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* News / ABUTH Zaria Post Basic Nurse Anesthesia Entrance Exam by katty: February 15, 2018, 12:10:00 PM
The Entrance Examination and Interview for *ABUTH* Zaria *Post Basic Nurse Anaesthesia  Programme* has been scheduled as follows :

⏺Writing Examination. 20th Feb. 2018

⏺Oral Interview.  21st Feb. 2018.
Requirements for the oral interview and the examination are;
* Print out of application form
*Sponsorship Letter
*Photocopy of all credentials
* Current practicing lisence or evidence of payment for renewal 
* Original copies of all credentials.

 *Note* that candidates are responsible for their accommodation.
* News / Ghana : Ankaful nurses declare another strike over director’s conductNurses and by katty: February 15, 2018, 09:30:39 AM
Nurses and physician assistants at the Ankaful Psychiatric Hospital have proceeded to lay down their tools to protest the conduct of the facility’s Medical Director, Dr. Emmanuel Dordoye.

According to them, Dr. Dordoye’s presence at the facility posed a danger to their mental and physical health.

The spokesperson of the Ankaful Psychiatric nurse’s group, Emmanuel Ofori, explained to Citi News that the nurses will resume work only after their director has been sacked.

“Dr. Eugene Dordoye’s presence in the hospital is a psychological stress to us. So we are notifying our immediate supervisor, who is the of the Health Authority CEO to take action. The nurses are not coming back to work until the hospital’s director is removed,” Emmanuel Ofori said.

In 2017, the medical practitioners embarked on a similar action after they gave the government a 3-day ultimatum to fire Dr. Dordoye.

The nurses complained of gross disrespect of staff and mismanagement of the hospital by Dr. Dordoye.

“We are emotionally and psychologically breaking down and we do not have peace of mind to care for our patients. We need peace and sound mind to care for our patients. The Accra people have a saying that ‘when the frog comes out of the water and says the crocodile is dead, you don’t challenge him’. In the same vein, when the psychiatric health workers who provide care to the mentally challenged say they are psychologically and emotionally breaking down, don’t condemn them, take them seriously,” a Deputy Public Relations Officer of the Psychiatric Nurses’ Group, Benjamin Anewotey, told Citi News at the time.

Dr. Dordoye however in a letter to the hospital staff apologized for his approach in trying to reform the hospital and pledged to improve on his management of the facility.

“I apologize unreservedly to all staff of Ankaful psychiatric hospital who have been hurt by my approach, the CEO, MHA [Mental Health Authority], Central Regional Minister, Health Minister and all others affected and I will surely improve and manage the change better than I have done in the past going forward,” he said.

But the hospital staff, who say they have not seen any improvement in the director’s conduct, are calling on the Health Ministry to immediately remove him before they resume work.

* News / First Batch of Oncology Nurses from Aga Khan University Graduate in Kenya by katty: February 14, 2018, 09:37:34 PM
The first batch of nurses specialising in the care and treatment of cancer patients from the Aga Khan University (AKU) graduated on Wednesday.

Speaking at the 14th graduation ceremony in Nairobi, the university’s president, Mr Firoz Rasul, said the rising cases of cancer in the country necessitated the creation of a curriculum specifically for nurses handling such patients.

According to Dr Eunice Ndirangu, the head of academics at the school of nursing and midwifery, the oncology course is one of a kind in the country and is only offered at AKU and Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital.

A total of 80 students of AKU graduated.

“The students who just graduated were selected mainly through the support of their counties and their medical service providers who saw the very high need for more specialised skills and knowledge in oncology nursing and palliative care,” Sharon Brownie, the School of Nursing and Midwifery dean, said.

Johnson and Johnson Corporate Citizenship Trust will sponsor the course making it possible for more students to be trained in the next class.

The valedictorian of this year’s ceremony was a graduand of the higher diploma in oncology nursing course.

Ms Immaculate Wambugu, a nurse, said her next step will be to develop a similar course, where she can train other nurses.

“My employer sponsored my studies, and they allowed me to be out of work for two days a week,” she said.

