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* Articles / The Need To Include Entrepreneurship In Our Nursing Colleges Curriculum in Ghana by katty: October 01, 2018, 12:31:18 PM
According the Ghana registered nurses association, the current nurses per patient ration gap is one nurses is to 22 patients. This means that Ghana will need not less than 38,000 nurses and midwives to fill the gap considering the current population of Ghana.

But one may ask that, don’t we have graduate nurses to fill the gap? – The challenge is unemployment!

The increasing trend of nurses’ unemployment has a multifaceted causes such as increased in nursing training schools (both public and private), increased in enrollment especially between 2013 and 2016 when the quota system was eliminated and coupled with increase in the ‘motivational factor’ (nurses training allowances), inadequate vacancies (hospitals, polyclinics etc) to employ graduate nurses, lack of political will to prioritize the health sector among others.

The issue of bonded nurses was initially a ‘job assurance cover’ for all nursing trainees. This means that, there was a contract between government and nurses in that, government must employ them after successful completion. Though nice mutual contract, the long run side effects were not well thought-out since the number of graduate nurses was increasing at an increasing rate whiles vacancies and government ability and willingness to employ nurses was decreasing at an increasing rate. This simply means that more graduate nurses, less vacancies and government inability to employ. And so, there was always pressure on government to ‘forcefully’ employ them since it was a contract agreement.

Government having realized it could not withstand the demands, reviewed the bond agreement in 2017.

So the end result was that NO MORE BONDED NURSES. This termination of contract will mean that graduate nurses will have to look for their own jobs or wait until if there is any opportunity to employ them.

The following questions must be asked by everyone;

1. How long will a graduate nurse stay at home after a successful completion, considering the long queue of unemployed nurses?

2. Is government committed enough to employ nurses, considering the fact that no more bond and so nurses cannot ‘fight’ government for jobs?

3. What will be the economic fate of an unemployed graduate nurse who happens to stay home for 2 years?

4.Considering the fact that nurses do not have any alternative business skills.

5. Are nurses having the requisite skills to venture into any other business opportunities a part from being trained to work in the health facility?

6. What can we do as a nation?

Looking at the rate at which nurses unemployment is growing in Ghana, I think it is time for policy makers and curriculum developers to review nursing training colleges’ syllabus and restructure their curriculum to include ENTREPRENEURSHIP and other business courses.

These entrepreneurship skills should serve as a backup skills for nurses so in the event that government is not able to immediately employ them, they can also venture into other businesses.

As it stands now, nurses seem to have no other alternative employment options apart from being recruited into the health sector. - Though I stand to be corrected.

Duration for training nurses which is currently ranges from 2 to 3 years can be extended the 4 years, of which the 4th year can be use for an intensive entrepreneurship and other technical studies.

#nobleprofession #yourhealthourconcern#godblessallnurse

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Amadu abdul hadi (Geographylawyer)
* News / Nursing Now Global Campaign: ‘Nursing Now Qatar’ board meets by katty: October 01, 2018, 12:23:23 PM
The World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH), an initiative of Qatar Foundation (QF), and Hamad Medical Corp (HMC) have held the first board meeting of ‘Nursing Now Qatar’, part of a global campaign in collaboration with the International Council of Nurses and the World Health Organisation.

Nursing Now Qatar, launched earlier this year at the Middle East Forum for Quality and Safety in Healthcare in Doha, supports the global ‘Nursing Now’ campaign.

The campaign aims to improve healthcare globally by raising the profile and status of nurses worldwide; influencing policymakers; and supporting nurses to lead, learn, and build a global movement.

The ‘Nursing Now Qatar’ board brings together senior representatives of HMC, WISH, Primary Health Care Corp, Sidra Medicine, Al-Ahli Hospital and the University of Calgary in Qatar.

During its inaugural meeting, board members received an update on the ‘Nursing Now’ global campaign, set terms of reference for ‘Nursing Now Qatar’, and set goals and timescales for initiatives and events to promote nursing in Qatar over the coming year.

