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* Articles / Stop Calling Nurses 'sister' and 'matron' - it's putting men off by katty: May 15, 2018, 09:30:01 AM
Stop calling nurses “sister” and “matron” - it could put men off joining their ranks, one of their leaders has suggested.

Janet Davies, chief executive of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN), said the terms were “outdated” and due a rethink, in order to improve recruitment. 

And she said children’s dressing-up boxes should contain nurses’ uniforms for boys as well as those for girls - to dispel the idea that nursing was a job for women.



Speaking at the union’s annual congress in Belfast, she called for changes in the way nurses are portrayed, and the language used to describe them.

Ms Davies suggested the term “ward sister” should be phased out, replaced with the gender-neutral job title of “charge nurse” in a bid to encourage more men into the profession.

Scotland has already stopped using ward sister as a job title.

And the RCN chief executive suggested that the use of any gendered terms in nursing should be reconsidered, calling for a public debate about use of the word “matron”.

“Lots of the language is nursing generally is very female,” she said. “It’s a debate in itself really about the whole language, should you be called something different? You’re a charge nurse, you’re a sister - is that right or should everybody be called a charge nurse?"

Just one in ten nurses in the UK is male - a situation which has barely changed in the last decade.

Ms Davies also said there was a need for nurses of both genders to go into primary schools to help educate children from a young age that the job was suitable for men as well as women.

And she said parents should encourage sons to dress up as nurses - not assume it was something only daughters would aspire to.

“Certainly, nursing uniforms for men should definitely be there in childrens’ dressing-up boxes, that is absolutely essential,” she added.

The RCN leader also called for more male nurse characters on television - like Casualty’s Charlie Fairhead - to act as positive role models.

Actor Derek Thompson, who plays the part, was highlighted last year as the BBC’s highest earning soap star, with earnings of up to £400,000 - compared to a £22,000 salary for an NHS nurse.

She said: “We need more Charlies but shown in lots of places, in the community, in different settings - I think that would help.

“They did have a guy who was a nurse in EastEnders a few years ago and they’ve had one on Coronation Street. We need more of that to help change the public’s perspective.

“We need more realistic interpretations of what nurses do, especially in those sorts of soap operas.”

At the RCN Congress in Belfast yesterday (MONDAY), nurses debated whether specifically recruiting men could help solve the crisis in nurse staffing in the NHS, where around 38,000 posts are vacant.

But they rejected a plan to target men, saying any recruitment drive should be equal across both genders.
Source : The Telegraph
* News / Ghanaian Nurses, Midwives Threaten to Strike Over Salary Deductions by katty: May 15, 2018, 09:25:39 AM
The Ghana Registered Nurses and Midwives Association (GRNMA) has warned it will embark on labour unrest if government does not review its decision to withdraw some incentives due its members.

The Association is also kicking against a move by the Ghana Health Services to deduct one percent of the basic salary of members to establish a health insurance scheme.

“Government must, therefore, rethink its decision to withdraw many incentives due Nurses and Midwives or this time, face the consequences of confrontation from us that could lead to labour unrest,” President of GRNMA Dr Kwaku Asante-Krobea warned.

Speaking at the launch of the 2018 International Nurses Day in Kumasi, Dr Asante-Krobea argued that “it is not the prerogative of GHS to establish a health insurance scheme for us”.

He stated that the Ghana Health Service has unfulfilled obligation that fort their members with regards to payment of our health bills.

“With our condition of service, we are entitled to a waiver of 50% of healthcare cost that the NHIS does not cover”.

Meanwhile, he has blamed Ghana’s failure to meet the Millennium Development Goal target on health to inadequate resources.

“We are still encumbered with the ill effects of the poor state of the job ace that on daily basis impact negatively on care outcomes in an era where we have no obligation than chase the much expected Sustainable Development Goals.

“Fact is that we performed below expectation in meeting the MP’s and we cannot fail again this time with meeting the SDGs,” he said.

He tasked government to increase investment in health to enable the country meet the 2030 Sustainable Development Goal target.

“It is the responsibility of government to strengthen and invest in nursing and midwifery for the critical workforce to have a triple impact of promoting health, advancing gender equality and strengthening the local economy”.

Head of Nursing at KNUST, Dr Victoria Bam noted that low investment in health by the government is a contributing factor in high mortality rate and increase in non-communicable diseases in the country.

She called for a rights-based approach to healthcare delivery.

The 2018 International Nurses Day is on the theme ” Nurses and Midwives: Promoting Health as a Human Right”.

The Day is marked every year to recognise the significant role Nurses and Midwives play in promoting health.

