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* News / Respect and Protect the Rights Of Patients, Heads of Nursing Institutions told by Idowu Olabode: September 13, 2017, 08:53:49 PM
  Dr Joshua Ndom, the Medical Director, Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Keffi, Nasarawa State, has advised nurses and other health workers to respect and protect the rights of patients.

Ndom gave the advice on Wednesday at the 17th Scientific Conference/ Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Body of Heads of Nursing Departments and Principals of Schools of Nursing in Federal Institutions (BOHNDPSFI) in Keffi.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the theme of the conference titled: “Electronics Medical Records (EMR) in a Depressed Economy: The Role of Nursing’’, was delivered by Ndom.

“The right of the patients also need to be protected at all the time in order to avoid untimely death, because patients are kings in every health sector and a healthy person can become a patient one day but that is not our prayers.

The medical director also urged hospitals in the country to key in to Electronic Medical Records (EMR) system considering its enormous benefits in boosting the health data of patients.

“The choice of this conference topic is timely considering the advantages of Electronic Medical Records over manual records, hence the need for hospitals across the country to embrace it.

“So the pivotal role of Medical Record is in the centre of the cycle of the hospital and as we are aware that Electronic Medical Record (EMR) is a digitise means of records as everything about a patient is done electronically.

“EMR have a lot of advantages which include reduction in medical errors, no missing of patients information, cost effectiveness, increased clinical process and reduced waste of time, among others, so hospitals should key in to the system,’’ he said.

Ndom restated his commitment to continue to key in to positive health programmes and policies that have direct bearing on the lives of the staff of the centre and patients at large.

Earlier, Mr Bala Adams, Head of Nursing Services Department, FMC, Keffi, said that the theme of the conference was meant to synergise with all the participants so as to take back the message of EMR to their various management for proper patient records.

“This is the 17 year since the body came into being. It is a forum where members learn new trends in the profession, compare notes with their colleagues on happenings in their centres and learn from each other’s life experience,” he said.

While commending Ndom for improving infrastructure and facilities in the centre, he called for its sustenance.
NAN also reports that the conference brought together participants from various federal health institutions across the country.

The participants included the Registrar of Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria (NMCN), Alhaji Faruk Abubakar, among other health experts. (NAN)
* News / Yobe Approves N99.9m for the purchase of 2 Buses for State College of Nursing by Idowu Olabode: September 13, 2017, 08:47:01 PM
The government of Yobe state has approved the sum of N99.9 million for the procurement of two buses for the State College of Nursing and Midwifery.

Alhaji Mohammed Lamin, the State Commissioner for Education, said on Wednesday at a media briefing that the State Executive Council had approved the funds for the project.

The buses are to ease the students burden and facilitate their movements during clinical postings
* News / Nigerian Midwives Protest Unpaid 7 Months Salaries by Idowu Olabode: September 13, 2017, 08:39:08 PM
Scores of Midwives from across the country under the Federal Government’s Midwifery Service Scheme on Tuesday embarked on a protest over nonpayment of allowances by the government.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the midwives gathered at the office of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency in Asokoro, Abuja carrying placards with inscription: “Government please pay us our allowances”.

The group’s spokesperson, Olivier Ihumoma, who led other protesters to NPHCDA’s office in Abuja, said that they were being owed eight-month arrears of allowance.
Ihumoma explained that since they started the programme in October 2016, some of them received only two months allowance while most of the midwives were yet to be paid.

She said that they were all deployed to rural areas to work but had been confronted with a lot of challenges due to the nonpayment of the allowance.

According to her, they can no longer feed or transport themselves to the Primary Health Care facilities where they rendered services.

She said: “What we are going through in rendering this important service is unfortunate because we don’t deserve it.

“We can’t feed ourselves anymore; we eat whatever we see in the community and is already having impact on our wellbeing.

“Many of us fell sick because of the condition we found ourselves; If you are not well fed, where is the strength to perform the duty you are posted to villages to do.”

Ihumoma said that the government also failed to provide midwifery kits for them to work with as promised at the time they were posted to the rural areas.
She said that they have been facing a lot of challenges in the PHCs they were posted to due to lack of equipment.

Dr Oladimeji Olayinka, a Director in NPHCDA who received the protesters, said that the agency had prepared payment schedule and sent it to the Accounts Department in respect of the midwives’ allowance.
Olayinka stated that the delay in the signing of 2017 budget was responsible for the nonpayment of their entitlements.