Source : Daily Nation
* News / Senator Ajayi Boroffice Donates Hospital to Ọkà Àkókò in Ondo State by katty: February 14, 2018, 09:22:26 PM
As  part of efforts to enhance the well-being of his constituents, the Senator representing Ondo North Senatorial District in the Senate, Prof. Ajayi Boroffice has donated a 24-bed obstetric hospital to his home town, Oka Akoko in Akoko South/West Local Government Area.

Boroffice, who is the Chairman, Senate Committee on Science and Technology, said the need to provide adequate health care for his people motivated him to carry out the project which was one of the projects he intends to execute.

He said: “My constituency needs facilities for health delivery, more so as health is one of the aims of the Millennium Development Goals.

“Though it is called obstetric care hospital, it also has a maternity facility,” he said.

Some features of the obstetric centre include operating theatre, delivery room, antenatal ward; doctors’ consulting rooms, nurses residential quarters and electric-motorised wheel chairs.

It also has pharmacy department, medical records department, waiting room for patients, 24-hour solar-powered electricity, solar-driven borehole for potable water, even as all rooms and offices have air-conditioners.

The Senator said the project would be handed over to the Federal Medical Centre (FMC) Owo for optimal use.

According to him, the centre will later be expanded when more doctors are available.

He promised to make financial provisions for the health centre his priority, saying he would not abandon it.

In his remarks, a member representing Akoko Southeast/Southwest Federal Constituency in the National Assembly, Babatunde Kolawole said the project is commendable.

Kolawole noted that the centre would bring medical care to the doorsteps of residents of the constituency unlike before when they had to travel to Owo to access health care.

He said the facility would also reduce the risk associated with travelling to a far place to receive medical treatment.

The Olubaka of Oka-Akoko, Oba Adebori Adeleye noted that the project would have positive impact in the lives of members of the constituency, saying it was people-oriented.

The monarch said: “This is better than when politicians give out money. I urge you to make judicious use of the facility. I also encourage Senator Boroffice not to relent in his efforts to make life significant for members of his constituency.

Earlier, the Acting Head of Clinical Services, FMC, Owo, Dr Kunle Adesokan said the Senator had brought quality tertiary health care to members of the constituency.

Adesokan said FMC Owo would ensure availability of skilled personnel at the centre.

He called for provision of facilities and equipment needed for basic surgical and obstetric procedures and the ability to make diagnostic test and enhance medical and paediatric consultations.

According to him, there must be plan for maintenance of the equipment, even as he said the facilities would be expanded and upgraded.

Dr Adesokan expressed his optimism that if the seed of the project is well watered and nurtured, it would blossom and be beneficial for all and sundry.

The Chairman of the project committee, Alfred Omosola said the project was just a tip of the iceberg when compared with other ones facilitated by the Senator in the constituency.

Some of the projects, Omosola said, include Biofuel Ethanol Plant, Ajowa, the Incubation Centre, Iwaro Oka and skill acquisition centre, Oka, among others.

He said the health care facility was another landmark achievement of Senator Boroffice for his constituents.

The Chairman, Akoko Consultative Forum (ACF) in Akoko Northwest Local Government Area, Mr. Christopher Olorunfemi, described the project as a good development, saying it would enhance the health status of the citizens.

Source : The Nation Newspaper
* News / Enugu Increases Allowance of Corper Nurses to #20, 000, Corper Doctors #30, 000 by katty: February 14, 2018, 05:59:05 PM
Enugu State Government has announced increase in the allowance for National Youth Service Corps ( NYSC ) members serving in primary healthcare facilities in rural areas in the state.

The Commissioner for Information, Mr Ogbuagu Anikwe, announced this in Enugu on Wednesday while briefing newsmen on the outcome of the State Executive Council meeting.

Anikwe said that medical doctors serving in hospitals in rural areas would henceforth receive N30, 000 monthly from the state government as against N3, 800 being given to them currently.

Similarly, he said, pharmacists, nurses, radiographers, laboratory scientists and statisticians would receive a monthly stipend of N20, 000.

He announced that the government also planned to review the service condition and welfare of other set of corps members in the state.

