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* Upcoming Conference / PNA Seminars 2017: Seminars and Trainings for Nurses 2017 by Idowu Olabode: January 14, 2017, 01:13:29 PM
Here is the date for Philippines Nurses Association seminars and trainings for nurses 2017


Jan. 19   Basic Life Support   7:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Jan. 19   EKG / Pharma.   1:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Jan. 21 – 22   Advance Cardiac Life Support   8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Feb. 16   Basic Life Support   7:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Feb. 16   EKG / Pharma.   1:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Feb. 18 – 19   Advance Cardiac Life Support   8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Mar. 23   Basic Life Support   7:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Mar. 23   EKG / Pharma.   1:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Mar. 25 – 26   Advance Cardiac Life Support   8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Apr. 27   Basic Life Support   7:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Mar.  27   EKG / Pharma.   1:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Mar.  29 – 30   Advance Cardiac Life Support   8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

May 25   Basic Life Support   7:30 AM - 1:00 PM

May 25   EKG / Pharma.   1:30 PM - 5:00 PM

May 27 – 28   Advance Cardiac Life Support   8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

June 22   Basic Life Support   7:30 AM - 1:00 PM

June 22   EKG / Pharma.   1:30 PM - 5:00 PM

June 24 – 25   Advance Cardiac Life Support   8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

July 20   Basic Life Support   7:30 AM - 1:00 PM

July 20   EKG / Pharma.   1:30 PM - 5:00 PM

July 22 – 23   Advance Cardiac Life Support   8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Aug. 24   Basic Life Support   7:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Aug.  24   EKG / Pharma.   1:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Aug. 26 – 27   Advance Cardiac Life Support   8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Sept. 21   Basic Life Support   7:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Sept. 21   EKG / Pharma.   1:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Sept. 23 – 24   Advance Cardiac Life Support   8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Nov. 16   Basic Life Support   7:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Nov. 16   EKG / Pharma.   1:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Nov.  18 – 19   Advance Cardiac Life Support   8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Dec. 14   Basic Life Support   7:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Dec. 14   EKG / Pharma.   1:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Dec.  16 – 17   Advance Cardiac Life Support   8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

To Reserve
Please contact Ms. Sherell Tabafunda at 0928 660 5503. You can also email or contact our hotlines (02) 536 1888/ (02) 400 4430/ (02) 521 0937.

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* News / Canada: Nurses traumatized after man enters ER in B.C. hospital, shoots himself by Idowu Olabode: January 14, 2017, 12:56:22 PM
The union representing B.C. nurses says staff at a hospital in Grand Forks are traumatized after a man walked into an emergency room, pulled out a gun and shot himself Thursday evening.

The BC Nurses’ Union says the victim shot himself at the Boundary District Hospital and was airlifted to a Vancouver-area hospital.

RCMP released a statement that says the man is in stable condition and there is no additional risk to the public.

Nurses Union president Gayle Duteil says nurses and staff acted quickly and professionally.

Although they are now receiving support from Interior Health’s crisis management team, she said they are left feeling distraught.

Patients were moved from the emergency room to a safe location while a physician and emergency room manager tended to the victim, but Duteil says there is not enough protection for nurses and other staff from violent incidents.

She says this case is an example of the growing concerns around violence and weapons in emergency rooms across the province.

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* News / 'Sick and tired': Why Ireland's' Nurses are Leaving the Country in Droves by Idowu Olabode: January 14, 2017, 12:50:40 PM
NEARLY 14,000 Irish-qualified nurses and midwives have left Ireland for other health services since 2010 as morale within the sector has been described as one of “dejection”.

The figure was derived by the number of certificates of verification handed to nurses and midwives. This is a document which is given to foreign healthcare providers to prove they have received the appropriate qualification.

The figure means the nation is losing, on average, 2,000 highly-qualified healthcare workers every year.

