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* News / Ghana: I’ll Give All Nurses Jobs in My 2nd Coming – Mahama by katty: October 07, 2018, 06:31:15 AM
Former President John Dramani Mahama has said he will create more jobs for nurses and other health workers if he is elected as president again.

Mr Mahama said his government had the intention to build health facilities in every district so as to create room for more nurses and other health workers to be employed.

That intention, he said, was not understood very well by the nurses, thus, leading to agitations and protests against his government at the time he was in office.
The former president revealed that the next NDC government would, therefore, dialogue with the nurses about the best way forward in achieving that goal.

Should he return to office, he said, his government will continue with the expansion of health facilities to accommodate all nurses.

Mr Mahama, who is campaigning to be flagbearer of the NDC again, said this at Nalerigu in the Northern Region after students of the Nalerigu Nursing Training College mobbed his convoy.

“If you don’t create new opportunities for health workers by building new facilities, then you cannot employ them…,” he said.

The NDC, he noted, “will continue the process that we started of expanding hospitals, building new hospitals and creating opportunities for our health workers to tackle employment”.

In his view, the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) has brought untold hardships on Ghanaians since, according to him, the party made lofty promises which its government is yet to fulfill.

Mr Mahama said the next NDC government will assuage the plight of Ghanaians.

credit: adomonline
* News / Shortage of Nurses: US Hospital Deploys Moxi Robot to Support Nurses by katty: October 07, 2018, 06:23:46 AM
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas has become the first US hospital to deploy Moxi, a ‘socially intelligent’ robot from Diligent Robotics, designed to support healthcare teams.

The robot is intended to help overcome the the physical, mental, and emotional challenges faced by overburdened nurses. According to NSI Nursing Solutions, the average turnover rate for Registered Nurses (RNs) in hospitals hovers around 20 percent in their first year in the field.

It is hoped that Moxi will be able to assume some of the more menial tasks currently carried out by nurses at the hospital, freeing them up to spend more time caring for patients. This includes filling shelves in supply rooms, setting up and stocking rooms for patients, and running labs.

Moxi features LED ‘eyes’ and two arms capable of picking up light equipment. The robot navigates the world using cameras and LiDAR, which measures distance by illuminating the target with pulsed laser light and measuring the reflected pulses with a sensor.

Speaking to CBS about the research project, Cole Edmonson, of Texas Health Resources, said:

“We want to learn where nursing intersects with socially and artificially intelligent robotics in the daily processes of caring for patients and families, really investigating how this kind of technology can help nurses focus more on the direct needs of our patients by alleviating the more routine, non-clinical duties of caregivers.

“Nurses and other caregivers want to spend more time with their patients and on high-value work that improve outcomes at the end of the day. By participating in this project, we are creating the future today and setting a national research agenda that will create a path forward for caregivers and robots working side by side in a human environment.”

Andrea Thomaz, CEO and co-founder of Diligent Robotics, writes on the company website:

Moxi’s goal as a robot is not to replace the jobs of people, but quite the opposite: to support people in their roles. Moxi supports clinical staff by augmenting logistical tasks that limit valuable patient care time.
“By executing non-patient facing, logistical tasks that clinical teams are responsible for, Moxi creates a more efficient and thoughtful environment, allowing for better patient care.”
Following a one-week demonstration period, Moxi has been introduced to the team on the neurology and stroke unit at Texas Health Dallas, where a month-long pilot will determine the viability of using the robot in the long-term.

Internet of Business says

The practical application of robotics in healthcare settings is already well established. Yet, current uses are largely limited to robot-assisted surgery.

With healthcare services around the world under constant pressure to limit expenditure and improve the quality of care, robotics could step in to more mobile roles.

There is little margin for error, however. It doesn’t matter how well Moxi ‘smiles’ when addressed if the robot ends up placing medicines in the wrong location, or otherwise disrupting hospital procedures.

Nonetheless, it is early days and such studies are vital to paving the way to the hospitals of the future, in which robots will undoubtedly be integral.

Elsewhere, Robots are expected to transform Japan’s social care by 2020

* News / Philippines: DOH to address needs of nurses in Calabarzon by katty: October 06, 2018, 03:49:22 PM
The Department of Health (DOH) Region 4-A Office said that it will provide more significant programs for nurses in the region known as Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, and Quezon) to further enhance their skills and knowledge.

“We will provide the needed educational programs to ensure that their capabilities and qualifications respond appropriately to the health needs of the people and challenges of times,” said DOH- Calabarzon Regional Director Eduardo Janairo.

