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* News / Nigerian Nurses, Midwives resist three percent deduction from salaries by katty: April 10, 2018, 09:16:33 AM
NATIONAL Association of Nurses and Midwives (Federal Health Institutions Sector), has described as illegal, unlawful and unconstitutional, the deduction of three percent from their March, 2018 Consolidated Basic Salaries which they claimed was authorised by the Accountant General  of the Federation.

In an open letter to the Accountant General of the Federation through their counsel, Olayiwola Afolabi, a Benin-based lawyer, the association said that the deduction of the said three percent from their Consolidated Basic Salaries for the month of March, 2018, was contrary to the provisions of the National Association of Nurses and Midwives, NANNM- Constitution, Article V(1)(a).

Afolabi said that the afore mentioned article stated that, “Every member of the Association shall pay a monthly check off due  of three percent on monthly basic salary out of which, one percent is professional fees and two  percentage actual check off due.

“The literal interpretation of the above provision is that the check off dues shall be strictly from the monthly basic salary payable to the individual members of our clients. By necessary implications, this will be exclusive of other allowances and entitlements presently built into the Consolidated Basic Salary.”
Source : Vanguard Newspaper
 
* News / Kenya Nursing Council Accredits Mount Kenya University Nursing Degree Programs by katty: April 09, 2018, 06:51:52 PM
Mount Kenya University (MKU) is among the first five universities in the country to once again earn accreditation to train nurses at undergraduate level.

On March 23, the Nursing Council of Kenya (NCK) Registrar and Chief Executive Officer Edna Tallam-Kimaiyo gave MKU Vice-Chancellor Prof Stanley W. Waudo the accreditation certificate at the university’s main campus in Thika.



The NCK CEO said: “Accreditation is the process of officially recognising an institution as having a particular status, and is deemed qualified to train. In accrediting nurse-training institutions in Kenya, NCK is ensuring that the calibre of nurses educated in these institutions is competent. Mount Kenya University has this status. NCK acknowledges this achievement.”

NCK first approved MKU’s nursing programme in 2011.

TRAIN NEXT GENERATION


While presenting the accreditation certificate, the NCK CEO said she looked forward to seeing MKU train “the next generation of young, bright and vibrant nurses of our great country.”

The MKU School of Nursing started offering the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN) programme in January 2012, following NCK’s approval.

The school, Ms Tallam-Kimaiyo told those present, had once again proved to the council and other stakeholders that it had met quality standards.

Dr Jane Karonjo, Dean, MKU’s School of Nursing, thanked the university’s Board of Directors “whose tremendous support made the accreditation possible”.

She said: “The school qualified for NCK accreditation following a thorough inspection, where it scored 100 per cent on critical requirements and 97 per cent for non-critical requirements.”

THREE MODULES


MKU offers the BScN programme in three modules: Regular, part-time and distance learning.

The university’s Master of Science in Nursing (MScN) degree is available in the following options: Midwifery, Critical Care, Nursing Education, Nursing Leadership and Medical-Surgical Nursing.

Since its inception, the school has continued to grow in terms of student numbers, physical facilities and number of nursing faculty.

The current student population is 495. Those studying for the BScN are 465, while the MScN programme has 30.

The accreditation process followed a circular sent to all nurse training institutions and programmes by NCK on the need for fresh accreditation.

Dr Karonjo assured the NCK registrar that the school “shall continue to strive towards unlocking infinite possibilities in nursing education”.

CRITICAL ROLE


Ms Tallam-Kimaiyo reminded those present during the handing over ceremony that nurses played a critical role in a country’s populations’ health and health care systems. Furthermore, they are key to achieving universal health care.

She reminded the future nurses of “the special responsibility” bestowed upon them even in the constitution.

“You must know your boundaries and above all, have the characteristics of a nurse. Do your documentation right, at the right time and on the right patient,” she said.

She further urged all nurses “to respect patients, maintain patients’ dignity and protect patients’ rights”, adding: “Nurses must create an environment of mutual trust and respect with patients and healthcare professionals.”

