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* News / Update on Patriotic Nurses Forum, FMC Katsina Ongoing Struggle by katty: February 12, 2018, 02:36:31 PM
Good day to you, the patriotic members of NANNM FMC Katsina, wishes to acknowledge your supports, advice and prayers toward the struggle to reposition, restore the images of NANNM and to rescue the union from the hands of those whose sole aim is to enrich themselves from the sweat of the hard working members of our union (NANNM FMC Katsina unit branch).
 
It is no longer news that the present exco of NANNM FMC Katsina unit branch have failed us in all ramification, but the news is that we will neither allow them to drag the image of this noble profession to the mud nor allow them to toy over our intelligent.
 
The exco have made it their birth right to deep hand into the coffer of this association at will to make withdrawal for their personal use, in light of this, you can recall that we urge them to call for congress and explain to us why our account is depreciating day in day out within a month frame, but they were unable to come up with a white lies within the stated time, as a result of this, we also gave them another lifeline (extension of 2 weeks) which expires on 31/1/2018.
 
After much persuasion from high ranking officers of this union, they (exco) have finally summon the courage to schedule a congress for Thursday 09/02/2018, although they were unable to provide us with the statement of account to enable us to know what is left in our account and how they have share our resources among themselves and their allies as we (the patriotic nurses) demanded in our last letter of reminder addressed to the office of the chairman.
 
As we are passing this information to you now, we are fully aware of their effort to cause confusion among our members using their usual rule and divide methods by spreading rumor that patriotic nurses are junior cadres who are out to embarrass senior colleague, we need to also assure you that we are on path of truth and justice, there will be no amount of persecution that will make us relent on this struggle and we will never be compromise as their efforts to bribe some key member of this forum met brick wall.
 
Despite the fact that we know that the congress they are inviting us for is a face saving one, because the agenda is not outlined, we urge all the patriotic members and the like mind to be present in order to know what explanation they will come up with, after which we shall make our stand known.
 
We hereby introduce the executives of Patriotic nurses for consultation and for any enquiries………….
 
Signed
. IBRAHIM ABUBAKAR (07030320647) Chairman
. SHU’AIBU M. MUSTAPHA (07034668850) Secretary General
 
Thanks
PATRIOTIC NURSES
* Nursing Jobs / Eternal Salvation Medical Centre Vacancies for Male and Female Nurses & Midwives by katty: February 12, 2018, 02:33:36 PM
Eternal Salvation Medical Centre, is a leading medical centre for providing affordable and qualitative healthcare services to Warri residents and environs. We are urgently recruiting suitably qualified healthcare providers for the following position
 

1. Staff Nurse/Midwife

2. Male Nursing Officer
 
Requirement
Interested candidates should possess relevant qualifications.

 
Note: All applicants for this position MUST be resident in Warri, Delta State.
 
Method of application:
Interested and qualified applicants should send their one-page cover letter and detailed CV as a single attachment to
 
eternalsalvation18@gmail.com.
 
The Job title and Location must be the subject of the email.
 
Or
 
For enquiry, call: 08037006944, 07068834144

Deadline February Ending
* Nursing Jobs / CRI Nigeria Vacancies for Network Registered Nurse by katty: February 12, 2018, 02:29:54 PM
CRI is expanding our network of Registered Nurses throughout Nigeria to provide services to CRI Assistance clients.  Initial service will be locum/based on call out with potential for full-time position in the future based on need.  Services include home nursing services, claims investigations, medical information gathering, medical facility auditing and review, etc.

Job Description                                       

Job title: Network Registered Nurse

Reporting To: Senior Physician – Network Manager

Department: CRI Assist

Location: All Nigeria

Overall purpose of the job:  Responsible for managing emergent and non-emergent medical and traumatic health problems as assigned by CRI following established policies and procedures with medical oversight from CRI Senior Physicians and the Chief Medical Advisor.

Perform routine home visits of CRI Clients in Various Locations throughout Nigeria

Assist in other functions based on location of practice.

