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* Research Support / NANDA-I African Network, Nigerian Chapter Seeks Research Grant Proposals by Idowu Olabode: February 21, 2017, 06:43:27 AM
This is an annual grant awarded to encourage nurses who are working in the areas of Standardized Nursing Languages irrespective of their specialty areas. The grant will be a part sponsorship to the total funding for the research. Candidates can source for more grants.
Research funding

Funds for this grant are provided solely by the NANDA-I African Network, Nigerian Chapter
Eligibility criteria:

·         Applicant must be a financial member of the NANDA-I African Network, Nigerian Chapter.
·         Grants will be awarded to two post-graduate students and two researchers who could be either a clinician or an educator.
·         Students who are applying must show evidence of active studentship.
·         Non students should show evidence of current place of work.
·         All applicants must have a current licence with the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria
·         There must be an evidence of ethical approval for the study or processing of ethical approval.
·         Applicant of any age may apply
Grants available: Four (4) per year
Funding: Up to N100, 000.00 per awardee
Deadline:  15th March 2017
Funding date: 1st April 2017- 30th March 2018
How to apply:

·         A clearly written proposal must be submitted within six weeks of advertisement
·         Proposal can be written to follow the guidelines stated below
-          Background
-          Statement of the problem
-          Research questions/objectives
-          Methods: design, settings, subjects, instruments, ethical issues.
·         Proposal must be submitted along with the applicant’s Curriculum Vitae
·         Documents should be submitted online as an attachment to the following e-mail addresses;
After  grant award

·         Progress report will be expected from the applicant to be submitted 6 months after the award of the grant while final report should be submitted at the expiration of the research deadline ( 1 year after the award)
·         Research report should be published in a reputable nursing journal.
Contact information:

Dr Joel Adeleke Afolayan
Department of Nursing Science,
University of Ilorin,
Ilorin, Kwara State.
Tel +2348037116208

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* News / South Africa to Seek Public Comments on Medical use of Marijuana by Idowu Olabode: February 20, 2017, 08:37:04 PM
Durban - The use of, and access to, medical marijuana for South Africans will soon be up for public comment, the IFP said on Monday.

Speaking to News24, IFP chief whip Narend Singh said the party had been handed a letter from the Medical Control Council (MCC) saying it was publishing new guidelines on marijuana production for medical use.

The guidelines would be up for public comment in the coming weeks, Singh said.

"The guidelines from their side [MCC] are ready for public comment. In the next few weeks will be ready for public to comment on."

Singh said the IFP was pleased that the government and its agencies had sped up the process for access to medical marijuana.

"There seems to be a realisation that we cannot be left out as a country with permitting the use of medical marijuana. Other countries are doing that under very strict conditions."

Singh, however, added that the public should not think that marijuana would become fully legal overnight. He said there would be a strict regulatory process before people had access to it.

He added that research was required before a bill could be passed to legalise the substance for medical use. 

"Even now, there is a perception when people see marijuana headlines that it will be legal. Our concern is that we don’t want this to be a free-for-all. Recreational users must not feel they can just go plant this and use it in whatever form they want."

'Earmarked for pain relief'

Singh said marijuana should be strictly regulated by government, but suggested that it should be available to all South Africans for whom it could be helpful.

"The availability should include government hospitals."

Singh went on to say that the public should be responsible in responses to the public comment on the bill.

"The public should consider that this substance is not completely illegal. Its uses have been earmarked for pain relief."

The Department of Health in 2016 committed to opening up processes that could lead to the legalisation of medical marijuana for chronic illnesses.

The department and the MCC in 2016 announced that they would request public comment on the Medical Innovation Bill.

The Bill was first introduced by former IFP MP Dr Mario Oriani-Ambrosini during his own fight against terminal cancer, before his death in 2014.

