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* News / Ugonsa Conference : Nursing Council Expresses Concern over Nursing Education by Idowu Olabode: May 25, 2017, 04:38:20 AM
Registrar, Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria, Alhaji Faruk Abubakar has said the council would frown at any effort by other professionals to distract its efforts in reforming nursing and midwifery education in the country.

The registrar spoke at the 2017 annual conference of Graduate Nurses Association of Nigeria, Oyo State Branch, with the theme, “Economic Recession and Health of the Nation”.

Alhaji Abubakar, speaking through Mr Abdulrahif Adeniyi stated that the reform was necessitated by the need for the development of the profession

According to him, “There is the need to have a sustainable reform for quality assurance in the nursing profession. It is a sure way for growth, efficiency, effectiveness, quality improvement and enhanced public image of the nurse and the nursing profession.”

He added that the council had been having a serious challenge with quackery and individuals establishing illegal school of nursing and midwifery.

The registrar who stated that the council was concerned about the existing situation in the profession, called members of the nursing profession to join it in its fight against indiscipline and unethical and unprofessional conducts with the nursing profession.

Alhaji Abubakar noting that all nurses must realise that it is no longer business as usual but that things have to change, declared, “let every nurse re-evaluate herself/himself and his/her attitude to her job and to their clients. Let us treat people as we ourselves would like to be treated.”

He, however, urged that nurses in Nigeria take the lead in this change by improving the quality of service delivery rendered to their clients.

Wife of Oyo State governor, Chief Florence Ajimobi, represented at the occasion by Oyo State Commissioner of Health, Dr Azeez Adeduntan, said the economic recession was not sparing the health sector, urging that people think out of the box for the way forward.

He reassured that Oyo State government in thinking out of the box to make sure it harness and improve the healthcare delivery system had launched a N500 billion endowment fund to rehabilitate its hospitals  and approved the state’s health insurance, among other things, to improve access to care despite the recession.

Dr Adeduntan, stating that nursing profession had been prioritise with the establishment of new schools for nursing education to improve quality of nursing care, expressed satisfaction at the nurses brainstorming on the way forward despite the recession.

At the occasion, many individuals including Dr Azeez Adeduntan, Dr Bola Ofi, and Alhaji Faruk Abubakar were presented award for their contribution to excellent nursing services.

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Source : Nigeria Tribune

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* News / See How a Nurse Saved another Passenger onboard in a Plane by katty: May 24, 2017, 10:23:57 PM
A nurse on the job for only nine months sprang into action aboard a JetBlue flight Monday when there was a medical emergency.

Courtney Donlon was asleep on her flight from Fort Lauderdale to Newark when she was awakened by an announcement from a crew member asking whether any medical professionals were on the flight.

Donlon, 22, stood up and began putting her newly acquired registered nurse's license to good use. A nurse in the respiratory care unit at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, N.J., since September, Donlon helped save the life of a fellow passenger who was experiencing a cardiac event on the flight.

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"I stood up and went over to the flight attendant. As soon as I identified myself as a nurse, they let me start assessing the woman in distress," she said. "I introduced myself — told her I was Courtney and I worked at Robert Wood Johnson and what kind of floor I worked on so she would start to trust me a little bit. I told her she was in good hands. From there, I assessed her pain."

Her nurse's training kicked in immediately, she said.

"Also, I was trying to think a step ahead — if she loses consciousness or a pulse and I have to give CPR," Donlon said. "I was thinking how do I make what I do have here work."

Donlon knew her resources aboard the plane were limited. She had only a stethoscope, blood pressure cuff, oxygen, defibrillator and aspirin to begin treating the 57-year-old woman.

Courtney Donlon, left, with her sister Nicolle Black, comes from a family of nurses. She, her sister and mother work at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. Donlon helped save a woman who was experiencing a cardiac event on a flight Monday, May 22, 2017.

