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* News / In the past UCH Midwifery program required you to travel abroad - 80yr old Nurse by katty: February 24, 2017, 07:43:57 AM
Eighty-year-old retired nurse and wife of a former judge, Mrs. Olufunlola Akinyede, tells TOBI AWORINDE about her life

When and where were you born?

I was born on February 18, 1937, in Alade Idanre, Ondo State. At that time, there was no record of birth and there was no hospital. So, each time people needed to know my birth, I would get an affidavit from the court. I was told my date of birth by my parents, who were educated. My father, the late Chief J.M. Akinbola, was a teacher and headmaster. My mother was a fashion designer from Igbein, Abeokuta, Ogun State. They got married at an Anglican church in Abeokuta. I am the only daughter and eldest child of my parents. I have two brothers. My immediate younger brother, Oba Olusegun Akinbola, is the Aladeokun of Alade Idanre. He was a lecturer of Drama in Ekiti State University and was taught by Prof. Wole Soyinka in the University of Ibadan before he became a lecturer. He also worked at the Nigerian Television Authority in Lagos. My other brother, who is based in Lagos, is seven years my junior.

What was it like growing up in the 30s and 40s?

There was no private school then. Back then, my parents used to travel around the country a lot. But my grandfather, who lived with them, said my mum should stay home in Alade Idanre because they had lost two or three children before my birth. But I was allowed to join my father when he was transferred to other states.

Did your parents give you special treatment because they had lost children before?

No, they did not. Back then, there was no machine for grinding pepper. I was the one my mother would ask to grind pepper with the local stone. I was treated like any other child. My father had so many people — his brother’s children and others — living with us. I didn’t even know that I was the only child at the time. I knew how to cook. I also pounded yam for my father whenever he came back from his trips. I worked even more than the other children in the house. They were eating free of charge and my father sent them to school. I wasn’t pampered at all. There was a day I was grinding pepper and somebody came to my mother and said in our language, ‘Mama! Isn’t this the girl you suffered to give birth to that is grinding pepper?’ My daddy, on the other hand, was very patient with me. If I did anything he didn’t like, he would call me aside and gently reprimand me. Because of that, I was really close to my father. And you know girls love their fathers more than their mothers, while boys are closer to their mothers.  When my father went to St. Andrew’s College, he would teach me everything. Sometimes, when he got to a station, he would be the catechist or pastor. He would preach and pray. My mother was very strict. She died at the age of 107 about four years ago. My father died in 1975.

What schools did you attend and when did you start travelling with your father?

It was in 1943. We went to Okitipupa, in Ondo State. Not up to a year after, they transferred my father to Minna, Niger State. I was in St. Peter’s School then. We spent two years in Minna before my father was transferred again to Iju-Itaogolu, Ondo State, when I then attended St. Michael’s School. Later on, I joined United School somewhere between Itaogbolu and Ikere, in Ekiti State.

When I was 10 years old, I was called for an interview at Queen’s College, Lagos. I came to Lagos to stay with my uncle of the Fletcher family at Herbert Macaulay, Yaba. Back then, Queen’s College was at Race Course, now Tafawa Balewa Square. But I didn’t get the acceptance letter in time. My dad then took me to Ibadan, Oyo State. We had cousins there, the Osunbors. Mr. Osunbor was the secretary of the Anglican Diocese. Later, I attended Anglican Girls School in Oritamefa, Ibadan. They didn’t allow me sit on the entrance exam for that year. I had to repeat Standard Five and Standard Six before I took the Queen’s College exam. In 1952, I was eventually accepted by Queen’s College. The teachers from St. Anne’s School (Ibadan) came to interview us before those of Queen’s College, and urged us not to go for the interview with Queen’s College. So, in 1953, I went to St. Anne’s School. Our principal and teachers were all British. I was there before I sat for my School Certificate exams.

Was it common to send girls to school back then?

It wasn’t common at all. I didn’t know until later. In the schools I attended, like St. Anne’s and Anglican Girls School, we were all girls. It was only in primary school that we were mixed. Later on, I noticed that if we were about 25 in class, maybe four or five of us would be girls. At one of the schools I attended, when my dad was being transferred, we usually had weekly tests. On one of those days, my teacher came to the class, looked at the results and said to the boys, “How can a girl be leading the class? She has just resumed with us here and she’s the best in the class. You are lazy boys.” The teacher was referring to me.

