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* Nursing Jobs / Optimal Specialist Hospitals Limited Vacancies for Nurses/Midwives in Lagos by katty: February 13, 2018, 08:34:30 PM
Optimal Specialist Hospitals Limited is a strong, dynamic organization designed to meet the health needs of all segments of the populace, especially in Metropolitan Lagos.
The organization aims at making optimal healthcare accessible to a wide segment of the populace by being community friendly and rendering efficient and effective health services at very competitive prices.
We are recruiting to fill the position below:
Position: Staff Nurse/Midwife
Location: Surulere, Lagos
* Candidates should possess a B.N.Sc, Post NYSC or S/N/M, with current practicing licences.
Application Closing Date
27th February, 2018.
Method of Application
Interested and qualified candidates should apply in writing to:
The Medical Director,
Optimal Specialist Hospital Limited,
Gbaja Street,
Lagos State.
* Articles / Nurses and Social Media: Guard Your Career and Your Reputation by Carolyn B by katty: February 13, 2018, 08:21:23 PM
Social Media Guidelines for Nurses: A Must Read for All Nurses

A tired nurse, just off duty from her shift at a flu-ridden emergency department, posted a video titled "After Work Thoughts" on Facebook, in which she told the public, in bold terms, how to protect themselves from exposure to the influenza virus. She's not the only nurse who is communicating with patients, and the public, through social media. Whether you have a social media site for your business or simply maintain your own personal page or site, here are four guidelines for protecting your career.

Maintain professional boundaries.
After you have posted something on social media, it's easy to get drawn into the discussion when a viewer or reader posts a comment. Don't get drawn into arguing back and forth among commenters, patients' family members, or friend/enemy groups in the community. It doesn't matter whether the site is your professional site or your personal site; you're a nurse, and nursing requires nurses to maintain professional boundaries. In one case, a nurse who had counseled a couple later sided publicly with one of them when they were splitting up. That angered the other member of the couple enough to make a report to the Board of Nursing. The nurse was disciplined for failing to maintain boundaries. For more information on the nursing profession's expectations, see the National Council of State Boards of Nursing's A Nurse's Guide to Professional Boundaries.

Protect your professional reputation.
It's fine to post a photo of yourself getting an award, giving a presentation, or posing with a professional idol, student, or mentor. But don't post photos of yourself holding a beer, smoking, wearing a T-shirt with a saucy slogan, or screaming with your friends. Yes, nurses are allowed to drink beer when off-duty and they're allowed to wear T-shirts, but it's best for your credibility and your career if you maintain a professional presence online.

Make sure that what you say or write is medically correct. It's fine to use plain language. It's certainly not illegal to use slang, and sometimes slang can be effective, but usually it's more professional not to use slang words.

Don't breach patient privacy and violate HIPAA.
If a commenter is also your patient, don't converse through the comments section. If you do, you could be divulging the patient's protected health information. If the patient has posted a question and you want to respond, call the patient and give your answer by phone. If the answer to the question is something that many people would benefit from, you can address the question and answer in a general post without referring to the person who originally posted the question. Here's an example: You are an expert on diabetes and have written a blog on nutrition. One of your patients posts, "Is watermelon OK?" Don't get into an online discussion with that patient. Instead, either call or email the patient with your answer, or write a separate blog, in a week or so, on which fruits are best, in general, for people with diabetes.

Don't establish a "duty of care" through social media.
Let's say you posted an article on a health issue, such as how to deal with overwhelming fatigue. Someone posts, "I am tired all the time. What should I do?" You can advise the person to "See your healthcare provider." But if you provide additional medical or nursing advice, the individual relies on your advice, and it turns out that the advice was wrong and the patient suffered an injury, you can be liable if the patient sues you for malpractice, even though the patient wasn't enrolled with your practice and never paid you a penny. You automatically have a "duty of care" to patients who are admitted to your unit at the hospital or who are enrolled with your office practice. But you don't need to, nor do you want to, establish a duty of care with individuals who respond to your social media posts. You can advise commenters to see their own healthcare providers or to go to an urgent/emergency care center. But don't get into taking their history or giving advice through the comment section.

The 'Wash Your Stinking Hands' Viral Video

The nurse who posted the flu-avoidance video complied with each of these guidelines: She gave general, correct advice; her examples of patient behavior weren't identifiable with any individual patient; and she maintained a professional presence overall, even though she used some slang in conveying her frustration with those who come to the emergency department during flu season with non-emergencies.

Nurses have much to offer. It would be a waste of talent to hold back because someone might criticize you. On the other hand, don't jeopardize your career or your professional reputation by posting without thinking it through. If you follow these guidelines, you should be safe.

