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* News / Ghana: Unemployed Nurses Demonstrate Over Delayed Posting by katty: September 06, 2018, 02:49:44 PM
A group of unemployed nurses in the Upper West Region have embarked on a peaceful demonstration to express their displeasure over government’s continuous delay in giving them financial clearance to pave way for them to be employed.

The group, numbering about 300 went through the principal streets of Wa and finally converged on the forecourt of the Upper West regional coordinating council where they presented a petition to the regional minister, Alhassan Suleimana.

One of the leaders of the group, Saeed Mohammed Alhassan, who presented the petition on behalf of his colleagues said they were part of over 2, 600 nurses who completed their training but are yet to be posted.

He said the delay in granting them financial clearance is impacting negatively on their profession as many of them are compelled to engage in menial jobs for survival.

“….These group of nurses and midwives completed in 2016 but are left at home languishing with their skills decaying. We all know that nursing is practical and a continuous process”.

The group has given government a 3-week ultimatum to address their concerns or they will be compelled to march to the presidency in Accra to drum home their demands.

A similar demonstration took place in the Ashanti Regional capital on Wednesday.
Source :  Ghana
* News / Ghana: '14,000 Jobless Nurses And Midwives To Be Employed Soon' - MoH by katty: September 06, 2018, 02:47:30 PM
The Ministry said nurses and midwives who completed their training two years ago will be employed soon.

According to the Public Relations Officer of the MoH, Robert Cudjoe, the government has decided to demonstrate commitment by employing 14,000 of the nurses.

The assurance comes after the Coalition of Unemployed Nurses and Midwives gave the government a three-week ultimatum to release their financial clearance and get them posted else they will storm the Jubilee House with protests.

Two groups; the "Unemployed Nurse Assistants Association 2016" and the "Coalition of Unposted Private Nurses" have been picketing the premises of the Health Ministry and the Jubilee to put pressure on the Ministry to capture their data and get them posted.

Some unemployed graduate nurses in February demanding posting picketed at the Health Ministry.

Others also strongly protested government's decision to enroll them on the Nation Builders Corps (NaBCo). They said that would not give them job security.

Meanwhile, Robert Cudjoe in an interview on Accra-based FM said the decision to employ 14,000 of the nurses is a result of the ongoing protests in various regions across the country in demand for jobs pending a proper dialogue with the coalition on the way forward. He said: "We have received information although not officially from them about their demonstrations in some of the regions of our country. Some of us have been talking to them and I believe other officers have been able to also discuss issues with the leadership and all that, so, we have pleaded with them.

"The good news is that the government has given us the go-ahead to recruit 14,000 of the nurses who completed about two years ago. The clearance will take effect in February 2019."

Source : Modern Ghana
* Nursing Jobs / Re: Eko Hospital Lagos State Vacancies for Accident and Emergency Nurses by Jenningz: September 06, 2018, 10:05:14 AM
Where do most of the content in this site come from? Is it possible to share the data?
* News / Low Pay, Job Insecurity, Push Indian Nurses Abroad: Studies by katty: September 05, 2018, 10:12:26 PM
Low salaries and lack of job security have pushed many Indian  nurses working in private hospitals to migrate abroad. However, many such emigrants are forced to work as unlicensed nurses, revealed findings from two studies discussed at the Loyola Institute of Social Science Training and Research (LISSTAR) on Wednesday.

Tamil Nadu, although the fourth largest state in terms of the number of nursing schools and colleges, is also known for its high international labour migration, particularly nurses, revealed ‘Nurses Intention to Migrate Abroad - A Case of Tamil Nadu’— a study by Dr Hisaya Oda, professor, College of Policy Sciences of Ritsumeikan University, Japan. “The state government hospitals pay junior nurses Rs 32,000 to Rs 35,000 per month, while private hospitals pay only Rs 8,000 to Rs 9,000,” he said.

A senior research fellow of Japan External Trade Organization in Bangkok, Dr Yuko Tsujita’s report— ‘Deskilling of Foreign trained nurses - a study of Indian Nurses in Singapore’— pointed out that in countries like Singapore, many Indian nurses fall prey to false promises made by Indian recruitment agents, and end up working without the S Pass, which is needed to work as skilled labour in the country.

“It is not easy for an unlicensed nurse to be promoted to a licensed one in Singapore. Unlicensed nurses need to be recommended by their employers to take the licensing exam, which means they cannot directly apply to licensed nurse positions. As a result, they end up in low-salaried positions and also find it difficult to move to other countries,” said Dr Yuko.

