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* News / Re: Share Nursing Council Exam Results for Nov 2016 Pass Rate per school by desy24: January 13, 2017, 04:44:52 PM
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* News / Re: At Last Nursing Internship Begins this January! Congratulations Nigerian Nurses by desy24: January 13, 2017, 04:41:19 PM
This is awesome...a feather to the cap of nursing profession

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* Scholarships / Postgraduate Nursing Scholarships:Commonwealth Shared Scholarship 2017/2018 by Idowu Olabode: January 13, 2017, 03:55:29 PM
University: University of Nottingham
Course: Advanced Nursing for other commonwealth shared scholarship 2017 eligible courses check

Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the United Kingdom (CSC) in partnership with UK universities offers Commonwealth Shared Scholarships for students from developing Commonwealth countries. Shared Scholarships are usually tenable for one-year Master’s courses only.

The purpose of the scholarship is to contribute to development needs of Commonwealth countries by providing training for skilled and qualified professionals and academics who would not otherwise have been able to study in the UK.

The Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan (CSFP) is one of the largest and most prestigious scholarship schemes for international study in the world. Since it was established in 1959, around 30,000 individuals have benefited – 25,000 of them have held awards funded by the UK government, managed by the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the United Kingdom (CSC).

If applicants require a Tier 4 visa to come to the UK to study, they may be required to take an approved English language test and/or be screened for tuberculosis for your visa application. These regulations are subject to change at any time.

Course Level:
Scholarships are available for pursuing master’s degree program at UK Institutions.

Study Subject:
Scholarships are awarded to study subjects related to the development of their home country at participating UK universities only.

Scholarship Award:
Shared Scholarships are jointly funded by the CSC and participating UK universities. Each Scholarship provides:

1. Approved airfare from your home country to the UK and return at the end of your award (arranged by the university; funded by the CSC)
2. Approved tuition and examination fees (funded by the CSC)
3. Stipend (living allowance) at the rate of £1,043 per month, or £1,279 per month for those studying at universities in the London metropolitan area (rates quoted at 2016-2017 levels) (paid and funded by the university)
4.Warm clothing allowance (paid and funded by the university)
5. Study travel grant towards the costs of study-related travel within the UK or overseas (claimed from and paid by the university; funded by the CSC)
6. Excess baggage allowance, up to an annual approved limit, when returning home (claimed from and paid by the university; funded by the CSC)

Scholarship can be taken in the UK

To apply for these scholarships, applicants must:

1. Be a Commonwealth citizen, refugee, or British protected person
2. Be permanently resident in a developing Commonwealth country
3. Be available to start your academic studies in the UK by the start of the UK academic year in September/October 2017
4. By August 2017, hold a first degree of either first or upper second class (2:1) classification, or lower second class (2:2) classification plus a relevant postgraduate qualification (usually a Master’s degree)
5. Not have studied or worked for one (academic) year or more in a developed country
6. Be unable, either yourself or through your family, to pay to study in the UK

The CSC promotes equal opportunity, gender equity, and cultural exchange. Applications are encouraged from a diverse range of candidates.

Students of developing Commonwealth countries can apply for these Commonwealth Shared Scholarships.

List of Countries:
Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Botswana, Virgin Islands (British), Cameroon, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Falkland Islands, Fiji, Ghana, Gibraltar, Grenada, Guyana, India, Jamaica, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Montserrat, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Pitcairn  Islands, Rwanda, St Helena, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and The Grenadines, Seychelles, Samoa, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Swaziland, Tanzania, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos, Tuvalu, Uganda, Vanuatu, Zambia and Zimbabwe

College Admission Requirement

Entrance Requirements:
In order to be eligible applicants must hold a first degree of at least upper second class (2:1) honours standard.

English language Requirements:
If applicants require a Tier 4 visa to come to the UK to study, they may be required to take an approved English language test and/or be screened for tuberculosis for your visa application. These regulations are subject to change at any time.

How to Apply:
Applicants should apply to study an eligible Master’s course at a UK university that is participating in the Shared Scholarship scheme.

1. Applicants must make their application using the CSC’s Electronic Application System (EAS).
2. before   applying, applicants must check with your UK university for their specific advice, admission requirements, and rules for applying. Some universities may require you to complete their own admissions application form as well, which may have a separate closing date. They must take the necessary steps to secure admission to your chosen course(s) at your preferred university/universities at the same time as applying for a Shared Scholarship.
3. Applicants can apply for more than one course and/or to more than one university, but you may only accept one offer of a Shared Scholarship. The CSC will not accept any applications that are not submitted via the EAS to your UK university or applications directly from individuals.