Source : Nurses and Social Media: Guard Your Career and Your Reputation - Medscape - Feb 13, 2018.
* Post Basic Courses / Delta State College of Health Technology 2018/2019 Public Health Nursing Admissi by katty: February 13, 2018, 05:09:41 PM
Applications are hereby invited from suitable qualified candidates for admission into the Delta State College of Health Technology, Ofuoma-Ughelli for the 2018/19 academic session.
2. Available Departments/Programmes with entry requirement are as follows:
(i)      Public Health Nursing Officers’ Course  (2yrs)          HND
* Prospective candidates must possess five (5) credit passes which must include: English Language, Mathematics, Biology, Physics and Chemistry subjects in WASC, SSCE, GCE ‘O’ level or NECO examinations at not more than two (2) sittings plus either b, c or d below.
* Registered Nurse (RN)
* Registered Midwife (RM) Certificate or any other basic nursing certificate e.g Psychiatric Nursing certificate plus one year post qualification.
* BNSC candidate from Universities accredited by NUC, NMCN and WAHEB.
* Read the requirement for each courses before choosing their course/programme of choice. The College is not liable for candidates’ failure to read and know the requirements for each courses they make their choices.
* Ensure that all spaces are correctly filled before the online submission of the form.
* The College is not liable for candidates’ failure to fill correctly all spaces before the on-line submission of form.
* Candidates are expected to print out an acknowledgement/identification card to be presented on the day of the entrance examination.
* Candidates are to obtain Pin voucher from any Zenith Bank branch in Nigeria, on payment of a non-refundable fee of N9,500.00 (Nine Thousand Five Hundred Naira) only and log on to the School website  to register on-line.
* Candidates are expected to printout an acknowledgement/identification card to be presented on the day of the entrance examination.
(5) The entrance examination/interview  holds on Friday 6th July, 2018 at the College of Health Technology, Ofuoma premises at 9.00am prompt.
F. O. Nwaokocha
* Post Basic Courses / School of Post Basic Nursing UBTH Benin 2018/2019 Admission Form on Sale by katty: February 13, 2018, 11:41:31 AM
Available courses
1. Diploma in Ophthalmic Nursing and Management
2. Diploma in Perioperative Nursing and Management
3. Diploma in Paediatric Nursing and Management
4. Diploma in Accident and Emergency Nursing and Management
Applications are invited from the general public for admission into the UBTH School of Post Basic Nursing Studies, Benin City for the 2018/2019 academic session in the following courses;
1. Diploma in Ophthalmic Nursing and Management
2. Diploma in Perioperative Nursing and Management
3. Diploma in Paediatric Nursing and Management
4. Diploma in Accident and Emergency Nursing and Management
Duration of course: one (1) year
Entry qualifications: Applicants should:
a. Possess five (5) credits in not more than two sittings in WAEC/NECO/SSCE/GCE/OL which must include English Language, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology.
b. Be a qualified Nurse duly registered with Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria
c. Have at least one-year Post registration, clinical experience in the relevant area and with sponsorship by an institution or agency.
Method of Application:
Request for Admission Form should be directed to the office of the Assistant Director, Post Basic Nursing Studies, UBTH, Benin City, on payment of the prescribed application fee of N10,000.00 or its equivalent in Dollars or Pounds for foreign applicants.
Note:  All payments for application form should be made directly into Federal Government Remita Account, Training Schools (UBTH) School of Post Basic Nursing Studies.
Sales of forms commences 1st March and closes 22nd June, 2018.
Submission of application form:
Completed application forms should be submitted to the Institution on or before 26th June, 2018.
While entrance examination for all Programmes is Monday, 2nd July, 2018 at 8.30am, then oral interview is Tuesday, 3rd Friday, 6th July, 2018 at 8.30am each day. Please come with original copies of your credentials.
Note: Candidates will he responsible for their accommodation and feeding during the examination period
Mrs. R.O. Ikomi (ADNE)
For Chief Medical Director
* News / WHO 2018 List of Priority Pathogens With Potential to Cause Public Health Issues by katty: February 13, 2018, 11:37:41 AM
For the purposes of the R&D Blueprint, WHO has developed a special tool for determining which diseases and pathogens to prioritize for research and development in public health emergency contexts. This tool seeks to identify those diseases that pose a public health risk because of their epidemic potential and for which there are no, or insufficient, countermeasures. The diseases identified through this process are the focus of the work of R& D Blueprint. This is not an exhaustive list, nor does it indicate the most likely causes of the next epidemic.
2018 annual review of the Blueprint list of priority diseases
The first list of prioritized diseases was released in December 2015.
Using a published prioritization methodology, the list was first reviewed in January 2017.
The second annual review occurred 6-7 February, 2018. Experts consider that given their potential to cause a public health emergency and the absence of efficacious drugs and/or vaccines, there is an urgent need for accelerated research and development for*:
* Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever (CCHF)
* Ebola virus disease and Marburg virus disease
* Lassa fever
* Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)
* Nipah and henipaviral diseases
* Rift Valley fever (RVF)
* Zika
* Disease X
Disease X represents the knowledge that a serious international epidemic could be caused by a pathogen currently unknown to cause human disease, and so the R&D Blueprint explicitly seeks to enable cross-cutting R&D preparedness that is also relevant for an unknown “Disease X” as far as possible.
A number of additional diseases were discussed and considered for inclusion in the priority list, including: Arenaviral hemorrhagic fevers other than Lassa Fever; Chikungunya; highly pathogenic coronaviral diseases other than MERS and SARS; emergent non-polio enteroviruses (including EV71, D68); and Severe Fever with Thrombocytopenia Syndrome (SFTS).
These diseases pose major public health risks and further research and development is needed, including surveillance and diagnostics. They should be watched carefully and considered again at the next annual review. Efforts in the interim to understand and mitigate them are encouraged.
Although not included on the list of diseases to be considered at the meeting, monkeypox and leptospirosis were discussed and experts stressed the risks they pose to public health. There was agreement on the need for: rapid evaluation of available potential countermeasures; the establishment of more comprehensive surveillance and diagnostics; and accelerated research and development and public health action.