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* News / California Nurses Rally to Celebrate Introduction of Universal Health Coverage by Idowu Olabode: February 20, 2017, 07:42:26 PM
Press Release: Hundreds of California nurses, and healthcare and community activists, will join with State Senators Ricardo Lara and Toni Atkins Wednesday, February 22 in Sacramento to celebrate the introduction of legislation to ensure universal health coverage with effective cost controls—a Medicare for all style bill for all California residents.

The rally will also celebrate the official launch of “Healthy California,” a campaign compromised of organizations including Campaign for a Healthy California, AllCare Alliance and Labor United for Universal Healthcare, that represent over 4 million Californians committed to guaranteeing healthcare for the residents of our state.

Sen. Lara and Sen. Atkins introduced SB 562, the Healthy California Act, Friday. The California Nurses Association/National Nurses United (CNA/NNU), is the primary sponsor, working with the Healthy California Campaign. The rally will feature speakers including Sen. Lara, Sen. Atkins, CNA/NNU Executive Director RoseAnn DeMoro, co-chair of Healthy California campaign Paul Song, MD, and others—and entertainment by Modesto-based norteño band Grupo La Meta.

What: Rally to launch Healthy California Act—introduce Healthy California campaign
When: Wednesday, February 22, 11 a.m.
Where: North Side, State Capitol, Sacramento

“At a time of critical disarray of our health care system, with the threatened repeal of the Affordable Care Act and increasing uncertainty over the future of healthcare coverage, services and costs, California can once again lead the nation,” said RoseAnn DeMoro, executive director of CNA and NNU. “This bill will set a standard in America and be a catalyst for the nation.”

DeMoro praised Lara and Atkins for bold leadership for California in introducing the Act.

SB 562 declares that it is “the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation that would establish a comprehensive universal single-payer health coverage program and a healthcare cost control system for the benefit of all residents of the state.”

In his statement Friday, Sen. Lara explained that, “Healthy California gives everyone insurance, because everyone has a right to healthcare. Trump and the Republicans don’t get to pick the healthcare winners and losers, and we’ll never get to 100% healthcare in California unless we lead.”

SB 562 sets the path to guarantee that all Californians have health coverage with genuine patient choice, no more out of control co-pays and deductibles, and an end to profiteering off the most sick and vulnerable Californians, notes CNA.

Even with significant gains the ACA, the law, SB 562 notes, “still leaves many Californians without coverage or with inadequate coverage,” while California individuals, workers, and employers have experienced rising costs, and increasingly restrictive insurance networks.

Full components of the plan will be discussed in full through the comprehensive California legislative process.

In the meantime, said DeMoro, “nurses, healthcare activists, and thousands of others energized by the Bernie Sanders campaign and others thirsting for genuine, progressive social change will campaign in communities and legislative districts across California to press the case for this fundamental reform.”

“There has been a seismic shift in our political system through grassroots activism; we have an inspired, motivated base that will make its voice heard,” DeMoro said.

From National Nurses United

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* Scholarships / The Dorothea Lang Leadership Award: Call for Nominations by ICM by Idowu Olabode: February 20, 2017, 04:26:55 PM
To Be Presented at The 31st ICM Triennial Congress Toronto, Canada, 18-22 June 2017

The Dorothea Lang Leadership Award is awarded to an exceptional midwife who has demonstrated leadership and vision during the course of their work. The nominees for this award must meet the following criteria in order to be considered for the award:
Essential Criteria for Selection:

Must be a professional midwife with at least 5 years of experience.

Must be a member of an ICM member association unless no member association exists in her/his country.

Must be a resident of a low resource nation where s/he practises midwifery.

Must show demonstrated vision and leadership in one or more of the three pillars of ICM (Education, Regulation, or midwifery association)

Must demonstrate their role or potential as a change agent in their own country, region or internationally with the aim of improved care for women and their newborn.

 The Recipient of the award must agree to the following terms:

Write a report based on what they have experienced/learned at ICM’s Council and Triennial Congress.

Write a 200-word report detailing how the award money was used. The recipient agrees to have this published on the ICM website 

Acknowledge ICM in any professional activities, publications, and presentations that directly result from the award.

