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* News / More nurses from outside EU joining NMC register by katty: July 27, 2018, 09:23:22 PM
The latest figures from the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) show an 86% increase in the number of nurses and midwives joining the register from outside the EU in the past three months.

The average number joining each month increased to 440 between April and June 2018, compared with an average of 237 per month in the previous nine months.

Between July 2017 and June 2018, there was an increase of nearly 2,000 nurses and midwives registering from outside the EU (from 67,534 to 69,425).

The spike in overseas registrants follows recent changes to NMC processes, including which English language qualifications are accepted.

The Occupational English Test (OET) is now recognised alongside the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) language test as proof of English proficiency.

Additionally, the regulator now accepts evidence that a nurse or midwife has been trained and examined in English or that they have practised in an English-speaking country.

There have also been recent changes to the four-part practical assessment for nurses and midwives trained outside the EU, meaning applicants are now only required to re-sit the parts of the exam they fail rather than all four parts.

Further changes to come for overseas applicants will include allowing nurses and midwives from outside the EU to apply to join the register immediately after qualifying – rather than having to wait 12 months.

A new online system will also be developed, allowing applicants to prepare and submit their application and track its progress.

There will be an updated test of competence to reflect the NMC’s new education standards. The NMC will also offer improved guidance and support for applicants and employers.

The revised NMC process for all overseas applicants is expected to be implemented from early 2019.

Emma Broadbent, director of registration and revalidation at the NMC, said: ‘It’s pleasing to see an increase in nurses and midwives from outside the EU joining the UK workforce over the past few months.

‘Indications are that the changes we’ve made are making a difference - but it’s very early days and we must wait to see if this trend continues.

‘The fact remains that the UK workforce is under significant pressure and it’s vital that we continue to enable the right people with the right skills and knowledge to join our register in the quickest and safest way possible.

‘That’s why the time is right to look at the application processes for overseas nurses and midwives as whole, to ensure that it’s truly fit for the future. Our proposals will make the application process simpler and fairer while continuing to maintain the high standards required to join our register.’

Source : https://www.nursinginpractice.com/article/more-nurses-outside-eu-joining-nmc-register
* News / American Health Council Board of Nurses Welcomes Sarah Kavalauskas RN by katty: July 27, 2018, 05:15:21 PM
Press Release :
The American Health Council is proud to appoint Sarah Kavalauskas MSN, BSN, RN, PALS, ACLS, NRCME to its Board of Nurses. Currently a Certified Nurse Practitioner at Health Partners of Western Ohio, Kavalauskas brings her expertise in ER-trauma and Pediatrics. The American Health Council is proud to acknowledge seasoned nurse Kavalauskas for her clinical proficiency and commitment to patient care during her 19 years in the healthcare industry.

A second-generation nurse, Kavalauskas was inspired by her mother’s fulfilling career as a registered nurse. Drawn to the prospect of such a fulfilling profession, Kavalauskas earned a BSN from Chamberlain College of Nurses in 2010 and then an MSN from Indiana Wesleyan University in 2014, graduating with honors. In addition to this comprehensive academic preparation, Kavalauskas also pursued clinical certifications in Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Trauma Nursing Core Course (TNCC), and National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners (NRCME).

Kavalauskas presently demonstrates clinical prowess in her role as CNP at Health Partners of Western Ohio where she’s served for almost two years. She typically assesses both primary and specialty patients from infancy to young adulthood, further utilizing her passion for serving pediatric populations. Working closely with such patients, Kavalauskas furthers a patient-centered approach to clinical care, functioning in diagnostic and prescriptive capacities with these young patients. She works hard to ensure the maximum number of patients have efficient quality care, seeing as many as 16 to 22 patients a day. Previously, she spent several years as a travel nurse in various emergency rooms across the nation, sharpening her nursing skills in dynamic high-pressure clinical environments. Her dedication, passion, and drive to change lives have been fulfilled by her extensive nursing career.