Several diseases were determined to be outside of the current scope of the Blueprint: dengue, yellow fever, HIV/AIDs, tuberculosis, malaria, influenza causing severe human disease, smallpox, cholera, leishmaniasis, West Nile Virus and plague. These diseases continue to pose major public health problems and further research and development is needed through existing major disease control initiatives, extensive R&D pipelines, existing funding streams, or established regulatory pathways for improved interventions. In particular, experts recognized the need for improved diagnostics and vaccines for pneumonic plague and additional support for more effective therapeutics against leishmaniasis.
The experts also noted that:
* For many of the diseases discussed, as well as many other diseases with the potential to cause a public health emergency, there is a need for better diagnostics.
* Existing drugs and vaccines need further improvement for several of the diseases considered but not included in the priority list.
* Any type of pathogen could be prioritised under the Blueprint, not only viruses.
* Necessary research includes basic/fundamental and characterization research as well as epidemiological, entomological or multidisciplinary studies, or further elucidation of transmission routes, as well as social science research.
* There is a need to assess the value, where possible, of developing countermeasures for multiple diseases or for families of pathogens.
The impact of environmental issues on diseases with the potential to cause public health emergencies was discussed. This may need to be considered as part of future reviews.
The importance of the diseases discussed was considered for special populations, such as refugees, internally displaced populations, and victims of disasters.
The value of a One Health approach was stressed, including a parallel prioritization processes for animal health. Such an effort would support research and development to prevent and control animal diseases minimising spill-over and enhancing food security. The possible utility of animal vaccines for preventing public health emergencies was also noted.
Also there are concerted efforts to address anti-microbial resistance through specific international initiatives. The possibility was not excluded that, in the future, a resistant pathogen might emerge and appropriately be prioritized.
* The order of diseases on this list does not denote any ranking of priority.
* Upcoming Conference / National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives 2018 Nurses Wk Registration by katty: February 13, 2018, 11:30:28 AM
The National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives NANNM has opened Registration for the 2018 Nurses Conference
Intending participants can now register on the NANNM website
You are expected to fill the form on the NANNM website after making your payment using the below details:
Conference Registration Fee: N30, 000.00.
Late Registration Fee: N35, 000.00.
Bank Name: Zenith Bank.
Account Name: National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives.
Account No.: 1010591168.
Further enquiry please contact the Education Officer; Email:, .
Phone: 08033336014
* Articles / Triumphs and Trials of Millennial Nurses by katty: February 12, 2018, 10:43:26 PM
There are many different views on the characteristics that define the millennial generation. A millennial is typically defined as someone who is born between the early 1980s and the early 2000s. Characteristics used to define this generation are split between positive and negative viewpoints.

Positives: achievement-oriented, confident, ambitious, nurtured, challengers, tech savvy

Negatives: pampered, high expectations, lazy, indecisive

Of course, we are all very different, but sometimes other generations will characterize all of us based on how they have seen a few of us behave.

