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* News / Kenya: Nurses' CBA to be registered in court this month by Idowu Olabode: December 08, 2017, 08:26:54 PM
Nurses are set to have their collective bargaining agreement (CBA) registered in court and if honoured, it will see them enjoy higher salaries and a better working environment.

Council of Governors (CoG) chairman, Josphat Nanok, said on Thursday that they have endorsed the draft agreement that would be binding and that the negotiating team is ready to proceed to finalise process and have the CBA registered in the Employment and Labour Relations Court.



Mr Nanok also said the CoG has resolved to jointly with the National Government examine the gaps in the regulatory framework that governs industrial disputes in order to avert future strikes.

“The negotiations for the nurses CBA are coming to a finality,” said Mr Nanok yesterday.

“We have endorsed the draft document and now the negotiating team will proceed to finalize process and have the CBA registered in the Labour court.”

He was speaking yesterday at the CoG headquarters at Delta House, Westlands, during a governors’ extra ordinary meeting attended by the World Bank and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation representatives.

Strike over

Early last month, nurses secured a pay deal addressing their uniform and nursing service allowances, the key contentious issue that had prolonged the impasse, ending a five month old strike that caused Kenyans endless pains and deaths.

The health workers agreed to a payment structure that would see their uniform allowance increase by 33 per cent per year up to financial year 2020/2021.

This means that when the allowance take effect in the financial year 2018/2019 each nurse would get a uniform allowance of Sh15,00 up from Sh10,000 increasing by Sh5,000 to Sh25,000 payable in a year in financial year 2020/2021.

The Nursing Service Allowance will go up by up to 13.2 per cent from Sh23,000 in the financial year 2018/2019 to Sh30,000 in 2020/2021.

The CBA the nurses have been pushing for was expected to be signed and registered in court in 30 days after the Return to Work agreement was signed on November 2.

“We hope this would be free from any sort of hostile environment from parties involved,” said the Kenya National Union of Nurses secretary-general, Seth Panyako.

Source: Daily Nation
* Nursing Jobs / Living Hope Adult Care Vacancy for a Registered Nurse in Abuja by Idowu Olabode: December 08, 2017, 07:08:22 PM
Living Hope Adult Care, a  newly Registered Adult Day Care Service startup in Abuja specializing in providing care for the elderlies in their various homes is in urgent need of a Registered Nurse.

Requirements:

-   Must be a Registered Nurse and possess valid license
-   Must have passion for elderly care
-   Must be resident at Lugbe Axis in Abuja

Method of Application


Interested applicants should send their application letter and CV in a Single attachment to
Email: livinghopeadultcare@gmail.com

Application Deadline: 23rd, December 2017.
* Articles / The Need for Nurses to Be Politically Involved By Nurse Oba Adeboye Solomon by Idowu Olabode: December 08, 2017, 11:22:24 AM
Politics according to Oxford advanced learners dictionary is defined as the activities involved in getting and using power in public life and being able to influence decisions that affects a country or society. Politics is a process involving modalities of power involved in controlling, shaping and designing public policies, laws or regulations etc which has effects on General public. Politics as a dynamics of power, is found in every institution, from a personal relationship to the family, to the community to a lager  collections of people. Wherever power is at play (which is everywhere), there is politics.
 
Nursing on the other hand is the largest medical profession in the world with nearly 4million Nurses in the United states and about 240,000 Nurses in Nigeria respectively (NMCN). As such, Nurses have a potential to profoundly influence policy and politics on a global scale.  In fact, it is the moral and professional ethics to be engaged in legislation that impacts their patients (Nurse as an advicate).
 
When Nurses influences the politics that improve the delivery of healthcare, they are ultimately advocating do their patients. Unfortunately Nurses have historically had little involvement in policy that affects healthcare delivery.
 
FACTORS LIMITING NURSES PARTICIPATION IN POLITICS
There are several reasons for the limited nursing participation in politics:
1. Lack of awareness,
2. Inadequate skills and
3. Mittle opportunity for involvement are just few factors including the limited formal health care policy education in Nursing.
 
Regardless of the multiple factors limiting the nursing profession's potential impact on politics, the fact remains that Nurses are vital to the development and implementation of health care policy. As the largest medical profession in the world, Nurses should be leading the way in redesigning the healthcare system; but in order to do so, they will need partner with members of other medical professions such as physicians etc. For this to happen, Nurses must be skilled in patient's care as well as interdisciplinary team work, information and technology, implementing evidenced based practice and quality improvement.
 
