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* Schools of Nursing / UCH Ibadan School of Nursing Admission Form 2018/2019 Session by katty: June 11, 2018, 05:01:58 PM
This is to inform the general public that the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan is inviting interested and suitably qualified members of the public to her 2018/2019 School of Nursing Admission in October 2018.

The General Entrance Examination Committee of the Hospital will conduct the entrance examination on 14th July, 2018. Only candidates who attain acceptable standard at the examination will be considered for selection following an interview.
 
The course is for a period of three years, after which candidates will be presented for both the School and the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria Final Examination to qualify as registered Nurses (RN)

UCH School of Nursing Admission Requirements:
Interested candidates who should be of age 17 ½ years and above, and possess the West African Senior Secondary School Certificate or its equivalent with credit in at least 5 subjects which must include English Language, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics. Only individuals with required credit passes at not more than two sittings from the same examination body may apply.

UCH Ibadan School of Nursing Method of Application:
Candidates should request for application forms from the School of Nursing, UCH, Ibadan with:

Non-refundable fee of Seven thousand, Five Thousand Naira only (#7,500.00) payable to UCH School of Nursing University College Hospital, Ibadan Treasury Single And present the teller to the school for receipt and collection of admission form.
Three recent passport photographs (Colored but white background only).
No application letter is required.

The entrance examination comes up on 14th July, 2018.

Neither the School nor the Committee will enter into correspondence with any unsuccessful candidate.
* Articles / Future of Healthcare in Nigeria by katty: June 11, 2018, 11:25:07 AM
Ever imagined Nigeria becoming a healthcare destination like the United States, Germany or United Kingdom, where African presidents, their children and politicians run to for treatment? Ever imagined Nigeria being at the bottom of the pyramid when disease burdens and poor life expectancy rates are discussed on a country by country basis? Ever wondered Nigerian doctors and nurses abroad repatriating themselves back home because the health system is becoming better? Well, keen watchers of the system may say it is not likely to happen, because this is Nigeria. But impossible is nothing.

These dreams and more were the major thrust at a roundtable discussion on the ‘Future of Healthcare in Nigeria’ in Lagos, where healthcare stakeholders and policy makers believed with innovative technologies and prioritisation of the health sector, the Nigerian narrative will change and be a healthcare destination in Africa.

The high powered summit was organised for the first time in Nigeria by CNBC Africa, the continent’s biggest business television channel, in collaboration with Philips, and  Forbes Africa.

They said the country’s high maternal and child mortality, high malnutrition index, poor cancer treatments, incessant disease outbreaks, medical tourism abroad, among others, are a reflection of the present healthcare system, but that public private partnerships, innovative solutions and enabling ecosystem are the ways to go if the country’s healthcare sector must improve.

On specifics, a Healthcare Futurist, Michael Jackson said it was time Nigeria’s healthcare professionals think more digital in their approach to delivering solutions, adding that this can bridge the yawning gap in Nigeria’s health sector and deliver solutions to the citizens.

He said: “We need to create true purpose in Nigeria healthcare, and to do that, all stakeholders must look forward, and not backward, into the future. There is light at the end of the tunnel. Nigerians should also get rid of the negativity surrounding improving healthcare in the country.”

The futurist, while stating that the recipe for change includes computing, communications, connectivity amongst others, explained that “the changing face of technology was affecting the world positively, hence Nigeria, and Africa in general, must not be left behind.”

He spoke about the evolution of business which now focuses more on skills, knowledge, decentralisation, partnerships and digital engagement and the fast pace of technological development, encouraging healthcare professionals to emulate this progression in rolling out digital healthcare solutions for Nigeria and Africa.

Giving examples of digitally connected technologies being developed in Africa by Philips Africa’s Community Life Centres using solar power in Kenya, he said, “Technology can help tackle challenges right here in Nigeria such as the inequitable ratio of one medical doctor to 25,000 patients and the language gap across the 500 dialects spoken here, encouraging healthcare professionals to adopt this tactic: simplify, smarten-up, specialise.”

