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* News / A Third of Nurses Have Fallen Asleep While Driving Home - Study by katty: December 12, 2018, 07:25:25 AM
A sleep expert says a new model is needed to manage nurses' shift work and fatigue-related risk.

Massey University's Sleep/Wake Centre found one in three nurses have fallen asleep at the wheel while driving home from work.

The centre's director Professor Philippa Gander told Morning Report nurses' shifts could be better managed to make it safer for them and their patients through a code of practice.

Changes to rostering and the approaches to managing the risk in different medical settings were needed, she said.

"If you have a nurse who is suffering from the effects of sleep loss and being on a series of night shifts working at the wrong time she or he is not going to be able to function as well as they would if they were fully rested and working during the day," she said.

The report also noted that "after 5 years, nurses working nights have significantly higher mortality rates from all causes and from cardiovascular disease. After 15 years of night work, nurses have a higher risk of death from lung cancer and ischemic stroke. With increasing years of night work, there is also a linear increase in risk of type 2 diabetes that appears to be partly mediated through increasing body weight, a linear increase in the risk of breast cancer, and an increased risk of colorectal cancer risk after 15 years."

"So how do we manage the risk? The risks are very different if you are in ICU and you have a patient who is sedated you are in a highly technical procedurised environment and there's plenty of help around you versus being a mental health nurse who has unpredictable patients who may be up and about all night doing things that you've got no idea what is going to happen next."

A new model was needed, she said, combining the expertise of nurses in different practice areas with sleep science knowledge and hospital managers' needs.
* News / Doctors’ Use of Phrase ‘Acting Down’ Offends Nurses by katty: December 11, 2018, 07:17:58 PM
Doctors in a survey have said they regularly ‘act down’ due to staff shortages – meaning they undertake tasks usually carried out by nurses.

The phrase, contained in a report by doctors' regulator the General Medical Council (GMC), has offended nurses who say the term implies superiority.

The RCN described the phrase as ‘insulting’ to nurses, but the GMC said it was not meant to be pejorative and instead conveys the pressures on all healthcare workers.

Common occurrence

The GMC’s annual report examines the state of the UK’s medical education and practice.

In the latest edition, nearly half (48%) of the 700 doctors surveyed reported ‘acting down’ at least once a week by doing a job normally carried out by nurses.

Conversely, around three out of 10 doctors said they regularly see nurses or other healthcare staff ‘acting up’ to perform tasks usually completed by a doctor, to help ease workload pressures.

Nursing reaction

An RCN spokesperson said: ‘Doctors and other healthcare professionals are now being roped in to plug gaps left by the increasing number of nursing vacancies. However, describing this as "acting down" is insulting to nursing staff.’

Workforce pressures

A GMC spokesperson said: ‘We are in no doubt that those doctors describing the situation as "acting down" were doing so not in a pejorative manner, but as a means to convey the pressure that all healthcare teams, regardless of role or seniority, are working under.’

The report highlights that although ‘acting down’ may imply the doctor is overqualified for the task they are undertaking, this is not necessarily accurate. It notes that doctors are not trained to provide the nursing interventions needed for high-quality specialised critical nursing care.
* News / Young Ghanaian Registered Nurse Turned Farmer Wins Best Farmer Award by katty: December 11, 2018, 01:25:54 PM
A graduate registered nurse turned Poultry Farmer, Mrs Bless Tutu, has been crowned the youth farmer of the year for the newly created New Juaben North Municipal Assembly (NJNMA).

This was at the just ended 34th Farmers Day Celebrations held in the municipality.

In an interaction with the media, the 26 years old Mrs Tutu said, she started the poultry farm as a small business to earn some money to cater for her siblings and herself because her posting was delayed.

She said she later recognized that she could make it big in poultry farming and so expanded gradually.

Mrs Tutu said she now has about 1300 birds which produce about 35 crates of eggs daily.

A 63 year old, Mr Sammy Nii Okai Quaye of BOSSGIE Farms from Akwadum, a suburb of the Municipality, was adjudged the overall best farmer for the Municipality with Mr Eric Ofosu of Mpaemu and Mr Joseph Samurl, taking the second and third positions respectively.

The best female farmer was won by Ms Juliana Quashie of Jumapo.

Seven others farmers received prizes for being best farmers for various crops.

Among the award winners include one physically challenged, Reverend Mark Oti.

The Member of Parliament (MP) for New Juaben North who is also the Deputy Minister for Local Government and Rural Development, Nana Akwasi Adjei-Boateng called on the youth to venture into agriculture.

He said the government has started building warehouses across the country for storage of farm produce to help reduce post-harvest loses and ensure food security in the country.

The Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), Ms Comfort Asante, said the Municipal Assembly will assist farmers in the Municipality to use technology and innovations to improve farming.

She expressed gratitude to the chiefs, Assembly members, farmers and all the people in the Municipality for supporting her to be able to celebrate the first Farmers Day as New Juaben North Municipal Assembly.

The New Juaben North Municipal Agriculture Director (MAD), Mr Emmanuel Narh, said the government was supplying improved variety of maize and cassava seedlings at subsidize prices to interested farmers to increase their productivity.

Mr Narh urged farmers to work closely with the agricultural extension officers in their area and collect coupons to enable them to acquire their farm inputs at subsidies rates.

The MAD announced that the Assembly has received over 1,500 palm oil seedlings for development of a nursery at Asikasu for distribution to interested farmers next year.

* News / More Nurses Are Now Earning Bachelor Degree by katty: December 11, 2018, 01:17:45 PM
A recent study released by the University of South Carolina College of Nursing is showing signs of hope for the nursing field in the state.

The optimism comes as the study shows for the first time in the state's history, there are more students graduating with a baccalaureate rather than an associate degree in the field of nursing.

Ronda Hughes, associate professor and Director of the Center for Nursing Leadership at USC, shares the difference that comes with obtaining a baccalaureate . Hughes says, "The main difference between someone having the associates and bachelors degree is looking at the patient in context and really focusing on leadership and in may respects at the bedside that means knowing how to advocate for that patient."

Judith Thompson, CEO of South Carolina Nurses Association explains how patients will benefit from having a nurse with this type of schooling. Thompson says, "The most important thing is they will be experiencing working with and being the patient of someone who has a broader educational background." The CEO goes on to say having a degree not just solely in the sciences but in the humanities makes a world of a difference when it comes to patient care. She says, it gives the nurse the ability, "to ask the questions like who is the patient, what does the patient's family look like, and how are we able to help the family as well as the patient? It gives a broader range of experience that gives people a better access to who is that patient and how can we better serve that patient."

The healthcare field however still faces it's share of challenges.

The Federal Health Resources and Services Administration ranks South Carolina as having the 4th worst nursing shortage in the country the university's study says there's still a lack of nurses and also faculty with graduate degrees, as well as a shortage of clinical sites to train future nurses.

* News / India: Tamil Nadu Announces New Uniforms for Government Hospital Nurses by katty: December 10, 2018, 01:38:08 PM
The Tamil Nadu health department on Monday released new uniforms for nurses in the government hospitals. A recent government order has given the details of the new uniforms, which varies among different category of male and female nurses.

With this, the nurses in the government hospitals may finally bid adieu to the British-era uniforms.

The proposal was first mooted last year but was pending and a government order dated December 7 has given the specifics of the new uniforms. The department has also released photos of the model uniforms.

The description of the new uniforms for nurses are as follows:

1. Female nurses with 10 years or lesser experience will sport white half sleeve top with white pants.

2. Female nurse for above 10 years experience will wear white half sleeve chudidhar and white bottom.

3. Female nursing superintendent (Grade 2) will wear pink colour saree with white overcoat.

4. Female nursing superintendent (Grade 1) will wear pista green colour saree with white overcoat.

5.  Nurses at the Neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) will wear a white half sleeve pink top and pink pants.

6.  Male nurses with 10 years or lesser of experience, will wear a white half sleeve shirt and white colour pants.

7.  Male nurses for above 10 years of experience will wear white half sleeve shirt and white colour pants.

8.  Male nursing superintendent (Grade 2) will wear pink full sleeve shirt and navy blue colour pants.

9.  Male nursing superintendent (Grade 1) will wear pista colour full sleeve shirt and navy blue pants.

Present uniform:

The British-era uniform nurses were wearing until now are:

1.  White gowns with an apron over it, a belt, cap and long stockings with buckle sandals for entry-level female nurses.

2.  Gown with full hand sleeves, a bigger cap than juniors, and long stockings with buckle sandals for grade 1, 2 and 3 nurses.

