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* Upcoming Conference / Registration opens for ICN Regulation and Credential Summit in Portugal by seun apejoye: July 19, 2017, 09:37:21 PM
Registration is now open for the International Council of Nurses (ICN) Regulation and Credentialing Summit in Portugal 20-21 November 2017.
Organised in partnership with the International Centre on Nurse Migration (ICNM), this inaugural Summit will bring together experts from a variety of fields to address the changes taking place around the world and discuss major topics facing the regulatory and credentialing community.

The theme, “Working in Complex and Uncertain Times”, will open discussions on the changes and adaptations brought forth by globalisation and geopolitical challenges and their consequences for regulatory bodies.

Register now on: www.eventbrite.com/e/icn-regulation-credentialing-summit-tickets-34333402130

“ICN is committed to developing strategies to engage regulators,” said Dr Frances Hughes,ICN’s Chief Executive Officer. “This first Regulation and Credentialing Summit will be key to addressing the global concerns of nursing workforce mobility, technological advances and geopolitical challenges.”

Prior to the Summit, in July 2017, ICN will also hold a workshop to assist in developing an ICN strategy for regulation and credentialing. ICN’s International Workforce Forum will also be held in Portugal on 22-23 November, thanks to the hospitality and generosity of the Ordem dos Enfermeiros in Portugal.
* News / Ghana: Nurses, teacher training allowances have been restored - Akufo-Addo by Peculiar005: July 19, 2017, 05:16:18 PM
President Nana Akufo Addo on his media encounter on Tuesday announced that the Nurses and Teacher training allowances have been reinstated.

Prior to the media encounter, many people were worried that the President on his ascension had been silent on when one of his campaign promise of restoring the allowances.

The allowances, which were scrapped by the then governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) was met with strong resistance from the teacher trainees, and nursing trainees who complained bitterly about the difficulties it had brought upon them.

The NDC government insisted the continuous payment of the allowances would threaten the future of Ghana’s economy.

Under the allowance scheme, the nurses got at least GHC450 every quarter. Government had explained the removal of the allowance was to allow it to admit more students.

The allowances had tied the hands of government because huge numbers had serious financial implications.

Prior to the 2016 elections, the then opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) assured students of the various teacher and nursing training institutions of the party’s commitment to bring back the allowances, to ensure they had a smooth training to serve the country.

Barely a week after assuming office, the Akufo-Addo-led NPP administration gave an indication of its plan to capture the allowances of both trainee institutions in the Budget which was presented later in March.

The Vice President Dr. Bawumia had said in January 2017 that the allowances would be restored in March 2017.

The Spokesperson for the Ghana Nurses and Midwives Training Association, Godwin Asabre, said the cancellation of the allowance brought untold hardships trainees but was hopeful the full restoration of the allowance will ease their living conditions in school.
A concerned listener in Kumasi told Joy News, “I think it is still not restored but up till now nothing has been said about it.”

Some people also expressed their concern on social media.



However, the President in his media encounter assured that the restoration of the allowance “will take effect on the start of the new school year”.

Source :Myjoyonline
* News / Kenya: Nurses protest in Kisii as State gives lecturers Sh5.2 billion by Peculiar005: July 19, 2017, 04:57:44 PM
Nurses in Kisii County are back to the streets to protest over the government’s decision to implement the lecturers' collective bargaining agreement (CBA) while ignoring theirs.

The nurses claimed that both the county and national governments have sidelined them after doctors, clinical officers and civil servants' pay demands were met.

The government had on Tuesday promised to release Sh5.25 billion by the end of July to pay lecturers.



The Kisii County Kenya National Union of Nurses (Knun) Chairman blamed Governor James Ongwae for poor representation despite being the Council of Governors chairman of the Human Resource, Labour and Social Welfare Committee.

AGREEMENT

“All the other striking workers including lecturers and doctors and have had their CBAs signed. Even clinical officers reached a deal with the government, why are the nurses being discriminated against?" posed Mr Oigo on Wednesday.

Mr Oigo said mortality rates have increased since the nurses' strike began as most patients can not afford to get treatment at private health facilities.

He claimed that many private hospitals had employed untrained staff to take care of the rising number of patients at the facilities.

NOT QUALIFIED

“Even patients who seek treatment at private health facilities are not safe because some of the nurses there are not qualified,” Mr Oigo said.

He added: “ People are dying at home because the national government has failed to take the health sector seriously.”

The Kisii County Knun Deputy Secretary Eric Rioba said that nurses will not return to work unless their grievances are addressed.

Mr Rioba urged the government to prevent more loss of lives by implementing the nurses' CBA before the August 8 polls.

The nurses gave the Kisii County Secretary Ronald Ombasa a one week ultimatum to ensure that nurses on temporary contracts are given permanent employment.

