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* News / @WHO @DrTedros Affirm Support For Nursing Now 2020 by katty: October 04, 2018, 05:52:22 PM
Today the World Health Organization (WHO) and its Director General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus at its head quarters reaffirmed its commitment to the Nursing Now Campaign
 
In attendance included the Co-chair of the Nursing Now campaign Lord Nigel Crisp (UK Paliarment), Isabelle Skinner (ICN President) who is also a Nurse and a Midwife, Alan Gibbs (Chairman of the Burden Trust), amongst others.



“Without nurses and midwives on the frontlines, universal health coverage cannot happen” -@DrTedros during signing of @NursingNow2020 MoU at @WHO HQ
Speaking at the event Dr Elizabeth Iro, the Chief Nursing Officer of the WHOin welcoming everyone said the event was to help raise the profile of Nursing & Midwifery globally and also its collaboration between itself and other units in the WHO globally and with key partners.
 
You may recall that Dr. Tedros lauched the #NursingNow campaing in  February at Geneva this year in supporting the roles of Nursing and its contribution to achieving the priorities of the WHO, and also in london, the Duchess of Cambridge lauched the campaing.

According to Dr. Tedros in supporting the NursingNow campaign "I did this for selfish reasons and thats because without Nurses and Midwives at the frontlines Universal health discovery cannot happen so I saw opportunities, I saw a force that can really play a big role and when someone comes and says help us support this campaign I want to make it known that what motivated me is I support Nurses and Midwives first then the campaign. I see this in terms of commitment which comes from seeing opportunities and would motivate me to do more because I see the value and opportunities in it.
“A major part of primary health care is nurses. They are the ones you need to work with.” Says @DrTedros
For me when this idea came like i said i saw opportunitites and because i have first hand field experience in the roles of nurses and midwives because i worked so closely with them more often than other categories of health care professionals because they are at the frontlines. Nurses and midwives are like a bridge to the communities and they have a big role to play in primary health care coverage.
 
Major part of primary healthcare in terms of workforce are nurses and unless you are stupid they are the ones you would like to work with and should be more empowered to help healthcare be more effective and the recognition they deserve.
@DrTedros announces 2020 as the year of nursing!
During our first meeting of the Nursingnow campaign, one of my advice was "Ok, NursingNow but NursingNow for a cause which means nursingNow to achieve Universal Health Discoveries otherwise the whole world would say are they looking for recognition, or are they saying VIVA NURSING then what else, but Nursingnow for a cause which we agreed upon it was a brige in the campaign which nurses can get behind.
 
Then on the other hand Nurses and Midwives are the majority of the workforce but still we have shortages and we need to do two things:
1. Recognise those who are already in the field, their roles and help them.
2. At the same time filling the gaps of nurses & midwives in the fields around the globe, through enovative ways which are being discussed internally.
 
We have agreed to start work right now. We need to mobilise our regions and movement starts from the grass roots, mobilise and celebrate the role of nurses and the commuities we serve should celebrate our nurses.
 
Thank you so much for this movement, there is an opportunity for global health and this a campaign with and for a cause which can always succeed. It is not just a campaign to celebrate nurses but also to drive this cause but the celebration would movtivate them and the force would move like a sunami to bring change.
 
After the speaches the memorandum of understanding was signed by all involved.
* News / Ghana: Trainee nurses threaten to boycott class over delayed allowances by katty: October 04, 2018, 02:34:57 PM
The Coalition of Allied Health Professionals has indicated that trainee nurses may be forced to boycott the various health institutions by the end of October if their accumulated allowances are not paid.

The President of the group, Bright Bell in a Citi News interview said the trainee nurses have not been paid their allowances for the past six months.



The Akufo-Addo government in a run-up to the 2016 Presidential elections promised to restore the teacher and nurses trainee allowances scrapped by the previous government; a promise that was fulfilled in September 2017.

A few months after the initial payment, subsequent allowances have not been forthcoming.

