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* News / 30 Midwives Trained As Mentors in Liberia by katty: July 18, 2017, 09:30:59 PM
The Liberia Prevention of Maternal Mortality (LPMM) in collaboration with the Liberia Midwifery Association (LMA) has trained 30 midwives as Master Mentors.

The training program was supported by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) with funding from Johnson and Johnson and the World Bank.

A statement said the training is intended to create a pool of competent and seasoned midwives who will provide on the spot coaching for junior midwives in practice so as to improve quality of care for women and adolescents during pregnancy, labor, childbirth and post-delivery.

The statement quotes LPMM Program Manager Madam Anna K. Gbe as saying that the training helped to sharpen the skills of the "Master Mentors" who will be used as trainers of key health staff at the county level.

She said those trained personnel at the county level will, in turn, provide training for skilled birth attendants at health facilities as peer practice mentors to enhance continual education, skill building and competency to ensure delivery of quality Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (RMNCAH) services for women and adolescent mothers.

Madam Gbe disclosed that participants were midwives who are currently practicing and well versed with national and international updates guidelines, among others.

Meanwhile, the Director of Family Health Division at the Ministry of Health, Dr. Joseph Kerkula has urged midwives across Liberia to remain committed to their tasks if the country must make in the reduction of maternal and newborn deaths.

Dr. Kerkula said midwives have critical roles in stopping women from dying in childbirth as well as helping their newborns to survive.

He urged the midwives to use friendly approaches to get pregnant women to deliver at the health facility.

According to UNFPA, there are too many women who lack access to these services. As a result, each year more than 300,000 women die during pregnancy and childbirth, some 3 million babies do not survive the first month of life, and another two and a half million babies are stillborn.

Most of them could have been saved by the care of well-trained midwives within the framework of strong health systems.
* News / Nigeria Universities Nursing Students Association (NUNSA) ABU Public Lecture by Peculiar005: July 18, 2017, 08:36:27 PM
The above named association is cordially inviting it members, practicing Nurses, Nurses in the academia  and the general public to its annual public lecture program enshrine under NUNSA WEEK 2017 activities.
 
The topic of the public lecture is:
Professionalism and the other Missing links in the Quest for Advancement: A Critical overview of the challenges bedeviling the Nursing Sector in Nigeria
 
The lecture is scheduled to take place as follows:
Date: Thursday, 20th/July/2017
Time: 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Venue: Red Seat, Umar Shehu Lecture Theatre. Faculty of Medicine,ABU Zaria.
 
Guest lecturer:
Abdullahi Ibrahim RN, BNSc(ABU), Msc(India), PhD in view(India).
Department of Nursing sciences, ABU Zaria.
 
May God bless you as you honour our invitation
 
Signed:
Bilyaminu Bala Yahya
Secretary General
* Nursing Jobs / International Medical Corps (IMC) Vacancies for Study Nurses in Sokoto State (5) by Peculiar005: July 18, 2017, 02:40:05 PM
International Medical Corps (IMC) is a global, humanitarian, non-profit organization dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering through health care training, relief and development programs. Established in 1984 by volunteer doctors and nurses, International Medical Corps is a private, voluntary, non-political, non-sectarian organization. Its mission is to improve the quality of life through health interventions and related activities that build local capacity in underserved communities worldwide.
 
International Medical Corps has been operating in Nigeria since November 2013. It currently has its country office in Abuja and field offices in Kano, Sokoto, Damboa,Dikwa and Maiduguri where it is implementing emergency Water, Sanitation, Hygiene (WASH) and Protection programs, and also building capacity of local health systems and structures, ensuring the provision of quality, accessible Nutrition and Health Care.
 
