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* News / UGONSA Drags FMC Owerri to FMOH for Excluding Nurse Interns in Internship Advert by katty: October 26, 2018, 12:01:51 PM
UGONSA has dragged the MD of Federal Medical Centre, Owerri to Federal Ministry of Health for Excluding Nurse Interns in her internship advert placement. Below is a copy of the letter sent to FMOH by the Nursing association

Director Human Resources,
Federal Ministry of Health,
New Federal Secretariat Complex,
Phase III, Ahmadu Bello Way,
Central Business District,
P.M.B 083,
Garki, Abuja, Nigeria.
Sir/Madam,

CONTINUED DISCRIMINATION AGAINST NURSES BY FMC OWERRI: A STITCH IN TIME SAVES NINE

We sincerely appreciate your selfless effort towards ensuring that equity, fairness and inclusiveness reign supreme in our health system.

2. However, we have observed that some elements are deliberately bent on soiling the pious principles of equity, fairness and justice that the ministry has upheld to promote multidisciplinary industrial harmony in our health system. 

3. A case in point is that of the management of Federal Medical Centre (FMC) Owerri that has, on two consecutive instances, refused to include the position of nurse intern in their advert placement that listed internship positions of other healthcare disciplines despite all the directives from the Federal Ministry of Health mandating them to do so. The latest of these discriminations against nurses was done vide their advert placement  for internship published by Daily Sun Newspaper of  Monday 15th October, 2018 (page 20) that listed internship position for other healthcare disciplines except nursing (please kindly refer Annexure A).

4. Recall that we approached your office for your kind intervention when this same management of FMC Owerri in October, 2017 excluded only the position of nurse intern from their advert placement for internship that listed interns of other healthcare disciplines just as they have done in the current dispensation.

5. Recall also that the ministry graciously intervened and directed that they implement the nurses’ internship and effect the proper placement of already employed graduate nurses vide several letters and circulars [e.g. Ref No. C2920/S.3/C.2/VOL1/116 dated 12th February, 2018 (specifically addressed to the MD FMC Owerri); Ref No. C.6093/T/16 dated February 20, 2018; Ref No.C6093/T/13 dated 19th June, 2017; Ref No. DHS/800/I/T/8 dated 3rd October, 2017] (please kindly refer to the attached documents).

6. It is therefore very clear that despite the fatherly disposition of the ministry to give a sense of belonging to all categories of healthcare workers, those at the helm of affairs in FMC Owerri, out of primordial sentiment against nurses are bent on treating nurses as outcasts in our health system.

7. Since the circular from the office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation (HCSF), REF No. HCSF/EIR/CND/S.100/ST/97 dated 8th September, 2016 had made a one-year internship training a compulsory part of nursing education for the Bachelor of Nursing Science (B.N.Sc) degree as is obtainable with the university education of other healthcare disciplines, this type of discriminatory disposition by FMC Owerri against nurses portends grave consequences for the future of nursing education in Nigeria as extant rules have made the baccalaureate education of nurses incomplete and void without the internship training.

8. Because nurses provide the first line of client care and have the highest visibility and number of hours spent with patients in the hospital, common sense should have had the management of FMC Owerri understand that nurses need the opportunity of blending theory with clinical practice offered by the internship training more than any other member of the healthcare team for qualitative care of the lives of people entrusted unto them.

9. We therefore passionately call on you to prevail on the management of FMC Owerri to desist from their penchant for discriminating against nurses by implementing without further delay the graduate nurses’ internship and effecting their proper placement as prescribed by extant circulars.

PRAYERS

We passionately call on your good office to prevail on the management of FMC Owerri to

1. advertise the post of nurse interns as was done for the interns of other healthcare disciplines (as published by Daily Sun Newspaper on Monday 15th October, 2018).