Among those initiatives are public awareness campaigns, and a ‘Nursing Now’ empowerment training programme for Qatari nurses that will be delivered during Doha Healthcare Week, to take place this November in the lead up to the WISH 2018 summit.
Sultana Afdhal, CEO of WISH, said, “We are delighted to co-organise the inaugural meeting of this important initiative, which is the first of its kind in the Arabian Gulf region.

Nurses and midwives globally make up half of the professional health workforce.

However, they are often not enabled or supported to use their expertise to their full potential, which is an unfortunate waste of talent and resources.

“Our goal is to empower nurses in Qatar, and ultimately everywhere in the world, to take up more leadership roles, and we hope that a larger number of Qataris choose nursing as a profession in the future.”

Dr Nicola Ryley, chief nursing officer, HMC, and co-chair of the ‘Nursing Now Qatar’ board, added, “Nurses and midwives have a long tradition of leading change across health services, demonstrating a passion for leadership and innovation to drive quality and performance improvements.

While these abilities are increasingly recognised across Qatar’s health sector, we need a concerted effort to ensure greater inter-professional respect and collaboration.

We have an amazing cadre of nursing and midwifery professionals working in Qatar, and the ‘Nursing Now’ campaign will help harness their wide range of experiences and skills more effectively.”

Source : Gulf Times News
* Nursing Jobs / Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital 2019 Nursing Internship Application by katty: September 29, 2018, 03:42:29 PM
Applications are invited from suitably qualified Internship positions:
Position: Intern Nursing Officer:
The  candidates must possess a Bachelor's Degree in Nursing(B.NSc.) from a recongized University plus the Registration of the Nursing Midwifery Council of Nigeria(NMCN).
Job Description:
Selected candidates are expected to undergo a twelve month unbroken internship Programme in the Nursing Department Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital Nnewi.
Date of Interview: 29th November, 2018
Method of Application:
Typewritten Application should be addressed to the Chief Medical Director, Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital, P.M.B. 5025, Nnewi enclosing the Following documents:
Two(2) copies of curriculum vitae.
Two(2) copies each of all relevant credentials.
Evidence of change of name where necessary.
Birth Certificate/Age Decleration.
Current Practicing License.
Three referee reports.
Please indicate your phone number in your application.
All applications should be submitted at the office of the Director of Administration Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital Nnewi
Closing Date :
Six weeks from date of publication.
Prof. A. O. Igwegne
Chief Medical Director
* News / Zimbabwe: Parirenyatwa Nursing School Graduates 150 Nurses, Midwives by katty: September 28, 2018, 08:48:46 PM
More than 150 nurses and midwives from Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals have received certificates and awards in different nursing courses to prepare them for quality health services delivery for all as required by the government.

Addressing graduands and senior nurses at a local hotel in the capital, Zimbabwe Consolidated Diamond Company CEO Dr Morris Mpofu who was the guest of honour said the graduation has come at a time when the nation is faced with an outbreak of cholera.

“It is my fervent hope that the skills you acquired will be deployed to combat this outbreak and other diseases,’ he said.

Principal nursing officer Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals Dr Lillian Dodzo also said the institution is not only going to train specialist nurses for itself, but for other hospitals as well.

“As the leading teaching hospital we will continue to be responsive to emergency demand,” she said.

Those graduated expressed their happiness for completing their programmes.

Some of the courses include midwifery, operating theater nursing, renal nursing, oncology and palliative care nursing, nurse anaesthetic and intensive care nursing.
* News / Thai Nurse Viral Video: Video shows there are good nurses out there by katty: September 28, 2018, 08:43:24 PM
With the image of nurses tainted by a nurse's rough handling of a geriatric patient in Phitsanulok, a story from Khon Kaen shows there are good nurses working out there.