The commissioner explained that the increase in allowances of the corps members serving in health facilities was to further ensure that health services were taken close to rural dwellers.

“The government has approved that each corps member selected to work as a medical doctor in government hospital in the rural areas will get a monthly stipend of N30, 000.

“All of these will cost the government extra N31.2 million per annum but it is an expense that is worth it. It is to ensure that health facilities are available at the door steps of our people,” he said.

Anikwe said that the government noted the challenges of getting medical personnel to work health facilities in rural communities and decided on the incentive.

According to him, the council decided that one sure way to solve the problem is to get health personnel from the NYSC who will be encouraged with an increased stipend.

The commissioner said that the state government had invested much in rural communities and would want such facilities to have direct impact on the inhabitants.

“Before now, Enugu had a peculiar problem because the state was paying a certain amount as allowance and it led to an influx of youth corps members from all over the country, wanting to serve here.

“It then became impossible for the state government to continue to sustain that stipend because we are not out of the woods yet.

“So, we are not unmindful of what to do for corps members but everything we are doing, we check our purse.

“I am sure that as the finances of the state government improves, we will come to a point where everybody is given an allowance that enables them cope with the condition of life in the country,” he said.

Anikwe said that the government was first looking at very critical sectors, adding that others would follow soon.

He said that the governor, Mr Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, was passionate about making residents of the state competitive and healthy “and that is why his economic blueprint traversed the entire state”.

Also, Commissioner for Works, Mr Greg Nnaji, said that the state government had approved the renovation and upgrade of eight district hospitals across the state.

Nnaji said that the gesture was to reduce the pressure on secondary health facilities in the state and to ensure that residents did not have to travel to the state capital for medical attention.

He said that such hospitals and clinics would now wear new looks while modern health equipment would be installed in them.

All youth corps members posted to rural communities of the state are paid monthly stipend of N3, 800 each.

* News / Ghana Bonded jobless nurses picket again at Health Ministry by katty: February 14, 2018, 02:53:43 PM
Scores of bonded unemployed nurses and midwives on Tuesday besieged the premises of the Ministry of Health to demand posting.

The trained health professionals said they have been idling at home for the past two years after successfully leaving school and completing their mandatory national service.

The spokesperson of the group, Daniel Obuor, said the Ministry has failed to respond to their various letters over their unemployment.

“We have been here several times and each time we come they will tell you they are working on it. They will say go and come the next day… We just went there are they are still telling us that they don’t have our list. We are having challenges. We are now burdens in our homes,” he said.

Picketing at the Health Ministry to demand employment has become a common phenomenon for various health professionals in the country especially in the last three (3) years.

The government has consistently given assurances that it will address their demands, but that has often been after series of protests including picketing at the ministry.

Late in 2017, a group of unemployed nurses spent two days at the Ministry demanding their posting. They had their issue resolved after they spent the night at the Ministry.

Some of the frustrated jobless nurses now deem it worthwhile to refer their concerns to the media since they believe the Ministry deliberately ignore their concerns and fail to respond to letters over their unemployment.

The commitment of the government to absorbing these doctors, and healthcare in general, was recently questioned when one of the doctors wrote to Citi FM conveying the frustration of the jobless doctors who ready to serve the country.

* News / Nepali men in nursing: It’s time males became nurses by katty: February 14, 2018, 02:45:37 PM
If Nepali women are breaking the medical barrier, should not men be able to become nurses? After all, nursing is about more than ‘care’. It’s a vocation and professionally acclaimed. It’s not merely a job

I’m often asked: “Why did you become a nurse, when you could have studied medicine?” Rather than laugh in derision and scoff at the inquisitor, I take stock of my seemingly valiant decision and consider the origins of his or her question.

Raised in a liberally democratic nation that espouses informality and multi-culturalism, by an Austrian-Lebanese mother and father of Irish ancestry, the world seemed avant-garde and magnanimous. It wasn’t until I reached mid-adolescence, surrounded by “Aussie blokes”, that I started realising masculinity—at least stereotypically—formed the bedrock of the country’s national identity.  The development of the virile ideal has—for decades—conditioned cultural norms in Australian society, constructing a set of qualities to which men must adhere: stoicism, assertiveness and bravado, all while being easy-going and carefree.  Following an unconventional pathway, therefore—namely the acquisition of a bachelor degree in nursing, a profession “for women”—meant working against such deep-rooted and unwavering ideals; it was never going to be easy. Change, and diversity, never are.

