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* Post Basic Courses / 2018/2019 Admission into LUTH School of Medical and Psychiatry Social Work by katty: June 14, 2018, 03:45:23 PM
Applications are invited for admission into the School of Medical and Psychiatry Social Work for a year programme effective from October, 2018 leading to the award of certificate in Medical and Psychiatry Social Work.
Candidates applying for the programme must have obtained First Degree qualification in relevant fields (e.g. Social Work, Social Sciences, and Nursing etc.) in addition to relevant work experience.
Selection of candidates will be based on academic qualification, work experience and successful performance at oral interview.
Application fee is N5,000.00 ( Five thousand naira) only. Payment is by visiting the website: Click on pay a Federal Government Agency. On name of MDA, type Lagos University Teaching Hospital. Then click on 'other LUTH Fees'. Follow the prompts to generate the 'RRR' code. Thereafter, use the 'RRR' code to make payment at any Bank of your choice and submit your voucher or receipt to the Finance and Account Department, LUTH, where a receipt will be issued in place of the PRINT-OUT.
The receipt of payment should be forwarded to:
The Head & Coordinator,
School of Medical & Psychiatry Social Work,
Lagos University Teaching Hospital,
P.M,B, 12003,
Lagos, Nigeria.
Application forms are to be returned to the School Coordinator not later than Friday, 17th August, 2018.
Oral interview will be conducted on Friday, 7th September, 2018 at the School of Medical & Psychiatry Social Work, LUTH.
Only successful candidates will be contacted.
* News / Assault on a Nurse in Ondo: Is It Because She Is A Woman Or A Nurse? by katty: June 14, 2018, 01:06:46 PM
I write with sorrow in my heart because as i would like to think we are making progress on the fairness of gender relationship and safe workplace, a member of the medical profession has decided to draw a reality of backwardness on this point, enough to sadden my mood.
Making rounds on whatsapp today and few blogging sites is the news of the Nurse that was drenched with irrigation fluid by a doctor after a Not-much-heat-to-light-a-candle conversation. As much as i would like to remember the yoruba saying "_agba gbo ejo enikan da, agba osika_", i want to say that this is an embarrassment to humanity that such even happened in a hospital ward.

It is as well laughable that in this century where we kick against domestic violence around the globe, a medical officer named Ajibola (Trauma Centre, Ondo) has not only caused a domestic violence scene, but showed how unethical the medical profession has been represented in his act and further blended with the reflective exposure of hostility bred in the heart of our medical officers to other healthcare workers
It begs me to the question, is it because she is a woman or a Nurse?

The humiliation that nurses reportedly suffer from patients now extends to what could be gotten from the supposedly educated colleagues at workplace.
I don't want to react much on the ugliness of this scene but then, it is worthy to appreciate the heroic display of maturity by the nurse affected to ensure that retaliation was made in legal forms by reporting to appropriate quarters and not raising urine on the medical officer. I also see it right to awake everybody to the monitoring
of the local judiciary process on this matter in order to ensure that the  outcome of the crazy act is brought to a definitive point that would make the offender a scape goat enough to serve an example to others with this terrible culture and mean to the public that the act is really bad. It is well to be conscious of this because as much as we want to hide some background facts, it is said that the medical association always loom for a way to rub things off.
As we continue to push for a zero tolerance on domestic violence and workplace rift
Olumide Olurankinse will end this write-up by asking "what do we expect from those meant to care if they get treated with harshness and hatred?"
* Nursing Jobs / University of Calabar Teaching Hospital Calabar 2018 Vacancies for Nurse Interns by katty: June 14, 2018, 11:44:24 AM
Applications are invited from qualified candidates for the following internship positions in the Hospital:
POSITION: Intern Nurses
• Candidates must be holders of relevant qualifications applicable to their area of specialization; BNSc
• Possession of a provisional license to practice from the respective regulatory bodies is mandatory.
Friday, 27th July, 2018
Please forward a written application with relevant credentials and Curriculum Vitae to the Office of the Chief Medical Director, University of Calabar Teaching Hospital Calabar.
• Please note that you will be expected to participate in a written examination.
• Yon are therefore advised to visit the Office of the Head, Human Resource Management Department of the Hospital from 6th to 13th August, 2018, to collect an invitation letter that will serve as an evidence that you applied and that will enable you participate in the written Examination fixed for Monday, 20th August, 2018.
• Please note that only successful candidates will be communicated to thereafter.
* News / Isiaka Adeleke: We're not Involved in Nurse's Prosecution—Family by katty: June 14, 2018, 06:54:34 AM
"There is also a growing suspicion that the recent arrangement by the Rauf Aregbesola government is to achieve the ultimate goal of a grand cover-up of the truth behind the death of Isiaka Adeleke."