Pornmongkol Tongchai posted a video clip on Facebook on Thursday showing a nurse riding pillion on a motorcycle along a narrow muddy track through sugarcane fields to get to a patient in Nam Phong district.

"I just want to show another side of nurses, those who are determined to do their job. That's it," he wrote.

The 1.27-minute-long clip has drawn more than one million views and many encouraging comments from commentators on social media.

"I praise this case. But the other case should be condemned," wrote a commentator by the name of Jaotatee Leonoi.

He apparently was referring to a nurse's violent handling of an old patient at Buddhachinnaraj Phitsanulok Hospital. The hospital management had to front up and make a public apology, and then transferred her to another area where she has no need to interact with patients.

Mr Pornmongkol gave details on Friday about the clip he had posted, saying it was filmed on Wednesday.

The nursewas  from Nam Phong Hospital in Nam Phong district and was rushing rushed to help a farmer who had passed out while working in a field. The path to the patient was impassible by ambulance for  the last kilometre, so the nurse borrowed a motorcycle from another farmer and made the trip riding pillion with a first-aid medic as the driver, so that she could assist the ill farmer.

The farmer suffered a brain infarction and was admitted to an intensive care unit at Khon Kaen hospital, said Mr Pornmongkol, who is a male nurse and was part of the surgical team on Wednesday.

The country had 154,000 registered nurses in 2016, according to National Economic and Social Development Board figures.
* MCPDP / October 2018 MCPDP Schedule for Nurses in Edo State by katty: September 28, 2018, 11:32:08 AM
This is to announce to all nurses and midwives that Edo state mcpdp mounts two modules at the same time for the month of October 2018. The mcpdp date for Benin city scheduled since January for Oct 8-12th have been moved forward to a new date due to the clash with the councils research workshop holding on the same date (Oct 8th -12th)
1. Elimination of mother to child transmission of HIV and
2. Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive health

New Date:
22nd October to 26th October
At HMB Hall Benin city.
Please pay up your N20,000
ISTH Irrua comes up on the following dates:
From 29th Oct to 2nd November 2018
Edo State MCPDP Coordinator
0803 386 9339
* News / Ghana Health Minister Blame Nurses For Falling Standards In Healthcare Delivery by katty: September 28, 2018, 08:50:43 AM
“I share the opinion that nurses are to blame more for the gloomy picture of gross disease burden arising from chronic ailing conditions, addiction of unhealthy lifestyles among the people,”

The Minister for Health, Kwaku Agyeman- Manu has chided nurses for the wobbling healthcare delivery system and the increasing number of avoidable deaths in the country’s healthcare system.

According to the sector minister, the standards of care, over the years, have kept falling leading to multiplicity of shortfalls in nursing care generally.

“I share the opinion that nurses are to blame more for the gloomy picture of gross disease burden arising from chronic ailing conditions, addiction of unhealthy lifestyles among the people,” the Minister posited.

The statement was read on behalf of the Minister by the Director of Nursing and Midwifery at the Ministry of Health, Ms. Eva Mensah at the official launch of the 20th anniversary celebration of the School of Peri-Operative and Critical Care Nursing at Korle-Bu.

She indicated that they have a difficult task as a Ministry to stem the endemic cause of malaria which continues to take its toll on members of our communities as well as the prevalence of maternal and infant morbidity and mortality.

“The people of Ghana know that your role as frontline health professionals and your numbers can have positive influence on their health. You dare not disappoint them. You have to lead the crusade to promote health as human right which has become crucial in today’s health care environment, Ms. Eva Mensah intimated.

She added that the Ministry did not relent in its efforts to give the School of Peri-Operative and Critical Care Nursing its own infrastructural edifice thus taking them away from a situation where they delivered education on borrowed premises at the Nursing and Midwifery Training College in Korle-bu.

According to her, management of the school ought to reciprocate this laudable initiative of Government by maximizing their efforts to produce quality health care specialists to improve care.

