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* News / OAUTHC Queries 3 Nurses For Putting On Trousers on Duty by katty: October 31, 2018, 05:17:56 PM
The Director of Nursing, Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital Complex,  Mr Onini Victor, has allegedly queried three nurses for putting on trousers.

Osun Defender reporter gathered that the  nurses, Mrs Olaleye Nihmat, Mrs Alimat Aminat and Mrs Olabanji  were asked to remove their trousers and wear only a gown instead.

It was gathered that the nurses were chased out of the ward by the Chief Medical Doctor (CMD) of the teaching hospital on Tuesday and were warned seriously not to wear it again.

Investigations revealed that the nurses were threatened to be relieved of their duties if they wear trousers.

According to one of the victims, Mrs Olaleye Nihmat, ” It is in our law that we can put on a trouser and the nurse gown but we were surprised when we were called by the director to see him in the office. When we got to his office, he ordered us to remove our trousers or else,  we will be fired.

“We said okay to him, and instantly ran to meet with the Muslim community. The Muslim community advised us to remove the trouser and promised to look into the matter. ”

When asked why she preferred to use the trouser on duty, she stated that she wore it based on a police set forth by the Nursing Council of Nigeria’s policies, which states that nurses can wear either a nurse cap or shoulder length Hijab with the trouser.

When contacted for comments, the Director of Nursing in the hospital, said that the nurses are only permitted to wear a gown and a small Hijab not trouser.
Contrary to his claims, a circular from Nursing & Midwifery Council Of Nigeria to the hospital authorities signed by P.N Ndatsu, through secretary general and sent to all directors of nursing, their deputies, chief medical directors, chief executives and principal, dated 11th February, 2002 with reference number N&MCN/CMF/721/1/3, where Section 2, subsection b(III) of the circulation made available to our correspondent on Wednesday, prescribes that the nurses are permitted to wear a trouser and a gown with long sleeve.
* News / UGONSA Position On Benin Republic, Chad, Cameroon, Niger Republic Nursing Degree by katty: October 31, 2018, 02:04:09 PM
Following our careful inquest into the status and circumstances surrounding the nursing degree awarded by institutions in Benin Republic, Chad, Niger Republic and Came., we wish to bring the following to the attention of Nigerian nurses and the genaal public:
I. Although most of the institutions in the countries referred above, that are involved in the award of nursing degree to Nigerian nurses, can be found in the list of accredited institutions of higher learning in their respective countries, the Nigerian minis, of Education has not approved the evaluation of Bachelor of Nursing Science (B.N.Sc) degree or any other health related courses awarded by these institutions.
2. Consequently. the B.N.Sc degree awarded by these institutions is not recognized by the Nigerian Minis, of Education for admission, employment/upgrading and/or NYSC mobilization.
3. UGONSA therefore advises Nigerian nurses to henceforth stop the pursuit of nursing degrees in these countries.
4. For those that are already in the pursuit of their nursing degree, as well as those that might have already bagged nursing degree, in these countries, we recommend that they promptly contact the Director Nursing Services, Federal Ministry of Health, or the Registrar, Nursing and Midwifery of Nigeria, for clarification on the status of the nursing degree awarded by their school to avoid any regrets in the future. It is better to make hay now, while the sun still shines, than to make an avoidable and regrettable mistake.
5. Most of these scl.ols run the nursing degree under other departments (and not in the department of nursing sciences) with no measures or facilities in place as required for standard and accreditation.
6. Most of them also run the program in such a shabby way that the cumulative academic period for the entire course that leads to award of the degree, in some instances, is less than one month.
7. As the motto of UGONSA is -Nightingalism and Professionalism for Qualitative Client Care", we cannot sit passive and watch as professionalism and standards are brazenly watered down in the nursing profession.
8. We therefore call on nurses and the general public to support the commendable effort the Federal Minis, of Health and the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria are making in upholding standards and professionalism in Nursing education and practice in Nigeria by heeding this clarion call to shun patronizing any nursing program that has been evaluated as being below standard such as those run in the referenced countries.
Chief (Hon.) S.E.O. Egwuenu
National President
Nurse G.I. Nshi 
National Secretary
* News / Ghana: Government to Recruit 40,000 Nurses in 2019 - Health Minister by katty: October 31, 2018, 12:17:30 PM
Mr Kwaku Agyeman-Manu, Minister for Health, has announced government, will in February next year, recruit 40,000 nurses to help deliver quality health care to all.