REASONS WHY NURSES SHOULD BE POLITICALLY ACTIVE
As young aspiring politician and a professional Nurse, here are my top 3 reasons why Nurses need to be politically active:
 
1: POLITICS CAN CHANGE THE WORK WE DO
Political factors can have a substantial impact on what type of work we do as Nurses, because of the impacts on the society. A good example is the *law passed by Lagos-State government asking motorbikes (Okada) to stay off major highways in the state. This means there will be fewer Car/Motorcycle accidents as a result of this law. Fewer trauma codes, fewer ICU admissions, fewer fatalities. Laws, policiesand political decisions in the society has a direct or indirect Impact on our job.
 
2: WE CAN REPRESENT THE INTERESTS OF THE NURSING PROFESSION
Most Nurses are experiencing or have experienced a period where they have been short paid (Salary not up to work load), wage freezes, working without a contract, decrease hospital funding, strikes (i.e JOHESU strikes in federal institutions). Nurses can follow these funding decisions directly to their impact on patients care; because our role in providing patients care. When we vote, we elect people who will make budgeting decisions, we can vote for people who will support our Job security, and adequate funding for healthcare. We can also reinforce the importance of Nursing profession by contacting politicians to share information and let them know that we Nurses vote too.
 
Political activities gives Nurses opportunity to represent and advance our professional values.
 
3: WE CAN ADVOCATE FOR OUR PATIENTS
The most important reason to be politically active is because politics is a means for Nurses to advocate for their patients. Advocacy is very important for  Nurses because social justice is a core Value of the Nursing profession. When we work in clinical settings, we can help one patient at a time and this work is central to our profession. When we vote, sign a petition, contest or participate in a political event, we can potentially help thousands of people at a time. Political activity takes the work of Nurses from being a discreet event in one setting and raises it to a societal level.
 
A lot of the social determinants of health can be impacted through political decisions. Nurses can help to protect health care access for vulnerable populations.
 
WHAT CAN WE DO TO BE INVOLVED POLITICALLY?
There are many ways Nurses can be politically active. Some suggestions include:
- VOTE! (2019 general elections is around the corner)
- Call or E-mail your elected representatives, and tell them about an issue that matters to you (probably in client's care, Hospital administration, as a professional body) in other words, lobby on behalf of your profession if u can.
- Engage with political party or organization in your immediate environment and social media and Don forget to always share information with your followers ( be a card carrier of a political party).
- Actively participate in your Nursing union or sub-specialty associations.
- Join a reasonable protest or demonstration.
- Run for political positions or office either in your local government down to the federal level.
- TALK POLITICS!
- Don't be a Timid Nurse speak out where applicable.
- Volunteer to participate in policy meetings or related activities.
- Catch them young: Encourage student Nurses to participate in students politics.
 
Conclusion
What Nurses don't realize is that they are politicians already whether they are negotiating with patients at the bed side, with employers on hospital committees or as a member of organizations.
 
Every Nurse should be a political nurse because we are such a caring large constituency for people. We are important to people, so we have to take our practice beyond the school, bed side, and research and set it in a larger way into community involvement, Which means being an activist, volunteer or informed citizen.
 
Thank you for your time
 
Nurse Oba Adeboye Solomon
0813 118 3065
* News / Ghana: Midwives In Brong Ahafo Cry Out by Idowu Olabode: December 08, 2017, 10:06:26 AM
Unless the Ministry of Health (MoH) comes to the aid of private midwives in the Brong-Ahafo Region, maternal death will hit the rooftop in a matter of time.

According to the president of the Brong-Ahafo regional branch of the Ghana Registered Midwives' Association, Augustina Ahiaku, not a single cedi has been paid for the claims they have submitted for the past nine months.


She explained that as a result of their predicament, companies which supply them with drugs have refused to supply them with the needed drugs, and as a result, pregnant women are sometimes asked to go home because drugs are not available to treat them.

Madam Ahiaku added that the most worrisome aspect of the situation is that many of the midwifery facilities are located in remote areas and so women who visit such facilities where drugs are not available to end up dying.

Speaking to DAILY GUIDE on the problems that are being faced by the midwives, Dorcas Fordwour, a known businesswoman in the region, revealed that the situation has become precarious that workers are being laid off in many facilities because operators can neither break even nor talk of making profit to pay utilities and salaries of workers.