He said: “The few of your colleagues that we paid their two or three months of their allowance were paid from our budget of 2016.”

The director assured the protesters on the payment of the allowances before the end of this week.

He noted that the agency’s accountant had promised him, adding that he trusted him and had taken him by his words.

On the midwifery kits, Olayinka disclosed that the ones that were provided were meant for the facilities, however, those midwives who served in such PHCs had gone with them after their services.

He said that due to paucity of funds, they have not been able to replace them and will do that as soon as the money was available.

NAN reports that the protesters were from different PHCs and from various states of the federation.
* News / Nurse from Kerala jailed for 10 months in Britain for Hiding information by Idowu Olabode: September 13, 2017, 08:34:11 PM
A nurse from Kerala has been sentenced to 10 months in jail in Britain for misleading an employer about an official investigation pending against him. Shelvy Varkey (43), a native of Thodupuzha who lives at Bristol, was convicted for hiding information on an investigation by the Nurses and Midwifery Council on allegations of dereliction of duty.

Varkey, a leading member of the Bristol Malayali Association, has been living in Bristol with his wife and three children for 10 years. His wife is also a nurse.



Varkey found employment with the National Health Service by covering up the fact that he was already facing a probe for lapses in administering medication to a patient while working at the Sunnymede Nursing Home at Keynsham. Varkey even produced two fake reference letters to get into the job. He was helped by two Malayali friends in getting hold of the reference letters.

Varkey has also been asked to pay a victim surcharge of 100 pounds.

He had been working in the Southmead NHS Hospital for a year when the law caught up with him. He got into the institution through a job fair.
* News / German election 2017: How a young nurse Take on Angela Merkel on campaign trail by katty: September 13, 2017, 02:07:32 PM
Alexander Jorde has been praised for persistently challenging Angela Merkel on how she plans to tackle some of the major issues affecting the country’s care system with just weeks to go until the German election.

The 21-year-old nurse, from Hildesheim in northern Germany, confronted the Chancellor after reading the CDU party manifesto saying no one has to worry about care.

Mrs Merkel was forced to admit Germany would seek to hire nurses from other EU countries in an attempt to fix the skills gap.

Mr Jorde said the dignity of people in hospitals and nursing homes had been "violated a thousand times”, and that the burden of care was an immense pressure on those working in the care system.

He told Mrs Merkel: "The nursing profession is in itself a beautiful profession - it is not just about a***-wiping.”

Mrs Merkel, appearing on the Wahlarena TV programme as part of her election campaign, promised to try to fix the lack of skilled workers in the field of care, to improve the profession and the pay, and to seek caregivers from other EU countries.

She also urged those in the industry to call for higher wages during salary negotiations.

The German Chancellor said: "I can not promise that in the end everything will be to your satisfaction, but there will be better standards. I hope it will be better in two years.”

But Mr Jorde was not entirely happy with Mrs Merkel's answer, and his tenacious response received was praised on social media.

He added: "Communication with severely ill patients is made more difficult by language barriers” and urged the public to campaign for better working conditions for nurses and caregivers.

"If nobody does it, things will get hairy."

Source:http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/853357/german-election-2017-angela-merkel-nurse-germany-care-system-campaign-cdu-martin-schulz
* News / Here is why nursing can be a rewarding career for men by katty: September 13, 2017, 02:03:34 PM
Anyone who has visited a hospital or GP surgery in the last few years might have noticed that there are more male nurses working in the healthcare sector than ever before.

Despite this, men are still a minority in the profession with just over one in ten nurses being male according to statistics from the Nursing & Midwifery Council.

However, for many men who choose to go into the field it can be a rewarding career that has a variety of specialist areas and promotion opportunities available to those who successfully complete a nursing degree.

High Dependency Nursing



Joseph is a Staff Nurse at Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust. He works on the Medical High Dependency Ward where he cares for patients with single organ failure.

As individuals on his ward are usually very ill, each nurse has responsibility for just two patients at a time. Duties range from washing patients to taking blood tests and giving medication, as well as providing respiratory and renal support.

He first qualified as a nurse in 2013, initially working in respiratory medicine after becoming interested in the field during one of his degree placements. He moved to his current ward to develop a broader set of skills and advance his nursing career.