“Our junior colleagues who are also in school and those who are currently doing rotation have also not been paid for over six months now. They are also agitating that by the close of this month if they do not receive the allowances, they will be forced to vacate all the Ministry of Health-sponsored schools and go back home because once their seniors even have challenges in getting jobs, there is no guarantee of job placement for them and there is no need to even keep training,” Bright Bell said.

Mr. Bell also indicated that they are unable to go through a mandatory license renewal since they have been unemployed for years.

In January 2018, trainee nurses complained about the non-payment of the allowance, but they began receiving the allowances for November and December 2017 after assurances before that month ended.

The Ghana Nurses and Midwives Trainees Association, however, said the delays in the payment must end.

The issue of allowance for trainee nurses became a major campaign point in the 2016 elections after the New Patriotic Party promised to restore the payments which were scrapped by the Mahama government.

The government restored the allowances of GH¢400, effective September 2017 with an elaborate ceremony to the joy of the trainee nurses who had complained about the hardships they faced without those funds.

President Akufo-Addo said an amount of GH¢232 million had been allocated for the stipend, with the health trainees set to receive GH¢400 each month.

Source: citinewsroom.com
* News / Non-EU nurses must pay €600 to work in Malta Despite Shortage of Nurses by katty: October 03, 2018, 03:55:04 PM
Nurses from non-EU countries wanting to work in Malta will have to fork out about €600 to be registered, according to a new legal notice.

Issued last week, the legal notice enables nurses and midwives defined as third country nationals to work in Malta provided they follow a compulsory adaptation course and sit for an examination, which will cost €400. They must also pay an additional fee of €192.50 to submit an application to the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

Their colleagues from EU countries will only have to pay €13.20 to apply for registration.

Times of Malta reported last month that nurses and midwives who were not trained in the EU had, for almost a year, not been allowed to work in Malta despite persisting staff shortages at hospitals and clinics. The Health Ministry had said a legal notice allowing such professionals to work in Malta would be issued.

Health Minister Chris Fearne had told the Times of Malta about 70 nurses would join the public health sector once the change allowing them to follow the adaptation course came into force.

While Mr Fearne had insisted the government had acted soon after the nursing council had flagged an issue with the law regulating payment, sources had pointed out that the problem had been ongoing for close to a year.

The council would not say why it had not flagged the issue before.

The adaptation course is being offered by the university and the Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology and will have a duration of six months. Nurses would only be able to apply for registration after completing the course.

The sources told Times of Malta that though the Mcast had set up the course before the legal notice had even been officially announced, evidently after being informed in advance that such changes would be taking place, the University of Malta was left in the dark on the matter.
Source: Times of Malta
* Upcoming Conference / West African College of Nursing Nigeria Chapter 2018 Annual General Meeting by katty: October 03, 2018, 03:47:51 PM
West African College of Nursing Nigeria Chapter Annual General Meeting/Scientific Conference Kanon Dabo, 2018
 
Theme: EMERGING HEALTH CHALLENGES: The Changing Role of the Nurse in the Era of New Technolgy and Innovation.
 
Sub-Themes:
* The Challenges and Role of Nurses and stake holders in curbing the menance of substance abuse.
* Disaster and emergency management In the community: The Roles of the Nurse.
* Politics, Policies and Media: Leadership and Governance Tools in Nursing.
* Quantification and costing of Nursing care: Call to action.
* Information Communication Technology for Nursing Care of Patient (Nursing informatics).
* Current Trends in Nursing Education and administration.
* Contemporary issues in Maternal and child Health.
* Evidenced Based Medico-Surgical Nursing.
 
Date: 26th - 30th November,  2018
 
Venue: Mahmud Tukur Theatre, Bayero University Kano. Old Site
 
The Conference attracts (3) credit units from Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria for Nurses Licence Renewal.
 
Conference Fee:
Fellows -  N25,000
Retirees - N12,500
Students - N10.000
Other Nurses - N20,000
 
Pay Registration fee;
GTBank Account No: 0048232501
Acount Nam: WACN,- Northern Zone
 
Guest Speaker:
Professor E.O. Ajao RN. PhD. FWACN
Dean, School of Nursing,
Babcock University, IIisan Ogun State
 
For Enquiries Contact:
08065482455, 08123232251, 08034526446, 08035852827, 08028411537

* News / UK Nurses Vote to Remove Royal College of Nursing Leadership After Pay Deal by katty: October 03, 2018, 08:48:20 AM
Members of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) passed a historic no-confidence resolution against the union’s leadership by a huge majority of those voting last week. The resolution received 11,156 (78.1 percent) votes in favour, 3,124 (21.9 percent) against, with 1,112 members abstaining.

