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* Upcoming Conference / International Council of Nurses Global Nursing Leadership Institute 2018 Policy by Idowu Olabode: November 22, 2017, 06:19:56 PM
The International Council of Nurses Presents the Global Nursing Leadership Institute's 2018 Policy Programme
 
Application Submission will be Open from: 1 December 2017 to 16 February 2018
 
Want to participate in our GNLI 2018 Policy Programmes? Start preparing your CV!
 
Contact details:  International Council of Nurses GNLI 2018
Tel: +41229080107
Email: gnli@icn.ch website: www.icn.ch/events/
* News / UK NMC Language Testing Requirements Update with List of Exempted Countries by Idowu Olabode: November 22, 2017, 05:46:56 PM
Here is the new update sent by UK NMC this afternoon on the changes to English Language Testing Requirements including list of countries exempted from providing English Language Test


I am writing to you following recent changes to our English language requirements.
 
We’ve had a few questions about the requirements so we wanted to provide you with some further guidance.
 
The application process for joining our register includes two individual stages, the eligibility stage and the application stage.

Eligibility stage
 

Before you begin, you must read and understand the minimum requirements needed to join our register. This includes our language requirements, which can be found on our website.
 
If you think you meet the minimum requirements you will be able to progress to the computer based test (CBT).
 
At this stage we will not have assessed your English language competence and progressing to the CBT does not mean that the language requirements have been met.
 
Application stage
 
After you complete the CBT you will need to submit an application to us. This includes evidence of your language competence along with all of the other supporting information relating to your health, character and training.
 
At this stage we assess your application and the supporting evidence provided, including evidence of your English language competence.
 
We will only consider the evidence once we have a complete application.
 
We will consider language evidence on a case-by-case basis against our published requirements. There are no language exemptions.
 
Evidence type 2: A recent a pre-registration qualification which was taught and examined in English

 
If you want to provide evidence that you have trained in English you must be able to confirm that:

1.Your course was taught (including lectures, assignments and reading materials) and examined in English
2.The programme demonstrates reading, writing, speaking and listening ability in a range of environments
3.The programme was made up of at least 50 percent clinical interaction. At least 75 percent of that must be with patients, service users, their families and other healthcare professionals and must have taken place in English
4.The programme must have been completed within the two years before starting your application with us.

You will also need to provide us with a letter of reference from the training institution you studied at, clearly setting out how the requirements were met.
 
Where we talk about a ‘recent pre-registration qualification’ we mean a qualification that is less than two years old at the point of making an application to us.
 
We do not consider other qualifications in order to meet evidence type 2. It must be a pre-registration programme that leads to registration as a nurse or midwife.

 
Evidence type 3: Registered and practised in English
 
If you want to provide evidence you have registered and practised in English, you must confirm the following:

1.You have completed an English language assessment or examination as part of your registration outside of the UK
2.You have practised for at least one year in an English speaking setting after registration
3.Your registration is in a country where English is the first and native language.

You will need to download the overseas registration employer reference form 1 or 2, which can be found on the work experience section of the application, and ask your referee to complete it. Please refer to Section 4a and 4b of the form. Your referee must also complete the evidence of English language competence declaration section.
 
If you were not required to sit a language test by the regulator because you were taught and examined in a country where English is the first and native language, you will still meet this requirement. A list of countries where English is the first and native language can be found on our website.

Nationals of the countries listed below are considered to be from a majority English speaking country:
• Antigua and Barbuda
• Australia
• The Bahamas
• Barbados
• Belize
• Canada
• Dominica
• Grenada
• Guyana
• Jamaica
• New Zealand
• St Kitts and Nevis
• St Lucia
• St Vincent and the Grenadines
• Trinidad and Tobago
• The United States of America

In addition to the above, we consider the following countries to be majority English speaking:
• British Antarctic Territory (BAT)
• British Indian Ocean Territory (BIOT)
• Falkland Islands
• Ireland
• Isle of Man
• Jersey
• Guernsey
• Gibraltar
• Sovereign Base Areas of Akrotiri and Dhekelia on Cyprus
• United Kingdom
• US Virgin Islands
We maintain and update our list on a regular basis. When we are advised that a country’s first and native language is English, we contact the relevant Ministry of Health and the nursing and midwifery regulator to seek evidence of this.