Fortunately, I was not the first man to dip my toes into objectionable waters, and I certainly will not have been the last. Despite the dearth in male nursing peers in classes at university and colleagues at work post-graduation, I never wavered from my initial plan.  In fact, it made me resolute; it highlighted a culture in desperate need of transformation.  Promisingly, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, in 2011, 10 per cent of all Australian nurses were men. Statistics paint a variant picture of the profession in Nepal.

Culturally speaking, in terms of male dominance, Nepali society is not entirely dissimilar to that of Australia. Despite ethnic pluralism dominating cross-sections of mainstream civilisation, with strong patriarchal archetypes penetrating to the core, stepping outside the box of “acceptable practice” can present seemingly insurmountable obstacles.  For women, particularly those within the profession, working under patriarchal patronage has signified responsibility without authority, and widespread disempowerment. For men, it went a step further: it was deemed illegal to enter the profession post-1990.  However, the law— but perhaps not yet culture—has changed, and is now permitting the re-entry of men into nursing.

Given the increase of male nurses across the globe and the propensity for nurses in general to make a significant impact on the lives of patients, is not it about time Nepali men—and the government—championed change?

Concerns arise, however, regarding said change. It’s debated that due to a culturally dominant historical legacy of male dominance, involving even one man in a group of professional women could further marginalise females, stripping them of their voice by handing it to “the man”.  This being said, women are doctors in Nepal, assertive in their respective roles, commanding respect as they go. Cannot men work collaboratively with women in the nursing domain too, for the greater good of the patient, ultimately shifting the paradigm away from gender segregation to equality and partnership?

Times may change, and the new generation could emerge with diverse ideals to those of their predecessors.  Can cultural norms, ones that have historically followed pre-determined patterns, shift so that men and women can work together—collaboratively—to champion the improvement of healthcare for Nepali society? At the end of the shift, should the debate not boil down to quality of healthcare provision, and that which is best—and most culturally safe—for each patient?

Since graduating as a male nurse in 2014, the world has become my proverbial oyster.  I’ve floated into illustrious positions, taught at university, and now travel the world to volunteer my nursing skills wherever required.

Misaligned attitudes—at least in my opinion—will always exist, as will misogynistic ideals and patriarchal influences.  However, they should never dominate tyrannically, to the point of oppression. Nursing, although characterised by the philosophy of care, is not solely “a job for women”.  The status quo needs to be broken globally.

Aside from caring for vulnerable, disempowered and scared people daily, nurses are impactful, often transforming the healthcare experience of said people by means of a single touch or smile.  We teach communities about primary health care, improve the quality of care through personal attributes, advocate for those without a voice and generally make a difference to patients’ lives.  It’s a fundamental role, suited to both gender groups.

Linked intimately to having an impact, nurses are often reported to be among the happiest professionals.  Derived in part from the helping nature of the role, it’s perhaps an overarching sense of humanity that sends us back to the hospital day after day. If Nepali women are breaking the medical barrier, should not men be able to become nurses?  After all, nursing is about more than “care”.  It’s a vocation and professionally acclaimed.  It’s not merely a job. Nepal’s constitution reflects gender equality. Should not the culture-coin be flipped—on this occasion—to include men in nursing, a profession historically dominated by women?

McGarry, Himalayas Times. McGarry  is a registered nurse in Australia
* News / Ghana : Bolgatanga Nurses Training College in a deplorable state by katty: February 14, 2018, 12:19:29 PM
The Bolgatanga Nurses Training College in the Upper East Region, is in a deplorable state, unfit for human habitation, Madam Tina Gifty Mensah, Deputy Minister for Health has said.

Madam Mensah who toured the College, described it as terrible, and said the Ministry had received several petitions from tutors about the state of the College.

