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* Nursing Jobs / Vacancies for Branch Agent (Registered Nurse) in Total Health Trust Limited by Idowu Olabode: September 11, 2017, 11:36:50 AM
Total Health Trust Limited (THT), Nigeria’s leading Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) was founded in 1997 and commenced operations in June 1998. Renowned by our stakeholders for our reliability, we have been connecting our members to healthcare providers since 1998. Our unrivalled 18 years industry track record has seen us build a formidable reputation in Nigeria and we remain the HMO of choice for over 300,000 members and over 500 corporate clients and government institutions. We were the first HMO to be registered in Nigeria and 18 years later, we are still number one in the market. We are one of the very few HMOs that can boast the financial and technical backing of a world class company – Liberty Health (a member of the Liberty Group).
The organization further prides itself with its rich culture of Respect, Compassion, Pride and Expertise.

We are recruiting to fill the position of:

Job Title: Branch Agent (Medical)
Location: Kaduna

Job Description:

• To manage specific cases in the branch in order to get the best outcome
• To facilitate the process of pre-authorisations and authorisations between the provider and the scheme and to give feedback to the relevant party concerned
• To facilitate resolution of all queries from providers and members within the branch on specific cases and within the agreed SLA
• To facilitate the investigation of potential fraudulent claims within the specific branch and provide feedback to the Branch manager
• Hospital visits regarding specific branch cases
• To provide services in the accreditation and re-accreditation of branch providers to ensure that provider facilities and services are up to standard as per the agreed standards using a standardized checklist
• To adhere to and live the organizational values
• Following Head Office approval, to ensure a successful provider forum is held as stipulated
• To ensure provider education is done and ensure product knowledge and processes are understood towards seamless service delivery to enrollees

Requirements:
• Candidate must be a registered nurse
• B.Sc. Nursing and additional medical qualification will be an added advantage
• Candidate must have minimum of 3 years medical experience including 2 years in similar role in an Health Maintenance Organization (HMO)
• Candidate must have advanced knowledge of NHIS regulatory guidelines, Medical Global Best Practices, Health Insurance, Products and Processes, and Scheme Rules.
• Excellent organizational, communication (verbal and written), listening skills and attention to detail.
• Candidate must be very proficient in Microsoft office packages

Other requirements:
• Good organizational and planning capabilities
• Innovative and quick thinking capabilities
• Adaptive
• Decision Making skill and Excellent Customer Service Skill
• Integrity
• Ability to work under pressure
• Adaptive, expertise, Result-Oriented, Relationship Skill
• Working with people
• Interpersonal Skill
• Must be a good collaborator/Team player

Deadline for Application:

September 15, 2017
 

To apply click https://totalhealthtrustlimited.has-jobs.com/branch-agent-medical-kaduna/163351/0
* Nursing Jobs / The American University of Nigeria (AUN) Vacancies for Staff Nurses by Idowu Olabode: September 11, 2017, 11:31:18 AM
Vacancies exist for Nurses in AUN Clinic.

Location: Yola, Adamawa
Department: AUN Clinic (Operating Theater)
 
Job Summary
• The Staff Nurse is charged with the responsibility of assisting in the assessment and implementation of patient care needs within the operating theatre and ensure all patients are treated in a professional manner and that confidentiality is adhered to.
• He/she will also provide skilled assistance without direct supervision to demonstrate procedures to the staff as required as well as performing operating theatre practice in accordance with established policies and procedures.
 
Detailed Listing of Responsibilities
• To participate as a scrubbed and circulating member of the nursing team during surgical procedures and carry out the necessary safety checks as laid down by policy and procedures.
• To assist in the preparation and clearing of the theatres in accordance with the daily operating lists.
• To demonstrate an understanding of and use of specialist equipment.
• To ensure that agreed stock levels are maintained and consumption levels are monitored and utilized effectively.
• To participate in on-call duties to provide 24-hour cover.
• To maintain safe and acceptable standards of practice in accordance with the Health & Safety at Work policies and the code of professional conduct.
• To report mishaps, accidents, and complaints to the Sister-in-Charge in accordance with health center policy.
• To keep abreast of new developments in operating team nursing to maintain professional awareness.
• To teach theatre nursing skills to new and junior members of staff where appropriate.
• To discuss and promote innovative procedures involving patient care.
 