FAMILY of late Senator Isiaka Adeleke, yesterday, distanced itself from the recent prosecution of Alfred Aderibigbe, the nurse that was alleged to have administered drug overdose on the late politician which allegedly led to his death on April 23, 2017.

An Osun State High Court sitting in Ede, had last week remanded Mr. Aderibigbe in prison after being arraigned for his alleged involvement in the case.

Dr. Deji Adeleke while addressing newsmen on behalf of the family in Ede, the country home of the late politician, said the family was not behind the ongoing prosecution of the nurse as being insinuated.

Represented by Mr. Dele Adeleke, he expressed worries that since the   State Government set up a coroner’s inquest in May 2017 to investigate the sudden death of the late Isiaka Adeleke after which Magistrate Olusegun Ayilara recommended prosecution of the nurse, he (the nurse) had been moving freely, only for him to be rearrested recently, arraigned in court and remanded in prison.

His words: “The family is concerned about the further politicisation of the demise of Alhaji Isiaka Adeleke, especially with the timing of this sudden interest in the matter after over a year of inaction on the part of the Osun State Government, more so that the election to change the mantle of leadership is close.

“There is also unfounded news in the social media about the family being behind the sudden re-arrest and prosecution of the nurse. This is far from the truth. The family is not involved.

“There is also a growing suspicion that the recent arrangement by the Rauf Aregbesola government is to achieve the ultimate goal of a grand cover-up of the truth behind the death of Isiaka Adeleke.

“The general public is hereby enjoined to help us ask the government why the inaction for over a year? Why the sudden interest in this prosecution a few months to the gubernatorial election?  Why the publicity around the arrest and prosecution?.”
Source : Vanguard Newspaper
* News / Luanda Hospitals Nurses' Strike: Angola Deploys 200 Military Nurses to Hospitals by katty: June 14, 2018, 06:47:29 AM
At least two hundred military nurses from the Angolan Armed Forces (FAA) will be distributed on Wednesday to hospitals of Luanda province to reinforce health services, Angop learnt on Monday from an official source.

The measure, which emerges following the strike last Monday by the Luanda Nurses Union (SINTENFL), aims to fill the gaps left by nurses who have paralyzed health services, due to a lack of consensus between the professionals of the sector and the employer.

The two hundred nurses from the Angolan Armed Forces, who will reinforce the hospitals in Luanda, 55 soldiers will be distributed in Cazenga municipality, an act that will be attended by the provincial governor of Luanda, Adriano Mendes de Carvalho, aiming to encourage the Angolan Armed Forces.

According to a provincial government source, the strike covered a number of health centres and posts, and to resolve this situation, in a first phase 200 military nurses will be distributed and in the next phase it will be increased by another 300 military and police staff.

The source said that on Wednesday the two parties will be reunited again, to seek a consensus, since the various meetings already held have not bee successful.

Despite the health workers' strike, nurses of some hospitals such as Ngangula, General hospital of Luanda, Capalanga, Cajueiros, Neves Bendinha and Maianga, continue working normally, Angop learnt.
Source: Angop News
* News / UK to Relax Immigration Rules for Non-EU Doctors and Nurses as shortage Bites by katty: June 14, 2018, 06:17:37 AM
-No more limit to the number of Nurses and Doctors that can come to UK

The government is to relax immigration rules to allow more non-EU skilled workers into the UK.

On Friday, the Home Office is expected to confirm that foreign doctors and nurses will be excluded from the government's visa cap.

The cap - introduced by Theresa May when she was Home Secretary - sets a limit for all non-EU skilled workers at 20,700 people a year.

But NHS bosses say the rules are making it difficult to recruit enough staff.

The proposed changes relate to so-called Tier 2 visas - which are used by skilled workers from outside the European Economic Area and Switzerland.

On Tuesday, it was reported that 2,360 visa applications by doctors from outside the European Economic Area were refused in a five-month period, apparently because of the cap.

And in April, NHS bosses warned that immigration rules were hampering their ability to find workers after visas for 100 Indian doctors were refused.