"She had shooting pain that went up her left arm up her neck and down her shoulder blade," said Donlon, who grabbed the defibrillator. "That's really characteristic of a myocardial infarction — a heart attack — in women.

"For a heart attack, there is a common acronym called MONA and it stands for Morphine, Oxygen, Nitroglycerine and Aspirin. What they had available to me was a small tank of oxygen with a mask and I was pretty sure I could get aspirin from someone on the plane."

Developing a strong bond with the woman, Donlon asked more about her medical history, discovering this was the first time she had experienced this type of pain. The woman, like Donlon, had fallen asleep on the 6:30 a.m. flight but woke up in pain and short of breath.

"She didn't have any prior heart conditions, but it turns out the pain actually had started the day before, but she thought it was discomfort like maybe she slept wrong on her neck or maybe she pulled it in the garden or from carrying a heavy purse," she said.

"When I needed aspirin, the flight attendants checked with the captain but quickly approved asking the passengers for it," Donlon said. As soon as they made the announcement, people were so helpful, jumping up and looking in their makeup bags and pill pouches to get the aspirin she needed. And she chewed it as it would make it act faster."

Donlon said the pain was coming and going for her patient and she felt it crucial to keep her calm.

Donlon convinced the pilot that the plane needed to make an emergency landing so the woman could be brought to a hospital. She woke up one of her friends, also a nurse, to keep monitoring the woman while she spoke with the captain.

After hearing from Donlon that it was "a dire situation," he obliged, landing the plane within 20 minutes in Charleston, S.C., where the woman was given assistance at a nearby medical facility.

"I got off the plane and onto the tarmac with her. She was nervous," Donlon said. "I gave a report to the paramedics. She asked me to get off with her and hold her hand until she was with the paramedics. She was travelling alone. And we really created a trusting relationship — a bond. She felt safe, I hope, that she was under my care."

In a statement, JetBlue said a passenger on Flight 2006 "experienced a medical problem while en route to Newark, NJ. ... The customer was transported to a local hospital, and the flight continued on to Newark arriving at approximately 12:00pm EDT."

Though it was not the relaxing flight home she had anticipated after her weeklong vacation in Las Vegas, Donlon, who was flying with two friends, Valentina Centeno and Shannon Scariff, was happy to be of service.

"We took the red eye the night before at 10 p.m. in Vegas, landing at 6 a.m. in Florida, and at 6:30 a.m., we were on the next flight," she said. "This was not what I expected, but I thank God I was in the right place at the right time and there was someone that could get her help. And because of my background here at Robert Wood Johnson, I felt very confident and comfortable to step up and take control of the situation even though I'm a relatively new nurse."

Donlon added that her friends are fellow nurses who were supportive during the event.

A day later, Donlon was back at work in the busy respiratory care unit at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. A 2016 graduate of the nursing program at Caldwell University, Donlon's nursing instincts come naturally — both her mother and sister are nurses and a younger sister is studying to be a nurse.

"I think even with the adrenaline going through me, I have seen this and heard about this my whole life," Donlon said. "I have seen my mom take control before and my sister take charge in the field. If you don't step up, it's kind of a bystander thing and in my family, they have always been the ones to step up and try to give care, so I felt it was natural for me to do so. ... I can't lie — I was nervous at first being on a plane with limited supplies, but once I realized I was the most qualified person on the plane and someone had to be the confident one, then I could take to the role pretty easily."

Though Donlon does not know her patient's status, she is hoping to be in contact with her.

"Maybe she will reach out to me," she said. "I'm going to give it some time before I reach out because her condition was very serious and I want to make sure she can rest comfortably."


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* News / Re: Romantic or Disgust Man Hides Ring Inside Stomach Wound to Propose to Nurse by Alade Kehinde Funmilayo: May 24, 2017, 05:22:23 PM
I find it disgusting,abeg...he could have made his proposal in another way that would be unforgettable.This doesn't even guarantee happiness but it is possible that the man had been doing weird stuff before ,reason the nurse wasn't disgusted.Wish them happiness,though.