Kavalauskas maintains relationships with her peers in the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, and Ohio Association of Advanced Practice Nurses. Within the next five years, Kavalauskas hopes to strengthen her academic foundation with a doctorate degree and looks forward to positively impacting more lives with her expanding business and established clinical skills.

A leader outside of her professional NP role, Kavalauskas is also a female entrepreneur, a leader for an international cosmetics company.  Kavalauskas proudly leads a strong army of women whose goals are ignited by changing other women’s lives through building self-esteem, confidence, and bringing out the inward beauty. Kavalauskas attributes her professional success to her faith, the encouragement of her husband, and support of great mentors and co-workers. In her free time, Ms. Kavalauskas manages her business and spends time with her husband and 4-year-old son.

About the American Health Council:


The American Health Council is the nation’s only organization with a constituency representative of all sectors of the healthcare industry. From the coasts to the heartland, the American Health Council has drawn Affiliates from major metropolitan hubs and small communities. These Affiliates span generations and have reached different stages of their careers — from recent graduates to retirees. More information about the American Health Council and its mission can be found at: http://americanhealthcouncil.org

Additionally, the American Health Council strives to provide recognition and support for those individuals and institutions making the difference in patients’ lives day in and day out. The AHC is honoring “America’s Best Doctors and Nurses,” as well as the nation’s best medical universities and hospitals. The American Health Council’s “Best in Medicine” and “Best in Nursing” awards programs honor the individuals and institutions that have contributed significantly to medicine and nursing, as well as the training and education of physicians and nurses. The most current selections for these honors may be viewed here: http://bestinmedicine.org and http://bestinnursing.org.

For more information, please contact:
Elizabeth Moore
American Health Council
Hauppauge, N.Y. United States
Phone: 1-631-617-6590
Email: media@americanhealthcouncil.org
* News / Patient-Turned-Nurse Now Works With Staff Who Treated Him As A Child by katty: July 27, 2018, 05:03:17 PM
At the age of five, Liam (now 26), was diagnosed with Hyper I.G.E syndrome STAT 3, a rare immunodeficiency disease which causes eczema, skin abscesses, recurrent lung infections and high serum levels of IgE antibodies. He had numerous treatments and lengthy stays in hospital throughout his childhood and underwent several procedures to treat his condition.

Liam says:

“If I had to describe my time in hospital I would start by saying that to me it was my life. I was exposed to the clinical environment and had many different interventions and procedures – from portacath insertions and having broken bones fixed to even kidney failure – but to me it was my second home, and the cheeky boy that I was, I treated it like that. I would be staying up till late playing games or watching videos. I don’t regret any part of it because without it I wouldn’t be the person I am today and I think it gave me the passion to become a children’s nurse.”
After training at Swansea University, Liam began working on the Owl Ward in the children’s hospital alongside some of the staff who treated him as a child.

He remembers:

“One of my fondest memories is of the late Jennifer King who was the ward manager on West 1. She would take me on daily walks around the hospital on a little children’s trike that I would use to pedal around the ward. She would always take the time to do that with me.

“On other occasions, when I had to be admitted for antibiotic treatment, I would always be in the same cubicle. I was in there so much that drawings of animals were put onto the walls with my family’s names on. I was Liam the little monkey!”
Liam’s health issues became more serious when he was admitted for a bone marrow transplant at the age of 13. The transplant was experimental and had a 50% chance of success. Liam was the first boy in the UK to receive the pioneering treatment. “Before the transplant I treated my visits like any other stay in hospital,” he says, “and I was kept in a secured room in a bubble, so to me it was almost like getting on with it rather than doing something new. But it became more difficult during the transplant as I had to go through a lot of chemotherapy to wipe out my existing immune system. This is when I was at my lowest but I managed to get through it. It was amazing in the few months afterwards not to have had an admission into hospital and thankfully I haven’t needed to be admitted for a chest infection now for 13 years. I celebrated 13 years post-transplant on 6th April 2018, which means that I have been out of hospital for the same amount of time that I spent inside so it was a great milestone for me!”

