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* News / Nursing Specialists Can Earn More Than Some Doctors By Farran Powell by Peculiar005: July 17, 2017, 05:08:07 PM
Before college, Brittany Sherwood thought she would study a pre-med major, go to medical school and become a doctor.

"During my first semester of college I was planning on doing pre-med, but I got a 'B' in Bio 101, and I started doing a little research and realized there was a different way to end up in a similar place," says the now-27-year-old who went to Florida State University to earn her bachelor's degree.



The Florida native began considering a career in nursing instead of work as a physician.

When she compared the differences between a psychiatric nurse practitioner and a psychiatrist, she found the two professions overlapped. But the nursing route didn't require as many years in school, which she says meant a smaller price tag in terms of student debt.

"In total, it was less than three years from the time I graduated from my bachelor's degree in nursing to when I had a prescription pad with my name on it," says Sherwood who earned her master's in nursing at Columbia University.

Michelle Grundy, a career counselor for health professions at Vanderbilt University, says the topic of weighing whether to pursue nursing often comes up with pre-med students – especially when it comes to considering future student loans.

The average indebtedness for an M.D. who graduated from medical school and borrowed loans in 2015 is $171,444 for a private school and $161,646 for a public school, according to data submitted to U.S. News in an annual survey.

Unlike four years of medical school, many graduate nursing programs are around two years in length.

"You can become a nurse practitioner for less than $100,000 for a degree – typically around $50,000 to $60,000," says Ora Strickland, dean of the college of nursing and health sciences at Florida International University.

Strickland says nursing practitioners in some specialties – especially in psychiatry and anesthesiology – overlap in job responsibilties with physicians 80 to 85 percent. But other nursing specialties, such as surgery, don't have as big of a convergence, she says.

The role and recognition of advanced nursing in health care has changed in recent years. But, Strickland says: "Nurse practitioners are not trying to be physicians. We take a broader perspective."

Highly educated and highly skilled nurses are able to exercise a higher level of autonomy, offer a greater degree of care to patients, enjoy higher nursing salaries and a great demand satisfaction for their work, says Dorothy Miller, chair of the bachelor's in nursing program at Argosy University in Atlanta.

Last year, nurse practitioners were offered an average base salary of $117,000 with some offers ranging up to $197,000, according to the latest numbers from Merritt Hawkins & Associates, a physician recruiting and consulting firm. The firm also found that nurse practitioners are among the top five for most-recruited positions among physicians and advanced pracitioners.

Specialist nurses in certain fields may also see higher earning potential, says Katie Bardaro, vice president of data analytics of Seattle-based PayScale, an online salary information company.

In fact, certified nurse anesthetists, or CRNAs, make around $140,000 early in their careers, according to PayScale's 2016-2017 report on highest-paying graduate degrees. According to the Seattle-based company, medical residents earn less than CRNAs or psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners, or PMHNPs, and other nurse specialists.

Salary ranges between $45,000 to $75,000 for an M.D.'s first year of residency, Bardaro says.

"It's a huge difference in cost in becoming a nurse practitioner. There are years of residency where the physician's salary is compressed," says Strickland from FIU on the turnaround time between graduation and entering the job market with a high-paying salary.

When comparing an MSN with an M.D., the nursing degree salary wins in the short term, says the PayScale data analyst. "But M.D.s will overtake MSNs in pay after their residency and that will just continue to grow."

Sherwood says her decision to be a mental health nurse practitioner instead of a physician wasn't only driven by fear of staggering med school debt. "But the difficulty in being able to make headway in debt, especially with residency being so long and underpaid," she says.

The Florida nurse says she likes how her work blends the work of a psychtriatrist and psychologist. Her licensed profession allows her to do "talk therapy" with patients, but also gives her the authority to write prescriptions for controlled substances.

"I have a lot of friends the same age who just went through matching for residency and I've already been practicing in this role for two years," Sherwood says.

Source :https://www.usnews.com/education/best-graduate-schools/paying/articles/2017-07-17/nursing-specialists-can-earn-more-than-some-doctors
* Nursing Heroes / Meet Kenya's own Florence Nightingale: Eunice Muringo Kiereini by Peculiar005: July 17, 2017, 09:58:17 AM
-Received her Nursing education from UK and New Zealand
-Personal Nurse to Kenya first President - Kenyatta
-First African President of the International Council of Nurses (ICN)
-Instrumental to the formation of Kenya National Nurses Union

Eunice Muringo Kiereini is the nurse per excellence, Kenya's own Florence Nightingale. Born on September 24, 1939 in Kerugoya to parents who were both teachers, Eunice grew up with famous siblings Ambassador Robinson Njeru Githae and famous Kenyan writer based in the United States Micere Githae Mugo.



Eunice Muringo Githae attended Loreto High School in Limuru and then left the country to train as a nurse at Southampton General Hospital in the United Kingdom for three years from 1959-1962.

