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* News / Social media best practice ‘toolkit’ launched for nurses by Steve Ford by katty: February 17, 2017, 06:58:48 AM
A “comprehensive” guide to help nurses and other health professionals use social media appropriately and to its best effect has been launched by Skills for Health.

The toolkit is intended to provide healthcare organisations and health professionals with “sector-specific insight, advice and best practice on using social media effectively”, said those behind it.



The free toolkit, created with support from Public Health Wales, covers those new to social media and unsure where to start to those who want to ensure their existing presence is fit for purpose.

It includes guides to the key platforms and leading influencers to follow, examples of best practice, downloadable templates and additional resources, as well as advice on how to encourage organisations to embrace a digital culture.

Dawn Bratcher, senior marketing manager for Skills for Health, highlighted research showing 30% of adults would share information about their health on social media and more than 40% saying that information found via social media affected how they dealt with their health.

“Social media plays an ever-growing role in our daily lives, including the way we access and share information,” she said.

“Starting conversations online enables healthcare organisations to raise awareness, share information, engage with existing audiences and reach out to new ones,” she added.

Last year, Skills for Health launched the #OurHealthHeroes campaign on social media to raise awareness of the vital role of the healthcare support workforce.

The campaign launched with a YouTube video, filmed using real staff members at Southmead Hospital in Bristol and the hashtag encouraged the public to thank support staff online.

The video was viewed more than 100,000 times and supported by more than 30 trusts and healthcare organisations across the UK.

Ms Bratcher added: “The success of the #OurHealthHeroes campaign shows what a powerful tool social media is for building connections with patients, stakeholders and communities.”

But she noted that it was “important to be present in these conversations online, but knowing how to do this effectively is not always straightforward”.

She said she hoped the toolkit would provide the “knowledge and understanding to use social platforms with confidence”, as the health sector began to “embrace this important shift in the way we communicate”.

Skills for Health is the Sector Skills Council for all health sector employers – including the NHS, independent and third sector.

Source : https://www.nursingtimes.net/news/education/social-media-best-practice-toolkit-launched-for-nurses/7015718.article

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* Free Nursing Books / Global Health Media videos focus on care of the small baby at home by katty: February 17, 2017, 06:19:44 AM
Global Health Media Project is delighted to announce the release of our 3 newest videos in our series on care of small babies. These videos focus on how to safely discharge the small baby, the features of a home visit, and, for mothers and families, how to care for the small baby at home.

Discharging the Small Baby http://bit.ly/2lIYFB1

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Caring for Your Small Baby at Home http://bit.ly/2lNTDzW

We are busy working on voice-overs in French and Spanish. Please get in touch if you would like to voice-over any of our videos in your language.

Thanks and warm regards,
Deb
Deborah Van Dyke, Director
Global Health Media Project http://globalhealthmedia.org/
802-496-7556

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* Schools of Nursing / School of Nursing, Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital Ihiala 2017/2018 Admission forms by katty: February 17, 2017, 06:06:52 AM

Applications are invited from suitable qualified candidates for admission into the above named School for 2017/2018  Academic Session. 
 
Interested Qualified Candidates are advised to obtain the form at the school of nursing building, our lady of lourdes hospital complex Ihiala Anambra State
 
Exam holds in June/July
 
The form is sold at #7500 payable into the school account number. Four passports and #1,500 would also be required for payment computer fees

When you are through  you will return to the school to submit your teller  and fill in forms. Where by you submit the form in the computer room with a passport and fill another form.  When you are through  you will be asked to return for your scratch card.

Visit the school for more information

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* Nursing Jobs / ESUT Teaching Hospital Vacancies for Nurses by katty: February 17, 2017, 05:53:58 AM
Enugu State University of Science and Technology (ESUT) Teaching Hospital, Parkline, invites applications from suitably qualified candidates for the position below in the hospital:

Job Title: Nurse

Location: Enugu

Qualifications

Candidates must be registered nurses of the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria with post basic qualifications, especially in peri-operative nursing, intensive care, paediatrics, ophthalmology, orthopaedics, burns and plastic surgery, nephrology, neurosurgery, psychiatry or any other  specialty in nursing.

Application Closing Date
Wednesday, 1st March, 2017.

Method of Application
Interested and qualified candidates should send a Typewritten application with photocopies of relevant credentials including candidates Curriculum Vitae, Birth Certificate or age declaration together with evidence of payment of a non- refundable processing fee of N10,000 (Ten Thousand Naira) payable at the Hospital Accounts Office.