Application Deadline:
All applications must be submitted by 23.59 (BST) on March 29, 2017 at the latest. Each university has its own closing date for applications, and most are before 29 March 2017.

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* Articles / Why Are there Fewer Male Nurses (Murses)? By Mikayla Wronko by katty: January 13, 2017, 02:52:30 PM
For Griffin Bastedo, being one of the six male students that make up the first year nursing program makes him feel special, rather than a minority.

“We’re nicknamed the ‘murses’,” Bastedo, Nurs ’20, said.

In an interview with The Journal, Bastedo said he knew before coming to Queen’s to do his degree in nursing science that both the program and the profession are overwhelmingly female-dominated.

“When I came here, I thought that I would encounter some rude ‘manly-mans’ in other programs who would have set views that nursing is a female profession. I have not yet met one person that has said, at least to my face, that nursing is a women’s profession.”

Gender gap aside, Bastedo said going into nursing was important to him after seeing the difficulties experienced by his grandmother with the care she received care from her nurses.

“As long as you love your program and you enjoy your time at school, you’ll go into the workforce and have a job you’ll actually like. That’s what’s important — not other people’s opinions.”

Bastedo belongs to a single digit percentage of men at Queen’s who are studying to earn their Bachelor of Nursing Science (BNS) — a prerequisite degree for becoming a Registered Nurse (RN).

In the BNS graduating class of 2016, out of 123 students there were only 10 male graduates.

The route to becoming an RN is academically rigorous relative to other nursing certifications offered in colleges.

Becoming an RN requires a Bachelor’s degree in nursing science along with the completion of an additional examination. At Queen’s, a competitive average to obtain one of the over 90 spots in nursing is in the low 90s, with supplementary essays of personal experience.

On  campus, there are numerous student initiatives — such as a Robogals and Scientista — that are aiming to promote gender equity where there’s a lack of women in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) majors.

However, there are no formal groups or awareness campaigns at Queen’s addressing the gender gap in nursing.

For Spencer Raby, Nurs ’18, he doesn’t have the patience to argue over which minority has it worse in each program.

“In any program, you’ll have setbacks and you can always play the game of blaming it on some unfair disadvantage which has befallen you,” Raby said in an email to The Journal.

“I know there are a fair amount of groups and initiatives with the goal of getting women involved in STEM, but I’ve never seen the equivalent for men in nursing.”

From Raby’s experience in the nursing program, he attributes the gender gap in the nursing program to two main reasons: the inevitable differences in interests between men and women, and the perception that men who choose to go into nursing are less respected or impressive than if they had instead gone into a male-dominated field.

Raby said he believes these perceptions are partly the reason why his housemate, who was also a male nurse, left the program.

“His mom at one point mentioned that a girl he knew ‘wouldn’t want anything to do with him anymore’ because she was going to be a dentist and he was going to be a nurse.”

“I think to get more men involved in nursing, male nursing students and nurses have a role to play in dispelling that attitude and promoting the field as a whole, and to be role models for the next generation.”

According to Jennifer Medves, director of the School of Nursing and vice-dean (Health Sciences), the percentage of male nurses in Canada has been static at four per cent for years. It’s only within the last 10 to 15 years that the number has risen to eight per cent. Most sources corroborate this trend.

“Twenty-five years ago, there were less tracks open to women and you saw a high concentration because they could be nurses or they could be teachers but some of the other disciplines were very difficult to get into. Women have as much of a choice, you need to make sure men recognize they have as many choices,” Medves said.

Medves commented that the gender gap exists in the faculty as well, with the number of male professors in nursing in proportion to the undergraduate level. The School of Nursing currently has one male faculty member.

“A male nurse with a PhD is pretty rare — so for us to have one is good,” Medves said.

Where there are male nurses, Medves said she finds that men are attracted to more sub-disciplines than others.

“You wouldn’t find many men, for example, in maternity. But you do tend to find more men in emergency nursing, ICU and interestingly, mental health.”

Cheryl Pulling, associate director (Undergraduate Nursing Programs), said she finds there are more male applicants to the Queen’s Advanced Standing Track program — a two-year fast-track program — rather than the four year degree program.