Eunice then joined the Simpson Memorial Maternity Pavilion in Edinburg for training in midwifery. After completing her midwifery training the young nurse retuned to Kenya and began working at the George VI Hospital (Kenyatta National Hospital).
She further trained at Victoria University of Nursing in Wellington New Zealand and then came back to the country where she took up the prestigious position of personal nurse to Kenya's first president Mzee Jomo Kenyatta. It was while working as nurse for the president that she met and married Jeremiah Kiereini a renowned Nairobi business man and former head of the Civil Service.

Eunice was an outstanding brilliant nurse. She was the chief nursing officer at the ministry of health from 1968 to 1986. During her tenure Eunice made significant contributions to the Kenyan nursing education sector.

She was instrumental in the formation of the of the National Nurses Association in 1967. Eunice greatly contributed to the development of the first advanced nursing course in East Africa which was offered at the University of Nairobi.

She was the first African President of the International Council of Nurses from 1981 to 1985 and was one of the founding members of the Kenya Water for Health Organisation. She was the first African woman on the global commission for AIDS at the World Health Organisation and was also the first ever Kenyan woman to receive an honorary degree from the University of Tel Aviv.

After a lucrative medical career, the 78-year-old has slowed down to enjoy retirement. Mother to the late Githae Kiereini, Eunice will be remembered for her contribution to the nursing sector in Kenya and for her sterling performance as a nurse.

Source :https://www.standardmedia.co.ke/evewoman/article/2001247907/eunice-muringo-kiereini-kenya-s-own-florence-nightingale
* News / Greek Nurse Failed IELTS Five Times Couldn't Register With UK NMC by Seanín G by Peculiar005: July 17, 2017, 09:21:01 AM
-27 year old Foteini Kourakou already spent almost £1,000 in retaking the exam
-Her latest scores are: 8.5 for listening, 8 for reading, 7.5 for speaking and 6.5 in the writing component

A HIGHLY-SKILLED Greek nurse who speaks perfect English cannot work in a Northern Ireland hospital because she has narrowly failed the written component of an NHS language test five times.



Foteini Kourakou (27), who was based in an intensive care unit in Greece for three years and is currently studying for a Masters degree in nursing, has been working as a care assistant in a nursing home in Co Antrim for the past year.

She has spent almost £1,000 in exam fees and tutoring to pass the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test and continues to score highly in three exam sections - but keeps failing the essay component.

Essay subjects she has faced include road tolls in the north - even though none exist here - and if art can be "created by everyone".

To qualify to work in the NHS, candidates need to score at least seven out of nine in four sections.

Ms Kourakou's latest scores are 8.5 for listening, 8 for reading, 7.5 for speaking and 6.5 in the writing element.

In the Republic, she would have easily passed as its IELTS scoring system is more lenient with candidates requiring an overall average of 7 to gain registration. They are allowed to score 6.5 in one of the four components.

Speaking to The Irish News, the University of Athens graduate who moved here to be with her boyfriend last September, said she had become "completely demoralised".

"I have booked my sixth IELTS for the end of July but if I don't pass this time I am going to take a break as it is taking such a toll on me emotionally. I get really nervous and it's getting worse. There is also the cost.

"I would like to work in an ICU in Northern Ireland but if I don't pass I will continue to work in the care home. Nursing is all I've ever wanted to do, I love my job.

"It just doesn't make any sense why they are making it so difficult with these essay questions when they need nurses so badly."

Source :http://www.irishnews.com/news/2017/07/17/news/highly-skilled-greek-nurse-working-in-care-home-after-failing-english-test-five-times-1085527/
* News / Opinion: Common Sense Approach Needed on Nurse IELTS Requirement by NMC -Irish N by Peculiar005: July 17, 2017, 09:10:22 AM
-Nurses from Australia, New Zealand and Canada are failing the written component
-A Greek Nurse spent £1,000 in repeated attempts

It is widely accepted that the health service in Britain and Northern Ireland is struggling to recruit and retain specialist medical and nursing staff leading to gaps in provision and spiralling costs as temporary personnel are employed on a short term basis.

There are well-founded fears that this situation will get worse after the UK finally withdraws from the European Union in 2019 with figures showing a 96 per cent decrease in the past year of EU nurses registering to work in Britain.

However, while this dramatic decline has until now been solely blamed on Brexit, there is also concern that a significant factor is a newly introduced English language test which all European and overseas nurses must pass in order to practice in the UK.

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is designed to test competence in reading, writing, listening and speaking English and costs £150 to sit the exam.

It was introduced in January 2016 by David Cameron's government as part of a plan aimed at helping control immigration. Under the scheme, foreign nationals working directly with people in public sector roles must be able to speak a high standard of English.

There is no disputing the fact that doctors and nurses must be able to communicate effectively and of course patient safety must be the absolute priority.

But the test has proved controversial because highly qualified nurses with English as their first language are finding it difficult to pass.

It has to be regarded as worrying when nurses from Australia, New Zealand and Canada are failing the written component, which asks candidates to write an essay on subjects that seem to bear little relation to nursing.

There is also the cost involved. A Greek nurse with specialist intensive care training has told The Irish News she has spent £1,000 in repeated attempts at the exam in Northern Ireland yet her scores would have been enough for a pass in the Republic where the marking system is more lenient.

In a further twist which many will view as frankly absurd, because the law change has been extended to cover the European Union, nurses from the Republic who want to work in the NHS could be required to sit the test to demonstrate they can communicate in English.

