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* Schools of Nursing / Re: School of Nursing, Sacred Heart Hospital, Lantoro, Abeokuta, 2016/2017 Admission by adonark: February 22, 2017, 12:07:14 PM
Please is it federal school...And how much is their school fees

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* News / UK NMC to start requesting police report from NON-EU Nurses from April 2017 by katty: February 22, 2017, 09:37:05 AM
Nursing employers should start preparing for the Home Office’s latest changes if they want to avoid losing prospective non-EU nurses, according to an immigration law firm.

Applicants for certain professions, including nurses from outside the EU, will need to obtain a new criminal record certificate to present to the Home Office even if they have been subject to a criminal background check before.

The changes will be introduced on 6 April but employers are being advised to start informing prospective staff about the new obligation now.

Law firm Migrate UK, has warned employee sponsors to advise skilled Tier 2 employees, applying to work in the UK under particular Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) codes such as nurses and midwives, that they will be subject to the new requirement to produce a criminal record certificate.

Failure to meet these new requirements for relevant individuals could result in a visa refusal by the Home Office.

‘Don’t be caught out’

‘Even if you know that the employee has gone through a criminal record check before, employees under certain SOC codes will still need a criminal record certificate because previous checks were not examined by the Home Office,’ said Jonathan Beech, managing director of Migrate UK.

‘These latest changes by the Home Office appear to affect those medical professionals who will have direct contact with the public if they’re successful in their application.

‘We advise that employers check relevant SOC codes well in advance of the changes and ensure they communicate any requirement for a criminal record certificate to potential recruits well before April, as processing times for obtaining certificates can vary from country to country.

‘This will give the employee plenty of time to apply and ensure they’re not caught out at the last minute. Also, ensure that they request that their certificates are as up to date as possible,’ Beech said.

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http://www.nursinginpractice.com/article/nurses-applying-outside-eu-must-give-new-criminal-check-document-home-office

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* News / Texas Lawmakers to Make earning Nursing degree easier to ease nursing shortage by katty: February 22, 2017, 09:33:42 AM
If the current economic trends keep up, Texas expects to be short 70,000 nurses by 2020.

But a bill was making its way through the Senate that could make earning a nursing degree easier for junior college students.

Nursing students, Aimee Oldaker and Megan Snay, worked on their associates degrees. Both plan to pursue a bachelors, or BSN, that fits in their schedule.

"I have two children at home and I needed to work full time to fulfill those commitments," said Oldaker.

They expect the skills they were learning to be in high demand, as Texas faces a growing shortage of nurses.

“The nurses themselves need to retire and be cared for and the community overall is aging," said Snay.

To help mend that gap in the system, a bill was introduced to allow junior colleges, like Austin Community College, to offer a bachelors’ degree in nursing.

"We want our nurses to be able to stay in the community, keep working and have an affordable path toward getting that degree," said ACC’s Molly Beth Malcolm.

ACC said, should the bill pass, students wouldn’t have to pay as much or transfer to earn their BSN, making it more accessible. The goal is to boost the nursing population, but the Texas Nurses Association doubted it will work.

"This isn't producing new nurses, this is actually allowing the community colleges to offer an alternative degree," said TNA’s Cindy Zolnierek.

While a similar program is offered in other states, critics said there's no proof the program would help with the shortage.

"We really feel that the proven record for addressing the nursing shortage has been the standing programs, the existing programs that we currently have,” Zolnierek said.

But supporters said, a little goes a long way.

"It won't cure the problem, that's correct, but it'll absolutely help that problem," said Malcolm.

Aside from nursing, the proposed bill also pertains to applied science and technology programs in junior colleges.

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http://www.twcnews.com/tx/austin/news/2017/02/21/lawmakers-seek-to-ease-texas-nurses-shortage.html

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* News / UK Nurse Suspended for 6 months for Sleeping on Duty by katty: February 22, 2017, 09:28:30 AM
A nurse has been suspended after admitting a slew of wrongdoings at two care homes and a Fylde coast hospital, it has been revealed.

Appearing before a medical tribunal, Elaine Mary Lawton accepted several charges levelled at her, including saying she had given medication when she hadn’t, turning patients over without help, sleeping on duty, and leaving prescriptions unattended.