2. upgrade existing nursing officers who were on CONHESS 07 before the release of the circular to the new base of CONHESS 08 effective from 8th September, 2016 (being the date of release of the circular REF No. HCSF/EIR/CND/S.100/ST/97 by the office of the head of civil service of the federation) as prescribed by the civil service circular, Ref No. B63279/S.7/II/T/273 dated 24th April, 2002 (please refer Annexure B).

3. commence the employment of fresh graduate nurses on CONHESS 08 and upgrade the existing nursing officers who were wrongly employed on CONHESS 07 by FMC Owerri after 8th September, 2016 to CONHESS 08 effective from the date of their employment.

Attached herewith is your copy of a current letter we wrote the management of FMC Owerri on the subject matter.

Kindly accept the assurances of our esteemed regards.

Signed:
 

CHIEF (HON.) S.E.O. EGWUENU                                    NURSE G.I. NSHI
           National President                                                          National Secretary
CC
Director, Nursing Services, FMOH, Abuja
* News / Pastor, two others allegedly kill Nurse in Makurdi, Land in Court by katty: October 25, 2018, 09:53:42 PM
A chief magistrates’ court in Makurdi, the Benue State capital, has remanded a pastor identified as Sabastine Igwe, as well as James Akpa, and Michael Ochigbo for allegedly killing a nurse.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, the prosecutor, ASP Edward Imo, told the court that the Pastor and his accomplice allegedly murdered the nurse at Anwu Village near Makurdi.

Imo stated that the case was transferred from Obusa Divisional Police Headquarters to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department on October 17.

The Prosecutor said that one Chief Joseph Awugo of Anwu Village in Idele Oju Local Council in Benue reported the case at the Obusa Police Station, Anwu.

He said, “The nurse identified as Favour Nwojiji, from Abakaliki was found with several machete cuts on her body.

‘’The police investigation revealed that the accused and others now at large conspired and murdered the nurse.’’

The prosecutor also said investigation into the matter was still ongoing and requested for time to enable the police complete its investigation.

However, the plea of the accused persons could not be taken for want of jurisdiction.

The offences contravened Section 97 and 222 of the Penal Code, Laws of Benue State, as amended.

The Magistrate, Mr Isaac Ajim, adjourned the case until November 26, for further mention.
Source: Daily Post
* News / Ghana: Govt Promises to Absorb 14,000 Unemployed Nurses in Feb. 2019 by katty: October 25, 2018, 09:40:46 PM
The Ministry of Health (MoH) has assured of absorbing about 14,000 nurses into the health sector in February next year to help boost human resource capacity.

The sector minister, Kwaku Agyeman-Manu who explained that government was unable to post graduate nurses this year because of financial constraints indicated that all things being equal, the nurses should be employed by next year.

"We were awaiting clearance from the Ministry of Finance, that is why we could not employ them but we are getting positive indications now, so hopefully about 14,000 of them will be employed by February," he hinted.

The minister was speaking in a media interview in Accra yesterday at the opening of the 3rd ECOWAS Best Practices Forum in health.

The three-day conference, gathering health experts, researchers, civil society groups in the health sector and heads of health institutions on the sub-region, aimed at deliberating on best practices among member states to produce positive health outcomes at an accelerated rate.

It was on the theme; "Promoting multi-sectorality collaboration to achieve maternal, newborn, child and adolescent and youth health-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)."

Addressing the conference, the minister reiterated government's commitment to partner with key stakeholders in developing and implementing the needed interventions to improve quality healthcare delivery.

He said Ghana identified maternal, new-born child and adolescent health as issues of key priority in the health sector as they affected the core of the population "which will over time form the nation's work force."

Mr Agyeman-Manu therefore observed the need for a united front to combat the many health issues confronting the country saying "good health is not only a human welfare issue but a fundamental objective of socio-economic development."

"It is high time we realise that by finding points of convergence in policies, strategies, interventions, information and resource sharing, we will maximise our impact and optimise the use of resources thereby free up some for investment in other areas of national development," he urged.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) Country Director, Dr Owen Kaluwa, in a remark highlighted maternal, child and adolescent health as "foundation of good health" in every sphere.