Source :http://www.nation.co.ke/counties/Kisii/Nurses-protest-in-Kisii-as-State-gives-lecturers-Sh5-2-billion/1183286-4022654-b6lyk6/index.html
* Nursing Jobs / Adherence Officers Vacancies at Catholic Relief Services (CRS) by Peculiar005: July 19, 2017, 04:52:16 PM
Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is an International non-governmental organization supporting relief and development work in over 100 countries around the world. CRS programs assist persons on the basis of need, regardless of creed, ethnicity or nationality. CRS works through local church and non-church partners to implement its programs, therefore, strengthening and building the capacity of these partner organizations is fundamental to programs in every country in which CRS operates. CRS re-established presence in Nigeria in 2000 and currently focuses on vulnerable children, agriculture, health and HIV, extractives and governance, and peace building programming.
 
We are recruiting to fill the vacant position below:
 
Position: Adherence Officer
                     
Job Ref Code: ADHOEDO071817
Location: Edo
Department: GF / HSS
Band: C-1
   
Job Context
• CRS is a Sub-Recipient to Family Health International (FHI 360) on the Global Fund New Funding Model HIV Program in Nigeria.
• The Program seeks to scale up gender sensitive HIV prevention services among children and adults in Nigeria.
 
Primary Function
• Community mobilization for HCT and PMTCT
• Advocacy and networking
• Partnership and representation
• Data generation

Job Responsibilities
• Work closely with NEPHWAN and other GF-funded CBOs to ensure a coherence of approach in demand generation for HCT and PMTCT, and also establish positive working relationships with these CBOs, other implementing partners, and relevant government agencies.
• Independently develop and implement strategies to increase project HCT and PMTCT coverage and ensure that project targets are achieved.
• Carry out mapping exercises relating to PMTCT service delivery in order to identify potential clients and ensure the provision of HCT services to these identified clients. Ensure that an effective and documented referral system is in place at community level to link all positive clients to the GF-supported facilities.
• Organize and carry out targeted advocacy visits to designated community stakeholders such as TBAs, women groups, traditional and religious leaders, and establish or sustain linkages between the project and these stakeholders.
• Properly document all implemented activities and data gathered, and report same (both narrative and numbers) timely with given templates.
• Develop a well-established, coherent and integrated referral system to CRS-managed facilities in the given communities.
• Participate actively in the monthly cluster meetings, CBO coordination meetings and other meetings as required.
• Other duties as may be assigned periodically.
 
Qualifications
• A first degree in a relevant field such as Nursing, Community Health, Biological or Social Sciences.
• Minimum of 3 years’ experience in HIV/AIDS, especially in community-based activities.
• Able to work independently and efficiently within the state GF team, while interfacing closely with the entire team.
• Good interpersonal skills, the ability to interface with multiple stakeholders, representatives, and partners in an ongoing basis and capable of establishing stronger and mutually beneficial links between CRS and our partners.
• Strong English language communication skills, including written and verbal.
• Strong assessment, organizational, analytical and planning skills.
• Computer competency (MS Word & Excel) is essential
• Ability to travel as much as 70% of the time within the assigned state.
 
Agency Wide Competences (For all CRS Staff):
These are rooted in the mission, values, and guiding principles of CRS and used by each staff member to fulfill his or her responsibilities and achieve the desired results:
• Serves with Integrity
• Models Stewardship
• Cultivates Constructive Relationships
• Promotes Learning
 
Key Working Relationships:
• Internal: S/he will report to the State Team Lead, and be expected to work in close collaboration with other state GF team members (Technical Specialist, M & E Officer) in the areas of demand generation, advocacy, partnership and data management.
• External: S/he is expected to work closely with NEPWHAN and other CBOs funded by the Global Fund, other implementing partners involved in demand-generation activities, SACA, SASCP and other relevant government agencies.
 
Disclaimer:
• This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skill, effort, duties, and responsibilities associated with the position.
 
Application Closing Date
1st August, 2017 .
 
How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should download the "Application Form Below" and send with a detailed 3-page resume in a single file word document to: ng.recruitment_health@crs.org indicating in the subject line of their application the job title and reference code for the position and the state being applied for (e.g SCSABIA071817).
 
Download the application form here
https://www.dropbox.com/s/2bp3tnxac2l56nj/CRS-%20Application%20Form.doc?dl=0
* News / Kenya: Work with SRC to end nurses strike, Kibwana tells state by Peculiar005: July 19, 2017, 01:11:34 PM
Makueni Governor Kivutha Kibwana has asked the government to work with SRC on modalities to end the nurses strike.

KIbawa said county governments are ready to listen to nurses' demands but only through the Salaries and Remuneration Commission.

"We are not refusing to pay the nurses but only waiting for the salaries to be determined by the commission led by Sarah Serem."

