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* Upcoming Conference / #VIDM17: Call to all Midwives around the world by katty: March 17, 2017, 05:10:20 PM
Dear all,
There are officially less than two months until the 9th Virtual International Day of the Midwife!
The Virtual International Day of the Midwife is an annual free 24-hour online conference celebrating midwifery and birth-related matters held to celebrate International Day of the Midwife. This year sees the 9th conference, starting at 22:00 on Thursday 4th May, Coordinated Universal Time (UTC).

This is a priceless opportunity to share knowledge, experience and passion for Midwifery with colleagues from around the world.

We have now put out a call for Facilitatiors for #VIDM17.

Please share this post to all your midwifery colleagues and encourage them join the conference. We would love to hear about midwifery and midwifery practice in your country. Further information available at

Visit our Facebook page: to check our Keynotes.

Susana Ku
Registered Midwife – MSc
Organizing Committee – Virtual International Day of the Midwife

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* Schools of Nursing / Seventh Day Adventist School of Nursing Ile Ife 2017/2018 Admission Form on Sale by Idowu Olabode: March 17, 2017, 03:51:57 PM
SEVENTH DAY ADVENTIST SCHOOL OF NURSING ILE IFE OSUN STATE                                                                                                                                                                                                                     ANNOUNCES                       
                                                                                                                                                                                                               2017/2018 ENTRANCE EXAMINATIONS

The minimum entry requirements for admission are: five (5) credits level passe in the WAEC/SSCE/NECO or its equivalent which must include ENGLISH LANGUAGE, MATHEMATICS, BIOLOGY, CHEMISTRY and PHYSICS at not more than two (2) sittings. NOTE : Combination of WAWC/SSCE and NECO is allowed. Candidate's age should 17 1/2 years and above.

Pay the sum of Nine Thousand Naira only (9, 000:00) into any branch of First Bank Nigeria Plc, Ile Ife, Account Name: SAD School of Nursing, Account Number : 3001036692. Scan the bank teller for the payment and send to and check your email for the response. Download the form, fill it, scan the completed form and send it to

Examination dates : 1st Batch : June 8, 2017.   2nd Batch : August 10, 2017
For further enquiries : 08068187655, 08059800869

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* Research / Midwives’ Voices, Midwives’ Realties: Results From the First Global Midwifery Survey by katty: March 17, 2017, 12:50:14 PM
'Midwives play a vital role in the health care of mothers and babies,” said Samara Ferrara, a midwife from Mexico, at the Wilson Center on February 27. But in many parts of the world they face a confluence of stressors that make working conditions miserable: low and irregular pay; harassment and disrespect from both patients and doctors; and little supplies, training or say in the policy dialogue about maternal health. While there is never any excuse for abusing patients, such conditions can lead to poor quality of care for mothers and newborns, as well as burn out among midwives themselves...'

Starting in 2014, the World Health Organization, International Confederation of Midwives and White Ribbon Alliance, with support from USAID, began a first-of-its-kind global survey of midwives to gain a greater appreciation of the challenges they face.

After surveying 2,470 midwives from 93 countries, they published the results in Midwives’ Voices, Midwives’ Realties:

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* MCPDP / Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria Biennial Nursing Leaders Conference by Idowu Olabode: March 17, 2017, 12:34:26 PM
The Nursing and Midwifery council of Nigeria is organizing its 14th Biennial Nursing Leaders conference tagged Kaduna 2017
The aim of the conference is to bring together Nursing Leaders in Nigeria to discuss current issues/ developments that have implications for Nursing Education and Practice, the health needs of the nation and to articulate the way forward in confronting these issues
Expected participants are Nursing officers on CONHESS 13 (Grade level 14 and above, in both the private and the public sectors of Nigeria's health care industry, Academic, Corporate/ Non Governmental Organizations and Agencies
Theme: Consolidating on the Gains of Nursing and Midwifery Education Reforms in Nigeria
Date: 27th - 31st March, 2017
Venue: Hotel seventeen, No.6 Tafawa Balewa Way/ Lafiya Road, Kaduna, Kaduna State
Topics to be discused will reflect current issues in Nursing Education in Nigeria while eminent, experienced and seasoned resource persons will be available to deliver the papers and moderate discussions
All states of the federations and Abuja (Ministries/ Departments of health, health management boards/ health service commissions), Federal university teaching hospitals, states university teaching hospitals, Non-govermental organizations, voluntrary Agency hospitals, departments of Nursing (federal, state and private) universities, corporate organizations, hospitals, the Army, Navy, Air Force, police, immigration, customs, prisons, FRSC, state security service, defence intelligence Agency and civil defence etc are to nominate and sponsor a maximum of three participants each to the conference
The conference fee is N50,000 only for each participant, payable into the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria account in any bank of your choice via Remita. This fee covers conference bags, tea/snacks, lunch and conference materials, flash drive of all papers to be presented and certificate of attendance.
Normination forms and hotel tarriffs are enclosed
For further information on the conference, please call any of these numbers
08075719140, 08182001827 and 08034753707

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* Schools of Nursing / Re: KMTC Shortlisted Candidates 2017/2018 Certificate in Community Health Nursing by Mohamed Jamal: March 17, 2017, 10:05:43 AM
Is this the list of those who applied for the beyond zero scholarship?