Roles & Responsibilities:

·       Follow all policies and procedures laid out by CRI and contracting company including but limited to:

o   Company Policy and Procedures

o   Medical Treatment Policy and Procedures

o   HSE Policy and Procedures

o   Operational Policy and Procedures

·       Provide routine and emergent medical care during established working hours via clinic, ambulance, and mobile clinic.

o   Primary Healthcare – Medical Assessment, History of Complaints, Correct Treatment

o   Emergency Healthcare – Primary and Secondary Assessment, History of Complaints, Correct Treatment

·       Maintain medical station and equipment in clean and working condition with correct levels of inventory, reporting any irregularities

·       Assist with other duties as assigned, such as auditing of medical facilities, case management, claims investigation and fraud review, and health information gathering.

·       Continuously review site for hazards and ways to reduce incidences of illness and injury, reporting any issues

·       Stay up to date on advances in medicine, including;

o   First Aid, CPR, Emergency Medicine, Primary Healthcare

 

Key Performance Indicators

·       Continued positive client satisfaction and feedback

·       Providing the right treatment to clients based on medical history and physical exam

Minimum Qualifications

·       Registered Nurse

·       2-3 years’ experience as a Registered Nurse

·       Family Health / Emergency Response/Ambulance Experience preferred

·       Ability to utilize various Microsoft Office applications/software, expert in Email and Computer skills

·       Training in BLS, ACLS, PALS, Trauma Life Support, First Aid, etc. preferred

·       Primary Focus on Customer Service

·       Positive/outgoing attitude

·       Ability to adapt to various roles/responsibilities

Method of application:

Interested applicant should forward their CV's and application to:
 
hr@crinigeria.com
* News / Israeli Physicians Protest Plan to Let Nurse Practitioners Do Doctor's Tasks by katty: February 12, 2018, 12:08:07 PM
More than 400 physicians in the Maccabi health maintenance organization signed a petition last weekend against plans to bring nurse practitioners into the country’s community clinics.

The Health Ministry has for years been advancing plans to integrate highly trained nurses into clinical settings and grant them expanded authority. The petition was a reaction to a recent circular from the ministry defining the authorities of nurse practitioners, in preparation for their service in community health clinics.

In the petition, the Maccabi doctors warned of the “dangerous measure” in which “a large part of the authorities of primary-care physicians – family doctors, pediatricians and gynecologists – [would be transferred to] to nurse practitioners, who after very brief training will be able to diagnose in an amateurish manner acute and chronic illness, to write prescriptions for a range of conditions, to refer [patients] for tests and specialists, to draw up treatment plans for patients, to write medical directives and more.”

The petition went on to warn of “the great danger! both to the health of the insured and the professional image of Maccabi” that will result from the implementation of the Health Ministry’s recommendations, which “is likely to cause widespread chaos in the existing system and to bring to an unprecedented nadir to the quality of primary medicine. We staunchly and uncompromisingly oppose any measure by Maccabi that is based on the latest Health Ministry circulars. We will not lend a hand to the implementation of the recommendations, and we intend to take any step necessary to foil any move based on them.” The doctors argue that any expansion of nurses’ authority must be carried out in a responsible manner and coordinated with physicians in the community.

In a recent discussion held by the Israel Medical Association on the topic, physicians in Israel’s other HMOs supported the views of their colleagues in Maccabi.

“We were against this move from the very beginning,” says the chairman of the Israel Medical Association, Dr. Leonid Eidelman. “We think it will distance patients from doctors and will not yield a benefit. We support teamwork, in which the physician does the medical work and the nurse the nursing work.... Instead of seeing a doctor, the patient will see a nurse. Nurses aren’t trained for medical work, and it will harm the patients,” Eidelman says. “Even in the United States, where the idea of nurse practitioners began, today there’s an understanding that it doesn’t contribute to patients and there, too, there is opposition from the American Medical Association,” Eidelman says.

Plans for training and giving professional recognition to nurse practitioners have been under discussion for years. In 2015 the Health Ministry and the Civil Service Commission recognized the profession as a medical profession. The United States has had nurse practitioners since the 1960s, and the idea has been adopted in a number of European countries.