We are recruiting to fill the vacant position below:
 
Position: Study Nurse
 
Location: Sokoto
Candidates: Nigerian nationals only
Slot: 5
 
Job Summary
* International Medical Corps (IMC), in collaboration with the Harvard School of Public Health (USA) and Epicentre (France), will be supporting a research study, “Reducing the frequency of follow up and task sharing in the treatment of uncomplicated severe acute malnutrition.”
* The aim of the research study is to test a new model of care, using a monthly schedule of follow-up with caregiver support for at-home surveillance in the treatment of uncomplicated severe acute malnutrition (SAM).
* The research study will be conducted in Sokoto state (Wamako and Binji LGAs) beginning in June 2017.
* IMC seeks to recruit Nurses to implement study activities at selected health centers.
* Nurses will be responsible for the implementation of all study procedures at the study site and coordination with partner staff (IMC and SMoH) to ensure proper application of the study protocol and national CMAM guidelines.
* This is position will be based at a single outpatient therapeutic program (OTP) site or stabilization center (SC) but can include travel to community locations as needed.

Main Responsibilities
Plan and organize study activities at designated site on a daily and weekly basis, in liaison with SMoH, LGA authorities and health facility staff and IMC nutrition supervisor, including but not limited to:
* Evaluate study eligibility among children admitted to OTP by program staff
* Take informed consent and enroll eligible children with consent
* Deliver educational sessions for caregiver home surveillance (5 sites with monthly follow-up only)
* Assure adherence to correct schedule of outpatient follow-up (e.g. monthly vs. weekly) as per site assignment
* Support IMC nurse supervisor, care group promoters and community volunteers to ensure appropriate home follow-up of children based on the study protocol
* Work closely with program health facility staff and IMC nutrition officer to ensure correct implementation of study procedures and national CMAM protocol, including program staff implementation of anamnesis, physical examination, verification of vaccination status, admission/discharge criteria, educational counselling on OTP key messages and IYCF and hygiene to caretakers, and clinical management/transfer to SC
* Monitor and assure adequate study-related equipment and stocks at sites
* Complete and validate study questionnaires on a daily basis to ensure data collected is complete, consistent and accurate
* Organize and securely maintain all individual records on site until child discharge
* Prepare and record individual records to be transferred for data entry at discharge
* Maintain close communication with Field Investigator, study nurse supervisor and IMC staff to track study progress, monitor logistical needs/study supplies at site, and anticipate challenges
* Prepare site reports on a weekly basis with complete, consistent and accurate information
* Ensure respect for the dignity of CMAM beneficiaries, study participants and program staff
* Backstop nurse supervisor or other nurses when necessary
 
Other duties as assigned
Qualification and Experience
* Registered Nurse with a Certificate in Nursing from a recognized Nurse training institute ,food science or any other related Natural Sciences and over two (2) years’ experience in CMAM programs.
* Valid and current practicing license
* Fluent in written and spoken English and Hausa is a MUST
* Commitment to and understanding of IMC’s aims, values and principles
 
Required Skills:
* Strong oral and written communication skills
* Should be a team player and culturally sensitive
* Ability to respect confidentiality of data collected and dignity of participants and beneficiaries is essential
* Extremely flexible, motivated and have the ability to cope with stressful situations
* Experience with research is a plus
* Demonstrated proficiency in computer applications such as word processing, and spreadsheets
 
Application Closing Date
21st July, 2017.
 
How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should send their Applications and CV's addressed to the "Human Resource Manager, International Medical Corps" via: imcnigeriavacancy@internationalmedicalcorps.org
 
Note
* Candidates MUST state the position and location they are applying for as the subject of their email, application letter and curriculum vitae should be in a single Microsoft Word Document, otherwise applications will not be considered.
* Only Short-listed candidates will be contacted.
* Nursing Jobs / Vacancies for Nurses in Lagos 2017: Nursing Vacancies for Nurses in Isalu Hospit by Peculiar005: July 18, 2017, 02:36:05 PM
Positions
1. Nurses/Midwives
2. Paediatric Nurses
3. I. C. U/Theatre Nurses

Isalu Hospitals was incorporated in 2004 as a limited liability company registered with corporate affairs commission (RC 502112). We are a specialist healthcare provider located in the heart of Ogba, Ikeja area of Lagos State.
 
