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* News / New Zealand: Govt Adamant, Not Considering Laws For nurse-to-patient Ratio by katty: July 18, 2018, 11:43:34 AM
Two Australian states have made laws about nurse-to-patient ratios, but Kiwi health leaders aren't keen to follow suit.

New Zealand nurses went on strike in early July, and numbers on the ward floor were cited as one of their key concerns.

Across the ditch, laws in Victoria and Queensland set minimum staffing ratios for nurses, but leaders in New Zealand nursing think we have a better solution.

Ratios are better than nothing but they're too blunt an instrument, the NZ Nurses Organisation's Hilary Graham-Smith said.

"Nurses nurse patients. They don't nurse beds," the associate professional services manager said.

"What you really need to think about is: how sick are the people in those beds?"

Calculating required care hours - and the expertise needed - for patients is part of a project district health boards and the NZ Nurses Organisation have been working on for the past decade.

Care Capacity Demand Management (CCDM) includes using a software tool to determine how many hours of care a patient will need, Graham-Smith said.

It also informs the mix of registered nurses, enrolled nurses, and healthcare assistants needed to give that care.

"In most instances, it tells them that actually they need more staff, that their base staffing is not adequate," she said.

Staffing levels have historically been based on how much was in the budget, she said.

In Australia, the Victorian Government is tweaking the 2015 act which sets out staffing ratios, and says a staffing increase is likely.

In Queensland, ratios were introduced in public hospitals in July 2016 - 1:4 for morning and afternoon shifts, and 1:7 for night shifts in designated wards.

When the change was announced, the state government said about 250 extra nurses were needed, at a cost of about $26m.

While nurses tend to like the ratio idea, New Zealand's solution could be better, College of Nurses Aotearoa executive director Jenny Carryer said.

However, it doesn't matter what mechanism you use for assessing staff need if it isn't filled.

That's echoed by NZ Nurses Organisation national delegate for Waikato DHB Bronwyne Albright.

It's no good having a tool to tell you you're two nurses under if there aren't two nurses available to send in, she said.

Nurses have heard a lot about safe staffing, she said, but are not seeing it happen.

It's a challenge for health boards to respond fast enough when there is increased demand, Waikato DHB chief nursing and midwifery officer Sue Hayward said.

A hospital may help three wards with extra staff, for example, but struggle to find more for a fourth.

Waikato DHB signed up to the CCDM programme about 18 months ago because it is committed to finding a solution, Hayward said, and has already seen some changes.

The programme gives a mechanism and national support "to reduce the frustration that nurses feel at times when they are requesting help and it's not coming".

Health minister Dr David Clark said in a statement that Government was committed to safe staffing levels in hospitals, but saw CCDM as a "more sophisticated approach".

"Ratios are a blunt tool that don't take into account factors such as how acutely ill patients actually are," the statement said.

The NZ Nurses Organisation and DHBs have agreed to use the CCDM programme throughout the country, he said.
Source : Stuff.co.nz
* MCPDP / Post Basic Nursing Studies National Orthopaedic Hospital 2018 Refresher Course by Idowu Olabode: July 18, 2018, 05:58:19 AM
School of Post Basic Nursing Studies National Orthopaedic Hospital 2018 Refresher Course

The School of Post Basic Nursing Studies National Orthopaedic Hospital Igbobi Lagos is organizing a 4 Week Refresher/Update Course for Orthopaedics/Accident and Emergency Nursing Programme covering management of patient with:

-   Orthopaedic Conditions
-   Traumatology
-   Medical Emergencies
-   Surgical Emergencies

Application form: 2,500
Course fee: 40,000 (Non Residential)
Venue: SPBNS, National Orthopaedic Hospital Igbobi, Lagos.
Date: 26th August – 21st September, 2018.

For Enquiries, please contact:
Mrs Oseni M.O (Head, Nursing Education)
Tel: 08062138038
Mrs Arungwa O. T (ChairpersonAd-Hoc Comm.)
Tel: 08067613828
Mrs Ohallem N. V (Secretary Ad-Hoc Comm.)
Tel: 08024278180


* News / Kenya Govt. Stops Nurses From Acting as Translators for Imported Cuban Doctors by katty: July 17, 2018, 08:19:55 PM
-Kenya Minister of Health CS Sicily Kariuki said nurses should be respected as professionals

Health Cabinet Secretary Sicily Kariuki has raised concern over Kenyan nurses who have become translators for Cuban doctors instead of working with them.



