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* News / Kenya : County starts paying nurses' allowances to avert strike by katty: February 23, 2017, 08:00:15 AM
The Kilifi County government has begun paying allowances to striking nurses.

This comes after a one-month delay that led to a go-slow in public hospitals on Monday.

Health Chief Officer Timothy Malingi blamed the delay to pay service allowance to the nurses on lack of directions from the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC).

“Normally, allowances are included in the salaries and SRC is the only body that has been mandated to give directions on how the money is to be paid. The nurses were to get their allowances by January 31, according to the agreement with their union leaders, but in the absence of these directions, they were delayed,” he said.

Following the delay, nurses in the county’s public health facilities began a go-slow early this week.

But according to the health official, the county started paying the allowances on Tuesday.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS

“As per now, the allowances are in their bank accounts,” he said.

Mr Malingi also announced that all qualified county health workers will be considered for promotion.

He said most nurses had not attached all the necessary documents required for promotion, including practising licences, and well filled appraisal forms.

“The nurses have delayed the promotion process because they have not attached all the required documents. (Their) Appraisal forms have also not being filled properly. We have been forced to postpone meetings waiting for the documents,” he said.

However, the health official said a total of 630 county health workers out of 1,200 were promoted in 2015.

More cases are being evaluated for promotion, with 150 health workers (including 23 nurses) due for promotion.

According to Malingi, 56 nurses are still waiting to go through the promotion evaluation process that is expected to be complete in three weeks time.

The nurses are expected to resume work today.

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Source : https://www.standardmedia.co.ke/mobile/article/2001230398/county-starts-paying-nurses-allowances-to-avert-strike

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* News / Quack Nurse Sentenced to 2years Imprisonment in Kenya by katty: February 23, 2017, 07:46:12 AM
A 32 year-old man who impersonated a nurse and even treated some patients at Embu Level Five Hospital has been sentenced to two years imprisonment.

Embu Senior Resident Magistrate Vincent Nyakundi said prosecution had proved beyond doubt that Mr Erick Mukundi had indeed impersonated a public health worker, before someone discovered that he was not a nurse.



The crime was committed on September 9, 2016.

Witnesses told the court how on the material day, Mr Mukundi entered ward one at the Embu Level Five hospital and wore a nurse’s uniform that was hanged in one of the rooms.

He then proceeded to treat and administer medicine to some patients who were admitted in the ward.

A nurse working in the same ward became suspicious as he had not seen the man before and inquired whether he was recently transferred to the station.

ARRESTED

The nurse narrated to the court how at one point Mr Mukundi sought to use the hospital phone to inquire something since he was new and was not familiar with the hospital settings.

She alerted the hospital management who visited the ward and interrogated Mr Mukundi who confessed that he was not a trained nurse.

The hospital management informed the police who arrived and arrested and locked him at Embu police station.

While delivering the sentence, the magistrate said that it was unlawful for the accused to impersonate a medic since the harm he could have caused would be grave.

“The harm could have been worse than one who impersonating a lawyer since some of his action cannot be reversed,” said Mr Nyakundi.

In mitigation Mr Mukundi told the court that he was the sole breadwinner to his family, taking care of his elderly mother and two other siblings.

He said he was tired of being jobless was just doing it out of a desire to get permanent job. The accused was given 14 days to appeal the sentence.


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Source http://nairobinews.nation.co.ke/news/quack-nurse-sentenced-two-years-imprisonment/

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* News / Filipino nurse reported missing in Houston, Texas United States by katty: February 23, 2017, 07:39:28 AM
Glenser “Glenn” Soliman, 44, a longtime Filipino nursing supervisor at St. Luke’s Hospital in Houston, Texas, has been reported missing since Feb. 16 by members of his family.

They say Soliman is a responsible, routine-oriented person who would never just disappear. He didn’t show up for his overnight shift Thursday night.

His sister Arlene Lantion told ABC 13 News that nothing was disturbed in his house, “the only thing amiss is his bed was unmade and with him being so strict that’s a no-no for him.”



Soliman’s car is a gray BMW X5 with a personalized plate “CHUBEE.” Soliman’s relatives have checked tow shops, hospitals, accident reports and retraced his work route.

“The iPad has an iPhone locator and it’s offline. All this time we’ve tried the phone and it’s going to voicemail directly,” said Lantion.

The family has filed a missing person’s report with Houston Police.

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http://usa.inquirer.net/1788/filipino-nurse-reported-missing-houston

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* News / Akufo-Addo gov't stopped recruitment of over 8,600 nurses - Minority Group by Idowu Olabode: February 22, 2017, 08:02:57 PM
Ghana: The Minority in Parliament has condemned the Akufo-Addo government for what it claims is an 'unreasonable decision'  to halt the recruitment of more than 8,600 nurses.