Since starting at my place of employment, I have seen upper management and human resources gear benefits towards the younger generation of workers. For example, vacation scheduling used to always go by seniority—the people with the longest tenure got whatever vacation time they wanted, while the new employees were stuck with what was left or what no one else wanted.

For the older generation of employees, this was the norm. But millennials are not afraid to speak up or challenge old habits. Thus, at my place of employment, vacation still works by seniority— but each worker can only choose one week until every person gets one of their top three choices. This allowed for newer employees to have a sense of importance and appreciation.

As you might expect, the older generation of employees were very angry with this decision. One even stated, “We shouldn’t have to cater the young people who will probably just leave anyway”. But imagine always feeling like you didn’t matter, and as if nothing you did would matter until you worked somewhere for years and years. For a lot of us millennials, gaining a sense of appreciation from bosses and the higher ups made us eager to do a better job.

Millennials are very tech savvy and good with technology for the most part. We grew up with the internet and cell phones. When we joined the workforce, direct deposit was the norm. There have been plenty of technology changes in nursing, and being part of this generation is a huge advantage. Previously, all charting and orders were done on paper; now I would probably say at least 90 percent is electronic. It is the way of healthcare currently.

Therefore, a number of millennials actually end up teaching and educating older generations on how to use the new charting systems or new time clocks. Millennials typically do well with change, a huge advantage in a constantly changing career like nursing.

As for our bosses, they are trying harder and harder, it seems, to become friends with their younger employees. Many millennials have mixed views on this. Some love it, while others would prefer to keep the relationship professional. When starting your nursing career, remember your boss is your boss and not necessarily your friend.

Finally, keep in mind the perspective of more experienced generations. They will be a huge help to you as your begin your career because they have a wealth of knowledge in the ways of nursing.

Being a millennial has its benefits and negatives. We are not defined by our generational characteristics, but instead by the work and effort we put into our careers and our patients.

What are some instances that you felt you were defined by your generation? What characteristics would you use to describe millennials?

Source : Advanced Web
* News / 6 Things You Need To Know Before Becoming A Nurse by katty: February 12, 2018, 07:43:21 PM
So you think you want to be a nurse? You’ve watched them on the big screen, you’ve seen them in action on television, and you may have even observed them at work in real life.

It’s easy to assume that everyone knows about the profession of nursing. I mean, nurses have ranked as the #1 most trusted profession for 15 consecutive years according to the annual Gallup poll.

But does the public really know who nurses are and what we’re capable of? Do people truly understand the profession of nursing or the men and women who carry the title -- not to mention the dizzying number of specialties we practice?

Better yet, if you’re interested in becoming a nurse, do you know what you’re getting into? Here are six things you need to know before you take the leap of submitting your application to a nursing program:

Hollywood medicine gets it wrong
Male nurses do exist
We’re the most trusted profession for a reason
Alphabet soup: there are a lot of acronyms and credentials
Not everyone can do this job
The opportunities are endless

1. Hollywood medicine gets it wrong

Everything from the scrubs we wear down to the actual function and role we play at the bedside is generally misrepresented in movies and television. Many of the popular TV shows get it wrong – just ask any nurse.

Real-life nurses are high-functioning, independent, critically thinking healthcare providers who are treated as colleagues, not servants or handmaidens – and definitely not like sex objects.

Oh, and let’s be clear on one thing: nurses are not there to just take doctors’ orders – we have more autonomy than you think.

2. Male nurses do exist

Yes, we do. While we only make up roughly 10% of the nursing workforce, our presence is growing. Most of us don’t really like the term “Murse” and no, we didn’t lose our “Man Card” when we became nurses. There is a very high percentage of male nurses who love the adrenaline rush of emergency and critical care nursing, but you’ll find them in all areas of the profession.

3. We are the most trusted profession for a reason

As mentioned above, we’re #1 (for 15 years and counting) according to Gallup. We speak for our patients when they’re unable to speak for themselves. We’re the linchpins of the healthcare system for patients in all walks of life, at any stage of their medical journey. We help not only bridge the gap of understanding for our patients, but we’re honest enough to tell them the things they may not want to hear but need to hear.

4. Alphabet soup. There are a lot of acronyms and credentials

The world of healthcare loves acronyms. We love to abbreviate, probably because we just don’t have the time to write out everything. In addition to abbreviations, our profession is swimming in a sea of credentials and certifications.

Just to be clear, a CNA, LPN, RN, CRNP, CRNA, DNP, MSN, and BSN are all nurses – and yes, it can all be very confusing. I promise we’re not doing it on purpose. You’ll learn what each letter means as you progress through the profession.