Completed Nominations MUST include the following:

Nomination form, download it using this link

A current CV or Resume

Two letters of Support (N.B. One letter of support should be provided by the ICM Member Association. The letter of support should expand on what has been written on the Nomination Application Form by providing at least one specific example. The other letter should be provided by an individual that has personal knowledge and can comment on the applicant’s leadership activities and potential. The letter should include at least one example where the applicant demonstrated their leadership skills).

Please submit nominations to the ICM Headquarters by Friday, 3 March 2017.

Fax:   +31 70 355 5651

International Confederation of Midwives

Laan van Meerdervoort 70
2517AN The Hague
The Netherlands

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* News / Life for African Mothers (LFAM) Trains 51 Midwives in Liberia by Idowu Olabode: February 20, 2017, 02:16:46 PM
An International non-governmental organization, Life for African Mothers (LFAM) has completed the training of 51 local midwives in in Monrovia. Life for African Mothers is a Maternal Health charity group aiming to make birth safer in Sub Saharan Africa, by providing medication to treat eclampsia and post-partum hemorrhage.

By providing medication to treat the complications of child birth, LFAM has been able to support hospitals and health centers across Africa and see huge reductions in maternal mortality. The four days intensive midwifery training started on Monday February 13-17, 2017 at the association headquarters on 9th Street. The trainings were conducted by four professional midwives from the UK, including, the head of the team, Marie Lee To, Becky Woodman and Detta Lee.

The Country Director of Life for African Mothers (LFAM) Abdul-rahman Bah reemphasized the need to train more midwives in Liberia as to help curtail the high risk of maternal mortality in the country.

He cautioned the participants of the workshop training to put the knowledge acquired into proper use as to help save the lives of mothers and their children at birth.Mr. Bah urged the 51 midwives to extend the education gained from the expatriates to their colleagues who were not selected for the training.

LFAM boss acknowledged the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL) for the funding, stating without them, “this project would not be possible”. According to him, the sponsorship of NOCAL is vital in improving the skills of midwives in Liberia, which he believed will minimize deaths at birth in the country.

He said NOCAL support enable the organization to conduct training for Liberian midwives and provides the necessary skills for midwives in order to save the lives of mothers and their kids at birth.

He disclosed that the partnership is targeting 508 midwives in six counties, including Montserrado, Bomi, Gbarpolu, Grand Bassa, Margibi and Grand Cape Mount Counties.

However, he revealed that this week, LFAM will travel to Bomi and Grand Cape Mount Counties to conduct training for midwives who resides there.

Meanwhile, the head professional midwives from the UK , Marie Lee To extolled the midwives for the high level of intelligence exemplified during the training.

According to her, for her observation and interaction with the local midwives, she believed Liberia got some qualified midwives who can work to save lives.
The team leader noted that the midwives need motivation to their work at the various assigned areas.
At the sametime, LFAM Consultant Helen Loewenstein applauded the midwives who who left their busy schedules to come acquire the basic al skills to enable them perform their professional duties.

Miss Loewenstein noted that the organization`s aim is to share lifesaving skills in obstetric and maternity care in an effort to reduce maternal mortality in Liberia.
She said midwives in Liberia face some of the world most challenging conditions and they deserve recognition and admiration for their difficult work in the face of such difficulties.

“Every woman has the right to a safe birth and we hope that by using and sharing the skills the midwives have learnt, the lives of many women and babies will be saved,” she said.

Source : The New Dawn

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* Exams / Re: Saunders NCLEX RN Questions and Answers 5th Edition Free Download in PDF by rachel ann: February 20, 2017, 10:56:25 AM
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* News / Kenya: Doctors talks resume, nurses and clinicians protest pay disparity by Idowu Olabode: February 20, 2017, 09:48:25 AM
The government resumes salary talks with striking doctors today but there is disquiet among other cadres of health workers who feel doctors have been favoured.

The talks, mediated by the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights and the Law Society of Kenya, will mainly focus on salaries and allowances, and training for doctors.