The NCK registrar said the council looks “forward to a continued collaboration with Mount Kenya University in strengthening nursing profession and nurses in ‘Unlocking Infinite Possibilities’.”
* Post Basic Courses / University of Portharcourt Teaching Hospital 2018/2019 A & E Nursing Forms by katty: April 09, 2018, 01:25:18 PM
School of Post Basic Nursing Studies University of Portharcourt Teaching Hospital 2018/2019 Academic Session
 
Applications are invited from suitably qualified nurses for admission into a 12 calendar month post basic diploa programme in Accident and Emergency Nursing
 
Admission Requirement:
Applicants for admission into the programmemust posses the following:
. SSCE with 5 credits in not more than two sittings including english, Maths, Chemistry, Physics and Biology (not health science). A combination of NECO and WAEC is acceptable
. Registered Nurse/Midwife with a minimum of 1 year post qualification experience
. BNSc with a PGDE is an added advantage
 
Selection of candidates will be based on academic qualifications and performance at the entrance examination and oral interview.
 

Method of application
Applicants should pay a non refundable fee of N10,000 (ten thousand) naira only to:
 
- Sterling Bank (UPTH Branch) A/C No 0029875947 for Accident and Emergency Programme
 
And present the tellar at the office of the Bursar, in the school for the issuance of an official receipt and on presentation of evidence of such payment obtain an application form from the administrative office of the school of post basic studies
 
Closing Date
Completed application forms with photocopies of all relevant documents are to reach the Coordinators of the programme at the school of Post Basic Nursing Studies on or before Friday 27th July 2018.
 
Selection Interview
Entrance examination will hold in the SPBNS AUDITORIUM as follows:
 
Tuesday 7th August 2018 (Paediatric Nursing Programme)
Wednesday 8th August 2018 (A&E Nursing programme)
 
Time: 10.00am prompt.
 
Applicants should bring along original copies of their birth certficates and valid practicing licences for the interview on the same day
 
Note
Applicants are to make necessary arrangements for their accomodation and feeding throughout the duration of the interview
 
Signed
Management
* Post Basic Courses / University of Portharcourt Teaching Hospital Paediatric Nursing Form on Sale by katty: April 09, 2018, 01:22:59 PM
School of Post Basic Nursing Studies University of Portharcourt Teaching Hospital 2018/2019 Academic Session
 
Applications are invited from suitably qualified nurses for admission into a 12 calendar month post basic diploa programme in Paediatric Nursing
 
Admission Requirement:
Applicants for admission into the programmemust posses the following:
. SSCE with 5 credits in not more than two sittings including english, Maths, Chemistry, Physics and Biology (not health science). A combination of NECO and WAEC is acceptable
. Registered Nurse/Midwife with a minimum of 1 year post qualification experience
. BNSc with a PGDE is an added advantage
 
Selection of candidates will be based on academic qualifications and performance at the entrance examination and oral interview.
 

Method of application
Applicants should pay a non refundable fee of N10,000 (ten thousand) naira only to:
 
- Sterling Bank (UPTH Branch) A/C No 0008832930 (Paediatric Nursing  Programme)
 
And present the tellar at the office of the Bursar, in the school for the issuance of an official receipt and on presentation of evidence of such payment obtain an application form from the administrative office of the school of post basic studies
 
Closing Date
Completed application forms with photocopies of all relevant documents are to reach the Coordinators of the programme at the school of Post Basic Nursing Studies on or before Friday 27th July 2018.
 
Selection Interview
Entrance examination will hold in the SPBNS AUDITORIUM as follows:
 
Tuesday 7th August 2018 (Paediatric Nursing Programme)
Wednesday 8th August 2018 (A&E Nursing programme)
 
Time: 10.00am prompt.
 
