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* News / Ghana: Unemployed nurses Accuse Health Ministry of Neglect by Idowu Olabode: September 10, 2017, 03:15:01 PM
Members of a group of Unemployed Bonded Nurses are threatening to picket at the Ministry of Health over delays in their employment.

They say their action is to impress upon the government to immediately employ them after years of being jobless.



The group, made up of Registered Community Nurses, Registered General Nurses, Registered Mental Health Nurses and Registered Midwives is accusing the Ministry of neglect and bad faith in the handling their financial clearance for employment.

It would be recalled that eight different groups of nurses have picketed at the premises of the health ministry this year alone, to demand financial clearance and onward posting.

The spokesperson for the Coalition of Unemployed Bonded Nurses, Samuel Yeboah in a Citi News interview said, they will be compelled to besiege the ministry if their concerns are not addressed.

“As soon as you complete school you have the exact day to start your service and as soon as you complete that, posting becomes an issue. We don’t want the situation where they will add us to our juniors and that will be being unemployed for a while year. Because what we know is that, when you complete your service within three months you should start working. We want the ministry to give us our clearance so that roughly by the end of this month, we’ll start working,” he said.

Various groups of trainee and trained nurses have in recent times protested against the government over similar issues of delayed posting.
Some have had to picket at the Ministry of Health for nights before securing their posting.

By: Anas Seidu/citifmonline.com/Ghana
* News / Kenya: Council Orders Governors to Replace Striking Nurses by Idowu Olabode: September 10, 2017, 03:02:48 PM
The Council of Governors (CoG) wrote to the county bosses asking them to advertise positions held by any nurses in their regions who did not report for duty on Friday.

“Following a council meeting on August 31, it was resolved that all striking nurses should return to work by September 8, failing which county governments will issue ‘show cause letters’ to all striking nurses and advertise the positions to be filled competitively,” the letter says.



The letter, written by CoG chief executive officer Jacqueline Mogeni, orders governors to implement the resolutions arrived at during the meeting.

JOBS

Among the jobs advertised are those of registered specialised nurses under Job Group J.

They include intensive care unit nurses, theatre nurses, paediatric nurses and renal nurses.

Other positions to be filled are those of registered nurses under Job Group H.

Successful candidates will be appointed on a one-year renewable contract subject to performance.

MATERNITY

This comes even as a group of devoted nurses at the Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching and Referral Hospital in Kisumu went out of their way to ensure pregnant mothers are attended to.

The health workers have made local arrangements with the hospital to ensure any pregnant woman who visits the hospital is attended to.

When Ms Monica Akello left home in Kisumu County on August 15 around 2am, she did not know where she would give birth because all public hospitals were closed.

Ms Akello could not afford the prohibitive fees charged by private hospitals.

CHILD BIRTH

She and her husband visited five health institutions but they were turned away because there were no nurses on duty.

It is then that she decided to try her luck at the Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching and Referral Hospital.

To her pleasant surprise, she found the maternity wing open.

The nurse on duty admitted her immediately and ensured she delivered safely.

Many other expectant mothers she found in the maternity wing were also assisted.

“I was very lucky that I was attended to. I thank God for that. I have named my daughter ‘Hawi’, which means blessing,” Ms Akello said.

CBA DEMANDS

The nurse in charge, who sought anonymity for fear of infuriating her striking colleagues, said they had resolved to work in shifts to attend to expectant women.

“These are delicate people who are bringing forth lives. We are in this (strike) together with our colleagues but we have made a local arrangement with the hospital management to attend to pregnant women,” she said.

The nurses have vowed to defy the CoG order requiring them to resume work by last Friday.

“We are not going to relent on our call for the CBA (collective bargaining agreement) to be signed.

"We were quiet as we were waiting for the council to talk. Now that they have given us the go-ahead to continue with the strike, we are proceeding fully,” Kenya National Union of Nurses (KNUN) secretary-general Seth Panyako said.