And according to the heads of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) and the Irish Medical Organisation (IMO), the mass exit comes as no surprise.

General Secretary of the INMO, Liam Doran, told that the disrespect shown to his members by management has forced the hand of thousands of people.

“There has been cut after cut here. In all my time here, I have never seen such low morale and dejection than what we are seeing now. It’s been a cumulative effect. We’ve had the recruitment embargo for one. That’s forcing people to do more work with fewer resources.

The INMO announced last month that 90% of its members had voted in favour of industrial action. The turnout was 62%.

Nurses and midwives say that they are understaffed and overworked, and that these conditions make it impossible to care properly for patients.

Doran attacked hospital management and the Department of Health for what he described as the “abject failure” of the system to protect and value its staff. Nurses, according to Doran, can leave Ireland and get snapped up by a foreign recruiter in an instant.

An Irish nurse is highly sought after due to the four years of education they receive prior to receiving their degree. Most nations have a three-year course.

“In the UK, for example, they’re offering at least the same pay, bonuses are better, working hours are better, so are the staff levels,” Doran added.

John Duddy, who is president of the IMO, said he is seeing a number of experienced nurses leave hospitals due to the poor conditions.

Duddy, who is a neurosurgeon at Cork University Hospital, gave en example of a nurse who just had enough.

He was working in the intensive care unit in CUH with “a very experienced nurse who had worked in the US and who is very knowledgeable”.

The nurse was talking to a patient and had said in passing that it was her last day. Duddy enquired as to whether she was going on holidays. She turned to him and said ‘no. This is it. I’m leaving. I’ve had enough’.

Duddy added: “You see this more often these days and it’s always the same couple of issues. The first one is that they have to arrive 45 minutes early so they can queue up and get a car spot. Then the other major complaint is that when they have an idea which can improve the service, they tell management and management completely ignores it. It becomes far too frustrating for them and I can understand that.”


While the country loses its best and brightest to other shores, Liam Doran believes more concessions must be made to Irish nurses to firstly keep them in Ireland and secondly, keep them in the public sector.

At the moment, Irish nurses who work in private hospitals and clinics can earn substantially more than their public counterparts.

“The health service should write to every fourth year nursing student and offer them a permanent job. They should send the message that the nurses and midwives are valued. Offer them security straight away. That’s what I think. The disrespect has gone on too long and it needs to stop. The cuts went too deep and the country is paying for that now,” Doran added.

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* Nursing Jobs / Shortage: St Francis to offer $10,000 bonus to New Nurses - Kevin McKenzie by Idowu Olabode: January 14, 2017, 08:04:43 AM
Saint Francis Healthcare is offering $10,000 hiring bonuses to attract registered nurses to intensive care, emergency room and medical-surgical positions at its hospitals in Memphis and Bartlett.

"Quality nurses in all fields are needed," Saint Francis officials said in a statement, but the bonuses are targeting registered nurses in the three areas.

Job fairs will be held Jan. 24, from 8 a.m. to noon and again from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Saint Francis Hospital - Memphis, 5959 Park, in the St. Catherine meeting room, and at Saint Francis Hospital - Bartlett, 2986 Kate Bond, in the Magnolia conference room.

"Attendees will have the chance to meet with hiring managers and even interview onsite, and we will be making job offers on the spot to top candidates," Keith Stanhill, chief human resource officer for Saint Francis, said in a statement.

Other major health care employers in the Memphis area, including the Memphis VA Medical Center, have ramped up efforts to recruit nurses.

More than 12,000 registered nurses were employed in the Memphis metropolitan area in 2015, earning an average of more than $29 an hour, or nearly $62,000 a year, Bureau of Labor Statistics data shows.

Nationwide, registered nurses are expected to rank second on the list of occupations with the most job growth from 2014-24. Personal-care aides are at the top of the list and home health aides come in third.
Saint Francis Healthcare is operated by Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare Corp.