Applicants should bring along original copies of their birth certficates and valid practicing licences for the interview on the same day
 
Note
Applicants are to make necessary arrangements for their accomodation and feeding throughout the duration of the interview
 
Signed
Management
* Schools of Nursing / Ogun State School of Nursing and Midwifery 2018/2019 Admission Forms on Sale by katty: April 09, 2018, 01:19:58 PM
Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for admission into the Ogun State School of Nursing and Midwifery, Idi-Aba, Abeokuta, for the 2018/2019 Academic Session.
 
OGUN STATE SCHOOL OF NURSING ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS.
Credit pass at O’Level at not more than two sittings in the following subjects:.
 
* Mathematics
* English
* Chemistry
* Physics
* Biology
 
CANDIDATES AWAITING RESULT CAN ALSO APPLY
 
OGUN STATE SCHOOL OF NURSING ADMISSION SCREENING EXERCISE SCHEDULE.
* The Computer Based Test(CBT) holds on Saturday June 30 2018.
* Examination holds at Nursing School Idi-Aba Abeokuta
* Applicants are to come with their photocard printed from the portal
 
Examination Time Table
Time   Application Numbers
8:00am – 11am   20180001 to 20180550
11:00am – 2pm   20180551 to 20181100
2:00pm – 4pm   20181101 and above
 
Venue: SON, Idi-Aba, Abeokuta
Time: 8.00 a.m
 
HOW TO APPLY FOR OGUN STATE SCHOOL OF NURSING ADMISSION.
* Collect Bank name and account number/code from the account department of the Ministry of Health.
* Present the Bank teller/print out to the account department after 48 hours to collect PIN for your Online Registration.
* Proceed to www.mohsonmportal.com for the completion of your registration and print your photo card.
 
Application closes Wednesday, 15th June, 2018.
 
Examination Date: Saturday, 30th June, 2018.
 
Note:
i. Applicants are requested to have a functioning e-mail address for future contact.
ii. Examination is Computer Based Testing in the following: English Language, Physics, Chemistry, Biology and General Paper.
 
All enquiries should be directed to the Director of Nursing Services, Ogun State Ministry of Health, (Room 104),ONLY
 
IMPORTANT NOTICE: A LOST OR MISPLACED PIN WILL NOT BE REPLACED.
* News / Zimbabwe Nurses Cry Out Health Bill Proposing Jail Terms for Negligence on Duty by katty: April 09, 2018, 09:15:26 AM
-Zimbabwe Nurse Association says the bill did not protect the rights of health workers also

Doctors and Nurses in Zimbabwe will be jailed for 2 years or pay a fine of up to $5 000 for negligence on duty if the proposed 2017 Health Bill is passed into law.

Under the proposed Bill, health personnel including doctors and nurses if proven guilty of negligence, they will be fined up to $5 000 or serve a jail term.

But the Zimbabwe Nurse Association (ZINA) slammed the proposed Bill, saying it is silent on their rights while giving much attention to patients.

Contribution during a public hearing which was convened by the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Health recently, ZINA Provincial chairperson, Chiedza Mukwekwezeke, said the proposed Bill overlooked the fact that the caregivers also need to be “taken care of”.

“The Bill does not address all rights of the medical health personnel. Whilst it extensively dwells on the rights of the patients it overlooks that the caregiver also needs to be taken care of.

“It has sections that are fast to incriminate health personnel if they infringe the rights of patients and does not also protect health personnel from being sued,” she said.

Mukwekwezeke said Part iii Section 45 (4) of the Bill needs to be revisited.

Part of the section reads: “A health practitioner may refuse to treat a user who is physically or verbally abusive or who sexually harasses him or her.

“The section instructs me that I may refuse to treat the patients but it does not answer the questions such as whom should I report to when injured, assaulted or harassed by a patient, who will compensate me and who will take care of me. Some users may be mental patients,” she said.

Mukwekwezeke added that most district hospitals lack facilities that allow them to handle cases expediently and this cannot fall under negligence.

“While health personnel will be fined and jailed for negligence of duties, it should be considered that most hospitals lack facilities that allow for expedient and accurate handling of cases,” she said.

A local nurse also said bill has also contradictory clauses.