Some nurses and midwives who excelled during the year under review were awarded to serve as motivation.

All the ten awardees received a citation and a brand new laptop.

Source: 3news.com
* News / UK : Give nurses body cameras to prevent assaults, NHS staff plead by katty: May 14, 2018, 09:34:41 PM
Nurses should be given body cameras to prevent assaults by violent patients, a conference heard.

Increasing levels of violence in A&E and on hospital wards meant staff needed better protection, nurses told the Royal College of Nursing Congress on Monday.

They revealed how they had been attacked and even held hostage by patients who turned violent.  But some nurses condemned the suggestion, saying cameras would erode patient trust and invade their privacy.

Proposing the introduction of cameras, nurse Sarah Seeley, from Ipswich, said: “[Nurses are] being strangled, stabbed, headbutted, punched, kicked, spat at, slapped, bitten and even having their eyes gouged.”

She said a number of NHS trusts, including her own, had recently introduced bodycams for security staff. Trials had found a reduction of up to 100 per cent in violent incidents and restraints being carried out on patients.
She added: “The costs of the cameras would be offset by the reduction in complaints, incidents and restraints.

“The police, fire and security services are now wearing body worn cameras with positive evidence highlighting their use as a deterrent providing evidence to reduce violent situations and prosecutions.”

Monsuru Odekunle, who works in a high-secure hospital, said: “I wear a bodyworn camera every day. [It] has improved safety of both staff and patients.”
He said complaints had dropped and staff felt “more confident” doing their jobs since the introduction of the cameras.

Shelley Pearce, who works as an A&E nurse at a hospital in Portsmouth, told how she was “taken hostage” by an alcoholic patient on an acute ward, who held a piece of broken plastic against her throat and dragged her into a lift.

She has also been subjected to five serious assaults and dozens of minor ones, including being kicked, punched, spat at and head-butted. But despite her experiences, she spoke out against the introduction of body cameras, saying they would compromise patient trust without deterring violence.

She called for better training to diffuse situations and more security support instead, adding: “We encounter aggression every day. We need better systems of raising the alarm and protecting our safety. There are security [staff] in hospitals but only if you can get away to summon them.”

Figures published last month showed there were 56,435 physical assaults on NHS staff in 2016/17, up 9.7 per cent from 51,447 the year before.

The biggest increase in attacks was in acute hospital trusts, up 21 per cent from 15,469 to 18,720. The numbers related to 181 out of 244 NHS trusts which responded to Freedom of Information requests by the Health Service Journal, meaning the true figure could be much higher.
Source : The Telegraph
* Nursing Jobs / Royal Medical Centre Vacancies For Registered Nurses in Lagos by katty: May 14, 2018, 04:27:32 PM
Royal Medical Centre Vacancies For Nurses
Our fast growing health facility located at No. 4 onajimin, off pedro road, popoola bus stop, shomolu bariga, Lagos, requests for suitably qualified candidates to fill our vacant position in our facility;
 
Position:
Nurses

Method of Application:
Interested persons should apply by email to:
 
theroyalmedicalcentre@yahoo.com 
 
or in person to:
The Medical Director, 4 onajimin, off pedro road, popoola bus stop, shomolu bariga, Lagos.
 
For enquiries please contact: 09070894032
* Nursing Jobs / Spiritan University Nneochi (SUN) Vacancies for Matrons by katty: May 14, 2018, 04:24:52 PM
The Spiritan University Nneochi (SUN) is owned by the Congregation of the Holy Spirit (Spiritans), Province of Nigeria South East. The Congregation is an International Religious Order in the Catholic Church founded in France on May 27, 1703. The members of this Religious Order began their educational and evangelization work in Nigeria in 1885. The name of the University is inspired by the charisms of the Holy Spirit who is Spirit of Knowledge, Understanding, Wisdom and Fortitude. The University was approved by Federal Executive Council of Nigeria on the 6th of December 2017 and issued with a licence to operate as a Private University on the 19th of December 2017.
 
Position: Matron
 
Location: Abia State
 
Qualifications/Requirements
* Candidates applying for the position of Matron, such applicant must possess a degree in Nursing not lower than Second Class Lower Division from a recognised University.
* Such applicants must be registered members of the Nurses and Mid¬wifery Council of Nigeria and have a minimum of 10 years’ working experience.
 
Conditions of Service
* Conditions of service and salary scales are negotiable and in accordance with spiritan university, nneochi: conditions of service handbook (2018).
 