We seek energetic, team players, dynamic and qualified candidates to fill the below position:

Positions:

1. I.C.U/Theatre Nurse
2. Paediatric Nurses
3. Nurses/Midwives

Requirement
* Interested candidates should possess relevant qualifications.
 
Application Closing Date
1st August, 2017.
 
How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should submit their comprehensive Resume with functional GSM to: labode.macsam@isaluhospitals.com or labodemacsam@gmail.com
 
Note: Applicants residing outside Ikeja, Ojodu, Agege, Ojota, Iju, Ketu, Ishaga need not apply.
* News / FCT Abuja Natives Plan Protest Over School of Nursing Admission by Peculiar005: July 18, 2017, 02:27:16 PM
Natives of the FCT under the Coalition of Abuja Indigenous Groups, say they have concluded plans to embark on a peaceful protest today over alleged ‘discrimination’ against them in admissions into the School of Nursing and Midwifery,  Gwagwalada, FCT.
 
A statement issued by the group’s spokesman, Ahmadu Yunusa, said that the natives were embarking on the protest because indigenes who applied for admission into the school were discriminated against.
 
He said none of the 150 natives of the territory that applied for admission to the School of Nursing and Midwifery was admitted, claiming that five candidates offered admission were not natives of the FCT.
 
“We feel it is high time we rejected this injustice being meted on the indigenous people of the FCT, which is why the group has decided to embark on a peaceful protest,” he said.
 
The statement said the group had already written to the appropriate security agencies to intimate them of the planned protest.
 

Source : Daily Trust News
* MCPDP / MCPDP for Nurses 2017: Kaduna State MCPDP For Nurses For The Month Of July 2017 by Peculiar005: July 18, 2017, 09:43:08 AM
The Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria organizes its mandatory continuing professional development programme (MCPDP) for Nurses and Midwives in Kaduna State
 
Module III:
Medical Surgical Nursing
 
Procedure For Registration:
. Fees:
Twenty Thousand Naira (N20,000.00) only payable into MCPDP Account
Account Name: MCPDP Kaduna State
Account Number: 2020322115
Bankers: First Bank of Nigeria Plc
 
. Obtain your Bank teller, (Computer print out) and Present at the venue of the Workshop
 
. Send your name, contact Phone number and location i.e Zaria, Kaduna or Kafanchan to any of the following numbers' 08068439646, 0807825353. 07063021891, 09029242547
 
. Date: 24th - 28th July, 2017,
 
. Venue: Nurse's Common Room ABUTH Shika. Zaria, Kaduna State.
 
Registration Closes on 21st July, 2017.

* News / Kenya Police Arrests Nurse Interns Over Facebook Post, Warns Whatsapp Admins by Peculiar005: July 18, 2017, 06:37:35 AM
Police in Eldoret and officers from the NCIC have arrested an intern nurse for spreading hate speech through social media.

Fred Kitowoy Kipsiwa of Kitale Referral Hospital is the second suspect to be arrested in the ongoing crackdown against hate mongers.

He was arrested on Monday in Kitale and will be charged in court after the anti-hate agency finalises investigations.



Eldoret West police boss Samwel Mutunga said: "We have him in custody and NCIC officers are finalising investigations."

This was after the police arrested a college student who was later charged in court with ethnic contempt.

Meshack Kipchirchir denied inciting people on Facebook before Eldoret chief magistrate Charles Obulutsa.

Police said his June 16 post was calculated to stir up ethnic hatred between Kalenjins and Kikuyus.

Five other suspects from Eldoret are also being sought as agencies moved to tame hate speech on social media ahead of August polls.

Uasin Gishu county commissioner Abdi Hassan said they are working with the NCIC to arrest all those involved.

Governor Jackson Mandago said he fully supports the NCIC crackdown on those who want to incite chaos during the polls.

Warning to Whatsapp Administrators


Francis Kaparo has put WhatsApp administrators on notice saying they will be held to account for fueling violence ahead of the August 8 elections.