Position Requirements
• Nursing Certificate
• Valid License to practice/Nursing registration
• Minimum of Two(2) years of direct work experience
• Basic Nursing Ethic
• Ability to undertake self-directed tasks when necessary
• Flexible with time
• Ability to learn
• Attention to detail
• Capacity to prioritize by assessing situations to determine urgency.
 
Other requirements, abilities for the position:
• Skill in developing and maintaining effective working relationships.
• Ability to maintain a high level of accuracy and confidentiality.
• Knowledge of and ability to apply professional medical principles, procedures, and techniques
• To ensure the communication of relevant information to appropriate persons.
• To promote and maintain good interpersonal relationships with all members of the team and with other departments within the health center.
• To assist with the instruction of new staff and demonstration of procedures and policies.
• Knowledge of pharmacological agents used in patient treatment
• Effective verbal and written communication skills along with proper telephone etiquette.
• Tactfulness and professionalism
 
Description of Benefits
• Salary and benefits are commensurate with experience and job classification as approved by the University.
 
Aplication Closing Date:
14 September, 2017
 
Method of Application
Applicants should submit their Resumes, cover letters and references to: recruitment@aun.edu.ng The position being applied for should be the subject of the email.
* News / Bangladesh: Nurses Reluctant to Dump White Uniforms for Scrubs by Idowu Olabode: September 11, 2017, 07:25:18 AM
The government decision to change the nurses' uniform is being implemented slowly as the majority of the health care providers are reluctant to take up their new attire.

Most women staff nurses, especially the senior ones, are not willing to trade their white saris for western outfits.

They are not comfortable in shirt and trousers and are used to the old uniform.



"Nurses keep complaining about the uniform. We have informed them twice about the health ministry's decision to change their uniform," said Shirin Akhter, assistant director (administration) of Directorate General of Nursing and Midwifery (DGNM).

According to a circular of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on November 21, olive green shirt, cap and black trousers with black shoes would replace the white sari and cap.

There are about 30,000 nurses across the country. About 90 percent of them are women, said Assaduzzaman Jewel, general secretary of Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) unit of Bangladesh Nurses Association (BNA).

He added that the nurses are slowly adopting their new uniforms. But that is mostly because they are not paid their dress and washing allowances of around Tk 850 a month if they did not switch to the new uniform.

Majority of over 2,200 nurses at DMCH have been wearing the old uniform. However, most staffers at Dhaka Nursing College near DMCH are wearing the olive green uniform in compliance with the directive.

Nurses at Shaheed Suhrawardy Medical College Hospital, National Institute of Traumatology and Orthopaedic Rehabilitation, and National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases were seen donning the new outfit, but with a white apron on top.

Forty-three-year-old Jahanara Khatun, a nurse at NICVD, said, “I have been in this profession for 18 years. My white sari was a symbol of my service. Although I am wearing the new uniform now, I am not comfortable in it."

Nazma Khatun, general secretary of Mymensingh Medical College Hospital unit of BNA, said only about 25 of the hospital's 800 nurses had been wearing the new uniform.

Most nurses at the hospital do not like olive green. They want it to be white, which, to them, represents serenity, she added.

Source : The Daily Star
* Research / Nurses' Regular Use of Disinfectants is Associated with Developing COPD-Research by Idowu Olabode: September 11, 2017, 07:19:10 AM
Regular use of disinfectants is linked to a higher risk of developing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), according to new research looking at incidence of the disease in over 55,000 nurses in the USA.

Dr Orianne Dumas (PhD) from INSERM, Villejuif, France, will tell the European Respiratory Society International Congress today (Monday) that certain tasks involving frequent exposure to disinfectants, such as cleaning surfaces, and specific chemicals in disinfectants, were associated with a 22% to 32% increased risk of developing COPD.

