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* News / Kenyan Nurses Threatens to Call for a National-wide Strike by katty: December 21, 2018, 04:43:51 PM
The Kenya National Union of Nurses (KNUN) has threatened to call for a nationwide nurses’ strike on 4th February 2019.

KNUN is taking an issue with a letter written by salaries and remuneration commission asking county governments to provide information on affordability and fiscal sustainability of the agreed pay increase for nurses.

The nurses are seeking audience with President Uhuru Kenyatta to express their grievances.

According to the nurses, SRC intends to derail the implementation of return to work formula that was agreed between nurses and two levels of government last month.

The nurses union argues the agreed pay increment has already been factored in county budgets for 2018/2019 hence the salaries commission should not object on basis of affordability.

The nurses have therefore threatened to down their tools starting 4th February next year if the pay hike will not be implemented.

Further, the health workers are seeking a meeting with President Uhuru Kenyatta to express their grievances as they feel frustrations by SRC may hinder implementation of the universal health care which is a key pillar of the government’s development agenda

Source : KBC
* News / Again Nurses Are The Most Honest and Ethical Professionals in USA for 17th Year! by katty: December 21, 2018, 12:39:57 PM
*Nurses rated highest for honesty and ethics for 17th consecutive year
*Members of Congress and telemarketers rated lowest
*Journalists' ethics rating hits high of 33%, up 10 points since 2016

More than four in five Americans (84%) again rate the honesty and ethical standards of nurses as "very high" or "high," earning them the top spot among a diverse list of professions for the 17th consecutive year. At the same time, members of Congress are again held in the lowest esteem, as nearly 58% of Americans say they have "low" or "very low" ethical standards. Telemarketers join members of Congress as having a majority of low/very low ratings.

Gallup has measured the public's views of the honesty and ethical standards of a variety of occupations since 1976. While the list changes from year to year, some professions have been included consistently over the past four decades.

With the exception of one year, 2001, when firefighters were on the list after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, nurses have far outpaced all other professions since they were added to the list two decades ago. Before 1999, pharmacists and clergy members were frequently the most-highly rated professions for their ethics.

Majorities of Americans also rate four other professions as having "high" or "very high" honesty and ethical standards in the Dec. 3-12 poll: medical doctors (67%), pharmacists (66%), high school teachers (60%) and police officers (54%).

Twelve of the remaining 13 occupations receive "average" ratings for their honesty and ethical standards from pluralities or majorities ranging from 42% to 54%. Among them, those garnering majority "average" marks for their honesty and ethical standards are real estate agents (54%) and lawyers (51%).

The ethics rating of journalists this year is split, with roughly equal thirds of the public saying they have very high/high, average or low/very low ethical standards.

Journalists' Honesty and Ethical Standards on the Rise

Although journalists' 33% very high/high rating is not outstanding relative to many of the other professions, it marks a 10-percentage-point increase from two years ago and now matches their record high, last recorded in 1977.

Since 1976, Gallup has asked Americans to rate the ethical standards of journalists 29 times, and the overall average positive rating over that period is 26%. Until 2016, strong pluralities or majorities rated journalists as "average," but after the 2016 presidential campaign, the public's ratings of journalists declined. In December 2016, 41% of Americans held a negative opinion of their ethics.

Yet this year, positive assessments of journalists' ethical standards have rebounded, owed largely to shifting opinions of Democrats and independents, who may be reacting to President Donald Trump's repeated characterizations of the news media as "the enemy of the people."

Democrats' very high/high rating of journalists' honesty has jumped 21 points since 2016 to 54% this year. For their part, political independents' views have shifted from a 42% low and a 20% high ethics rating to roughly one-third each now saying journalists have high, average and low ethics. At the same time, Republicans' views are essentially unchanged, with 61% now giving journalists low ethics ratings.

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* News / Thousands of Nurses Apply for 300 Jobs in KwaZulu-Natal South Africa by katty: December 21, 2018, 12:32:50 PM
AN ADVERT for 300 jobs being offered by the KZN Department of Health attracted thousands of nurses and nursing assistants who stood in the scorching sun on the sports field across the road from Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital yesterday, in the hope of being successful.

The department invited qualified enrolled nurses and enrolled nursing assistants to attend a job assessment programme at the hospital yesterday.