The aging of Israel’s population and the rise in the number of people living with chronic illness have been cited to justify the expansion of the authorities of some nurses. Health Ministry officials came to the conclusion, partly on account of the recommendations of a committee headed by Prof. Shlomo Mor-Yosef, that properly trained nurse practitioners could assume some of the burden of care now provided by physicians while better serving patients.

Registered nurses with at least a master’s degree in nursing are eligible to enroll in a nurse practitioner program, which includes academic studies and clinical training.

According to the recent Health Ministry circular, nurse practitioners are qualified to examine patients and assess their condition; refer patients for diagnostic tests and monitoring; initiate and end treatment with medication; identify and treat complications; identify emergency situations and render first aid; refer patients to specialists, and more.

To name a few examples, nurse practitioners are authorized to diagnose respiratory infections and to prescribe antibiotics and steroids; to treat diseases of the digestive system; various skin conditions and wounds; and to treat muscle and skeletal pain. In the area of emergency medicine, nurse practitioners can perform resuscitation and treat pulmonary edema, cardiac arrhythmia, convulsions and poisoning. (In all these situations a physician must be present, if one is available.) Nurse practitioners can also give one-time treatments for anxiety and talk therapy for sleep disorders. In addition, they can make decisions in the treatment of patients with diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiac insufficiency and other chronic conditions, in coordination with the patients’ physicians.

“I don’t think the doctors should be opposed. I also don’t think that one sector can prevent the professionalization of a different sector,” Israel Nurses Association Chairwoman Ilana Cohen said in response. “A committee was formed and made a decision, that must be respected. Even today, nurses bear more than a little medical responsibility for patients.”

Source :https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/israeli-physicians-protest-plan-to-let-nurse-practitioners-do-more-1.5809173
* Articles / Overcoming Social Stigma in Nursing Profession by katty: February 12, 2018, 11:56:29 AM
As I mentioned in my previous article “Nursing and Social Stigma” dated 02 December 2017 about the not so good image of the profession of nursing, Nurses/Nursing officers don’t get the respect they deserve and the profession is ridden with a plethora of stereotypes. The core problem is that nursing isn’t valued in line with its worth, because so many don’t understand what nursing is all about.

The good thing is public perception is gradually shifting as qualified nurses are becoming a demand.

The Bureau of labour statistics predicts that employment of registered nurses is expected to grow by 22% from 2008 to 2018.



Recalling my previous article, “Nursing and Social Stigma”, media plays a huge role in shaping how people think about nursing. It’s the media’s portrayal of nursing officers that had a great impact how public thinks about this profession.


One of the barriers I perceive in helping to change this is our strict standard of privacy and anonymity. Yes, you read that right. We as nurses are some of the staunchest defenders of confidentiality – and we can’t easily brag about the details of our daily examples of nursing interventions that make a difference to patients and families across the breadth of the continuum of care. Our challenge is to convey the essence of our complex professional roles through composite stories and scenarios, while abiding by our Code of Ethics.

Stereotypes and inaccurate perceptions often arise out of mystery. They fill in knowledge gaps where they exist. For many people, it is still a mystery what nurses do in our modern health care settings. If we were more intentional and less anonymous about our contributions to patient care and safety (while protecting patient confidentiality), we might remove some of the mystery and prompt more accurate appraisals of nursing’s value and the key roles we play as part of the health care system. I think, there are many things that nurses can do to balance and counteract the stereotypes and portrayals. We can enhance the public’s trust in us by standing together for safe client care in all situations, advocate for responsible stewardship of our publicly funded healthcare resources, use our knowledge to educate clients at every suitable opportunity and ensure that the profession stays strong long into the future by developing and fostering leaders.