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* News / Romantic or Disgusting? Man Hides Ring Inside Stomach Wound to Propose to Nurse by Idowu Olabode: May 24, 2017, 05:12:32 PM
A groom-to-be chose the unusual way to pop the big question to his girlfriend by hiding her engagement ring in a gaping wound in his stomach.

The bizarrely romantic scene was captured on camera as the man went in to see his nurse lover at work and asked her to help change the dressing.

The man had persuaded a surgeon to hide the gold ring inside his body and then asked his girlfriend for help.

A friend with a smartphone then filmed what happened next at a clinic in south-western Russia's Karachay-Cherkess Republic.

The nurse removes the dressing, spots something shiny inside and gently removes it with a pair of tweezers.

And when she realises what it is, she immediately breaks down in tears and can only nod to accept her boyfriend's weird proposal.

The man, who also presented his bride-to-be with a bouquet of roses, reportedly said that he wanted a way to make his proposal unforgettable.

He decided that hiding the ring inside his body and then letting his girlfriend discover it would be unique.

However, not everybody was convinced by his gesture after the video proved popular after being shared on social media.

One viewer: "It's not romantic at all."

While another added: "Only an idiot would do this."

However he did impress some. One said: "He did well.

"He proved to her he would hurt himself to show that he loves her and wants to marry her.

"There should be more real men like this."

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* News / LUTH Security Shuts Hospital Gate To Prevent Protesting Nurses From Moving Out by Idowu Olabode: May 24, 2017, 05:00:44 PM
In order to prevent protesting doctors and nurses from moving out of the hospital premises, the management of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) allegedly ordered security operatives to shut the hospital gate according to an unconfirmed report.  Below are the pictures of the Protesting health workers:

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* News / Ghana: Pregnant Student Nurses and Midwives to be Allowed to Write Council Exams by Idowu Olabode: May 24, 2017, 02:01:32 PM
Press Release: May 23, 2017. The Ministry of Health (MOH) in collaboration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council and the Conference of Heads of Training Institutions (COHETI) at a stakeholders’ meeting organized at the Council’s Head Office have indicated their commitment to respect and abide by the provisions made in Article 12, 17, 23 of the 1992 constitution and other International Conventions that prohibit any forms of discrimination and Human Rights violation in the training, education and practice of nursing and midwifery in Ghana.

The MOH and its stakeholders hold the view that there are no provisions in the 1992 constitution that bars pregnant students from writing College examination as well as the licensing examination which are conducted by the Nursing and Midwifery Training Institutions and the Nursing and Midwifery Council respectively.

The decision taken at the meeting was as a result of the recent issue of a pregnant student at the Midwifery Training School, Gushegu in the Northern Region who was prevented from writing her examinations.

The MOH, N&MC and COHETI would like to assure the general public that, the rights of students in the Nursing and Midwifery Training Schools would be respected.

A committee is also to be formed soon to review the Students Handbook to ensure that all rules, regulations and any other clause are in conformity with the 1992 constitution.



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* Schools of Nursing / FCT School of Nursing Gwagwalada Abuja, 2017/2018 Admission Form on Sale by Idowu Olabode: May 24, 2017, 01:17:40 PM
This is to inform interested candidates wishing to seek admission into FCT School of Nursing Gwagwalada —Abuja for  BASIC NURSING PROGRAM. that Admission Forms are now on sale at Room 080, FCT HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES SECRETARIAT, NURSING DEPARTMENT, AREA 11, GARKI-ABUJA.
• Candidates wishing to obtain the forms should show evidence of payment of Non refundable fee of N5, 000.00 (Five Thousand Haire) only from First City Monument Bank (FCMB). Candidates are to pay Into HHSS Revenue account No..3402015028.
• Completed forms are to be returned to the Principal, FCT School of Nursing Gwagwalad a on or before 2nd June, 2017.
• Eligible candidates should possess  WAEC, GCE, or NECO with at least FIVE CREDIT passes including English Language, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology at not more than two sittings.
• The result(s) presented should not be more than 10 years since the examination was written.
• NABTEB certificate is not acceptable. Candidate must be up to 17 years of age.
• Pregnant women are not eligible for admission.