According to him, out of 15 countries only three on the sub-region had met the Millennium Development Goal of eliminating maternal mortality by 2015 with most countries stagnating when it came to neonatal mortality.

Dr Kaluwa thus called for governmental, private and multi-sector collaboration to pool resources, knowledge and expertise together to attain shared goals in health and achieve SDG goal three.

He further called for proper documentation of strides made in health care delivery among member states saying, "we need to have accurate documentation so that we can share best practices with each other to effectively deliver on healthcare."

The Director General of the West African Health Organisation (WAHO), Professor Stanley Okolo on his part encouraged member states to establish best practices committee to leverage on interventions showcased at the conference to improve the health of citizens.

Read the original article on Ghanaian Times
* News / Swiss Project Recruits More Migrant and Refugee Nurses by katty: October 25, 2018, 04:52:57 PM
A joint pilot project between the Swiss Red Cross (SRC) and the Swiss Secretariat for Migration (SEM) has achieved a 90% success rate in recruiting more nurses from the ranks of migrants and refugees in Switzerland.

The SESAME project, set up three years ago, has seen 444 people graduate from its nursing training programme. Nine out of 10 graduates have found work within the health sector, it was announced on Thursday.
Given the success of the scheme, it is envisioned that hundreds of migrants will be put through training every year in future, alongside the 4,000 other citizens who train to be nurses and nursing assistants.

SESAME’s rigorous selection procedure, including language proficiency requirements, meant that few migrants dropped out of the training programme.
“The SRC’s nursing assistants are in great demand on the labour market. In view of the increasing need for care in old age, migrants are a welcome addition to the Swiss labour force,” said SRC director Christine Kopp.

“I’m pleased that even people without a vocational qualification can find initial access to the labour market with SESAME, which they can later supplement with an apprenticeship,” said SEM deputy director Cornelia Lüthy. “People without a vocational qualification would find it particularly difficult to gain a foothold in the labour market.”

The project is part of wider efforts by the Swiss authorities to integrate migrants into the labour force. Earlier this year, the government pledged to triple its spending on this task.

One pillar of the integration plan is to send 3,600 migrants through various vocational training programmes by 2022.

Source : swissinfo.ch
* Research / New Nurses With bachelor's degrees feel Better Prepared Than Nurses with Diploma by katty: October 25, 2018, 03:56:50 PM
Nurses with bachelor's degrees report being very prepared in more quality and safety measures than do their peers with associate degrees, finds a new study by researchers at NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing.

The findings, published in the Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety, demonstrate a growing gap in preparedness between new nurses with associate and bachelor's degrees and support ongoing efforts to increase educational attainment among new nurses.

In 2010, the Institute of Medicine (now the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine) published "The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health." The milestone report provided recommendations for how nurses can best advance the nation's health and meet the increased demand for care. The report calls for an increase in the proportion of nurses with bachelor's degrees to 80 percent by 2020--a recommendation supported by studies showing that nurses with bachelor's degrees have better patient outcomes, including lower mortality rates.

"The evidence linking better outcomes to a higher percentage of baccalaureate-prepared nurses has been growing. However, our data reveal a potential underlying mechanism--the quality and safety education gap--which might be influencing the relationship between more education and better care," said Maja Djukic, PhD, RN, associate professor at NYU Meyers and the study's lead author.

"Understanding the mechanisms influencing the association between educational level of nurses and patient outcomes is important because it provides an opportunity to intervene through changes in accreditation, licensing, and curriculum."

A nursing workforce that is well-prepared in quality and safety competencies is critical for delivering high-quality and safe patient care. However, a previous study led by NYU Meyers' Christine Kovner, PhD, RN, FAAN, identified gaps in quality and safety education between associate- and baccalaureate-prepared nurses who graduated between 2004 and 2005.