Dr Dumas and her colleagues analysed data from 55,185 female registered nurses enrolled in the US Nurses' Health Study II, which started in 1989. They looked at those nurses who were still in a nursing job and with no history of COPD in 2009, and then followed them for approximately eight years until May 2017. During that time 663 nurses were diagnosed with COPD. The nurses' exposure to disinfectants was evaluated via a questionnaire and a matrix that assigns exposure to disinfectants by job or task. The results were adjusted for factors that might affect the outcome, such as smoking, age, body mass index and ethnicity.

"We found that nurses who use disinfectants to clean surfaces on a regular basis - at least once a week - had a 22% increased risk of developing COPD," says Dr Dumas. "There was a suggestion of a link with the weekly use of disinfectants to clean instruments but this was not statistically significant."

The researchers also looked at exposure to specific disinfectants: glutaraldehyde (a strong disinfectant used for medical instruments), bleach, hydrogen peroxide, alcohol and quaternary ammonium compounds (known as "quats", mainly used for low-level disinfection of surfaces such as floors and furniture). All of these were associated with an increased risk of COPD of between 24% to 32%.

"In our study population, 37% of nurses used disinfectants to clean surfaces on a weekly basis and 19% used disinfectants to clean medical instruments on a weekly basis," Dr Dumas will tell the congress.

Previous studies have linked exposure to disinfectants with breathing problems such as asthma among healthcare workers. "The potential adverse effects of exposure to disinfectants on COPD have received much less attention, although two recent studies in European populations showed that working as a cleaner was associated with a higher risk of COPD. To the best of our knowledge, we are the first to report a link between disinfectants and COPD among healthcare workers, and to investigate specific chemicals that may underlie this association," she says.

"Our findings provide further evidence of the effects of exposure to disinfectants on respiratory problems, and highlight the urgency of integrating occupational health considerations into guidelines for cleaning and disinfection in healthcare settings such as hospitals.

"These are preliminary findings and more research needs to be carried out. In particular, we need to investigate the impact on COPD of lifetime occupational exposure to chemicals and clarify the role of each specific disinfectant. We hope to receive funding from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to continue this important work.

"Some of these disinfectants, such as bleach and quats, are frequently used in ordinary households, and the potential impact of domestic use of disinfectants on COPD development is unknown. Earlier studies have found a link between asthma and exposure to cleaning products and disinfectants at home, such as bleach and sprays, so it is important to investigate this further."

Dr Dumas emphasises that, as this is an observational study, the findings cannot show that disinfectants cause COPD, only that there is an association between some disinfectants and the development of the disease.

The Nurses' Health Study II is coordinated at the Channing Division of Network Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.

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Abstract no: OA 1774, "Occupational exposure to disinfectants and COPD incidence in US nurses: a prospective cohort study"; The air indoor pollution session, 08.30 - 10.30 hrs CEST, Monday 11 September, Brown 1+2 (south).https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-09/elf-nru090817.php
* News / Kirsty Boden, Angel of the London Bridge Terror Attack Honored with Scholarship by Idowu Olabode: September 11, 2017, 06:16:37 AM
SOUTH Australian nurse Kirsty Boden died as she tried to help others in the London Bridge terror attack. Now a nursing scholarship in her name will help others carry on her legacy of “loving care”.

Ms Boden, 28, was dubbed the Angel of London Bridge after she was murdered by terrorists as she tried to help others injured in the June attack.

The scholarship, announced in London by Flinders University and the South Australian government, will award two nursing students $10,000 each to help with their studies.

Ms Boden was born in Loxton in regional South Australia and studied nursing at Flinders University before going to live in London in 2013.

Her partner James Hodder said the scholarship gave her family comfort because she loved being a nurse.

“The fact that there will be future generations going on to nursing with her name, and hopefully those who are in need as well, it means a lot to us.”

“Kirsty would be very proud to know that her name is being associated with nursing,” he said.



South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill said Ms Boden’s death “touched all South Australians” and the Government hoped the scholarship would honour her memory.