What did you study after secondary school?

I wanted to study nursing, so I went to University College Hospital, Ibadan, Oyo State, where I spent three and a half years. At that time, the UCH Midwifery programme required students to complete their training abroad. The nurses and matrons were mostly British; there were just a few Nigerians. In London, United Kingdom, I did Part One of my Midwifery programme at Harrogate General Hospital, Yorkshire. Part Two was at a hospital in Birmingham. I had my certificate as a state-registered midwife.
I spent over a year and returned to Nigeria in 1963 because my parents said I shouldn’t stay too long or marry in the UK.

Where did you work when you returned to the country?

I worked at Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Idi Araba, for 10 months. The matron I met who knew me in UCH was a white woman. Then I got married in 1964 when I was 27 years old. After getting married, I worked at Lagos Island Local Government Area. Local governments were not as many then as they are now. It was the only local government that had a maternity, child welfare and so on. Lagos had not become a state by then.

How did you meet your husband?

We met through a mutual friend. When I was in the School of Medicine, my colleagues would say, ‘Funmi, nobody came to see you today?’ I would say, ‘I don’t want anybody.’ It was not that people didn’t chase me, but I wasn’t ready for anybody then. Later, a mutual female friend of ours introduced me to him and he was nice.

How did he propose to you?

He just told me that he liked me and I said, okay. That lady who introduced us attended the same school I did. She knew I wasn’t ready to entertain any man, so she came to tell me that I shouldn’t ignore him and I accepted.

What attracted you to him?

He was very nice, friendly and respectful. For instance, one day, I was with my grandma at Herbert Macaulay. He had come to greet me the previous day. Early the next day, he came and my grandma asked him, ‘What happened to you? So, you don’t have anything to do?’ He said, ‘It’s not like that, ma.’ He said he had a job but his car was stolen. My uncle’s wife was even apologetic. My grandma was very strict; she even told me I shouldn’t marry anyone whose language I didn’t understand.

What were some of the challenges you encountered as a new wife?

Not much because we were living together. My brother-in-law’s house was in Ikoyi (Ekiti Lodge). He and my husband are lawyers. Then, they were living in front, while were staying at the back. They were educated, so I had no problem with them. When I started having children, he (my husband) was very helpful. He took care of them and he liked cooking. During my first pregnancy, he cooked for me. There is nothing he could not cook. My husband, Justice John Akinyede, was practising for a long time before he was appointed as a judge in Ondo during the Ibrahim Babangida regime. The appointment meant he could no longer practice law, which he loved. But he could not refuse and so he accepted it. However, before then, he was appointed as Chief Judge in Ondo State by Justice Aguda, but because he wouldn’t be able to practise as a lawyer, he refused because he was enjoying his work in his chambers. He later retired as a judge after about 10 years. Thankfully, I was already working then and most of our children were in secondary school. When they later went to the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University), they stayed with my younger brother who was a lecturer in the university.

When did you retire?

I retired in 1998.

How do you cope with living in two states (Lagos and Ondo)?

My husband visits us often. He has a building in his hometown. There was a time I was with him for some time there before I returned to Lagos. He came around just before Christmas and will be back again in March. We speak about twice a week. Usually, whenever I come back home from church on Sunday, we talk on the phone. I do miss him when he is away. But he misses us more because the children don’t go there (to visit him) all the time.

How do you spend your day?

Now, because of my eyes, I don’t strain myself. I tidy my room, I wash my underwear, but my laundry is done with the washing machine. Then I go down stairs, I exercise by walking round the compound. I then pray and read my bible.

 What kind of food do you like?

I like yam, and bread sometimes. I like moimoi (bean pudding) and akara (bean cake). I don’t really like rice. But my children don’t allow me to cook.

