The change is expected to eliminate the four-on, four-off system, resulting in increased availability of nurses, while reducing working hours per day for those currently working the night shift.

The notice added that the change is expected to reduce the exposure of nurses to errors and accidents.

Nurses have in the past threatened to take industrial action if the government went ahead with the shift system.

However, Health Minister Dr. Duane Sands indicated in an earlier interview, that the former union president had agreed to the shift system – an agreement he insists was binding.
Source : Eyewitness News
* News / Now is the best time to be a nurse in the U.S. by katty: August 10, 2018, 11:05:36 AM
Being a nurse in the U.S. is a lucrative gig.

In the U.S., a nurse earns an average annual salary of $63,000, more than double the global average of $26,698, according to CapRelo, a firm that specializes in global relocation. The U.S. led in average salary for nurses among 43 countries. Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNA) earn, on average, $140,934 per year, making it the top paying nursing speciality, according to PayScale.

It may very well be the best time to be a nurse in the U.S.. The job’s strong demand, relatively high pay, rewarding nature and low-risk of automation are all compelling incentives to pursue the career.

The demand for health care workers
The landscape looks rosy for anyone looking to become a nurse. A recent study by HR consulting firm Mercer found that the U.S. needs to hire 2.3 million new health care workers by 2025 to aid the country’s aging population.

While the U.S. added fewer jobs than expected last month, health care employment grew by 286,000 over the year. Hospitals added 7,000 jobs in July, according to BLS numbers.

The business services sector added 51,000 jobs and the manufacturing industry added 37,000 jobs in July, coming in distant second and third for top industry job creators.

“If you look at the employment projections, health care occupations in general are going to be high in demand over the next decade. Nurses do appear to be really satisfied with their jobs — more than one might expect,” said Martha Gimbel, research director for Indeed’s Hiring Lab.

While the nursing field has a wide range of professions, registered nurses make up the largest segment of health care workers.

Employment of registered nurses is projected to grow 15% from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. In addition to Baby Boomers’ higher demand for health care services as they live longer, BLS cites an increased emphasis on preventive care and growing rates of chronic conditions like diabetes and obesity as core reasons that are fueling the nursing industry’s growth.

Passion-driven profession
Nurses often work three 12-hour days (which translates into 13- or 14-hour shifts). The difficult hours, especially the “graveyard” shifts, are emotionally and physically draining and take a toll on the body. But nurses is the standout profession when it comes to career longevity, according to Indeed.

After java developers, nurse practitioners and registered nurses are the least likely to leave their jobs. Of the top 10 jobs that have the lowest turnover rate, four are in the field of nursing: nurse practitioner, registered nurse, charge nurse and licensed practical nurse.

Overall, the higher salary leads to less career-switching. But many nurses pursue the profession because they want to be a caregiver and value meaningful interactions and outcomes that they can offer patients.

In analyzing clicks on jobs site Indeed, Andrew Flowers, the company’s economist, found that only 29% of clicks by licensed practical nurses were searches for jobs outside of health care. Only 23% of clicks by registered nurses were to look for jobs outside of the medical field.

“But even when nurses search for jobs outside the specific category of health care delivery jobs, they’re still interested in jobs that could be health care related, such as a case manager, administrator, or educator,” Flowers noted.

Pathway from nursing school
The path to becoming a nurse is fairly straightforward and streamlined. Nursing resource portal NurseChoice reports that a nursing degree represents job security in the current labor market.

“There are lots of positions out there,” Meredith Wallace Kazer, dean and professor at Fairfield University in Connecticut, told NurseChoice. She said 100% of the university’s new grad nurses find jobs.
Laura Author, director of career services at Johns Hopkins School of Nursing in Baltimore, also told the publication that the school’s graduates are having no trouble finding jobs.

There is such high demand for nurses that hospitals and private medical practices are offering five-figure signing bonuses and perks like free housing and college tuition.

Overall, nearly anyone who wants a job in the U.S. has a job. So it’s that much tougher for medical employers to lure talent. According to CNN, West Virginia’s WVU Medicine will start offering tuition reimbursement for employees and their children.