In their new study, the researchers--Djukic, Kovner, and NYU Meyers' Amy Witkoski Stimpfel, PhD, RN--examined quality and safety preparedness in two additional cohorts of new nurses who graduated with either associate or bachelor's degrees in 2007-2008 and 2014-2015. They surveyed more than a thousand new nurses (324 graduating 2007-2008 and 803 graduating 2014-2015) from 13 states and the District of Columbia, asking how prepared they felt about different quality improvement and safety topics. They then analyzed the differences in responses between nurses with associate and bachelor's degrees.

The researchers found significant improvements across key quality and safety competencies for new nurses from 2007 to 2015, but the number of preparedness gaps between bachelor's and associate degree nurse graduates more than doubled during this timeframe.

In the 2007-2008 cohort, nurses with bachelor's degrees reported being significantly better prepared than nurses with associate degrees in five of 16 topics: evidence-based practice, data analysis, use of quality improvement data analysis and project monitoring tools, measuring resulting changes from implemented improvements, and repeating four quality improvement steps until the desired outcome is achieved.

For those graduating in 2014-2015, nurses with bachelor's degrees reported being significantly better prepared than associate degree nurses in 12 of 16 topics: the same five topics as the earlier cohort as well as data collection, flowcharting, project implementation, measuring current performance, assessing gaps in current practice, applying tools and methods to improve performance, and monitoring sustainability of changes.

The researchers note that laws and organizational policies encouraging or requiring bachelor's degrees for all nurses could close quality and safety education gaps. For example, New York State recently passed a law--the first in the country--requiring future new nurses to obtain their bachelor's degree within 10 years of initial licensure. Employers can also effect change by preferentially hiring nurses with bachelor's degrees, requiring a percentage of the nurse workforce to have a bachelor's degree, or requiring nurses with associate degrees to obtain a bachelor's within a certain timeframe as a condition of keeping their employment.

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The study was funded in part by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the National Council of State Boards of Nursing Center for Regulatory Excellence.

About the NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing

NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing is a global leader in nursing education, research, and practice. It offers a bachelor of science with a major in nursing, a master of science, post-master's certificate programs, a doctor of nursing practice degree, and a doctor of philosophy in research theory and development.
. Source: https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-10/nyu-nnw102418.php
* Upcoming Conference / Rivers State NANNM 2018 International Nurses Week Celebration by katty: October 24, 2018, 02:32:49 PM
National Association Of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives (NANNM) Rivers State cordially invites you to its 2018 International Nurses Week
 
Date:
11th - 16th November 2018
 
Time:
8am - 5pm daily
 
Venue:
NANNM House Plot 204 Transamadi Industrial Layout beside Sasun Hotel Portharcourt, Rivers State

 
Registration:
Early Registration: N10,000 (ends 30th September 2018)
Late Registration: N15,000 (starts 1st October 2018)
 
Payable to:
Account Name: National Association of Nigerian Nurses & Midwives, Rivers State
0581019182 {ECOBANK}
 
NOTE: This attracts 3CU by NMCN
 
Chairman of The Event
Dr. Goodluck Azuonwu
 
Chief Guest of Honour
Chief Barr. Ezenwo Nyesom Wike (CON, GSSRS,POS AFRICA)
Executive Governor, Rivers STate
 
Mother of the Day
Her Excellency
Hon Justice Eberechi Suzzete Nyesom-Wike
Wife of the Governor of Rivers STate
 
Guest of Honor
High Chief Dr. Mrs Juliet E. Berewari
 
Chief Host
Comr. Reginah Kuru
 
Special Guest Of Honor
Prof Princewill Chike
Hon Commissioner for Health
 
Comr. Nkechi Ewa
Chairman Planning Committee (08163326670)
 