The government offered a 40 per cent pay rise, giving interns Sh208,000 monthly pay, while the doctors union demanded Sh325,000 for interns and Sh1 million for consultants.

This would create a huge pay disparity with other health workers, including nurses, clinical officers and technicians employed by the counties.

“We don’t understand how a doctor gets a Sh80,000 call allowance to go for an operation, while a specialist anesthetist, who is a clinical officer, gets only Sh10,000 yet they are doing the same operation,” Kenya Union of Clinical Officers’ deputy secretary general Austin Otieno said.

He said other medical officers are not against doctors, and hope the government will reach an agreement with the doctors’ union.

“We have our own set of needs in the memorandum we signed with the Council of Governors, and this will be incorporated into our CBA,” Otieno said.

Clinical officers also feel unfairly treated because while medical interns will earn about Sh208,000 a month, the diploma clinicians are paid nothing, while degree holders earn about Sh30,000 a month.

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* Upcoming Conference / UK: Nurse and Midwife of the Year 2017 awards open for nominations by Idowu Olabode: February 20, 2017, 09:24:29 AM
If you have experienced outstanding care from a nurse or midwife and would like to pay tribute to them now is the time to speak up.

The Nurse and Midwife of the Year Awards 2017 will highlight the very best care and compassion of the city's healthcare staff - and we want to hear from you about your experiences.

The Post has once again teamed up with Nottingham University Hospitals (NUH) NHS Trust, and our sponsors Nottingham Express Transit (NET) - which runs the city's tram network - to celebrate the tireless efforts of our nurses and midwives.

last year winners

Nominations have opened for this year's awards, which are set to be bigger and better than ever.

Nominations will be open until Sunday, March 19. A panel of experts will then narrow the entries down to three shortlisted entrants in each category, before a public vote decides the winner.

The shortlisted finalists will then be invited to a glittering awards ceremony held on Thursday, May 18, at Nottingham Conference Centre.

Staff nurse Aprille Jones was crowned the overall winner at last year's ceremony, as well as being named International Nurse of the Year.

At the time, Aprille, who was honoured for her work at the theatre recovery ward at Queen's Medical Centre, said: "I am very happy, I feel honoured to have this award.

Aprille Jones

"I was already thrilled to be a finalist but to have actually won the award is overwhelming. I can't really speak, I am just so excited.

"It's such a great feeling. It's such a rewarding job. All the hard work has paid off. To know that someone is watching and recognising what we do, I really appreciate that."

Josh Downey, of Bestwood, won the Midwife of the Year awards at last year's ceremony. The 26-year-old works on the Bonington Ward at Nottingham City Hospital and urged people to nominate for this year's celebration.

He said: "I think it's a great thing for NUH and The Post to collaborate on. It's nice to be appreciated for what we do. If you feel like the person who has given you care has gone above and beyond, and you've felt a strong affinity to them, you should get in touch and vote.

"It's so nice to be recognised for what we do. It was a nice boost. You may not think your care is that exceptional - you give the same care to everybody - but it's nice to realise that some people really do appreciate it."

Jamie Swift, NET's head of marketing, said: "This is our fourth successive year of supporting these awards and we're proud to be involved in a scheme that highlights the absolutely crucial and caring role our city's nurses and midwives play within our community.

"We already have strong links with NUH which will no doubt be further strengthened when the new direct walkway from the Queen's Medical Centre to our dedicated hospital tram stop opens later this year.

"As in previous years, the overall winner of the 2017 Nottingham Nurse of the Year Award will also receive the honour of having a tram named after them for the next 12 months."

The award catergories are:

Children's Nurse of the Year – A nurse, employed by NUH, who works with patients aged 18 and under

Midwife of the Year – A midwife, employed by NUH (based in QMC, City Hospital or in the community)

Adult Nurse of the Year – A nurse, employed by NUH, who works with patients aged 19 and over

Student Nurse or Midwife of the Year – A student nurse or midwife, at any stage of their course, who has carried out work placements at NUH in the last 12 months

Healthcare Assistant of the Year – A healthcare assistant employed by NUH

International Nurse or Midwife of the Year – A nurse or midwife, employed by NUH, who has moved to the UK to work for the NHS

Nurse/Midwife Leader of the Year - A nurse or midwife whose leadership of a team, ward or project has made a significant difference to the experience of patients and/or colleagues.

