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* Articles / Editorial : The Value Of Nurses In The Age Of Globalisation by Idowu Olabode: January 11, 2017, 11:09:31 AM
Philippe Douste-Blazy misdiagnosed the problem. Consequently, the French candidate to be director general of the World Health Organisation (WHO) prescribed an ineffective solution to Jamaica's endemic shortage of nurses.

When developed countries finance the education of nurses, he suggested, a reciprocal requirement of students could be that they work for a time in a developing country, like Jamaica. In the case of a school in Jamaica, or a similar country, students would be bonded for a period.

"We can say, 'After your diploma, you have to stay at home for three or four years'," Professor Douste-Blazy, a former health minister, told this newspaper.

Here is part of the flaw with that idea: First World nations are poaching nurses from Jamaica and other countries because they do not have enough. Indeed, in the European Union (EU), it is estimated that over a quarter of the nursing positions are unfilled. In America, while half a decade ago more than a million nurses were working outside of their profession, it was projected that by 2022, 1.2 million nursing vacancies would exist. The call was for the training of a million nurses.

The cause of this situation in the US and other developed countries is several-fold. Not least of them is the rapid graying of their populations. The baby boomers are reaching that time of their lives when they are consuming more healthcare, including nursing services.


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Yet, in those countries, nursing is not as attractive a profession as it used to be. A quarter of a century ago, when insurance companies began crimping of reimbursement claims for healthcare, among the areas where institutions sought to save was on their nursing staff. As workload and work stress rose, nurses migrated from the profession. At the same time, new professions were opening, and expanding, to women, who make up the great bulk of nurses. At the same time, the salaries of nurses lagged behind many professions, especially when the stress associated with nursing is taken into account.

The upshot: developed countries stepped up their recruiting in countries like Jamaica. It made sense. Our nurses are not only well-trained, but their salaries and conditions of work and opportunities for professional development lag substantially behind the developed world's. Indeed, foreign recruiters are often willing to clear the bonds of Jamaican nurses, freeing them to work abroad.

In the circumstance, Professor Douste-Blazy's proposal offers little for what ails Jamaica's nursing sector. In any event, this newspaper believes the problem should be treated as a short-term irritant than a major malady.

First, that foreigners should want to recruit Jamaica's nurses is wholly a vote of high confidence in Jamaica's nursing training institutions and the quality of the students they produce. It says much, too, about the professional skills they acquire on the job. Any downside is what their departure tells us about other push factors in the economy, and the society generally. Those we have to fix.

But the broader lesson in this age of globalisation is that rather than engaging in a collective hand-wringing and a societal whinge, Jamaica should make the best use of the opportunities opened abroad: just establish the system to recruit and train more nurses. If they want to break their bonds and emigrate, it should be no problem once they repay the full economic cost of their training. Their remittance, too, has economic value.

From: Jamaica Gleaner

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* Schools of Nursing / Nursing Council Approved School of Nursing to Run Refresher Course by katty: January 11, 2017, 09:11:45 AM
Here is the list of Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria approved school of Nursing and Midwifery to run the one year refresher programs for eliminated students :

School Of Nursing Bauchi, Bauchi State
School Of Nursing Maiduguri, Bornu State
School Of Midwifery Bauchi, Bauchi State
School Of Midwifery Maiduguri, Bornu State
School Of Nursing Sokoto, Sokoto State
School Of Nursing Katsina, Katsina State
School Of Midwifery Birnin Kebbi Kebbi State
School Of Midwifery Kafanchan, Kaduna State
School Of Nursing Mkar Benue State
School Of Nursing Lafia Nasarawa State
School Of Midwifery Ilorin  Kwara State
School Of Nursing Umuahia Abia State
School Of Midwifery Ihiala Anambra State
School Of Nursing Abeokuta  Ogun State
Lagos State School of Nursing Igando, Lagos State
School Of Midwifery Akure Ondo State
School Of Nursing University Of Benin Teaching Hospital Benin City Edo State
School Of Nursing Portharcourt Rivers State
School Of Midwifery Ogoja Cross Rivers State
School Of Midwifery St Philomena's Hospital

Program Commencement Date

General Nursing: April 2017
Midwifery: August 2017
Examination Date

General Nursing: May
Midwifery: September


1. A minimum of 30 students for School  of Nursing and 30 students for School  of Midwifery
2.Approved Schools MUST meet the following conditions:

- Have a minimum of provisional approval
- Academic Staff: Student Ratio of not more than 1:10
- Physical Facilities: Minimum of 3 classrooms. A separate class room should be created for the programme. Hostel accomodation should be available and adequate
- Areas of hospital based clinical practice must meet council’s minimum requirement
3. Candidates must meet the entry requirements of 5 Olevel credits in Maths, English, Biology, Chemistry and Physics at not more than 2 sittings. All results presented must be verified

4. All candidates must be re-indexed by the council 3 months after admission

5. Schools are free to determine the school fees to be paid by students and notify the council for approval

6. Tutors and lecturers assigned to teach these groups are to be paid honorarium from the funds generated from the programme

7. The Selected centres shall work with the Departments of Nursing in Accredited Univeristies close to the centres

8. The curriculum to be used is the one designed by the council
Selected Schools are to admit students from the catchment arears around the school in that geopolitical zone based on 30% from the hosting state school and 70% from other states.
All  Candidates are to apply directly to the schools.

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* News / Share Nursing Council Exam Results for Nov 2016 Pass Rate per school by katty: January 10, 2017, 07:59:28 PM
Hello, nursing council exam results for November 2016 is out. Here are the percentage by school I have  gotten according to reports on social media :

School of Nursing Akure 100%
School of Nursing Abeokuta 96%
School of Nursing Kano 100% (1 distinction, 20Credits)
LUTH  100%
ECWA 100%
Wesley  100%
Gerald's Catholic hospital school of nursing, Kaduna.. 100%
 Kwara State School of Nursing-92%

Kebi State School of Nursing and Midwifery 98%

Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital Edo State School of Post Basic Perioperative Nursing made 100%

The Accident & Emergency Dept. University of Portharcourt Teaching Hospital  100%

SONKT made 84%

 S.O.N Obangede Kogi state had 98%
Madonna University had 72% in the recently released

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For full list of schools of Nursing, departments of. Nursing and post basic Schools accredited to run nursing programs in Nigeria check

Also those who have sat for nursing council exam three times and have been eliminated will start the 1year refresher program by April 2017  see Nursing council circular and guidelines here

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* News / 'I began to hate my job,questioned my career and came home crying' - Irish Nurse by katty: January 10, 2017, 07:48:27 PM
In a letter A former public sector nurse highlights the challenging working conditions she and her colleagues endured as they cared for patients.

AS I SIT here on my fifth night shift I contemplate writing this or not. However it is something that has played on my mind ever since I graduated.

I graduated just over two years ago and there was a ceremony with family and friends. We had lots of inspiring speeches on the day and were all very excited about the prospect of becoming a nurse and where our journeys would take us. I was excited and naturally apprehensive.

A nurse’s responsibilities

Throughout nursing studies, we were continuously reminded of the responsibility we held, from timely documentation, to medication administration to close monitoring of a patient you feel is sick or is just “not right”.

As nurses in Ireland we spend up to 13 hours a day with our patients. We get to know them. It is nurses who alert senior members and doctors about a patient’s deterioration or change in condition. This is OUR responsibility. This is OUR job.

Nursing is one of those professions where you must constantly be on top form, put aside whatever tiredness you have from switching from day shifts to nights over a 48-hour period. Or not sleeping the night before as you were so wound up getting into bed after a 13-hour day that you simply couldn’t sleep.

‘I was left alone with 13 patients’

I went into public sector nursing. As a newly qualified nurse, I was left alone with 13 patients on a night shift. I was placed into an Acute Medical Assessment Unit. I was placed in Accident and Emergency and I was sent on ambulance runs. Why? I was used to fill the gap because there was no staff.

Staffing. If you hear this word once in the Irish nursing profession you hear it a million times. A few months after my qualification, having worked on the wards, I began to hate my job. I questioned my career choice. My mood was low and there were days when I came home crying. My parents can vouch for this.

I had no job satisfaction and felt I couldn’t give enough to the patients I was trying to care for. I also felt sorry and ashamed for trying to nurse patients on corridors.

‘I became a patient myself’

During this time, I also became sick. Being a patient in a public Irish hospital has been one of the biggest eye openers for me.

As a patient I had a full on experience of how much pressure nurses are under. I was literally stuck to a hospital bed for 10 days, so I had no option but to sit and watch everything that went on. I saw the continuous needs of patients, from hygiene needs, to medications and toileting assistance.

Shortly after my recovery I decided I would give nursing one last shot and move to the private sector. If I was still unhappy I was going to leave the profession completely and go back to college.

A year later I have left the public sector and (sadly) have never looked back. Naturally there are a lot more resources within the private sector. Staffing is generally better and patients are given topnotch care. But is that not what nursing should be? Is that not what we are trained in? Good, timely, effective care.