5. Not everyone can do this job

It takes heart to do this job – both the physical and proverbial heart. You not only will be challenged physically (and mentally), but you’ll need to have a firm grasp on your emotions. What we see and are subjected to on a daily basis is not easily digestible. We nurses see the human condition at its worst and most vulnerable moments, and not everyone can handle that.

6. Opportunities are endless

The profession of nursing has a very unique and attractive feature: once you pass your state board exam, attain your license, and hold the title of nurse, you now have the ability to choose where you practice within the nursing profession and healthcare ecosystem.

You can choose to work in multiple areas of nursing, all without having to re-enter formal schooling. As a licensed nurse, there are many jobs you can “transfer” to without having to attain another degree. You can also pursue a wide variety of specialty certifications in order to elevate your career and increase your credibility and marketability.

What do you think? Is nursing in your future?  It’s truly not for the faint of heart, but it’s truly one of the most rewarding professions to be found in the professional world.

Source :
* Schools of Nursing / Sacred Heart Hospital School Of Nursing Abeokuta 2018 Admission Forms On Sale by Idowu Olabode: February 12, 2018, 05:42:13 PM
Application Forms for Admission into Basic General Nursing Programme of School of Nursing, Sacred Heart Hospital, Lantoro, Abeokuta for 2018/2019 Academic session is now on sale.

Prospective candidates must possess the Senior Secondary School Certificate (eg. WAEC or NECO)with at least FIVE credits including English Language, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry and Physics at not more than two sittings.

Interested applicants for 2018/2019 Admission into the School of Nursing, Sacred Heart Hospital Lantoro should make a payment of Ten Thousand Naira Only (#10,000.00) following ONE of the payment options outlined below.

    ONLINE PAYMENT MODE – PINs are received instantly; click here to proceed. new
    BANK PAYMENT MODE – After payment is made; click here to request your PIN for your Application Form filling and submission.

Please note that PIN requests for Option 2 above would be treated within 24hrs (Working Days Only) from the time of request.

DISCLAIMER: Admissions into the School of Nursing is exclusively handled by the School’s Admission Office only and should not be sought through any agent. The School of Nursing will not be responsible/liable for monies paid or admissions sought by prospective applicants through individuals or bodies acting as admission agents of the School.

ACCOUNT NUMBER:    6060066315

Friday, 13th July 2018    Closure of Admission Portal
Saturday, 14th July 2018    Entrance Examination
Saturday, 28th July 2018    Entrance Examination Results
Friday 4th Aug 2018    Interview: Written & Oral and Verification of credentials
Saturday, 18th August 2018    Interview Results: Successful Candidates will be required to process the verification of their certificates with WAEC or NECO
Friday, 15th September 2018    Wait List Check-up
Saturday, 13th October 2018    Resumption in Hostel

For more information and to begin your application form click
* News / Canada: Here are the Reasons why Quebec Nurses are Moving to Switzerland by katty: February 12, 2018, 02:50:13 PM
Quebec nurses have been moving to Switzerland for almost 40 years, thanks attractive working conditions and a health care system that is managed very differently than back home.

Quebecer Valérie Audet-Rochon has lived in Lausanne, Switzerland, for two and a half years. She's one of hundreds of nurses who've made the move.

Her daily experience of working as a nurse has changed dramatically since she left Quebec, she said.

Some of the changes include better pay, less pressure and less overtime. She said patients reap the rewards when a nurse is happy.

"I think we have to ask questions in Quebec about working conditions. People underestimate that a healthy nurse, satisfied with her conditions, is worth gold," Audet-Rochon said.

Another change is young nurses don't have to worry about having bad schedules because they are lower on the seniority ladder than others.

"We operate on rotating schedules. There is less staff at night and on weekends … That makes it so much easier when you are a young mother," she said.

Fewer possibilities

The main drawback for Quebec's nurses in Switzerland is they have fewer opportunities to advance since some jobs don't exist there. For example, there are no nurse practitioners, nurses able to prescribe tests and treatments, there.

"The hierarchy between nurses and doctors is stronger in Switzerland," Audet-Rochon said.

Swiss nurses also have more tasks, which are normally the responsibility of orderlies in Quebec, such as the distribution of meals.

Beyond the work conditions nurses experience, Switzerland benefits from larger budgets, financed by a compulsory health insurance scheme.

Health policies are distributed per canton in Switzerland and each canton has some 800,000 inhabitants.

Thanks to this management style, each canton can better adjust to its own needs, on a small scale, said Patrick Genoud, assistant director of care at the University Hospital Center (CHUV) in Lausanne.

"We do not have instructions from Switzerland," Genoud said. "Situations are very different from one canton to another."
Source : CBC News
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