A 33-year-old unemployed nurse from Inanda said she arrived at the sports field at 5.30am and finished the assessment process by 10am.

“I was on the first bus that went inside the hospital, where we filled out the Z83 form and we were taken to different venues to write what seemed to be a 20-minute speed test,” she said.

She said she finished training in 2012 after studying at Natal Settlers, and has three children to care for. She said she had to take any job that came along to survive.

“How can they require 150 enrolled nursing assistants when there are so many people here?” she asked.

“This shows how many nurses are out of work in KZN.”

She said the advert should have been more specific about where the nurses would be stationed, if any age restrictions applied and whether nurses were needed for Inkosi Albert Luthuli Hospital.

“I don’t know why I chose nursing; I’m regretful now. Maybe if I took the money and studied business, I’d be elsewhere now. I wasted my children’s money.”

A 41-year-old male nursing assistant from KwaMashu said he finished training in 2013. He said there were people he should be taking care of at home, but could not because he is not working.

“I hope I get a job because in the meantime I’m doing odd jobs which don’t last very long,” he said.

“I had a love for nursing, but now I’ve lost hope. I had hope when I left home this morning but after seeing how many people are here, I lost hope again, but I stayed in the queue regardless,” he said.

Many of the nurses complained that they had been paying for their nurse’s certificate every year since they got their qualifications, but they were not working.

Health MEC, Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo said an estimated 8000 people went to the hospital to apply for the jobs.

“It is sad when you look at the numbers of unemployed people who’ve been trained, largely by the private nursing colleges in the province,” he said.

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* Upcoming Conference / Nursing and Midwifery Council Of Nigeria 2019 Nursing Leaders Conference by katty: December 20, 2018, 07:04:05 PM
The Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria (Council) is a Parastatal of the Federal Government, established by Nursing and Midwifery Registration etc. Act. Cap. No. 143, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004. The Council is a body charged with the responsibility of regulating Nursing and Midwifery Education and Practice in its entire ramification in Nigeria.
As part of its statutory activities, the Council organizes a conference biennially for Nursing Leaders in Nigeria. The conference brings together Nursing Leaders from both public and private sectors to discuss current challenges and developments that affect Nursing Education and Practice and to articulate the ways forward in confronting these challenges.
The conference will take place from Monday 25' to Friday 29" March, 2019 at Awka. Anambra State while the registration portal will be opened from Ist January, 2019. The exact venue will be communicated in due course.
Conference Registration Fee
1. Early Bird: 1st January - 25th February 2019
Fee: 60,000
2. Late Registration: 26th February - 24th March 2019
Fee: 70,000
On Site/Venue: 25th March 2019
Fee: 85,000
The registration fee covers tea break, lunch and conferencematerials including conference bags, programme, stationaries, flash drive, certificates of attendance etc
Target Audience
The target audience will be nurses and midwives in leadership position in both private and public sectors and should be strictly by nomination
For further enquiries please call GSM no. 08033221890 or 07031982435
Email: or
Please accept the assurances of the councils warmest regards
Alh. Faruk Umar Abubakar
Secretary General/Registrar.
* Schools of Nursing / UBTH School of Nursing 2019/2020 Post Basic Admission Form on Sale by katty: December 20, 2018, 07:01:48 PM
Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for the entrance examination  for admission into the above School of Nursing in March 2019 for Eighteen  (18) months (Post Registration) Nursing Programme leading  to the award of Registered Nurse Certificate (RN).
* Candidates must not be less than 18 years old.
* Must possess the following: WAEC/GCE (O/Level)/SSCE/NECO with five (5) credits in not more than two (2) sittings in the following subjects,  English  Language, Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology and Physics.
* Candidate must also possess Registered Midwifery Certificate (RM) or Registered Psychiatric Nurse Certificate (RPN)
Application forms should state age, state of origin, local government area, school(s) attended with qualifications obtained and addressed to the Principal.
Application forms are obtainable from the office of the Principal with a non-refundable fee of N10,000.00 (ten thousand Naira) only. This should be made payable to  ANY UBTH  REVENUE OR UBTH TREASURY SINGLE ACCOUNT (TSA) VIA THE REMITA PLATFORM IN ANY COMMERCIAL BANK  UNDER THE SERVICE TYPE “TRAINING SCHOOL- SCHOOL OF NURSING
A separate payment of N200 to Nursing and Midwifery Council Committee Edo State Account No. 2004854377 First Bank of Nigeria Plc Benin City.
Candidates are to submit four (4) recent coloured passport photographs (taken in proceeding two weeks) while returning the completed application forms,
TIME:   10:00AM
Chukwurah M.N
* News / KwaZulu-Natal Nurse Who Always Put Patient First Killed by Robbers by katty: December 19, 2018, 12:31:00 PM
South Africa: A 46-year-old nurse, who was shot at her home in Nkwenkwe, Melmoth in KwaZulu-Natal on Saturday night, has died.