The Founder/President, Wellbeing Foundation Africa (WBFA) and Global Goodwill Ambassador for the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM), Mrs. Toyin Ojora Saraki says the digitisation of Personal Health Records (PHR) will help reduce mortality rates in the country.

She said even though Nigeria records 20,000 new born babies on a daily basis, about 2,300 under-five year olds are lost, while 145 women of childbearing age die every day in the country.

“The digitisation of the PHR would place Nigeria at the forefront of improving maternal and infant health outcomes. The digitisation of the PHR to inform similar nationwide efforts by qualified midwives would place Nigeria at the forefront of improving maternal and infant health outcomes. It would be fitting to achieve that here in Nigeria, where the idea for a home-based record was developed and has since been successfully deployed in countries like the UK and Japan,” she added.

In her keynote address titled ‘The Role of Technology in Improving Mother and Child Healthcare in Nigeria – Raising Quality Standards for Health Care, Putting People First’,  Mrs. Saraki, who is the wife of the Senate President Bukola Saraki, emphasised that this approach will aid in proffering solutions to the country’s health-related challenges.

She said: “Nigeria’s growth rate of 3.2 per cent annually means that our nation will, according to the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), reach a population of 440 million people by 2040. As a nation which is currently unable to keep its mothers and children safe and healthy, we must urgently seek solutions to the scale of the challenge we are about to face,” she advocated.

She said the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) reports revealed that the rate of newborn deaths has improved to 37 per 1,000 births saying that this national average hides the differences among the 36 states and the slow progress in some of the states.

She explained further that these figures are already startling and should constitute a national emergency.

She stated further that the digital technology can, at its best, ensure quality and standards of care are improved, maintained and sustained. “Without a public centralised health database for many families to rely upon and keep them informed of the necessary health processes in a child’s first thousand days of life, the WBFA’s Personal Health Record came as an innovation that placed this knowledge directly into the mother’s hands, and empowered her to provide, analyse and follow-up on her own data to be in control of her own situational analysis.

Saraki highlighted the video training deployed by the WBFA at Gwagalada School of Nursing and Midwifery in Abuja as an example of technology transforming healthcare development in Nigeria, and cited the WBFA’s training partnership with Johnson and Johnson and the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine as the global standard of ‘hands-on’ teaching which is saving lives and helping mothers and infants to thrive.

On his part, the Minister of State for Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, said Nigeria loses up to $1bn every year to medical tourism due to the loss of faith in our medical system, at various levels, adding that the situation was what the present government was trying to address.

“We need to foster an enabling environment where knowledge reparation in health is promoted and Nigerian health workers in diaspora can return home.”

The Chief Executive Officer, Philips Africa, Jasper Westerink, who was part of a panel session tagged, ‘The role of technology in the transformation of healthcare in Nigeria’, said aside from the provision of important healthcare solutions through technology, Philips Africa was committed to educating and creating awareness towards the reduction of risk factors associated with unhealthy lifestyles, adding that the provision of technologies that enable a healthy lifestyle also remains a key priority for Philips Africa.


Touching on some specific examples of healthcare product innovations from Philips, he said, “Having a wide spectrum of healthcare attendants embedded in communities would go a long way to fixing issues with the overburdened primary healthcare systems. Access to technologies that capture early diagnosis is another way to alleviate this burden.”
Source : This Day Newspaper
* Postgraduates / Re: Nnamdi Azikiwe University 2018/2019 Postgraduate Nursing Admission Form on Sale by Gertrudez: June 11, 2018, 11:20:21 AM
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* News / Re: Ohio Nurses Applaud Passage of House Bill 456-Bill Against Overtime by Gertrudez: June 11, 2018, 11:19:52 AM
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* Nursing Jobs / Sparklight Hospital Limited Vacancies for Registered Nurses in Lagos by katty: June 11, 2018, 11:13:19 AM
Sparklight Hospital Limited opened its doors to the public in the year 2012 to offer both general and specialist medical health needs and services at a minimal and affordable cost in a conducive and healthy environment.
 
Position: Registered Nurse
 
Location: Lagos
 
Job Description
* To assess and plan nursing care requirements. providing pre- and post-operation care. monitoring and administering medication and intravenous infusions.
 