With Baby Boomers aging, nursing roles expanding and other factors, a shortage of registered nurses is forecast to grow in the next two decades.

"Since 1998, the United States has experienced a growing RN deficit, primarily because of the growing elderly population and aging nurses," researchers wrote for a 2012 U.S. "Registered Nurse Workforce Report Card and Shortage Forecast." "As a result, RN demand continues to outstrip RN supply, creating an unprecedented shortage of RNs in the United States."

While the South is predicted to have the largest shortage by 2030, the researchers forecast that Tennessee and Mississippi won't see as dramatic a difference as many states.

Based on grades of "A" for the lowest shortage: to "F," for the largest, Tennessee and Mississippi received a "C+" for 2009 in the study and are predicted to slide to a "C-" in 2030.

The researchers predicted that Arkansas will drop from a "C" in 2009 to a "D" in 2030.

Only two states, Massachusetts and South Dakota, received an "A" for 2009 and no top grades were forecast for 2030 in the study. States with growing populations of people 65 and older are apt to see greater shortages.

A Villanova University online article cites other factors affecting the supply and demand of registered nurses. Those include expanding opportunities for women who traditionally would have chosen nursing careers, lower than needed enrollment in nursing schools and a shortage of nurse educators, and a need to improve retention of nurses facing stressful jobs.

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* News / Nigeria: Federal Medical Centre confirms suspected case of Lassa fever by Idowu Olabode: January 14, 2017, 07:53:11 AM
Giyan Joshua-Ndom, the Medical Director of the Federal Medical Centre, Keffi, Nasarawa State, has confirmed that a patient at the centre was suffering from a disease suspected to be Lassa fever.

Mr. Joshua-Ndom told the News Agency of Nigeria on Friday that the centre had reported the matter to the Ministry of Health as well as the Centre for Diseases Control, Abuja.

“It is true that a suspected case of Lassa fever had been discovered at the centre with a male patient being its victim.

“But, I want to use this medium to appeal to patients and members of the public to remain calm as necessary steps had been taken to avert the spread of the virus.

“The patient with the suspected case of Lassa fever had been separated from other patients and we are on top of the situation to curtail the spread of the disease,” he said

The medical director reaffirmed the commitment of the centre to continue with projects that had direct bearing on the lives of doctors, other staff and Nigerians at large.