Application Closing Date
11th June, 2018
 
Method of Application
Interested and qualified candidates should submit ten (10) copies of their Application Letter, Curriculum Vitae and photocopies of their credentials. The  Curriculum Vitae should highlight the following:
* Full Name: Surname, (underlined) First, Middle
* Date of Birth
* Gender and Marital Status
* Number and Ages of Children
* E-mail address and Mobile Phone Number(s)
* Postal and Permanent Home Addresses
* LGA, State and Nationality
* Schools attended and Qualifications obtained with dates formatted properly
* Academic Experience
* Languages and ICT skills
* Publications. (When listing publications include locations (i.e. country) of the journals, percentage contribution in publications and multiple-authorship should be clearly indicated).
* Other Professional Experience(s)
* Conferences and Seminars Attended
* Selected Prizes and Scholarships
* Positions held with dates
* Membership of Professional Bodies
* Names and Addresses, Email and Mobile Phone Numbers of Three (3) Referees.
 
Applicants are expected to request the referees to forward a 1000-word report under confidential cover directly to the "Registrar" through the address below. The Referees should also be informed to indicate the positions and Departments applied for by their candidates.
 
All Application should be submitted marked “Confidential” and sealed in a manila envelope marked “Post of University Librarian of Library” to:
The Registrar and Secretary to Council,
Spiritan University Nneochi,
P.M.B. 10, Ngodo-Isuochi,
Umunneochi LGA,
Abia State.
 
Note
* Applicants are requested to indicate in their applications the position applied for and the relevant Department.
* Only short listed applicants that followed the guidelines, meet our minimum requirements and have completed their National Youth Service Corps shall be contacted for further discussions and interview.
* Nursing Jobs / Spiritan University Nneochi (SUN) Vacancies for Registered Nurses by katty: May 14, 2018, 04:22:34 PM
The Spiritan University Nneochi (SUN) is owned by the Congregation of the Holy Spirit (Spiritans), Province of Nigeria South East. The Congregation is an International Religious Order in the Catholic Church founded in France on May 27, 1703. The members of this Religious Order began their educational and evangelization work in Nigeria in 1885. The name of the University is inspired by the charisms of the Holy Spirit who is Spirit of Knowledge, Understanding, Wisdom and Fortitude. The University was approved by Federal Executive Council of Nigeria on the 6th of December 2017 and issued with a licence to operate as a Private University on the 19th of December 2017.
 
Position: Nurses
 
Location: Abia State
 
Qualifications/Requirements
* For applicants for the position of Senior Nurse, the level of education of a Matron, membership of Nurses and Midwifery Council of Nigeria are required, but with 5 years’ working experience.
 
Conditions of Service
* Conditions of service and salary scales are negotiable and in accordance with spiritan university, nneochi: conditions of service handbook (2018).
 
Application Closing Date
11th June, 2018
 
Method of Application
Interested and qualified candidates should submit ten (10) copies of their Application Letter, Curriculum Vitae and photocopies of their credentials. The  Curriculum Vitae should highlight the following:
* Full Name: Surname, (underlined) First, Middle
* Date of Birth
* Gender and Marital Status
* Number and Ages of Children
* E-mail address and Mobile Phone Number(s)
* Postal and Permanent Home Addresses
* LGA, State and Nationality
* Schools attended and Qualifications obtained with dates formatted properly
* Academic Experience
* Languages and ICT skills
* Publications. (When listing publications include locations (i.e. country) of the journals, percentage contribution in publications and multiple-authorship should be clearly indicated).
* Other Professional Experience(s)
* Conferences and Seminars Attended
* Selected Prizes and Scholarships
* Positions held with dates
* Membership of Professional Bodies
* Names and Addresses, Email and Mobile Phone Numbers of Three (3) Referees.
 
Applicants are expected to request the referees to forward a 1000-word report under confidential cover directly to the "Registrar" through the address below. The Referees should also be informed to indicate the positions and Departments applied for by their candidates.
 
All Application should be submitted marked “Confidential” and sealed in a manila envelope marked “Post of University Librarian of Library” to:
The Registrar and Secretary to Council,
Spiritan University Nneochi,
P.M.B. 10, Ngodo-Isuochi,
Umunneochi LGA,
Abia State.
 
Note
* Applicants are requested to indicate in their applications the position applied for and the relevant Department.
* Only short listed applicants that followed the guidelines, meet our minimum requirements and have completed their National Youth Service Corps shall be contacted for further discussions and interview.
* News / #JOHESUStrike2018: We Remain Resolute Despite Withheld Salary – NANNM President by katty: May 14, 2018, 02:38:25 PM
The National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives (NANNM), has condemned strongly, the enforcement of the  ‘no work no pay’ policy by the federal government on the striking health workers.
 