The NCIC chairman said the commission is monitoring groups to deal with "terrible people on social media who aim to cause unnecessary tension in the country".

"Tell administrators of WhatsApp groups fanning hate speech [that] we are coming for them," he said, adding they are liable for hate posts circulated in groups.

Kaparo said the government has identified 21 WhatsApp platforms that are encouraging incitement and hate speech.

"Some of these social media sites will be shut down," he said during a meeting on election preparedness on Monday.

The chairman further said they are working with police on a major crackdown on individuals who misuse social media.

He asked politicians to embrace the culture of tolerance adding that the agency will ensure the law is followed.

Source :http://www.the-star.co.ke/news/2017/07/18/kitale-hospital-intern-nurse-arrested-over-hate-speech-claims_c1598899
* News / Nurse ordered to pay £150,000 in fines for parking in Hospital where she works by Peculiar005: July 18, 2017, 06:18:19 AM
A nurse says she is facing a bill of about £150,000 in charges to a private company for parking at the hospital where she works after she and colleagues lost a court ruling.

The unnamed nurse is just one of 75 members of staff at the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff who lost a court battle against Indigo Park Services, which manages car parks on the site.

The doctors and nurses have been ordered to pay an initial £39,000 in outstanding parking charges and £26,000 in court costs after a judge at the civil justice court ruled they must pay £128 per ticket.



The charges relate to the period between April and May last year and campaigners involved in the case warn the charges will mount as staff have continued to be issued tickets in the interim.

Indigo brought the case against the NHS staff who parked in visitor parking while at work because there is not enough space for them all to use the allocated staff parking.

One woman told the BBC she can spend almost an hour on some days searching for a place to park.

Cardiff and Vale Hospital Trust issues more than 8,500 car parking permits to staff but there are about 1,800 employee parking spaces on the entire site – meaning there is not enough space for staff.

The case was brought against three members of staff who have over 100 parking charge notices (PCNs) outstanding between them, but it will be binding on the 72 others who have also been issued with fines.



Barry Beavis, who acted as a lay representative for the nurses in court as they could not afford a barrister, told The Independent the staff were “devastated” at the verdict as these were “life changing amounts of money”.

He said the nurse who faces £150,000 in charges told him: “She said I’ve got about 1,200 parking charges. She said ‘I get three or four a week and all I can do is write on them to stop hassling me and I send them back to them’.

“She pays them £1.05 a week through her permit. She says ‘I pay my £1.05 to park there. I have to park there. I work there so I pay to park there but they keep telling me it’s the wrong car park. Twelve hundred times, £128 each’.”

Sue Prior, a local parking campaigner who helped prepare the case, said some of the nurses were handing in their notices at the prospect of incurring more fines.

“They have permitted a private parking company to do this. There is no common sense anywhere. It was like David and Goliath – and David lost,” she told Wales Online.

Mr Beavis said the charges against the staff were set to go up as the firm had been sitting on all the PCNs they had issued since the court case begin.

Although the firm cancelled all the fines issued before March 2016 “as a gesture of goodwill”, Mr Beavis said: “It was conveyed directly to me by the supervising solicitor for the other side that Indigo Park Services have got in the bottom of a filing cabinet, literally 100,000 parking charges that they have issued over the last 12 months that they can seek to recover from staff.”

A crowdfunding campaign has now been launched to help the nurses launch an appeal against the verdict and they are looking for a barrister to take the case on pro bono.

Mr Beavis, who owns a fish and chip shop in Billericay, Essex, was asked to represent the staff in court after he took his own parking charge case to the Supreme Court in 2015.

“The judge made errors in law. I don’t represent many people in court and I am not a great advocate. Their barrister is more experienced at this and he put his case forward better than I could but I think there are grounds for appeal,” he added.

He said he had been campaigning against private parking charge companies who he said were “currently out of control”, adding that the Government needed to appoint a regulator to control the “completely rogue industry”.

A spokeswoman for Indigo Park Services told The Independent: “In April last year, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board and Indigo agreed a new set of measures to improve car parking on the University Hospital of Wales site.