Far from putting him off, his regular stays in hospital firmly encouraged him into a nursing career. “I think my overall experience in hospital has played a big part in my chosen career. The people who looked after me have a massive part to play. My favourite nurse (the late Jenny King) would wake me up at 8am and, being a 12-year-old boy, you can imagine that didn’t go down well! But she was great and they don’t make them like her anymore.”

He adds: “I think having my own health experiences has made me a better person, and certainly a better nurse. I’ve been able to relate to a lot of the children that I have looked after. I have no regrets and I can’t really think how my life would have been without practically living on West 1 for all those years.”

He continues: “I love my job, even though working with unwell children can be tough at times. I think what we do as a team for the children and their families definitely outweighs any unpleasant feelings at the end of a shift.”

And what about his colleagues who remember him as a very poorly child? “I think some of them find me a big reminder of their age”, he laughs, “but Cardiff Children’s Hospital is somewhere I have wanted to work since I started my training and it seemed natural that I would run into some old faces – from consultants to nurses – who are all my colleagues now.”

Despite his illness, Liam still managed to pursue his studies and has even won prestigious awards along the way. He explains: “While I was training I won the student nurse award for best practice with service users and care involvement. This was for a trip to Lourdes with an organisation that takes unwell children to a site of religious importance.”

Over the years the NHS has constantly needed to evolve to keep up with the demands of fast-paced change.  “The treatment I received has changed dramatically,’ says Liam. “I think it’s great to see that patients with recurring chest infections can now be managed at home rather than coming back and forth to hospital. I am pleased that we are making advances every day that can make the life of a patient with an on-going condition much easier.”

As the NHS reflects back on the last 70 years, it also looks to the future as it constantly changes and improves to meet demands, as Liam explains: “Working in paediatric surgery presents an opportunity to constantly learn while on the job. I work in an area that receives a wide patient base, ranging from oncology to neuro-surgery. I predict my area will evolve by introducing new ways of improving patient care, such as the recent implementation of the new pre-admission service for surgery which has greatly reduced the amount of cancelations and improved overall patient care.”

“The NHS is under a lot of strain, stemming from staff shortages and an ageing population, but with the good care that staff provide, if it can reach 70 years it can definitely survive another 70.”

Source: https://wales247.co.uk/patient-turned-nurse-now-works-with-staff-who-treated-him-as-a-child/
* News / World Hepatitis Day 2018: Hundreds With Hepatitis B Die in Ghana Yearly by katty: July 27, 2018, 01:14:20 PM
The 28th of July has been set aside by the World Health Organization (WHO) as World Hepatitis Day. The theme for this year's (2018) version of the anniversary is "find the missing millions". As we commemorate this day in Ghana, it is relevant to reflect on our readiness to reduce viral Hepatitis deaths by 65% by the year 2030 (WHO, 2016).

Currently, l2.3% of the Ghanaian population are living with Hepatitis B (Ofori-Asenso & Agyeman, 2016).

Despite this high infected rate, only a small segment have access to proper monitoring and care. The remaining larger number of person's living with the infection are inadvertently not able to access appropriate care and support mainly due to lack of funds. In fact, once people become infected by the Hepatitis B virus, they would require periodic monitoring and management to get the virus under control so they do not progress to complications such as liver cancer and many more.


Unfortunately, the cost of obtaining effective therapy for hepatitis B in Ghana is rather too huge for the average Ghanaian to afford. As a result, many people return to their homes after being diagnosed of Hepatitis B without considering clinical monitoring and treatment options, a factor which has left many individuals with the disease to progress to the complication stage.

On the occasion of World Hepatitis Day, the Hepatitis Alliance of Ghana, a Non-Governmental Organization wish to invite the attention of Government and other stakeholders to the following;
1. The Government of Ghana should include the recommended therapy regimen [Nucleos(t)ide analogs] and all the laboratory test associated with Hepatitis infection particularly viral load on the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS). This will allow the many people who die from complications of Hepatitis B as a result of cost to have life.