Speaking on Monday, July 16, in Embu County, the CS said the nurses are professional practitioners and should stick to their roles.

“Nurses are also professionals and they should not be in the same room with doctors only to translate,” said the CS as reported by Citizen TV.
The Cuban doctors prefer to diagnose patients on their own but the CS insisted that the nurses should take on their roles as before.

“The work of nurses should be respected and for the universal health care agenda to be achieved they must feel part of the process,” said Kariuki.

The CS said the Kenyan care providers needed to be assured they can practice their profession without any limitations.

The sentiments by Kariuki came after the Cuban medics who arrived in Kenya early June, 2018, were received in different counties for work.

Language barrier has proven to be a challenge for effective working by the Cuban medics leading to them seeking help from other care providers.

Before the Cuban medics landed into the country, their Kenyan colleagues opposed the move arguing the country had many unemployed but qualified doctors.
Source: Tuko.co.ke
* News / India: Kerala Govt Employs Husband of Nurse Killed by Nipah Virus by katty: July 17, 2018, 06:17:54 PM
The Kerala government has appointed Sajeesh, husband of Lini Puthussery, the nurse who died after contracting Nipah from her patients, as a clerk in the state health department.

The order issued by the Health Department said Sajeesh had been appointed as a lower division clerk in an office under the Kozhikode District Medical Officer.

Sajeesh, who was working in Bahrain, had rushed to Perambra in Kozhikode on hearing about Lini's illness, two days before her death.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan tweeted today that "With this posting, the Government has kept all the promises it made to the family of Lini."

Extending a helping hand to the family of Lini, the state government had earlier announced Rs 10 lakh each to two of their children.

Lini, who was aware about the seriousness of her illness, had scribbled an emotional last letter to Sajeesh saying, "I am almost on the way.

I do not think I can meet you. You should look after our children well," which had gone viral in the social media. The deadly Nipah virus had claimed 17 lives in Kerala. Two people had recovered from the virus.
source: Devidcourse
* News / KwaZulu-Natal Nurses Protest, Demand Better Working Condition by katty: July 17, 2018, 06:14:14 PM
“We are short staffed and overworked. This is the third march this year.”

“We are nurses not slaves,” said disgruntled nurse Bongekile Khomo. “I have to take care of 60 patients in one ward. We work under bad conditions in hospitals. Most of the time there are no resources.”

Khomo was one of hundreds of nurses from across KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) who marched to the provincial legislature in Pietermaritzburg on Monday. They want MEC Health Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo to be removed.



“Can we get a MEC who knows what he is doing?” asked Khomo. “This is the third march this year. We are short staffed and overworked.”

Most of the nurses who marched from Alexandra Park to the legislature are part of the KZN United Nurses Forum. Placards read: “Rest in Peace Dhlomo” and “Dhlomo must fall”.

KZN United Nurses Forum organiser Bhekithemba Gumbi said, “We have instances where nurses are being attacked by the relatives of the patients. People think nurses are lazy or incompetent. That is not true … The community fight with nurses, accusing them of being negligent. That is because nurses are short staffed in health institutions.”

“The department introduced a shared task policy,” said nurse Mluleki Shezi. “We should be paid for that … A nurse will spend hours interpreting for a doctor [who does not speak Zulu]. That time should be spent on attending patients not interpreting … The ones working in rural areas are suffering the most. We are tired. They have two weeks to attend to our matters. If they don’t report back to us, we will shut down all the hospitals.”

Zithembiso Nzuza accepted the memorandum on behalf of the speaker of the KZN legislature. Nzuza said they are aware that a memorandum was handed over to the office of the premier in May. “The legislature monitors how government works. We followed up that the memorandum was received by the office of the premier. It was reported that the premier tasked the the department to attend to the issues,” said Nzuza.

The health department had not responded to a request for comment by time of publication.
Source : Ground Up
* News / UK NMC Eases OSCE Rule for Foreign Nurses by katty: July 17, 2018, 04:58:48 PM
Overseas nurses applying to work in the UK will no longer have to re-sit an entire competency exam if they fail only part of it.

From this week, candidates for the mandatory Objective Structured Clinical Examination will only have to retake the sections of the test that they fail.

The exam is part of a series of requirements that nurses who have trained outside the European Economic Area (EEA) have to complete before they can join the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) register. It covers clinical and communication skills among other areas.