“As a gesture of goodwill towards car-park users, parking charge notices issued up to the end of March 2016 were cancelled. In addition, the cost of a PCN was reduced to £10.00, if paid within 14 days.

“Despite this, a number of people refused to pay for parking at the site. They also ignored the resulting PCNs and declined to use the formal appeals process. The recent court hearing related to three persistent offenders, who have accumulated in excess of 100 PCNs between them since April 2016.

“As the company responsible for managing parking and ensuring the free flow of traffic at Cardiff UHW, we have an obligation to ensure enforcement of parking restrictions. For this reason, and with the full support of the Health Board, we took action against this small group of persistent offenders. The court’s ruling has justified our decision to take this action.”

Source :http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/nhs-nurse-hospital-parking-tickets-university-hospital-of-wales-cardiff-indigo-park-services-150000-a7845126.html
* News / Commique Issued at the End of July MCPDP in Gombe State by Peculiar005: July 18, 2017, 06:08:15 AM
-Renewal fees should be reduced by 50% for retirees
-Allow Midwives to practice fully in tertiary institutions
-End Dichotomy between graduates of NOUN and conventional universities
-Discourage multiple specialization for Nurses


COMMUNIQUE ISSUED AT THE 9TH SESSION OF MCPDP GOMBE STATE ORGANIZED BY THE NURSING AND MIDWIFERY COUNCIL OF NIGERIA BETWEEEN 10TH -14TH JULY, 2017 AT THE AUDITORIUM, COLLEGE OF NURSING AND MIDWIFERY GOMBE

Background

The task of nation building rests squarely on the shoulders of the citizens as it is the collective effort of all that makes things happened. Therefore, we all need one another.

In-view of this, we wish the president, Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammad Buhari (GCFR) speedy recovery and quick return to the country.

As we patiently wait for the return of Mr. President, may the almighty God grant the Acting President Prof. Yemi Osibanjo more wisdom and good health in order to continue to discharge his constitutional responsibilities to the nation.

Our gratitude goes to His Excellency Alhaji (Dr) Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo, OON (Talban Gombe), the Executive Governor of Gombe State for the prevailing peace being enjoyed in the state.

Equally, we wish to appreciate the Director of Nursing Services and chairman MCPDP Gombe state, Mr. Saidu Adamu for his contributions toward the successful hosting of this programme.

We are also indebted to the provost, College of Nursing and Midwifery Gombe Mrs. Paulina J.S Doka and other members of the top management of the institution for the hospitality displayed towards us.

For the facilitators and resource persons, we say you are all wonderful. The reward for your hard work and commitment surely awaits you.

We also commend the effort of the Zonal Officer, Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria for coming all the way from zonal Headquarters in Bauchi to be with us.

We also want to appreciate the Zonal Coordinator MCPDP, Mr. Haruna Habu who came all the way from Maiduguri, Borno state to grace the occasion. We wish him journey mercy back to his destination.

Participants for the scientific workshop were drawn from various health facilities across the eleven (11) Local Government Areas of Gombe state and one (1) participant from Jos, Plateau state with a total attendance of one hundred and sixty eight (168) participants among which some were retirees.

MCPDP has over the years been responsible for the level of improvement so far recorded in the general performance of Nurses and Midwives in the country. For this, we commend the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria (N&MCN) alongside the National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives (NANNM) for this initiative.
 
Also worthy of mention are the seemingly successful struggle by NANNM and Council to finally put to rest the trouble of non quantification of the hitherto mutilated RN certificate, the partial improvement on the scheme of service for Nurses and Midwives and the approval gotten for the internship program just to mention but these few.

We wish to acknowledge the effort of members of NANNM and N&MCN in Gombe state for their initiative in sanitizing the Nursing profession in Gombe state.

We also appreciate the beautiful work being done by the department of Nursing Services Federal Teaching Hospital Gombe for establishing quality improvement unit that is pro-active in checkmating quackery in the department.

