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* News / Midwives in Iceland to Begin Strike Next Week Over Poor Work Conditions by katty: July 13, 2018, 02:39:22 PM
Midwives, who have been fighting to increase their wages for two years now will be going on a strike of all their extra working hours next Wednesday. .Negotiations between the midwives' association an the state negotiator once again failed on Wednesday. Midwives are asking for a wage increase of 17-18 percent but the state has still not reached an offer of twelve percent.

Chairman of the midwives' association's negotiation committee, Katrín Sif Sigurgeirsdóttir confirmed to that the state's offer had still not amounted to 12 percent.
Source : Iceland Monitor
* Postgraduates / Bayero University Kano 2018/2019 Postgraduate Nursing Forms on Sale by katty: July 13, 2018, 02:30:32 PM
This is to inform the general public that online sale of the Bayero University, Kano, Postgraduate application forms for the 2018/2019 Academic Session will commence on   Monday, 9th July 2017.

Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for admission into the following courses for the 2018/2019 academic session.

Click this link to apply
Department Of Nursing Science
Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing [PGDN]
Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing Education [PGDNE]
* Schools of Nursing / Kaduna State School of Nursing 2018/2019 Application form on Sale by katty: July 12, 2018, 08:33:13 PM
Note that this application form is FREE OF CHARGE for everybody. You are not expected to pay any one to obtain the form

This to inform interested candidates that application forms for entry into Kaduna State College of Nursing and Midwifery, Kafanchan for the 2018/2019 academic session are ready.
Interested candidates for the Basic Nursing Programme are to apply online at the College's website FREE OF CHARGE.
Interested candidates for the Refresher Course — Basic Midwifery are to submit a hand-written application alongside transcripts to the Registry, Kaduna State College of Nursing and Midwifery, Kafanchan.
The application process will be on from Tuesday 10th July, 2018 to Friday 27th July, 2018.
James Num
(College P.R.O)
For Administrator
* Schools of Nursing / School of Nursing, Ogoja Calabar 2018/2019 Admission form on Sale by katty: July 12, 2018, 12:48:10 PM
Application forms for admission into the State schools of Nursing for the 2018/209 are on sale at the schools of Nursing, Calabar, Ogoja, Itigidi and department of Nursing, ministry of Health, Calabar.
Eligible candidates should collect application forms on payment of six thousand, five hundred naira (6,500) only into:
Bank: Any bank of your choice
Revenue Description: Entrance Examination fees for training of Nursing/Paramedical Staff
Revenue Code: 402042
Individual Tin: To be generated by IRS (Free)
Candidates must posse’s five credits in WAEC/GCE/SSCE in the following subjects: English, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry and Physics in not more than two sittings.
Completed application forms should be returned on or before 10th of August, 2018 with the following;
* 2 recent passport photographs
* Photocopies of age and educational certificate
* Bank Teller/print out
* Two file jackets
Entrance examination will take place at the West African peoples Institute (WAPI), Diamond Road, Calabar, on the 25th August, 2018.
Candidates are to report at the venue by 7am with their admission slips and writing materials.
* News / Ghana: Akrodie Nurses Forced to Use Mobile Phone Lights For Deliveries by katty: July 11, 2018, 06:56:29 PM
Nurses at the Akrodie Health Centre in the Asunafo North Municipality of the Brong Ahafo Region are forced to use mobile phone torchlight to deliver pregnant women due to lack of a standby generator.

According to the health officials, they always have to rely on lights on their mobile phones to administer healthcare to patients anytime they are hit by power cut.

The midwife-in-charge of the maternity ward at the Akrodie Health Center, Ms. Victoria Pormaa Kyeremaa, said the situation is affecting quality healthcare delivery at the facility.

“Our main problem here is our lighting system,” she said, indicating that “in case there is light off, you have to use your phone light for delivery, which is very bad and unacceptable in the profession.

“We don’t do delivery in darkness, in case there is a problem with the patient, you would not know. There should be adequate lighting before you attend to a patient, it is headache I’m going through as a midwife,” Ms. Kyeremaa lamented.

She appealed to authorities to come to the aid of the health centre.

* News / Nurses saty Process To Transfer international Qualifications To Canada is Long by katty: July 11, 2018, 03:16:24 PM
Nurses who were educated outside of Canada and want to work within our country can face a labyrinth of application procedures and a wait in limbo of two years or more, an Irish nurse said.

“I’m part of an ever-expanding group of internationally qualified nurses being forced to wait an inordinate amount of time for our qualifications to be recognized,” Lisa McGowan said. “I will have waited three years come May.”

Foreign nurses wanting to work in Canada begin their licensing or registration process with an application to the National Nursing Assessment Service (NNAS).