We must help people understand what we really do for the sick and the well. Try to give your family, friends, relative etc. an accurate impression of nursing. Speak to everyone about the value of nursing and explain it to those you meet, whenever and wherever. When you read, view or hear anything that undervalues or disrespects nursing, speak and raise your voice so that people get aware about it. As nursing officers we need to know how to present ourselves as smart, well-educated, competent and skilled professionals. Rather than whispering and blaming to one another, let’s start an open discussion about deep rooted stereotypes that are prevalent in our society. We need to think whether these portrayals are damaging relationships. We as professionals bind with public, clients and with other professionals. If such portrayals exist, we need to change about how we present our profession to the world. Each nurse needs to explore how his/her actions affect the image of profession. Nursing faculty need to work with students to promote the image of nursing. We need to recognize the effect of our behaviour outside the workplace. We need to educate patients by nursing out loud- articulating their assessment and verbalizing what they are thinking, for example while ambulating a patient explain him/her that ambulation strengthens muscle tone, improves circulation, gastrointestinal and excretory functions.


I have heard nurses emphatically state that they don’t want their children to go into nursing profession, as they have to work in an environment where they are not respected, are underpaid and have to work for thankless people, who have unrealistic expectations. Obviously these kind of nursing officers are deteriorating our image. When an old friend or relative asks about your profession or work, don’t roll your eyes or shrug your shoulders. Try responding by putting your shoulders back, looking into the persons eyes and say confidently with pride, “I am a registered nurse, a nursing officer and I work in ABC hospital”. Be proud that the care you give is exemplary, ethical and safe. Such everyday actions will improve the image of profession definitely. And remember despite of stupid stereotypes, we are the most dedicated, hardworking, competent and caring professionals.

Part of changing our image is growing as a profession and such growth requires a nurturing process. Our nurse leaders need to guide this process by cultivating a professional image by speaking to community and civic groups about what nursing is and what it does. We are the frontline caregivers available 24*7, with individuals from birth, throughout their lifespan and at the end of life. Changing the way the media presents nursing could change societal views, but we as nursing officers need to work too for reducing the prevailing stereotypes.
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* Schools of Nursing / ECWA School of Nursing Egbe Kogi 2018 Admission Application Form on Sale by Idowu Olabode: February 12, 2018, 11:11:05 AM
This is to inform members of the general public that ECWA School of Nursing, Egbe Kogi State is now accepting application for the 2018/2019 Academic session. Applicants who wish to seek admission into ECWA School of Nursing, Egbe in 2018/2019 Academic session can begin to process their admission online after obtaining scratch card from the school admission officer and the school Liaison office at Lagos and Omu-Aran.

COMMON ENTRANCE AND APTITUDE TEST

    Candidates applying for admission into ECWA School of Nursing, Egbe are required to have sat for the Common Entrance Examination (CEE). They must also obtain a minimum of five (5) credit passes, at not more than two sittings, in WAEC (SSCE/GCE), NECO (SSCE/GCE) including English Language, Mathematics, and three relevant science subjects which include Physics, Chemistry, and Biology.
    Once you are ready to apply, you will complete your application form online and submit a completed application to the Registrar’s Office. Be sure to submit all supporting documents with your application.
    Things to consider when completing your application are noted in the checklist below

PROCEDURE FOR APPLYING
Once you are ready to apply, you should complete your application online and submit two (2) signed copies of the completed form print out the Registrar’s Office or the Admissions Office. Be sure to submit all supporting documents and supplemental forms required with your application when submitting the completed application form printout.
Things to consider when completing your application are noted in the checklist below.

Before you can complete the application online and print out copies of your completed online admission application form from the website:

    Interested candidates should pay Application Fees (which is inclusive of the Scratch Card cost) of N 10,500.00 at any branch of FIRST BANK PLC to this account:
    ACCOUNT NO: 3000913817 with ACCOUNT NAME: ECWA SCHOOL OF NURSING, EGBE. OR at any branch of UBA PLC to ACCOUNT NO: 2059898658 with ACCOUNT NAME: ECWA SCHOOL OF NURSING, EGBE.
    Use the Scratch Card payment deposit slip to obtain your Scratch Card from the School Admin Office, or Liaison Office at Lagos and Omu-Aran.
    A New Applicant will need to click the Apply for Admission Online link on the left side of this screen and enter his or her SURNAME and OTHER NAMES correctly along with the Scratch Card PIN and Serial Number before applying for Admission.
    The applicant can proceed to complete the application online and print out the completed admission form immediately after creating account. Scratch Card PIN and Serial Number must be entered.
    The applicant is expected to fill the application form provided after activating with his Scratch Card PIN and Serial Number. Click the Upload Picture button on the form to upload his/her scanned Passport Photograph/Picture and click the Update Results to enter details for WAEC or NECO SSCE results being used, depending on the number of sittings that have been selected.
    The completed Application Form and Registration Slip (Photocard) should be printed out and signed by the Applicant and the Referees and then submitted to the Registrar or Admissions Office at ECWA School of Nursing, Egbe within two (2) weeks of purchase and candidates are to bring the Photocard to the examination hall.

    CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATION: FRIDAY 13 JULY 2018
    DATE OF EXAMINATION: FRIDAY 27 JULY 2018
    INTERVIEW: SATURDAY 28 JULY 2018
    TIME: 9.00 AM
    VENUE: ECWA SCHOOL OF NURSING, EGBE. KOGI STATE.

Please note that your application is not complete until you print out the completed application form from this portal and submit it along with photocopies of your credentials to the School Admin Office.

For more information, check the School website http://www.esonegbe.net/eportal/admissions/index.php
* News / Ghanaian Unemployed Nurses issues government ultimatum to resolve Job issues by katty: February 11, 2018, 08:01:43 PM
Coalition of unemployed nurses in the Northern Zone has given government up to February 16, 2018 to employ them or face agitations.

2016 Northen Zonal Executives of the Nurse Assistant Clinical (NAC) and Nurse Assistant Preventive (NAP) organized a press conference in Tamale to remind president Akufo Addo and the Minister of Health about their unemployment issues.

The batch comprises of a total population of over six thousand graduates with the Nurse Assistant clinical and Nurse Assistant Preventive.

They lamented of being the first to have completed their training without allowances after paying huge sums of monies as school fees during their course of training and have therefore rendered 40% health care service delivery to mother Ghana during their training without remuneration.

"We the executives of the north, therefore seek that the government compensate our batch with immediate posting"

"Our continues stay at home is more harmful and can lead to more harm if we find ourselves in the facilities some day after staying longer without practicing", the group lamented.

Meanwhile, the group have presented the following statements purported to be contained in their admission letters.

1. Your acceptance to this offer to train automatically "BONDS" you tonserve the government for four (4) years after completion fo training or in default pay a fine . 2. As a condition of your acceptance as a trainee, u are required to sign a bond to complete the course satisfactorily and to server the government of Ghana for a period of FIVE YEARS (5YEARS) after successfully completing your studies. In default you would be required to pay to the government the cost of training with interest at the prevailing rate.

"We are therefore by this press conference entreating your high office to respond to our grievances and take necessary steps to post us without any further delay and to the admiration of these professionals and the nation as a whole by the 16th February 2018 to avoid agitation".

Below is a full copy of the speech PRESS RELEASE

DELAY IN POSTING OF NEWLY QUALIFIED NURSES, 2016 BATCH OF THE NURSE ASSISTANT CLINICAL (NAC) AND THE NURSES ASSISTANT PREVENTIVE (NAP)

The Northen Zonal Executives (NZE) of the 2016 batch of the Nurse Assistant Clinical (NAC) and Nurse Assistant Preventive (NAP) ,wish to remind H.E Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo and Hon. Minister of Health that the 2016 batch of NAC and NAP is still at home in agony without postings . The batch has a total population of over six thousand graduates. Comprising of Nurse Assistant clinical and Nurse Assistant preventive.

We are the first Nurses to have completed training without trainee allowance and have paid huge sums of monies as school fees during our course of training.

Meanwhile we have rendered 40% health care service delivery to mother Ghana during our training without remuneration We the executives of the north, therefore seek that the government compensate our batch with immediate posting. Our continues stay at home is more harmful and can lead to more harm if we find ourselves in the facilities some day after staying longer without practising.