“In all these you must know that the patient's expectation is what matters. Whatever you do as an institution that trains Peri-Operative and Critical Care specialists must be productive,” she stated.

Ms. Eva Mensah added that delivery holistic care relevant to patients' individual needs must be factored into the scheme of care where the interest of the client will be put first.

According to her, students ought to be given the capacity to deliver to the extent of their education and skill gained. That is why the Ministry of Health will do everything to prepare you adequately to enhance your contribution to health care delivery which is often undervalued.

She posited that it is the responsibility of the 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 local economies.

“A long-term goal is to raise the profile of Nursing and Midwifery globally, make it central to health policy and decision making to ensure that nurses and midwifes can use their skills, education and training to their full capacity,” Ms. Eva Mensah emphasized.

She noted that the school could have been more impressive by raising the bar in their effort to ensure that higher education matters in bringing quality care to the people of Ghana but went into affiliation with the University of Cape Coast to promote their vision of addressing the global health challenge having identified Nursing specialization as the way to go.

Ms. Eva Mensah urged the school to look beyond the level of delivering undergraduate programmes and move to the provision of Master Degree courses, an endeavor the Ministry of Health will be willing to support not only in terms of infusing physical capital investment but also in the way of capacity building among tutors to advance their academic career to the Doctorate Degree level.

The Principal of the School, Dr. Kwaku Asante-Krobea said Ghana is still struggling to provide patients with safe and adequate Peri-Operative Nursing care, a situation which is counter-productive to sound surgical outcomes because every five surgical clients need one Peri-Operative Nurse and every one or two critically-ill clients need a Critical Care Nurse.

He noted that increasing the percentage of nurses and midwives with BSc degrees, especially Peri-Operative and Critical Care specialists to meet this expectation is in line with what the public needs from nurses and midwives in terms of growing expectations for quality.

Dr. Asante added that more BSc nurses and midwives will be necessary to expand competencies in areas such as community and public health, leadership, systems improvement and change, research, and health policy; and to provide a pool of potential candidates to move on to master's and doctoral education in nursing.

“We live in a time when knowledge is exploding; technology is adding complexity to our work, and there are more opportunities for nurses to work in more settings than we've ever known in the history of nursing,” the Principal stated.

According to him, many organizations are expecting more highly educated nurses. The public also wants nurses and Midwives to be more knowledgeable and more adept.

He emphasized that this is part of the reality and challenge that requires the expansion of Nursing and Midwifery horizons to establish a cutting edge post-graduate education that will stand the test of time and meet people's expectations for better prospects.

Dr. Asante posited that itshould be possible for the current health care systems in Ghana to put in place upgrade through the offer of scholarships and grants with academic leaves.

He noted that the structured arrangement for current lower cadres of Nurses and Midwives to paymaster must in fact not see this as cost to management or state but an investment that will yield overwhelming fruitful returns.

The Principal affirmed that they will be more than forceful to collaborate with the Ghana College of Nurses and Midwives to promote excellence, quality and quantity of Specialist Nurses and Midwives fit for service in contemporary health care.

“In this regard, I will implore the Ministry of Health to absorb the full cost of prograduate education both in this institution and for residents at the Ghana College of Nurses and Midwives as a way of motivation and purposeful planning to reduce Nurse/Midwife attrition and improvement of care rendered to clients with life threatening medical conditions,” he intimated.

According to him, the nursing certificate and diploma, now the most popular route to becoming a nurse/midwife, must all be phased out to strengthen the conviction that a Nurse and Midwife should be difficult to become and with the acquisition of higher education and more competent skills, they can make the patient safer under their care and promote the dignity of the profession.

He added that the school has what it takes to deliver and therefore fervently wish that all stakeholders will continue to strengthen the tenacity and determination by maximizing their support to this endeavor.

Dr. Asante assured that the school will continue to produce quality health care specialists who will remain at the forefront of care among their generation.