Previously, candidates were not told which of the exam's six sections they had failed or why, while employers would have to foot the bill of almost £1,000 for the nurse to retake the entire test.

Less stress

Now non-EEA nurses will be told which part they need to repeat, and the cost of retaking it will drop from £992 per candidate for the full test to £496 for a partial re-sit.

Recruiters say the changes, to be further discussed by the NMC council at the end of the month, will reduce stress for nurses and save time and costs.

Adult nurse Febin Cyriac is business development manager for the registered nurse recruitment firm Envertiz Consultancy.

He said: ‘This is a welcome change, which I believe will reduce recruitment costs.

Poor pass rates

‘Full re-sits were very expensive for employers and incredibly stressful for nurses – how were they supposed to improve next time if they didn’t know why they had failed?’

He said the exam had made the UK an unattractive destination for nurses.

Pass rates were poor and many candidates regarded the exam as a money-making exercise, he said.

Mr Cyriac said it can cost employers £8,000 to £10,000 for every overseas nurse they employ once other tests – such as the International English Language Testing System – and NMC application fees were included.

Home Office rules

Since April 2017 non-EEA nurses can sit the exam up to three times as part of a single application to the regulator.

Failure results in the NMC closing the application, requiring the process to start again and forcing the nurse in question to wait six months before the first of the three further attempts can be taken.

Home Office immigration rules require non-EEA nurses to acquire their NMC pin number within eight months of arriving in the UK or their visa can be cancelled.

NMC update

There are three NMC approved test centres: Oxford Brookes University, the University of Northampton and Ulster University, each of which hold tests four times a year.

NMC figures show 1,499 of the exams were taken in the January-March quarter of  2018, with a pass rate of 51%.

Only 377 or 41% of the 920 candidates passed first time.

The NMC confirmed that the rule on re-sitting exams is one of a number of changes it is making in how it handles the registration process for staff from outside the EEA. It is expected to provide an update at its next council meeting on 25 July.
Source: RCN
* Schools of Nursing / University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital School of Nursing 2018/19 Admission form by katty: July 17, 2018, 03:57:36 PM
This is to notify the public on the sales of forms for admission into the School of Nursing, University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital Ilorin Kwara State. The order of the entire admission process for this 2017/2018 session is as follows:
 
Download application form from www.uith.org from 9th July to 20th August, 2018 closing date by 4pm.
 
METHOD OF PAYMENT FOR FORM:  REMITA 7,500 payable to University Of Ilorin Teaching Hospital, school complex revolving fund account.
 
Requirements:
The prospective candidates should posses the following qualification : Five Credits, English Language, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology. WASC/NECO at not more than 2 sittings.
 
* Candidate must not be less than Eighteen years (18) of age.
* Candidate must not be more than 33 years.
* Candidate must not have any criminal record.
* Candidate must not have deformities affecting the hands.
 
Three copies of passport photographs is required for the application.
 
The Computer Based Testing (CBT) Entrance Examination holds:
On:  25th August, 2018
At:   COMSIT CENTER (CBT), University Of Ilorin Permanent Site, Ilorin
Time:  9:00 am
 
Oral interview date: 29th August, 2018.
 
RESUMPTION DATE: for successful candidate in the CBT exam 8th October, 2018.
 
Submission/Closing Date:
Duly completed application forms to which passport photograph and credentials are attached should be forwarded to:
 
THE REGISTRAR
University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital
P.M.B 1459
ILORIN.
Kwara state
Not later than (6) weeks from the date of advertisement. Any application received after the closing date shall not be processed.
 
NOTE:
* Prospective candidates are advised to adhere strictly to the information on this advert and application form.
* Any application received after the closing date shall not be processed.
 
Thank you.
 
A.G PRINCIPAL
A.B Abdul-Rahman
School of Nursing, UITH, Ilorin.
* News / Meet North Carolina Pregnant "Fabulous Six Pack" Nurses Working in The Same Unit by katty: July 17, 2018, 07:05:35 AM
Six nurses working at a hospital in Salem, North Carolina found out on earlier this week that they will all be expecting new babies this year.

The nurse practitioners at Comprehensive Cancer Center at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center even have a new nickname among their patients: 'The Fabulous Six Pack.'

Katie Carlton, Emily Johnson, Nikki Huth, Sabrina Hudson, Nina Day and Bethany Stringer told NBC affiliate WIIX 12 that while they planned on having kids, it came as a surprise that they're all pregnant at the same time.