She was given a six month ban after the hearing found she had been dishonest – and had also washed her own clothes at work, as well as using a resident’s iPad while working the night shift.

A number of charges were also dropped after the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) ruled there was no case to answer at a hearing in Oxford Street, Manchester from January 23 to 27 last month.

“Your failings put residents at risk of harm and breached fundamental tenets of nursing and brought the reputation of the profession into disrepute,” the panel’s report said.

It said ‘experienced’ Lawton had ‘fully engaged’ with proceedings, and ‘demonstrated some remorse and some, albeit limited, understanding into [her] misconduct’, which happened at St George’s Care Home in Fairhaven, the Tudor Manor Care Home in Clifton Drive, Blackpool, and at Rossall Hospital, between May 17 and July 29, 2015.

The report added: “The panel took into account that, during your evidence, you said these proceedings have had a significant impact on you, and that the experience has been a learning curve for you.”


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http://www.blackpoolgazette.co.uk/news/health/nurse-who-slept-on-duty-is-suspended-1-8402067

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* News / Niger Govt to Establish Another School of Nursing in Kontagora by Idowu Olabode: February 22, 2017, 09:16:30 AM
In an effort to boost the standard of education in Niger State, the state government has said that it will establish another school of nursing in Kontagora, to bring the number of such educational institutions in the state to three.
 
The two other schools of nursing are located in Minna, the state capital, and Bida town.
 
Already, advertisement for the employment of management staff for the Kontagora institution has been published in the state-owned newspaper, The Weekly Newsline.
 
Commissioner for Information, Mr Jonathan Tsado Vatsa, said in a statement in Minna on Tuesday that the establishment of the school of nursing in Kontagora would not affect the existence of those in Minna and Bida towns.
 
Vatsa said government’s intention is to widen the opportunities available to the people of the state seeking to take to nursing and midwifery as a profession

Source : Weekly Newsline

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* Travel Nursing / Re:saudi council prometric exam for nurse technician sample questions by Mhyy: February 22, 2017, 04:14:37 AM
can i have a download copy of Saudi council Prometric for nurse technician sample questions. thank you very much

Hi! Mag-eexam po ba kayo for prometric? Kelan?

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* News / Lead Nurse Africa launches maiden tele-nursing in Nigeria by Idowu Olabode: February 21, 2017, 10:20:38 PM
A non-governmental organization, Lead Nurse Africa International Foundation has launched the maiden Tele-nursing in Nigeria.

Speaking at an event to launch, the Executive Director of the NGO, Collins Ogboli said the launch of the tele-nursing is in with partnership with Alkin services international based in the United Kingdom.

Explaining, he said, “this programme is tele-nursing /nurses guide conference. We intend to bring resource persons all over the world to help build capacity on nursing so as to facilitate tele-consultation, professional capacity building

“We plan to having monthly nursing programme that will guide nurses towards professional excellence. This will also help our projects of public health in rural areas in the country; going for children with HIV/AIDS that don’t have people to take care of them, carry out community health outreach, carry out research that will enable us generate data that will help us know how to address the poor health indices in the country.”

Telenursing refers to the use of telecommunications and information technology in the provision of nursing services whenever a large physical distance exists between patient and nurse, or between any number of nurses.

Ogboli said, the aim of the tele-nursing is to deliver care, educate nurses and improve professionalism.

“The programme we intend carrying out in our organisation is that when we go to a community and we carry out our community assessment, we identify that about 50 persons are diabetic and 50 persons are hypertensive and then through our health point station (individuals trained to participate in taking care of their fellow citizens), they alert us and we intervene to avert possible danger.

“Then if there is any health centre in the community that needs our help, for instance if they have a case that they cannot handle, they can connect with us and we will direct them on how to handle such cases and this is possible because we have communication connection in almost all the rural areas in the country.”

According to him, tele-nursing can facilitate nursing consultation, learning, professionalism, community health outreach.

Also speaking, Stephanie Ikodiya Kalu, Director of Operation at the foundation said, “We believe in enlightening the African nurses and we know that some of the challenges we face in Nigeria, most of the other nurses in other Africa nurses also face them and that is why there are lots of nurses moving out of these countries for greener pasture.