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* News / Protest Looms In Imo School Of Nursing Over Illegal Fees by katty: February 23, 2017, 11:47:28 PM
There is tension at the School of Nursing, Umulogho in Obowo Local Government Area of Imo State, over alleged use of “force” by the school management to compel students to retake hospital finals examination.
Vanguard newspaper reports that it learned yesterday that some of the aggrieved students were preparing for a showdown with the management to make public their travails, this is after parents, who allegedly paid N250,000 for their children to retake the hospital finals examination with the assurance that they would pass, had become frustrated. They said: “ We had an impression that the school management deliberately failed all the retakers of hospital finals examination to defraud them. The only person the management deemed fit to favour in the examination was a student whose parents dragged the management to the Etiti High Court over the injustices meted out on her previously.”
Among other controversial issues causing uneasy calm in the school, as told by the students, was that they were persuaded to retake the exams which they had taken before.
The students claimed “ it was against the nursing council rules for students to sit for the said examination twice. We were also compelled to pay N80,000 for the hospital finals. The school management deliberately exceeded the approved quota of students for personal gains. Those shortlisted for the council examination are students without recognized index number by the nursing council.”
Vanguard newspaper also stated that all efforts to reach the Principal of the school, Rev. Sister Ifeanyi Nwachukwu, proved abortive. A staff of the school who did not want her name mentioned, said the allegations were not true. “The students should be blamed because they want to achieve everything by all means without following the stipulated guidelines.” You must cross step one before you get to step two. Why is it that our people do not want to take things easy. They deserve whatever they are seeing now.” 

Source : Vanguard Newspaper

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* News / Re: Turkey : Nurses Sacked for Dancing in the Intensive Care Unit by Alfred: February 23, 2017, 05:56:47 PM
I watched the video and it was like it was a festive period or something. That's too harsh a punishment, they should have simply be warned. Here is the video

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* Exams / Re: Saunders NCLEX RN Questions and Answers 5th Edition Free Download in PDF by anon15: February 23, 2017, 05:55:33 PM
could you please send me the link for 5th and 6th edition?

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* News / Turkey : Nurses Sacked for Dancing in the Intensive Care Unit by Idowu Olabode: February 23, 2017, 05:29:34 PM
Several hospital workers have reportedly lost their jobs after footage of them dancing around an intensive care unit went viral.

The video shows the nurses in medical gowns and masks enjoying themselves at a private hospital in Antalya, Turkey while comatose patients lie in the background.

Local media reported that the video was originally filmed on December 23, 2013 but only surfaced this week when it was shared by a former hospital employee.

According Hurriyet Daily News, hospital manager Hüseyin Sarı said the staff involved were put on notice as soon as he was made aware of the footage.

He added that the Provincial Health Directorate was also immediately informed of the incident.

The hospital is said to employ 580 professionals and boasts the best-equipped Intensive Care Units in Antalya, according to Mr Sarı.

He stressed that this type of behavior will never be tolerated in the hospital.

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* News / Kenya : Court orders Trans Nzoia striking nurses to resume work or go to jail by Idowu Olabode: February 23, 2017, 05:16:23 PM
The Labour Relations court on Thursday ordered striking Trans Nzoia nurses to return to work immediately.

Lady Justice Maurine Onyango told the nurses that they risked being jailed.

"I will not be lenient with you. I will not give you a suspended sentence as in the case of doctors," Onyango said.

"I will jail you if you do not end the strike," she told KNUN Trans Nzoia branch secretary general Willy Sifuna.

Sifuna was served with the order at the Kisumu court following a suit filed by Governor Patrick Khaemba.

The Governor is seeking orders to stop the nurses' strike so that health services are restored.

The nurses were supposed to resume work on February 15. This was after a court directed them to go back to work pending the determination of the case.

On Friday, the nurses held a protest march in Kitale town before presenting their memorandum to county secretary Pius Munialo.

They are demanding promotions of more than 300 members and payment of allowances.

The health workers are also pushing the county to stock its hospitals with enough drugs as well as create the position of Chief County Nursing Officer.

In an earlier interview, Khaemba said the county had met 90 per cent of their needs.

The case will be heard on March 15.

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* Travel Nursing / Re: Relevance of World Education Services Evaluation by Idowu Olabode: February 23, 2017, 04:39:53 PM
@Tiffee, travel for what? Visiting? Studying? Well for the purpose of Nurse registration in Canada, you don't need WES evaluation as National Nursing Assessment Services NNAS is the body saddled with the responsibility of evaluating education or foreign nurses to determine its comparability to Canadian nursing education .  If you are undergoing further study too most higher institutions don't require WES evaluation however if you want to migrate to Canada through the Express Entry program or the soon to be launched Atlantic Immigration Pilot program thats when you need WES evaluation.