“The circumstances of her death also say something about the way in which she lived her life — a life that was selfless and one that we wanted to honour,” he said.

“In years to come, nursing students from regional South Australia just like Kirsty will get the support they need so they can carry on her legacy of loving care.

Mr Weatherill also laid a wreath later at London Bridge.

Flinders University Vice-Chancellor Prof Colin Stirling said Ms Boden was distinguished by her “generosity, selflessness and her determination to help others and to make a difference”.

”Her enthusiasm and zest for life made her much loved by staff and peers, and a natural

ambassador for the benefits of higher education and the discipline of nursing,” he said.

“These are the qualities we honour in celebrating Kirsty’s life and establishing this memorial

scholarship.”

Ms Boden did not hesitate to help after three attackers rammed a van into pedestrians on London Bridge on June 3, then stabbed revellers in nearby bars.

Eight people were killed, including Ms Boden and another Australian, 21-year-old Queensland woman Sara Zelenak.

Her death was felt keenly by the Loxton community.

Hundreds of mourners farewelled Ms Boden at her funeral in the Riverland town on June 26. Her heartbroken father, Ken Boden proudly told those gathered at the ceremony that his “sweet and independent” daughter “always gave 110 per cent”.

Mr Boden said his daughter, who was a talented swimmer and netballer, decided to become a nurse and studied nursing at Flinders University in Renmark.

She graduated in 2010 and worked as a nurse at the Loxton Hospital and then at Sydney’s Prince of Wales Hospital.

She volunteered to help children with disabilities in Vietnam and loved to travel.

Mr Boden said his daughter left for London in March, 2013.

“Kirsty was happy in London — she loved her life, she loved her (boyfriend) James,” he said.

“Kirsty meant to world to us and we are so proud of our beautiful, independent, adventurous, brave and kind sister and daughter. Kirsty, we will love you forever.”

Mr Hodder lovingly spoke about his partner of four years.

“I first met Kirsty when we both moved into the same flat in London just after Kirsty first moved to the UK,” he said.

“She completely floored me with her smile and kindness.”

Mr Hodder recalled a time when he and Ms Boden had coffee in Covent Garden, saying it was one of the many occasions when Ms Boden demonstrated her kindness.

“Kirsty looked over and saw a young woman visibly distressed and ill in the middle of the busy square,” he said.

Source :http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/south-australia/sa-london-terror-victim-kirsty-boden-honoured-with-scholarship-for-nursing-students-in-her-name/news-story/2006cb0bdf16e9cb21bf915016a64dc7
* News / Ireland: Doctors oppose tackling GP shortage with nurse-led clinics by Idowu Olabode: September 11, 2017, 06:09:31 AM
Doctors have warned the Government against seeking to tackle the shortage of GPs by establishing alternative nurse-led clinics in the community.

The Irish Medical Organisation (IMO) said there was currently insufficient evidence to support nurse-led care in the community. Instead, it urged the Government to introduce a new contract for GPs with terms and conditions that were sufficiently attractive to encourage doctors to seek a career in the Irish health service.



In a submission to the Government’s new review of bed capacity in the health service, the IMO said: “Arguments in favour of nurse-led services centre around perceived quality of care and patient satisfaction and propose a solution to the imminent shortage of GPs, however, there is no evidence to suggest that patient outcomes are improved or that care is more cost effective.

“A recent systematic review of evidence relating to autonomous advanced nurse practitioners found no evidence that health status, quality of life, hospitalisations or mortality are improved and that there was no evidence to justify the position that independent advanced nurse practitioners provide the same quality of care as medical doctors.

Evaluated

“The unpublished evidence review carried out on behalf of the Department of Health found no single overarching model of nursing and midwifery practice in the community that had been scientifically evaluated had emerged.

“The review also found that there was insufficient evidence to inform the cost effectiveness of integrated models of nurse led care in the community and that further research was needed to underpin the development of future services. Despite this, the Department of Health is proposing a vague model of nurse-led community health services that, rather than complementing GP care, will offer an alternative model of care that undermines continuity of care in general practice and risks further fragmentation and duplication of care.”

