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* Articles / Discovering a Latent Passion for Nursing by katty: January 07, 2019, 07:30:18 PM
It's a job that can come with long hours and irregular shift patterns, so why would you want to be a nurse?

And why, in particular, would you choose to do it when you're a bit older than the average student?

Lisa Heaney and William Stritzel both went to Queen's University Belfast to study nursing when they were in their 30s.



Lisa, a mum of three, had been working as a classroom assistant before she started the degree.

She had to continue to work and study at night before she got on the course.

"It's a full-time course - 50% practical and 50% in university," she says.

To make it work, she had a lot of juggling to do, and had to be well organised.

Lisa says it was not an easy task trying to balance being a parent, attending school events, helping her children with homework and other things while meeting the demands of her degree.

However, she thinks older nursing students bring a bit of life experience to the job.

She also felt she was "more focused, more driven" because she knew it was something that she wanted to do, whereas when she was younger, she wasn't sure.

'Lot to offer'

Donna Fitzsimmons, head of the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Queen's University, agrees that students like Lisa bring something different to the job.

She says a third of their intake is currently students coming through access courses "a little later in life" and that their life skills are a great help on the job.

Employers tell her that the older students have a lot to offer in a clinical environment.

Only a third of students on the degree course come straight from school.

The other third already have a degree in something else.
As of September 2018, there were 1,972 nursing and midwifery vacancies actively being recruited to in Northern Ireland.

At the same time, there were 17,153 nursing and midwifery staff in post.

While the degree course attracts all ages, it still doesn't manage to attract a great deal of men.

Last year less than 10% of the students were men. Three years ago it was less than 5%.

William Stritzel, who just graduated from nursing in June, knows he's very much in the minority, not just on the course but in the nursing profession itself.

But he thinks things are changing, albeit slowly.

For William, being a nurse was always a dream, but he admits he has found it difficult and there were times he just wanted to give up.

He says financial issues were a concern, like when his car broke down and he needed to find money to buy a new one, something which was difficult while living on a bursary.

But he's glad he stuck with it and he's still studying, now for a PhD, something he thought he would never do.
"I finished school when I was 16 so I'd not been in education for 13 years when I went back," he says.

He said he would encourage others to follow their dreams and made a promise to himself to do that after he had children.

"I can't say to my children to follow their dreams if I don't follow my own dreams."
Source : https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-northern-ireland-46765050
* News / NLC Screening Committee Clears NANNM President To Contest Vice President by katty: January 07, 2019, 07:23:03 PM
The screening committee of the Nigeria Labour Congress has OK NANNM National President Comrade Abdrafiu Alani Adeniji to contest in the forthcoming election at the 12th National Delegates Conference scheduled to hold 5th to 7th February 2019. Others nominees who were received and cleared by the committee in accordance with the provisions of the congress constitution include :
 

 
President
Comrade P Wabba
 
Deputy President (3 positions)
Comrade Amechi Asugwuni
Coimrade Muhammed Nasir Idris
Comrade Najims Usman Yasin
 
National Treasure
Comrade Ibrahim Khallel A
 
Vice President
Comrade Abdrafiu Alani Adeniji
Comrade Peters Adeyemi
Comrade Larence Amaechi
Comrade Oyelakan Idowu Lateef
 
National Financial Secretary
Comrade Marwan Mustapha Adamu
 
National Trustee
Comrade Adewale Adeyanju
 
Internal Auditor
Comrade Simon Anchaver
Comrade Benjamin Anthony
Comrade Olatunji Goke
 
Women Ex officio Members
Comrade Fumilay Lsah
Comrade Comfort Oke
 
Signed Professor Biodun Ogunyemi
Chairperson, Credentails Committee
* News / Germany Urgently Needs You – if You're a Filipino Nurse by katty: January 07, 2019, 04:33:10 PM
STRUGGLING under the pressure of an ageing population and a dire shortage of qualified medical staff, Germany has reached out to the Philippines to plug the gap, with an offer for Filipino nurses to make the move to Europe.

The Triple Win Project – deriving its name from benefitting Germany, Philippines, and the nurses – is now accepting applications for 400 nursing positions, located throughout Germany.



Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) Administrator Bernard Olalia spoke to the press about the scheme on Friday and confirmed a previous statement saying successful candidates will start on a monthly salary of 1,900 Euros (US$2,170). This will subsequently be increased to 2,300 Euros (US$2,630) after recognition as a qualified nurse.

According to The Manila Times, Olalia said those who make the move will likely only spend a small portion of this as expenses would be shouldered by the employer.

“The employer will pay the visa and airfare from the Philippines to Germany and will assist the employee to find suitable accommodation,” he said.

“The selected nurse will bear the expenses in full or in part of the board and lodging.”

The scheme aims to lighten the burden on Germany’s buckling healthcare system. Figures from 2018 show there are 36,000 jobs unfilled in the country’s professional care industry, causing nurses to complain of overwork and not being able to properly attend to patients.

With Germany’s ageing population, this only looks set to worsen. In late 2015, there were 2.9 million individuals in need of care – by 2030, this figure is expected to rise to 4.1 million, according to DW.

The one million nurses currently working are already struggling, but it is projected 3 million nurses will be needed by 2060 to deal with the influx of elderly.

Germany is not the only country in search of Filipino assistance. Olalia also said the National Ambulance Company in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates was in urgent need of qualified Filipino applicants to fill up its vacancy for 150 emergency medical technicians (EMTs).

Responding to the global skill shortage, the Philippine’ Department of Labour and Employment recently announced it would be opening six more Philippine Overseas Labour Offices (POLO) in China, Japan, Germany, New Zealand, USA and Croatia.

This will be in addition to the 34 POLOs worldwide, 13 of which are in the Middle East, 11 in Asia, seven in Europe, and three in North and South America.

Source : Asian Correspondent
* News / Chereponi Crisis: Nurses , Midwives’ Request for Evacuation Declined by GHS by katty: January 07, 2019, 09:02:12 AM
The Ghana Health Service (GHS) has declined a request by nurses and midwives working in the Chereponi District of the Northern Region to be evacuated following clashes in the area.

The health workers said they feel unsafe due to the violent altercations between Konkombas and Anufuls, which has claimed four lives so far and led to the burning of houses despite a curfew being in place.



On Saturday, the Chereponi branch of the Association of the Registered Nurses and Midwives  appealed to authorities within the district to protect them by evacuating them from the area.

However, the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Ghana Health Service, Jacob Acquah Andoh, has allayed fears of insecurity by the health workers.

He told Citi News security has been beefed up in the area, and that health centres are also covered.

“The regional minister has agreed in principle for both the health workers and the hospitals. For now, they (nurses) are not moving but when the need comes for us to go back and consult the regional security council, we will do so and see the kind of advice they will give to us. So, for now, the situation is the health workers are not leaving.”

Fear grips nurses, midwives in Chereponi over renewed clashes

According to the General Secretary of the health workers' group, Mahamudu Ibrahim Nasah, they no longer feel safe in the area, with their lives potentially in danger.

He thus called on their superiors to allow them leave the area and return when calm is restored.

“We are saying that the current situation there does not make us feel safe to work. We've seen that the people in the community have evacuated their relatives. They have taken their wives and children out of the place. We can't stay in our homes because we are staying in rented homes that belong to both factions in the conflict.”

“And when this conflict started they have been burning each other's houses and we don't know when they will get to our houses. So we are saying that our managers and security should support us to leave the district and we will return when the place is calm for us to work without being in fear,” he added.

Chereponi residents defy curfew; burn tyres in protest

A 4:00pm to 7:00am curfew was imposed on the Chereponi township effective Thursday, January 03, 2019, after clashes in the area resulted in two deaths and left several others wounded.

Properties and foodstuffs were also been destroyed.

The initial clashes were between Anufuls and Konkombas over a piece of land at Naduni in the Chereponi District.

The residents of Chereponi however defied the curfew imposed on the area by the Ministry of Interior.

They burnt tyres at vantage points in protest of the curfew.

According to them, they fear attacks could happen during the curfew period, hence their anger.