Yours sincerely

International registration team
Nursing and Midwifery Council
* Research / ARN Announces Evidence-Based Clinical Tools for Continence Care by katty: November 22, 2017, 05:28:27 PM
The Association of Rehabilitation Nurses (ARN) unveiled six evidence-based algorithms and additional tools as a standardized guide for continence care at the 2017 annual meeting in Seattle, WA earlier this month. Author and project lead, Christine Cave, DNP NP-C CRRN EP-C, shared the tools and explained how the entire interdisciplinary team can use them to easily apply best practices to problem-solve the continence needs of their patients.

The development of the clinical tools was prompted by a need to provide standardized education, and policies and procedures on continence care for rehabilitation as well as other nursing care programs. Over a nine-month period, a task force reviewed 10 years of bowel and bladder management research. The result was the development of six algorithms, a detailed drawing of the Central Nervous System Controls of Bowel and Bladder Function to guide understanding of underlying pathophysiology, a Financial Impact Tool to estimate costs of poor incontinence/constipation management and a 24-Hour Frequency Volume Chart. The following are included in the algorithms:

1.General Assessment of Bladder
2.General Assessment of Bowel Function
3.Urinary Incontinence
4.Voiding Dysfunction
5.Constipation
6.Diarrhea or Fecal incontinence

These tools are aimed to institute a higher-quality care standard for nurses who implement strategies to establish continence.

When asked why she was compelled to spearhead this effort, Christine responded, “Rehabilitation nurses everywhere want to provide the best care in the most timely manner when it comes to bowel and bladder management. Yet many nurses have struggled to establish effective management plans early enough during the patient's stay due to a lack of evidence-based education and use of standards or protocols in rehabilitation settings. This booklet is intended to assist the entire interdisciplinary team with identifying the need for improvement of care along with supportive tools to make the necessary changes to raise the bar for better bowel and bladder management.”

All of the tools are now available for purchase in booklet and poster format on the ARN website in the Bookstore. More information is available at www.rehabnurse.org/continencecare.

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Association of Rehabilitation Nurses (ARN)

ARN is a professional healthcare association dedicated to promoting and advancing professional rehabilitation nursing practice through education, advocacy, collaboration, and research to enhance the quality of life for those affected by disability and chronic illness in a multitude of settings.

For more information about ARN, please visit www.rehabnurse.org or call 800.229.7530.
* News / Pakistani Doctor who Sexually Assaulted UK Student Nurse is Suspended for a Year by katty: November 22, 2017, 05:17:07 PM
A doctor who groped a nurse’s breast whilst working at a hospital has been suspended from the profession for a year.

Dr Imran Rauf Qureshi, 44, was convicted by a jury after a trial of a single count of sexual assault in May, last year.

Now a medical tribunal has ruled his fitness to practice is impaired and his name has been suspended from the Medical Register for 12 months.

A hearing was held at the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (MPTS) at St James’s Buildings on Oxford Street, Manchester,

Qureshi, a married father-of-two, sexually assaulted the nurse by grabbing her breast at Trafford General Hospital while he was working there as a locum in 2015.



He was sentenced in June last year by a judge at Manchester’s Minshull Street Crown Court to a 12-month community order, with 20 days rehabilitation.

The medical practitioners tribunal met to consider a case of ‘impairment by reason of a conviction’.

Qureshi told the panel that he was ‘looking for a romantic friendship’ with the nurse and offered a ‘sincere and deep-hearted apology’ to her.

In a written judgement after hearing evidence, the panel said: “The Tribunal noted that you ignored signs from Ms A that she did not welcome your behaviour.

“The Tribunal considered, given the length of time you had been in the United Kingdom at that stage and the fact you were fully aware of the differences in culture, because of your experiences with your wife, you should have recognised Ms A’s reluctance in light of your shared cultural understanding.

“The Tribunal concluded you showed a lack of empathy towards Ms A and ignored her objections to your behaviour.

“The Tribunal therefore determined that a period of suspension is necessary in order to mark the seriousness of your action and to promote and maintain public confidence in the medical profession. Having determined that Dr Qureshi’s name be suspended from the Medical Register for a period of 12 months.”

The MPTS hears cases involving doctors where serious concerns have been raised and as a result, their fitness to practise has been called into question by the GMC.