The doctors’ trade union also suggested State incentives for the development of GP infrastructure such as premises and medical and diagnostic equipment.

It called for allowances to be provided for the employment of practice staff such as doctors, nurses and support personnel.

Demand

It also said expansion of free GP care should only be introduced “on a phased basis taking into account income and medical need” and in circumstances that ensured there was sufficient capacity to cope with increased demand.

It urged the Government to increase urgently acute bed capacity in hospitals to allow rapid admission from emergency departments for patients that require it.

It argued that no hospital should operate at more than 85 per cent occupancy to ensure patient safety and provide for seasonal surges in demand.

“Just 10,643 public in-patient beds currently exist within the Irish health system, 1,480 less than a decade ago, when in-patient bed numbers stood at 12,123. While there has been some increase in the number of day-case beds since 2007 (1,545 to 2,150), this does not compensate for overall loss of beds to the system over the past 10 years.”

Source :https://www.irishtimes.com/news/health/doctors-oppose-tackling-gp-shortage-with-nurse-led-clinics-1.3216083?mode=amp
* News / "Come to Our Aid, Pay us our 6 Months Salaries"-Midwives Beg Nigerian Government by katty: September 10, 2017, 09:17:26 PM
-Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria should also please release our practicing license

This is an awkward moment for those of us who are posted to various remote villages for the Midwifery Service Scheme across the 36 states of the federation with the aim of eradicating maternal and neonatal death as well as conducting deliveries and treating childhood illnesses at primary health facilities before referring them to higher health facilities as the case may be.

The National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) has refused to pay us our entitled monthly stipends for the past 6 months now for reasons best known to them. Initially, we were told it was because of the delay in the passage of the 2017 budget; even after the budget had been passed and signed, nothing is forthcoming



Sources close to the agency alleged that billions of naira has been released to sponsor the MSS but some individuals within the agencies allegedly keep it in banks so as to attract more interest to their own benefits at the detriment of our well-being. Some of us are being owned 120k,150k,180k  depending on the month of deployment.

This has made life difficult and unbearable for us. Most of us now find it difficult to transport ourselves to our various PHC (Primary Health Centres) due to financial constraints;feeding,and accommodation are another issues.

We want the government to come to our aid; the government should mandate the appropriate personnel to release our money so that we can be able to continue to effectively discharge our services to our father's land

On the other hand we are also using this medium to beg the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria to please  release our practicing license so can be able to further our career.

Please help us post and share this until it gets to Federal government


* News / Joining #JOHESU Strike Has NO Benefit To Nurses By Aliyu Garba RN by katty: September 10, 2017, 08:41:10 PM
Nurses are only being used to ground and destabilize health facilities for other cadres to actualise their demands. Can any nurse tell this forum what nurses actualised from past joint strikes.

With our numerical strength and challenges faced, nurses are suppose to go on strike if the need arise alone (stand alone). We don't need any health related union to present our case to the government.

The cadre that is treated badly in Nigerian health industry is Nursing; they lack working resources, poor salaries, terribly bad allowances, lack realistic professional growth, lack sponsorship to acquire higher academic laurels, lack laws to protect nurses, etc.

This our follow follow don't too much!

We need to wriggle out of this mess and become a force to be appreciated within the health industry and a force for efficient and effective nursing service delivery.

Aliyu Garba 

I stand with you sir.
* News / ‘All auxiliary Nurses are Quacks ’ - NMCN Registrar by Idowu Olabode: September 10, 2017, 05:17:14 PM
Alhaji Farouk the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria speak on different issues which includes: total numbers of Nursing and Midwifery Schools in Nigeria, Total number of Nurses on the register, how to go about registration as a nurse in Nigeria if you trained abroad, war against Auxiliary nurses etc

Can you tell us the number of nursing and midwifery schools in the country?


 There are about 209 of them regulated by the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria. There are 126 schools in the south and 83 in the north.