---citinewsroom
* News / ‘Iran’s nursing population far below world average’ by katty: January 06, 2019, 05:48:09 PM
TEHRAN- The population of nursing personnel in Iran is one quarter of the world average, announced the deputy director of Iran’s Nursing Organization.

Mohammad Sharifi Moghadam said the current nursing shortage is now at a critical point and should be quickly addressed, Fars news agency reported on Saturday.

“There is currently only one and half nursing personnel per 1000 population in the country, while in many countries including Georgia and Tajikistan there are around 6 nurses per 1000 population,” said Sharifi Moghadam.

World Health Organization has announced that about 50% of its member states report to have less than 3 nursing and midwifery personnel per 1000 population.

World Health Organization has announced that about 50% of its member states report to have less than 3 nursing and midwifery personnel per 1000 population (about 25% report to have less than 1).

In many countries nurses and midwives constitute more than 50% of the national health workforce. Though globally, it is estimated that by 2030, the shortage of nurses and midwives will reduce from the current 9 million to 7.6 million, the shortage in the African and Eastern Mediterranean Regions will actually worsen.

According to Sharifi Moghadam, in many countries, nurses have proper safety equipment and undergo a complete series of medical tests, periodically, however, such safety measures are not being carried out properly in Iran, exerting too much pressure on nurses.

“We should identify and study the nurses’ problems and make changes in our management methods,” he concluded.

In an interview with IRNA on Saturday, Majlis (Iranian parliament) health committee chairman announced that as many as 10 to 15 thousand nurses must be hired in the country annually.

Heidar Ali Abedi added that Planning and Budget Organization has agreed to allocate the necessary budget so that the required nursing personnel can be hired in the next Iranian calendar year, starting March 21.

SJ/MQ/MG
Tehran Times
* News / Ghana: Fear grips Nurses , Midwives in Chereponi Over Renewed Clashes by katty: January 05, 2019, 03:52:51 PM
The Chereponi branch of the Association of the Registered Nurses and Midwives is appealing to authorities within the district to protect them by evacuating them from the area.


 
Recent clashes between the Konkombas and the Anufuls have led to four deaths, several injuries and destruction of property.

According to the General Secretary of the group, Mahamudu Ibrahim Nasah, they no longer feel safe in the area as their lives are in danger.

He thus called on their superiors to allow them leave the area and return when calm is restored.

“We are saying that the current situation there does not make us feel safe to work. We’ve seen that the people in the community have evacuated their relatives. They have taken their wives and children out of the place. We can’t stay in our homes because we are staying in rented homes that belong to both factions in the conflict.”

“And when this conflict started they have been burning each other’s houses and we don’t know when they will get to our houses. So we are saying that our managers and security should support us to leave the district and we will return when the place is calm for us to work without being in fear,” he added.

A 4:00pm to 7:00am curfew was imposed on the Chereponi township effective Thursday, January 03, 2019, after clashes in the area resulted in two deaths and left several others wounded.

Properties and foodstuffs have also been destroyed.

The residents are asking for justice and are calling for more security personnel.


 
The clashes were between Anufuls and Konkombas over a piece of land at Naduni in the Chereponi District.

Chereponi residents defy curfew; burn tyres in protest

Residents of Chereponi have however defied the curfew imposed on the area by the Ministry of Interior.

They burnt tyres at vantage points in protest of the curfew.

According to them, they fear attacks could happen during the curfew period hence their anger.



By: Godwin Akweiteh Allotey | citinewsroom.com | Ghana
* News / Filipino Nurse Joy Ongcachuy receives British Empire Awards New Year Honours by katty: January 05, 2019, 03:46:48 PM
Filipino nurse Joy Ongcachuy has received the 2019 New Year’s Honours list of the Office of the British Empire Awards.

Ongcachuy, who works as a robotic lead nurse for the Royal London, was awarded for her efforts in caring for patients who were victims of the 2017 London Bridge attacks.

In a media statement released by the teaching hospital the Filipino nurse recounted what happened while she was on duty on June 3, 2017. “I was working the night shift that night and I heard the anaesthetist’s bleep go off. We already had a really sick patient in one of our theatres, so I had to get our other theatres ready and pull a team of nurses, allied health professionals and operating department practitioners together.”