Making matters worse is the fact that, we are the only batch known to have stayed at home for more than a year without employment, that is we have spend 15 months being at home.

Meanwhile, we have been registered by Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and have our Auxilary Identification Numbers(AIN) which is subjected to yearly renewals , requiring certain working experience and money, but up till date we are left unemployed regardless of the promise by H.E president Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo on …September, 2017 that we should be added to 2018 budget at a conference with GNMTA and our national executives and the promise of Hon. Minister of Health on the 9th Octoer,2017 at our induction grounds that, “the only compensation we can give to you is to employ you immediately after your induction “ since we did not enjoy any form of allowance during our training. Also, the director of Human Resource HR(MOH), GNMTA and Two representatives of NAP and NAC had a meeting at the ministry on 14th December, 2017 and we were told he forwarded our names for clearance and we will be posted immediately clearance is done.

Moreover, on our follow ups to the ministry, all the promises turned the opposite. The story now is that we are not bonded. Meanwhile, we have the following statements on our admission letters.

IT READS;

1. Your acceptance to this offer to train automatically "BONDS" you to serve the government for four (4) years after completion fo training or in default pay a fine .

2. As a condition of your acceptance as a trainee, u are required to sign a bond to complete the course satisfactorily and to server the government of Ghana for a period of FIVE YEARS (5YEARS) after successfully completing your studies.

In default you would be required to pay to the government the cost of training with interest at the prevailing rate. Now the question we the executives on behalf of the association want ot ask H. E the president of the republic of Ghana and the Ministry is ; why didn't they tell us this since 2014 when our training began but rather at this unexpected time when we are anxiously waiting for our posting.

This unexpected mishap has ignited anxiety, frustration and suffering among us , such that we have lost hope in the gentle approach of the government towards our plight and has called for agitation.

We are therefore by this press conference entreating your high office to respond to our grievances and take necessary steps to post us without any further delay and to the admiration of these professionals and the nation as a whole by the 16th February 2018 to avoid agitation. .

We hope to hear from you as soon as possible. Thank you Yours sincerely

NORTHERN ZONE PRESIDENT NORTHERN ZONE SECRETARY Presented by Liraase Edmond

CC THE PRESIDENT OF REPUBLIC OF GHANA THE MINISTRY OF FINANCE THE DIRECTOR OF GHANA HEALTH SERVICE THE MINISTRY OF HEALTH THE PARAMOUNT CHIEF OF DAGBON THE GNMTA PRESIDENT NORTHERN ZONE THE GRNMA PRESIDENT NORTHERN ZONE THE DIRECTOR HR. (MOH) TAMALE

NAMES OF EXECUTIVES 1. IBRAHIM ARIMIYAW NEINDOO_President (0241831440) 2..MBUGRI PIUS_Vice President (0246165311)

Source: www.ghanaweb.com
* News / ICM Position Statement On Female Genital Mutilation by katty: February 11, 2018, 06:33:26 PM
Background
Female genital mutilation (FGM) refers to “all procedures involving partial or total removal of the external female genitalia or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons”, and is classified in four types1. For centuries, these practices have been carried out by many different peoples and societies for traditional, social and cultural reasons, namely: psychosexual, sociological and cultural, hygienic and aesthetic, socio-economic factors where it is a prerequisite for marriage2. Due to migration FGM has also become prevalent in many countries outside of the regions where it originated. FGM leads to immediate and long term complications that impact on women’s sexual and reproductive health and childbirth.
 
The physical and psychological health consequences of FGM vary according to the type and severity of the procedure performed. It can lead to immediate and long-term complications that impact on women’s sexual and reproductive health and childbirth3 Acute complications include severe pain, shock, haemorrhage and death. Localised infection, acute urine retention, tetanus, hepatitis and HIV infection can also occur. Long-term consequences include cysts and abscesses, keloid scar formation, damage to the urethra resulting in urinary incontinence, dyspareunia (painful sexual intercourse), sexual dysfunction and difficulties with childbirth.
 