Janairo said the DOH recently conducted a “Hospital and Public Health Nurse Conference,” aiming at increasing the knowledge and competencies of the nurses in the Calabarzon region.

The conference gave “essential updates, introduced new policies, and strengthen the service delivery network to improve the quality of care in the community and hospital setting,” he said.

He said that the work of nurses is both physically and emotionally demanding, as they are expected to accommodate the growing health needs of the region’s population of more than 14 million.

“They don’t just deliver care and provide physical and emotional comfort to patients and their families,” said Janairo.

“Their work also entails critical task such as monitoring and assessment of their patients and assists in the conduct of disease surveillance and initiating interventions in the communities to prevent outbreaks,” he added.
Source: Manila Times
* Travel Nursing / Re: US Nurse Registration Step-by-Step Guide for Foreign Educated Nurses by Snow: October 06, 2018, 06:51:26 AM
hi walex, have you taken the Nclex? if yes, how did you go about visa?
* News / Ghana: Ghc33m Released to Clear Trainee Nurses’ Allowance – Hadzide by katty: October 05, 2018, 07:33:46 PM
The government has indicated that it is in the process of paying all allowances in arrears owed trainee nurses.

This comes after some trainee nurses threatened to boycott class over the delay in the payment of their allowances with some spanning over a period of six (6) months.

A deputy Information Minister, Pius Hadzide in an interview on Eyewitness News said the government has from today [Friday], commenced payment of 3 months’ arrears to trainees who have completed their studies, while those still in school will be paid one month’s allowance.
“As of the evening of Thursday, an amount of GH¢33.5 million has been paid, and from Friday, students can begin to access these monies. We are paying the arrears of all student nurses who have just completed their courses. This release will cover all these arrears for the nurses who have completed school. Theirs will be paid in full for the 3 months, and for our nurses who are in school, one month’s payment,” he said.

The Deputy Information Minister explained that the delay in the payment of the arrears had come about due to a change in the distribution formula for the arrears.

He noted that previously the allowances were paid quarterly,  but the government has decided to pay it monthly going forward.

“It is true that there have been some delays largely because of how the payments were arranged. These were paid in arrears quarterly. The decision has been made that going forward, it will no longer be treated as a statutory payment but it will be treated as payments on salaries and emoluments that come monthly, so going forward, the delays will be avoided,” he assured.

Pius Hadzide further assured trainee nurses that the government will pay the outstanding 2 months’ arrears as soon the Finance Ministry makes funds available.

“We are to pay a total of GH¢50 million, but we have received is GH¢ 33 million as at now, so immediately the money comes, the other two months for those who are still in school will be paid,” he noted.

We’ve not been paid allowance

The President of the Coalition of Allied Health Professionals, Bright Bell in a Citi News interview on Thursday said some trainee nurses have not been paid their allowances for the past six months.

The Akufo-Addo government in a run-up to the 2016 Presidential elections promised to restore the teacher and nurses trainee allowances scrapped by the previous government; a promise that was fulfilled in September 2017.

A few months after the initial payment, subsequent allowances have not been forthcoming.