“We dare promise that we will stop at nothing to grab the goal to institute the gold standard of post graduate education for specialists,” he assured.

* News / Thai Nursing Council Calls for Calm as Investigation Begins on Viral Video by katty: September 27, 2018, 05:57:22 PM
THE THAILAND Nursing and Midwifery Council has vowed to investigate the rough handling of a 90-year-old patient in intensive care, after a clip of the incident sparked public outrage. But the nursing body also asked for understanding for the heavy workload being borne by the nurse, at one of the country’s largest state hospitals.  “From what I’ve heard, instead of having one nurse for every two patients [as normal], this critical-care unit has one nurse for every eight patients,” the council’s secretary-general Asst Professor Angkana Sariyaporn said on Wednesday.   

  She was speaking after an outpouring of anger over a widely shared clip showing the nurse throwing a blanket on an aged patient, then violently yanking him from the left side of the bed to the middle before shoving a sheet under his head. The incident occurred at the Buddhachinaraj Hospital in Phitsanulok province.

“We were shocked by the clip and we are sorry for what happened,” said Angkana, adding that the council would set up a panel this week to investigate the nurse in question. Possible punishments for the culprit range from a warning to the revocation of their nursing licence.

Buddhachinaraj Hospital director Dr Suchat Porncharoenpong has proposed that the nurse be transferred out of his facility. 

The hospital’s deputy director, Wisit Sathienwanthanee, explained that the nurse may have been overstressed at having to care for so many patients. Buddhachinaraj Hospital is the third largest state hospital in the country, with thousands of patients under its care.   

 Assoc Professor Dr Somsak Tiamkao, a medical lecturer at Khon Kaen University’s Faculty of Medicine, urged understanding from patients and relatives as the best way of encouraging medical workers to carry out their duties and live up to public expectations. 

“I know doctors and nurses are expected to care for patients as if they were their own family members … but sometimes factors affect our delivery of services,” Somsak commented on Facebook.

He pointed out that there were serious shortages of medical staff at several state hospitals, and that doctors and nurses often came to work despite being ill themselves. 

“Studies show medical workers suffer more health problems than people in other professions,” he wrote. 

According to the Nursing and Midwifery Council, nurses at large state hospitals such as Buddhachinaraj Hospital work an average of 296 hours a month, or over 70 hours per week.

Source :
* Articles / As Nurses, We Must Advocate for Ourselves by Alene Nitzky, PhD, RN, OCN by katty: September 27, 2018, 05:48:27 PM
Nurses must advocate for our own roles. We must influence support systems so we are able to provide safe and effective care for patients, which is a top priority in our work.

Practices and policies in the workplace can dramatically impact a nurse’s ability to provide care for patients. Here is a list of practices for which nurses can and should advocate to make work safer, more effective and satisfying, and less stressful.

Reasonable, safe, and tolerable working conditions. This should include but is not limited to adequate staffing, proper training and technical support, availability of breaks, time for stress management, mental health support, decompression, and emotional support after traumatic incidents.

Adequate pay and compensation. These can include mental health days, sick pay, and vacation pay.

Organizations such as National Nurses United, and other unions can help.

Inclusion and representation on hospital boards and committees. These groups make decisions that affect our work and workloads. Think of the number of nurses working at your hospital compared to overall staff numbers and you will realize we comprise a huge number of staff and should be represented proportionally. Grassroots organizations can often be more representative of working nurses, where larger organizations sometimes will defer to administration and management priorities. Search social media for the hashtags #NursesTakeDC and #ShowMeYourStethoscope for more information.
Responsible attitudes toward absences. Nurses should not be pressured to work while sick or injured. Search social media for the hashtag #ExcuseSickNurses for more information.

Protection from and recourse for workplace violence. These are actions against nurses and healthcare workers by either patients or family members. Silent No More Foundation is an organization that protects healthcare workers before, during, and after an assault. Search social media for the hashtag #SilentNoMore for more information.