Pictured L to R: Nina Day, Sabrina Hudson, Katie Carlton (2nd Right), Emily Johnson (M), Nikki Huth (3rd Left), Sabrina Hudson (2nd Left) , Nina Day (1st L) and Bethany Stringer (R)are all expecting this year


The women are currently between 18 and 37 weeks pregnant.   

According to local broadcaster WFAA, Day is due July 31, Stringer September 8, Johnson September 25, Huth October 11, Hudson November 13, and Carlton is due December 12.   

'Each time that we found out somebody else was pregnant, it was like, well who is next?' said Nina Day, an ambulatory nurse.

Two of the 'Fab Six' will be first time mothers, which means they'll have plenty of support from the others ladies.

 Johnson, one of the first time moms, told the station that she understandably has 'a lot of anxiety, like I'm going to worry about everything,'

 'To keep from making my husband go crazy, I just talk about my issues here and they make me feel a lot better,' Johnson added.

Carlton, who is an assistant managing nurse, said: 'Being pregnant at the same time with five of my coworkers has been amazing.'

'It's been wonderful leaning on one another and comparing stories and getting and sharing advice,' she added. 'Truly a remarkable experience.'

The hospital told the broadcaster that plans have already been made to make sure patient care continues to run smoothly when the soon-to-be moms are out on maternity leave.
Source: Daily Mail
* News / Chinese Woman Orders Food to Thank Helpful Nurse by katty: July 16, 2018, 03:48:24 PM
A woman in east China ordered some food for a male nurse who helped her when she was in need on July 10, Yuhang Morning Post reported

A food delivery man rushed into the emergency hall of First People's Hospital of Yuhang District in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, at 11:30pm after he received a special order which didn't have a name attached.



The order was addressed to "a doctor wearing a black pair of glasses" at the consultation desk.

The courier asked a nurse, Yang Chen, for help, but they failed to find the mysterious male doctor in black glasses after a short search.

At the time, Yang received a message on WeChat from the relative of a patient who thanked him for his help and said she ordered some food for him.

It reminded Yang of an incident that happened around 8pm when a kid was sent to hospital by ambulance due to high fever. His panicked mother was by his side.

The mother didn't have any cash with her after leaving home in a hurry and had to ask Yang for help when she was told the only acceptable online payment was Alipay, which she didn't have.

Yang soon helped her pay the 2,000 yuan (US$299) hospitalization expenses, which she transferred to him via WeChat.

The woman said Yang even accompanied them when her child was seeing a doctor, which greatly touched her. When discovering Yang was still busy working late at night, she decided to order some food for him as she thought he must be hungry.

She asked the restaurant to write a note and put it with the food, which read: "Thank you for helping me in my most panicked and helpless time, from a mother."

"I felt excited," the doctor said later. "For me, it was just a small thing to do, but unexpectedly the woman remembered it in her heart."

Source: SHINE   Editor: Shen Ke
* Nursing Jobs / Barau Dikko Teaching Hospital Kaduna 2018 Massive Vacancies for Nurses by katty: July 16, 2018, 12:04:49 PM
Specialties needed include: Anesthesia, Preoperative, icu,etc

Barau Dikko Teaching Hospital (BDTH), Kaduna - The Management of Barau Dikko Teaching Hospital (BDTH), Kaduna invites applications from suitably qualified candidates to fill the vacant position below:
 
Positions:
Post Basic Nurse (Peri-operative)- CONHESS 7
Post Basic Nurse (Anesthesia)- CONHESS 7
Post Basic Nurse (Intensive Care)- CONHESS 7
Post Basic Nurse (Orthopedic) - CONHESS 7
 
Location: Kaduna
 
Qualification and Experience
Applicants to be employed for this position must present evidence of the following:
* Relevant certificates from recognized institutions
* Current license to practice (where applicable)
* Registration with professional body(ies)
* Evidence of NYSC discharge/exemption certificate (where applicable).
 
Application Closing Date
27th August, 2018.
 
How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates are required to submit ten (10) copies each of hand written Applications, detailed Curriculum Vitae and photocopies of relevant credentials. The applications and supporting documents should be in a sealed envelope, and post applied for should be written at the top left corner of the envelop and addressed to:
The Chief Medical Director,
Barau Dikko Teaching Hospital,
P.O.Box 9727, Lafiya Road,
Kaduna,
Kaduna State.
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