By: Jonas Nyabor/
* News / The Nigeria Air Force DSSC Enlistment Vacancies for Registered Nurses by katty: October 05, 2018, 06:11:49 PM
1. The NAF is enlisting graduates and post-graduates for training as Direct short Services Cadets
2. All applicants must be Nigerians, not less than 1.66m tall for male and not less than 1.63m tall for female. Applicants should be between 22 and 30 years by 30th September 2019(22-25 for Consultants).
3. interested applicants must possess Bachelor's Degree with second class Upper division or HND with Upper credit in the following fields:
Engineering: Software, Network, Computer, Electrical/Electronic, Mechanical, Chemical, Satellite Communication, Satellite Control, Satellite Ground Station, Telecommunications, Aerospace & Aeronautical, Database/Network Administration, Web Developing, Network & Cyber Security, IT Robotics, GlS/Remote Sensing, Satellite Image Analyst, Data Telecommunication, Intelligence and Security Studies, Geography, Cartography, Astronomy, Cosmology, MET, ATCO and Fire, Chemistry, Statistics/Record Analyst, Biochemistry. Biology, Physics, Mathematics, Nutrition, Lab Tech,
Medical Consultants: General Surgeons, Physicians, Pediatricians, Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, Anaesthetists, Nursing, Pharmacy, Biomedical Engineering, Dental Technican, Therapists, Dietetics, Medical Laboratory, Medical Records, Optometry, Preventive Health, Clinical Psychology, Radiography, Physical & Health, Health Education & Human Kinetics, Vet Medicine, Accounting, Sociology, Criminology, Psychology, Mass Communication, Public Relations, Journalism, Television and Film Production, History, Economics, Marketing, Purchasing and Supply, Business Management, Music/Instrument Technology.Arts, Sports, Theology, Arabic & Islamic Studies,
Law: Criminal, Constitutional, Procurement, Land and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR),
Languages: French, German, Russian, Mandarin and Arabic.
5. Interested applicants are to apply free of charge online at
6. Applicants are to print out the under listed documents after completion of application online:
a. Local Government lndigeneship Form.
b. Attestation Form.
c. Acknowledgment Form.
d. Serving Military personnel are to note that documents listed in a - c above are not applicable to them, however the special attestation form is to be filled br their current Unit Commander.
7. Online Registration Starts on I9 October 20!!! and closes on M November 2ol8.
8. Zonal Enlistment Exercise will hold from 7-21 December 2018.
9. Multiple online application will be disqualified.
1o. NAF online Registration and all other enlistment processes are free of charge and no payment should be made at any point throughout the Exercise.
11. The Attestation Form must be accompanied by the passport photograph of the signee. The signee is also to endorse his name and signature on the back of his passport photograph and that of the applicant.
12. For further information see the instruction page on the website or call the following support lines: 09064145533. 08043440802 and 09055840142 or e-mail:
Air Vice Marshal
for Chief of the Air Staff
* Nursing Jobs / Nigerian Navy - DSSC Course 26 Recruitment of Registered Nurses by katty: October 05, 2018, 06:02:31 PM
The Nigerian Navy - invites applications from suitably qualified Nigerians for enlistment into the Nigerian Navy through the Direct Short Service Commission (DSSC) Course 26 through the under-listed position below:
Position: General Nursing/ Midwife
Location: Nationwide
Entry Qualifications
B.NSc and RN/RM with current practicing license. Post basic qualification in any of the following fields will be an added advantage:
* Accident and Emergency Nurse.
* Intensive Care Unit Nurse.
* Peri-Operative Nurse.
* Ophthalmic Nurse.
* Dialysis/Renal Nurse.
General Information To Candidates
* Applicants are warned against giving false information or tendering fake certificates. Any false information or fake certificates discovered at any stage will lead to disqualification and subsequent prosecution of the applicant.
* Applicants must possess a minimum of Second Class Upper Division for holders of First degree and Upper Credit for HND holders. Computer literacy will be an added advantage.
* Applicants must possess certificates of full registration with their respective statutory professional bodies in Nigeria.
* Applicants who obtained credentials from foreign institutions should ensure the certificates are authenticated by the Federal Ministry of Education.
* All applicants must be single.
* All applicants must present O’level West African Examination Certificate (WAEC), in addition to any other results such as NECO. Credit in Mathematics and English is compulsory.
* NYSC discharge certificate or letter of exemption from NYSC is compulsory for the whole process.
* Male applicants must not be less than 1.68 metres tall while female applicants must not be less than 1.65 metres tall.
* Applicants should be between 22 and 28 years of age by 28 February 2019.
* Serving personnel, Soldier/Rating/Airman, and other paramilitary services personnel must obtain a letter of attestation duly signed by the heads of their units.
* Applicants will be shortlisted for a qualifying aptitude test. The date and time of the Aptitude Test will be communicated via this website.
* Applicants are to choose any of the following centres for the qualifying aptitude test:

* Army Day Secondary School, Mogadishu Barracks, Abuja.
* Command Day Secondary School, Lungi Barracks, Abuja.
* Bauchi – Command Day Secondary School, Shadawanka Barracks.
* Owerrinta – Nigerian Navy Finance and Logistics College, Owerrinta, Imo State.
* Nigerian Navy Secondary School, Navy Town Ojo.
* Navy Town Secondary School, Navy Town Ojo.
* Port-Harcourt – Nigerian Navy Secondary School, Borokiri.
* Sokoto – Army Day Secondary School, Giginya Barracks, Sokoto.
Applicants are to come along to the Aptitude Test Centres with the following:
* Photocopies of Degree and NYSC Discharge Certificate.
* Parents/Guardian Consent Form.
* Acknowledgement Form.
* Applicants are to note that the entire enlistment process is free and they should refrain from giving money to any individual under any guise.
Application Closing Date
14th November, 2018.
Method of Application
Interested and qualified candidates should:

Register Online on
For More Information check
Note: On completion of the application form, applicants are advised to click ‘SUBMIT’ on the portal and generate the applicant’s Transaction ID. Applicants are advised to print out a copy of the ‘Application Summary’. For technical support, call 08062090473 and 08033063694  or email between 0800 and 1700 hours only.
* MCPDP / Osun State MCPDP for Nurses in October 2018 by katty: October 05, 2018, 05:55:40 PM
Osun MCPDP Implementation committee wishes to announce the
October Edition of  Mcpdp for Nurses
Venue : Nurses House Fagbule way Oshogbo
Date : 22nd - 26th October, 2018.

