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* News / #IDN2018 Nurses’ Week: “Nurses a Voice to Lead, Health is a Human Right” by katty: May 09, 2018, 06:06:58 AM
This week is being celebrated as Nurses’ Week under the theme: “Nurses a Voice to Lead, Health is a Human Right”.  The week started with a church service and today, the activities continued with a fair, which was held on the compound of the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital.  Love News was there and spoke with Yvette Massiah, Acting Director of Nursing Service.

Reporter: This week is being celebrated as nurses week under the theme ‘Nurses a Voice To Lead, Health is a Human Right.’ The week started with a church service and today the activities continued with a fair which was held on the KHMH compound. Love News was there and spoke with Yvette Massiah, the acting director of the nursing service.

Yvette Massiah, Acting Director of the Nursing Service: “Nurses week is one of the weeks that we all look forward to. It’s a week when we work together as  theme, when we try to show to the public what we have been doing, what it’s all about and what a noble profession  we are in as nurses.”

Reporter: How important are nurses to the healthcare system?

Yvette Massiah, Acting Director of the Nursing Service: “Nurses are one of the most important bodies to the healthcare system, we are the largest body, we are there for 24 hours seven days a week the whole three hundred and sixty five days for the year. We are there to ensure that comfort, quality nursing care, quality care by the doctors, quality care by everybody else on the team is being offered to any individual. We are so important that we ensure that all the other measures, all the other team member’s work is carried out by us.”

Reporter: Massiah said nursing has evolved over the years because of the new technology that is available today.


Massiah said that nursing has evolved over the years because of the new technology that is available today.

Yvette Massiah, Acting Director of the Nursing Service: “We have moved a long way because then if we have somebody who is unable to breath by themselves we have to intubate them and we actually had to use the AMBU bag and be ambuing for hours however long that patient will be ventilating but now with the ventilator machine you intubate that person, tube that person and the person goes on the machine and the machine does the work of breathing for that patient so that was a big change.”

Reporter: Other activities included a cultural cook our day, a sports day and a nurses conference.

Other activities include a cultural cook-out day, a sports day and a nurses conference.
Source :Lovefm
* News / #JOHESUStrike2018 JOHESU Executives Call For Calm by katty: May 09, 2018, 12:07:57 AM
[Dear Comrades, I thank you all for the struggle so far. We all know that the meeting of yesterday ended in a deadlock.
 
Efforts are still on to reach an amicable resolution but PLEASE, NO STREET PROTEST.
 
REMAIN RESOLUTE AND CALM. NO RETREAT NO SURRENDER. Do not fall for the CARROTS being offered in the name HALF SALARY which in itself is insulting.

We shall surely overcome.
 
The leadership has directed State Councils to embark on strike from 12pm of Wednesday.
 
Once again, thank you.
Aluta continua..
 
Signed
 
Comrade Ekpebor Florence,
DGS NANNM and JOHESU's Secretary
* News / NMCN Requirements For Registration As Educators With PGD Nursing Educator by katty: May 09, 2018, 12:01:00 AM
The Board of the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria at its 43rd General Meeting approved that the Professional Diploma in Education (PDE) issued by the Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria will be accepted for registration by Nurses wishing to register with the Council as Educators. NMCN/SG/RO/CIR/24/VOL.4/112 7th May, 2018

The following guidelines are to be presented by any applicant applying for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria:
 
1. Bachelor of Nursing Science (BNSc) or MSc (Nursing) Certificate obtained from accredited Universities
 
2. Certificates of Registrations a Nurse/Midwife with the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria
 
3. Letter of identification from PDE training Institution(s)
 
4. PDE transcripts from the training Institution(s)
 
5. Certificate of Registration with the Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN)
 
6. Evidence of payment of prescribed fees of the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria Through Remita
 
Please accept the assurances of my highest regards
 
Signed
Alhaji Faruk Umar Abubakar
Secretary General/Registrar
 
Chairman: Dr (Mrs) Abosede Bola Ofi
* News / Medical And Health Workers Union Of Nigeria Ogun State Chapter Gives Notice by katty: May 08, 2018, 11:29:16 PM
The Ogun State Chapter of the Medical And Health Workers Union Of Nigeria in a letter to the Head of Service, Office of the Head of Service dated 8th May 2018 gave notice of joining in the impending indefinite strike action scheduled for the 9th of May 2018.
 
