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* News / Inside Britain’s deepening Shortage of Nurses Crisis by katty: May 20, 2017, 03:56:43 PM
With the general election less than a month away, much attention has been focussed on the state of Britain’s National Health Service, whose winter crisis this year was so severe that the Red Cross warned at the time of a “humanitarian crisis”. In recent weeks, particular consideration is being given to nursing. Last weekend, a survey conducted by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) found that 78% supported strike action over the coming summer, while over 90% backed industrial action of other forms. While industrial action would require a formal ballot, the survey highlighted the grave situation facing the nursing profession. Britain’s nurses have gone on strike only once (in 2014) in the past 134 years.

A government-led austerity drive has capped public sector wage rises at 1% over the past two years and with freezes before that, the RCN estimates that nurses have suffered an effective real 14% pay cut in the past seven years, leaving many in extremely difficult conditions. It also emerged — much to public concern — that some nurses have had to turn to food banks, which distribute short-term supplies to those unable to buy enough to ward off hunger and also to pay-day loans on high interest rates. “We have nurses going to food banks, that must be wrong?” Andrew Marr, a prominent BBC TV presenter, asked Prime Minister Theresa May during an interview last month. Ms. May’s answer — that there were “complex” reasons for nurses turning to food banks — was condemned by political opponents, though the issue has not been confined to the Conservatives. Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon was also forced to defend Scotland’s maintenance of the cap on public pay, despite the fact that some nurses in that country were also reported to be turning to food banks.

Rising workload

The issue of pay has come at a time when the workload on nurses has increased substantially. “For a nurse, demand and pressure at work have spiralled upwards at the very moment that pay has gone the other way. Nurses are being asked to work longer and harder, staying on well beyond their shifts even when they’ve already worked 12 hours flat to give patients the care they deserve, before going home exhausted,” the RCN warned recently.

A combination of factors has led to a severe staffing crisis. The RCN estimates that there are around 40,000 nursing posts vacant in England alone, exacerbated by changes in immigration rules that made it harder for nurses from outside the EU (India included) to come to Britain. Nursing has been added to a list of shortage occupations, meaning it will be easier to recruit from outside the EU but it’s a temporary measure and holds little appeal for nurses who are likely to have far better opportunities in their home country or elsewhere, says Dr. Kailash Chand, a noted NHS campaigner and former deputy head of the British Medical Association. He says the current government is “ideologically opposed” to a publicly funded health system. “I can safely say in my 30 years in the NHS, I have not seen a crisis in the nursing profession of this scale,” he told The Hindu, pointing out that patient safety was on the line in the crisis.

Potentially making things even harder is Brexit, which could result in the nursing profession losing the tens of thousands of EU nurses who work in the NHS. There are already reports that the number of EU nurses leaving the service is rising dramatically. What role the state of the nursing profession — and the NHS — more widely plays in the election remains to be seen though recent polls have suggested that it is among the issues considered most significant by the public.

Source : The Hindu Newspaper

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* News / Alabama Midwives Law Gets Senate's Final Approval, Awaits Governor's Signature by katty: May 20, 2017, 10:04:50 AM
A bill to allow certified professional midwives to deliver babies in homes in Alabama has passed on the last day of the legislative session.

The Senate passed the bill by a vote of 30-0 after making changes.

That sent the bill to the House of Representatives, which accepted the Senate changes and gave the bill final approval. It goes to Gov. Kay Ivey, who could sign it into law.

Earlier in the Senate today, Sen. Slade Blackwell, R-Mountain Brook, raised concerns about standards for midwives' certification and said he would propose amendments to the bill.

That temporarily put consideration of the bill on hold.

Blackwell later returned to the chamber and went over changes that were included in an amendment by Sen. Paul Bussman, R-Cullman, who carried the bill in the Senate.

The Senate adopted the Bussman amendment and then passed the bill..

Mothers advocating for the bill have drawn attention to the issue, making their presence known at the State House. Supporters, including the Alabama Birth Coalition, say they have lobbied for the legislation for 13 years.

The bill is by Rep. Ken Johnson, R-Moulton. The House overwhelmingly passed it  in April. It would allow certified professional midwives that hold certification from the Institute for Credentialing Excellence to practice in Alabama.

Under current law, it's a misdemeanor for midwives to practice in Alabama, except for nurse midwives, who can deliver babies in hospitals in collaboration with a doctor's practice.

The Medical Association of the State of Alabama has opposed the bill, citing safety concerns.