He said this year the government did not recruit even a single nurse because of constraints and budgetary concerns, adding, it was working to ensure that financial clearance was given for such number of nurses to be recruited in February, next year.

Mr Agyeman-Manu made the announcement during the opening of the 12th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Conference of Heads of Health Training Institutions (COHHETI) in Tamale on Monday.

The week-long AGM affords members of COHHETI to amongst others, discuss issues of the health sector such as achieving universal health coverage, pre-service training: the critical success factor to improving the quality of care.

It is on the theme: “Contemporary Health Care Delivery: The Role of Health Training Institutions and other Stakeholders”.
Mr Agyeman-Manu, therefore, urged unemployed nurses to be patient as government put in place measures to employ them.

The Minister was also hopeful that by the end of this year, about 20,000 nurses would be recruited under the Nation Builders Corps (NABCO) to augment the staff strength of the various hospital facilities across the country.

He advised nurses to register for NABCO recruitment as it was an important government intervention, whose remuneration was even better than what some public sector workers received, adding, working under NABCO would ensure that they did not forget what they learnt in school.

He said nurses working under NABCO would be absorbed under the health sector as permanent staff when the opportunity was available.

Mr Agyeman-Manu reiterating the need for health training institutions to teach students an additional international language such that trained nurses could easily seek employment in other countries.

He also urged health training institutions to incorporate customer care training in their curriculum to imbibe in nurses some discipline to attend to clients in a satisfactory manner.

Madam Monica Nkrumah, President of COHHETI, appealed to the government to release the second batch of financial clearance such that the 400 temporary workers at the health training institutions would be absorbed under the payroll to relieve the training institutions of added financial burden.

Madam Nkrumah appealed to all to support health training institutions with the needed teaching and learning materials and current text books to enhance the training of effective and efficient nurses and midwives for quality health care delivery.

Mr Salifu Saaed, Northern Regional Minister, commended the Principals and Heads of Health Training Institutions for their immense contributions to the health sector to ensure quality health care delivery.

Sagnari Naa Yakubu Abdulai, Paramount Chief of Sagnarigu Traditional Area, who chaired the event, appealed to the government to adequately resource hospitals to provide quality health care to all, such that people did not have to travel abroad for medical treatment.

* News / Kenya Nurses' Union Boss Charged With Creating Disturbance, Unlawful Assembly by katty: October 30, 2018, 04:55:42 PM
Kenya National Union of Nurses Secretary General Seth Panyako was on Tuesday arraigned at the Milimani Law Court and charged with creating disturbance and taking part in unlawful assembly.

His charge sheet read: "Creating disturbance in a manner likely to cause a breach of the peace by disrupting services at the Kenyatta National Hospital facility."
Panyako was arrested on October 29, 2018 alongside Joseph Wanyoike and Evans Mwaluko for allegedly inciting nurses at Kenyatta National Hospital to go on strike.

Appearing before Magistrate Francis Andanyi, the trio pleaded not guilty and were each released on a personal bond of Sh50,000.

Panyako was arrested as he arrived at Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) to address striking nurses. The health workers were protesting what they said was the hospital management's refusal to let them join a union of their choice.

The nurses said the hospital had blocked them from joining KNUN.

Stephen Warutere, the KNUN branch secretary general at KNH, said nurses were being forced to remain in the Kenya Union of Domestic, Hotels, Educational Institutions, Hospitals and Allied Workers (Kudheiha), which, they said, does not serve their interests.