All Applications should be addressed and sent to:
The Director of Administration,
ESUT Teaching Hospital Parklane,
Enugu State

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* News / PR: National Nurses United Urges Senate to Reject Pruitt for Critical EPA by NNU by Idowu Olabode: February 16, 2017, 07:13:19 PM
Defeat of Puzder for Labor Post Shows Strength of Protest Actions

With the defeat of fast food CEO Scott Pruitt to head the Department of Labor, National Nurses United today stepped up opposition to the nomination of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt as Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.

“Puzder’s withdrawal was the direct result of widespread public protests which showed mass opposition can have an impact in resisting the confirmation of wholly unsuited nominees for these vital cabinet positions,” said NNU Co-President Deborah Burger, RN.



“Of the remaining nominees, Scott Pruitt should be next on the challenge list. His nomination is also a clear affront to the agency he would lead, and an immediate threat to public health and safety,” said Burger.

NNU is urging calls to Senate members before the full Senate votes on Pruitt, which could come as soon as late Thursday or Friday.

Nurses have already announced opposition to Pruitt, noting, as Burger put it, his “entire career has been based on attacking the fundamental protections we count on to keep our water and air safe, to reduce the health impact of environmental pollution, and to limit the escalating threat to our families, and our future from the climate crisis.” 

Just as revelations about Puzder’s record and history increasingly came to light, new reports continue to emerge about Pruitt, including his close ties with the fossil fuel industry to which he has long been linked in opposition to environmental standards.

This week an Oklahoma court is poised to hold an emergency hearing on an effort by the watchdog group, the Center for Media and Democracy, for release of more than 3,000 emails they say expose Pruitt’s ties to major energy interests who may have donated to his political causes. The Environmental Defense Fund says Pruitt has joined with corporate energy interests in 14 lawsuits against EPA clean air and water protections to limit pollutants that are linked to children’s asthma, brain development, and other severe health risks.

Additionally, reports re-emerged Wednesday that shortly after taking office at Oklahoma Attorney General, Pruitt wrote to the EPA claiming the agency was “significantly overestimating” methane pollution from multiple fracking operations in his state (that have also led to a huge upsurge in earthquakes in Oklahoma). The New York Times found that the letter had actually been written by lobbyists for Devon Energy, a major Oklahoma energy company, and sent nearly word for word to the EPA. Devon later donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to the Republican Attorneys General Association while Pruitt chaired the body, the Atlantic noted.

“Conflict of interest with the fossil fuel industry, coupled with his overt hostility to the protection our families need from environmental pollution, and his record as a climate change denial make him singularly unfit to lead this critical agency,” said Burger.

His nomination, she continued, “also dovetails to overall attack on the EPA, environmental protections, and climate action that has become a hallmark of the Trump Administration, also symbolized by its rush to complete the widely opposed Dakota Access Pipeline Project.”

In a letter last month to the Senate Committee on the Environment and Public Health, Burger and NNU Co-President Jean Ross wrote, “Registered nurses know that our patients and our nation cannot afford four years of policies that will pollute our air and water, contribute to global warming, and endanger public health. We urge you to reject Mr. Pruitt to be EPA Administrator and show the American people that you are committed to protecting the environment and public health.”

National Nurses United, with close to 185,000 members in every state, is the largest union and professional association of registered nurses in US history.


Source : http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2017/02/16/nurses-urge-senate-reject-pruitt-critical-epa-post

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* Post Basic Courses / LUTH Postbasic School Of Midwifery 2017/2018 Admission forms on sale by Idowu Olabode: February 16, 2017, 04:52:40 PM
Applications are invited from qualified candidates for admission into the School of Midwifery, LUTH for 18months course in Midwifery.
 
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
- Candidates must be Registered Nurses with at least one year post qualification experience and with a VALID LICENSE.
- Must possess five (5) Credits at 'O' Level in the following subjects: English Language. Mathematics. Biology.Chemistry and Physics.
- Combination of results obtained from not more than two (2) approved examination bodies i .e. GCE/WAEC or WAEC/NECO/SSCE.
 
METHOD OF APPLICATION
Applicants  should:
I. Submit handwritten application letter addressed to the Principal. School of Midwifery. LUTH.
2. Pay application fee of N5000.00 in Bank Draft written in favour of Lagos University Teaching HospitaL from any of the following banks Union Bank. UBA. Skye Bank and Access Bank and take the draft to the CASH OFFICE. FINANCE DEPARTMENT LUTH
3. Make a photocopy of the receipt with applicants passport photograph on the left handcomer.
4. Collect the admission form from the School of Midwifery at the Health Manpower Resourees Centre LUTH
5. Submit completed application form with photocopies of credentials. 3 passport photographs and photocopy of receipts enclosed in a Big brown envelope.
6. Sale and submission of application forms will close on 9th June.2017.
7. Course Fee: Details will be provided on admission.
 