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* News / Jamaica is Losing Its Best Nurses to UK as Nursing Shortage Bits Harder by katty: May 20, 2017, 09:41:05 AM
JAMAICA IS facing an acute shortage of nurses and health care professionals. If not addressed, a severe deterioration in the country’s ability to sustain some aspects of public health care is likely.

Recent documents produced by the Jamaican government indicate a chronic shortage of specialist nurses working in areas such as accident and emergency, paediatrics, and midwifery. As of January, this year, the country had only a little over half of the number of nurses it requires to provide for its basic needs in a range of specialisations in the country’s public hospitals.

The report produced by Jamaica’s Ministry of Health indicates that the country urgently requires around 1,000 nurses to meet its immediate needs. It notes that the situation has become so severe that the shortage of critical care nurses may have a severe impact on health service delivery, resulting in health service rationing in some areas, increased workloads on limited staff, and negative patient outcomes.


This situation has not been helped in recent years by the recruitment of healthcare workers by commercial intermediaries operating out of Europe and North America. Apart from the way in which Jamaica is losing its health- care workers being morally dubious, it has had the effect of degrading the quality and capacity of public health care across the Caribbean region.

The consequence has been a loss to the Caribbean of medical professionals – particularly registered nurses – as they are offered more financially rewarding, temporary or permanent positions, training, and better conditions, in the public and private sector in countries like the UK, US or Canada.

More generally, as the Hamburg Institute of International Economics noted in a 2007 paper, this may have positive implications for nurses and physicians to improve their professional and personal lives, but has had ‘significant negative consequences’, acting as a ‘drain on the ability of less affluent countries to provide adequate healthcare for their citizens’.

Earlier this year the issue was raised at the World Health Organisation, when its executive board discussed matters relating to health employment and economic growth. At the meeting, Jamaica’s Minister of Health, Christopher Tufton, noted that 29 territories in the Americas region had reported a net loss in health workforce due to migration.

Citing a World Bank study, he said that 15 years after graduation, about half of the trained nurses from the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries were working abroad, that three times as many CARICOM-trained nurses work outside of, rather than within the region, and that the regional shortage of nurses was expected to triple to more than 10,000 by 2030.


As matters stand, the region is now faced with a large-scale, state-encouraged recruitment drive from outside the region, aimed at addressing growing national shortages of health care professionals across the world. In the UK, for example, official figures show that at the end of 2015, the NHS – excluding Scotland – had more than 23,443 vacant nursing posts and 6,207 vacancies for doctors, and that the shortfall would last until at least 2020.

They also indicate that 69 per cent of the trusts that run many of Britain’s hospitals are actively recruiting staff from abroad, including in the Caribbean. Recent Jamaican government documents suggest that between 2014 and 2017 the country lost 29 per cent of its critical care nursing workforce and around 1000 nurses were required to fill specialist nursing roles.

According to Tufton, the effect of this on Jamaica has been to cripple the delivery of certain healthcare services and has had a dramatic negative effect on the overall quality of health care.
In a bid to tackle the problem, Tufton is proposing a scheme that would see registered nurses from Jamaica going for advanced critical care clinical training in the UK for six month periods, with trained nurses from the UK travelling to Jamaica for one year periods to provide similar support.

The Caribbean region as a whole can also take steps to address a system of global recruitment that is damaging the delivery of some healthcare services and degrading the overall quality of public medical provision.

In addition, where possible, governments need to offer improved and clearer promotional paths for all medical staff, and ways need to be found to improve local living and working conditions.

Source : Voice Online

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* News / California Nursing Board Drops Audit of Credentials of it 52,000 Nurses by katty: May 20, 2017, 09:36:05 AM
A California licensing board curtailed a massive audit of nursing credentials that it launched late last year, choosing not to finish a project that threatened to overwhelm the small department.

The Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians reviewed just 15 percent of the education records it demanded from more than 52,000 nurses and mental health workers last November before it elected to end the audit.

It did not plan to send letters to nurses and mental health workers announcing the end of the audit. Taking that step “would be an additional workload,” according to an internal staff message announcing the audit’s closure.

It will post a notice on its website soon, said Veronica Harms, a spokeswoman for the Department of Consumer Affairs.

The board “definitely had some lessons learned from the audit, and it wants to re-evaluate the process and policy moving forward,” she said.