At a press conference Wednesday, Minority leader Haruna Iddrisu said these nurses had obtained the necessary financial clearance from the Ministry of Finance to be added to the public payroll and were awaiting the final step to land a job.

But government despite promising jobs has betrayed the 'honest belief' of these nurses many of whom may have bought into the New Patriotic Party's (NPP) campaign promises, Mr Iddrisu said.



The claims were part of a litany of issues put together by the Minority in its official reaction to the President's State of the Nation Address delivered to Parliament Tuesday.

Akufo-Addo in his maiden State of the Nation Address lamented that "for too many young people, unemployment is sadly the reality of the start to their adult life"

"We are now faced with the phenomenon of parents looking on in frustration as their grown-up children remain at home, without the means to strike an independent life by themselves."

He described the lack of jobs as "unprecedented", "debilitating" and a confidence-sapping problem among the youth.

Making good on its promise to provide what the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in parliament described as the 'real' state of the nation, the Minority leader surrounded by his caucus members read a speech highlighting neglected developments across the country.

The Minority expressed surprise that an ongoing process kickstarted by the former government with the goal of recruiting more than 20,000 nurses has been stopped.

Mr Iddrisu who was Labour minister under the erstwhile NDC government said this ministry had been working with the Ghana Registered Nurses Association to process applications for jobs.

Only 8,634 had secured the go-ahead to be posted only for the new government to disrupt the process.

"These are the young people they promised jobs" he said and stressed that "the young people do not care about which [government] gave financial clearance. What they want is bread and butter".

Adding to the list of youth denied jobs, Mr Iddrisu said government also kicked out 65 police recruits who were undergoing training to join the service and dismissed some 590 other security personnel.

The dismissals also include 205 employees of National Service Scheme (NSS) and 110 middle-level staff of COCOBOD who have been asked to go home since the government took over on January 7, 2017.

These stopped recruitments and dismissals are all down the "petty partisanship" of the NPP government, the Minority leader said collating the job losses and disappointments at about 9,739 Ghanaians.

"God save this country" he expressed dismay and said the actions of the NPP government are reminiscent of the Busia-era government between 1969 and 1972.

In what became known as 'Apollo 568', the Busia government engaged in summary dismissals of several public sector employees in a move believed to have targeted Ewes.

The Chief Executive of the Daily Graphic, Mathias Ofori had his appointment terminated in 1972.

"After working for 20 years with the corporation, a dispatch rider from the castle brought my dismissal letter one weekend whilst on duty'' he remembered during the National Reconciliation Commission hearings in 2001.

Haruna believes the current actions of the NPP, which traces its ideological roots to Dr. Busia's Progress Party, should be condemned.

It is not clear what may have lead to the dismissals and termination of employment as claimed by the NDC in Parliament.

The NPP during the transition promised to cancel 'last minute' contracts and appointments after it lost power.
The NPP transition team complained the decisions were made without consulting the incoming government.

During the vetting of the Senior minister-designate Yaw Osafo Maafo, he told the Appointments Committee of Parliament, "if names appear on the payroll after December, we will definitely lay them off quietly...I can see it happening.”

Youthful unemployment was a major sparring point between the NPP and NDC during the 2016 campaign. Nurses, in particular, were set on a collision course with the NDC government.



From 2014 to 2016, the Ghana Nurse & Midwife Trainees Association and several agitating groups of nurses, who had completed their training, hit the streets demanding jobs.

The NPP then in opposition has accused the NDC government of freezing public sector jobs in obedience to an IMF conditionality.

The government, however, explained it was only a net freeze on public jobs suggesting it could employ in cases where a vacancy had been created because an employee had resigned, retired or had died.

The NDC government said the net freeze did not affect health and education sector where it was not constrained to hire.

In the 3-year bailout programme the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the Ghana government had set a target to reduce public sector wage bill to 35% of government revenue by 2017. As at 2015, the wage bill ratio to tax revenue was 49.2 percent.

The net freeze, the IMF said was a part of measures to restore macroeconomic stability.

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Source : http://www.myjoyonline.com/news/2017/February-22nd/akufo-addo-govt-stopped-recruitment-of-over-8600-nurses-minority-delivers-real-sona.php

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* News / Only off-duty nurses joined Pretoria march‚ patients not affected by Idowu Olabode: February 22, 2017, 07:54:13 PM
"Nurses have not abandoned their patients."

This was a statement made by an on-duty nurse at the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital as hundreds of nurses marched in Pretoria to demand better working conditions for nurses and a more functional nursing council.