President of NANNM,  Comrade Abdrafiu Adeniji, who made this known while briefing journalists at the end of the 2018 nurses and midwives week, held in Abuja, reaffirmed the association’s commitment to the Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU) struggle.
 
He said that the  April salary of JOHESU members, in  which NANNM is part of, is being withheld, even though they had worked dutifully until early hours of 18th April, 2018.
 
“According to all regulations, the ‘no work no pay’ is only applicable when an illegal strike is embarked on. An illegal strike means a strike embarked upon without notice to government. The situation we have at hand is for the federal government to look into what it signed and implement the agreement,” he explained.
 
Recall that the federal government, in a letter  written and signed by the Head, Department of Hospital Services, Dr. J.O Amedu for the Minister of Health, had directed the enforcement of the ‘no work no pay’ policy, in line with provision of Section 43 of the Trade Dispute Act CAP 18, Law of the Federation of Nigeria(LFN), 2004.
 
Adeniji also accused the Federal Ministry of Health of employing measures targeted at frustrating and humiliating the union members rather than simply implementing agreement entered into with JOHESU and obey court order. He lamented that while other countries are counting their gains and achievements towards attaining universal health coverage, the Nigeria government was doing the opposite.
 
He therefore urged the federal government to accede to the demand of health workers without any further delay.
 
By: PATIENCE IVIE IHEJIRIKA
Leadetship News
* News / Nigerian Nurses, Midwives Kick Against Propose Privatisation Of Health Service by katty: May 14, 2018, 02:35:10 PM
The National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives NANNM has warned that the ongoing strike by the Joint Health Sector Unions JOHESU will not end, if government continues its lackadaisical attitude towards the union’s demands.
 
It said government has the wherewithal to end the strike.
 
Briefing journalists, yesterday, in Abuja, NANNM President, Adeniji Abdulrafiu Ajani, said the strike became inevitable because of government’s insensitive position, urging it to immediately attend to the workers’ demands.
 
He noted that Universal Health Coverage will remain a mirage, if nurses and midwives are not given due recognition and remuneration.
 
He kicked against the planned privatisation of some healthcare services, saying any type of privatisation that will put healthcare services beyond the reach of ordinary Nigerians will not be accepted.
 
Source: Vanguard News
* Articles / The Future Of The Nursing Profession in Nigeria By Kareem Oluwagbemiga Light by katty: May 14, 2018, 02:33:04 PM
The future of nursing profession is focused on Education. Nurses with doctorate degrees are needed to teach the future generation of nurses and to conduct research that will become the basis for improvement in nursing science and practice. To meet health cares growing demand,  nurses must be competent in several disciplines such as Leadership, system improvement, research and public health. NURSING is also expanding into technology and information management roles.
 
But it's quite unfortunate that Nigerian nurses are not advancing in education at all, the moment they have gotten a license to practice as a registered nurse(RN ) that is the end of the road in Nursing education. Nigeria Nurses are not longer engaging in research work, seminars or even in pursuit of their bachelor in Nursing science(BNS) or even Masters not to talk of PHD in nursing. And this is what is killing Nurses in the country as a whole, instead of acquiring more knowledge we prefer turning ourselves as slaves in the hand of  Doctors.
 
Importance Of Education In Nursing.

 
Because nursing is one of the many profession that is changing rapidly in terms of complexities and technologies .
 
1. With improved health literacy, people are living longer than ever before. Currently, the average Australian life expectancy is around 80years but with greater longevity comes more complex health concerns. This makes providing the Nursing care more challenging and means it is ever more important to be well educated as a Nurse.
 
2. Education and understanding best practise care delivery is more than numbers earned each year. It's a commitment to be a professional. Keeping up-to-date and continuously seeking to improve and ultimately to provide individuals with the best care.
 
Nurses should arise up to these clamour call, to fight for the new generation of Nurses. To improve on their educational standard as we together make NURSING great not only in Nigeria but to other part of the world.
      Thanks
 
#TeamNurseWithaDifference
 
Name: Kareem Oluwagbemiga Light
School: Ambrose Alli University Ekpoma Edo State.
Level: 400L
 
Reference: Nursing journal
* Nursing Jobs / Internship vacancy at Federal Teaching Hospital Abakaliki by Sansa: May 14, 2018, 02:11:41 PM
Internship vacancies for nurses and other health workers in Federal Teaching Hospital Abakaliki (FETHA).
Please I just saw it on our whatssap forum, I don't know how true it is.
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