Source:http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/doctor-who-sexually-assaulted-nurse-13937365
* News / Philippines: Capitol Assures aid for Cebu Nurse in Assault Case by katty: November 22, 2017, 05:11:31 PM
THE Provincial Women’s Commission (PWC) committed to extend assistance to the nurse who was berated and assaulted by a female patient and her husband at the Balamban District Hospital last Nov. 14.

Cebu Vice Gov. Agnes Magpale, who chairs the PWC, disclosed this to reporters a day after she met with the nurse, her lawyer and Dr. Olivia Dandan, hospital chief of the Balamban District Hospital now known as the Balamban branch of the Cebu Provincial Hospital.

A video of the nurse being assaulted by the female patient and her husband went viral on social media.

Magpale said they can provide psycho-social intervention for the nurse after what she had experienced.

“At first, I thought they wanted legal help because we can provide it. However, they later told us that they already had a lawyer to represent the nurse (in the event that they will formally file a complaint against the patient),” Magpale said.

She said the PWC offered to assist them in any way.

“If they need something, we can provide. We’re also happy that the PNA and the PHO is conducting parallel investigations to expedite things,” Magpale said.

In a statement released last Monday, the PNA denounced the actions of the female patient and her husband who was seen to have grabbed the nurse’s ID sling after the nurse refused to heed the patient’s request to reveal her identity.

Back in 2012, Balamban District Hospital was classified as a provincial hospital. Magpale said the nurse told her the details of the incident.

PHO chief Dr. Rene Catan was scheduled to meet with the nurse and her team yesterday afternoon in Balamban town, located 45 kilometers west of Cebu City.

Cebu Daily News tried but was unable to contact Catan for updates on the case.

Source:http://cebudailynews.inquirer.net/155180/capitol-assures-aid-nurse-assault-case#ixzz4zB443Do4

* News / Nurses Rush to Save Babies as Earthquake Hits Hospital, Video Goes Viral by Idowu Olabode: November 22, 2017, 02:14:17 PM
An incredible video shows how nurses rushed to protect the babies on their neonatal ward during an earthquake.

When the hospital started to shake, their first instinct might have been to run away to get outside.

But CCTV shows how they rushed to secure the cots, holding them together to try and protect them.



They then pick up the babies and put them in a special harness, to take them outside safely.

‘I love how they don’t waste time protecting those children. Nurses are real life superheroes,’ one user commented on Reddit.

Another added: ‘Exactly. i Don’t care if it’s part of their job. No hesitation whatsoever to protect the babies.

‘I mean, it doesn’t matter what you do for a living – self-preservation will still kick in. These nurses just kicked that concept out of the window. Hats off to people like them. Not sure I’d be able to do that if we switched places.’

The video has gone viral this week, although its origins are unclear.

Source :http://metro.co.uk/2017/11/21/how-nurses-in-a-neo-natal-unit-reacted-to-an-earthquake-7098015/
* News / Retiring Nurses in Ogun State Beg Governor Amosu to Employ More Nurses by Idowu Olabode: November 22, 2017, 02:06:40 PM
Some retiring nurses in Ogun State public hospitals have appealed to the state governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, to employ more nurses so as to take over from them as they retire from the service.

The nurses, who spoke with our correspondent on condition of anonymity, during a send-off organised for them at the Nurses’ House in Abeokuta,  said the state government  had failed to replace those who retired from service over the years, thus making the job stressful for them.

One of the retiring nurses explained that the employment of more nurses would improve service delivery to the patients.

She said, “I want the government to employ more nurses. In a case where you need the attention of nurses and they are supposed to be four or five to do the job, but you have only one or two persons, some lives may be lost.”

Another one said, “As we are leaving now, there is no replacement. This has been the trend for many years. I want to advise the government to try and employ more nurses. “

However, the state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Babatunde Ipaye, described the current economic recession as one of the reasons why retired nurses were not being replaced by new ones.

Source : Punch Newspaper
* News / Clarifications on UK NMC Language Change for Foreign Nurses (Evidence 2&3) by katty: November 22, 2017, 11:31:04 AM
Read before you sit for CBT!
"We have had a number of enquiries, in particular about evidence type 2 (for individuals who trained and were examined in English) Therefore, we thought it would be helpful to provide you with some guidance and clarification.

In order to avoid disappointment, please ensure that you understand our language requirements before you submit your application to join our register."