For Registration and payment: log on to

For more info : Call any of this phone numbers:
0803 430 5290
0803 539 5652
 Pls note that if the class is not up to 100 participants, it will be rescheduled to a later date.
So register on time. Thanks
* News / Experts Implore Govt To Provide Adequate Training In Ophthalmic Nursing by katty: October 05, 2018, 11:20:39 AM
Mr Godwin Manema, the Chairman, National Chairman of Nigeria Ophthalmic Nurses Association (NONA), Lagos Chapter, urged government at all levels to provide adequate training for ophthalmic nurses in the country.

Manama said this on the sideline of the 32nd Annual National Scientific Workshop and General Meeting organised by the association on Thursday in Lagos.

NIGERIA NEWS reports that theme of the conference was: “Prevention of Blindness in Nigeria, The Way Forward”.

According to him, there was need for the government to provide adequate training for ophthalmic nurses due to increase in the demand for eye care delivery from developing nations, especially in Nigeria.

“Opthalmic nurses can play a significant role in the process of teaching people and providing proper diagnosis, administration and management of eye cases.

“The World Health Organisation (WHO) in 2017 estimated that 253 million people live with vision impairment, 36 million are blind and 217 million have moderate to severe vision impairment.

“Globally, chronic eye diseases are the main causes of vision loss, uncorrected refractive error and unoperated cataract are the top two causes of vision impairment.

“Unoperated cataract remains the leading cause of blindness in low and middle income countries.

“Other causes of blindness includes; glaucoma, aged related macular degeneration and diabetic rectinopathy,’’ he said.

Manema said that over 80 per cent of all vision impartation could be prevented or cured if detected early.

“This is the main reason we always create awareness for regular eye screening with good eye centre.

“In 1999, the global initiative vision 2020 the “Right to Sight” was established as a partnership between WHO and International Agency for Prevention of Blindness.

“The initiative has promoted WHO’s strategy for the prevention of avoidable blindness and visual impairment which is based on disease control and human resource development,” he said.

Also, a Consultant Ophthalmologist, Dr Festus Oshoba, said that both the public and private health institutions needed to improve on eye care service delivery across the country.

Oshoba, who works with Ladkem Eye Hospital, Surulere, said that the provision of more eye service centres would help create more awareness on causes and prevention of eye problems.

“The most important way to inform the people is to enable them to realise that major eye problems that can lead to blindness, such as cataract and glaucoma, can be prevented through early detection,’’ he said.

Source : Nigeria News
* News / NANNM Calls For Urgent Recruitment Of More Nurses, Midwives by katty: October 05, 2018, 11:00:05 AM
The National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives on Thursday called on the three tiers of government to recruit more nurses and midwives to reduce maternal and child mortality rate.

AbdulRafiu Adeniji, the National President of NANNM, making the call at a news conference in Lagos said it would also guarantee avoidance of needless death of our citizens.

Adeniji said that recruitment of more professional nurses would promote adequate staffing and improve quality healthcare service delivery.

He said: “Employment of frontline healthcare workers is unavoidable as a nation, because it will reduce maternal and child mortality rate and avoidance of needless death of our citizens.

“Government need to procure all necessary hospital equipment that is of current standard to reduce the rate of medical tourism.

“The leadership of the association wish to commend Federal Government for all the measures put in place to reduce maternal mortality in the country.

“However, the association has a lot of reservation for task shifting and sharing policy as it is leaving tasks related to lives of mothers and children in Nigeria.

“We call for holistic review of this policy document so as not to further compromise the health of mothers and infants in the country.”

Adeniji urged governments to ensure adequate protection and security at all health facilities throughout the country.

He said: “We seriously frown at the abduction and killing of a midwife, who was brutally murdered in line of duty in Borno by her abductors.

“This is totally unacceptable to all nurses and midwives in Nigeria; government needs to ensure prompt release of other health workers that are still being held hostage by abductors.

“It is expedient that the three tiers of government uses their position to ensure unity, peace and harmony in the country.”

Adeniji, however, assured Nigerians of the readiness of nurses and midwives throughout the federation to render quality healthcare services.
Source : The Eagle
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