“While I am expected to immunize a child from infectious disease it should only be done with the consent of a parent, if I immunize the child without the parent’s consent I will be sued.

“At the same time if I don’t take action, I can be fined or imprisoned for exposing others to infection,” said the nurse.

Source : New Zimbabwe
* News / Bank Mistakenly Credited a Student Nurse's Account with $54 000, See What he Did by katty: April 09, 2018, 08:36:49 AM
Zimbabwe: The bank erroneously credited his account July last year but only discovered the mistake just last week.
*24 year old final year Nursing student Kelvin Kutadza who will graduate next month said: “When I saw the money in my account, I honestly believed that my prayers for miracle money had been answered that is why I used the money,”

A final year student nurse at Gweru hospital is languishing in remand prison after squandering $54 000 “miraculously” deposited into his CABS Bank account last year.



Twenty Four year old Kelvin Kutadza of Mkoba 19 in Gweru was on Friday remanded in custody to Monday for sentencing after pleading guilty to 54 counts of fraud totalling $54 052.34 .

According to the court, sometime in July last year, CABS Bank erroneously deposited the money into Kutadza’s bank account following a system failure, money which Kutadza went on to squander by making various transfers into his mobile phone account and into his MBCA Bank Account.

Kutadza went on to buy a house in Mkoba 19 for $32 000 and two cars worth $10 500 using part of the money. $2 300 was recovered when the bank realised the mistake last week leading to his arrest.

In his defence, Kutadza confessed to being a highly devoted Christian and believed that the money was miracle money which he had been promised in church.

“When I saw the money in my account, I honestly believed that my prayers for miracle money had been answered that is why I used the money,” Kutadza told the court.

He pleaded with the court to forgive him and allow him to finish his training as a nurse where he is due to graduate on the 5th of May. He pleaded that he was going to dispose the house and cars to pay back the money to the bank.

The bank is also reportedly investigating two other people who benefited from the error and swindled the financial institution  of over $200 000. The bank has since dismissed thirteen of its information technology staff members over the system technical failures.

Source : Zimbabwe Eye
* News / 61year old Chinese grandmother who beat Nurse to be released from detention by katty: April 09, 2018, 08:19:48 AM
"Incidents of physical attacks on doctors and nurses in mainland China are common, and there have been many cases of medics being badly injured and even killed by angry patients."

A 61-year-old Chinese woman is expected to be released from detention on Monday after serving 10 days behind bars for attacking a nurse, according to a local media report.

The unnamed assailant, from Jiaxing in eastern China’s Zhejiang province, was taken into police custody after delivering such a beating to the 30-year-old nurse that the victim needed hospital treatment.



The attack, which lasted three minutes, took place at a public hospital in the city on March 30, Jiaxing Television reported on Saturday.

According to police reports, the incident in Jiaxing happened after the attacker had taken her grandson to the hospital for treatment for a high temperature.

Doctors recommended the child be put on an intravenous drip, but the youngster resisted the nurse’s attempts to insert a needle into his arm, the television report said.


When the nurse held the boy’s head in her hands to calm him long enough to put in the drip, he bit his lip causing it to bleed. The sight of blood apparently enraged his grandmother who reacted by punching the nurse in the face.

The stunned nurse fell to the floor, but that did not stop the irate grandparent, who continued to punch and kick her, witnesses were quoted as saying at the time.

A police investigation found that the nurse, who had recently had a child herself, had not injured the boy in any way during her attempts to insert the drip.

Source : South China Morning Post
* News / India : Norka team in Kuwait to solve nurses’ hiring issue by katty: April 08, 2018, 08:12:02 PM
Thiruvananthapuram: In an effort to sort out issues related to the recruitment of nurses in Kuwait, a two-member team from Norka Roots has left for the Gulf country. Norka Roots CEO Harikrishnan Namboothiri K and recruitment manager Ajith Kolassery will hold discussions with Kuwait ministry of health (MoH) officials from Monday to Thursday.

The recruitment of Indian nurses to the Gulf nation was put on hold after the Kuwait ministry detected large-scale corruption involving ministry officials and private agencies.