He spoke during a public rally at Kavuthu shopping center in Makueni constituency on Tuesday.

Kibwana, however, cautioned nurses against making unrealistic demands and urged them to consider returning to their stations.

"It is my appeal for nurses not to be selfish in their demands. Let them be human because we have other staff to pay as well," he said.

"We also have to undertake development for county residents within a given budge."

Nurses withdrew their services on June 5 to push for the signing and implementation of their Collective Bargaining Agreement.

They want the Council of Governors and SRC to heed to terms of the agreement on better pay and promotions.

The strike has paralysed health services across the country forcing families to take their sick to private facilities.

Earlier, Serem disowned the CBA saying governors sidestepped her advice on nurses' demands.

Source :http://www.the-star.co.ke/news/2017/07/19/work-with-src-to-end-nurses-strike-kibwana-tells-state_c1599891
* News / Gas Explodes in School of Nursing Makurdi Hostel, Injures Nursing Student by Peculiar005: July 19, 2017, 11:03:53 AM
An explosion from a gas cylinder at the Benue State Schools of Nursing and Midwifery in Makurdi has severely injured one student.

The victim, Stella Mekiah, a new student of the institution who was barely admitted a month ago is now recuperating at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC) in Makurdi.

Principal of the school, Mrs. Victoria Gusa, said that the incident happened on Sunday after Mekaih returned from church and was preparing her lunch inside her hostel located at the third floor of the building.

"When the gas cooker exploded, it caught her hair and burnt down to her abdomen.  As I speak, she is at the intensive unit of the Federal Medical Centre, Apir. She lost a lot of fluid even though she talks but it is incoherent," Gusa said.

The state's acting governor, Engr. Benson Abounu, has paid a sympathy visit to the school where he frowned at students cooking right inside their hostel in the absence of a central dining hall at the institution.

Abounu added, "this is highly unacceptable."

He therefore promptly directed the state's Commissioner of Health and Human Services, Mrs. Cecilia Ojabo, to immediately tackle the abnormality.

The school had just been reopened after it was plummeted in 2013 by the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria (NMCN) which withdrew their accreditation on account of abysmal low standards.

Source : Daily Trust
* MCPDP / Nigeria Nurisng and Midwifery Council Launches Online Professional Update Form by Peculiar005: July 19, 2017, 10:02:37 AM
The Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria has launched the online application form called Professional Update Form for all Nigerian Nurses within and outside Nigeria aimed at capturing all Nigerian Nursing into the Council’s online database. This was launched yesterday in Kano at the ongoing Examiner’s workshop according to a statement released by the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria Registrar.

Below is the press statement and what you need to know about the update.

"Distinguished ladies and gentlemen, this is to inform all Nurses and Midwives registered with Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria that an online application called Professional Update Form has been formally launched on July 18th ,2017 during the ongoing examiner’s workshop in Kano, Kano state with a view of capturing of all registered nurses and midwives in Nigeria into the Council’s electronic database.

In view of this development, all Nurses and Midwives registered with the Nursing and Midwifery of Nigeria are hereby directed to go online to complete the PUF application from July 18, 2017 – October 17, 2017. The PUF application is available at the Council’s e-portal www.portal.nmcn.gov.ng .

To complete your PUF application you may follow this link http://portal.nmcn.gov.ng/nurses/add "

Thank you.
Alh. Faruk Umar Abubakar
Secretary-General/Registrar

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)on PUF

1.   What is PUF?

PUF means online Professional Update Form (PUF) For Registered Nurses and Midwives

2.   Why is Council doing PUF?

This is to establish an electronic database of all records of Nurses and Midwives registered in Nigeria and to facilitate the commencement of online renewal of license

3.   Who are the people to complete the form?

All categories of Nurses/Midwives are to complete and submit their online Professional Update Form(PUF)

4.   How many form am I expected to complete?

Only one form should be completed by an individual Nurse/Midwife. Multiple forms are not allowed

5.   What information are required to complete this application?


Required information are Personal details (such as names, date of birth, address etc), Registration numbers of all qualifications registration with NMCN, Schools attended, passport photograph, Personal Identification Number (PIN) on the license, Licence Expiry Date, employment record. Your Nursing/midwifery license and certificates contained all the required information

6.   What size of passport photograph is required?

Passport Photo Not More Than 20kb, width: 130px, height: 182px and on Jpeg Format Only are required.

7.   Do I need to attach my scanned certificates to the application?

No.

8.   Where do I get my Personal Identification Number (PIN)?

All registered Nurses/Midwives must provide their PIN as it appears on their licence except for Basic Midwives and Psychiatric Nurses with single professional qualification only.