QMC 40th Anniversary Award – Recognising a long-serving nurse or midwife who has made an exceptional contribution to patient care.

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* Free Nursing Books / Re: NANDA Nursing Diagnosis 2015-2017 Free E-Book Download by ron j: February 20, 2017, 04:46:39 AM
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* Articles / How to Work Night Shift and Stay Healthy by Kimberly Jones by katty: February 19, 2017, 11:11:38 PM
I haven’t had to work a 12-hour shift, particularly a night shift in a few years. I worked hard at placing myself in a position where I no longer have to do shift-work. I don’t know if I could get through one now. In fact, I get chest pain just thinking about it.

All I did while working night shifts was complain about how tired and cold I was. Sometimes, I consider going back into bedside nursing. I loved it. I treasured the hustle and bustle, I loved running around and multi-tasking and being part of a bigger team.

Mostly, I valued the patients. But then age and a back injury set in, and I thought “Nope, can’t do this anymore”. I am not even fifty yet. Yikes. I know if push came to shove, I can do ANYTHING that I set my mind to, that includes bedside, shift-work nursing. But, I feel like I paid my dues, I did my time. I did the long shifts and the statutory holidays for about fifteen years and my body begs me not to go down that road again.

How Are You Getting Through the Night?

So, what about our fellow nurses? How are they getting through the day (or night)? I think about my colleagues often. Many love ward nursing and I respect them for that. I just wonder how people do it for 20-30 years?

Shift work takes its toll on you. Some say “it takes years off your life!” Does that mean I am going to die at 80 instead of 85? Maybe I got out on time? Kidding aside, I know ‘times have changed’ since I was doing hospital nursing five years ago. I hear it's even tougher now, and man it was tough then. Nurses often work short-staffed and are expected to do more with less. There are volumes of studies about how unhealthy it is to work such long hours, not only for staff but for the patient.

Nonetheless, many nurses say that they like the 12-hour shifts better, it provides them more time at home with family, and less time in the hospital. Fair enough. But, I would like to know how they are doing it, or rather, are they doing it well? I perused the web to see how nurses are coping with extended shifts and I hand-picked my favorite techniques to get through the day (or night). I think it takes balance, harmonizing how much you do at work, and how you use your time on your days off.

I know you have heard this many times, but you have to take care of your physical vulnerabilities. And I mean truly do this, don’t just say you will and fall into the typical ‘not taking care of yourself but taking care of everyone else’ routine:

Get enough sleep each day
Eat well
Limit your caffeine and alcohol
See a doctor when you are ill
Live mindfully
Grow gratitude
Work well with your co-workers. Sadly, you spend more time with them then you do with loved ones:
Build a camaraderie with those you work with
Use effective communication with each other
Help out on the unit
Have a night out with your colleagues every few months
Have ‘YOU’ time (and no that doesn’t mean cooking for your family or driving the kids around). This means YOU as in ‘no chores or responsibilities’ but something for you to relish! Maybe sleep in with your partner and have a lazy day. Or, why not…

Have dinner out with your friends
Go to a movie
Take an art class
Develop a new hobby
Host a dinner party
Get out of town
And my favorite, ‘Work on your future. Daydream, plan, then take action.

First, what does that future look like? Close your eyes, release fear and believe
Make SMART goals
Develop a renovation plan for your house
Drive by the farm you want to own one day
Map out a big vacation
Develop a business plan
Take courses at the local university
Well, that’s enough of me lecturing you. You know what you need. I think I speak for many when I say, we sure appreciate the bedside nurse who is working short, running around, not eating and barely sleeping when they get home. THANK YOU… and please find your balance.

“You can get what you want or you can just get old.”
― Billy Joel

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