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* Travel Nursing / My Journey to Nurse Registration in Canada by Mae Racho Durban by katty: January 14, 2017, 01:43:38 AM
Hey future student visa holders! Here's my journey towards my Canadian RN dream.
I know I've been really quiet regarding my application but there was no secret that i came here in a student visa. A lot of you here discourage our kababayans to take the student visa pathway. And i understand why. The risk is big. So let me share my story and how being a student helped me.
Approval of student visa - 2 weeks after i lodged my documents
▪️Enrolled in POST GRADUATE DIPLOMA IN NURSING PRACTICE at LANGARA COLLEGE (2015-16 with 4 terms and 5 mos break in between)
▪️2 years and 3 mos student visa with coop permit
▪️eligibile for 3 yrs PGWP
▪️Can work 20 hrs per week full time during break
▪️actual school mos is just 12mos +-2 weeks. The 5 mos break in between is the reason why its almost 2 yrs- i think this has something to do with immigration requirements too. [refer to the 2nd and 3rd bullet-thats the reason]
▪️a lot of money to risk but faster (as long as the document is COMPLETE i dont see why you will be denied)
Tip: since i know that Langara will be providing us with the syllabus i waited for a year to process my NNAS. Its all about the timing guys. Plan ahead so you will not be paying extra amounts.
▪️Applied NNAS Decemeber 2015 but process my papers February 2016 - im not good with paperworks and honestly i got busy with school. Langara still provide the whole course description which is 400 pages for 2 years compare to my 100+ BSN course syllabus. See the difference?
▪️all the documents were complete as of March 2016
▪️scheduled CELBAN July 2016 -passed
-our teachers keep on telling us to review for NCLEX right away because our program is accredited and that we are not gonna take the SEC/NCAS
-i keep my hopes high but i'm reading a lot of posts here that CRNBC will take 2 mos. so i thought it was great-so i could have time to review- thought wrong 😂
▪️September 2016 NNAS- report Comparable with only 2 sub category that is partially comparable. I know you guys said that it doesn't matter because it will be the RB who has the final say. But come to think of this - would you think that the NNAS REPORT IS BEING ISSUED FOR NOTHING? there has to be something. Your EDUCATION BACKGROUND IS BEING ASSESSED THOROUGHLY! - my LANGARA curriculum helped me to build that comparability. Even then when i was doing my clinical duty- the Practice here is different. i was just so blessed to be oriented in that process while in school and doing my duty.
▪️October 2nd week Applied to CRNBC
▪️2 days after CRNBC was asking the LETTER OF COMPLETION from school.
▪️2 days after Langara email the LOC
▪️the next day CRNBC email my eligibility to take the NCLEX - I was not prepared. Did not do reviews. Nothing. Because i thought that it will take 2 mos with CRNBC but took only a week for them to send my eligibility.
▪️scheduled NCLEX RN jan 10 -Passed.
▪️the curriculum itself- canadian curriculum
▪️2 yrs visa=3 yrs working permit (open)
▪️Canadian educ
▪️Langara is a pretty established school and has a good reputation with CRNBC and the immigration
▪️took me less than a year to receive my Eligibility to take the license exam
If you're opting to try the student visa pathway
▪️research the school (preferably government/publicly funded schools)
▪️research the program (DO NOT ENROL IN A PROGRAM THAT IS NOT RELATED TO NURSING AT ALL! e.g health care assistant, medical office assistant etc - these programs will not help your accreditation. You have to build up your curriculum inorder for you to have that equivalency in education.
▪️ask if they will provide a curriculum for your NNAS
▪️research the immigration process- benefits risks and pathways after
Thank you for reading! Have faith! Your license is on the way!

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* News / Former Israeli soldier accused of biting St. Mary’s nurse by katty: January 14, 2017, 01:17:55 AM
A former member of the Israeli Defense Force is charged with biting a nurse in the emergency room at St. Mary’s Medical Center.

Joshua Trachtenberg, 30, suffers from post-traumatic stress syndrome and is undergoing drug treatment at the Wellness Center of Palm Beach.

He arrived at the hospital unconscious Wednesday night, but came to and was advised he was in the St. Mary’s emergency room. Police say Trachtenberg bit the nurse at that time. The hospital’s medical staff struggled to remove the nurse’s arm from his mouth, according to the probable-cause affidavit by city police.

The nurse suffered a large abrasion on his arm and had to be checked into the ER as a patient himself.

Assistant Public Defender Carol Bickerstaff said at a first apperance hearing Friday morning that Trachtenberg may have panicked from PTSD when he regained consciousness and had a group of people around him, holding him down.

“I don’t think he was really in the right mind,” she said.

The Isreali Defense Force is a common name for military branches in the Middle Eastern country.

Circuit Judge Caroline Shepherd asked if Trachtenberg was coming out of a heroin overdose through the use of the drug Narcan. He told her it wasn’t a heroin overdose.

She ordered Trachtenberg released on $3,000 bond. He can also agree to supervised release where he wouldn’t have to pay bail.

Source : Palm Beach Post

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* Travel Nursing / Re: NMC Overseas Nurses Registration:How to Become a Registered Nurse in UK by Ladyk: January 13, 2017, 10:57:46 PM

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* Travel Nursing / Re: My Journey to Nursing Registration in Texas, USA: A Guide for Nigerian Nurses by Ladyk: January 13, 2017, 10:56:25 PM
God bless you for this, now I'm more knowledgeable and informed to start mine. Thanks so much

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* News / See What Charmaine Briggs, a Student Nurse Posted that has set Facebook on Fire by katty: January 13, 2017, 06:55:16 PM
A student nurse and facebook user has set Facebook on Fire after her post about her profession went viral with over 100,000 likes, 13,000 comments and more than 32,000 shares.