9.   Do I need my nursing or midwifery registration number to complete this application?

Yes. All registered Nurses/Midwives must provide registration number(s) for all professional qualification(s) registered with Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria. Registration number(s) MUST be alphanumeric while entering the data e.g. RN1234 or RM1234 (no dot, no space, no symbols such as -)?,#~(!-_/><@ ). Only the number is expected to be inserted.

10.   What happens if I choose not to complete the form?

It would be assumed that Nurses/Midwives who do not complete this form are not registered with Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria

11.   For how long will this application be available online?

The Professional Update Form (PUF) will be available from the 17th of July – 17th of October 2017.

12.   My License is expired. Can I still complete the PUF form?

Yes. All categories of Nurses/Midwives are to complete and submit their online Professional Update Form (PUF)

13.   How secure is the Council’s portal?

The NMCN portal is secured and contained required security protections in line with best global practices. This portal has been in use by Council since 2012 till date.

14.   Are Nurses and Midwives who registered with Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria but are outside the Country affected too?


Yes. All Nurses and Midwives anywhere in the world who registered with NMCN are to complete PUF application online.

For further enquiries or challenges on PUF application send an email to oafilade@nmcn.gov.ng
* News / Malawi Health Workers to Experience Delayed July Salaries by Peculiar005: July 19, 2017, 07:10:55 AM
Malawians working in the health sector should brace for tough times as their July salaries will be delayed.

According to a memo dated Monday, July 17 and signed by secretary for health Dan Namalika, workers in this sector will have their money deposited into their accounts very late.

 He said the delay is as a result of the recent salary adjustment which has seen change of figures.



The principal secretary further added that they have to first include the changes in their payroll to avoid serious mistakes and after that, everything will be well.

However, Namalika said efforts are being made to ensure that the salaries should be processed and released in good time.

Authorities in the health sector have since asked all health workers to be patient during the period.

Source :https://malawi24.com/2017/07/19/july-salaries-delayed-health-workers/
* News / World Needs Annual $371bn, 23million Health workers to Achieve SDGs by 2030 by Peculiar005: July 19, 2017, 07:06:43 AM
AN estimated $371 billion annually from an initial $134 billion or $58 per person in new investments, is required to achieve the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) health targets by 2030, according to a new study tagged The SDG Health Price Tag published in The Lancet Global Health.

The publication estimates  costs and benefits of progressively expanding health services to reach 16 SDG health targets in 67 low- and middle-income countries that account for 75 per cent of the world’s population.

Expanded services

The analysis shows that investments to expand services towards universal health coverage and the other SDG health targets could prevent 97 million premature deaths globally between now and 2030, and add as much as 8.4 years of life expectancy in some countries. The SDG Health Price Tag models an “ambitious” scenario in which investments are sufficient for countries to attain the health targets in the SDGs by 2030, and a “progress” scenario in which countries get two thirds or more of the way to the targets.

The analysis shows that 85 per cent of these costs can be met with domestic resources, although as many as 32 of the world’s poorest countries will face an annual gap of up to US$ 54 billion and will continue to need external assistance.

It includes adding more than 23 million health workers, and building more than 415 000 new health facilities, 91 per cent of which would be primary health care centres.

The investments could prevent 97 million premature deaths – one in every five seconds over 15 years – including more than 50 million infants and children who are either stillborn or die before their fifth birthday, and 20 million deaths from non-communicable diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cancer.

Life expectancy would increase by between 3.1 and 8.4 years, and 535 million years of healthy living would be added across the 67 countries.

The “progress” scenario would require new investments increasing from an initial $104 billion a year to $274 billion, or $41 per person, by 2030.

These investments would prevent about 71 million premature deaths and boost health spending as a proportion of GDP to an average of 6.5 per cent. More than 14 million new health workers would be added, and nearly 378 000 new health facilities built, 93 per cent of which would be primary health care centres.

The analysis includes targets in SDG Goal 3 (health and well-being) as well as targets from Goal 2 (zero hunger), Goal 6 (clean water and sanitation) and Goal 7 (affordable and clean energy).

The SDG Health Price Tag does not prescribe what countries should spend on health, but is intended as a tool to inform further research.

It also highlights that achieving universal health coverage and the other health targets requires not only funding but political will and respect for human rights.

Source : Vanguard Newspaper
* Nursing Jobs / Vacancies for Nurses in Lagos 2017 : Private Hospital in Victoria Island by Peculiar005: July 19, 2017, 06:40:22 AM
A reputable Hospital located in Victoria Island, Lagos, urgently requires the services of Dynamic and result oriented individuals who are ready to add more value to the operations of the Organization, to fill the position of Nursing Sister

Requirement
* With at least 5 years experience in a reputable hospital.
 
Application Closing Date
1st August, 2017.
 
How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should submit their comprehensive CV's via e-mail to: citycareers@yahoo.com using the post applied for as the title of the mail.
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