Male nurses & the threat of automation
While nurses have long been stereotyped as a job for females, men have been steadily infiltrating the industry over the past decade. According to a 2017 paper from the Washington Center for Equitable Growth, more men are becoming nurses in their 20s and early 30s.

Elizabeth Munnich of University of Louisville and University of Notre Dame’s Abigail Wozniak list educational attainment, rising health care labor demand, and liberal gender role sentiment as the primary drivers of men gravitating toward nursing.

“Men and women make up nearly equal shares of some specialized subfields, like nurse anesthetist. This shift has unfolded over a period in which workers in traditionally-male occupations have faced increasing competitive pressure from automation and
trade,” they write.

The nursing industry remains unscathed amid a wave of automation that threatens to swallow jobs across every sector of the economy — from construction to retail.

“Given these long-run trends, there have been calls to encourage young workers – men in particular – to move into high growth occupations that require some post-secondary training but less than a four-year degree. We view the movement of men into registered nursing as a useful case study from which much can be learned about how young workers in the middle of skill distribution choose non-traditional occupational paths,” they add.

As the industry sees more demand, we could expect more men — and women — to pursue a career in nursing.

Melody Hahm is a senior writer at Yahoo Finance, covering entrepreneurship, technology and real estate. Follow her on Twitter @melodyhahm.
https://finance.yahoo.com/news/best-time-nurse-u-s-183040417.html
* News / Nurses protest over safety, attack by psychiatric patient in Akure Ondo State by katty: August 09, 2018, 06:21:01 PM
NURSES and medical workers at the Neuropsychiatric Specialist Hospital, in Akure, Ondo State capital, on Thursday, protested over the welfare and safety of its members, following the attack on some nurses and the Chief Medical Director of the hospital by the suspected killer of the former Deputy governor of the state daughter.


 
The self-confessed suspect, Folorunsho Olawale, who walked into the police station in Akure and owned up to partake in the killing of Khadijat, the daughter of the former deputy governor, Alhaji Lasisi Oluboyo, was referred to the psychiatric home for observation.

It was gathered that Olawale who had been at the psychiatric home for two weeks on Wednesday night was getting aggressive and the medical officials tried to administer some injection on him but went berserk, injuring about four nurses in the process.


 
He was said to have destroyed some facilities at the bay while the CMD of the hospital, Dr Akinwumi Akinloye, who came to rescue the situation was beaten to coma, fainted and was revived at the General Hospital Akure.

Apart from the CMD who fainted, two nurses and former CMD of the hospital who is now a consultant to the hospital, Dr Sunday Sajo, were injured during the attack by the suspect and psychiatric patient

Following the development, the nurses and medical staff of the psychiatric home sent a save our soul to the Permanent Secretary of the Hospital Management Board, Dr Adeniran Ikuomola, who rushed to the hospital but ordered the workers to go back to their various offices.

Irked by the attitude of Ikuomola, the nurses protested and vow not to return to their post until the state government address the issue of their welfare and safety.

Armed with placards of various inscription such as “save our lives” “Nurses lives are no longer save here” “Nurses lives matter” “we need improved facilities at this hospital” among others.

Most of the nurses alleged Ikuomola of insensitive to their plight of the nurses and other health workers of the workers in the hospital, saying ordering them back to their various offices will not resolve the crisis.

One of the nurses said “the PS does not help the matter but fuels the anger of the workers. He is not a crisis manager, we are workers here and not slaves and we need to be treated with respect and dignity

“Government should come to our aid and look into our welfare and our safety at the hospital. We call on the state government to look into our plight and provide all necessary facilities to make our work easier. ”

The leader of Joint Negotiating Council (JNC) at the hospital, Mr Opeyemi Oloniyo, frowned over the attitude of the Ikuomola, saying that the workers would not subscribe to the threat from the Permanent Secretary of the Board.