The total approved slots  in the 209 schools is about 8,485.  Out of this number, 4,995 is from the South while 3,490 is from the northern part of the country. Twenty-five schools are embargoed in the south and two in the north.

 It is no gain saying that the southern part of the country is more advanced in terms of Western education and has more schools of nursing and midwifery. The council is ready to accredit more schools of nursing and midwifery. The admission quota has been increased to 100, and is based on how an institution meets the  requirements including having a hospital, manpower and infrastructure and other guidelines.

There is need for northern states to establish more schools of nursing and midwifery. This would help provide the needed nursesarena.com manpower for healthcare in the states, complement government efforts as well as bridge the gap between the number of nursing and midwifery institutions in the southern part of the country compared to the north.

If any state is interested in establishing a new school of nursing and midwifery, we give it the guidelines,  and if it meets up, there is nothing that will stop the council from giving the institution accreditation. Also any state that makes request for 50 admission slots for instance, in an institution, we will assess it based on the availability of man power and infrastructure and if it meets the requirements, we give the allocation nursesarena.com.

There is need for more nurses and midwives to work in the communities, and this can only be achieved when more indigenes are trained through the institutions in their areas.

There is also need for well to do individuals and faith organizations in the north to establish hospitals which would in turn help in the establishment of Nursing and Midwifery institutions.

Only Kaduna, Benue and Kogi have faith based Nursing and Midwifery institutions while those in the remaining 16 northern states are all owned by the government. This is unlike the southern part of the country where some are owned by faith based organizations.

What is the number of registered nurses and midwives in the country?


As at the middle of June this year, we had 173,574 registered nurses and 114, 468 midwives in our register. So if you add them together, that will give you 288, 042 registered nurses and midwives in our register. The numbers continues to grow on daily basis as more people register.

In terms of the training, an average of about 5,699 nursing ( general nursing and post basic nursing) are produced annually while about 2, 696 midwives (this includes basic, post basic and community midwifery) are produced averagely annually. So if you add them together, you will have an average of about 8,395 nurses and midwives produced annually in the country.

It also depends on the numbers of nurses and midwives that registered for exams because we usually have exams four times in a year, two for general nursing and two for midwifery.

What is the  criteria for denying a school of nursing and midwifery accreditation?


We have a check list for accrediting institution, such as man power, infrastructure, library, transport utility services, hostel accommodation  to mention a few.

Any institution that cannot score 50% from the checklist, loses accreditation. Some institutions lost accreditation because they lack a hospital; you need both theoretical and practical training. The hospital should also be worthy to provide training. The hospital should have nothing less than 250 beds.

Many private hospitals in the country particularly small ones utilize the services of auxiliary nurses. Does your organization regulate them?


There is nothing like auxiliary nursing. When you say auxiliary nurse, it refers to a quack. We don’t recognize them and they are a threat to the health of Nigerians,  and the nursing profession in the country.

As far as we are concerned, any hospital operating with auxiliary nurses, is operating with quack nurses, because they are quacks. They are not competent, to deliver nursing care and members of the public that access services from such hospitals are doing so at their own risk.

Hospitals are supposed to ensure that nurses are qualified, registered and licensed to practice as nurses. If you want to set up a hospital, you send the list of nurses to our organization, we then send our officers to verify, because we have verification offices which verify whether a person is qualified to practice or not.

Also trained nurses are issued practicing licenses. A practicing licensed lasts for a period of three years, and before the expiration ,the nurse is expected to undergo a mandatory development program which is attached with a two credit unit. You must attend it before your license is renewed after three years, at least then your knowledge is updated and you will have the current skills to improve your capacity and productivity at the hospital level.

Do you have any penalty for some of these hospitals employing them because  even some big hospitals employ them as their salaries are usually a lot smaller than those of qualified nurses?


Of course there are penalties because the law clearly states that if you employ somebody who is unqualified, you are liable to be charged to the court of law. Even if you employ or practice as a quack , you are also liable to be punished under the Act of the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria.

Some hospitals claim they train the auxiliary nurses on the rudiments of nursing. Some doctors who also work in public hospitals and own private clinics, leave the care of Nigerians to these auxiliary nurses after ‘training’ them?