Source : http://www.nation.co.ke/news/Council-orders-governors-to-replace-striking-nurses/1056-4089326-yvgmfm/index.html
* Travel Nursing / Re: NMC Overseas Nurses Registration:How to Become a Registered Nurse in UK by offorkelvin: September 10, 2017, 02:29:41 PM
Hello everyone, pls am having some difficulties in making payment to Pearson Vue for the NMC CBT. I was made to understand that Pearson Vue don't accept credit card from Nigeria. I called UKEAS center in Abuja and I was told they don't have voucher code for Pearson Vue.
Guys I need your help.
* News / Support Baaba Botchway, a Nurse who is Contesting in Ghana Most Beautiful 2017 by WinnieKaribu: September 10, 2017, 12:01:15 PM
Talking about Nurses been in spotlight, Nurses in Africa are generally in the spotlight for the wrong reasons. This is so because the good deeds of Nurses are always ignored by media houses while any wrong deed is amplified in order to sell their papers. In Ghana Helena Baaba Botchway a 26 year old Registered Nurse from the Central Region is leading other contestants in the ongoing 2017 Edition of Ghana Most Beautify Girl.

Baaba Botchway who has been described as eloquent speaker is trumping other contestants. She is an advocate of made in Ghana goods whose ambition in life is to bring about change in the lives of the less privileged in the society especially health related change. She loves to talk as well as give listening ears to vulnerable people in the society and will therefore use the GMB platform to create awareness on issues on mental health to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness and the incidence of suicide according to News media.

She has continued to receive endorsement from key stakeholders in the Health Industry the latest which is Kofi Ghana, an advocate and a columnist. I urge all Ghanaians to support her

I wish her best of luck











* Nursing Jobs / Nigerian Pilgrim Commission 2017 Examination Results by Idowu Olabode: September 10, 2017, 10:47:50 AM
The 2017 examination results of the Nigerian Pilgrim Commission for the commission's medical team to the Holy land of Israel is out. To check the overall results by state and score check https://www.ncpc.gov.ng/2017-medical-result


For summary of the result and to view the candidates with the highest score check https://www.ncpc.gov.ng/summary-of-2017-medical-examination-results

Congratulations
* News / Powede Eniola Lawrence, a Nurse and Beauty Queen who turned Pilot is Married! by Idowu Olabode: September 09, 2017, 08:45:39 PM
Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria (MBGN) Tourism 2013, Nurse and Pilot, Powede Eniola Lawrence is married!

The church wedding of the  ex-beauty queen, Powede Lawrence, to her husband, Ikechukwu, took place in Lagos today Nursesarena.com has learnt.

Powede originally studied Nursing and qualified as a Registered Nurse  before embarking on her new career direction as a pilot.

We wish her happy married life
Below are pictures from the wedding of the beauty queen





* MCPDP / Ekiti State MCPDP Schedule for Nurses in November 2017 (with BLS/CPR) by Idowu Olabode: September 09, 2017, 06:06:42 PM
Dear Colleagues, registration for the first MCPDP Edition  of MEDICAL-SURGICAL NURSING MODULE 3 with CPR/BLS is on.

Tentative Date: 6-10th November, 2017.

Venue: Nurses' House, Iyin road Ado-Ekiti.

Time: 8am-4pm daily

Please pay the registration fee of N20,000 to Access Bank and register ONLINE (www.ekitistatemcpdp.com.ng) with your bank teller using the name on your practice licence.

For more information kindly visit our website: www.ekitistatemcpdp.com.ng

Bank details:

Bank name:      Access Bank

Account Name:      MCPDP Ekiti State for Nurses

Account number:   0014298110.
* Travel Nursing / Verbal aggression, the Patient and the Nurse By Linda Smith by katty: September 09, 2017, 01:06:35 PM
I do not understand why a nurse feels angry when a patient is verbally aggressive. If I was distressed, felt intimidated, threatened or had just been detained under the Mental Health Act I too might “fight my corner” with a few choice words.

Before finding patients who “appear” verbally aggressive a problem nurses should ask themselves “Would I be happy today if I was the patient”? Patients may have a problem with the ‘nurse in uniform’ rather than Tom, Dick or Sally wearing it.

I would say to the three named nurses here that they should not take to heart any personal comments, unless of course they know they have done something wrong when interacting with their patient. Learn from comments made.

It is not good practise to immediately presume a patient is suffering from a psychiatric illness. One must remember to rule in every possible physical illness first.