The body was formed in 2012 by 21 Canadian nursing regulatory bodies, including the colleges for licensed practical nurses, registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses in B.C.

If a nurse’s credentials are verified and they receive an advisory report, they can then apply to their provincial regulatory body for registration to practise.

According to the NNAS annual report for the 2016-17 fiscal year, 5,488 internationally educated nurses from more than 180 countries submitted applications. The top five countries were the Philippines, India, the U.S., Nigeria and the U.K.

The report states that the average processing time — from receipt of all documents to issuing an advisory report — fell from 12 weeks the previous fiscal year to 10 weeks in 2016-17. The entire process takes an average of eight months.

McGowan called those numbers “laughable” and a “ridiculous charade.”

“And it’s a near impossibility to contact (NNAS) after applying,” she said.

The initial application costs $650 and the file will remain open and active for a year. If the application expires, then the applicant must pay $180 to reactive it.

Raquelle Forrester, interim executive director for NNAS, said delays are most often caused by problems with documentation, because the service doesn’t accept copies and needs the information about applicants directly from universities, regulating bodies and workplaces in their home countries.

“Ultimately, the reason that we take these precautions is to make sure that everything is done in a certain fashion. At the end of the day it’s about patient safety,” Forrester said.

Everything is done on a case-by-case basis and some can take longer than others, she said. If a nurse’s case is taking longer than it should, Forrester said the nurse should contact the NNAS Toronto office and make an inquiry. In some cases, an application’s time can be extended for a month or more depending on the circumstances.

Forrester said she found the prospect of people waiting two years to receive an answer concerning: “That is something I would want to hear about personally.”

She said the service has renewed its focus on quality improvement and dealing more quickly with files that have been escalated.

“It’s a huge priority for us. We’re focusing on that,” she said. “They were definitely acting on things (before), but I’m not sure they had all of the staffing complement and that’s the important piece.”
According to the College of Registered Nurses of B.C., as of Dec. 31, 2017, there were 5,658 nurses practising in B.C. who were processed as internationally educated applicants. This is out of a total of 41,100 practising registrants.

The B.C. Nurses Union has heard complaints of long waits for years, both from its members and others who haven’t become accredited but are working elsewhere in the health field, and has been advocating on behalf of internationally educated nurses to the government and the colleges.

“This is not news to us, and it’s becoming of greater concern,” said Christine Sorensen, the union’s acting president. She described the process as long, expensive, “very arduous and difficult to navigate.” She has heard of nurses waiting up to two years for their applications to be approved.

“That’s extremely hard on our nurses financially and psychologically,” she said.

The applications process is also a concern because B.C. is in the midst of a nursing shortage — particularly critical-care and specialty nurses. Sorensen said it’s leading to heavy workloads, short staffing, congestion in hospitals and an inability to discharge because nurses aren’t available in the community.

“It becomes a significant issue for the system,” Sorensen said. “We have a looming nursing shortage and we need to make this province accessible.”

McGowan, meanwhile, sits and waits, overqualified and underpaid (compared with nursing wages) in her job as office manager at a private clinic in Vancouver.

“It’s at the point now of what is the point?” she asked.

Source: Windsor Star
* News / Venezuela Nurses Continue Strike to Demand Better Conditions of Service by katty: July 11, 2018, 12:17:25 PM
On strike since June 25, Venezuela’s nurses continue to attend only emergency cases in an extensive collective action that incorporates a significant part of the workforce. These health workers have taken to the streets demanding better salaries and improved labor conditions, including more medicines and other supplies in their hospitals.

The Venezuelan nurses’ struggle, which has incorporated protestors from most of the Caribbean nation’s 23 states and Caracas district into an ongoing work stoppage, has as its focus a request for a “dignified salary” for public healthcare workers, as stipulated in the nation’s constitution.

Article 91 of Venezuela’s Bolivarian Constitution says that a worker’s salary should allow him or her to lead a “dignified life” and cover the basic needs of a family.
According to calculations from Venezuela’s Central University research center CENDES, for May this year, a nurse’s salary, at about three million Bolivars a month, amounts to approximately a hundredth of a family’s basic needs.

To illustrate their point about unfair wages in the health system, the protesting nurses often compare their salaries to those of military officers, the lowest of which is 25 million Bolivars monthly.

Despite frequent wage hikes, government sources often explain the difference between wages and Venezuela’s increasingly expensive consumer prices by making reference to an “economic war” and international sanctions.

Ana Rosario Contreras, president of the Caracas Nurses School, said to Venezuelan newspaper El Nacional, “If the economic war doesn’t impede assigning such salaries to the military sector, that same economic war can’t prevent [the government] giving dignified salaries to nurses.”