Bernard D’ Sami, senior fellow at LISSTAR, pointed to the high proliferation of private nursing colleges in south India that do not offer comprehensive nurse training and give rise to a large number of unskilled nurses.
Source: TOI
* News / Ghana : Hon. Vanderpuye Honoured By Nurses In Accra by katty: September 05, 2018, 10:08:50 PM
The Greater Accra Registered Nurses and Midwives Association (GRNWA) have honored Member of Parliament for Ablekuma South, Hon. Dr Alfred Okoe Vanderpuye in Accra.

The former Mayor of Accra Metropolitan Assembly was presented with a Citation which talks about his Selfless service to the Nursing profession, promotion and contribution to Health issues as the hierarchy of the Association visited him at his office at Mamprobi on Tuesday.

The Regional Chairperson of the Greater Accra Registered Nurses and Midwives Association, Mrs Margaret Ohenewa Yeboah who presented the Citation expressed their gratitude to the Man whose outstanding performance as the mayor of Accra (2008-16), passion to help humanity and interaction with the people won him the seat of the Ablekuma South constituency.

Mrs. Margaret Ohenewa Yeboah further stated that it is with much respect and dignity of the Association, that they have recognized his dedication, commitment and loyalty to the Ghana Registered Nurses & Midwives Association.

In his response, Hon. Dr Alfred Okoe Vanderpuye, who holds a doctorate degree from Benedict College, Columbia, assured GRNWA, that as a legislator, he is going to make sure that anytime issues of Nurses and Midwifery comes to the floor of Parliament, he is going make sure he and his colleague MPs work tirelessly to resolve their needs.

He encouraged the youth to be engaged in Nursing and Midwifery, and also made a passionate appeal to the current government to take the Health sector serious to save more children during delivery.

Source : Modern Ghana
* News / Nurse lands in trouble over offensive Native American joke on Snapchat by katty: September 05, 2018, 09:53:43 PM
A weekend Snapchat post is causing a firestorm on social media.

A nurse working a tribal softball game snapped a private photo of herself allegedly calling the players “fat Natives” and many people took their concerns to social media.

“I'm very offended that somebody will go out there and snapchat something like that,” Jerry Solano told KFOR.

Jill White sent a personal snapchat to a group of friends but it quickly became public.

“I feel like it's probably insensitive, probably shouldn't be on social media,” said Elaine Thompson.

White was wearing her nurse name badge when she took a selfie with a caption under the photo that said,

"My Fake smile. Excited to go make sure a bunch of fat natives don't stroke out playing softball. With no shoes or shirts on."

White was allegedly working the Choctaw Nation Labor Day festival when she sent the snap.
The original snap was deleted but not before it was shared.

“She had to think about it to put it on snapchat and me as a mixed breed person, I disagree totally. She's out of hand and something needs to be done,” said Solano.

A friend of White's who is Choctaw said the Snap was taken out of context.

Josh Muncy sent an email to the Choctaw Nation Chief saying it was an inside joke about a name he wanted to give his softball team because he said they're overweight and Native American.

He said White would have to give them CPR if he and his teammates pass out, and it was not intended or directed at the Choctaw people.

Chief Gary Batton released a statement saying, “We are aware of the situation and it is being handled appropriately.”

Some people on Facebook think the appropriate way to handle this situation is to fire White.

“She needs reprimanded for that,” said Solano.

While others say we should use this as a teachable moment.

“People need to be more sensitive about other people,” said Thompson.

KFOR asked the Choctaw Nation if there will be any disciplinary action against White. A spokesperson said they will not comment, citing personnel reasons.

Source :
* News / Karnataka Nursing Council Begins Probe As Fake Certificates Issued to Non Nurses by katty: September 05, 2018, 04:40:26 PM
India: In what appears to be a fresh scandal brewing in nursing education in the state, certificates issued by the Karnataka State Nursing Council to qualified nurses  have been used to generate fake papers for several other candidates.

These certificates have been faked by replacing the candidates’ photographs, names, final exam registration numbers and college names and the council is in the dark over the recipients’ credentials. According to documents available with TOI, fake certificates issued to the candidates bear the names of eight nursing colleges from Bengaluru, Tumakuru, Raichur and Bidar.

Acting on a complaint made to the medical education department by a whistleblower, the council is now verifying all its documents. The complainant has alleged that the certificates have been doctored to suit the requirements of candidates who had failed to complete the course, but were working in hospitals already. “These certificates have been created to make certain candidates work in hospitals though they have not completed the course at that time. This could also be a part of a racket to show adequate number of nurses in hospitals during MCI and NABH inspections,” the complaint stated. “We’re crosschecking the certificates.