The resolution presented by Danielle Tiplady, a nurse and Labour Party activist from London, called on the RCN’s leadership Council “to stand down.” The vote was announced last Friday at an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) in Birmingham, which the RCN was forced to convene after more than 1,000 members signed a petition demanding it—as the implications of a sellout pay deal agreed in March became clear.

The low standing of the RCN bureaucracy was also manifest in the very low ballot turnout. Only 3.47 percent of the 435,000 members voted, with the vast majority of rank-and-file members disengaged from the union and viewing its leadership with contempt.



In a failed attempt to head off a growing rebellion, the RCN’s chief executive and general secretary, Janet Davies, stepped down in August and the Council set up “an independent external review into the processes and communication of the 2018 Pay Deal.” This is a ruse, as the leadership insisted that the pay deal would not be revisited.

In March, 13 trade unions out of 14 agreed to a derisory rise of 6.5 percent over three years, after health workers suffered a 14 percent pay cut over the last eight years under the austerity measures of Tory-led governments. The Retail Price Index inflation for the next three years is estimated at 9.6 percent, meaning the deal is in fact a cut in real wages.

The de-facto pay cut was sold “as the best deal in eight years” by the unions. But when workers checked their pay packets, they discovered pay rises as low as 12 pence. Many received a meagre increase of 1.5 percent, not even the 3 percent promised, with the rest of the first year increase delayed until after the annual incremental date.

At the EGM, the RCN Council was challenged by members who queued up to demand their removal. Geoff from Scotland said, “We were told that we were going to be listened to. … I have been raising issues…and this council has been organising against people like me who speak. We have been told that we were a ‘certain type of people.’… I have been told that I was Momentum. I don’t even belong to the Labour Party.”

He denounced the RCN leadership for sending Scottish members an e-mail portraying opposition voices as putting at risk what has been a “proudly non-party political organisation” representing members whatever their opinion or backgrounds.

Samantha, a newly qualified nurse, said, “I have been a member of the RCN since I started university. … The only thing that tempted me to stay after the pay deal was announced was the petition because I perhaps had an opportunity to help to change the direction of this organisation. I’m proud to say that I am one of the 1,017 who signed the petition.”

Referring to Maria Trewern, the chair of Council, Samantha said, “I heard you speak of acknowledgement, apologies, recognition of some errors. … Your actions have spoken so loudly I am unable to hear what you are saying. I trusted you and I’m afraid that my trust has gone.”

An NHS worker from the south of England said of the RCN leaders, “They lied to us. They misled us. Eight years of austerity and attacks on our pay terms and conditions is not only an indictment against the RCN leadership, but against all the health unions. They colluded with the government to implement these attacks.”

NHS FightBack, established by the Socialist Equality Party, called for a “yes” vote in its statement “Vote  ‘yes’ on resolution to force out Royal College of Nursing leadership! Build rank-and-file committees!”

This call was taken up by the worker who said, “We are here to fight against this. We need to take matters into our own hands. No more back door skulduggery. We cannot stop by just getting rid of some leaders. We need to build rank-and-file committees to unite workers in the public sector facing the same ruthless attacks.”

Answering a question from a member on whether the RCN would reopen the pay deal, Tom Sanford from the RCN leadership replied, “No, we don’t believe that the pay deal can be reopened, because we believe that the other trade unions involved in negotiating the deal would not cooperate.”

In other words, so rotten is the entire union bureaucracy that RCN members and all health workers will have to suffer what is a pro-management agreement that cuts wages.