“So, we are engaging in tele-nursing to expose our Africa nurses to practicing outside the country that can help them in the development of their skills and profession. We can use Tele-nursing to engage in one-on-one consultation, we can engage nurses even outside this country especially on practical consultation.”

Adding, she said, “With our focus on community outreach, we are bridging a huge gap between the community and the health workers and we know that nurses are the front-line health workers. So, we believe that through Tele-nursing, we can be able to touch the grass-root society.”

Source : https://dailytimes.ng/health/ngo-launches-maiden-tele-nursing-nigeria/amp/

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* News / Pennsylvania lawmakers take up issue of expanding roles of nurse practitioners by Idowu Olabode: February 21, 2017, 10:10:34 PM
The state Senate is once again trying to address the shortage of general practice physicians by considering legislation that would expand the authority of nurses with advanced degrees.

The proposals would allow nurse practitioners and others to operate with much more autonomy.

Under current law, nurses with advanced degrees including certified nurse midwifes must have a collaborative agreement with a physician to provide on demand consultations for their practice. But, Senate Bill 25 removes that restriction.

Pennsylvania Coalition of Nurse Practitioners President Lorraine Block says at times the agreement prevents nurses from running clinics in underserved areas.

"It's just not necessary.  It's very expensive," she says. "Some nurse practitioners are paying tens of thousands of dollars a year for collaborative agreements, and the physicians are not providing direct input into their practice and so it's a very expensive mandate."

A similar measure passed the Senate last year but did not come up for a vote in the House.

This year's version adds a stipulation that an advance practice nurse cannot be granted autonomy until they have served under a physician for 3,600 hours over at least three years.   

Block says that is more restrictive than any of the 22 other states that allow advanced nurses to practice without physician oversight.

Source : http://www.witf.org/news/2017/02/pa-lawmakers-take-up-issue-of-expanding-roles-of-nurse-practioners.php

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* News / Canada: Nova Scotia nurses subject to new regulations by Idowu Olabode: February 21, 2017, 10:02:56 PM
The College of Registered Nurses of Nova Scotia has fully launched a new quality improvement program to assist the 10,000 registered nurses and nurse practitioners in Nova Scotia.

The new program includes mandatory education for all nurses and the verification of a random sample of nurses’ learning plans.

“We regularly review our programs in an effort to ensure they reflect current best practice and remain relevant for nurses,” said college CEO Sue Smith.


“During our most recent review, it was determined that verifying a random sample of learning plans from nurses was considered best practice among RN regulators in Canada and that mandatory education would further support nurses in meeting their accountability as self-regulated professionals.”

The new program was launched earlier this year and nurses have approximately 10 months to complete the program’s requirements. During this time, college is providing free on-site and online education sessions, resources, tools and other materials to support nurses through the process and in applying their learnings in practice.

Source : http://thechronicleherald.ca/novascotia/1443590-n.s.-nurses-subject-to-new-regulations

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* News / Indian Nurse Stabbed In Robbery Attempt in Kuwait by Idowu Olabode: February 21, 2017, 09:59:17 PM
A 27-year-old Indian nurse was brutally stabbed by an unknown assailant yesterday morning during an apparent robbery attempt in her apartment building in Jleeb Al-Shoyoukh. The nurse who sustained stab wounds in her abdomen, leg and face, underwent an emergency surgery after being admitted in Farwaniya Hospital, according to neighbors. Her condition is reported to be stable.

According to the neighbors, she was accosted by the assailant from behind in an attempt to rob her as she tried to enter her second-floor apartment on returning from night duty. As she resisted the robbery attempt, the assailant stabbed her repeatedly and fled the scene.  In spite of severe wounds and profuse bleeding, she reportedly managed to climb down the stairs to inform the neighbors on the ground floor who in turn called the police and ambulance.

The horrifying incident that took place around 8:30 am yesterday is the latest in a series of armed robberies and attacks that target expat residents in Jleeb Al-Shoyouk area.  Though the police have intensified patrols in Jleeb area following regular complaints from resident associations, criminals continue armed attacks and mugging, the residents complain.

Source : http://news.kuwaittimes.net/website/indian-nurse-stabbed-jleeb-robbery-attempt/

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