Source : India Express
* Post Basic Courses / Federal Neuro Psychiatric Hospital Kaduna 2019/2020 Post Basic Nursing Form by katty: December 10, 2018, 01:31:34 PM
Applications are hereby invited from suitable qualified Nurses for admission into the 18 months Post Basic Psychiatric Nursing Program 2019/2020 academic session
* Candidate must be a qualified Nurse
* Evidence of Registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria
* Current license to practice Nursing issued by the NMCN
* Possession of five (5) credits at not more than two sittings in olevels these must include english, chemistry, physics, biology and maths. A combination of WAEC and NECO is accepted
* Any other qualification in Nursing will be an added advantage
Application forms can be obtained from the program coordinator, School of Post Basic Psychiatric Nursing, Federal Neuro Psychiatric Hospital kaduna
A non refundable fee of N10,000 for application form.
Completed forms should be submitted with photocopies of relevant credentials and two (2) passport photographs (coloured on white background) to the above address on or before 15th March 2019. Pre test and interview will hold on 19th and 20th March 2019 respectively.
Please not that succesful candidates would be expeted to resume training first week of May, 2019
For further enquiry contact the programme coordinator on 08028434918, 07034693344 or 08033329078.
Programme Coordinator
For: Medical Director
* Inventions / Nurses Could Replace Surgeons Soon Thanks to Robots by katty: December 08, 2018, 03:04:14 PM
Nurses could soon be tasked with performing surgery with the help of robots and other forms of artificial intelligence, a new report predicts.

The Times reported Friday on the study that looked at the next 20 years of surgical procedures. The findings suggest that doctors could be freed from performing what are seen as routine surgeries because of the rise in AI.

Replacing the steady hand of a surgeon, for example, could be nanarobots that repair the body from the inside and virtual reality headsets worn by nurses and other medical professionals to assist in procedures. 3-D printed organs could also be mass produced for use when they are needed, the Royal College of Surgeons report said.

"We're standing on the verge of transformative changes in surgery that have the potential to dramatically improve patients' care, helping them to live healthier lives for longer," neurosurgeon Richard Kerr said in the report, according to the Times.

"We are now moving from the era of freehand surgery to the digitalization of surgery — where surgeons are supported by data, genomic analysis, and new tools such as robotics."

Robots are already used for medical training, and other industries have embraced the technology in recent years as the world turns to automation to get things done.

Source :  News Max
* News / Namibia: Nurses Urged to Serve in Rural Areas by katty: December 07, 2018, 06:02:17 PM
HEALTH minister Bernard Haufiku has urged nursing graduates to not only serve in urban areas, but in rural areas as well.
In a speech read on his behalf by health permanent secretary Ben Nangombe during the graduation ceremony of 210 National Health Training Centre (NHTC) nursing students in Windhoek yesterday, Haufiku said Namibia faces a shortage of nurses and midwives across the country, and therefore called on nurses and future nurses to be open-minded when it comes to employment in small towns and villages.

The NHTC has training centres in Windhoek and, at Rundu and Keetmanshoop.

The nursing graduates completed a three-year diploma course at the three centres from 2015 until 2017, which was provided by the health ministry.

Haufiku said that nurses should put patients' needs first, because they are providing a service to the people. He also advised nurses to spend less time on their cellphones in order to assist patients properly.

“I urge all nurses to improve their competence with time, because if they don't, then the quality of their service will suffer,” Haufiku said.

Miryam Hangula, one of the Keetmanshoop graduates, said that her journey was not easy.

“Things got very tough at times and a lot of hard work was required from us.

I felt like giving up at times, but I ultimately realised that I had to achieve this through dedication and commitment to my studies,” Hangula said. She went on to say that she also wanted to make her parents proud because they invested so much in her education.

Hangula said that she was thankful for the lecturers at the various health centres who taught the students with such diligence throughout the past three years. Anneli Nepembe received the award as the best practical student from the Windhoek centre, while Lydia Shikongo was acknowledged as the best student from the Rundu centre, while Rooy Ruanche of Keetmanshoop the best overall student.

Shikongo was also honoured as the best overall student. The acting project coordinator of NHTC, Ansie Benjamin, said that the Rundu centre was not as technologically advanced; yet they had the best achievers out of all the towns.

“That centre does not even have air conditioners, especially in times when it's warm like this, yet they still achieved so much with so little,” Benjamin said.

She praised all the students for their hard work.
* News / Uganda Nurses, Midwives Deserve Better By Opiyo Oloya by katty: December 07, 2018, 12:32:52 PM
My sister Caroline Akota Omoya was buried four Saturdays ago, on November 10, 2018, in Kirombe, Gulu. She was 65 years old. A relatively young age to die, she had been sick for some time during the past several months, following a knee replacement.

All her life, she had been a nurse, working extremely hard in different hospitals all over the country, including Gulu General Hospital, Jinja, Masindi and elsewhere. She never missed a day of work if she could help it and, as many of her former colleagues who attended the funeral attested, she was the kindest soul one could meet.

I know, she was my sister. While it is sad to lose a sibling, as she neared the end of life, what deeply disturbed me was the financial situation she was in. She worked very hard to get her pension from the Ministry of Health, what she rightfully worked for, but all she got was the run around, sent back-and-forth to different offices, asked to fill meaningless forms that were going nowhere, then told to wait patiently, while the claims were being sorted out.