Nothando Biyela died on Monday at Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital after she was shot in her head.

It is alleged that three assailants shot her before they made off with her motor vehicle, which police later found abandoned in Eshowe.

KwaZulu-Natal Health MEC Sibongiseni Dhlomo condemned the murder and described it as a "real tragedy".

"The murder of Sister Biyela is a sad day as we have just emerged from our campaign against femicide and other forms of gender-based violence, through the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children.

"You just know that something has gone terribly wrong in society when three men gang up against one woman, shoot her and take away a disposable material possession such as a car," Dlhomo said.

Dhlomo added that Biyela, who worked for the department since November 1, 2000, was described by her colleagues as a very mature and hardworking nurse.

Biyela was said to have loved her job, always advocating for her patients and putting them first.

She started working in the laundry unit as an orderly and later worked her way up by getting training and furthering her studies to eventually become a professional nurse.
* News / Nursing Tutor in Zimbabwe in Trouble for Scamming Admission Seekers by katty: December 19, 2018, 12:10:55 PM
HARARE Central Hospital Principal Tutor Irene Sambo is alleged to have pocketed more than $300 000 in a nurse trainee recruitment scandal that has left one of Zimbabwe's biggest health referral centres with two distinct sets of selected students for the May and September 2019 intakes.

The scandal, which has since triggered an internal investigation, arguably ranks as one of the biggest in the nursing history in the country and more than 100 prospective student nurses are set to lose out after the hospital CEO said the hospital was not going to recognise their acceptance letters.

It is alleged that Sambo, working in cahoots with some student nurses who are already in training and a well-knit web of her contacts, solicited for and collected amounts ranging from $2 000 from the prospective candidates.

Further allegations are to the effect that they then went on to dish out acceptance letters even before the 2019 intake advertisement was flighted in local media.

It is believed that in trying to keep the scandal under wraps, Sambo in a letter dated October 29, 2018, wrote to the Clinical Director of the hospital advising him that the recruiting 'committee' had agreed to consider the remaining candidates from February 2016 interviews.

Part of the letter - a copy of which is in our possession 0 addressed to The Clinical Director reads: "Following the previous minutes of the 16th November 2017 where the committee had agreed to consider the remaining candidates from February 2016 interviews, all the remaining candidates were taken in May 2018.

"...please find attached the list and minutes of the candidates who were interviewed in February 2018 after the advertisement. However, after the interviews the candidates were given their acceptance letters according to their merit in the highlighted intakes as has been the norm in all the previous intakes," reads the letter which was also copied to the Human Resources Officer.

Source : Bulawayo Times
* News / Twins Trainee Midwives Delivers Expectant Mother on a Moving Vehicle in Ghana by katty: December 18, 2018, 07:15:23 PM
A set of twins trainee midwives with the Nandom Midwifery TrainingCollege in the Upper West Region went to the rescue of an expectant mother in aBabille bound bus and ensured she delivered without any complications attracting praises of other passengers.

According to snippets of information gathered, the bus was from Techiman in Brong Ahafo Region and heading to the Upper West Region with the twins on board.

Kuusana Asana and her twin sister Kuusana Fuseina on reaching between Sawla and Tuna realized the woman had gone into labour and therefore had to put their professionalism into play according to that first broke the story.

The twins had no option but improvise medical instruments including torn clothes and polythene bags in order to save the situation  because no health facility was close and succeeded in delivering the woman of a bouncy baby boy said to be doing well.

“We were with the woman in  the bus and she was complaining of stomach pains intermittently whiles dropping down to urinate at a frequentrate. We had to ask whether she was pregnant as she wore some big gown. She confirmed positive and moments later it got out of hands forcing us to improvise many instruments to deliver her. We use polythene bags as gloves, used a torn cloth and a razor blade to detach the chord from the baby”, Asana is reported to have said.