For nursing registration in USA, CGFNS is the most commonly used evaluation service provider.

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* Free Nursing Books / Re: NANDA Nursing Diagnosis 2015-2017 Free E-Book Download by Danielle: February 23, 2017, 03:29:56 PM
Hi, Can anyone send me the e-book to Belgium on please. Thanks a lot!

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* News / Gayle Woodford murder: man admits raping and killing South Australia nurse by Idowu Olabode: February 23, 2017, 12:36:27 PM
A man has admitted raping and killing South Australian outback nurse Gayle Woodford.

Dudley Davey, 35, pleaded guilty in Port Augusta magistrates court on Thursday to murdering Woodford in March last year.

Her body was found in a shallow roadside grave three days after she went missing in Fregon, where the mother of two worked in a community health clinic.

It can now be revealed that Davey has a history of crimes against women, including a public sex attack on a woman who was asleep in Adelaide’s central business district in 2012.

He was jailed for 20 months over that drunken assault before he was released on parole and returned to the dry zone of the state’s remote Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands.

He raped and killed Woodford six months after his parole conditions had lapsed.

Davey, from Mimili, also admitted stealing an ambulance she used in her work in the area.

Around the time Woodford went missing, the ambulance left her home and was tracked using its GPS data. Police intercepted the vehicle hours later at Coober Pedy and arrested Davey inside.

He was later charged with Woodford’s murder but the rape charge was not added until last month.

Members of Woodford’s family attended the hearing on Thursday, including her husband, Keith Woodford. The schoolteacher said he would speak about the tragedy in time, but not yet.

The murder sparked a major push to improve the safety of nurses working in remote communities with an online petition securing more than 132,000 signatures.

After Woodford’s death a review of the risks facing remote health workers found they should be accompanied on callouts to clients. The report, by peak body CRANAplus, also recommended upgrades to alarm systems and better training.

Davey will be arraigned in the the supreme court on 20 March.

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* News / Auxiliary Nurses ti Takeover, My Story in Search of Nursing Job in Lagos by Oba by katty: February 23, 2017, 10:10:13 AM
Don't forget to share this story until it gets to concerned authorities.

As a young man who just graduated from school of Nursing and willing to contribute my quota to the health sector in Lagos and its environs.
I left my house this fateful morning in search of job. I was ready to face and answer any interview question coming my way. My first point of call was a clinic down my street. I met the so called "Medical Director" of the hospital who later opened up to me that he was a "Male Nurse" I was happy hearing that (little did I know that the guy no send me even as I be male nurse😆😆😆).
We got talking and and after going through my CV, when i asked him if i had got the job, his response still baffles me till date. He said :"young man, you have a good CV but I would prefer an auxiliary to you".
I was shocked to my bone marrow. Then, I began to question his certificate. I became angry and demanded for my CV and application letter from him instantly. I stumbled out of his hospital.
Fast forward to 2pm same day.
Under the scorching Sun, I trekked down to another place hoping to secure a job that same day. I walked into the hospital smiling when I saw someone with the Badge *Registered Nurse*. I walked up to her so I can initiate a discussion. Immediately I told her I just qualified as a Registered Nurse, she changed her face and told me they only employ Auxiliaries here. I became perplexed.
On my way home, I decided to board a tricycle popularly called "Keke Marwa" in Lagos. A lady sat beside me putting on a "gown" (pink) with Red and blue pen. I asked her that are you a Nurse? She said yes. I smiled and said define Nursing. She was looking at me like a moron. That as when the ego of a male Nurse came over me. I started blasting her. I was angry based on my experiences earlier that day.
I'm yet to recover from the shock I got from the places I went to in search of a job. Who says Nurses don't look for Job? Gone are those days when you get a job immediately after leaving school.
To worsen the case, you can not enrol for any post basic course without one or two years working experiences , same way you can't enrol for Direct entry in Nigerian Universities.

As a matter of urgency, something needs to be done to those that called themselves "Auxiliary Nurses" (I call them health attendants). There should be strict punishment for them and those training them. If 10 hospitals were to ve visited around, hardly will you find one that does not have "Auxiliary" Nurses on their pay roll.
I hope NMCN will make the license available early enough this time around.
I'm a Nurse and I value my profession. Thank you for your time.
Nurse Oba Adeboye Solomon

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