A nurse who did not want to be named said a pamphlet regarding the protest did the rounds and nurses from the hospital joined in‚ but it was planed in advance.



“There was a bus that picked them up to go to Pretoria but only the nurses who were off today joined the march. There are nurses working today so that patients were not left unattended.” she said.

Cleaners‚ boilermakers‚ Department of Social Development staff and community health workers came out to support nurses in their march through Pretoria on Wednesday.

In- and out-patients at the Baragwanath hospital as well as Charlotte Maxeke hospital told TMG Digital they had not noticed any changes or slow service at the hospital as everything was operating as normal.

Thato Ramodibe‚ who went to pick up her medication and was visiting a friend in the Emergency unit at Baragwanath Hospital‚ said everything in the hospital was functional apart from delays experienced with the information capturing systems.

Steve Mabona‚ spokesperson for the MEC of Health in Gauteng‚ said the department is still collating information on how many nurses downed tools to join the protest.

“Nurses are essential service workers and are not allowed to participate in any industrial action during working hours. If they do participate‚ it will constitute an act of misconduct and disciplinary action will be instituted‚” Mabona said.

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Source : http://www.timeslive.co.za/local/2017/02/22/Only-off-duty-nurses-joined-Pretoria-march%E2%80%9A-patients-not-affected

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* Travel Nursing / Relevance of World Education Services Evaluation by Tiffee: February 22, 2017, 07:44:39 PM
Great nurses!!!! I salute us all! Please I want to ask if anyone is aware of World Education services (WES) and how relevant it is to nurses who wants to travel to united States or Canada. Thank you

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* Nursing Jobs / Lead City University Vacancies for Nursing Lecturers by Idowu Olabode: February 22, 2017, 07:40:17 PM
Lead City University is a private university licensed by the Federal Government of Nigeria in 2005. LCU is one of the fastest growing private universities in Nigeria. Increasing student population has necessitated the need for additional staff.
 
Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates to fill the position below:
 
Positions:
* Professor
* Reader
* Senior Lecturer
* Lecturer I
* Lecturer II
 
Location: Ibadan
Area of Specialization: Nursing Science
 
Qualification and Experience:
Professor:
* Candidates should be matured scholars with a PhD degree in the relevant field and not less than 10 years cognate experience in a University or comparable Institution.
* The candidates should have substantial number of scholarly books and other publications in reputable journals. They should be able to provide academic leadership, initiate and carry out independent research, as well supervise research work of their students.
* Evidence of skills and competence in administration is essential.
 
ii. Reader:
* Candidates must have not less than 8 years cognate experience in the university or comparable institution.
 
iii. Senior Lecturer:
* Candidates must have not less than 5 years cognate experience in the university or comparable system.
 
iv. Lecturer I:
* Candidates should possess a Ph.D degree in the relevant discipline with evidence of scholarly publications and not less than 3 years cognate experience in the university system.
* In addition, they should also be able to supervise student's projects.
 
v. Lecturer II:
* Candidates should possess a Ph.D degree in relevant discipline.
 
Salary and Fringe Benefits
* Condition of service is highly attractive. Appointments are pensionable. Salary entry points on the CONUASS scale is what's generally applicable in Federal universities and can also be negotiated. Other fringe benefits include Retirement/ pension fund, Group life and disability insurance, Medical Aid and Housing.
* The university’s Microfinance Bank also empowers staff area of property acquisition and wealth creation.
 
Application Closing Date
22nd March, 2017.
 
Method of Application
Interested and qualified candidates should send Ten copies of applications and curriculum vitae (see CV Format below) to: leadcity@lcu.edu.ng
And
Hard copies should be sent to:
The Registrar and Secretary to Council,
Lead City University Express Way,
Toll Gate Area,
P. O. Box 30678,
Secretariat - Ibadan,
Oyo State.
 

 
Note
* All application should be submitted before the closing date. The process of selection will commence thereafter and will cease only after the positions have been properly filled.
* Active retirees from universities and comparable institutions are encouraged to apply as well.
* Qualified candidates should stipulate the nature of appointments that interest them (Full Time / Part Time/ Sabbatical Position).

Download the cv format from http://lcu.edu.ng/images/CV-Format.pdf

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* News / Kenya : Health workers’ Sh4.5bn allowances to avert strike by Idowu Olabode: February 22, 2017, 01:39:03 PM
The government has introduced a new allowance for all health workers to prevent a mega strike that would have included mortuary attendants.

The Health ministry said the new health service allowance will cost the government at least Sh4.5 billion every year.

Clinicians will be the biggest beneficiaries, getting Sh20,000 every month, while mortuary attendants will earn an additional Sh7,500.