Enforced policies against lateral violence.  There should be a culture of respect from administration, physicians, and other staff. “Confident Voices in Healthcare” is a blog by Beth Boynton, RN, MS, that aims to help healthcare staff improve communication and the work environment in general.

Encouragement of responsible, professional portrayals of nurses in the media. This can be in the form of television, entertainment, images, and news, both in print and online media. Reporters who are looking to write articles on certain topics often reach out to physicians when they could be asking nurses, which would give nurses’ voices more impact and visibility in print media. The Truth About Nursing  aims to challenge nurse stereotypes and educate the general public about the value of nursing. Help a Reporter Out is a media resource nurses can join to be called upon as subject matter experts when journalists are looking for sources.
Speaking out in the workplace can be intimidating or difficult. You can get involved in a larger organization where you can safely air your thoughts and get support without identifying you to your workplace. Establishing connections with other nurses, especially on social media and outside of your workplace, will help.

Local media may be unwilling to cover issues that reflect poorly on their major advertisers, such as healthcare organizations. It may be hard to get them to report on topics related to nurse advocacy.

It is empowering and very satisfying to feel you are part of the solution. Even if you feel afraid to speak out on certain issues, talk to people outside of your immediate work area, or nurses you know in other places. Discuss the issues with them, find out how they feel, or if they have witnessed effective advocacy efforts. You can also write letters to your representatives in Congress or state legislatures. The Oncology Nursing Society has advocacy courses for continuing education that apply toward recertification. While it takes time and patience, establishing rapport, developing a relationship, and building trust with a member of your workplace’s administration is important, and you will be listened to more readily.
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* News / Nurses, Midwives in Ghana Need Higher Education - Dr. Kwaku Asante-Krobea by katty: September 27, 2018, 01:35:48 PM
Nurses and midwives in the country need higher education in order to enhance healthcare delivery at various health facilities.

This is according to the Principal for the Peri-Operative and Critical Nursing School, Dr. Kwaku Asante-Krobea, will ultimately promote the dignity of the healthcare profession as patients will be in safer hands.

“I will never drop my conviction that patients are always safer in the hands of a highly educated nurse and midwife and so we should continue to aim at and press for higher professional and academic identity to address this need,” Dr. Asante disclosed.

Dr. Kwaku Asante-Krobea made this call during the launch of the 20th Anniversary celebrations of the School of Peri-Operative and Critical Nursing in Accra on Tuesday.

“The nursing certificate and diploma, now the most popular route to becoming a nurse and midwife, must all be phased out to strengthen my conviction that a nurse and midwife should be difficult to become and with the acquisition of higher education and more competent skills,” he reiterated.

Dr. Kwaku Asante-Krobea also called on the government to address the high need for Peri-Operative and Critical nurses in the country.

“In Ghana, we are still struggling to provide patients with safer and adequate Peri-Operative Nursing care, a situation which is counter-productive to sound surgical outcomes because every five surgical clients need one Peri-Operative Nurse and every one or two critical-ill clients need a Critical Care Nurse,” he explained.

Peri-Operative and Critical Care Nurses promote quality service and care delivery in the operating theatres and intensive care units of health facilities.

He noted that the only public Peri-Operative and Critical Nursing School in the country though has seen some level of development still need infrastructural development.

In pointing out some of the challenges of the school the Principal said “it is not just the administration and management of the institution since its establishment that has been the challenging amidst various constraints.”

“The increased intake of students, lack of logistic support and challenges of recruitment of specialized academic and professional human resource personnel have taken its toll on our resolve to achieve distinction,” he added.

The launch was used honour some individuals who have over the last 20 years supported the school in various ways.

The launch of the anniversary was preceded by a health screening exercise held at Glefe a suburb of Dansoman in the Greater Accra Region, where hundreds of residents in the area were screened for various sicknesses and diseases.

Source: Attah -Effah Badu
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