NHS England had 35,000 nurse vacancies and nearly 10,000 doctor posts unfilled in February.

According to think tank Global Futures, 12.5% of NHS England's staff are from overseas. That number rises to 45% in certain specialities including paediatric cardiologists and neurosurgeons.

The current annual cap on these visas has also led to over 1,000 IT specialists and engineers being denied visas.

The proposed change would only apply to doctors and nurses - but could free up thousands of visas for workers in other industries like IT and teaching, even if the 20,700 total didn't change.

Current government policy aims to reduce net migration to below 100,000.

Home secretary Sajid Javid hinted at the changes earlier this month, telling the BBC 's Andrew Marr that he "saw the problem" with the cap and would take a "fresh look" at it.

His latest move could indicate a new direction for immigration policy post-Brexit, the BBC's political correspondent Ben Wright said.

It could also encourage others to argue for the net migration target - which has never been met - to be abandoned, he said.

"Perhaps this is a sign that Sajid Javid is willing to take a bolder and more flexible approach to immigration, and deliver the kind of system that Britain will need after we leave the EU," said Sunder Katwala, director of the immigration think-tank British Future.

"It never made sense to turn away doctors and nurses that the NHS needs."

Source: BBC
* News / Mothersbond Commends FG On Four Months Maternity Leave Policy by katty: June 14, 2018, 06:07:36 AM
A leading firm on new mother and baby care, Mothersbond Limited, Nigeria has congratulated new mothers (and mothers to be) for the recent extension of available maternity days from 90 to 120 days (four months).

Mothersbond Chief Executive, Michael Osuji, in a statement issued in Lagos and signed by the company commended the government for approving 30 more days to strengthen the bond mothers are developing with their newborns.

Osuji said: “While we note that this is a huge step in the right direction, we would continue to engage with the relevant stakeholders in government, health care experts and the media to push for at least six months fully paid maternity leave. The underlying goal of this is to ensure the moms have no hindrance to exclusive breastfeeding in the first six months, which helps to give babies the best start in life, physically, mentally and emotionally.

“Although our ideal recommendation is six months maternity leave, in the meantime, they can augment with breastfeeding pumps which they can use to express their milk, store the milk appropriately and have their caregiver feed when baby is hungry. This way, they still ensure their little one gets the full nutrition of their milk even while Mom is away at work. A good pump is the Mothersbond super-fast breast milk pump. It saves time by expressing milk fast. Many women in our part of the world don’t know about how useful breast milk pumps are. It helps ensure the chain of exclusive breastfeeding is not broken for the first six months and subsequently.

“We hope the government will not stop at this, but make sure it is followed through especially by private sector employers.”
* News / NIGERIA NURSING: ARE WE MAKING PROGRESS? A WAKE UP CALL by ãmanullah_nas: June 13, 2018, 11:20:17 PM
Nursing being the one of the fastest growing profession in the world  but Sometimes if you look back into nursing in this country you will begin to ask yourself whether this profession is really making progress or regress and this has been a question especially to some of us as a student, there comes with doubt whether there is future for us or not. Different news emanate from medias about nursing everyday but nothing is encouraging there order than pitiful situation of nursing profession. When other sisters professions are moving, we remain stagnant we refuse to move, when other are thinking how to align themselves with 21st century practices. To stand still means to move backward.

Over the years pharmacy has undergo a tremendous transformation in metamorphosing from DISPENSERS to CHEMIST AND DRUGGIST (C&D) in 1960s which was solely diploma program then to degree program in 1962 which started in university of Ife (now OAU)
Also physiotherapy started in Nigeria in 1945 as 3 years diploma program has transformed from  4 years bachelor degree in 1966 to 5 years program across the country and university of Ibadan was first in Nigeria and west Africa to award degree in physiotherapy.

Even medical laboratory science have also follow the same pursuit of transformation from laboratory assistant to technician to full fledge degree. This happened between 1960s to 2003 where it fully gain her stand.

Nursing education started in 1949 at school of nursing Eleyele Ibadan and not until 1965 department of nursing was established in the university of Ibadan to commence a degree program in Nigeria and other universities have been following the suit. Some months ago department of nursing ABU Zaria celebrated her 20 years anniversary since it's establishment in 1997.