Health PS Nicholas Muraguri said the allowance will apply only to the 17 cadres that did not benefit from the Sh15,000-Sh20,000 allowance awarded to nurses last year.

He said they have shown responsibility and have kept hospitals operational in the absence of doctors, who have been on strike for 80 days now.

“Such an award will boost health workers’ morale and set a precedent of employee relations that grievances can be solved through negotiations, as opposed to industrial action,” Muraguri said in a letter to Treasury PS Kamau Thugge.

Kenya has 19 cadres of health workers. Doctors and nurses have their own separate unions, while the 17 other cadres are represented by the Kenya Health Professionals Society.

“For equality, there is need to harmonise the allowance paid to nurses and various health cadres,” Muraguri said in the January 26 letter.

KHPS argues that members have a heavier workload in terms of responsibility and leadership, compared to the nurses.

Members were angered when the striking nurses were awarded an allowance last year. The nurses had threatened to go strike this week.

The other members include physiotherapists, occupational therapists, plaster technicians, orthopaedic technologists, pharmaceutical technologists and dental technologists.

Clinical officers will also get an extra Sh10,000 monthly call allowance, which they complain is too little because doctors have been awarded a Sh80,000 call allowance.

“We kindly ask you to include the call allowance for the clinical officers at the cost of Sh10,000 per month. This has become a bone of contention, which may lead to industrial strife if not factored in the framework,” Council of Governors CEO Jacqueline Mogeni said in a letter to Treasury PS yesterday.

Kenya Union of Clinical Officers deputy secretary general Austin Otieno said the call allowance was long overdue.

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Source : http://www.the-star.co.ke/news/2017/02/22/health-workers-sh45bn-allowances-to-avert-strike_c1510785

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* Scholarships / Joanna Briggs Institute Developing Countries Clinical Fellowships in Australia by Idowu Olabode: February 22, 2017, 12:38:31 PM
JBI LMIC Clinical Fellowship: Call for applications for 2017 fellowship award now open

I am pleased to announce that our call for applications for the JBI LMIC Clinical Fellowship positions is now open for 2017. These fellowships are fully funded positions for practicing healthcare professionals in LMIC settings. For a video of past fellows, visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z8X4tdz_-AY&t=9s

The JBI Evidence-Based Clinical Fellowship Program is a six-month work place, evidence-based, implementation program involving 2 x ten-day intensive training workshops in the Joanna Briggs Institute in Adelaide, and conducting a work place evidence implementation project in the intervening months.

Applicants must be health professionals currently working in their home country, with access to a clinical setting. They must be able to identify a topic of interest in an area in which they would like to conduct a baseline clinical audit, implement evidence based strategies, and then conduct a follow-up clinical audit aimed at improving outcomes. Past projects have included topics such as:
· Improving management of primary postpartum hemorrhage in birthing women
· Diagnosis of tuberculosis in children under five years of age
· Improving treatment for uncomplicated malaria in children

For more information and to register your application, please visit https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/clinical-fellowship-program-2017-lmic-application-registration-29837800665. If you have any difficulties or questions regarding the fellowship, please contact jbieducation@adelaide.edu.au.

If you have any contacts who may be interested in this fellowship, please do forward this email onwards.

Kind Regards,

Zac

Assoc Prof Zachary Munn
Director Transfer Science
Director JBI Adelaide GRADE Center
The Joanna Briggs Institute
The University of Adelaide
T: +61 8 8313 3642
W: www.joannabriggs.org | http://grade.joannabriggs.org

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* News / Breaking: LAUTECH Lecturers Suspend Eight Months old strike, resume immediately! by Idowu Olabode: February 22, 2017, 12:10:35 PM
Lecturers at Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomoso have suspended their eight months old strike.

Dr Biodun Olaniran, Chairman, LAUTECH chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), announced the suspension of the strike in a statement on Wednesday in Ogbomoso.

ASUU said that the strike was suspended following the union’s congress held on Tuesday at the university.

“After comparing the demands of the union and what the management has met out of the demands, and after extensive deliberations on the struggle so far, the union has resolved to suspend the strike immediately,” Olaniran said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the institution had been shut since the lecturers went on strike eight months ago.

The union had embarked on the strike over unpaid salaries and allowances, as well as the failure of the owner states of Oyo and Osun to release subventions to the institution.

LAUTECH Vice Chancellor, Prof. Seleiman Gbadegesin, recently told newsmen that the two owner state governments had paid N584 million out of the N7.6 billion they owed the institution.

NAN reports that the owner states had in October 2016 set up a visitation panel in their efforts to find a lasting solution to the crisis.

The panel, headed by Chief Wole Olanipekun (SAN), has submitted its report.

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Source http://t.guardian.ng/news/lautech-lecturers-suspend-strike/

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