The health workers further raised security concerns citing an assault on a nurse by a bereaved mother on October 14, 2018.
* Travel Nursing / Re: My HAAD Nurse Registration Journey and Experience: A Guide for other Nurses by set: October 30, 2018, 01:42:18 PM
Good morning all and thanks for following my thread. I just login to my dataflow account and found COMPLETED in all and case status is still work in progress. Please any idea what that means? I haven't received any email from them yet. Should I mail them or what?
hello, thanks for the update. please who knows how dataflow verifies license from NMCN. its been 2months now and dataflow claims nursing council nigeria is not responding to their request. please can someone tell me to go about it. thanks
* News / Ghana: Redeem Our Falling Image - GRNMA To New Nurses by katty: October 30, 2018, 01:01:05 PM
The Ghana Registered Nurses and Midwifery Association (GRNMA) has asked the younger generation of nurses and midwives to rise with new zest and work extra hard to lift the falling dignity and standards of the profession.

The President of the association, Mr Kwaku Asante Krobea noted that the younger generation of nurses and midwives had come into the profession at a time when standards have fallen and when practitioners face so much insults and vilification for inefficiencies.

Speaking at the 70th-anniversary celebrations of the Cape Coast Nurses and Midwifery Training College last Friday, Mr Krobea said it was important to work to improve standards and change the perceptions of the public against health practitioners.

The occasion was also used to graduate 850 new nurses and midwives for the 2017 and 2018 year groups and also matriculate 216 fresh students into the college.

Trainee Allowances

Mr Krobea assured the new graduates and students that the association would ensure that no government toys with the allowances of trainee nurses and midwives.

He stated that the association would stand its ground and ensure that all governments honour the trainee allowances, adding that the association had been very instrumental and negotiated with different governments on the allowances and would ensure that trainees enjoy the allowances “till Jesus Christ comes again.”

He noted that the association is committed to ensuring the well-being of all its members and especially support the advancement of their careers both professionally and academically.

The Deputy Central Regional Minister, Mr Thomas Adjei Baffoe advised health practitioners to adopt more friendly attitudes towards patients.

Empathy and politeness

He said nurses and midwives must have empathy and politeness as core attributes to help erase perceptions, noting that they remain critical in the country’s efforts to ensure quality health care delivery for all.

He commended the college’s students and staff for their hard work and dedication to work.

Touching on the theme in a speech read for him, the Chief Director of the Ministry of Health, Nana Kwabena Adjei-Mensah said patients expected evidence-based care which he noted was proven to be efficient, effective and safe than opinion-based.

He further advised the nurses and midwives to take advantage of technology to provide improved health care for their patients.

Ethics of profession

The Principal of the College, Hajia Alima Opoku Ahmed advised both graduates and continuing students to be abreast of the ethics of the profession to reduce misconduct and negligence among staff.

She appealed for a fence wall around the north campus near the Cape Coast Teaching hospital and for improvement in the road network.

The Omanhene of Owirenkyiman Traditional Area, Ahunabobrem Pra Agyensiam who was the guest of honour called for the provision of infrastructure for the school.

The alumni President, Mrs Peace Honkou Semordzi expressed appreciation to the founders of the school, saying the alumni of the school had developed world-class health professionals contributing to quality health care delivery in Ghana and across the world.

Source : Graphic Online
* News / Kenya Nurses Union Boss Seth Panyako Spends Night in Jail by katty: October 30, 2018, 12:53:02 PM
The Kenya National Union of Nurses (KNUN) Secretary General Seth Panyako spent the night in police cells over claims of inciting health workers at Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) to go on strike.

Panyako was arrested Monday morning at the institution where he was set to address members following a disagreement over union registration.

According to Panyako, the strike was a result of a dispute by the hospital management, “which does not want the nurses to join the Kenya National Union of Nurses, because they are already members of another union.”