Our healthcare system is stuck in a rut

We need more community-orientated healthcare. We need to move on with the times. We need services that can “mind” those at home.

Then we can keep infections under control, cut down on hospital-acquired infections and free up beds. Long-term care waits continue to be a massive problem, hence extra beds are added to corridors. Not only is this completely unsafe but it puts extra pressure on nurses.
Why not focus on opening areas that are solely for the use of those who are well but just awaiting their long-term care setting? Why not train up more healthcare assistants, who can help in nurses’ roles like recording blood pressures? Why not take on more healthcare assistants? Healthcare assistants  ease nurses’ workloads.

For me the government is still utterly clueless about healthcare and management. One would think that now, coming out of a recession, with education and the predicament about rising population numbers, that we would have some grasp of the Irish healthcare system or that we would be managing to get on top of things.
But no, it seems to be a constant problem with no improvement and no plans.

Nursing is an incredible profession

I realise I am not making nursing in Ireland attractive. This genuinely makes me feel sad because nursing is a truly incredible profession.

As a nurse now I tell student nurses I meet to keep their head up, to not get bogged down with bad morale or pressures in the public sector. I tell them that there are other opportunities once you qualify. The opportunity to travel or to specialise. Can you blame Irish nurses for wanting to leave and work abroad?

I tell them that the nursing profession is amazing. I have held the hand of a dying person. I have had the privilege and honour to be involved in the care of a patient in their last few hours of life. I have gotten to know patients and their families.

I have had patients open up to me about their personal life and problems they have faced. I have given re-assurance when patients are worried. I have assisted those patients who do not know who they are or where there are.

I have cried at home thinking about a patient who has been diagnosed with the worst news imaginable. I have giggled on night shifts with colleagues over the silliest of things because of pure exhaustion.

Would I change my profession?

Not in a million years. I am writing this piece to give an honest insight into what an Irish nurse can face nowadays, and what I have faced.

I am writing this piece as I appeal to the Irish Government and senior figures to look after our nurses.

The author of this piece has requested to remain anonymous.

Source : The Journal

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* News / Nursing Council Circular on Refresher Program for Eliminated Nursing Students by katty: January 10, 2017, 04:53:29 PM
The nursing and midwifery council has released circular on the guidelines for refresher programs for those who have been eliminated after failing nursing council exam three times. Below is the circular

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* News / Re: Tasmania region in Australia is in dire need of Senior Foreign Nurses by Ruby T. Villafania: January 10, 2017, 01:29:10 PM
Request for application requirements.

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* Nursing Jobs / Oyo State College of Nursing and Midwifery Vacancies for Nursing Lecturers 2017 by katty: January 10, 2017, 12:12:58 PM
Vacancies exist for nursing lecturers at Oyo  State College of Nursing  And Midwifery Kisi Campus.

  Applications are hereby invited from suitably  qualified candidates to fill the following positions

   A. Academic position

 i. Lecturer II - CONHESS 13, must possess RN, RM,  BSc. Nursing  Education with PGDE or Nursing/Midwife Educator Certificate  plus MSc.
ii. Lecture  III - CONHESS 12, must possess RN, RM, Bachelor of Nursing  with PGDE or BSc. nursing Education plus 3 years Cognate Experience.
III. Assistant  Lecture I - CONHESS 10
      Assistant  Lecture  II - CONHESS 09, must possess  RN, RM with Bachelor of Nursing

  B. Non -Teaching position
    i. Administrative Officer II - CONHESS 08, must possess honours degree in any of social sciences, Humanities or Law with NYSC certificate
    II. Accountant II - CONHESS 08, must possess honour degree in Accountancy
    iii. Higher Executive  Officer (General Duties) - CONHESS 08,must possess  degree or HND in Business Studies/ Administration or Public Administration
   iv.  Higher Executive  Officer (Account ) - CONHESS 08, must possess degree or HND In Accountancy  or Business  Administration
   v. Higher Library Officer - CONHESS 08, must possess  degree or diplomain Library Studies
   vi. Store Officer - CONFESS 07, must possess HND in Business  Studies or Purchasing and Supply 
   vii. Clerical Officer (General Duties) SSCE
   viii. Clerical Officer(Account)SSCE
    ix. Executive Officer  (Account) - CONHESS 07, must possess OND in Accountancy  or Business Administration
   x.  Executive  Officer (General Duties)  -CONHESS 07, must possess OND in Business  Administration or Public Administration
   xi. Confidential  Secretary  -CONHESS 07, SSSCE plus R. S. A or civil service Training school certificate in shorthand and typewriting at 100 and 50 words per minutes
   xii.  Messenger - First School Leaving  Certificate
  xiii. Cleaners
  xiv. Watchman
  xv.  Driver

C. Part - Lecturer - Specialist  in areas such as Anatomy, Physiology, Human Nutrition, Pharmacology, Statistics, Psychiatrics, Obstetrics, and Gynaecology.
Applicants are required to submit 20 copies of their application and up to date curriculum Vitae to the office of the Register Oyo State College of Nursing and midwifery,Eleyele Ibadan not later than two (2) weeks.
Best of Luck.

