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* 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.

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 | | 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
*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:
Deadline: Two weeks from publication
* Nursing Jobs / 2019 International Midwife Day: Vacancy for New Committee Member 2019 by katty: January 03, 2019, 07:09:49 PM
A vacancy has arisen for a midwife or student midwife who is passionate about the global nature of midwifery education, research and practice. This midwife will be proficient in the use of social media and mobile technologies with access to a stable internet connection. A knowledge of marketing techniques will be advantageous. Proficiency in the English language is essential.

Committee members must commit to regular meetings in the run up to the conference (05 May 2019). Meetings are conducted online using webconferencing tools. Each committee member takes an active part in the organisation before and facilitation during the 24 hour conference; hence the time commitment increases from an hour or two a week initially to five or six hours a week in the month before the conference.

To apply for this position, complete the form below submitting your CV with a supporting statement explaining what you can bring to the committee and the VIDM.

Closing date 06 January 2019

To complete the application Form go to
* News / Oman’s Ministry of Health Sets Record Straight on Hiring of 400 Indian Nurses by katty: December 31, 2018, 10:32:09 AM
The Ministry of Health has issued a clarification regarding their decision to hire Indian nurses for government hospitals after a person questioned officials regarding this.

In a Tweet online, one person asked the Ministry why “400 Indian nurses were required to work in Oman”, also implying that Omanis were not being hired for the posts.

The Ministry explained that this was being done because nursing specialists with the required experience for these posts weren’t available in Oman.

In a statement online, the ministry clarified, “We would like to clarify about inaccurate information in the tweet. The announcement recently put forward by the Ministry is to address the critical need for experienced nursing specialists, who are not available in the Sultanate.”

The ministry added that it had recruited 185 Omani nurses since June 30, 2018.

Source: Times of Oman
* Nursing Heroes / Meet Anna Mae Hays The Nurse Who Became America’s First Female General by katty: December 31, 2018, 10:20:38 AM
Not long after the June 1970 ceremony during which General William C. Westmoreland pinned stars on her uniform, making her the first woman in the U.S. Armed Forces to attain the rank of brigadier general—and subjecting her to what Time magazine called a “brassy” kiss on the mouth—Anna Mae Hays climbed into a car with a single destination in mind: the Army officers’ club. Up to that day, female officers had been tacitly expected to use a side entrance, and in her former rank of colonel, Hays had acquiesced. This time, according to an account in the Lancet, General Hays directed the driver to drop her at the front, and it was through the front door that she entered.

No female officer—the story goes—would ever use the side entrance again.

Hays, who died in January at age 97, was a career officer in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps. Her breakthrough ascent to become America’s first female general officer—and her championing of gender equality—reminds us that women in traditionally “feminine” occupations have done as much to advance gender equity as those who pushed their way into male domains. Just as flight attendants took on regulations governing their looks, age and marital status, or telephone operators braved bombings and fires in France during the Great War, nurses like Hays changed notions about what women can achieve and the treatment they are entitled to, displaying quiet radicalism along with competence and courage.

It is no exaggeration to say that nurses paved the way for the hard-fought acceptance of women in the U.S. military. The fact that we now have female Army rangers is due in part to the civilian nurses who, for 25 cents a day, bandaged wounds in the Army commanded by George Washington, and to women like Clara Barton and Dorothea Dix, who advanced the practice of military nursing during the Civil War. War by war, nurses proved that women could endure blood, privation, sniper fire, terrifying journeys and exposure to exotic disease—and that survival rates improved enormously thanks to their care and presence. Decades before women were permitted to be sailors, Navy nurses proved that women had a place aboard ships.

But at no time did nurses do more to prove their value than during World War II, when Hays, a nurse from Allentown, Pennsylvania, went to the local police station and took her oath of office. She joined an Army Nurse Corps that would comprise nearly 60,000 women during the Second World War, which remains the largest, most violent war in recorded human history, one that necessitated the proximity of medical staff to men making landings and invasions.

In the European and North African theaters, nurses worked very close to the front lines, according to historian Judith A. Bellafaire. The “chain of evacuation” began with mobile field hospitals—tents set up close to the fighting—where wounds could be evaluated, triage performed, operations carried out and evacuations begun. Nurses were basically embedded with the troops and traveled with them; during the invasion of North Africa, the women clambered down ladders from their transport vessel into small assault boats, and the invasion of Sicily saw nurses huddled in trenches and foxholes as they were pounded by German dive bombers. In Normandy, nurses with packs on their backs landed on the beachhead four days after D-Day.

Assembling and disassembling the field hospitals, they accompanied Allied troops chasing the Germans through France. They treated Holocaust survivors, and the thousands of men wounded during the Battle of the Bulge. Whenever patients had to be evacuated, nurses accompanied them on hospital trains, planes and ships, which sometimes endured bombings, crashes and sinkings. Army flight nurses were so adept that there were only five deaths in flight per 100,000 patients. Seventeen flight nurses lost their own lives in the war, according to Bellafaire.

At age 22, Hays was sent toward the Pacific, which lacked the supplies and equipment of the European theater; she later observed that it was “sadly neglected” and that “we did the very best we could.” In guarded jungle hospitals, Pacific nurses received horrific casualties from Okinawa, Guam, Saipan and Tinian Island, and treated burns from kamikaze attacks on oil tankers. In the vast ocean, with multiday sea battles, amphibious landings, and attacks from planes and suicide boats, Navy flight nurses had to pass rigorous tests for swimming and towing bodies. Nor were nurses immune from air assaults; when the hospital ship USS Comfort was attacked off Leyte Island, six nurses were killed and four were wounded.