Comr. Silas C. Nweke
Secretary Planning Committee (08038778661)
* News / Babcock University Administration 25th Inaugural Lecture Prof. Akinade Salawu by katty: October 24, 2018, 02:18:30 PM
Babcock University Administration Cordially invites the general public to the 25th INAUGURAL LECTURE
 
Titled: THE DILEMMA OF NURSING PROFESSION IN NIGERIA: REBRANDING AS TOP PRIORITY FOR PROFESSIONAL ASCENDANCY AND CONSUMER SATISFACTION
 
Lecturer:
Rasidi Akinade Salawu
B.Sc (Nursing), RN, PhD, FPNP Adv. Mgt., FWACN
Professor of Adult Health Nursing
 
Chairman:
Professor Ademola S. Tayo
Bsc Hons, PGD, M.A., PhD
President/Vice Chancellor, Babcock University
 
Date: Thursday, November 1st, 2018
 
Venue: Main Auditorium, Babcock Business School
 
Time: 2.00pm
 
Signed:
Jonathan C. Nwosu
Registrar

* Nursing Jobs / WHO Action Trial: UNIMEDTH Ondo Project Nurses Recruitment by katty: October 24, 2018, 02:13:22 PM
WORLD HEALH ORGANIZATION (WHO) ACTION TRIAL: UNIVERSITY OF MEDICAL SCIENCES TEACHING HOSPITAL (formerly MOTHER AND CHILD HOSPITAL) ONDO PROJECT VENUE. 

Calls for application  from suitably  qualified Nurse/ Midwife for employment  as Research  Nurse. Interested candidates should submit 4 copies each of Application letter, CV and certificates to Dr Francis Akinkunmi in Head of Department of Paediatrics office. Submissions close at 4pm of Friday 26th October, 2018.
* Articles / Is It Time for Politicians To Step Down And Let Nurses Take The Lead? by katty: October 24, 2018, 06:20:32 AM
The political climate is a torrid one in modern times! Media headlines are filled with Politicians body slamming reporters for asking about health care reform, misconduct allegations and tweets that should never be tweeted! Has the time come for politicians to step aside and let Nurses take the lead in the political arena?

The average citizen who has never encountered a nurse in real life may question his or her qualifications in running for a leadership position. What qualifies a nurse to run for a political office? What do you know about leadership? Aren’t you supposed to be at the bedside emptying out bedpans?



Unfortunately, the media often portrays the nursing profession as subservient and being powerless. Nurses are an uber powerful breed! They are taught to assess, diagnose and get down to the nitty gritty of any problem a.s.a.p. They are expert critical thinkers and use evidenced based research. They thrive in chaotic environments, are often placed in life or death situations, and can problem solve to come come up with solutions at warp speed! Just the mere fact that Nurses spend endless hours in nursing school composing care plans for their patients: organizing care for each patients specific needs shows that they care about the issues and place humanity at a higher level.

When it comes to ethics, Nurses are popular! According to Gallup Poles 2017:
For the 16th consecutive year, Americans’ ratings of the honesty and ethical standards of 22 occupations find nurses at the top of the list. More than eight in 10 (82%) Americans describe nurses’ ethics as “very high” or “high.” In contrast, about six in 10 Americans rate members of Congress (60%) and lobbyists (58%) as “very low” or “low” when it comes to honesty and ethical standards.”


Why aren’t more Nurses running for office?


“Fear, pure and simple!” Stated Dr. Beth Haney DNP, FNP-C, FAANP. “Nurses are leaders when they feel comfortable or empowered. Stepping out of our comfort zone is scary and intimidating. We watch good people run for office and get slammed in the media, who needs that? I say it’s time to jump in and see what happens, no risk equals no progress.”

Dr. Haney ran for the office of Yorba Linda City Council for the state of California in 2016 and won! She had experience serving on boards such as California Nurse Practitioner Association. Apart from being a Nurse Practitioner, she’s a nurse educator and a business owner. Once elected into office, she stated one of the challenges she faced was learning all the fascinating aspects of running a city in a short amount of time. “It was like drinking from a fire hose!”