Application Deadline:
20th June, 2018
 
Method of Application
Applicants should send their Application to: info@sparklighthospital.com.ng
* Articles / Dear Nurses, Is Our Attention Still At The Right Place? By Godwin Imeka by katty: June 11, 2018, 11:10:54 AM
When i finished high school, i really had it planned, or atleast i thought i did, whatever medical school was like, i had very much idea,but just a handful was true. Stories from friends, and a lot more disneyfied by my uncle who wanted his nephew to be a doctor  at all cost, i didn't know which way i was heading and before all these was tucked into my head, the world of journalism had encapsulated me, yet i could not stand on my feet by myself and say, this is what i want.
 
I thought elders knew better, so trying my best to get to like medicine surfaced and i tried. As much as physics and chemistry were not very close friends with me, i tried.
 
When it came to finally settling into healthcare, i knew that whatever position i must occupy, i had to be so close to the patient, i adored talking and listening to a sick person's problems and helping him find way through life than throwing him a couple of pills and sending him home.
 
I didn't chose nursing, i had very little knowledge about it's existence. Life ran along with me and i found nursing a companion, so warm, so candid, so sure about everything yet so demanding in itself; when i opened my the eyes of my mind, i saw, yes! This is what i wanted and i desired it even the more. There was this feeling, burning in me, ushering me on, i was going to be a healer and i would heal a lot of people not minding who they were or where they came from, the patient was taught as king and the reason i was in school.
 
Years through, having mingled and understood the concept of health intoto and returning to the country to behold something different, i have now to ask myself, 'was i poorly educated in school about happenings in the system i was getting into?'
 
I guess i was, it didn't imply that i was poorly taught, it means what i see was unprecedented, unnecessary and the motives impure. We have traded patients' satisfaction for self-satisfaction, patients' focus for self-focus and at every instance fighting for our right at the expense of those we swore to care for, wearing on titles that do not by any means add to patients' needs 'LEADERS OF THE HEALTHCARE TEAM' and seeking to control and overpower others with whom we struggle to see our patients to healing.
 
STOP AND PONDER
 
Are we still the same people who wanted to be healers at all cost?
Did we not spend those nights as sleepless as they may be, just to make us good enough to serve them?
And were we not educated to serve selflessly?
 
Then what happened?
Why have we politicized our stewardship and turned attention to ourselves?
Why do we seek to rule rather than serve?
Why do we want to control yet those who are not accountable to us and the quest for power still so kindled ablaze.
 
Remember why you once wanted to be who you are now, how excited you were to serve, how stupendous and blown away you felt when you were offered your admission ...
 
It's unfortunate how we forget so soon, How does our attention drift so fast, This article you are reading may not make any sense but ask yourself most  solemnly
 
My attention, is it still at the right place?
 
By Godwin Ashindor'itiang Imeka dip. HC, RN- BNSc (candidate)
Mariam Abacha American University of Niger.
* News / Court Remand Nurse Who Treated Late Senator Adeleke in Prison for Murder by Idowu Olabode: June 10, 2018, 07:28:03 PM
AN Osun State High court, sitting in Ede, on Friday ordered that a nurse, identified as Alfred Aderibigbe, who treated Late Senator Isiaka Adeleke shortly before he died on the 23rd of April, 2017 be remanded in prison custody.

This was contained in a press statement signed by the information officer in the Osun State Ministry of Justice, Mr Opeyemi Bello, which was made available to the TribuneOnline in Osogbo on Sunday.

It is recalled that Aderibigbe was indicted last year by a coroner inquest constituted by Governor Rauf Aregbesola’s administration to investigate the circumstances and cause of the death Adeleke, who until his demise represented Osun West Senatorial District in the National Assembly.

The coroner headed by Magistrate Olusegun Ayilara had found the nurse culpable for allegedly administering an overdose of analgesic tablets and intravenous injections on the late Senator.

Ayilara had at the conclusion of the inquest recommended Aderibigbe for prosecution having established that he administered drug overdose on the senator, thus culminating in his death. During his cross-examination, he had argued that the drugs administered on Adeleke were given to him by the deceased.

Testifying before the coroner, the consultant pathologist, who carried out an autopsy on Adeleke said his death was as a result drug overdose.