One would begin think what has this history has to do with problem facing nursing profession but I strongly believe if we delve into history of nursing as compared to so called sister professions and we'll see that nursing has faced major setback and these professions have took some (not a) steps ahead of nursing and this call for a serious concern if at all we see them as sisters. Let me give examples; the so call sister professions have started internship training for their graduates for years but nursing internship was unable to get approved until late 2017 for the fact that internship training has been part of NUC nursing curriculum for graduate of bachelor of nursing science since it's inception. Furthermore between 2017 and 2018 pharmacy, medical laboratory science, and physiotherapy were able to get the approval from NUC to commence doctor of pharmacy (PharmD), doctor of medical laboratory science (MLSD) and doctor of physiotherapy (DPT) programs respectively but BNSc which has been in existence since 1960s is still fighting for space with hospital based school of nursing. Hnmnn is this what we call progress? and this is one of the thing that prompt me from writing.

Another area of concern in nursing profession is the Nursing in West is advancing towards 21st century best practice with serious improvement in nursing credentials both in professional and educational in order to discharge nursing to the best of their ability. Even our so called sister professions have  passed the era of diploma instead Nigeria nursing is advancing towards awarding of diploma and higher national diploma to Nigeria nurses which Nigeria government had just scraped because of it's irrelevance in the 21st century education system...well done, is that how we define progress?

Did I hear merging of state and federal schools of Nursing, midwifery and post basics to state universities and federal universities respectively? How is this possible? It's saddening to not that despite obvious limitations and shortcomings of hospital based nursing education program, it has continue to wax stronger with almost every teaching hospitals, federal medical centres within the country compelling to have their own. State governments and missionary organizations are not left out. It will interest you to know that there are over 200 nursing, midwifery and post basic accredited institutions in Nigeria. There are 81 accredited schools in 19 northern states alone. How are you preparing to merge these schools with 7 universities offering bachelor of nursing science with Unilorin and Unijos (north Central), Unimaid (north East), ABU Zaria, BUK, UDUS, and FUBK(all in North West).

Since antecedent it has been observed that Nigeria nurses respond less to changes(education). According to Adeleke Araoye Ojo(professor of Nursing) of Igbinedion university Okada, Edo state shared his personal experience in his inaugural lecture in 2010 that when he resigned from Adeoyo state hospital Ibadan in 1974 to pursue a bachelor of Nursing science degree at University of Ibadan summarizes Nigeria nursing. His registered nurses colleague mocked and queried "Do you need a degree to serve or remove bed pan?" About 35 years after, university based nursing education in Nigeria can still be described as abysmally low in term of number of university offering nursing. This can be evidenced if you go through Bayero university bulletin when Adelani Tijani was promoted to rank of professor.

 It was there I read that Adelani Tijani a professor of public health Nursing is the first indigenous professor of nursing in the whole northern Nigeria and number 13th professor of nursing and 11 of them are active as of 2016. Yes! It's an achievement in nursing but the question you should ask yourself is why number 13th since 1965? Are you still wondering why the sister professions grow faster? Just few months ago Unilag Pharmacy celebrated Prof Coker as Emeritus professor of pharmacy. Are you seeing the differences?

 I hope Nigeria can learn from these write up, despite the higher number of nurses, Nursing has been sideline and has suffered from setbacks and this tells you that its not only by numbers but by intellectual capacity which can only we widen through education. We need people who think beyond today, the future is now, let change people perspective about nursing.

Nigeria nurses should wake up and save the profession of Florence Nightingale, Nigeria nurses need to embrace changes As changes is constant in life, the changes we have been clamoring for , only you can bring the changes. Nigeria nurses should break the jinx, accept changes through education, education makes the future more clearer and brighter. Let see nursing as calling and profession and don't forget to encourage and give hope to young ones.

Thank you,

* News / Trouble Looms in Ondo as Doctor Poured Water from infected Wound on a Nurse by katty: June 13, 2018, 08:44:33 PM
Healthcare activities in Trauma Center in Ondo Town, Ondo State might be brought to its knees if news coming from the Sunshine state is anything to go by.

Report from multiple sources have confirmed that a medical doctor poured water from infected wound on a nurse. Here is the account of the incident as obtained from Nairaland :

One Dr. Ajibola from the Accident and emergency unit, ondo state trauma and surgical centre has decided to pour wound irrigation fluid on a nursing officer, Nrs. Oladele Olayinka of the same institution at about 11:30pm on Saturday 9th of June 2018.