When asked if other board members took her seriously coming from a nursing background she stated: “Nursing requires critical thinking and evidence to make decisions. This was an easy fit for me. Leading our state NP organization for 2 years and being on the board of directors for 8 years taught me a lot about organizational leadership. This really helped me. However, I knew nothing about the specific departments of my city and that was a mistake on my part. I should have learned more about public works and community development before I ran; it would have made it easier for me. I felt like I had to prove myself to me, and not to anyone else!

Motivation and Passion


“Find something you really care about. Have passion for what you want to do and do something about it!” stated Helen M. Thomson, a registered nurse who has served in several elective offices.

“No one on the school board had children in schools, that’s why I decided to run!”

Caring about the school board in Davis, California ignited Thomson’s public service career in 1974. She was elected as a member of the Davis Joint Unified School District Board of Education and then the Yolo County Board of Supervisors in 1986 and reelected in 1990 and 1994.

In 1996 she won the 8th District seat in the California State Assembly where she served three terms. Thomson chaired both the Health Committee and the Select Committee on Mental Health. Additionally, she served on five other Assembly standing committees, leadership teams of four Speakers and other leadership roles.

“I felt people trusted and listened to me because I was a nurse,” That was her strength in getting 81 bills she authored signed into law by both Democratic and Republican governors. Most notably was AB 88, the mental health parity bill, which ended the discrimination in insurance benefits for those who suffer from mental illness.

Dr. Beth Haney also agrees that being a nurse gives her extra muscle. “I know how to effectively get consensus by articulating my position, and in the end, if I’m out voted or couldn’t convince someone to agree, I’m good with it because I’ve learned from them as well. I’ve learned that my own agenda is not important. I’m working for others. I always have!”

What’s does a Nurse need in order to run for office?


“If you want to run for a particular office it’s best to know the district. How many democrats and republicans are there? What’s the population comprised of? Get educated. Do your research and know your city. Support of family, friends, and community is important!” Advises Thomson.

For Dr Haney, a strong community base was key. “I had a started a practice in Yorba Linda in 2006, my community base was strong. I see about 3500 patients a year, and one of the Nurse Practitioners who works for me belongs to a huge church community. I have a lot of friends and people who believe in me. I also hired a great campaign manager!”

Where do you begin?


If you’re thinking, “I can do that! I want run for office, but where do I begin?” you can start by running for a position on your professional nursing organization, board of directors for a non profit, nursing school alumni or home owners association board. The best thing to do is get some kind of experience, and see if a leadership role is a good fit for you.

“Serving on boards in your professional organizations helps you to have an idea of how organizations run effectively,” advises Dr. Haney.

“Fill roles at the board of supervisors, advisory committees, and mental health boards. These are areas where Nurses can make a huge impact,” states Thomson. Nurses do not need to leave their jobs in order to run for office. Many roles are part time and or voluntary basis.

There are several women’s and community organizations that offer training for people wanting to run for office. Many nursing schools like UC Davis offer leadership training as well.

Money!


Running for office can be costly. Campaign managers, advertisements, and time are all key factors that can drive your overhead and possibly detour you from running for political office. But should you wait to run for office until you can afford it?

“Start! Go! Do it!” states Dr. Haney. If you loose the first time you’ll learn so much and will be unstoppable the next time. Don’t wait until you’re ready (You’ll never be ready). Don’t wait until you have the money, you’ll get it if people believe in you!”

It’s been rough out in the political world lately!

“Nurses need to grow a thick skin when running for office in todays political climate. A lack of respect and heated arguments that are currently occurring are driving good people away. Our government is becoming one that is not functional!” Thomson offers this advice for any Nurse wanting to run for political office.

Dr Haney suggests to “Fine tune and focus your principles and beliefs, you’ll be able to articulate your ideas better.”