However, according to the statement, the accused nurse, on Friday pleaded not guilty to one count of murder preferred against him, just as his defence counsel, Barrister Soji Oyetayo informed the court of a bail application already filed before the court on behalf of his client.

But, the acting Solicitor General and Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Justice, Mr Dapo Adeniji opposed the bail application, describing it as premature, stressing that the accused was not in custody when the application was filed.

Presiding Justice Ayo Adebiyi ordered that the accused nurse should be remanded at Ilesa prison till 29th June when the case would come up for hearing.

Source: Nigeria Tribune
* News / Taraba Police Arrests One Suspect Over the Rape and Murder of Nursing Student by katty: June 10, 2018, 12:26:54 PM
The Taraba State Police Command has arrested one person in connection with the murder of a final-year student of the College of Nursing and Midwifery, Jalingo, Miss Mercy Victor.

The spokesperson for the state police command, David Missal, in an interview with SUNDAY PUNCH, noted that a police intelligence team investigating the crime was still carrying out investigation.

Missal added that the outcome of the investigation would determine whether the arrested person would be prosecuted or not.


The deceased

The elder sister of the deceased, Ms. Janet Victor-Madua, told our correspondent that her family suspected a certain lady in the murder case.

She said the family had since given necessary information at their disposal to the police.

The victim, on Sunday night, was allegedly raped, stabbed and abandoned by the roadside before a passer-by took her to the hospital.

She however died on Monday night around 10pm from the injuries she sustained during the incident at the Federal Medical Centre Jalingo.
Source : Punch Newspaper
* News / Ohio Nurses Applaud Passage of House Bill 456-Bill Against Overtime by katty: June 10, 2018, 06:48:13 AM
Press Release :Ohio nurses applaud the passage House Bill 456 sponsored by Representative Robert Sprague (R-Findlay). House Bill 456 will make Ohio the 19th state to outlaw nurse mandatory overtime – a potentially dangerous practice occurring across Ohio  that can jeopardize safe patient care. The bill passed the Ohio House of Representatives with a vote of 74-10.

House Bill 456 would give nurses the right to refuse overtime if they feel too fatigued to continue to provide safe patient care without fear of termination or licensure sanctions.

Fatigue can affect nurses' ability to deliver optimal patient care. Research demonstrates that fatigue causes an increased risk in errors, decline in memory, reduced ability to learn, and impaired mood and communication skills. Further, scientific evidence links long working hours to many health effects, including cardiovascular disease and cancer.

In 2011, the Joint Commission issued an alert that called for hospitals to intensify their efforts to monitor and address health care workers' risk for fatigue caused by extended shifts. Even after this alert, it is still common place in Ohio to mandate RNs to work beyond their regularly scheduled hours. This practice is used to staff health care facilities on a regular basis and leads to nurse fatigue and burnout.

"House Bill 456 is another step closer to positively impacting safe nurse staffing and consequently quality patient care in Ohio," stated ONA president, Brian J. Burger, MSN APRN AGACNP-BC CCRN.

"Nurses are professionals who are ethically-bound to assess their ability to care for their patients. If a nurse is too fatigued to provide the safe care his/her patient deserves, the nurse should have the right to refuse overtime without fear of discipline.

"Prioritizing safe nurse staffing benefits everyone: nurses, patients and healthcare facilities. Research points to dissatisfied patients, increased errors and higher patient readmissions when nurses are not safely staffed. Furthermore, nurse burnout increases with regular extended shifts, leading to costly nurse-turnover for healthcare facilities.  The needs and safety of the patient and nurse need to be put first instead of trying to cut initial costs by using mandatory overtime to plug nurse staffing holes," continued President Burger.

Federal laws prohibit the amount of hours worked by pilots, train engineers and truck drivers because of the dangerous consequences of fatigue. Because there is a not a federal law protecting patients and nurses to this degree, 18 other states have passed laws prohibiting nurse mandatory overtime as a means to address hours worked by nurses. Those states include Alaska, California, Connecticut, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, Washington and West Virginia.