While the fake ones carry council registration numbers, the photos, names and exam registration numbers have been changed. Incidentally, most nurses whose documents have been tampered with are from Kerala and have studied in the state’s nursing colleges. There are chances that these nurses had shared their original certificates with some agents while seeking jobs abroad. That could be one of the ways by which miscreants might have accessed genuine certificates for producing fake ones,” said Srikanth G Phulari, registrar, academics, Karnataka State Nursing Council. For example, the registration certificate of a nurse who bore the register number ‘074781’ and had passed BSc nursing course from a Bengaluru college has been used to create fake certificates for eight persons. The names of three different nursing colleges have been used in these fake certificates. The council will form a committee to look into allegations and submit a report to the government, Phulari added. BN Muninarayanappa, former registrar, administration, Karnataka State Nursing Council who retired on August 31, said fake certificates may have been made by scanning the original ones and covering the original name and photo of the candidates. Some of these certificates carry his signature too. “Original certificates have been misused. Genuine candidates should also be consulted regarding this. Earlier too, we had complained to police on fake certificates,” he said.

A copy of the complaint has also been sent to RGUHS. However, Dr MK Ramesh, registrar, RGUHS, said he had not received any such complaints. “Even my signature was forged in some of the provisional certificates issued by a college. That’s being investigated by the CID. With the advent of technology, it’s no rocket science to produce a fake certificate. If we get documents pertaining to other nursing colleges, we’ll refer the case for investigation to CID,” said Dr Ramesh.
Source : TOI
* News / Benue Governor Ortom Urges Student Nurses to Strive for Excellence by katty: September 05, 2018, 04:31:08 PM
-Nursing School Begins awarding degree

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue has charged students of the Schools of Nursing and Midwifery, Makurdi, to strive for excellence in their studies so that they could proceed for degree programme in Nursing.
Ortom gave the task in a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and ICT, Mr Tahav Agerzua, on Tuesday in Makurdi.
The governor gave the charge at the premises of the Schools while inspecting ongoing work on the administrative block and additional hostels.
According to the statement, the charge came on the heels of the announcement of the affiliation of the School of Nursing to the Benue State University for award of degrees in Nursing.
Ortom stressed that those who excelled in their exams could easily enrol for the new degree programme at the state university which would commence soon.
He assured the students that in spite of the financial challenges of the state, he would ensure completion of work on the ongoing projects.
“You will recall that the National Universities Commission (NUC) conducted a research verification exercise in the institution in July this year preparatory to the commencement of the establishment of the Department of Nursing Science for the award of Bachelor of Nursing Degree.
“The development has brought to three the number of allied medical science courses offered by the Benue State University College of Health Sciences in addition to the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, MBBS degree.
“The other two courses are Human Anatomy and Human Physiology,” he said.
According to the statement, the Schools of Nursing and Midwifery were closed down for several years on account of decayed infrastructure and lack of requisite training facilities.
“My administration has reconstructed the two schools, upgraded their facilities as well as obtained reaccreditation, which have ensured the reopening of the schools,” he said.
Responding, the Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof. Msugh Kembe, expressed delight at Ortom’s intervention and commended the Governing Council and Senate of the institution for their commitment to the growth of the school.
He stated that the university during the Ortom administration had secured full accreditation for over 30 courses in the last one year.
Kembe said that the institution would soon introduce courses in radiography, physiotherapy and pharmaceutical sciences so as to provide the needed manpower for its teaching hospital.
Source: Nigerian Trubune News
* Post Basic Courses / UCH Ibadan School of Occupational Health Nursing 2018/2019 Admission Form by katty: September 05, 2018, 04:26:34 PM
Application are Invited from suitably qualified candidates for admission into the above named School for a I-year fulltime course in Occupational Health Nursing beginning from November 2018 leading to certification and licensing by the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria as Registered Occupational Health Nurse (ROHN).
The course is designed to equip Registered Nurses (RN) with the theoretical underpinnings and skills required for becoming competent Occupational Health Nurses in conserving, promoting and restoring the health of individuals and groups in diverse workplaces.
Applicants must:
i. Be Registered Nurses (RN) with current practice license of the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria.
ii. Have at least five (5) credit passes at not more than two (2) sittings in English languages, Mathematics. Physics, Biology and Chemistry from WAEC or NECO O'level examinations.
iii. Have at least one (1) year post qualification experience as a General Nurse.
iv. Approval for one (1) full year of release from employers or other training Schools.
v. The course is offered as both residential and full time. The school reserves the right to rusticate any student found to be involved in another course or employment during training without refund of fees paid.
Forms are obtainable with effect from MONDAY 23RD JULY, 2018 from the School of Occupational Health Nursing, University College Hospital, Ibadan upon presentation of the followings:
i. Receipt in respect of payment of Ten Thousand Naira (N10,000.00) only to the University College Hospital School of Occupational Health Nursing Treasury Single Account (TSA) in any commercial Bank.
ii. Bank Slip in respect of Two Hundred Naira (N200.00) only payment made into Oyo State Nursing & Midwifery Council Committee Account First Bank Plc. 2019704292
Please Note: Failure to submit application forms on or before Friday 14TH SEPTEMBER. 2018 disqualifies the candidate from sitting for the entrance examination.
TIME: 8.00a.m
Please come with your Photo Card to the examination hall.
VENUE: Omolola Alade Hall, School of Nursing, UCH, Ibadan
Pauline Guobadia (Mrs.)
For Management
* Articles / How Nurse Residency Programs Are Empowering Nurses in U.S by katty: September 05, 2018, 09:38:47 AM
Nurse residency? What does this mean? How does it work?