The other health unions have not only refused to issue an apology to their memberships, but Unison Assistant General Secretary Christina McAnea denounced Davies for having done so, stating that that the RCN general secretary “had neither read nor understood the offer. It’s unfortunate that one person’s seeming lack of understanding has unleashed such an unhelpful and completely unnecessary wave of confusion for NHS staff.”

McAnea is aware that the union bureaucracy are sitting on a powder keg. Such is the level of anger at the sellout, the latest of many, that if their own members had a chance to vote, they too would kick out the union leaders.
None of the RCN’s top officials have stood down since the ballot and the EGM, issuing a statement that they would not yet accept the vote until it had been verified this week. The statement explains that “Council members and the College are now considering the next steps to be taken as RCN Council enters a period of transition.”

The RCN’s Council’s defiance of the will of the membership is evidence that the unions are not organisations representing the interests of workers but, as the pay deal shows, hostile bodies that fight only on behalf of the employers.

The vote against the RCN leaders is an important first step, but the fight is far from over. RCN members must demand the resignation of the entire Council membership and that the March pay deal be declared void. This must be fought for in a united offensive by all health workers, with the struggle to win decent pay and conditions made the focal point in opposition to the ongoing destruction and privatisation of the NHS.

To carry out a struggle, nurses and health care workers cannot allow themselves to be subordinated to the operations of the unions. NHS FightBack urges the formation of rank-and-file committees of action, independently of the unions, to organise and coordinate opposition.

Source: https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/10/03/nurs-o03.html
* News / Filipino Nurses Certified as Class in US Human Trafficking Suit by katty: October 02, 2018, 04:32:39 PM
A United States federal judge has certified as a class over 200 Filipino nurses in a human trafficking lawsuit against New York's largest group of nursing homes.

The Sept. 11 decision provides that any nurse recruited by the Sentosa Agency in the Philippines and employed in the US since Dec. 23, 2008 shall be part of a class suit against the nursing home.

This after Filipino nurse Rose Ann Paguirigan accused the Sentosa group of nursing homes of threatening Filipino nurses to force them into working for less than prevailing wages.

The company allegedly promised that it would pay Filipino nurses the prevailing wage at the start of their employment in New York.

But once a Filipino nurse arrives in New York, he or she only gets paid the prevailing wage as of the date his or her visa application was first submitted. Visa applications usually take 6 to 8 years, according to the plaintiff.

Employment contracts of Filipino nurses in the company also requires them to pay up to $25,000 if they decide to leave before the end of their 3-year contract.

With the recent class certification, any Filipino nurse recruited and employed by Sentosa Services since 2008 would no longer have to file an individual complaint.

“When employers pay foreign nurses less than the prevailing wage, they depress wages and opportunities for all nurses. Today’s decision is a victory for all the nurses who work so hard to take care of our loved one," Paguiringan's lawyer John Howley said in a statement.

Source:https://news.abs-cbn.com/overseas/10/02/18/victory-for-all-nurses-pinoy-nurses-certified-as-class-in-us-human-trafficking-suit
* Post Basic Courses / JUTH Post Basic Nurse Anasthesia Entrance Exam Postponed Over Jos Crisis by katty: October 02, 2018, 04:25:26 PM
Following this fresh crisis, the management of jos university teaching hospital (JUTH) has reportedly postponed the post basic Nurse Anaesthetist entrance exam scheduled to hold tomorrow (Wednesday 3rd of October 2018).
 
The decision according to them was as a result of the insecurity presently been encountered in the city.
 
Recall that sometimes last week, the plateau state government announced a curfew between the hours of 6.00 am - 6:00 pm daily until further notice.
* News / Slovakia Government to Increase Nurses Salaries by 16% in 2019 by katty: October 02, 2018, 09:12:15 AM
The salaries of Slovak nurses will grow by up to 16 percent next year based on a 2019 draft budget for the health care sector. The hike is part of the health care sector’s budget proposal of €5.2 billion, an increase of €300 million compared to 2018. In addition to the salary increases for medical staff, the funds will also be used for reconstruction, medical equipment and screenings, Finance Minister Peter Kažimír and Health Minister Andrea Kalavská informed on September 28.