There were chaotic scenes at the hospital that led to his arrest in what has fueled tensions even further, leading to the deployment of security forces.

Panyako was arrested alongside other officials accused of instigating the protests that paralysed services at the health facility.

Through a statement, the Hospital’s acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Thomas Mutie however stated that the medics need to comply with the law regarding recognition of the trade union.

“KNH management wishes to reiterte its commitment to ensuring fair labour practices and compliance with law.

However, the Hospital shall not burge to calls, instigations or incitement of its employees to take part in illegal meetings with the sole purpose of advancing courses that disrupts essential services as offered by the Hospital,” he said.

He stated that while the institution recognizes the rights of every employee to freedom of association such activities must be carried out within the confines of the law.

“To enforce its recognition, KNUN instituted a dispute against the Hospital to the Employment and Labour Relations.

However, the Court dismissed the case for reason that Union had not proved that it had more than a simple majority to warrant recognition,” he stated.
Source : Capital FM News
* News / Meet Kelli Kolkmeyer A Cincinnati Pediatric Hematology Nurse Who Inspires by katty: October 30, 2018, 09:09:26 AM
Kelli Kolkmeyer is a pediatric bone marrow transplant nurse at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.

She knows what it's like to be on the other side.

When she was diagnosed with breast cancer and knew she would lose her hair, she wanted to take charge and bring a little levity to the situation.

"I have an incredible friend who's also my hairdresser, and we kind of came up with this idea that we'd just have a lot of fun with it," said Kolkmeyer. "We cut it into a bunch of different styles before she eventually just shaved it all off."

Getting cancer meant Kelli had to take some of her own medicine and listen to the advice she gave patients herself.

"I would constantly look at little girls and say, 'You know, it's just hair after all. And you are still going to be beautiful. It doesn't change anything about the person you are or what you have to offer. It's just hair.'"

That's the thing about Kelli, her friends and coworkers say, she's real.

"She's never walked into a patient's room that didn't immediately fall in love with her and vice versa," said Jane Stanberry, RN.  "She treats every patient like they're her own and she's just an amazing caregiver."

Kelli's own cancer diagnosis made her both vulnerable and strong, her co-workers say.

"We take care of patients not only with cancer but other life-threatening disorders – bone marrow failure, immune deficiency," said Laura Flesch, clinical manager of the Division of Bone Marrow Transplantation and Immune Deficiency (BMTID). "And so, when it hit home with one of our own, she was a beacon of light for us. She gave us hope, she gave us strength. Because we were struggling with her diagnosis."

"I think that she just has this empathy for people that are going through difficult times," said Deanna Best, RN and friend. "Not long after she came back from work, I went through a difficult time where I lost a baby and she just really supported me through that."

Kelli's personal experiences also help form bond with patient families.

"She's not just a nurse. She is a friend. She is a playmate to my son," said Carrie Bramlee whose son is getting treatment at Cincinnati Children's. "And when I walk in and I see her face, I sigh a deep sigh of relief because I know that Cohen is going to be well cared for."

"I like to think I was a really good nurse before but an even better one now. I think I can understand things that I didn't necessarily understand before. I've been through chemo now, I've had a port, so I think I can empathize and relate in a much different way."

Kelli is being recognized for the passion she brings to nursing. Bethesda North Hospital honored her making a difference in the lives of cancer patients. And this month, during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Mercy McAuley High School in Cincinnati is honoring her as one of the "2018 Women Who Inspire."

"I've watched her go above and beyond for every single family that she takes care of, and it's truly inspiring," said Chelsea Sensibaugh, RN. "She makes me want to be a better nurse every day."

"She makes all of our patients and families feel so comfortable, when they're going through probably the roughest time that they will ever go through," said Leah Aho, RN. "She's always somebody that's so down to earth, explains everything so well, and she just has a heart of gold."