Joseph loves interacting with patients and their families and appreciates it when they thank him for the care he provides.

He enjoys building a rapport with patients and feels particularly privileged when working in end of life care, helping to give patients the dignity and respect they need.

Mental Health Nursing

Kumar is a Mental Health Staff Nurse who cares for patients who are aged 65 and over with illnesses such as dementia, depression, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

His duties include completing care plans, accompanying doctors on ward rounds and administering medication.

He first entered the profession at the age of 30, qualifying as a nurse in 2014. What he enjoys most is seeing how patients progress while they are in hospital, as well as working on the rest of the team. He has also enjoyed helping train staff in control and restraint as well as conflict resolution.

Nursing Specialism

Chris is a Dementia Nurse Specialist at Bolton NHS Foundation Trust, working both in Royal Bolton Hospital and out in the community.

Clinical nurse specialists care for patients in one of several areas, including paediatrics, geriatrics, oncology and emergency care. Chris' duties include assessing patients, supporting relatives and carers, and processing referrals in suspected abuse cases.

He started to work towards becoming a nurse specialist after his initial training, when he took up his first role within a neuro-rehabilitation team which sparked an interest in the area.

Chris says that the best thing about his job is that it is completely different from day to day and had led him to meet many fascinating people.

He gains the most gratification from helping to bring out the person in his dementia patient again and improving quality of life.

Nursing Pay

Once you have qualified, pay for a starting role in nursing typically begins at £22,128 (Band 5 on the NHS Agenda for Change pay scale).

Nurses can progress upwards through the pay scale as they take up new posts, depending on skills and experience.

Source:http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/special-features/here-nursing-can-rewarding-career-13613073
* News / List of Nigerian Nurses Demands in JOHESU Struggle by Nursesarena.com by Idowu Olabode: September 13, 2017, 10:22:07 AM
Contrary to the widely held popular belief that the newly approved Unified  Scheme of Service  for Nurses in Nigeria is out, Nursesarena.com has received report of otherwise.  In the list of nurses' demands in the JOHESU Struggle obtained by Nursesarena.com and listed below, Gazetting and implementation of the Unified Scheme of Service for Nurses in Nigeria remains top on the list

The demands are as follows:
1. Gazetting, and implementation of Unified Scheme of service, 
2. The proper placement of nurse interns,
3. The CONHENS salary adjustment,
4. Full  implementation of NICN judgement that includes Skipping and payment of skipping arrears,
5. Correction of stagnation, demotion and redesignation of nurses and promotion of deserving officer to substantive Director position,
6. Payment of teaching and rural allowances; payment of uniform allowances, Payment of relativity allowance,  7. Appointment and proper remuneration of Consultant cadre in nursing and commencement of residency program for nurses,
8. Constitution of board of management of federal teaching hospitals.
9. Increase in budgetary allocation to health, improvement in the hospital infrastructure and equipment, and Shortage of manpower that require urgent employment of nurses and midwives.

Nurses on social media have criticized the parent body of their association and accused her of being used by other health workers due to its numerical strength to achieve their demands while nurses gain nothing in return Nursesarena.com observed.

Speaking on the development, Idowu Olabode a social commentator and founder of Nursesarena.com forum said" Ever since the unceremonious exit of Comrade George Ayua as NANNM Secretary, the information dissemination process of the association seems to have collapsed. I'm not sure the incumbent NANNM Secretary is even active on social media"

He went further to state that Nigerian Nurses are not mind readers and urge the association’s  echelon to always communicate it activities to its members in timely manner as the right information is the cure to rumors and misinformation.

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* News / Nigerian Nurses and Others Set to Declare "Mother of All Strikes" in 7 Day by Idowu Olabode: September 13, 2017, 05:52:26 AM
-Strike might affect federal, state and local health institutions

Just like their counterparts in Kenya who have been on strike for three months over poor conditions of service, Nigerian Nurses  and Midwives are set to join other health workers in the country to shut down the health sector. The proposed industrial action, which has been declared the mother of all strikes might affect all  the federal, state and local health institutions across the country. Below is the press statement by the National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives :

Dear Beloved  Nigeria Nurses,

It is no more news that there is industrial disharmony in Nigeria health sector which FMOH is treating with disdain.  Sequel to this lingering crises a meeting of the five member union of JOHESU and member of Assembly of health care professional  association AHPA (the two bodies which NANNM is a member) met today Tuesday, 12th of September, 2017 to do a critical review of the situation as it is affecting individual trade unions in JOHESU and AHPA and plan strategy towards executing  the seemingly  inevitable strike action, the doom which FMOH have had a more than enough time  and opportunity to address and avert but which was refused to treat with the urgency and importance it deserved. Dear professional colleague I wish to inform you that it was jointly agreed that a grace of seven days  be given for FMOH to sincerely address the various issues staring our individual unions in the face or be made to face mother of all industrial action (indefinitely). The industrial action shall be in two phases starting with FHI and to be joined by state and local government if nothing  tangible is done  genuinely between one week. The attention to our members demand shall not be in piece meal but in full. The demand that are common to all member unions of JOHESU will be jointly presented for negotiations while the individual union concern will not be neglected as the meeting has set machinery in motion to go into achieve to collate all union demands.

Furthermore, I wish to bring to your notice that the list of demands being circulated on social media that is generating controversy is particularly from NUHAP and not general JOHESU list of demand as majority of our members tend to believe. The evidence is that the list were documented on NUHAP letter head. Nursesarena.com Certainly non of our demand shall be compromised. NANNM as a professional association on her own has set out strategic plan to get every strata of the association properly mobilized and every stakeholders should await consultation and meetings to drive home our all inclusive mobilization and preparation towards an effective industrial action. Media releases on this should be expected  as joint press conference of JOHESU will be held in Abuja. NANNM headquarters has concluded move to utilize the mass media to achieve our mobilization and dissemination of our members concerns

Finally, I wish to assure you all that the leadership of NANNM has the interest of nurses at heart and therefore will not be party to anything that can retard this noble profession nor infringe on the welfare of her members.

I however want to implore you to let us continue to stand in unity and give no room for distrust and disunity I believe that in unity we shall truly stand.

Thank you
AbdRafiu Adeniji
NANNM President.
* Articles / Malaysia Nursing Professor Says Nurses Should Hold at least BNsc degree by Idowu Olabode: September 12, 2017, 07:52:04 PM
“For me, as a nurse who is a man, please do not call us male nurses.” If doctors, engineers and cleaners are not segregated by their gender, Zaid questions, “why should nurses be?”

Often times, we come across international headlines underlining nursing woes in the workplace. What about the local scene? What are the challenges? How are we coping? Associate Professor Zahrah Saad, Dean of Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery at MAHSA University College—alongside members of her team—enlightens MIMS with their thoughts and experiences on pertinent topics relevant to our community. We also speak to several other Malaysian nurses—discussing a day in the life of a nurse, and what it is like to work as a nurse.




Is nursing education getting the support it needs?



Many nursing education institutions have been advocating for nurses to further their education, albeit with difficulty. Professor Zahrah believes that our society does not offer enough support to those aiming to further their studies. When discussing nursing education, she expresses that the World Health Organisation (WHO) and International Council of Nurses (ICN) should be viewed as the benchmark.

“We must upgrade our nurses up to, at least, the level of a Bachelor’s degree. It has been my observation that less than 10% of nurses in Malaysia hold a degree,” remarks Prof Zahrah. In her opinion, “an overload of commitments and lack of support at the workplace are getting in the way of their studies.”


Registered Nurse (RN) at Hospital Seri Manjung, Zaid Abdul Rahman, reveals that the Health Ministry had previously planned on upgrading the nurses’ qualifications from a diploma to degree. However, there has been no news regarding the matter—“just the changes in qualifications of nurses from four to six credits for Ministry of Health colleges.”

He adds, “When students or staff graduate with a degree or Masters, the posts for the qualifications are limited. Fresh graduates will have no job; the staff will stay the same as before—unrecognised. The plans and ideas are not proportionate with the implementations.”

Programme Leader of MAHSA’s nursing department, Ashah Manghanmal, shares that most nurses desire to keep pace with global trends by upgrading themselves. She liaises with many nurses—both junior and senior—who return to the books while they work. “They face a lot of challenges, like family and financial commitments. They pay to study, and at the same time, they have to finance children who want to go to college,” elaborates Manghanmal.