A Nurse mailed NMC for clarification on the new English language change and below is the clarification he got which has been trending on whatsapp groups:

Dear candidate

Thank you for taking the time to write to us. I am responding following our recent changes to language evidence for internationally trained nurses and midwives, which came into force on 1 November 2017.

We have had a number of enquiries, in particular about evidence type 2 (for individuals who trained and were examined in English) and type 3 (for individuals who registered and practised in English). Therefore, we thought it would be helpful to provide you with some guidance and clarification.

In order to avoid disappointment, please ensure that you understand our language requirements before you submit your application to join our register.

The application process includes two distinct stages:

Eligibility stage

It is an individual candidate’s responsibility to read and understand the minimum requirements needed to be accepted onto our register.
This includes our language requirements, which can be found on our website.

By declaring that you have met the minimum requirements you are able to progress to the computer based test (CBT).

At this stage we have not assessed your language competence. Progressing to the CBT does not indicate that the language requirements have been met.

Application stage

After you complete the CBT you will need to submit a complete application. This includes evidence to demonstrate your language competence along with all of the other supporting information relating to your health, character and training.

At this stage we assess your application and the supporting evidence provided, including evidence of your English language competence.

We can only consider the evidence once we have a complete application.

We will consider language evidence on a case-by-case basis against our published requirements. There are no language exemptions.

Evidence type 2: Trained in English

If you wish to rely on this evidence type, your evidence must confirm the following:


The course was taught (including lectures, assignments and reading materials) and examined in Englishthe programme demonstrates reading, writing, speaking and listening ability in a range of environmentsthe programme was composed of at least 50 percent clinical interaction. At least 75 percent of that must be with patients, service users, their families and other healthcare professionals and must have taken place in English the programme must have been completed within the two years prior to you starting your application with us.

As part of your application, you will need to provide us with a letter of reference from the training institution you studied at, clearly setting out how the requirements were met.

Please note, by ‘recent’ we mean evidence related to English language competence that is less than two years old at the point of making an application to us.

 We do not consider other qualifications in order to satisfy evidence type 2. It must be a pre-registration programme that leads to registration as a nurse or midwife.

 
Evidence type 3: Registered and practised in English

If you wish to rely on this evidence type, your evidence must confirm the following:

you have completed an English language assessment or examination as part of your registration outside of the UK you have practised for at least one year in an English speaking setting after registration your registration is in a country where English is the first and native language.

You will need to download the overseas registration employer reference form 1 or 2, which can be found on the work experience section of the application, and ask your referee to complete it. Please refer to Section 4a and 4b of the form. Your referee must also complete the evidence of English language competence declaration section.

Please note if you were not required to sit a language test by the regulator because you were taught and examined in a country where English is the first and native language, you will still meet this requirement. A list of countries where English is the first and native language can be found on our website.

 All of the information on our language requirements can be found on our website.

Yours sincerely,

International Registration Team

Nursing and Midwifery Council

23 Portland Place

London W1B 1PZ

www.nmc.uk.org
* News / Where Brexit Hurts: The Nurses and Doctors Leaving London By Katrin Bennhold by Idowu Olabode: November 22, 2017, 11:13:56 AM
Tanja Pardela is leaving London. Her last day is Nov. 26. She wells up talking about it. She will miss jacket potatoes, and Sunday roasts, and her morning commute — past playing fields, small children in school uniforms and a red telephone box — to the hospital where she has been a pediatric nurse for 11 years.

Ms. Pardela does not want to leave the country she came to over a decade ago. But that country no longer exists. On June 24 last year, she said, “We all woke up in a different country.”

Seventeen months after Britain voted to leave the European Union, many Europeans are voting to leave Britain — with their feet. Some 122,000 of them packed their bags in the year through March, according to the latest figures available, while the stream of new arrivals has slowed.

In London, a city long sustained by European bankers, builders and baristas — “a place that makes you dream,” Ms. Pardela said — the departures are beginning to hurt. Construction companies and coffee shops are struggling to recruit. Top universities worry about retaining talent. And nowhere are the concerns more elemental than in Britain’s treasured and already overstretched National Health Service.



Long before Brexit, the N.H.S. suffered from chronic staffing shortages, and today the country has 40,000 nursing vacancies. But recruiting nurses from the European Union had helped plug the gap — especially in London, where the share of nurses from the Continent is about 14 percent, or twice the national average. King’s College Hospital, the massive institution where Ms. Pardela works, is short of 528 nurses and midwives, and 318 doctors.