2. Much education on available effective therapy for people living with Hepatitis B and C need to be intensified by the Ministry of Health to enhance the life span and quality of life of infected persons.

Signed:
Mr. Charles Ampong Adjei [Public Health Specialist/ Hepatitis Researcher]
CEO, Hepatitis Alliance of Ghana
Tel: 0244712071
Email: charlesichd2013@gmail.com
References
Ofori-Asenso R, Agyeman AA. Hepatitis B in Ghana: a systematic review & meta-analysis of prevalence studies (1995-2015). BMC Infect Dis 2016;16:130. doi:10.1186/s12879-016-1467-5.
World Health Organization (2016). Global health sector strategy on viral hepatitis. Towards ending viral hepatitis. Geneva, Switzerland.
* News / The Nurse Role As a Patient Advocate by katty: July 27, 2018, 12:04:24 PM
Most nurses don’t wear nursing caps any longer, but we still wear many hats. And the advocate hat is one we never take off.

At times, the work we do is routine. At other times it is complex and critical. But it always is patient-centered. We are assessors, planners, providers and care evaluators. We are technicians and researchers, managers, leaders and educators. And we are nurse advocates.



Advocacy’s many definitions
Everyone may not define advocacy in the same way, but most would use phrases such as working on behalf of, supporting, upholding, taking responsibility for and defending patients.

We spend more time with patients than any other group in healthcare. We minister to, talk with, counsel, console and advise them, developing trust with them and their families. In so doing, we are advocates.
We are with patients in the first moments of life and the last, and in all that we do for them in between, the primary and most basic nursing principle we practice is, “Do no harm.” Here again, we are advocates.

It is the nurse who is charged with teaching patients about their illnesses and ensuring they understand their care plans. It is the nurse who provides them with information, explains procedures, presents options and alternatives, and answers their questions. It is the nurse who upholds patients’ rights and serves as liaison with their physicians and families — because we are advocates.

Patients need us
The Institute for Healthcare Improvement  tells us, “Patients need someone who can look out for their best interests and help navigate the confusing healthcare system — in other words, an advocate.“

Whether we have an official title or a name badge that reads “patient advocate,” we are called to advocacy.

From the bedside to the boardroom; from the ICU to a legislative session; from an OR to a patient teaching session; or from a labor and delivery unit to an end-of-life care meeting with a family, our role is not only to care for our patients, but advocate for them regarding access, affordability, and quality.
In a recent article in Minority Nurse, independent consultant Janice Philllips, PhD, RN, FAAN said, “Getting involved with the advocacy/legislative arm of one’s professional or specialty organization is yet another great way to gain exposure and experience related to policy-making.”

We advocate when we speak out on important healthcare legislation or join with members of our professional nursing organizations who are part of groups lobbying and advocating for change in Washington.

We advocate in our own facilities and organizations in regard to a wide variety of workplace issues, from patient safety, the patient experience, employee workplace concerns, staffing issues, conflict, communication and more.

We advocate as part of nurse committees and forums where patient care and quality, and patient and staff satisfaction issues are reviewed and discussed.
And we advocate for our colleagues using our knowledge and experience and our critical thinking, strong communication, organizational and problem-solving skills.

In her 2013  book Becoming Influential: A Guide for Nurses, Eleanor Sullivan, MSN, PhD, FAAN, states, “Although nurses might achieve success for themselves as they become influential, they have a larger goal — one beyond themselves — which is to be more effective in what they do and to influence healthcare.”

Advocacy is a vital part of the nursing role, whether we use it to benefit our patients, advance the nursing profession, improve outcomes or initiate change, through advocacy we truly can be instrumental in transforming nursing and healthcare.