The letter reads:
 
Dear Sir,
 
NOTICE OF INDEFINITE HEALTH WORKERS STRIKE 
 
The National Secretariat of our noble Union has directed all Health Workers at both the State and Local Government to immediately ernbark on an indefinite strike action effective midnight of Wednesday 9th May, 2018, Letter attached
 
The State Council is of the view that this development will afford your office the Oportunity to RESTORE THE PAYMENT OF TEACHING ALLOWANCE TO CORE HEALTH WORKERS erroneously withdrawn by the Accountant General Office since 2015.
 
Failure which may affect our resumption of duty even when the strike at the National level is called Off.
 
The union also request for the immediate adjustment/upward review of the Ogun State Enhanced Health Salary Structure (OGEHESS) as done to Ogun State Medical Salary Structure (OGEMESS) since last year 
 
Many thanks for your usual Understanding.
 
Signed
Com. Steve Modupe
State Setretary
* News / RE: NANNM Lagos State Invited UGONSA Lagos State Chapter As An Observer by katty: May 08, 2018, 11:22:57 PM
The attention of  UGONSA Lagos State Chapter has been drawn to a write up with the above caption circulating via the electronic media, purportedly to have emanated from unknown mischief-makers who are bent to causing commontion, uproar and a hubbub in the nursing profession.
 
The  composer(s) of the write up did not only circulate inauspicious and unguided information to the nursing community, but know next to nothing on what transpired in the meetings.

The author of such post should have demanded the correct version of the details of the meeting from the appropriate quarters before displaying heights of ignorance and erroneous post via social media.
 
We entreat urgently all nurses to disregard such a factually incorrect information and UGONSA Lagos dissociates themselves from such post, It is the handiwork of some people who are bent to besmirch the image of the association and cause disunity in the profession.
 
The post is never from any of the executives of UGONSA Lagos and we frown at such misguided post.
 
Signed
General Secretary
UGONSA Lagos.
* News / #JOHESUStrike2018: Ogun Government Reads Riot Act to Health Workers Warming up by katty: May 08, 2018, 11:18:55 PM
Ogun State government has cautioned health workers on its payroll against joining their counterparts in federal hospitals, who are on an indefinite strike.
 
The state government warned that it will invoke the policy of "no-work-no-pay" on them, if they carried out their threat to join the strike.
 
Last week, the state chairperson of the National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives, Mrs Roseline Solarin, in an interview with Rockcity FM News, said that health workers are ready to join their counterparts at the federal hospitals, once they receive a circular from the national body.

The state Health Commissioner, Doctor Babatunde Ipaye, in a Whats-App message to the health workers unions, said Governor Ibikunle Amosun had approved the implementation of "no-work-no-pay policy" against any health workers who join the striking federal health workers.
 
Already, the strike which is entering the third week, has crippled services in federal hospitals nationwide, including the Federal Medical Centre, Idia Aba, and Neuro Psychiatric Hospital, Aro, both in Abeokuta.
* News / Repositioning Nursing and Midwifery Education in Nigeria by katty: May 08, 2018, 11:03:58 PM
Last weekend, midwifery practitioners in Nigeria joined their counterparts in over 50 countries to celebrate this year’s International Day of the Midwife (IDM).

The umbrella body of the practitioners, the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM), decided to set aside a day to celebrate its members at a conference held in the Netherlands in 1987. Three years later, it marked the first IDM on May 5, 1991 with the theme: “The World Needs Midwives Now More Than Ever”.

The theme for this year’s celebration is “Leading the way with Quality Care.” Available statistics from the United Nations Fund for Population Activities (UNFPA) show that over 350,000 women die annually during pregnancy and childbirth, while more than three million babies do not survive the first month of life with 2.5 million dead on arrival. Of this number, Nigeria accounts for 40, 000 women annually, while between 800, 000 and 1.2 million others are left with permanent disabilities.

All these misfortunes are caused by a number of factors, one of which is the dearth of qualified midwives at delivery points. It is more than two and a half decades ago when the global awareness of the importance of the caregivers was created. But the impact of the professionals has not been quite significant on Nigeria’s health sector in recent years.

T is can be attributed to the overall neglect which midwifery education has suffered. Therefore, the IDM should always serve as a wake-up call to authorities in the health sector to be more alive to their responsibilities. There is no gainsaying the fact that the midwives, to a large extent, determine the survival or otherwise of newborn babies.

They are the first line of caregivers for the babies and the mothers at the point of delivery. They spend more time with the patients with the implication that the knowledge and temperament of this category of professionals are critical in the overall healthcare management system.

There is always need for training and retraining in order for them to hone their skills and improve on their knowledge in the fast changing world of medical science.

In view of the position they occupy in the ladder of the healthcare delivery system, it goes without saying that this group of health care workers needs all the attention and training they can get to make them efficient and up-to-date in their chosen career. It is sad to note that for several years now, many schools of nursing and midwifery in most parts of the country have been left in a state of disrepair and neglect.