Oloniyo said “I want to believe we are not in the animal kingdom. We heard of the attack on some nurses and doctors of this hospital and we came to pacify the workers to go back to work this morning

“But it’s unfortunate that the PS just came here and ordered the workers to go back to their work without addressing the issues at hand and said we have no right to address our members.

“We thank God that no lives were lost in the attack but we want to say enough is enough because nothing seems to be working here and this is not acceptable to us and we demand that the PS must withdraw his statement that we don’t have right to protest.”

However, the PS, Ikuomola, alleged the union leaders of the hospital of inciting the workers against the government but said the workers have the right to table their grievance but in a peaceful manner.

“We are going to address all the grievances and challenges confronting the hospital like power, and security. I have assured them that we will table them before the state governor.”

The State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) Femi Joseph, confirmed that the command had transferred the self-confessed suspect, Folorunsho Olawale, to the psychiatric home to understudy him after reporting his involvement in the crime.

He confirmed that the suspect attacked some nurses taking care of him at the psychiatric hospital but however said he has been sedated and brought under control.

It will be recalled that a suspect, Adeyemi Alao, was arrested and remanded in prison by a High Court in Akure, over the killing of Khadijat, the daughter of the state former deputy governor of the state.
Source: Tribune
* News / Carribean Body Wants Govt to Stop Nurses from Traveling Abroad for Better Pay by katty: August 09, 2018, 10:53:57 AM
Guyana (CMC) — Chair of the Regional Nursing Body (RNB), Nester Edwards, has called for urgent action to address the migration of nurses and midwives from the Caribbean region.

Addressing the RNB's 45th annual general meeting here, the Grenada chief nursing officer said that “experienced nurses are leaving in large numbers.

“Chief nursing officers (CNOs) can testify to a certain renewed active migration taking place, where international agencies are coming in a secretive manner and recruiting our personnel”, she told the gathering of CNOs, representatives of nursing councils, universities, and international development partners.

“We need to bring this issue back to the table and talk about implementing those strategies”, she added.

The recommendations to deal with the situation include the need for strong advocacy for the implementation of the 2001 Migration Strategy and for a statement to be issued by the RNB to the leadership of the Caribbean Community's highest decision-making body.

Guyana's Minister for Public Health Volda Lawrence, in her address, underscored the urgent need for a comprehensive human resource strategy that will boost the present workforce and prioritise the improvement of nursing education in keeping with current trends and best practices in the field.

She also lamented the migration “crisis”, emphasising “something must be done to ensure that the haemorrhaging of our trained people who [governments] borrow to invest in” is stopped.

She called for a statement to be issued by the RNB to regional leaders to take action on the “pilfering of our human resources”.

Lawrence alluded to the Sustainable Development Goals, particularly goal three which speaks to ensuring the health and well-being of community's citizens and noted that critical and intense efforts were needed as 2030 approaches.

“… We cannot achieve the goal of our citizens being the healthiest in the Caribbean and the Americas if we do not have at our disposal a core of highly qualified and professional dedicated health workers,”she said.


The meeting, which ends on Friday, will provide an opportunity for reviewing progress and challenges in the sector, including an update on the collaboration with the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) with respect to the CXC-Managed Regional Examination for Nurse Registration.

The organisers said that it is hoped the meeting here will also agree on a number of initiatives, including the ratification of the definition, regulation and Scope of Practice of Assistive Nursing Personnel and, in partnership with the Pan American Health Organisation, the Regional Strategic Framework updated and finalised.

Source:http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/regional-body-calls-for-end-to-migration-of-trained-nurses_140903?profile=1373
* News / Christ Apostle Church Theological Seminary Graduates 350 Auxiliary Nurses by katty: August 09, 2018, 10:43:46 AM
As part of efforts to empower women, the Coordinator of  Christ Apostle Church Theological Seminary, CACTS, Lagos Campus, Pastor Francis Olaniyi  has said that midwives, nurses, teachers, traders and businesswomen among others, were on the list of the 350 graduands in the 2018  academic session of the school, adding that there has been an increase in the number of female graduating from the school compared to the previous years.