It is an illegal training because they don’t have the power to train them as nurses. A doctor in a hospital has no power to train a nurse. Nursing is an independent profession that cannot be trained by another profession, and we have our own ethics.

If a doctor establishes a hospital and begins to train people on nursing, he has bridged the law of nursing in this country.

One of the council’s major challenges is the lack of man power. With enough manpower, we will go round to check all the clinics and hospitals.

We have been trying to strengthen our six zonal offices basically to check these domains and report to us. We will then liaise with relevant security agencies to crush the quack nurses.

Also, the council’s  act has provided that at the state level, the directors of nursing services are the state directors of nursing and midwifery committee which is empowered by the Nursing and Midwifery Council to control nursing activities within the state level.

 So it is within their domain to check the excesses of these hospitals, and if they see that something has gone wrong, they should report to us.

We are working towards partnering with relevant security agencies to flush out these quacks. We will soon embark on ‘Operation show your license at both the private and the public sectors’ and will charge those found wanting.

What are you doing to reposition the council?

The Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria is under the Federal Ministry of Health, and responsible for regulating nursing education and practices in the country.

I am trying to ensure that the statutory responsibilities of the council are up to date. I am also working towards strengthening services to ensure it is effective and productive, in terms of the accreditation of institutions.

 I also ensure that practicing licenses are issued on time, and ensure mandatory continuous vocation development program so that nurses and midwives have current and update knowledge in line with global norms.

We are trying to strengthen our activities so that more schools of nursing have manpower development, and infrastructural development so that they can increase their slots.

Do you find problems with Nigerians who study nursing and midwifery abroad or even in other West African countries, when they come to practice in the country?

We don’t have issues as far as foreign training is concerned but we regulate to ensure that the person is competent, and capable of delivering nursing care in conformity to the norms and ethics of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Then we register and licensed you to practice.

If you are trained outside this country, it is not within our requirement to regulate the institution but first and foremost, we  find out if the university you are trained in is accredited by the Federal Ministry of Education .

If the institution is not accredited by the Federal Ministry of Education, we don’t have any legal right to accept such a person into our own process.

Secondly, we expect the institution where you are trained to send your transcript to us, we will now request the ministry of education to interpret if it’s a French country, the Ministry of Education will interpret and tell us the status of that particular training. 

There are two categories. For the first category, there are countries that have regulatory bodies like ours, if you undergo training in a country that has a regulatory body, and have been registered and licensed in that particular county, then we will set an exam and interview for you. We then send you to any of the hospitals of your choice for three months’ orientation so that you acquaint yourself with the norms and rules of the Nigerian system.

For the second category, all countries with regulatory bodies on nursing are all members of the International Council of Nurses, nursesarena.com ICN. So if you train in a country where there is no regulatory body, then the training is not within the global acceptable norms.

We send such persons to any school of nursing of their choice in the country so that they have orientation in the hospitals affiliated to the schools. They are supervised for 18 months and thereafter seat for examinations. If they pass, we then register them as nurses to work in Nigeria.

Source : Daily Trust
* News / HND Nursing: NMCN Alert to Fake Payment Request by Fraudsters by Idowu Olabode: September 10, 2017, 05:01:42 PM
NOTICE OF FAKE REQUEST FOR PAYMENT OF N2,950,000 ADVISORY/ RESOURCE VERIFACATION FEE BY FRAUDSTERS
 
The attention of the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria has been drawn to the fake request for the payment of the sum of Two million, nine hundred and fifty thousadnd naira only for advisory/ resource verification visit in view of ND/ HND Nursing
 
The Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria hereby states categorically that this request is neither from National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) nor the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria as such should not be heeded. The above request is '419' from fraudsters and should not be granted
 

 
The Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria or National Board for Technical Education will offically contact institutions individually for any such payment as it becomes necessary
 
Please be guided
 
Thank you
Alh Faruk. Umar Abubakar
Secretary-General/ Registrar
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