What is your favorite part of being an advocate for your patients? What is the most difficult part? Share your thoughts in the Comments section.
Source : https://www.nurse.com/blog/2018/07/26/if-youre-a-nurse-youre-a-patient-advocate/
* News / Canadian Nurse reprimanded for scolding patient’s Family at ER by katty: July 27, 2018, 07:10:24 AM
She was reported to the Nova Scotia Nursing Council for speaking unprofessionally to patient's relative

A Mulgrave nurse has been reprimanded for scolding a patient’s family at an emergency room.

The disciplinary decision released on the College of Registered Nurses of Nova Scotia’s website said Donna Lynne Palmer Meagher “spoke unprofessionally to a patient’s family when the patient arrived at the emergency department by ambulance.



“She made inappropriate comments suggesting that he should not have been brought to the hospital and expressed displeasure at his arrival.”

This was the second complaint against Palmer Meagher in two years regarding inappropriate communication with a patient’s family, the decision said.

The college’s complaints committee determined that Palmer Meagher breached the standards of practice for registered nurses and the code of ethics, and that these breaches constituted professional misconduct.

The committee released its decision June 22 and Palmer Meagher consented to the reprimand and the conditions on her licence July 8.

Palmer Meagher shall, at her own expense, get help to improve her communication skills, attend a respectful workplace workshop and get counselling for a treatment provider approved by the college “to address her communications challenges,” the decision said.

Within the next six months, she must submit “a reflective essay of no less than 1,000 words ... in which she will report and self reflect upon her learnings from the counselling obtained and resources accessed.”

The decision did not specify where the incident occurred. The hospitals near Mulgrave include Strait Richmond, Guysborough Memorial and St. Martha’s Regional.

A college spokeswoman said any information beyond that in the decision could not be released.

A spokeswoman for the Nova Scotia Nurses’ Union declined comment.

Source : http://thechronicleherald.ca/novascotia/1586796-nurse-reprimanded-for-scolding-patient%E2%80%99s-family-at-er
* News / New Ebola virus found in Sierra Leone by katty: July 26, 2018, 08:42:39 PM
A new Ebola virus has been found in bats in Sierra Leone, two years after the end of an outbreak that killed over 11,000 across West Africa, the government said on Thursday.

It is not yet known whether the new Bombali species of the virus — which researchers say could be transmitted to humans — can develop into the deadly Ebola disease.

“At this time, it is not yet known if the Bombali Ebola virus has been transmitted to people or if it causes disease in people but it has the potential to infect human cells,” Amara Jambai, a senior ministry of health official, told AFP.

“This is early stages of the findings,” Jambai added, calling on the public to remain calm while awaiting further research.

A health ministry spokesman and a researcher who worked on the discovery confirmed the findings to AFP.

Researchers who found the new virus in the northern Bombali region are now working with the Sierra Leone government to determine whether any humans were infected.

“As precautionary measures, people should refrain from eating bats,” Harold Thomas, health ministry spokesman told AFP.

The worst-ever Ebola outbreak started in December 2013 in southern Guinea before spreading to two neighbouring west African countries, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

The West African outbreak was caused by the Zaire species, which has historically been the most deadly in humans since it was first identified in 1976.

That outbreak killed more than 11,300 people out of nearly 29,000 registered cases, according to World Health Organization estimates.

The WHO declared the epidemic over in January this year, but this was followed by flare-ups in all three countries.

(AFP)
* News / UK Nursing Crisis Deepens as Advertised Nursing Jobs Remain Vacant by katty: July 26, 2018, 07:34:47 PM
Vacancies for doctors, nurses, midwives and therapists in the NHS are at their highest level since records began three years ago providing further evidence of a staffing crisis in the health service.

Hospital trusts and other care providers tried to recruit 69,408 nurses and midwives in the six months between October 2017 and March this year, according to the latest vacancy figures published by NHS Digital. The figure was 64,127 for the same six-month period in 2016-17 and 57,964 in the same six months in 2015-16, suggesting thousands more vacancies today than two years ago.

The number of vacancies for doctors and dentists has risen from 18,105 between October 2015 and March 2016 to 20,339 in the same six months in 2017-18, though that is a slight drop on the 21,278 roles advertised in that period in 2016-17.