Nrs. Oladele was said to have sent a porter to the pharmacy to get drugs for a patient but instead of the porter to finish this delegated task, he was hijacked by the doctor who delegated another task for him, the Nurse after waiting for his return with no success eventually got to know of the development from a medical student.

This angered the nurse, went to where the said porter was carrying out the new task assigned by the doctor and demanded that the porter should go back to complete the previously delegated task while she offered to continue the care of the patient with the doctor.

Instead of the doctor acceding to this, he resulted to calling the Nurse all sort of abusive names and verbal assaults. As if this wasn’t enough, he took the wound irrigation fluid and pour on the Nurse in the presence of the patient and other members of staff.

According to the report made available , no disciplinary action has been taken on this doctor 5 days after this incident however, the National Association Of Nigerian Nurses And Midwives, NANNM of the hospital is working on the said issue to ensure the matter is not swept under carpet like cases of assaults against Nurses had always been.

The nurse has also made an official report through the Director of Nursing services to the management of the institution.

In a related development, the Ondo State NANNM Chairman Prince Abel Oloniyo has summoned all Unit chairmen and the affected nurse, in a post circulating on social media the Comrade said:

 We have waited enough for the Trauma unit to officially brief the State Council of NANNM of the recent happening in the centre. Consequence upon this  the unit executives are hereby summon to report at the state secretariat latest by 8 am on Thursday, 14th Jun, 2018. Kindly come with the affected nurse. Thank you.

An anonymous source said the State NANNM had earlier directed the Nurses in the hospital to begin indefinite strike today if nothing is done to address the issue but could not ascertained why the proposed strike was shelved
* News / Namibia Needs N$55 Million to Recruit 322 Nurses by katty: June 13, 2018, 04:18:29 PM
The health ministry yesterday revealed it will soon start with the recruitment of nurses, but it warned that the number of vacant posts would not be sufficient to accommodate all nurses who graduated in April and those who will graduate in September.

The ministry also says that despite having many vacancies for nurses – both enrolled and registered – the budget allocation is not sufficient. Government needs at least N$55 million if it is to fill all 322 currently vacant nursing positions but which can’t be filled due to a lack of funds.

It is estimated that 217 registered nurses will graduate in September but that number “by far exceeds the available vacant posts on the staff establishment of the ministry”, the health deputy minister Juliet Kavetuna told parliament yesterday. Currently there are said to be 343 nurses without jobs, and who have been demonstrating and calling on government to look at their plight.

Kavetuna says the ministry has received 320 applications from nurses who graduated in April 2018, but has not received applications from nurses who graduated in 2017 or the years before.

The available vacancies for registered nurses are only at 211, a number that is not only smaller than the current number of graduates but also smaller than the 217 registered nurses that will graduate in September. In fact, yesterday Kavetuna said the ministry has thus far received 215 job applications from registered nurses.
Compounding the situation is that for the 211 available vacancies, the ministry only has money to pay for 125 positions of registered nurses. The remaining 86 positions can only be filled if the ministry receives an extra allocation of N$19.1 million.

Further, the ministry only has 387 vacancies for enrolled nurses, but the budget available can only employ 151 enrolled nurses. For the ministry to employ the other 236 enrolled nurses it would need to be allocated an additional spending of nearly N$36 million on its annual budget from the Treasury.

This means the ministry needs an additional N$55 million if it is to recruit 322 enrolled and registered unemployed nurses to fill the available positions.

“We have been working tirelessly to ensure that we create maximum positions within our space. If fact, 99 posts were created by abolishing nearly 213 managerial and administrative posts to accommodate professionals such as doctors, nurses and other health professionals,” Kavetuna said of the limited vacancies in the public health sector versus the number of health graduates.

She said this process of compensatory reduction is still proceeding to enable the ministry to create more clinical positions

“Needless to say, qualified Namibians will always be given preference when filling any vacancies,” she said.
Furthermore, Kavetuna also briefed lawmakers that there are currently only 96 foreign nurses in the government’s employ, who are part of the bilateral agreement with Kenya, which will lapse in 2020.

She said the ministry does not automatically renew the contracts of foreign nurses. Rather, she said, it considers the needs based on the recommendation of the respective health facilities.

“There are instances where the health facilities want to retain foreign nurses due to their expertise in critical areas such as intensive care, theatre, maternity,” she explained. On this basis, Kavetuna said, foreign nurses have been gradually reduced and those left are only those that are part of the bilateral agreement with Kenya.
Source:New Era
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