“We opened an additional six theatres that night and everyone I called dropped everything they were doing to come to the aid of the patients. No one panicked; everyone was calm and so supportive,” the Filipino lead nurse for robotic-assisted surgeries added.

The Filipino nurse was awarded together with Dr. Malik Ramadhan, emergency consultant, and Emma Senyard, associate director of nursing at Royal London.

Jackie Sullivan, managing director Royal London and Mile End hospitals, said of their 3 awarded staff, “Their leadership, compassion and integrity is inspiring every day, but was especially true at a time when Londoners relied on us to be there for them.”

“It is incredibly humbling to have three of our staff recognised in this prestigious list,” said Alwen Williams, chief executive. “I’m grateful for the way we pulled together as a team to respond to such a horrific event, and would like to specifically thank and congratulate Joy, Malik and Emma for being recognised for their courage, calmness and care they provide to our patients on a daily basis.”

Ongcachuy talked to Barts Health NHS Trust about receiving the Queen’s award, “My daughter is so proud of me! I am glad I made the UK my home all those years ago – to be welcomed and recognised by Her Majesty is overwhelming, humbling and exciting all at once!”

The Filipino nurse from Stratford started working at The Royal London Hospital in 2002 as a scrub nurse – a role she held until she was promoted last year to robotic lead nurse.

Joy Ongcachuy was awarded an Officer of the British Empire on 29 December 2018.

Source : Good News Pilipinas
* News / Zambia Ministry of Health Charges Nurses to Be Professional by katty: January 05, 2019, 11:59:14 AM
The Ministry of Health says it will not defend erring nurses in the course of discharging their duties.

Ministry of health permanent secretary Kennedy Malama says there is no room for errors in the health sector because they may lead to loss of life.

And Dr. Malama has called for positive attitude towards patients from the health workers.

He says nurses have a duty to attend to patients that seek medical services as it is their right to do so.

Dr. Malama says nurses must not feel that they are doing patients a favour by attending to them.

He was speaking in Kitwe during the Primary Health Improvement Project workshop that drew participants from Muchinga, Northern, Luapula, Western and North western provinces.

And Dr. Malama said the World Bank has given the ministry of health 45-million-kwacha support and another 15-million-kwacha grant to help reduce deaths related to child birth complications.
Source : Zambia BC
* News / Ghana: GHS Directs Muslim Nurses Be Allowed to Wear Hijab by katty: January 05, 2019, 11:53:31 AM
The Ghana Health Service has directed all public hospitals in the Greater Accra Region to allow Muslim nurses to wear Hijab after a student nurse was allegedly denied attachment at the Ridge Hospital for refusing to take off her Hijab.

In a letter to all Regional Health Directors, Medical Superintendents, Polyclinic In-Charges, Metro, Municipal and District Directors of Health Service in the region, the GHS said the move "contravenes government policy directive which gives approval to the wearing of Hijab."



"Kindly ensure strict adherence to this directive by all staff and managers concern," the statement concluded.

The GHS directive comes after a student nurse was refused work at the Ridge Hospital for not agreeing to remove her Hijab when her other colleagues had agreed to.

The development has sparked baseless claims of Islamophobia in Ghana on some social media platforms.

Activists on Twitter say the decision by the Ridge Hospital management to refuse the Muslim nurse work for not removing her Hijab amounts to Islamophobia.

"The number of people denying Islamophobia while describing instances of it really has me baffled. Is it that the word scares you or something?, a Twitter user said.

Source : Pulse News
* Nursing Jobs / Eko Hospital Lagos Vacancies for Registered Nurses in 2019 by katty: January 03, 2019, 07:26:59 PM
The EKO Hospitals (a member of the EkoCorp Plc), invites applications from suitable qualified candidates for the position of Registered Nurse
 
Requirements
*Candidates must have an RN/RM and at least 3 years working experience.
* He or she must be licensed with the Nursing and Midwifery Council Of Nigeria.
* Extra qualifications in peri-operative, A&E, Pediatrics etc will be of added advantage
*Knowledge of computer with be an added advantage
 
Method of Application
Interested candidates should send their CVs to:
 
hr@ekocorp.org
 
Deadline: Two weeks from publication
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