The nurses’ protest cuts across political lines, incorporating both opposition and Chavista supporters. Some of the right-wing groupings have also attempted to convert the strike into an anti-government action. They square off, on the other hand, with some government supporters who reject the strike as political “destabilization.”

A more balanced attitude, however, can be found among other leftists and workers’ leaders.

Angel Castillo, a worker in the Barrio Adentro public medical system and a member the Chavista June 2 collective, recognizes that the workplace situation in the health sector is “critical” and workers’ salaries are too low. Yet, he thinks the situation demands a more holistic approach including fighting corruption and smuggling while implementing effective price controls.

Castillo’s collective also rejects the tactic of using work stoppages in a critical sector such as healthcare, and at the same time they call for the forming of a national health workers’ front to shape government policy.

Currently, health workers unions are often limited to workers in a specific shop floor or municipality. In the end, “ everybody is experiencing a similar situation at a national level,” Castillo told Venezuelanalysis.

Likewise, Pedro Eusse, trade union secretary for the Venezuelan Communist Party (PCV), thinks the solution needs to be an integral one, not just for nurses but all workers.

“Neither bonuses nor [wage] raises will solve the country’s problems,” he said. According to Eusse, who is the party’s liaison to a broad workers’ front, the crisis of the Venezuelan working class is mainly due to shortages of goods and inflation and has its real roots in a dependent economy.

What sparked the nurses’ protest is a botched collective contract.

Octavio Solorzano of the FENISITRA health workers union began negotiating with the state without substantial worker participation and a middling agreement began to take shape in June. Surprisingly, however, in July he accepted a deal which was very unfavorable to workers.

The July contract, which gave workers a ten percent wage increase but kept salaries under four million Bolivars, is what sent people to the streets.

According to Margot Monastarios, a union leader in Caracas’ Central University Hospital, the nurses’ demands go beyond wages and include access to medical supplies and calls for better sanitary conditions in their workspaces.

“There is no water, no electricity, we don't have equipment, [so] we’ll continue in the struggle until they provide those services, which also belong to the people,” she said.

Source : Venezuelan Nurses’ Strike for Better Salaries and Work Conditions By Cira Pascual Marquina
* News / Mothers are Sharing Beds in Mbagathi Hospital, Kenya Due to Shortage of Beds by katty: July 11, 2018, 09:08:06 AM
Mbagathi Hospital a has congestion crisis as up to four mothers and their babies share one bed.


The room used as a meternity ward has only five beds — too few to meet the daily demand of about 18-20.


The crisis is due to a fire at the main maternity block in May that led to vacation of the new block.


The building had been condemned as an unsafe for occupation by county engineers in April.


The management and medical staff admitted facing diffucluties attending to mothers.


When the Star visited the hospital yesterday in the company of Health executive Hitan Majevdia, each bed had four mothers. Some, in labour, were outside the room waiting to get in.

“We cannot turn away mothers. We have to take them in, but what they go through inside there is horrible. We have four mothers and their babies. We feel we are not giving them proper care,” a nurse said.

According to nurse Boaz Muchai, chairman of the Kenya National Union of Nurses Nairobi chapter, births at the facility have dropped from between 60 and 80 a day to between 15 and 20 since the maternity block was vacated.

"The room is very congested. We are working in horrible conditions and I sympathize with the mothers. The county and the management should look for an alternative," Muchai said.

On May 23, fire broke out at the 120-bed new maternity block’s main meter box, causing panic among mothers and their babies, leading to the vacation of the structure.

Majevdia visited the hospital with engineers from the ministry of Public Works to access the condition of the condemned building.

“We are aware of the situation that our mothers are going through, but we cannot take them to another room because of the weather. We better have them here because it is warm,” he said.

"We are in this situation because of what happened to our main maternity block. I just want to beg for a few days for engineers to access the building. After that, we will do some renovations and then we go back there," Majevdia said.

The engineers said they were still auditing the building, but ruled out any serious defects.

"The issue was the fire, but the whole building is okay. So far there is nothing to worry about, so we are doing further tests to ensure that any small renovations that we will do, the problem will not recur,” one of the engineers said.

In April, county engineers found the block built in 2014 structurally unsound after cracks developed on the walls and ceilings.

Former Health chief officer Thomas Ogaro had in March written to the Public Works chief officer Fredrick Karanja to assess the building’s structural integrity soon after the cracks emerged.

In his response, Karanja said that after investigations, his engineer’s recommended the closure of the maternity wing and evacuation of all patients. He also recommended an audit of the building by a team of professionals –architect, structural, electrical and mechanical engineer.