The aim is to establish Norka Roots, the PSU under the state NRK affairs department, as a reliable partner of Kuwait MoH, which can meet the gulf nation’s requirement of nurses and other medical staff, said Namboothiri before leaving for Kuwait. The meeting has been facilitated by the Indian Embassy in Kuwait.
“During this visit, we will do an ‘opportunity mapping’ and discuss on various ways to collaborate,” Namboothiri said. To be a reliable partner one needs to be highly professional and Norka Roots is well prepared to be a recruiting agency, he added.

A similar effort was made when the previous UDF government was in power. Owing to various reasons, the partnership did not materialize.

According to Namboothiri, the MoH officials will be looking at the agency’s ‘sense of urgency’ – the ability to provide candidates in time, and ‘sense of process’ – a transparent process which is required to gain trust.

Most importantly, there has to be ‘a sense of ownership’. “With private agencies, it’s easier to build and maintain relations. But in case of government agencies, they will have to face a lot of inconveniences due to possible changes in rules and persons in-charge,” Namboothiri pointed out.

The government is very much aware of the dire situation the state is in due to the nationalisation measures in Gulf countries, which have led to return of NRKs in large numbers. “We have to strengthen a reverse channel to transport our manpower and stabilize the economy,” the Norka Roots CEO said.

As a recruiting agency, the public-sector company could ensure merit, affordability and a transparent system, Namboothiri asserted. “A nurse who gets recruited through Norka Roots will have to spend only Rs 30,000 (as the processing fee), against lakhs of rupees the private agencies might demand from them,” he pointed out

Source :Times of India
* News / Australia's longest serving flight nurse comes in for landing by katty: April 07, 2018, 09:30:30 PM
Air ambulance nurse Maureen Roberts will never forget the terrifying moment her pilot became her patient mid-flight.

The now 70-year-old was flying from the New South Wales town of Coffs Harbour in 1994 when the pilot started to feel unwell.

"I said would you like a drink of water and by the time I came back he was slumped over the controls," she recalled.
"My heart skipped a few beats. A million things are going through your mind and you're trying to find a pulse."

With the assistance of another person on board, Ms Roberts cleared the pilot's airways and gave him oxygen while the plane continued flying on auto pilot.

"After a few minutes he did wake and he asked me to stay in the cockpit and focus on all his numbers et cetera because everything was a bit hazy," she said.

"Things happened so quickly. You don't want to die so I guess you'll do anything!"



Emotional end to long and exciting career
Believed to be Australia's longest-serving flight nurse, Ms Roberts is retiring from the NSW Air Ambulance this weekend after 37 years in the job.

"I could cry because it's mixed emotions. I really love my job but there's a life out there," she said.
She said it was her patients from across rural and regional NSW that she would miss the most.

"Country people are just so resilient. You know out in country towns they might have to wait for a couple of weeks to even see a GP," she said.

"Whereas here in Sydney, dreadful to say but sometimes they'll call an ambulance almost for a Band-Aid."

Ms Roberts said she and her colleagues dealt with a wide range of medical issues each day, from cardiac problems to obstetrics and farm accidents.



"You have burns, gun shot wounds, penetrating eye injuries, it's a mixture of things," she said.

She said another important part of the job was transporting patients back to regional areas so they could die at home.

"You have a chat and hold their hand … it makes you realise how lucky you are in life."

Colleagues pays tribute to much loved nurse
Ms Roberts' boss, Superintendent Graeme Field, said the role of a flight nurse was extremely challenging.

"It's not like working in the back of an ambulance where you can pull over to the side of the road if something goes wrong," he said.

"You're up in the air, you have to be able to think on your feet, you have to be very knowledgeable."
Superintendent Field said Ms Roberts would be missed by her patients and her colleagues.

"It takes a special kind of person to be a flight nurse and a really special person to do it for nearly four decades."

"And Maureen is a perfect example of someone who displays compassion continuously and can really build up a great rapport with her patients."

Source : Australia ABC
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