Vocational nurses provide basic medical care under the supervision of registered nurses or doctors. Of the 8,092 records the board reviewed, 95.5 percent were in compliance with standards. The memo obtained by The Bee said that 0.03 percent of the records were out of compliance and would be referred to the department’s enforcement division.

The scale of the audit was a mistake that the board initially attributed to a mailroom error. The board had intended to send out the requests for records in batches; instead they were mailed over about four weeks.

Normally, the board checks education records from about 1,100 nurses and mental health workers in a year.

The audit drew early criticism from an independent consultant appointed by the Legislature to monitor the board. In a January report, the consultant wrote “the rationale for abruptly launching compliance audits of 40 percent of all BVNPT licensees over a period of just a few weeks, rather than spreading the audits over a longer period of time, is not entirely clear.”

The consultant estimated it would take nine full-time employees a year to review all of the records the board received. The board has 68 employees.

The Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians is an 11-member board that has struggled with vacancy rates and slow enforcement recently, according to reports from the monitor and legislative committees.

It audit also drew criticism from lawmakers at an April hearing where they considered whether to allow the board to continue operating. Two bills are moving forward that would “sunset” the board’s authority and steer its responsibilities to a different licensing organization.

“It appears as if a majority of the Board members are turning a blind eye to the issues that have been raised by the (consultant) and others, and continue to ignore ongoing mismanagement of this board,” said a report for lawmakers at the Senate Business, Professions and Economic Development Committee

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* MCPDP / Re: List of Accredited CPD Providers in Philippines for Nurses PRC by Rachel: May 20, 2017, 07:25:21 AM
Hi, just wanted to know if we OFW's working are also required to get this CPD units upon renewing our license? If so, do you have any accredited online courses wherein we can apply? or can we use our CPD units that we are attending here in KSA? since we are also required to get CPD units upon renewing our license here. 

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* Travel Nursing / Re: My HAAD Nurse Registration Journey and Experience: A Guide for other Nurses by cess: May 20, 2017, 06:45:03 AM
Hi @erika, saw this while I'm browsing about the e-Tarasol. Were you able to complete it? I'm having a difficulty filling it up, especially the Job Number. Do you have any idea what job number is the nurse? I tried to ask my employer, but I think they don't have any idea too.

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* Undergraduate / 2017/2018 Admission Forms of Igbinedion University, Okada, Edo State on Sale by katty: May 19, 2017, 04:30:23 PM
This is to notify the general public that applications for admission into the 2017/2018 academic session is now open.
• Nursing
BENIN CITY: Igbinedion Education Centre, Benin City
PORT-HARCOURT: Bereton Montessori School, Stadium Road, GRA, Port-Harcourt
ABUJA: Government Secondary School, Gorki, Abuja
LAGOS: Agbayewa Memorial Secondary School, Olusoji Idowu Street, off Association Avenue, Ilupeju Estate.
ENUGU: Government Secondary School, Opposite Shoprite, Abakaliki Road, Enugu.
Visit: to complete forms and process application.
For further information, call /whatsAssp: 07032924219, 08052147039, 08037937287

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* News / Kidnapped Ondo State State Permanent Secretary Released by katty: May 19, 2017, 03:43:05 PM
Dr. Niran Ikuomola, the permanent secretary of the Ondo State Hospital Management Board, who was kidnapped along with his driver on Sunday evening has regained his freedom according to family sources. The medical doctor was abducted by unknown assailants while driving along the Lokoja-Abuja expressway for a meeting in Abuja.  It not known how much the kidnappers were paid in ransom to get Dr. Ikuomola released.

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* News / Number of #Ebola Cases in #Congo Rises to 29 - WHO by Idowu Olabode: May 19, 2017, 03:16:07 PM
The World Health Organization says Congo now faces 29 suspected cases of the deadly Ebola virus.

WHO spokesman Christian Lindmeier on Friday said the number includes two laboratory-confirmed deaths.

Officials announced the outbreak of the hemorrhagic fever a week ago in a remote area of northern Congo.

Lindmeier says Congo authorities and its health partners are monitoring another 416 people who could have come into contact with the suspected cases.

The Ebola outbreak is the eighth in Congo since 1976.

Source : Associated Press

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* Nursing Jobs / Re: POEA Japan Nurses and Caregivers Hiring 2017 (750 positions) by Vans01: May 19, 2017, 11:53:05 AM
Good day i just want to apply as a nurse
With 6yrs experience in a tertiary hospital
Emergency department
With bls and acls certificate

Hello. Did you submit your application in POEA? Thanks!

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