“We recruit equally. I do have some parents or male students ask if we give preference to male students. No, we don’t, we’re always looking for the best candidate,” Pulling said.

For Queen’s student Alex Faroldi, Nurs ’18, after volunteering with Kingston General Hospital, he realized that nursing would allow for him to develop strong relationships with the patients.

“You see patients really remembering their nurses more than other healthcare providers because they’re there all the time,” Faroldi said.

Comparing his experience at a co-ed high school to an essentially all female program, Faroldi said that he can’t think of any differences in terms of his education experience in either.

“We’ve all been treated the same — I’ve never once went ‘well, this is because I’m a guy.’ We’re all students in this program, and it is a difficult program.”

With the few men in the nursing program, Faroldi said he finds the male nurses have close friendships with one another.

“We’ve had a bunch of conversations about it’s funny how no one really cares about the low enrollment of men in nursing programs, it’s been stuck on engineering and maths — which is great because it’s super important but it’s also interesting.”

“I think the most important thing in being healthcare providers, and especially to the patients, is that you care. If you’re empathetic and provide the best care, gender doesn’t come into play. It’s important to want to be there and want to be the best.”

Source : Queens Journal

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* News / 200,000 job openings for nurses in Germany not only for Filipinos by katty: January 13, 2017, 11:47:29 AM
Do you want to work as a nurse in Germany? Well, the application process is not that easy, a recruitment and migration expert said.

Speaking to radio dzMM Thursday, recruitment and migration expert Emmanuel Geslani said the Philippines won't be able to fill in the 200,000 job openings for nurses in Germany.

"No. If you're looking at 2020, that is only three  years from now. Personally, as a recruitment consultant in the business for 35 years, we do not foresee this number to be growing, not even by the number of 10,000 by that time," he said.

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) recently announced that Germany is in need of 200,000 nurses until the year 2020, expressing preference to hire Filipinos.

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) Governing Board, meantime, decided to expand the Triple Win Project between the governments of the Philippines and Germany to include the participation of private recruitment agencies.

DOLE Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz also said that the country can tap the World Health Organization and International Labor Organization's joint Human Resource Development Technical Cooperation Program for possible specialized training on geriatric care, noting that the Philippines does not have this due to the absence of nursing homes here.

Geslani, however, stressed that not only do Filipino nurses lack training on geriatric care, they also lack actual clinical care in general.

This lack of exposure to clinical care will be a major problem for registered nurses who want to apply for work in Germany, he said. Most countries, like the United States and those in the Middle East, require a minimum of two years of clinical experience.

"Eh dahil nga sa kakulangan ng ating mga ospital at mahirap talagang pumasok... we are not producing enough experienced nurses to fulfill the demands of many other countries asking for Filipino nurses," Geslani said. "We don't have enough nurses who can comply with the requirements."


Another problem is the difficulty of learning German language, which is also a key requirement for jobseekers there.

"If we go by the number of deployed nurses to Germany since two years ago, ang nade-deploy pa lang natin is less than 300...because of the difficulty in learning and speaking and writing yung German language," he said.
Of the 222 Filipino nurses accepted by Germany, only 128 have been deployed so far, as the rest are still completing their preparatory German language training in the Philippines.

According to Elsa Villa, president of the Philippine Association of Service Exporters Inc. (PASEI), German language training takes about six months and costs around P60,000.

"And you cannot just take it in any particular school na merong language training -- because I'm sure magmu-mushroom yan ngayon because of this -- it has to be accredited by the government of Germany. Yun ho ang medyo madugo diyan," she said.


But POEA Administrator Hans Leo Cacdac, in a separate interview on dzMM, clarified that the expenses for the language proficiency requirement should be shouldered by the employer. If one decides to go ahead with the training with no employer yet, he or she should later ask the employer to reimburse the cost of the training.

Cacdac also clarified that the 200,000 job openings for nurses in Germany are not for Filipinos only. There are also no job orders yet, he said.

"Hindi naman ibig sabihin 200,000 Filipino nurses... Ibig sabihin lang yun yung projected nila," he explained.

He said Philippine-licensed recruitment agencies are still in the process of bringing in German employers.

Accreditation for German employers will take two to three months.

Recruitment will commence after that, followed by the required six-month language training. "So, hindi ito agad-agaran na bukas makalawa makakaalis na," Cacdac said.