She explained that the delay in the payment of claims was affecting their work, as they are forced to give out drugs on credit to patients or sometimes rely on banks for loans to pay for drugs.

Madam Dorcas seized the opportunity to appeal to the Minister for Gender, Children & Social Protection, Madam Otiko Afisa Djaba, to use her good office to impress upon the authorities to expedite action in order to avert the death of pregnant women who patronise these facilities in the Brong-Ahafo Region.

Source: Modern Ghana
* News / Cambodia Minister Wants all Factories in the Country to have Nurses on Site by Idowu Olabode: December 08, 2017, 09:58:01 AM
Officials are pushing for all factories and workplaces to have on-site infirmaries by next year, in line with a long-standing Labour Law requirement, Minister of Labour Ith Samheng announced in a speech yesterday.

Having nurses on hand was already required by Cambodia’s Labour Law, but only about 72 percent of factories are compliant at the moment, said Labour Ministry spokesman Heng Sour yesterday.

Enterprises of 50 or more staff must have at least one licensed nurse available to respond to emergency situations, and larger workplaces require more medical staff, he said.

Sour said the ministry is also requiring more air inspections from factories to combat the number of faintings and other occupational health hazards from chemicals in the workplace.

“We are not only requiring enterprises to have the infirmaries, but we also want to test the smell and the quality of air in the factories,” he said.

Ken Loo, secretary-general of the Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia (GMAC), claimed all the factories under his organisation are compliant with the infirmary requirement.

But even if factories meet the ministry’s basic health requirements, many need to improve the staff, capacity and equipment of their infirmaries, said Han Sunrith, a lawyer for rights group Central.

“From our observations of the situation in factories, we have learned that most of the infirmaries lack the capacity to respond to emergency problems.”
* Nursing Jobs / Grandville Medical and Laser Facility Vacancies for Nurses in Lagos by Idowu Olabode: December 08, 2017, 09:50:44 AM
Grandville Medical and Laser Facility are currenty recruiting suitably qualified candidates for the following position:
 
. Nursing Officers
 
Slot: 2 ( Surulere branch)
 
Type of Employment: Full-time ( available for immediate employment)
 
Experience:
At least 1-3 years relevant experience
Possess a valid practising license
 
Method Of application:
Interested applicants should send in their CV and application letters to the email
 
hr.grandville@gmail.com
 
Deadline:
Application closes on the 16th of December 2017
* News / Vacancy for Nurses at I-TibbCare Hospital Limited in Abuja by Idowu Olabode: December 07, 2017, 10:08:43 PM
I-TibbCare Hospital is a private hospital in Abuja Nigeria and now seek applications from suitable and competent candidates for the position below:

Job Title: Registered Nurse/Midwife

Location: Abuja

Requirements

Must display a basic knowledge of the role.
Must have the current practicing license or proof of payment as a registered nurse and midwife.
2-3 years experience on nursing/midwifery would be an advantage
Should possess good customer service ethics.
Proficiency in basic computer operation skills would be an advantage
Application Closing Date

20th December, 2017.

How to Apply

Interested and qualified candidates should send their CV's and Cover Letter (mandatory) stating why you are eligible for the job to: itibbcare@gmail.com Please use the title of the job you’re applying for as your email subject.

Note

Applications without correct e-mail titles or Cover Letters will not be reviewed.

This recruitment process will be completed within 2 weeks of the closing date of the advert and successful candidates will be contacted
* News / Family speaks out 5 years after suicide of royal nurse who treated Kate Middleto by Idowu Olabode: December 07, 2017, 04:05:04 PM
Five years have passed since a royal nurse committed suicide after she fell victim to a radio prank and mistakenly revealed details of Kate Middleton's pregnancy when she was expecting Prince George. And the family of Jacintha Saldanha is still healing.

Saldanha killed herself in 2012 three days after two Australian radio DJs called her and impersonated Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles, prompting Saldanha to share confidential details about the Duchess of Cambridge’s medical information. The call was recorded and broadcast.

Saldanha’s daughter, Janice Pinto, told Australia’s WHO magazine the family is “coping and getting on with our lives” on the fifth anniversary of her mom’s death.

“The first few years were the hardest,” the 20-year-old said. “She would call me every day at 6 p.m., just before she went to work. To check up… That phone call is what I miss every day.”