You've just graduated from nursing school! You're excited to start your job at a hospital you really like, but there's just one thing – it says on the application that all new nurses will enter a nurse residency program for their first year of employment.

Nurse residency? What does this mean?

I know, I was confused at first as well. I didn't know if I was to expect weekly meetings where we would practice patient scenarios, or if I would be ending the day with more homework after the four years of studying and exams. So I entered with skepticism – everyone does – but I ended with a deep gratefulness to my residency program and what it offered me.

But before we go into that, let me break down what nurse residencies are.

What’s an NRP?

NRP (or the nurse residency program) is typically a program that is purchased by a hospital from a providing company (UHC, Vizient, etc.). What is purchased is a curriculum and membership. New nurses across the United States are entering the same program at hundreds of different hospitals from coast to coast. This program was built out of the need for two things: 1.) structure for new nurses and 2.) as an attempt to reduce turnover. Hospitals will pay to have such programs instituted because it works.

How it works

It’s is not like another nursing school class and it is not necessarily a time where you can come in and practice IVs (although it can be.) It’s a regularly scheduled paid-time shift away from the bedside, for all new nurses who have been hired to meet and discuss the new nurse experience, using their fresh eyes to identify a broken system and fix it.

Fix it? Oh yes. Let's say you start your preceptorship on the unit, and after a few weeks, and you begin to notice that your patients seem to be overstimulated by everything they go through all day: tons of faculty, doctors, physical therapists, labs, diagnostics, x, y, and z. On top of that, they have family members who are so overbearing, you can see the exhaustion in your patient's eyes, but you don't have the heart to tell the family members to leave. So you say to yourself, why don't we institute a visitation protocol for our patients? A policy that can empower staff to regulate family visitation in order to maximize healing for the patient.

But of course, this is not something you can simply walk up to your manager and suggest, walk away and expect it to happen tomorrow. (I promise you, your manager will likely say one of a few things: no; I’ll see what I can do; or, why don’t you work on that?)

Well, now you have the time work on it – at work! So you spend your year in the nurse residency gathering data (surveying patients and nurses and researching successfully policies at other hospitals.) You present your findings to your managers and administrators and make your case towards policy change.

In the meantime, you are debriefing with your new nurse colleagues on the chaotic days spent on the hospital floor: the last code blue. The attending that yelled at you. The family that brought you flowers. The nurse who showed you a secret trick to starting IVs.

Every facility will execute their nurse residency program differently. You may meet as little as 4 hours a month to as much as 8 hours a week. Some consider it overtime; others will take away a bedside day to ensure you're not working a 48-hour week. Whatever your facility does, know that you are a part of a program of new nurses that are going through the same stages as you. The triumphs, the fails, and that steep hike up the learning curve. And at the end…a celebration!

Most nurse residency programs host a yearly conference where nurse residents from all over the country submit an abstract of their projects. Twenty to 30 projects are chosen for a poster presentation, where 3 finalists are picked. 3-5 are chosen for a podium presentation, where these new nurses share their project in front of the entire conference. For those who decide to not submit their project and attend the conference on their own, it is a great place to eat, drink, and be merry with other novice nurses from around the United States.

Overall, nurse residencies give you the opportunity to take a step back and examine what you're going through. It gives you the time and space to understand the hospital system, the processes involved, and the workings behind the scenes – without the stress of needing to get back to your patients.