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* Travel Nursing / Re: SCFHS: Good Standing Certificate from Saudi Nursing Council by jenn02: May 24, 2017, 10:34:27 AM
Good day! Ask ko lang kung sino nakakuha agad ng COGS after magbayad thru Sadad? Yung akin kasi minutes lang after ko magbayad online nagsend na sa email ko, the problem is mali ang registration date validity na nasa certificate. Indicated na until April 2016 valid ang registration ko, hindi ba supposed to be April 2019, kasi 3 years valid ang Saudi Council. Ano need ko gawin? Mamaya kasi pagbayarin ulit ako 300sar just for typographical error. Thanks fix mo na po ba problem sa cogs mo? same case like mine, april 2016 din ung validity date nakalagay..where in april 2020 na ung new card ko.. panu ggawin? pls badly need help..

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* Upcoming Conference / STTI Biennial Convention 2017 Indianapolis, Indiana USA by katty: May 24, 2017, 10:10:03 AM
Join the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA for the 44th Biennial Convention, 28 October - 1 November 2017!

You are invited to attend STTI's largest event featuring outstanding plenary speakers, networking opportunities, over 800 oral and poster presentations, and the opportunity to travel to a city that is rich in culture, sports, and tradition.

Theme: Influence Through Action: Advancing Global Health, Nursing, and Midwifery

Important Dates

Presenter Registration Deadline: 23 August 2017
Early Registration Deadline: 30 August 2017
Standard Registration Deadline: 27 September 2017
On-Site Registration Required: Beginning 28 September 2017

Registration Fees

Varies from country to country and whether you are a member of STTI, student, worker or retiree. For registration click to fill the form after which your fees would be displayed

For more information, please contact or call 888.634.7575 (US/Canada toll-free) or +1.317.634.8171 (International).

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* Upcoming Conference / Nursing Conferences 2018 USA:STTI Nursing Education Conference Call for Abstract by katty: May 24, 2017, 09:44:32 AM
The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) and the National League for Nursing (NLN) offer the opportunity to learn, collaborate, and network at the Nursing Education Research Conference (NERC), being held April 19-21, 2018, at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park in Washington, DC, USA. Nursing administrators, faculty, students, researchers, and leaders in the nursing profession are encouraged to submit an abstract by June 15, 2017 for this premier educational event.

Guided by the conference theme, Generating and Translating Evidence for Teaching Practice, abstracts are encouraged regarding nursing education research or evidence-based practice in nursing education. Suggested topics include multi-site/multi method studies; instrument development and testing; meta-analysis studies; technology to improve nursing education and practice; and innovations in collaborative practice. Learn more and submit an abstract at



About the National League for Nursing (NLN)

Dedicated to excellence in nursing, the National League for Nursing is the premier organization for nurse faculty and leaders in nursing education. The NLN offers professional development, networking opportunities, testing services, nursing research grants, and public policy initiatives to its 40,000 individual and 1,200 institutional members. NLN members represent nursing education programs across the spectrum of higher education, and health care organizations and agencies.

About the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI)

The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is advancing world health and celebrating nursing excellence in scholarship, leadership, and service. Founded in 1922, STTI has more than 135,000 active members in over 90 countries and territories. Members include practicing nurses, instructors, researchers, policymakers, entrepreneurs, and others. STTI’s 520 chapters are located at more than 700 institutions of higher education throughout Armenia, Australia, Botswana, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, England, Ghana, Hong Kong, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Malawi, Mexico, the Netherlands, Pakistan, Philippines, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Swaziland, Sweden, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, the United States, and Wales. Learn more at

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