So far, the Nursing and Midwifery Council is resisting change saying that without clear evidence, it is not in the interests of public safety to lower the standards of English language competency.

As Janice Smyth, director of the Royal College of Nursing in Northern Ireland, points out, while patient safety is paramount, a balance needs to be struck.

That is particularly the case given the urgent shortage of skilled nursing staff in the health service.

Source :http://www.irishnews.com/opinion/leadingarticle/2017/07/17/news/common-sense-approach-needed-on-nurse-language-tests-1085636/
* Postgraduates / Australia Institute of Health and Management (IHM) Online Graduate Certificate in Nursing by katty: July 17, 2017, 01:25:04 AM
Study Post Graduate Certificate in Nursing (GCN) from Australia or overseas. The online program offers flexibility for working nurses to complete the program in 6 months to one year period.
The program offers pathway in to Graudate Diploma of Nursing in Australia with Institute of Health and Management (IHM). Further study options in to Master of Nursing with Universities in Australia.

Benefits to nurses:

Able to study post graduate course, if you are working in any area of nursing including medical, surgical, agedcare, sub-acute, clinics etc

Able to study post graduate course, if you are a registered nurse in home country and having a 3 year diploma level qualification and sufficient working experience.

Further study options to Graduate Diploma of nursing & Master of nursing with universities

Australian qualification: Global job opportunities
Jobs with corporate hospitals which promote Health Tourism and thereby expected to have international patients.

Career progression: Promotion in to various nursing supervisory roles.

Flexibility to study while you are working: Study from home country as we offer off-shore delivery
Tutoring groups of 25 students to get support for every body.

Optional two weeks study tour for students to get Australian exposure.

Next batch starts on the 31st July 2017. All enquiries are welcomed.

https://www.ihm.edu.au/enquirenow/gcn
* Upcoming Conference / Lagos State 2017 Nurses Week Announcement by katty: July 17, 2017, 01:17:02 AM
-Certificate can be used for license renewal

The Lagos state branch will be holding her 2017 international Nurses week as schedule below:
THEME: ‘NURSES; A VOICE TO LEAD; ACHIEVING THE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS’

DATE: Sunday 17th – Friday 22nd September, 2017

Venue: Nurses House, 19 Amaraolu, Agindingbi Ikeja Lagos

Programme Outlines

Sunday        17/09/2017  Thanksgiving
Monday      18/09/2017 Walk for Life and Medical Outreach
Tuesday       19/09/2017 Opening Ceremony/Fund Raising/Scientific Session
Wednesday 20/09/2017 Scientific Session
Thursday     21/09/2017 Scientific Session
Friday          22/09/2017 Scientific Session/ Closing ceremony/Gala Night.

Participant Registration Fee: N20, 000.00 (Twenty Thousand Naira).

The scientific conference is organized to create robust intellectual interaction among nurses and update their knowledge towards new innovations necessary for quality health care service delivery.

Note: Certificate obtain at this conference will attract credit value for the renewal of practicing nursing with Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria.

Comrade Akindipe A.P
Secretary LOC
* Exams / Re: Saunders NCLEX RN Questions and Answers 5th Edition Free Download in PDF by mgie: July 16, 2017, 11:35:00 PM
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* News / In Picture, Nigeria Nursing Professor, Prof. Ajibade Gives Back to the Society by Peculiar005: July 16, 2017, 05:28:24 PM
Nigeria latest Nursing Professor has given back to the society where he came from by organizing free health screening services for the poor and elderly.

This was carried out on Saturday in Eku Osolo, Sasa Community in Ejigbo, Osun State in conjunction with FODOR HEALTHCARE FOUNDATION and volunteers. Below are the pictures taken from the events.


Prof. Ajibade attending to a member of the community during the free health screening services


Prof. Ajibade with some of the volunteers







* News / Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria Set to Unveil Online Professional Update Portal by katty: July 16, 2017, 05:16:46 PM
The Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria will this week unveil an online platform for Nurses and Midwives in Nigeria to Update their details online according to a message currently in circulation. The online portal will be unveil at Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria Examiners workshop scheduled to begin tomorrow. To this all participants are advised to come along with their practising license for the test run. Below is the message from the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria


Distinguished Ladies and gentlemen, Please all participants attending the NMCN examiners workshop holding from July 17th- 28th, 2017 in any of the 4 centres are to come along with their license(valid or expired) for identification for the e-PUF application to be unveiled during this workshop.

Wishing you all journey mercies to the various centres. Thank you.

 Please note that payment can be made at the venue with your ATM debit card via Council's POS machine.
Thank you.

The application portal to be unveil tomorrow is
http://portal.nmcn.gov.ng/Nurses/add
* Nursing Jobs / NPOWER Released New Test Assessment Date for those who haven't received eligibility SMS by katty: July 16, 2017, 04:33:23 PM
Npower announced the new assessment date for those that haven't received THEIR Eligibility SMS before, as released on their Facebook time-line,

July 15th N-Power Tax
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July 20th N-Power Health
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July 25th N-Power Agro
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August 2nd N-Power Teach
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