"I don’t agree with the engineers because there is no way you can condemn a building by mere physical appearance,” Majevdia said in May.
* News / Patients ‘Forced To Buy Plastic Chairs For Treatment’ at Korle Bu in Ghana by katty: July 11, 2018, 08:50:32 AM
Relatives of some patients who arrived at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital in excruciating pain on Tuesday, had to buy plastic chairs to enable doctors and nurses attend to them.

This follows the Ministry of Health’s directive to hospitals not to turn away patients who arrive with emergency cases even if there are no beds to accommodate them.

Citi News’ Nii Armah Ammah’s visit to the Korle Bu Surgical Medical Emergency Unit revealed that other patients who could not afford plastic chairs were being attended to on the bare floor in a congested room.

“Patients are receiving treatment on plastic chairs which they were made to buy because there were no vacant beds or chairs available,” he reported.

Some photos which circulated on social media on Monday showed among other things, electrocardiography being carried out on a patient in a plastic chair rather than on a bed, which is the ideal situation.

A middle-aged man who brought in a patient said despite the situation, medical officers are attending to patients.

He said the situation is worrying, and thus urged the government to work to address the problem.

“I realized there was no bed so I went out to buy a chair for them and to date, there are no beds…. As for the attention, they are giving it. We’ve gone for all the scans and all the tests. It is so unfortunate, and we pray that the government will do something about it…. We are begging the government to do something about it. There should be enough beds, enough wards, ” he told Citi News.

A relative of another patient said health workers offered the patient a chair outside the ward because there was no available bed or sitting space within the emergency ward.

“They gave us a seat to sit on it since yesterday [Monday]. There is no space inside the ward. We don’t have a bed to sleep on. For those inside, most of them are sitting on the floor, others are sitting on chairs. She has been on the staircase since she has been here. I asked the staff and they said there are no beds. We don’t know when we’ll get the change to go inside the ward.

The Public Relations Officer of the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, Mustapha Salifu, said the hospital is not enthused about the situation and is working to decongest the ward.

He said the hospital as part efforts to decongest the ward is sending information to other hospitals not to refer emergency cases there.

“You can see that the place is still full beyond its capacity and we are trying as much as possible to reduce the numbers. At the moment, we are going to call them and ask them not to refer any patients to Korle – Bu. They should give us some space so that we can decongest the emergency before we can receive new referrals.”


The no-bed syndrome has been in the spotlight after a 70-year-old man, Prince Anthony Opoku-Acheampong, reportedly died in his car at the LEKMA Hospital at Teshie, after seven hospitals turned him away over claims that there were no beds.

The deceased’s family started searching for a hospital for him at 11:00 pm on June 2, traveling for about 46 kilometres in total, across the seven hospitals, till he eventually died at around 3:30 am.

The Ghana Health Service Director-General, Dr. Anthony Nsiah-Asare, said the Service was first going to set up an investigative Committee to probe the incident.

The Speaker of Parliament, Professor Mike Oquaye, has also charged the Health Committee as well as the Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs, to come up with laws and regulations in the medical field that will deal with the no-bed syndrome at some of the country’s health facilities.

* News / New Zealand Nurses Reassure Public Ahead of Thursday's Strike by katty: July 10, 2018, 05:24:11 PM
Nurses are reassuring the public that life-preserving services will be unaffected by their planned 24-hour strike.

But there will still be a significant impact for thousands of patients across the country.

Starship Children's Hospital in Auckland is one of many around the country preparing for the strike. It wants family members to help out if they can.

"We would like family members to check in with the charge nurse or the nurse leader on the ward today or over the next couple of days to understand what might be helpful, and how they may be able to assist."

Although nurses will be on-hand for emergency care, District Health Boards (DHBs) have been forced to cancel all non-urgent and elective procedures for the duration of the strike. Outpatient clinics and services have also been reduced or stopped.

DHB spokesperson Helen Mason says the strike's impact will be "significant".

"Nurses are the cornerstone of the health system, and about 70 percent of our workforce won't be in the workplace."

Hospital services will be operating at a reduced capacity for 24 hours from 7am on Thursday.

Some 30,000 Nurses' Organisation members will be involved, and once the disruption is over, up to 8000 elective surgeries will have been deferred.

But NZNO CEO Memo Musa says thousands of nurses will still be on the job during the strike.

"Yes it's unprecedented, but our commitment is to ensure that we'll have life-preserving services and emergency management protocols in place."

Hospitals are already under pressure at this time of year, and even though last week's strike was called off, it still caused significant disruption.

Officials say anyone who needs emergency help on Thursday should still dial 111 and head to hospital if required.

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