Only when all investigations have been done and all physical illness ruled out can a psychiatric illness be considered. I am sure no nurse would take offence at a patient who was verbally aggressive or rude if they had dysphasia or aphasia following a Cerebral Vascular Accident.

What causes a patient’s behaviour is sometimes outside of their control, Epilepsy can cause a dramatic change in a person’s demeanour and I remember witnessing one quiet, unassuming man who during a Petit Mal could have won The World’s Strongest Man competition.

Verbal and Physical aggression should not be considered anything but a possible symptom of illness and any nurse who keeps this fact uppermost in their mind will be more able to accept what is said and done.

Once physical illness has been ruled out a nurse should still remember that their patient may well be a victim of circumstance, abuse, or even others who have fabricated symptoms. One of the most important points to remember is give your patient the opportunity to speak and explain.

Sometimes a patient may seem unwell when in fact they have an unusual lifestyle. Listen to what is said and do not rule out the possibility of what sounds implausible.

Another person’s lifestyle may well end up sounding acceptable or even preferable to the one you have. A nurse who is open to unusual circumstances and swearing may well be the one person able to help their patient. Do not judge what life may have taught others is acceptable and that includes their vocabulary!

A patient with a strange-but-true event to talk about may understandably become demonstrative, loud, and yes even aggressive when disbelieved, or a usually quiet, conforming patient will be unable to argue the toss with you.

Aggression can be a “fight response” and any verbally aggressive patient should be allowed to let go of their distress.

I would not want a patient to bottle up their stress and end up riddled with anxiety and anger. My ears are not too delicate to hear a jumbled up mixture of letters considered rude or offensive to some when I’m a nurse with a communicative patient.

I believe the problem for Psychiatric nurses is that most have never been a patient of Psychiatry services and I hope have never felt threatened or held against their will in a general setting. As a psychiatric nurse one will hear the words “psychiatry and psychology” but not always will a nurse be introduced to “sociology”.

Many patients have a “history” and this should be considered, here are two examples why:

1. Any failings from the past which are not readily acknowledged will only infuriate your patient. If he is able to prove his point and gives examples describing good practise then a competent nurse should have the confidence to say that others were wrong.

2. Any positive interactions in the past should not be forgotten. Therapies provided then may well be responsible for the forthright patient today!

One of the most important points to remember is that every swearing patient is still communicating with you. When a Nurse tells a patient to “please don’t swear” this often stops communication and that is the end of the nurse/patient relationship.

The opportunity to learn about, or from your patient has gone.

A recent article in the Nursing Times stated 60% of Psychiatric Nurses find verbal aggression more stressful than physical aggression and I wonder what the percentage is for general nurses.

Interestingly, a patient may have psychiatric or psychological symptoms and every nurse has a psyche!

My final thought on the subject of aggression leads me to think nurses find physical aggression less stressful because they are able to release their own feelings of distaste, annoyance, or anger back on to the patient whilst restraining them.

I do not like conflict and so my approach is aimed at continuing communication in order to prevent a physically harmful situation occurring. I don’t presume to think my patient would be happy to see me tomorrow if we’d grappled with one another on the floor today!

Source: https://www.nursingtimes.net/opinion/readers-blogs/verbal-aggression-the-patient-and-the-nurse/7021195.article
* News / Hurricane Irma: 1,000 Volunteer Nurses are Urgently Needed in Florida by Idowu Olabode: September 09, 2017, 12:54:52 PM
Gov. Rick Scott put out a call to nurses on Friday evening ahead of Hurricane Irma.

Scott sent out a message on his official Twitter page that said Florida is in need of 1,000 volunteer nurses to help in special-needs shelters.


Hurricane Irma is likely to make landfall in Florida as a dangerous major hurricane and will bring potentially deadly effects to much of the state regardless of the exact track of the center, the National Hurricane Center says. At 8 p.m. on Friday, Hurricane Irma still had sustained 155 mph winds.

If you are a nurse and would like to reach out, you can send an email to BPRCHDPreparedness@flhealth.gov.

* Free Nursing Books / Re: NANDA Nursing Diagnosis 2015-2017 Free E-Book Download by mikica1000: September 09, 2017, 12:12:52 PM
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