We’re incredibly lucky to be blessed with the NHS.

And you know what else we’re lucky to have? Nurses. Yet they often go unnoticed.

Working around the clock to ensure patients are pain-free and attended to, they definitely deserve more credit than they are given.

And one person highlighting this is student nurse Charmaine Briggs.

After being asked: ‘Why would you want to be a nurse and wipe people’s asses for a living? You may as well just be a HCA’, Charmaine penned a pretty inspiring Facebook post to make anyone who feels this way see the bigger picture.

She wrote: ‘No one is “just a HCA” for a start, I’ve been a health care assistant before being a student nurse and you are your patients’ only support in some cases.

‘We are the staff with the patients 24/7. We are the ones changing the beds, changing our own clothes for the fourth time due to other people’s bodily fluids, the ones mopping up the nosebleeds and cleaning commodes on a loop.

‘We are up close and personal with our patients – we hold their hands when they fear the unknown, we listen to them when they need someone to talk to, we’ve cried with them.’

Charmaine explains that as a nurse, she works around the clock ‘365 days of the year’ – and sometimes this time is spent sitting with patients who are without family, to stop them from passing away alone.

‘It is physically and emotionally challenging, and one day you’ll need that help from “just a health care assistant” not just when you’re old, you don’t know what tomorrow holds,’ she said.

Charmaine went on to explain the importance and need for nurses. She said: ‘Nurses save lives everyday. I don’t know if people think it is only doctors who save your life but it’s really not the case.

‘Everyone comes together as a team and doctors wouldn’t be able to do their job without nurses, as nurses wouldn’t without HCA’s.’

Through her post, Charmaine urges readers to stop and think before they speak to people about such a subject – especially as they one day may be the one needing life-saving help from the people they are speaking negatively of.

And it seems Charmaine isn’t the only one who feels this way – after her post went on to be liked  by more than 100,000 people,  more than 13,000 comments  and was shared more than 32,000 times.

One comment on the post suggested nurses aren’t recognised enough for their skills: ‘You are so so right in everything you say and you don’t get paid enough nurses are worth their wait in gold.’

Mother and son set up 'blessing box' outside their home to help locals in need

Another spoke of their own experiences: ‘I spent weeks in hospital last year and I thank each and every nurse and hca for my recovery. Some of us truly appreciate you!’

As someone who has spent a lot of time in hospitals over the years – I can truly say I am incredibly grateful for the help and the time nurses have to offer.

Here is her full post

Today someone said to me "Why would you want to be a nurse and wipe people's asses for a living? You may as well just be a HCA"
This made my blood boil. No one is "just a HCA" for a start, I've been a health care assistant before being a student nurse and you are your patients only support in some cases. We are the staff with the patients 24/7. We are the ones changing the beds, changing our own clothes for the fourth time due to other people’s bodily fluids, the ones mopping up the nosebleeds and cleaning comodes on a loop. We are up close and personal with our patients – we hold their hands when they fear the unknown, we listen to them when they need someone to talk to, we’ve cried with them. We work around the clock 365days of the year, we sometimes sit with patients who have no family so they simple don't pass away alone. It is physically and emotionally challenging, and one day you'll need that help from "just a health care assistant" not just when you're old, you don't know what tomorrow holds.
Nurses save lives everyday. I don't know if people think it is only doctors who save your life but it's really not the case. Everyone comes together as a team and doctors wouldn't be able to do their job without nurses, as nurses wouldn't without HCA's.
Some people really do need to stop and think what they say to people, as one day you might need that life saving help from the people you run down.

For link to her viral facebook post check HERE

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