Most of them lack basic teaching facilities, adequate and qualified teachers as well as adequate funding. This has affected the morale and self-esteem of both the teachers and students with the attendant result that available health institutions in the country do not have enough midwives and nurses who are two sides of the same coin. Even where they are available, the poor teaching makes them deficient in many curricula of present-day practice.

This means that government at all levels needs to take midwifery and nursing education more seriously as both are indispensable to the existence of a reliable and modern healthcare delivery system. Schools of Nursing and Midwifery should be well-funded and staffed by committed and wellpaid professionals. It is heartwarming to note that like in other climes, nursing and midwifery education is now taught in universities.

This development will make it possible for the profession to attract some of the best students as in other popular arms of the healthcare delivery system like medicine and pharmacy. Continuous education through seminars, conferences and workshops should also be made available to upgrade and refresh those in the profession in order to reduce infant, child and maternal mortality, currently at unacceptable high levels in the nation’s health sector.

The celebration of the IDM will remain a mere ritual and a waste of energy and time in this country if the critical issues raised above are not addressed as a matter of utmost urgency by the relevant authorities.·
Source :Blueprint
* News / College Offers Free Maths Lessons to Nurses by katty: May 08, 2018, 08:21:58 PM
Nurses without formal maths qualifications can take a free numeracy course at Burnley College

Burnley College is offering nurses free places on a new "numeracy for nursing" course it is running between now and the end of August.

The course is open to nurses who do not already have a maths qualification such as a GSCE, O-level or Functional Skills Level 2 and need one to progress their careers.

It is also aimed at helping those planning to enter the profession prepare for the numeracy tests set by the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

Essential
Maths is a vital skill for nurses, used in everything from ensuring correct dosages of medication to monitoring the volume of fluids a patient may be drinking, the number of calories they are eating and, in pregnant women, the due date of a baby.

Humera Khan, head of maths and English at Burnley College, said: “Many great nurses entered the profession before a qualification in Maths was essential and now find themselves unable to progress their careers because of that”.

She added: “Plus, there are those planning to become nurses who need support to pass the Nursing and Midwifery Council numeracy tests which are compulsory before they are offered a place on a university-level course to study nursing”.

The course aims to provide nurses with a level 2 functional skills qualification in maths, and prepare those seeking university places for the demands of the numeracy test they have to pass to get onto a course.

Ms Khan commented: “Nurses need many skills to be successful, not least compassion, stamina, great communication, attention to detail and adaptability, so we’re proud at Burnley College to be able to give them a helping hand in another vital aspect of their work”.

Source :TES
* News / Ebola Virus Disease Outbreak in Congo, 17 Dead by katty: May 08, 2018, 07:54:32 PM
At least 17 people have died in an area of northwestern Democratic Republic of Congo where health officials have now confirmed an outbreak of Ebola, the health ministry said on Tuesday.

It is the ninth time Ebola has been recorded in the central African nation, whose eastern Ebola river gave the deadly virus its name when it was discovered there in the 1970s, and comes less than a year after its last outbreak which killed eight people.

“Our country is facing another epidemic of the Ebola virus, which constitutes an international public health emergency,” the ministry said in a statement.
“We still dispose of the well trained human resources that were able to rapidly control previous epidemics,” it said.

“We still dispose of the well trained human resources that were able to rapidly control previous epidemics,” it said.

Source :https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-ebola-congo/seventeen-deaths-reported-in-congo-as-ebola-outbreak-confirmed-idUSKBN1I91VS?il=0
* Nursing Jobs / Nephrology Nurse Vacancies at Kidney Clinics in Ogun State Nigeria by katty: May 08, 2018, 07:18:43 PM
Kidney Clinics Nigeria is an off-shoot of our non-profit arm called Kidney Consultants International. Kidney Consultants International (KCI) is an idea of a Nigerian born, educated and U.S Trained Nephrologists, Dr. Dolamu Olumide Bamidele Sokunbi and his wife Dr. Mrs. Modupe Atinuke Sokunbi (Nee Ogunnaike). KCI was set up to improve kidney health care of Nigerians and expand access to dialysis, transplants at very reduced costs to the patients and families
 
We are recruiting to fill the position below:
 
Position: Nephrology Nurse
 
Location: Ogun
 
Job Description
* Nephrology Nurses are needed within our organization.
 
Requirement
* Candidates should possess relevant qualifications.
 
Application Closing Date
18th May, 2018.
 
Method of Application
Interested and qualified candidates should send their CV's to: info@kidneyclinicsnigeria.org
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