Her son, Junal Barboza, added, “She was the sort of person who would always go the extra mile to help a family member, and we’ve had a number of significant letters from people within the medical profession telling us just how good she was at her job.”

He said through the outpouring of support that following his mom’s death, he’s learned about her dedication to her work.

“Learning about her was a real eye-opener and has provided the stepping stone for what we want to achieve,” he told WHO magazine. “Whatever I do now, any achievement, will be for her and for my dad and for my family. That is the way that I kind of live my life.”

After Saldanha took her own life, The Royal Palace issued a statement in support of the 46-year-old.

"The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are deeply saddened to learn of the death of Jacintha Saldanha," the Royal Family said at the time. "Their Royal Highnesses were looked after so wonderfully well at all times by everybody at King Edward VII Hospital, and their thoughts and prayers are with Jacintha Saldanha's family, friends and colleagues at this very sad time."

Prince William later wrote to the family, according to People, “We were both very shocked to hear about Jacintha, and have been thinking a lot about her recently. Many of the nurses in the hospital spoke highly of her and I’m sure you know how great a nurse she was.”

The death sparked an angry backlash from those who argued the Australian DJs who carried out the hoax should be held responsible.

Source:http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2017/12/07/family-speaks-out-5-years-after-suicide-royal-nurse-who-treated-kate-middleton.html
* News / Patient Arrested after Shooting and Killing a Nurse in Nairobi, Kenya by Idowu Olabode: December 07, 2017, 02:46:48 PM
Police are holding a patient who shot and killed a nurse at Chiromo Lane Medical Centre in Nairobi.

The man who is a civilian firearm holder, went to seek treatment at the hospital Wednesday evening when his firearm discharged a bullet hitting the nurse.



Gigiri police boss Vitalis Otieno said the patient will be in custody until investigations into the incident are completed.

Mr Otieno said initial report from the hospital indicated that the patient mishandled his firearm but the police are investigating the report.

The nurse has been identified as Faustine Badolo.

INTOXICATED

A nurse at the hospital said that the patient who looked intoxicated arrived in the company of his sister at around 7pm.

“The security guards asked the patient to leave his gun at the gate but he refused and said that he was licensed to carry his gun and would not leave it in someone else’s hands,” he said.

The nurse said the patient went inside the consultation room with the gun and was seen by the doctor and was supposed to be admitted.

“Faustin was in the process of admitting the patient at the ward and while he was going about his business, we heard the gunshot and then we saw him on the floor, bleeding,” the nurse said.

The nurse added that they found the patient sitting on the chair with both his hands on his head and the gun placed on the table.

Faustin’s wife, Doreen Akinyi, said her husband was shot in the left eye and his body which is at the Chiromo Mortuary also had a large wound on the forehead.

Source: The Nation Newspaper
* Nursing Jobs / Teenee Todds Day Nursery/Broadoaks British School Vacancies for Nurses in Abuja by Idowu Olabode: December 07, 2017, 11:57:08 AM
Teenee Todds Daycare is an Early years Nursery that caters to the needs of children between the ages of three months to five years (3 months- 5 years). We are guided by the principles of the EYFS – (EARLY YEARS FOUNDATION STAGE). We believe in the uniqueness of every child, building positive relationships, establishing an enabling environment to foster learning and development.
 
We are recruiting to fill the position below:
 
Position: School Nurse
 
Location: Abuja
 
Overview of the Role
* The School Nurse is responsible for providing a clinically effective, high-quality service of nursing care and health promotion to pupils, and first aid care to all members of the school community.
 
Qualifications & Experience
* B.Sc. in Nursing is required.
* Must be a licensed/registered nurse (RN) with Nursing and Midwifery Council License.
* At least 3-4 years’ experience as a Nurse; 1 of which must be in a school.
* Must have attended School of Nursing and be an independent nurse.
* Additional experience in Pediatrics Health care is an added advantage.
* Must have a passion to work with children.
* Knowledge of Pharmacology will be an added advantage.
* Ability to recognize signs and symptoms of ill health conditions to render prompt interventions.
* Knowledge and ability to apply professional medical principles, procedures and techniques.
* Must have a passion for practical nursing and emergency nursing.
* Must be professionally fluent in English and proficient use of a computer.
 
Application Closing Date
22nd December, 2017.
 
How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should send their Applications to: recruitment@teeneetodds.com
 
Note: All applications must have the position applied for as the subject line (e.g Subject line: School Nurse - John Doe). Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
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