FGM may leave a lasting mark on the lives and minds of women who have been subjected to it, with many suffering feelings of incompleteness, anxiety and depression. The frequency of posttraumatic stress disorder is increased in women who have undergone FGM4.
 
Medicalistion of FGM is anincreasing problem, this “refers to situations in which FGM is practised by any category of health-care provider, whether in a public or a private clinic, at home or elsewhere. It also includes the procedure of reinfibulation at any point in time in a woman’s life”5.
 
This could possibly be a result of FGM being addressed as a health issue, without including social and cultural factors, for years, and perhaps the hope that performance by a health care provider will reduce the risk of complications of the procedure6.
 
Position
In keeping with the interagency call for elimination of FGM7, ICM recognises and condemns FGM as a harmful practice and a violation of the Human Rights of girls and women. In keeping with the interagency global strategy to stop health care providers from performing FGM8, ICM underscores that midwives should refrain from supporting or participating in any form of the practice at any time, and in doing so respecting relevant (inter)national codes of ethics.
 
ICM, urges its member associations and individual midwives, to be aware and informed about the practice and its health consequences, to ensure the health and Human Rights of girls and women are safeguarded.
 
ICM calls on governments to create enabling environments that support midwives, and other health care providers, to refrain from supporting or practicing FGM, and to be competent health care providers for women and girls that suffer from complications of it.
 
Recommendations
ICM urges Member Associations to be advocates for elimination of FGM in their countries by:
• Adopting a policy that is in harmony with this statement.
• Contributing to efforts that protect girl children from harm.
• Supporting international and national organisations, both governmental and nongovernmental, in the adoption of appropriate policies and strategies.
• Contributing to development of legislation for the elimination of FGM.
• Calling on their members to refrain from contributing or supporting FGM practices
• Calling on their members to be aware, informed and competent to provide quality care to childbearing women who have undergone FGM.
 
* MCPDP / Re: MCPDP for Nurses 2017: Rivers (Portharcourt) MCPDP Schedule for 2017 by Amy21: February 11, 2018, 04:02:11 PM
Pls where is 2018 schedule.
* News / Nurses help Chinese couple celebrate golden wedding in intensive care unit by katty: February 11, 2018, 01:21:56 PM
"Kind-hearted medics provide flowers and a suit for husband, 79, whose wife has been in a coma for three years"

Nurses at a hospital in eastern China helped an elderly couple to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary this week, even though the wife has been in a coma for the past three years, local media reported.



The patient, 75-year-old Wang, has been in intensive care at a hospital in Haining, Zhejiang province, since suffering a brain haemorrhage. For the past three years, her 79-year-old husband Gu has visited her every day, Haining Daily reported on Sunday.

During his half-hour visits, Gu feeds his wife ginseng soup, chats to her about their lives together and updates her on any news from their two sons. Though he knows she cannot respond to him, Gu said he would never give up on the woman he had loved for half a century.

Over the past three years, he has failed to turn up at her bedside on only three occasions, and each time it was because he was not well himself, the report said.



“Even if there is only a one-in-10,000 or one-in-100,000 chance, I won’t ever give up,” he was quoted as saying. “I just hope that one day she will wake up.”

Over the years, Gu has become a familiar face in the intensive care unit, so when nurse Zhang Yanyan found out that the couple’s golden wedding anniversary was approaching – it falls on February 19 – she was determined to do something about it. So, after talking to her colleagues, they decided to stage a special celebration.

After decorating the ward with balloons and banners, and providing Gu with a smart black suit, Zhang and the other members of her team watched as the devoted husband expressed his undying love for the woman he married in 1968, and once again slipped a wedding ring onto her finger.

“You are especially beautiful today,” he told his beloved wife as she lay motionless on the bed.

One of the nurses had even gone to the trouble of doing Wang’s make-up, while another handed Gu a bunch of red roses to present to his wife on their special day.

At the end of the ceremony, Gu and the nurses celebrated with cake.

Source :http://m.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/2132894/nurses-help-chinese-couple-celebrate-golden-wedding-intensive
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