Most of its structures have cracks, windows without louvre blades, inadequate furniture and lecture halls and poor office space for tutors, which hindered academic activities.

Students at the College compete for space at both male and female hostels as rooms contain as much as 30 students instead of five, with poor lighting and exposed electrical cables coupled with non-functioning ceiling fans, broken doors and ceilings. The situation is not different at the lecture halls.

The 440 students of the College practiced open defecation on campus and in the nearby community, exposing them to reptiles and attacks from some community members especially at night.

Motorists and animals invade the campus at all times, whilst some community members, farm and offer sacrifices to their gods close to the entrance of the male hostel.

At the tutors’ office, which doubles as office of the Vice Principal, there also have inadequate and broken furniture, which compelled the tutors to use the fewer furniture on first come bases.

Madam Mensah who was accompanied by the Head of Health Training Institutions, the Upper East Regional Director of Health Services, Regional Manager of the Nurses and Midwifery Council and some stakeholders, held separate close door meetings with the Principal and tutors to listen to their grievances.

She expressed disgust about the situation and said, “I do not think it is good for people to learn in such an environment, no it is horrible and I will not allow my child to come and study in such a situation”.

The Minister, who is also the Member of Parliament for Weija-Gbawe Constituency, further observed that for over a decade, there had not been washrooms for students, adding, “Students come to school and defecate around everywhere, this is terrible”.

She suggested that the school be razed down and reconstructed instead of putting money into it for renovation, and said the students could be shared among other nursing institutions to continue with academic activities whilst the construction work continued.

Madam Mensah used the opportunity to appeal to the students to exercise restraint and put up with the situation, and assured them that things would be put right for them to learn in a conductive atmosphere, within the shortest possible time.

Dr Kwesi Asabir, the Head of Health Training Institutions, said the team led by the Deputy Minister,  would hold a stakeholder’s meetings to enable it make an informed decision on the situation, “we think the students are suffering, and we cannot sit down and allow students who have paid fees to go through this ordeal.”

Mr William Sebil, the Vice Principal of the College, told the Ghana News Agency that lack of infrastructure compelled management to divide the students into ‘A’ and ‘B’ for lectures since they could not combined all in a lecture hall.

He said some students usually stood by windows and doors to listen to lectures which affected academic performance and discipline.

He appealed to authorities to address the challenges of the institution as soon as possible to improve teaching and learning.

Source : GNA
* News / How Ghanaian Doctors, Nurses are Using Whatsapp to Reduce Maternal Mortality by katty: February 14, 2018, 06:38:34 AM
The usage of WhatsApp, a social media platform, has contributed to the effort of reducing institutional maternal mortality from 145 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births in 2015 to 109 per 100,000 live births in 2016.

Deputy Director of Christian Health Association of Ghana (CHAG), Dr. James Duah in an interview with the Ghana News Agency, explained that, the reduction occurred within the CHAG network with support from the Ministry of Health (MOH) and the Ghana Health Service (GHS).

He said as part of the Millennium Accelerated Framework (MAF) project, a WhatsApp group was created for four zones in the country to facilitate the transfer of knowledge, skill and support to and from individuals, especially nurses and doctors on the platform.

The MAF is an initiative put together by development partners in collaboration with the MOH, GHS and other health sector players in 2015. It also seeks to provide funds and technical support to improve the coverage of skilled attendance during pregnancy, childbirth and the postnatal period.

Dr. Duah said the members on the platform includes doctors, midwives, public health nurses, emergencies nurses, hospital managers, mentors, implementation committee members and facilitators, who shared vital information in real time.

”Health practitioners had the opportunity to solicit for technical support whenever needed, especially during maternal emergencies situations on the platform and they got answers. The WhatsApp platform has been very instrumental in the attainment of the goals set by the various hospital teams.

”It also allowed mentors to move to facilities to help save emergency situations including repair of ruptured uteruses and preparing blood to save women with postpartum haemorrhages.

”All members needed to do during emergencies was to describe the conditions and symptoms of the patient on the platform and a specialist in that field will give direction as to how to address the situation without cost,” he explained.