Brexit seems certain to make it harder and costlier to recruit from the Continent, assuming that people will still want to come from there. Even the legal status of European Union citizens already living in Britain remains unclear, entangled in the stalled Brexit talks between Brussels and London. Many fear they could lose rights, job security, pensions and access to free health care.

This uncertainty is one reason that some European health care professionals are either leaving, or thinking about leaving. In the year following the referendum, almost 10,000 quit the N.H.S. The number of nurses from other European Union countries registering to practice in Britain has dropped by almost 90 percent.

As yet, there is no mass exodus back to the Continent — the number of European Union staff in the health service even grew slightly in the year after the referendum. But the trends are unmistakable: The number of Europeans leaving the system is rising, and the number joining it is falling.

“With London in the grip of its worst ever staffing crisis, nurses are being pushed to breaking point on understaffed wards,” said Tom Colclough, regional spokesman for the Royal College of Nursing in London. “If those E.U. colleagues who have not yet left are not given an unequivocal right to remain, the very safety of the capital’s care settings will be under threat.”

The N.H.S., with its philosophy of free universal health care, is a pillar of postwar British identity, once described by a former minister as the closest thing the English had to a national religion. When London hosted the 2012 Olympics, a highlight of the opening ceremony was a dance performance by real nurses whose bodies eventually coalesced into three giant letters: N.H.S.

During the Brexit campaign, an argument about the N.H.S. helped tip a tight vote. Brexit advocates said leaving the European Union would allow the government to repatriate 350 million pounds a week from Brussels — about $463 million at current exchange rates — and spend it on health care. It was a powerful promise, plastered in bold across the side of a campaign bus — but it was false: Britain pays only about £166 million a week net into the European budget and there was little chance that even a lesser amount would go solely to the N.H.S.

“It was clearly the most effective argument not only with the crucial swing fifth but with almost every demographic,” the chief strategist of Vote Leave, Dominic Cummings, wrote in The Spectator earlier this year. “Would we have won without immigration? No. Would we have won without £350m/NHS? All our research and the close result strongly suggests No.”

Founded in 1840, King’s treated shell shock victims during World War I and victims of German air raids during World War II. More recently, survivors of London’s terror attacks and the Grenfell Tower fire were treated here.

The hospital is a complex of two dozen buildings in southeast London with Europe coursing through its circulatory system. Dutch workers built the state-of-the-art helipad on the roof. Eastern Europeans are helping to build a new intensive care wing and serving cappuccino as baristas in the four coffee shops. Of the 9,300 clinical staff, one in seven holds a non-British European passport.

Brexit is forcing a stark reassessment in every department. In the emergency room, Cyril Noël, a French doctor, is wrestling with how a country he loved rejected him. He describes the grieving process as the Five Stages of Brexit. In critical care, Georg Auzinger, an Austrian physician, has built a world-class facility but now worries about finding enough doctors and nurses.

Many worry that a health service they cherish may be existentially at risk. During a recent Sunday service in the hospital chapel, the priest said a prayer to guard against the “effects of Brexit.”

“The N.H.S. is in Britain’s DNA,” said Shelley Dolan, chief nurse and executive director of midwifery at King’s. “Europe is in the DNA of the N.H.S.”

Read full details from the source https://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/11/21/world/europe/nhs-brexit-eu-migrants.html?referer=https://www.google.com.ng/search?client=ucweb-b-bookmark&dcr=0&oq=Nurses+&aqs=mobile-gws-lite..&q=Nurses+
* Nursing Jobs / Inland Specialist Hospitals Vacancies for Nurses in Lagos by Idowu Olabode: November 21, 2017, 10:24:18 PM
Inland Specialist Hospital, a reputable healthcare delivery centre, is recruiting suitably qualified candidates to fill the position below:
 
Position: Staff Nurse/Midwife
 
Location: Ketu, Lagos
 
Requirement
• Minimum of 5 years Clinical Experience
 
How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should send their CV's to:
The Chief Medical Doctor,
Inland Specialist Hospitals,
12, Bola Owodunni Street,
Behind Eskay Filling Station,
Alapere - Ketu,
Lagos State.
Email: inlandspecialisthospital@yahoo.com
 
For Enquiries Call:08088107349
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