 
The seminary which is an affiliate of the Joseph Ayo Babalola University, has been in existence since 1998 with the main campus in Ile-Ife including 14 other campuses around the world.

Speaking during the Press briefing heralding the 20th Convocation and Building Dedication of the Theological Seminary, Olaniyi  said women from all walks of life including female nurses, midwives, teachers, civil servants, traders and businesswomen graduated from the school.

He explained that these women, especially the midwives and female nurses, would further proceed to Faith Maternity in Ede, Osun State to be trained as maternity workers before they would be inducted in the church hospital. He added that other women who graduated would be lady evangelists, prophetesses, church planters among others.Copied from Nursesarena.com  About 70 women are graduating with Certificate in Theology, Diploma in Theology and Bachelor of Theology.

The coordinator who said that the church does not discriminate on basis of gender said graduates of the school are both men and women.

Olaniyi who took pains to answer questions from journalists on the state of the nation, said, the value of the country has been eroded such that money is collected for voting. According to him: “There is  problem of money and nobody is talking. How do you explain a country that has all the resources and yet we cannot do anything right?

“There is no man who is engrossed in making money that is not corrupt. The religious leaders have left the Bible values. Self-denial, sacrifice and contentment are criteria for Christianity to make positive impact. The pursuit of money is anti-God. What has crumbled Christianity today is money.

“A criminalisation of the society is based on our lives, it is better to go back to the basics,  until we live a life of contentment, the society cannot be better.

“Our country is what it is today because of the problem of leaders that lack the discipline of good leadership. We all should understand that no society rises beyond its leadership. Everything rises and falls on leadership. Many churches today are not truly making positive impact on society because a lot their leaders are not appropriately and sufficiently trained”, he lamented.

Speaking on the graduation of the 350 students of the school and the dedication of the building which would take place today, he said, the students who have studied in the theological seminary between two to four years at different levels would formally become graduates of our seminary, adding that those who could not graduate with them were asked by the authority of the school to wait. To him, “it is part of the school’s measures to ensure that our products are academically sound and morally unimpeachable.

He  further explained that the dedication of the new ultra-modern chapel auditorium located within the school premises is geared towards academic excellence. “The multi-million naira building project is part of the facilities required by the school to accommodate more students’ enrollment.

“Twenty years ago, students’ enrollment in the seminary was less than 30 but now we have over 700, a result of God’s help through the leadership quality of the college in particular and the Christ Apostolic Church Worldwide in general.

“Our mission is training different levels of people of God who have been called into diverse ministries of the gospel. We run the following programmes tailored to fulfilling the mission: Bachelor of Theology, Bachelor of Christian Education, Diploma in Theology, Diploma in Christian Education, Certificate in Theology and Certificate in Christian Education. We have also created room for those who are not sufficiently literate to be enrolled in any of our programmes.

“So, what we have for them is one-year literacy programme during which they are groomed to be able to undertake any of our certificate courses

“Our seminary is an affiliate of the Joseph Ayo Babalola University, Ikeji, Osun State, and those who are interested in its Bachelor of Religious Studies course are free to pick the form at different centres especially the Lagos Campus.

“To facilitate our students’ efficiency and effectiveness, we also offer them computer literacy services. It may also interest you to know that as part of our peripheral services, we run a summer music class for young and old people who are willing to know more about musical instruments while acquiring ability to play them.

“Our goal is assisting as many as are willing to come over to us to become ministers of God who have studied to show themselves approved unto God, work men and women who have no reason to be ashamed but rightly sharing the word of truth. We are non-discriminatory, we train men and women from all denominations, ministries or churches,” he said.

On the efforts to bring the CACTS services closer to the students, he said: “The authorities of our church have given approval for the take off of our study centres in Ikorodu and Abeokuta.

He added that academic activities will commence at the centres in September.

“The study centres operate only at weekends and basic requirement is five credits including English Language for the diploma courses.

People expected to grace the event include the President, the Christ Apostolic Church Worldwide, Pastor Abraham O. Akinosun among others.
Source : Vanguard Newspaper
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