Perhaps Nurses are the answer to draining the murky waters of the political swamp and making America great again! Issues like health care reform, mental health, opioid addiction, homelessness, and viral outbreaks are reaching epidemic proportions. Career politicians display their ignorance with violent public outbursts. Voting against bills that risk the health and welfare of citizens. We have politicians with no healthcare background making decisions for the mass populations.

When asked is she would run for a second term, Dr. Beth Haney stated, “Yes, I’ll be running for City Council again. I’ve helped the Nurse Practitioner agenda in California by increasing awareness of our profession to a group of elected colleagues from all over the state. Some didn’t know what an NP was! City council is local politics and this is where things happen that matter to each resident personally. I enjoy being able to impact my own community. As far as another seat, the future is a mystery!”

Beth Thomson is retired from public service. However, even in this tumultuous political climate, she states she would definitely run for office again!

Perhaps George Orwell said it best, “In our age there is no such thing as ‘keeping out of politics.’ All issues are political issues, and politics itself is a mass of lies, evasions, folly, hatred and schizophrenia.”

A shift needs to happen. It’s time that Nurses heed the call. Take action by running for a political office!

References

https://news.gallup.com/poll/224639/nurses-keep-healthy-lead-honest-ethical-profession.aspx
https://candidatebootcamp.com/how-to-run-for-political-office-2018/
https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/nurses-belong-politics-beth-haney-dnp-fnp-c-faanp/
https://www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/nursing/academics/Leadership_Award/12_2010_excellenceaward_thomson.html
http://www.counties.org/profile/helen-thomson
https://www.brainyquote.com/topics/political
https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/happened-republican-greg-gianforte-body-slammed-reporter/story?id=58610691

BY ERSILIA POMPILIO RN, MSN, PNP
http://nursing.advanceweb.com/nurses-in-politics/
* News / Barbados Government Fighting to Keep Nurses from Migrating by katty: October 23, 2018, 11:20:51 PM
With a shortage of nurses worldwide, the Barbados Government says it is doing all in its power to retain nurses within Barbados.

Speaking at the opening of the 31st Biennial Conference of the Caribbean Nurses Organization at the Barbados Hilton Resort over the weekend, Minister of Health and Wellness, Lt. Col. Jeffrey Bostic said that while Barbados remained well above the average ratio of health care professionals to population, Government would be exploring all opportunities to retain its nurses.

He said his Ministry had received the Nursing Migration Study 2017 and intended to make the necessary interventions in accordance with the recommendations.

“We will, therefore, be exploring a scaled-up, certified academic programme in collaboration with the University of the West Indies to produce a cadre of trained nurses that can compete locally, regionally and globally. Additionally, the Government of Barbados has announced plans for the establishment of a post of Senior Specialist Nurse, as well as giving serious consideration to the construction and operation of an international nursing school on the island,” he said.

While commending both public and private sector nurses who worked in areas such as elder care, maternal and child health, mental health and non-communicable diseases, Minister Bostic noted that there was a need for an expanded programme of community public health and mental health nurses “who bring care to where people live, work and play”.

“We also need to bolster capacity in specialized nursing disciplines such as intensive, palliative, ophthalmology and paediatric care,” he added.

The Health and Wellness Minister applauded the work done so far to develop a Strategic Framework for Nursing in the Caribbean, observing that the profession had become very specialized.

He told his audience: “Given our increasing elderly population and the ever-increasing numbers of people with chronic non-communicable diseases, I urge you to consider training more nurses in areas such as gerontology, wound care and diabetes specialist nursing. The training of nurses must, therefore, be in sync with the epidemiological profile of the country.”

Minister Bostic urged the local nursing population to grasp the opportunity to create an environment where research, both clinical and administrative, was encouraged.

“The Barbados Nurses Association, along with the Nursing Council, needs to encourage this approach nationally and regionally so that there is an abundance of information and evidence that can be used for planning and improving nursing throughout the region,” he suggested.
Source: Caribbean 360
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