"I like to think I walked in the hand that I was dealt with some grace, and some laughter and light and I could not have done that without the support of my family and my friends, my coworkers here. I'm just so, so lucky to have that modeled for me, and that I just want to be a reflection of that kindness and love that people have shown me," said Kolkmeyer.

SOURCE Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
* Nursing Jobs / Federal Medical Centre, Owerri 2019 Vacancies for Nurse Interns by katty: October 29, 2018, 05:52:20 PM
Federal Medical Centre, Owerri - We are committed to being a versatile team spirited hospital system which sustains efficient, high quality, affordable, specialized services further enhanced through Research and Human Resource development
Position: Internship Nursing Programme
Location: Owerri, Imo
To qualify for appointment, candidates must possess:
* B.N.Sc/B.Sc (Nursing)
* Current Practising license
* Provisional Registration.
Method of Application
Interview Date
7th - 11th January, 2019.
How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates are required to obtain Application Forms from the Office of the "Head of Administration Federal Medical Centre, Owerri".
All completed application forms along with detailed Curriculum Vitae, Photocopies of relevant Certificates, Current practising license and provisional registration with their council should be addressed to "the Medical Director, Federal Medical Centre, Owerri" and submitted to the Office of Head of Administration.
* Only eligible candidates will be shortlisted and invited for interview, All interview will take place from 7th - 11th January, 2019.
* Candidates must present original copies of their credentials for verification.
* All applicants should be wary of Invitations on Facebook and other social media purportedly asking for monetaly inducement for the Medical Director as a means of gaining appointment to the above posItion. Intake to trainee position is purely on merit.
* News / Petition to president: Police offer bonded nurses take-it-or-leave-it option by katty: October 29, 2018, 04:22:08 PM
Ghana : After hours of misunderstanding between angry bonded nurses and the police over the route for a demonstration scheduled to take place Monday morning the police have offered the nurses a take-it-or-leave-it option.

Instead of having the entire demonstrators marching and picketing at the Jubilee House, the seat of government, the police have given an option for six leaders of the demonstrators to go and present a petition to the president at the Flagstaff House, Joy News’ Komla Adom reports.

The leaders of the demonstration are conferring with the members to accept the option but it appears they have lost control over their members.

Adom reports the leaders as saying they should not be held responsible for anything that happens.

Tens of angry nurses gathered at what used to be the Obra Spot at Circle in Accra to begin a demonstration against their continued stay at home months after they have been trained.

They are protesting what they refer to as failure by government to employ them despite several promises.

In their red arm bands, they came ready to begin the demonstration but a disagreement with the police over the route to use meant the demonstration will be stalled a while longer.

The nurses want to present a petition to the president at the Flagstaff House, Monday, but the police say that was not the route agreed.

“We had wanted to go to the president of the land or our father of the country so that we present our petition to him and we believe with him our issue will be resolved but that access was denied and we believe that is the only place we should go,” President of the coalition of nurses, Daniel Obour told Joy News.

He said the members were still in talks with the police to agree on the route but added they would not be held responsible if the police should disagree.

“Should we continue to dialogue with the police and that access is denied we know a hungry man is always an angry man and having completed school without job, for now, we are very hungry people and we are angry.

“Should that continue maybe members will be over-agitated and the entire issue will escalate,” he threatened.

But the police initially would not allow any of the nurses to go to the seat of government.

Police spokesperson said they had agreed with the nurses to use the traditional route for demonstrations in Ghana which most often end at the Hearts Park and petitions are presented by demonstrators to representatives of government.

He would not encourage the nurses to defy the orders of the police.

“Why should somebody defy orders of the [police]? Anytime the word defy comes in it goes with consequences,” he said.

The police said their immediate concern was to have the demonstrators present their petition to the government.

After several hours of waiting, the police appeared to have given the students an option to petition the presidency, only if they agree to allow six of their leaders to march to the Flagstaff House.

That option is yet to be taken by the nurses.

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