She waited, honestly, she did. That was sometime in 2015, but nothing happened. When she made no headway, she harnessed my help in contacting certain ministry officials who gave me the same honeyed assurances that she was on the list of pensioners soon to be paid. To the day she died, she was still waiting to collect what she worked for and, which rightfully, now, belongs to her two surviving sons, my nephews David Omoya and Dr Sebastian Omoya.

But my sister had brothers and sisters who took good care of her during her time of need and, when she passed on, she received a most beautiful and decent burial. Instead, my worry now is about all the nurses who are out there today, alive, who have reached the age of retirement, but who have nothing to show for their many years of caring for other people. In their time of need, who looks after them and what happens to their pension money?

The issue is two-fold, one is the pay squeeze that nurses, nursing assistants and other medical workers already face as among the lowest-paid public servants in Uganda. Salary increase is expected next year, following the signing of the collective bargaining agreement in June this year, between the Government and the National Organisation of Trade Unions and its affiliates, which include Uganda Medical Workers Union and Uganda Nurses and Midwives Union.

But these pay increases are not retroactive and will not address historical wage gaps for nurses who, given the long work hours and issues they deal with every day, are grossly underpaid. When, in November last year, nurses demanded the equivalent of 400% increase in wages, no doubt, their calculations took into account the extraordinary long hours they work every single day, to care for the sick, the weak and those in palliative care who cannot care for themselves.

However, and this is the issue my sister faced, when nurses retire, they should not depend on handouts or the goodwill of others. They should not live in dire poverty, without a single coin to their names. If there is justice at all, it should be that in their retirement days, nurses are allowed to put up their feet and enjoy the rest they surely deserve.

That, unfortunately, was not the experience of retired nurse Caroline Omoya. Her dignity and human worth were degraded at her most vulnerable moment. She had a small house she had built for her family, which kept the rain away, but for everything else, she depended on the goodwill of others. She did not lack for anything because her siblings took care of that, but she should not have had to depend on anybody.

The issue for me is this: Can the Ministry of Health say with clarity and specificity what happened to my sister’s pension and the pension of many nurses who are alive and waiting to receive what is deservedly theirs?

Can the ministry assure these retirees that they do not have to wait another month while someone in the huge bureaucracy demands more paperwork?

Can the Ministry of Health promise nurses that, wherever they are, who are waiting for their pension, will receive the money promptly or, at the very least, an assurance that the money is coming on a very specific date?

As a nation, as Ugandans, we should care deeply that our nurses do not go hungry because we have failed to pay them enough money or withheld their pension. These are the people to whom we look for care, sympathy and human love at our most vulnerable moments.

They deserve better treatment than the raw deal they are getting right now. Our very lives depend on their welfare.,Twitter: @opiyooloya
* News / South African Man Arrested for Harassing A Nurse on Duty by katty: December 06, 2018, 09:05:39 AM
Nurses have stopped working night shifts following the incident due to safety concerns.

The MEC for health in Limpopo, Dr Phophi Ramathuba, has welcomed the arrest of a man captured on cellphone video footage harassing and assaulting a nurse on duty at the Vaalwater Clinic.

The man allegedly assaulted the nurse after she refused to act out of policy and re-issue his companion with a second birth notification form as per his demands, reports Polokwane Review.

By law, birth and death notification forms can only be issued once for every individual in order to avoid corruption and collusion, said the spokesperson for the department, Neil Shikwambana.

“The nurse in question acted in the best interest of government and the country as guided by the law. It is for this reason that the department did not hesitate to report the man to the police,” he said.

The man’s arrest follows MEC Ramathuba’s visit to the clinic on Tuesday, where she held meetings with the police, community stakeholders, organised labour, and nursing staff.

During the visit, the MEC reassured employees the department was committed to protecting them under any circumstances. She said the arrest should serve as a warning and a deterrent to anyone who dared commit any form of criminal activity in a health facility and further called on communities to neither harass nor assault staff members, but rather to escalate their complaints in line with the department’s complaint process mechanisms.

MEC Ramathuba explained: “Communities have a responsibility to protect our staff and facilities, even where they think there are misunderstandings. If they are not satisfied with the kind of service they receive, they need to escalate complaints to us, as authorities, so that we deal with them. If they dare assault them, we will have to have them arrested.”

She went on further to say that clinics which are open overnight, do so in order to handle emergency cases and that communities need to utilise them for that purpose only.

“The perpetrator in the case in question was not even a patient but he came to demand an administrative service after hours and that we condemn.”

The department is now working with community stakeholders and organised labour to ensure the clinic runs for 24 hours again as soon as possible, as nurses have stopped working night shifts following the assault incident.

Source: The Citizen
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