Dr. Duah added that the WhatsApp platform helped representatives at the referral hospitals to receive information of emergency referral cases and prepare adequately to receive the patient seamlessly and thus reduced maternal avoidable deaths.

On telephone network coverage challenges, he said, steps were taken to test all the networks to ascertain those with the strongest signal in every area to ensure that all members were on board.

Source :Myjoyonline
* Articles / Reasons Why You Should Be a Nurse by katty: February 14, 2018, 06:28:11 AM
Have you considered a career in nursing? It’s a very rewarding career, both monetarily and emotionally. Making a difference in people’s lives and bringing them hope and cheer is not something that you can achieve in just about any career. Read on to know why the nursing career is so rewarding.

1. There is great demand for nurses at present and this demand is projected to rise by 2020, by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The job opportunities in this career field will be astounding for the right candidates.

2. Nurses make excellent wages; an average registered nurse makes more than $52,000 a year and more experienced and specialized nurses make over $72,000.

3. A nurse can work in different kinds of establishments, each offering unique work environments. For example, a nurse can work in hospitals, schools, home care facilities, government agencies, and so on.

4. Nurses can work in flexible schedules, and take up shifts as desired. Shifts are between 4 to 12 hours a day, and a nurse can opt for the best shifts to accommodate other side jobs or education opportunities.

5. As a nurse, you’ll make a huge difference in people’s lives. A caring and compassionate nurse is considered as a guardian angel by patients. This can be a very satisfying and gratifying career for the compassionate.

6. As a nurse, you get the opportunity to interact with patients, medical staff, doctors and administrators every day. This gives you the opportunity to learn from other careers and add to your knowledge base, while sharpening your interpersonal skills.

7. You’ll never know what’s going to happen at any given point in time. there’s constant excitement and challenge in a nurse’s life. You have the opportunity to make swift decisions, learn each day and never get bored, as each day is different.

8. Nursing allows for many career advancements. You can aspire to take on bigger roles, or even continue education to perform in different capacities.

9. You can change specialties and move on to a health care specialty that suits your better. For example, if you like children, you can work in the pediatrics department. If you like being on hand to assist in trauma cases, you can work in the emergency room. You can decide what you want to do based on your aptitude and your tolerance level.

10. You can work anywhere you want. Your skills are a nurse are entirely portable and with the right qualifications, experience and recommendations, you can shift to any state in the country and practice your nursing skills there.

11. You don’t need any equipment or facilities to do your job. Your skills as a nurse are universal, and you’ll be able to help others without needing four walls in which to work. Just like doctors, your skills come in useful when there’s an accident, or crisis. You’ll be valued anywhere you go, as you represent a person who can help heal illnesses and distress in people.

12. You can easily qualify to become a practical nurse and even a registered nurse. The best thing is, you can work as a regular or practical nurse while studying to be a registered nurse. The friendly shift timings help you to achieve your educational aspirations.

13. Your background as a nurse helps you advise people in general about how to live life in a clean environment. You can educate people in poor localities and also work with the homeless, bringing sanitation and wellness into people’s lives.

14. You can always get paid better by completing higher nursing or medical care degrees. As a nurse, you have many career opportunities that can be achieved via further education.

15. You can help care for the health of your family and friends. Your nursing education and experience prepares you to handle family emergencies; this is a definite advantage if you have children of your own.

16. You can work in the medical field alongside doctors but you don’t have to study for 12 to 14 the way doctors have to. With 2 or 4 years of professional education, you can work alongside top medical professionals and contribute to healthcare.

17. If something goes wrong with a patient, the doctor is liable for malpractice, not the nurse. That doesn’t mean you can make costly mistakes, however.

18. You can spend a lot of time with patients and build lasting relationships. You get the chance to meet some unique people and this will enrich your life experience. Doctors seldom get the time to spend with patients.

19. When a doctor picks a specialty, he or she has to stick to it, as changing the specialty means continuing education. However, as a nurse, you can change specialties and shift from pediatrics to trauma to cancer ward by attending an orientation training session and hands on.

20. You can start your career with a minimum amount of debt, unlike doctors, who have to spend a lot of money to graduate and specialize before they start making returns on their investments.

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