This is a chance for you as a new nurse to begin the process of making changes to your institution in ways that weren't possible before. It gives you the avenue, you just have to take the steps. For those of you who already know that furthering your education is something you want to do, I'm sure you're already seeing the benefit of this. How does, "Instituted a CAUTI prevention program in the ICU" look on a resume for grad school? Pretty nice. And don't forget that you are clocked in during your nurse residency time – a double plus.

Nurse residency affiliates share their experience

We interviewed two nurse residency affiliates. The first is Julie Gest, EdS, MS, RN (and is currently in the processes of getting her Ph.D. in nursing.) She was hired as the nurse residency coordinator for the very first cohort of new nurses going through the program at UMC of El Paso. She played a major part in growing the program from start to its current state.

The second is a current nurse resident at the UMC, Oleida Reyes. She is a circulating nurse in the OR and talks about her nurse residency experience and advice for future residents. 

Meet Julie Gest, Nurse Residency Coordinator

MY: What do you feel is the biggest impact the nurse residency program makes on new nurses?

JG: Nurse residencies provide not only skill development and a safe place to transition into full practice, but also serve to provide the new nurse with the following: socialization into the organization, a “protector” figure within the hospital, guidance into the next phase of their nursing career, and a “forever friend and mentor.”

MY: What aspect of the program do you wish nurses would take more advantage of?

JG: I wish (but this may not be possible) that nurse residents would realize what the advantages are before the program, not after. At the 6 month point they realize some benefit, and at 12 months they are ready to leave but they appreciate the program. Then usually years later, they have fully incorporated the residency into their own practice by helping precept new nurses and by thinking of organizational opportunities to embed into the nurse residency program. They just think differently than non-nurse residents.

MY: How do you advise new nurses to take full advantage of the nurse residency program?

JG: You get out of anything what you put in.  Do your best, enjoy these days because they don’t last forever, and make me proud.

MY: What would you say to a new nurse who is having a hard time deciding on what project to pursue?

JG: Within your own unit, look for opportunities of frustration. That is where the great projects lie, they are hidden among our cherished relics of nursing practice, they need to be pulled out, dusted off, and reworked for the next phase of hospital care.

MY: How do you advise new nurses to address other staff members who may be negative towards the program, and who still don't understand its benefits?

JG: The best way to change someone’s mind is to show him or her that they aren’t right.  I don’t think any of our preceptors, managers, or directors will disagree with this: embracing change is more difficult for some more than others.  Be patient and keep doing what you’re doing.

MY: How do you feel your new nurse experience would have been different if you had gone through a nurse residency program?

JG: I hope that I would have been thankful.  I did not have the best precepting experience and if nothing else would have enjoyed learning from others.  The access to the hospital system, how it operates, and how the nurse fits in, are some of the best benefits. 

Meet Oleida Reyes, Nurse Resident

MY: What is the structure of your nurse residency?

OR: At first, our weekly meetings included lectures and PowerPoints regarding anything from hospital policy and core measures, to brushing up on common nursing skills and being introduced to new equipment by educators. We were able to meet with heads of departments and hospital administrators. As we progressed through the program, we became responsible for developing or implementing an initiative specific to our department to improve patient care and we were able to use one another as soundboards to receive feedback.

MY: How has the program helped transition you from a new nurse?

OR: The Nurse Residency Program really helped guide my thinking and decision making because it gave me a place to comfortably speak out if I felt like something was being done wrong or was unfair in my department and how to move forward. Coming to the classroom was often a needed reprieve from the chaos of coming off of preceptorship. The discussions with my peers made me feel less alone; they helped me overcome my perpetual baby nurse anxiety and made me feel like I could take on another day.

MY: What is your project and how did you pick it?

OR: My project was on improving the accuracy and time efficiency of collecting charges for patients undergoing surgery. In my department, the responsibility ultimately falls on the nurse, but there are many cumbersome factors that make it more time consuming then it should be or make it difficult to charge accurately. This project was chosen because my group mates and I were worried about patients being overcharged or incredibly undercharged causing a rapid loss of money for a hospital that cares for the underserved.

MY: What advice do you have for new graduate nurses who are looking to start a job at a hospital that has a nurse residency program?

OR: Apply for the residency program at that hospital if you aren’t ushered into it! Nurse Residency Programs help us new nurses acclimate to the hospital. You gain insight from your peers about their respective units, the different roles and responsibilities nurses can have, and the unique challenges that each department tries to overcome. You receive additional training on many subjects and are shown how to access different resources. It makes the workplace less foreign and you get to meet many people from all levels of the hospital, which means you see a familiar face everywhere you go.

By Mariam Yazdi, RN
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