However, there are several other areas where attention of the relevant authorities is still needed.

It is in the light of the forgoing, that participants at the end of the workshop came up with the following resolutions.

 NANNM, in collaboration with N&MCN, should as a matter of urgency allocate credit unit to the continuing education programme in our various institutions as obtainable in other health professions. This will go a long way in assisting the general practice Nurses and Midwives who do not belong to any sub specialty to renew their licenses.

The lopsidedness in the appointment made by the presidency in the health sector is a clear demonstration of discriminatory policy of government against non medical doctors in Nigeria. NANNM should initiate moves to counter this ugly development.

The task –shifting policy being contemplated by the Federal Government should not be allowed to thrive as it is a deliberate attempt by the political gladiators in the health sector to rubbish our professional as well as political relevance in the country.

N&MCN should be more pro-active in its statutory functions with particular reference to regulation of the profession with a view to checkmating quackery in the profession using NANNM as whistle blower.

 The legal department of the N&MCN should be mandated to push for legal interpretation of certain policies of government against Nurses in Nigeria with a view to correcting such. For example, policy on stagnation of Nurses in Nigeria.

The council should discourage multiple specialization by nurses e.g. a Nurse being Registered Emergency and Trauma Nurse, Ophthalmic Nurse, Anesthetic Nurse e.t.c

The N&MCN should make a declaratory statement about the status of Midwives in the country to enable them have the authority to practice fully in our tertiary health institutions.

The prevailing unnecessary political dichotomy deliberately introduced by the N&MCN to the detriment of the degree certificate obtained from the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) for the purpose of renewal of license should be expunged. This is to bring about equality in the scheme of affairs.

States of the federation should come up with policies that would motivate Nurses and Midwives to go to the rural areas to practice in order to bring about even distribution of man-power needs in such areas.

The N&MCN to reduce the cost of renewal of license by 50% for our Retired Nurses.

Conclusion

It is the sincere belief of the participants that the relevant authorities will take this communiqué serious in order to ensure enhanced quality health care delivery in Nigeria.
* News / Doctor Strangulates Nurse in UCH for Blocking Attempt to Divert Patient by HiddenCAmera: July 17, 2017, 06:35:23 PM
Barely few days after a nurse was assaulted and battered by a patient relative at UCH. A Senior Nursing Officer received worst of verbal and physical assault from a doctor on night duty.

According to eye witness, the incidence happened at KOLA - DAISI,  a unit of UCH,  Ibadan. A couple came to see the doctor on call for consultation, the ACNO requested the couple for introduction as new patients in the unit.

During the interrogation, the doctor interrupted the discussions, flared and shouted on the nurse to mind her business. The nurse got shocked at the doctor's actions but later learnt the doctor was planning to attend to the patient off hospital's record. The nurse was assaulted verbally and physically, calling her strange names because the nurse opposed the use of government facilities in managing private clients. The doctor told the nurse to keep her business.

In the process of exchanging words, the eye witnessed said that the doctor held up the nurse's uniform on the neck with an attempt to strangulate her. The health attendants and other care provider made an attempt to rescue the nurse, all to no avail.

The brutalized nurse was rushed down to the Accident & Emergency Unit of UCH, the doctor in this unit requested to treat the nurse off record. Her boss refused and insisted on opening a new case file.

There is a need to stop all these brutal treatment against nurses. The fact that women are weaker vessels and dominate nursing profession shouldn’t warrant uncivilized and barbaric treatment. The eye witness prays the government paves way for justice on this matter. If nothing is done other nurses aren't safe among co -workers.

Many patients in the hospitals are always been diverted to private hospitals own by doctors in the employment service of the federal government. I wonder how we want this country to develop when employees who are supposed to provide care to the vulnerable ones tactically delayed attending to patients and eventually lure them to their private hospitals.

At this junction i must say Kudos to the National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives-UCH branch. The doctor in question was arrested and almost charged to court but for the begging of his colleagues, his seniors, his association, elders among others the planned litigation had been put on hold.

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