“We later took the mother and the baby to the Tuna clinic the following morning after the driver failed to repair the car which broke down along the road. The baby even saved us since the steering rod had removed from its slot and that is the easiest way to have caused an accident. Thank God the improvise many and saved all of us”. She added. Zoure/2018
* News / Ghana: Zuarungu NTC to run Post Nurse Assistant Clinical Midwifery Programme by katty: December 18, 2018, 10:52:03 AM
The Zuarungu Nursing Training College (ZNTC) in the Upper East Region has received certification from the Nurses and Midwifery Council (NMC) to run a Post Nurse Assistant Clinical Midwifery Programme.

This would augment the staff strength of midwives in the Region, Mr Michael Yidana Mantamia, the Principal of the College, has said.

He said that was an achievement and attributed it to the hardworking tutors and staff of the College.

Mr Mantamia was speaking at the matriculation ceremony of 193 students comprising 76 offering Registered General Nursing, made up of 45 males and 31 females, and 117 students offering Health Assistant Clinicals, 35 of them being males and 82 females.

He urged the students to take their academic work seriously to enable them to excel.

He said the occasion was to formally welcome and usher the fresh students into the College and admonished them to focus on their studies to maintain the good academic performance of the College in the yearly licensure examination organised by the NMC.

Mr Mantamia told the students that even though they had been matriculated, the Ministry of Health was verifying the results of all fresh students across the country and warned that “if at any point it is found that the results any of you used was fake or below requirement, you will be withdrawn and the possible legal action taken.”

He expressed worry about accommodation challenges of the College and said no tutor was resident on campus, while students lived in rented rooms within and outside the District, and commuted to campus daily for academic activities.

“We recognise that the students are adults, but they still need guidance from tutors, and so accommodation for tutors and staff is very important to us,” he said, and appealed to landlords in the area to review their rent charges as most of them charged exorbitant prices.

Mr Mantamia called on stakeholders to assist the College with a bus to ease the stress of transporting students to various health facilities within and outside the Region for clinical attachments.

He said presently the College depended on a mini-bus, which could transport few students at a time.

Reverend Emmanuel Abugre Abole, the Bolgatanga East District Chief Executive, said the students were full-fledged members of the institution, not only with full rights and privileges, but also the responsibility of abiding by its rules and regulations.

He counselled them to live by the Code of Ethics and be disciplined adding; “You must bear in mind that the profession you have chosen is to prepare you for the future so you must humble yourselves to allow the College to form you into professionals,” he said.

Rev Abole commended the Principal and staff for their hard work and pledged the Assembly’s support towards starting the Midwifery Programme.     

* News / How I Checked Agitations, Inter-Professional Rivalry At UCH – CMD by katty: December 18, 2018, 10:48:04 AM
Prof. Temitope Alonge, the Chief Medical Director of the University College Hospital, Ibadan, on Monday said his management style helped to check agitations and inter-professional rivalry in the tertiary health institution.

Alonge stated this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Ibadan.

He told NAN that his ability to end inter-professional rivalry as well as build human resources and structures were major factors for his success.

He said: “The management style I adopted is based on three Bs.

“You build people, build systems and structures and also you build the institution.

“These are the cardinal Bs that have helped to take the hospital to unprecedented heights.

“We have structures and systems that would work independent of any individual,  so we don’t have any over bearing management as it were.

“But each professional body is independent and excelling.

“We have directors in most of the professional groupings and people are happy getting to the peak of their career.

“There has been a gross reduction in agitations.
“Inter professional-rivalry has dwindled.

“We are able to do many more surgical procedures, open up new treatment regimens, as well as established the first geriatric centre in the whole of Africa.

“We extended that by having the first Geriatric Rehabilitation Centre in West Africa and Africa which is for long-term care.”

Alonge advocated Public Private Partnership as the best model in restructuring the health sector.

He said: “I have never seen a government or any country where they are able to fund health care services alone.
“Public-Private Partnership has been a major boost for UCH’s survival.

“And I sincerely hope that the next administration will not only leverage on that but increase the PPP model, so as to provide services and funds for the hospital.”

NAN reports that Alonge, who assumed office in 2010, would quit on February 28, 2019, after two terms of eight years.

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