To combat this major issue, the healthcare community must be revamped.“They have to create a positive environment that allows students to pursue their studies. Upon completion of their degree, appropriate positions should be available or special incentives offered,” emphasises Prof Zahrah. “Bear in mind, to pursue a degree, the students are self-sponsored and do not receive extra allowances.” In addition, nurses will be motivated and encouraged to further their education when they are rewarded with incentives.

Stressing on the flexibility in terms of class schedules, Ashah points out that it is important that “our education system and workplace are flexible and able to support them. It is not like they are neglecting their patients or escaping work. Give them a day off when they have to sit for exams, for instance,” she suggests.

On top of that, Prof Zahrah encourages nurses to specialise. But, the lack of discipline in Malaysia appears to be a drawback. “Furthermore, they are not given an opportunity to obtain sponsorship from government institutions. We prefer nurses to join the clinical field and become clinical nurse specialists – as opposed to joining the management team or becoming educators,” expresses Prof Zahrah. She then relays that there is a reasonable number of nursing educators in Malaysia—but a shortage in clinical departments.

The nursing shortage and increased workload have led many MAHSA graduates to opt for jobs overseas, shares Prof Zahrah. “These days, nurses are having to do double duty and working long shifts. Referring to the world standard set by WHO, there should be 1:200 nurses for the population. In Malaysia, nurses are taking on a larger workload with the ratio of 1:354. This number indicates that a gap is still present.”

From the educators’ regular trips to Saudi Arabia, they find that nearly 3,000 Malaysian MAHSA graduates have attained good jobs within their nursing system. In line with Zaid’s views, Prof Zahrah affirms that nurses with PhD and Masters qualifications find it difficult to gain advancements in terms of posts and salaries in Malaysia. “At the moment, the government still follows the old scheme,” she elaborates.

Large patient load; nurses step up to the plate


Nurses in Malaysia should possess larger roles within the healthcare setting, echoes Prof Zahrah. “Two years ago, we had a state educational visit to La Trobe University in Australia. We found that the nurses there play a bigger role in the specialist units; e.g. pain specialist nurses and wound care specialist nurses.

“They have autonomy,” she continues, “unless it is a very complicated and complex case. This is what we want for our nurses.” However, she believes it is still far off as there is, firstly, a gap to bridge in terms of preparing and upgrading our nurses. She also stresses on the role of policy makers and administration in addressing this subject.

“If they still believe the nurses are the subordinate to doctors, they are clearly mistaken. We must remember that doctors come and go; but nurses are constantly there with the patients. Hence, they can make the decisions. They must have a bigger role to play in patient’s care,” she emphasises.

Prof Zahrah explains that, currently, nurses can follow-up patients in government maternity clinics. They only need to refer complex cases to doctors. For example, nurses with a midwifery background, can conduct normal cases themselves without having to wait for doctors. “This is commonly seen in the UK. A total of 95% of deliveries are normal and can be handled by nurses. We need to improve on this in Malaysia,” expresses Prof Zahrah.

Farah Nasuha Ghazali, a school nurse at International Modern Islamic School (IMAS) agrees that nurses have been taking on the responsibility in government clinics. “However, we should bear in mind that this situation may increase the nursing workload. Thus, some approaches need to be taken to balance the impact of increasing patient care,” she suggests.



From nurses to doctors: No bridging course in Malaysia, yet


Prof Zahrah opines that nurses who are keen on the medical profession should pursue it. “If they are qualified to join the medical training programme, they can start from scratch and pursue the 5-year course. In Malaysia, we do not have an Accreditation of Prior Learning programme (as in some other countries) where they recognise your prior training.”

She believes the opposite is also true: Doctors should have the option to become nurses. For instance, in the Philippines, the lack of vacancies has rendered some medically-trained graduates opting for nursing job opportunities.
In Malaysia, a similar topic was also brought to our attention. Director-General of Health Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah addressed a debate regarding the overload of medical graduates in the country and their potential nursing job prospects.

“My opinion is you can get exemption in some cases where they recognise your medical background and in some related units. However, the depth of learning would be different. They should go for it if they meet the entry qualifications and pass the interview. Furthermore, it can be an advantage for them, considering their medical background. For example, having learnt behavioural sciences, a nurse might be better at communication,” explains Prof Zahrah, reiterating Noor Hisham’s statement, in which doctors cannot become nurses unless they receive proper and adequate training in accordance with the nursing programme.