EXAMINATION DATE: 17th JUNE, 2017
TIME: 8AM
VENUE: HEALTH MANPOWER RESOURCES CENTRE, LUTH
 
Signed
PROF. CHRIS BODE
CHIEF MEDICAL DIRECTOR

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* News / Ghana: Govt orders suspension of nurses recruitment by Idowu Olabode: February 16, 2017, 04:27:50 PM
Government has ordered the suspension of the ongoing recruitment of nurses into public health institutions.

A statement signed by the Health Minister Dr. Kwaku Agyeman-Manu said : “I wish to request that you suspend all recruitment activities for the 8,634 nurses and other health staff until further notice”.

The statement however added: “The suspension is not a cancellation but to allow the ministry of Health to finalise all issues related to the financial clearance”.



Meanwhile, financial clearance for the recruitment of the nurses  was given by the erstwhile Mahama government in November 2016.

The recruitment exercise  has been ongoing since last week.

Speaking to Francis Abban on the Morning Starr Thursday, the spokesperson for the Health ministry Tony Goodman said the directive to suspend the exercise was issued to the various human resource units of the ministry on Wednesday, February 15.

Source:
Ghana/StarrFMonline.com/103.5FM

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* News / 450 Filipino nurses applied for Hull Royal Infirmary jobs by Idowu Olabode: February 16, 2017, 04:15:04 PM
About  450 Filipino nurses have expressed an interest in coming to Hull as part of an international recruitment drive to attract nurses to work at Hull Royal Infirmary and Castle Hill.

Two senior managers from Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust have travelled to the Philippines to address staffing shortages highlighted by the CQC and highlight the benefits of living and working in the UK City of Culture.

And the trust is interviewing 154 student nurses from the University of Hull this month as part of its award-winning "Remarkable People, Extraordinary Place" recruitment campaign to ensure it has enough staff to keep patients safe.



Chief nurse Mike Wright said: "We've got really good feedback from the recruitment campaign and, in the Philippines, there has been a really good response.   

"A couple of our staff have gone across to promote Hull and 450 people turned up at an event, really interested in coming to work here."

Around 250 nurses from Finland, Romania, Bulgaria and Spain were hired to work at Hull Royal and Castle Hill Hospital in Cottingham to address severe staff shortages.

This time, the trust has gone outside the EU for nurses as hospitals around the country face uncertainty over the impact of Brexit, with some getting as much as 20 per cent of their nursing staff from countries including Spain, Portugal and Ireland.

Staffing levels at Hull Royal and Castle Hill were highlighted as a problem by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in its latest report and was one of the reasons the trust retained its rating of "requiring improvement".   

Mr Wright said twice-daily staffing briefings take place every day at the hospital to ensure patient safety and other roles such as ward hygienists and administrators have been hired to free up nurses from admin tasks so they can devote their time to patient care.

He said: "There is not a day goes by when I don't get involved in the business of ensuring safe staffing levels across the organisation.

"We have got really good systems and processes in place where we can balance risk and it's one of the best systems I've seen."

Hull has recruited nurses from the Philippines before and not all of the 450 nurses who have expressed an interest will go on to take up job offers.

However, Mr Wright said any influx of nurses from abroad would be controlled to ensure new staff have time to adapt to their new surroundings and way of life.

Since the CQC inspection in June and July, the trust has recruited 74 newly qualified nurses from the University of Hull and now has another 154 lined up for interview.

Simon Nearney, director of workforce, said Hull's status as City of Culture was playing a major part in attracting new nurses to the area.

He said: "It does feel that the tide is turning. Hull is not alone in experiencing nurse staffing issues. This is something which hospitals and NHS organisations across the country have been facing in recent years.

"In the past, we have perhaps suffered a little bit from people completing their clinical training in Hull and then wanting to move on to bigger cities like Leeds, Manchester or London, where they feel there is more going on.

"We knew we had to think and act differently to attract people to the city, and even more so to get the people who have trained in Hull to stay in the area once they qualify.

"The City of Culture celebrations this year have certainly helped with that by putting Hull on the map and making it an even more attractive proposition."

Source : http://m.hulldailymail.co.uk/450-filipino-nurses-interested-in-hull-royal-infirmary-jobs/story-30137894-detail/story.html

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* Travel Nursing / Re:saudi council prometric exam for nurse technician sample questions by Gladdys ranada: February 16, 2017, 12:25:07 PM
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* Schools of Nursing / SCHOOL OF NURSING :S.O.N., ABSUTH, Aba Admission form is on sale now by DrFaithBalogun: February 16, 2017, 10:57:17 AM
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