By January 1943, Hays found herself in Ledo, Assam, part of a brutal but neglected theater—China, Burma and India—where she joined a group treating American and Chinese troops using the Ledo Road to transport military supplies to the Chinese Nationalist Army fighting Japan. There, she scraped caked mud and cleaned lice off wounded bodies, before the severing of limbs could begin. “I can vividly remember the many amputations of extremities due to gas gangrene,” she later recalled in an Army oral history. “I, as a 22-, 23-year-old girl, was very upset because of the many amputations.”

But an even greater problem was diseases like malaria and typhus, which afflicted not only patients but staff. “It seemed that most everyone had bacillary or amoebic dysentery, dengue fever or malaria,” she remembered. Living in bamboo quarters, she became accustomed to burning leeches off her skin. Describing the time a cobra was found under her bed—a guard shot it—she remarked, “When one lives in the jungle, one can expect that sort of thing.”

Hays spent 2½ years there, was promoted to first lieutenant—in 1944, Army and Navy nurses were allowed full officer status—and decided to make military nursing her career. When war broke out in Korea, Hays was part of the massive initial invasion. “We were the first hospital to set up in Inchon, and then move in toward Seoul,” she remembered, saying that conditions were worse than during World War II, because of the lack of supplies, and the cold.

During a stint in the States, she encountered President Dwight D. Eisenhower when she helped treat him during a prolonged stay for intestinal surgery. Ike listened sympathetically to Army nurses on the topics of retirement, rotation and living conditions; Hays became lifelong friends with the general and his wife, Mamie. On September 1, 1967, Hays was sworn in as the 13th chief of the Army Nurse Corps. During her tenure, she pushed for fairer promotion, urged maternity leave and helped end the practice of discharging married officers who became pregnant. She challenged regulations that evaluated female nurse applicants based on the age of their dependent children. “The nurses felt they were really becoming part of the Army structure, which I thought was very important,” Hays later said.

The day she received her promotion to brigadier general, so did Elizabeth P. Hoisington, director of the Women’s Army Corps. That a nurse got her stars before a regular female soldier might have been happenstance; it might have been alphabetical order. But given all that nurses have done to pioneer the place of women in the military, it seemed fitting.
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* News / UGONSA Takes Struggle for Internship and Proper Placement of Nurses to OAUTH by katty: December 31, 2018, 10:00:07 AM
Chief Medical Director,
ObafemiAwolowo University Teaching Hospital (OAUTH),
P.M.B. 5538, Ile-Ife,
Osun State, Nigeria,

Director of Administration,
Head of Nursing Services, OAUTH,



Complements of the season and Nightingales’ greetings from members of the University Graduates of Nursing Science Association (UGONSA), the professional association of nurses with a minimum qualification of first degree in nursing.

2. We write to request that you implement the graduate nurses internship in your hospital and as well effect the proper placement of those that are already in the service as prescribed by the circular, REF No. HCSF/EIR/CND/S.100/ST/97 dated 8th September, 2016 from the office of the head of civil service of the federation (please refer Annexure A).

3. The referred circular has made a one-year internship training a compulsory part of nursing education for the Bachelor of Nursing Science (B.N.Sc) degree as is obtainable with the university education of other healthcare disciplines with the implication that baccalaureate education of nurses  is now  incomplete and void without the internship training.

4. The opportunity of blending theory with clinical practice offered by the internship training is not only most beneficial to fresh graduate nurses but also to patients, especially as nurses form the first line of client care, have the highest visibility and number of hours spent with patients and maintain a ‘round-the-clock’ interaction with patients in the hospital.

5. Since the lives of people have been entrusted unto nurses’ care, it is imperative that they are adequately trained and motivated to perform this special responsibility effectively and efficiently hence our request for implementation of the internship training and proper placement of graduate nurses by your hospital.

6. For ease of implementation of our request we hereby avail you the Federal Ministry of Health’s guideline for implementation of  internship and proper placement of graduate nurses (please refer Annexure B) and other relevant documents for your due guidance.


We passionately request that you

1. help fresh graduate nurses trained in Obafemi Awolowo University and other universities across the country complete their nursing education, vis-à-vis internship training, by offering them opportunity to run internship training in your hospital as is done for graduates of other healthcare disciplines.

2. upgrade existing nursing officers, who were on CONHESS 07 (.i.e Grade Level 08) before the release of the circular, to the new base of CONHESS 08 (Grade Level 09) effective from 8th September, 2016 (being the date of release of the circular REF No. HCSF/EIR/CND/S.100/ST/97 by the office of the head of civil service of the federation) as prescribed by the civil service circular, Ref No. B63279/S.7/II/T/273 dated 24th April, 2002 (please refer Annexure C).

3. Commence the employment of fresh graduate nurses on CONHESS 08 and upgrade the existing nursing officers who were wrongly employed on CONHESS 07 instead of CONHESS 08 even after 8th September, 2016 (the date the circular was released) to CONHESS 08 effective from the date of their employment.

Kindly accept the assurances of our esteemed regards.


CHIEF (HON.) S.E.O. EGWUENU                               NURSE G.I. NSHI
 National President                                                             National Secretary
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