Both Farah and Zaid consider the skills learnt as a nurse are beneficial (advantageous) in the medical field. This might give nurses who become doctors some insights, which set them apart from regular doctors, explains Farah. Zaid believes this could produce “doctors with a nurse’s heart” to ensure a more holistic (patient) care management.

“Please do not call us ‘male nurses’": The perceived bias and stigma of men in nursing


Recent headlines have highlighted gender bias in nursing globally. However, the local scene has stayed mum on the topic until now. “The public demand has changed over time. In fact, in the Shariah-compliant hospitals, male nurses tend to male patients,” says Prof Zahrah.

Associate Professor Norehan binti Mohd Isa, Head of Midwifery programme at MAHSA affirms that many male nurses have been offered positions suited for them. “For example, some join cardiac catheterisation, while some join outpatient clinics or anaesthesia, operation theatres and male wards. There’re so many options, and lots of things can be done. It is an eye opener.”

There are 3,000 male nurses out of the 120,000 nurses nationwide, states Prof Zahrah. “Globally, we have 19.3 million nurses, according to the World Bank statistics. Out of these, 10% are male nurses. And, they are increasing in numbers. In MAHSA’s current nursing student group, five out of the 15 students are male. In fact, I have quite a number of outstanding male nursing graduates practising in Saudi Arabia and Singapore,” enlightens Prof Zahrah, brimming with pride.

Nevertheless, areas such as Obstetrics and Gynaecology in Malaysia still have some forms of gender bias whereby male nurses are not allowed inside the labour room; or to have physical contact with patients there. “This is not the situation in other countries. Male nurses in Malaysia cannot join the midwifery training. They are not allowed to practise; but they can observe. In female wards, they can work as usual,” elaborates Prof Zahrah.

Farah shares her thoughts stating, “There is a difference, of course. Men entering the nursing profession encounter barriers that limit their choice or preference in a specific area or task.” In her opinion, they are at risk of being labelled and stereotyped.

There should be no gender issue in the nursing career, reckons Zaid. “Whether you are a male or a female, you are still a nurse—playing the same role and working together as one,” he says. “For me, as a nurse who is a man, please do not call us male nurses.” If doctors, engineers and cleaners are not segregated by their gender, Zaid questions, “why should nurses be?” He stresses that the main agenda and focus in nursing should be the patients’ care.

Zaid reveals that he, personally, has experienced gender stigma in the workplace, especially from the patients. He attributes this to the public’s lack of awareness in the shift of the healthcare system. He also elaborates that the nursing field was traditionally a female-dominated profession. However, in this modern day and age, the lines between male and dominated fields have been blurred. “Patients’ unfamiliarity with the situation stems from an inequality in the number of job placements between male and female nurses,” claims Zaid. He explains, “most well-established hospitals in big cities recruit more male staff than hospitals in smaller cities. Due to this imbalance, people in the rural area won’t be so ‘used’ to male nurses’ existence and—also, because of this—the stigma remains.”

Source :https://today.mims.com/support-upgrade-and-equalise-nursing-experts-call-for-healthcare-transformation
* News / National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives Lagos Holds Nurses' Week by Idowu Olabode: September 12, 2017, 05:20:47 PM
Ahead of the forth coming Annual Nurses Week and Scientific Conference of the National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives (NANNM), Lagos State Chapter, the association  is set to build nurses capacity towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) .
 
Themed- Nurses: A Voice to Lead, Achieving the SDGs; the NANNM Week will run from 18th-22nd September 2017, at the Nurses Conference Hall, 19 Amaraolu Street, Central Business District Agidingbi Ikeja.



Top among the dignitaries to grace the occasion are:  the Governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi  Ambode, as special guest of honour; the Keynote Speaker, Prof. J.O. Aina; Royal Father of the day, Oba of Aguda Town, Lagos, Oba Hakeem Agboosi Eweobaja 1; Chairman of the occasion, Hon. Olulade Olusegun; Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris; Chief Mrs. Folashade Ojo Tinubu, guest of honour, and others.
 
Some of the insightful sub-themes of the conference include: The nurse entrepreneur:securing life after retirement; update on nursing education reform in Nigeri; introduction of standard nursing language; essential new born care-role of nurses; exploring information technology toward quality nursing care: telemedicine information; reducing fetal and maternal mortality rate through effective management of pre-eclampsia and eclapsia, and others.
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