Vacancies for allied health professionals – including physiotherapists and occupational therapists – rose from 16,159 in 2015-16 to 18,328. The number of healthcare scientists rose significantly over the same period, from 3,109 to 4,044. However, vacancies for administrative and clerical staff barely changed over the last three years. There were 35,465 in 2015-16 and 35,552 in the most recent six months.

NHS Digital’s latest quarterly figures are for posts that health service organisations tried to fill by advertising them on NHS Jobs, the main website they use when seeking new recruits.

Labour blamed the government’s handling of the NHS for the rising number of unfilled posts and claimed safety and quality of care is being compromised.

Shadow Health Secretary Jon Ashworth said: “The government’s total mismanagement of the NHS workforce has left huge numbers of posts unfilled and unacceptably puts patients at risk. A series of poor decisions from unfair pay restraint, cuts and incompetence from ministers have created these enormous staffing shortages.

“The cuts to bursaries [for trainee nurses and midwives] have driven down the numbers of students applying for health degrees while the government’s chaotic handling of Brexit has put off increasing numbers of desperately needed medical staff from coming to the UK to care for our sick and elderly.”

Under-estimate

NHS Digital’s figures showed that 87,478 vacancies were advertised in the NHS between January and March this year. Of the 28,998 posts advertised in March, 40 per cent were for nurses and midwives and 21 per cent for administrative and clerical staff. NHS Improvement, the health service’s financial regulator, said in May that the NHS was short of 35,794 nurses and 9,982 doctors.

Janet Davies, chief executive of the Royal College of Nursing, said: “It’s very worrying that the number of vacant posts for nurses and midwives has increased more than those for any other type of clinical staff, with almost 35,000 vacant posts for nurses and midwives advertised in the first three months of this year, an increase of 1,800 on the previous year. We also know that not all vacant nurse jobs are even advertised in the current climate, so these figures will be an under-estimate.

“They bear out what patients, their families and our own surveys repeatedly tell us – that there just aren’t enough nurses to provide safe care. But with the number of applications to nursing degree courses having dropped by almost third in the two years since the Government removed funding for nursing students, the serious risk is that we will soon see fewer nurses on wards and in the community, not more.

“The Government must use the recent NHS funding deal to bring on the next generation of nurses, and to invest in the current workforce to stop these losses
Source: https://inews.co.uk/nhs/nhs-doctors-nurses-highest-level-record/
* Postgraduates / Niger-Delta University, Wilberforece 2018/2019 Postgraduate Nursing Admission by katty: July 26, 2018, 01:14:25 PM
Available Courses includes :
Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing
Masters in Nursing
PhD in Nursing

Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for admission to full-time and part-time Postgraduate Programmes for the 2018/2019 academic session in the following Faculties.

FACULTY OF NURSING
b. Postgraduate Diploma (PGD) in:
i. Mental Health/Psychiatric Nursing
ii. Maternal and Child Health Nursing
iii. Community Health Nursing

c. Master of Science (M.Sc) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) in:

i. Mental Health/Psychiatric Nursing
ii. Maternal and Child Health Nursing
iii. Community Health Nursing
iv. Medical and Surgical Nursing

SALE OF APPLICATION FORMS FOR ADMISSION TO FULL-TIME AND PARTTIME POSTGRADUATE PROGRAMMES FOR THE 2018/2019 ACADEMIC SESSION
 
ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
1. Postgraduate Diploma (PGD):
The criteria for admission into the PGD programs will be as follows:
a. All candidates must meet the matriculation requirements including a credit pass in English Language and Mathematics at the O’ level.
b. A candidate with at least third class degree in the relevant field from an approved University.
c. HND holders with a minimum of credit level pass from recognized institutions.
 
2. Master of Arts (M.A), Master of Science (M.Sc)
The criteria for admission to the above programmes will be as follows:
a. All candidates must meet the matriculation requirements including a credit pass in English Language and Mathematics at the O’ level.
b. Candidates with at least second class honours (Lower Division) Bachelors’ Degree from an approved University.
c. Candidates with a PGD at credit level pass.
 
3. Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D)
All candidates must:
a. meet the matriculation requirements including a credit pass in English Language and Mathematics at the 0’level.
b. Possess a Bachelors (Hons) degree from an approved University with a minimum of second class Honours (Lower Division) in the relevant discipline.
c. Possess Masters Degree with a CGPA of at least 3.50/4.00 on a 5.00 point scale/60%.
 
DURATION
a. Postgraduate Diploma (PGD) programme Full-time PGD shall run for a minimum of two semesters and a maximum of four semesters Part-time PGD shall run for a minimum of four semesters and a maximum of six semesters.
b. Masters programmes shall run for a minimum of four semesters and
a maximum of six semesters
c. Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D)
The Duration for the Doctor of Philosophy shall be a minimum of six semesters and a maximum of ten semesters.
 
METHOD OF APPLICATION
Purchase of Application Form shall be at Postgraduate School on payment of Thirty Thousand Naira (N30,000.00) only into:
Account Name: NDU School of Postgraduate Studies Account.
Account Number: 0034501581
Bank: Diamond Bank Plc
 
14. CLOSING DATE
The closing date for the submission of form is Friday, August 31, 2018.
This advertisement supersedes the previous one.
 
Signed:
Mrs. Effua E Berepubo FNIM
Ag. Registrar
* News / Two 'Fake Nurses Arrested' in Government Hospital by katty: July 26, 2018, 11:43:46 AM
Thirty eight year-old Sarah Nakigozi, one of the fake nurses worked at Kawolo Hospital as a senior nursing officer for five years and was responsible for checking women for cervical cancer and administering jabs to children.

While Justine Nzukidwa (36), worked at Njeru health centre III and was responsible for administering drugs.

“The two fake nurses landed those top positions after they presented fake certificates from Uganda nurses and midwives council and fake academic documents from Mulago school of nursing and midwifery.
"They have been using enrollment numbers for different people. They have been on Government pay for five years,” said Dr Jackson Ojera, the head of HMU.

Dr Ojera noted that the crackdown has started in Buikwe district where there are so many imposters masquerading as enrolled nurses and getting a lot of money from patients.

“We are calling upon the public not to allow to be attended to by nurses who are not in uniforms. if you suspect someone to be a quack, let us know.
"We also advise students who wish to join the health professional to make sure that they go and study from registered schools which have addresses not individuals,” he said.

Addressing journalists, Jennifer Awati, a senior nursing officer with HMU revealed that the two fake nurses were trained for one year by an individual in Bugembe village in Jinja district who claimed to have connections at the ministry of health.

“We are looking for that man who has been training and giving false academic documents to people.

He is misleading the young people. We are worried that they are many nurses with other health institutions with forged papers. We are sure that these two nurses we arrested must have harmed people,” said Awati.

Letters seen by New Vision from Mulago School of nursing and midwifery signed by Nampiima Kakonjeera, the acting principal show that the two nurses forged their academic certificates.

“The school confirms that their academic documents are not for Mulago school of nursing and midwifery since that time the school was offering registered nursing only yet their certificates state that they obtained a certificate in enrolled nursing,” reads a letter.

In her response, Rebecca Nassuna, the deputy registrar Uganda nurses and midwives’ council (UNMC) said that the two nurses are not allowed to practice nursing because their names do not exist on the roll and register for UNMC.

“Nakigozi presented an enrollment certificate with an enrollment number 8441 but that number belongs to someone else. Nzukidwa’s practicing license number 22731 is for someone called Quivino Okot, a qualified pediatrician,” said Nassuna.

The dual are being held at Kira Police station and they will be charged with forgery, causing financial loss to government and uttering false and forged documents.

Nurses and midwives work as frontline health care givers, who play a key role in ensuring patients to get quality care.
Source : Uganda New Vision
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