"House Bill 456 stands up for Ohio's  nurses, which play a crucial and influential role in the treatment of patients," said Rep. Sprague. "This bill makes patient safety the highest priority, and no one should have their nursing license or employment threatened for declining unscheduled overtime after a scheduled shift."

The Ohio Nurses Association helped pass the current RN Staffing Law in 2008 – the foundation to begin addressing Ohio's  nurse staffing concerns. The staffing law requires hospitals to have nursing care committees who are tasked with creating, evaluating and adjusting the facility's nurse staffing plan.

ONA also helped pass a budget amendment in 2017 that requires hospitals submit their nurse staffing plans to the Ohio Department of Health to increase hospital transparency.

House Bill 456 will now be considered by the Ohio Senate.

"House Bill 456 is another much needed step in Ohio nurses' quest for safe nurse staffing and quality patient care," Burger stated.

About ONA:  Formed in 1904, the Ohio Nurses Association is a powerful network of registered nurses who are committed to advancing nursing through education, political action and workplace advocacy. ONA is the leading voice of the approximately 190,000 professional registered nurses in Ohio. To become a member of the Ohio Nurses Association, visit www.ohnurses.org

SOURCE Ohio Nurses Association
* News / Open Letter to NMCN on need for Nursing Reform As FG Scraps HND by katty: June 09, 2018, 08:58:55 PM
Open letter to the Register/Secretary General, Nursing and Midwifery council of Nigeria.
Nurse(Alh) Umar Faruk Abubakar.

Sir,

The Need for Nursing and Midwifery Education Reform as Federal government scrapped Higher National Diploma.

Nursing profession is one of the most important clinical and Sub clinical Health profession worldwide and need of Standard Educational Structure in line with the Global best practice must be emphasized. This will not Only lead to integrated patient and public health outcome, but also to strengthen Nursing and Midwifery career in civil service and General perception.

We Recognized the Selfless and tireless efforts by the Registrar/Secretary General of Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria towards quantifying the Basic Nursing qualification for the first time in history from the traditional Unquantified professional certificate, which pose a great challenge to the profession in terms of career progression and Educational advancement, which also lead to avoidable prostration to Nursing/Midwifery professionals towards the above mentioned problems.

Nigerian Nurses and midwives have a great Confidence in your abilities and Capabilities towards piloting the profession to a greater height as was observed and noted since you assumed Office as Registrar/Secretary General.

The Federal government recently scrapped Higher National Diploma (HND) from Nigerian Educational system and issue a Directive that all polytechnics should be under control of a Universities,The Universities are shouldered with the responsibility of appointing the Provosts and can only award Diploma and Bachelor of Technology. A bill is sent to National Assembly for legislative functions and the development is welcomed and celebrated Nationwide.

Nursing and Midwifery Education Need Urgent Reform to suit the current Educational reform to avoid been incarcerated in the era of Old aged Professional and Educational System unlike its peers in Health system example Medical laboratory sciences, physiotherapy among others.

The above Can be achieved via
1. Affiliation of State schools of Nursing to state universities.
2. Affiliation of Hospital based Basic Nursing  training to Federal Universities as Colleges under the Teaching Hospital as was Done to Medical and other health professionals.
3. All post Basic training should be Under the Department of Nursing science of university as post graduate Diploma and/or Masters programm.
4. Private and missionary based training program should be registered for Nurse_Assistant programs duely licenced by NMCN or affiliate to universities as mentioned above.
5. Strengthening Professional Post graduate colleges in Nigeria example West African College of Nursing to award professional certificates.

The above recommendations will enable the profession regains its lost glory and virtues as one of the major stakeholders of the Medical team worldwide and also improve Job satisfaction

Nursing and Midwifery council of Nigeria is the only professional body shouldered with the responsibility of maintaining standard in Nursing and Midwifery Education and practice in Nigeria and the need to act promptly by adopting international best practice Should be a major priority, the need to  partner with NANNM, NUC, NBTE, Department of Nursing Sciences in Nigerian Universities and all relevant agencies within and outside the country is of high Significance

Thanks
Yours Faithfully

Nurse Bako Mustapha Muhammad
For:
Advocacy for Nursing and Midwifery reform group.
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