Ag. PA to the Chairman Irepo Local Government, kisi.

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* News / Tasmania region in Australia is in dire need of Senior Foreign Nurses by Idowu Olabode: January 10, 2017, 10:35:01 AM
Tasmania is in desperate need of a nursing and midwifery workforce plan to keep senior staff in the state, the nurses union says.

Neroli Ellis from the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation told ABC Radio Hobart nursing recruitment agencies were increasingly looking overseas for staff in places like New Zealand.

She said job ads were not attracting enough experienced nurses and a state job plan and more nursing educators were needed to ease senior staff shortages.

"When we see jobs being advertised now we get new graduates applying for those jobs but rarely now we're seeing any nurses applying with required experience," she said.

"And, of course, on every shift you need some senior nurses and some junior nurses to make sure you've got safe patient care."

Ms Ellis said the average age of Tasmanian nurses was 50 and succession planning was needed.

Ms Ellis said staff shortages meant nurses were doing double shifts in intensive care, mental health and midwifery and that nurses needed to be encouraged nurses to become more highly qualified to work in these areas.

Source : ABC News

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* News / WHO Director General Hopeful Shares Jamaica's Concern Over Nurse Poaching by Idowu Olabode: January 10, 2017, 09:35:37 AM
Professor Philippe Douste-Blazy, the French candidate vying to become the next director general of the World Health Organization (WHO), says the international health community should work to remedy the practice of heavy recruiting of critical health-care workers by developed countries.

The local health sector has been in near chaos as of late, a primary cause being a chronic shortage of specialist critical-care nurses.

In the narrow space of a week, the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI) had to cancel all major surgeries and the Kingston Public Hospital (KPH) was rocked by the sudden resignation of at least 10 specialist nurses.

Douste-Blazy's comment comes on the heels of Dr Christopher Tufton stating his intentions to raise the matter of foreign countries poaching Jamaica's specialist nurses at an upcoming WHO board meeting in Geneva, Switzerland.

Douste-Blazy told The Gleaner that he shares Jamaica's concern on the matter.

The former two-term French health minister says a mechanism regarding human resources in public health needs to be developed. It should be beneficial to both developed and developing states.

He also added that if his candidacy is successful, he would organise a meeting with heads of member states to focus solely on human resources.

"Yes, I completely agree with your minister of health. One possibility to alleviate this is to ask specialist nurses in developed countries to come to developing countries for a period of time," Douste-Blazy told The Gleaner.

He added: "It is very difficult to say to a nurse in Jamaica, 'You are going to earn less money and I forbid you to go overseas,' but we (developed countries) can ask our nurses to come to developing countries and middle- and low-income countries.

"When you are a government (developed countries), when you organise a medical school or school for nurses, you can come to an agreement at the beginning of the study, to say, 'We are going to provide lessons and training for you, but after your diploma, you are going to go to a developing country for two or three years - or in Jamaica, if provisions are made.' We can say, 'After your diploma, you have to stay at home for three or four years obligatory', and it's the same for medical doctors."

He says it is among the matters he would pursue if he becomes the next head of the WHO.

Tufton, on previous occasions, also expressed his intentions for the ministry to seek partnerships with more countries, such as the United Kingdom and Cuba, to train more critical care health staffers to satisfy local demand.

On the topic of bolstering the depleted public health domain, Tufton recently stated that more than 100 critical-care nurses were recruited from Cuba last year and some had already been deployed into the public health system.

He also disclosed that talks were under way to get a similar number from India by March.

The five other candidates seeking ascension to the helm of the WHO are Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Ethiopia; Flavia Bustreo, Italy; David Nabarro, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland; Sania Nishtar, Pakistan; and Miklos Szocska, Hungary.

This month, WHO's executive board will shortlist a maximum of five candidates. The executive board members will then interview these candidates and nominate up to three to go forward for consideration by the World Health Assembly in May 2017, when member states will vote in a new director general, who will take office on July 1.

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