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* Travel Nursing / Re: My HAAD Nurse Registration Journey and Experience: A Guide for other Nurses by sharonk: March 17, 2017, 07:15:57 AM
Thanks Godson, do I need to get my documents stamped at the ministry of education and foreign affairs. Nd pls can I make use of my appointment letter as the certificate of experience. And pls the certificate of good standing can I collect it myself or must it be directly to d nursing council

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* Travel Nursing / Re: My HAAD Nurse Registration Journey and Experience: A Guide for other Nurses by Godson: March 17, 2017, 03:24:31 AM
Yes, very compulsory

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* Travel Nursing / Re: My HAAD Nurse Registration Journey and Experience: A Guide for other Nurses by sharonk: March 16, 2017, 08:21:47 PM
Please is it compulsory to have a life support certificate

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* News / 26-week-old preemie reaches out to nurse with tiny hand in captivating photo by katty: March 16, 2017, 04:37:51 PM
A picture of a 26-week-old preemie reaching out to touch a nurse's hand affirms the humanity of the most fragile human beings.

The Daily Mail published the photo, found on a website for medical staff called Figure 1. It shows a tiny baby girl, born at 26 weeks’ gestation and weighing less than one pound, "seeking the comfort of human touch."

The baby girl's whole hand was only 3/4 of an inch.

"I was changing her nappy and she just held onto my hand," the nurse explained online. "I had to stop and just let her. Human touch is so important."

Scientists believe skin-to-skin contact is crucial to a child's physical and psychological development.

Birmingham City University's head of psychology, Professor Craig Jackson, explained that babies need skin-to-skin contact. They crave the type of relational and physical closeness they experienced in the womb.

A mother’s skin contact with her baby is known to stimulate the production of breast milk. Such contact also releases oxytocin, known to create interpersonal bonding.

The Daily Mail reported on a 20-year Bogota, Columbia, study of 250 babies on the effects of skin-to-skin contact. The results were published in the December issue of the journal Pediatrics.

The study tested "Kangaroo Mother Care" for low-weight newborns, which replaced the cautious incubator approach for the most fragile human beings with "strapping the baby upright to the mother's chest in skin-to-skin contact" and exclusively breast feeding. 

The study found that babies who were given close skin-to-skin contact were calmer, less hyperactive, less aggressive, more faithful to school attendance, more sociable, slept better, and grew more brain matter.

A major review of 21 studies and more than 3,000 babies concluded that the maternal skin-to-skin contact "was preferable to conventional neonatal care." Fathers making skin contact led to positive results as well.

The nurse reported that the fragile little girl in the picture is now a "happy, healthy, 14-pound nine-month-old." 

"Premature babies are the definition of a miracle," she said. "I have the best job ever."

Dave Andrusko of National Right to Life News opined, "If ever a picture was worth a thousand words, this is it."

Source :Life Site News

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* News / Canadian Nurses Working in USA Denied Entry due to Trump's Immigration Rules by katty: March 16, 2017, 04:31:10 PM
Advanced practice nurses and nurse anesthetists told they no longer qualify for professional visas

Canadian nurses working at Michigan hospitals were shocked last week when border security officers stopped them from entering the U.S. because of changes to their working visas under new immigration policies.

Staff at Detroit's Henry Ford Hospital heard reports of nurses unable to renew their working visas. Last week, a new Canadian hire at Henry Ford tried to go to work, but was turned away at the Windsor-Detroit border.

She was told advanced practice nurses and nurse anesthetists no longer qualify for the working visas because of policy changes under U.S. President Donald Trump.

"We really question the motives," said immigration lawyer Marc Topoleski, whose firm is retained by the hospital. "All of the immigration executive orders and all the things being rolled out have been focused on national security first, and this is clearly not an issue of national security whatsoever."

'Livelihoods are at stake'

Only advanced practice nurses and nurse anesthetists are being rejected. All Canadian nurses working in the U.S. have non-immigrant NAFTA professional (TN) visas.

An estimated 30,000 to 40,000 Canadians work in the U.S with TN visas, which allow experts in certain fields — like economics and science — a fast track, provided they have a job offer.

Henry Ford Hospital alone has hundreds of Canadians on staff, with about 25 advanced practice nurses or nurse anesthetists with TN visas.

"Some of these things are surprising," said Patrick Irwin, vice-president human resources at Henry Ford Hospital. "We have always been able to qualify these nurses under the TN category."

CBC News contacted U.S. Customs and Border Protection for an interview, but has yet to get a response.

Hospital officials said they're doing everything they can to resolve this issue.

"Their livelihood is at stake," Topoleski said. "They don't know why this is happening, they don't understand why it's happening. All they've been doing is just coming here and helping Americans get better by providing patient care."

Michigan's Council of Nurse Practitioners is trying to make their members aware of possible problems at the border, according to executive director Olivia McLaughlin. 

"It's obviously concerning for a number of reasons," she said. "This seems like a recent opinion that is affecting the renewals."

'It just makes absolutely no sense'

The nurses have been advised they need to apply for H1B visa status, which is a separate category under NAFTA for more specialized employment. But those applications can cost between $3,000 and $4,000 depending on the applicant, according to Topoleski.

Other policy changes recently announced by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will suspend a fast-track program for processing H1B applications as of April 3.

Standard application processes for work visas could then take six months or more, said Topoleski, who worries long wait times could hurt hospitals that are in desperate need of specialty nurses.

"These specialty nurses are hard to find. There's more positions than there are people available," Topoleski said. "They're coming here to help our patients. I just don't understand what the policy goal is by doing something like this, it just makes absolutely no sense."


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