Staffing is a major problem for the country’s health-care sector because nurses leave Slovakia to go abroad where they can get higher remuneration and better working conditions. Therefore, the Health Ministry has decided to dedicate a large amount of funding to raise salaries in the health sector.

“Our first intention was to look at the salaries of health workers, and here we are in agreement with the Finance Ministry in believing that there should be the highest across-the-board increase in salary for nurses, midwives and health care assistants in particular,” said Kalavská, as cited by the TASR newswire.

A nurse-specialist will enjoy a salary increase of up to 16 percent or about €100-130 net as of January 1.

The Health Ministry’s effort is not only to stabilise staff in institutional facilities and outpatient departments, but also to catch up with the investment debt in Slovak hospitals. The head of the Health Ministry wants to use these capital expenditures to better equip hospitals, to restore equipment and to renovate and reconstruct medical facilities.

“For the first time in history, the health care sector will have a budget of €5.2 billion,” said Kažimír, adding that this sum includes funds coming from the compulsory health insurance scheme, the state budget and others.
* News / Nurse Foils Kidnapping of Mothers and Babies In a South African Hospital by katty: October 01, 2018, 08:45:56 PM
A nurse has been praised for intercepting an attempted abduction of mothers and their babies at Addington Hospital in Durban.

It is reported that on 22 September two unknown men with Departmental of Home Affairs name tags gained access to the hospital’s maternity ward and told nursing staff they were collecting mothers and their new-born babies.

The men pretended they would help the mothers register their babies as part of Government’s campaign to register all births within the first 30 days.

The nurse in charge at the time refused to release the mothers and their babies and the men left shortly afterwards.

KZN Health MEC, Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo described the incident as shocking and extremely concerning.

‘This has all the makings of attempted human trafficking.
‘The Department of Health has a partnership agreement with the Department of Home Affairs, whereby we run an online birth certificate registration system.

‘This system ensures that all children born at major hospitals designated for specialised maternal and child care, such as Addington, leave the hospital with a birth certificate. This programme was launched by the Minister of Home Affairs at Addington Hospital in 2014. So we are saying that mothers don’t need anyone to help them in this regard,’ Dhlomo said.
He applauded the sister in charge at the ward at the time of the incident for following her instinct.

‘It is reprehensible that people would go to such lengths, reproducing departmental name tags to commit something so heinous. The pain and suffering that could have resulted from this is unimaginable.

‘We urge all security personnel, nursing staff and mothers themselves at all our healthcare facilities to be extra vigilant, because it is clear that there are unscrupulous people who are out to cause harm,’ he said.

The department said relevant authorities have been notified of the attempted abduction.

Source: https://zululandobserver.co.za/180072/nurse-foils-abduction-babies-kzn-hospital/
* News / Kenya: Iten Hospital Hit By shortage of more than 100 Nurses by katty: October 01, 2018, 12:41:22 PM
Iten County Referral Hospital has a shortage of more than 100 nurses, leading to slow services to the public.

Elgeyo Marakwet governor Alex Tolgos says the hospital, which is classified as Level 4, will be upgraded to Level 5 and given a facelift along with additional facilities because it serves more than 450,000 people.



He said the county will put up ICU units at the facility to reduce referral of patients to the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital in Eldoret.

The county boss was speaking when he inaugurated a new board to manage the hospital.

Board members appointed include former MTRH chief executive Dr John Kibosia, accountant Reuben Chesire, university lecturers Dr Risper Berem, Dr Sally Kimosop and  Sing’ore Girls Principal Rose Koech.

Others are Jeremiah Laktabai, Elias Komen and  Benjamin Kimaile, who is also the hospital medical superintendent.

“The appointment of the eight board members is for a term of three years and they will be expected to steer the facility to greater heights in terms of infrastructure and management,” said Tolgos.

He said the new board members are experts in various fields. The governor thanked them for accepting to serve the hospital.

Chesire will be the board chairperson. He said they will strive to improve the facility to benefit residents.

“Health is one of the devolved functions that has given county governments challenges but for our county, we gave it a priority,” he said on Saturday. “We are on course to ensure our people enjoy modern and affordable services.”
Source: Star Newspaper
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