The 200,000 job openings in Qatar are likewise not only for Filipinos. Qatar is in need of construction and service workers ahead of the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

Meanwhile, Cacdac warned jobseekers against illegal recruitment agencies and dubious job orders.

"Ang payo ko sa mga jobseekers natin is i-check kung licensed ang agency. Tapos di na lang dapat whether lisensyado yung recruitment agency kundi pati yung job offer at employer na inaalok nito," he said.

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* News / National Nurses United calls out Democrat Senators who voted with Big Pharma by Idowu Olabode: January 13, 2017, 09:59:49 AM
National Nurses United today sharply criticized 13 Senate Democrats who defeated an amendment that would have aided tens of millions of patients struggling with skyrocketing prescription drug costs, voting instead Tuesday night to ally with the pharmaceutical industry.

The critical test was on an amendment proposed by fellow Democratic Senator Amy Klobuchar (MN) to lower prescription drug prices for Americans by allowing the import of needed medications from Canada where drug prices are far less expensive.

Democratic Senators Michael Bennet (CO), Cory Booker (NJ), Maria Cantwell (WA), Tom Carper (DE), Robert Casey (PA), Chris Coons (DE), Martin Heinrich (NM), Heidi Heitkamp (ND), Robert Menendez (NJ), Patty Murray (WA), Jon Tester (MT), and Mark Warner (VA) all voted against it.

“This vote is a disgraceful betrayal of every patient and consumer in America,” said RoseAnn DeMoro, executive director of NNU.

And, with 11 Republican Senators, including several of the most conservative Republicans, voting for the amendment, which only failed 52-46, the amendment would have passed by a large margin if the 13 Democrats had not “embraced the profiteering of the wealthy drug cartels at the expense of our families, our neighbors, and our communities,” DeMoro said.

She noted that six of the Democrats who voted against patients – Booker, Murray, Casey, and Bennet – are among the top 10 recipients of pharmaceutical campaign contributions since 2010, an “indication of where they think their interests clearly lie.”

“At a time when even President-elect Donald Trump, in his press conference Wednesday, called out the lobbying of the pharmaceutical industry and said they are ‘getting away with murder’, these 13 Democrats demonstrate why so their party has lost so many federal and state elections over the past eight years,” DeMoro said.

“Millions of voters believe the Democrats have abandoned working people in favor of Wall Street and corporate donors. The Democratic Party will never get out of the wilderness until there is a fundamental change in its direction and orientation, until it can show doesn’t just oppose rightwing policies, but has a progressive vision and fights for it,” said DeMoro.

This fall, when a California initiative to lower drug prices also failed after being outspent by about 10-1 by the pharmaceutical industry, many leading Democrats sat on the sidelines while nurses campaigned across the state for the measure, citing the consequences of drug price gouging on patients they see.

“I can tell you the story of a young man in his late 40s living on a fixed income, working two jobs, who was diagnosed with high blood pressure,” reported Fresno RN Amy Arlund. “This one medication was going to cost him over $400 a month. ‘I’m young, still in my 40s,’ he thought, ‘I’ll just have to live with it a little longer.’ About three months after this diagnosis, because he could not afford to take his blood pressure medication, he had a massive stroke and is now permanently disabled.”

“One thing Long Beach nurses increasingly see is patients provided a heart stent for serious coronary disease sent home with directions to take anti-platelet drugs for continuing therapy, are returning to the ER with serious chest pain. Or dying before they get there. Why? They can’t afford the high out-of-pocket cost for their medication,” noted Long Beach RN Margie Keenan.

Source : Peoples World

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* Schools of Nursing / Re: kenya medical training college 2016/2017 intake For Nursing Courses by Anyango Gloriane Munga: January 13, 2017, 09:30:16 AM
Application form for March 2017 intake is currently on sales check this thread for admission requirements

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* News / Re: At Last Nursing Internship Begins this January! Congratulations Nigerian Nurses by Cerebra: January 13, 2017, 09:11:26 AM
This is a welcome development.

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* News / Re: Share Nursing Council Exam Results for Nov 2016 Pass Rate per school by Linda: January 13, 2017, 07:06:21 AM
School of nursing mater misericordiae hospital afikpo   100% with 24 credits

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* Exams / Re: NMC CBT SAMPLE QUESTIONS by Faith: January 13, 2017, 04:40:02 AM
Please has anyone taken the oversea midwifery exam? I will need some help on which material to read and sample questions too.
Thank you

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