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* Exams / New Films Launched to Help Overseas Nurses in UK by katty: February 08, 2018, 10:06:40 AM
-Helpful videos for those preparing for OSCE

Health Education England (HEE) has launched a series of films for overseas nurses and their trainers to help support transition and integration into UK practice.

The new resource consists of several training videos aimed at familiarising overseas nurses to UK clinical environments, and to offer some insights and orientation to simulation based clinical scenarios. The resource is intended to be a support at the point of registration and is not a guide to passing the objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) exam as part of the Nursing and Midwifery Council part 2 test of competence. It does however offer tips and signpost to references that may be beneficial in preparing for the OSCE exam.

The films were developed at the request of NHS nurse educators who are tasked with supporting and integrating newly appointed international nurse recruits. The content is based on the Royal Marsden Manual of Clinical Nursing Procedures (9th Edition) and the European Resuscitation Council Guidelines (2015).

To help support the integration of overseas nurses into UK practice, employers are encouraged to share the resource with new recruits. They can download the training videos and use them flexibly as a revision aid.

Watch the videos here
* News / Re: Oman Ministry of Health Celebrates Graduation of New Nurses by Primitivo: February 08, 2018, 09:17:37 AM
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* News / Learn, Please Read More, Tanzania Director of Nursing Tells Junior Nurses by katty: February 07, 2018, 01:12:13 PM
NURSES have been advised to well use free time to 'go to college' and learn more about their profession.

The advice made by the Director of Nursing and Midwifery Services in the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children, Mr Gustav Moyo over the weekend during a phone interview with the 'Daily News' while commenting on the system established by the Aga Khan University School of Nursing and Midwifery to offer studies of certificates, diploma and bachelors to nurses who are at work.

He encouraged nurses to use the opportunity of studies for the development of their professionalism that offered by the Aga Khan University and other colleges countrywide while stressing that with the best level of education will help in improving the system of delivery of the best health care.

"Among the challenges we face in nursing ... we're short of staff ... so we need to make proper use of our free time to improve ourselves professionally and become more competent," he advised.

Personally, he said, he used spare time to study at the Aga Khan University School of Nursing and Midwifery where he also worked, thanking the institution's management for establishing a system of studies for nurses on the job to develop their skills.

Source : Daily News
* Post Basic Courses / National Eye Center Kaduna Advance Diploma in Community Ophthalmic Nursing by katty: February 07, 2018, 01:00:44 PM
The sales of ADVANCE DIPLOMA IN COMMUNITY OPHTHALMIC NURSING (ADCON)/OND forms into the School of Post Basic Ophthalmic Nursing, National Eye Centre, Kaduna has commenced.
You can obtain a copy from the School at the sum of N10, 000 (Ten thousand naira) only for both forms.
Offer lasts till 31st May, 2018
National Eye Centre
Off Nnamdi Azikiwe By-Pass Mando
PMB 2267 Kaduna.
* News / Ghana to Employ 4,000 Privately Trained Nurses and Midwives by katty: February 07, 2018, 08:58:11 AM
Those  also to benefit will be 3,058 general and mental health nurses, 1, 946, midwives and 1,896 community nurses with certificates and diplomas.

Close to about 4,000 private medical officials are expected to be employed by the Ministry of Health in the coming months.

The ministry reveals that it has so far been given the go-ahead to embark on this massive recruitment process.

Public relations officer of the minister has stated that the move forms part of efforts to reduce cases of unemployment, especially among medical students.

According to Robert Cudjoe, the numbers of those to benefit from the recruitment process will be 3,058 general and mental health nurses, 1, 946, midwives and 1,896 community nurses with certificates and diplomas.

“The government policy was that it didn’t want people to continue sitting at home but to clear all of them [and] it’s been able to recruit 17,009. Some of them have sat at home for the past four years or so,” he stated.

Earlier on, general secretary of the Unemployed Private Trainee Nurses in Ghana had called on President Akufo-Addo to prioritize the posting of unemployed nurses.

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* News / Ghana: Health Ministry denies evicting trainee nurses from Korle-Bu hostels by katty: February 07, 2018, 08:50:35 AM
The Ministry of Health has denied claims that it has evicted some students of the Korle-Bu Nursing Training school from the school’s hostel.

In December 2017, about eighteen students of the nursing training school were served an eviction notice. The school’s authorities subsequently provided alternative accommodation, but the aggrieved students rejected it.

The final year students say the supposed eviction has affected their academic work.

The Public Relations Officer of the Ministry of Health, Robert Cudjoe, however says there has not been any eviction, and that the Ministry is only making an arrangement for some fifty [50] foreign students from Sierra Leone who are currently studying at the school.
“These are foreign students who need to be on campus, so that supervision, care, control and all that will be effective. My worry is that, these people are going to be there for about two years or so and they leave. These students who are agitating are even final year students and whatever authority will say they will just come against” he said.

Fifty enrolled nurses and midwives from Sierra Leone are currently in Ghana to undergo a two-year registered diploma course in Nursing and Midwifery.

This follows a Memorandum of Understanding signed by the Ghana Nursing and Midwifery Council, the Ministry of Health and international health NGO, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)

The training project is part of MSF’s strategy to develop the required level of Human Resources for a proposed 160 bed Paediatric and Obstetric Hospital in Kenema, Sierra Leone, which was hard hit during the Ebola outbreak.

More than 200 health workers from the district lost their lives during the epidemic.

Ghana was chosen by MSF due to the international standards of nursing and midwifery education, training and practice that are offered.

By: Farida Yusif/
* Articles / Nurse Robots Are Getting More Advanced - Can We Trust Them? by katty: February 06, 2018, 04:45:10 PM
For those of you who have watched Disney’s film Big Hero 6, you might have been humored and touched by the personality of “Baymax,” the lead character’s personal robotic healthcare companion.

This pudgy, lovable, medical machine was programmed to care for those in need by scanning a human body for illnesses or injury, assessing the environment, triaging the conditions, providing treatment, and tending to the emotional needs of the patient. This fictional robot was built with impressive strength and programmed to store a massive amount of data, including 10,000 different medical procedures. His multifunctional hands had palms that could be used as defibrillators and fingertips that dispensed antibacterial spray.

Baymax may seem like a complete fantasy creation by imaginative children’s storytellers, but robotics engineers across the globe make healthcare AI seem like a more practical and undeniable possibility with each breakthrough invention.

Meet Japan’s Nurse Robots

Right now in Japan, human-like robots are already being utilized as supplemental healthcare workers in elderly homes across the country. Larger robotic machines can be used to carry-out laborious physical tasks like moving patients, and smaller interactive robots are being used to combat loneliness and inactivity in the elderly population.

Meet the robot nurse bear – Japanese robotics engineers at Riken and Sumitomo Riko Labs have created a robotic bear capable of helping care for elderly patients. This bear can lift a patient from standing position or from the floor, transfer a patient to a wheelchair, carry a patient from point A to B, and turn patients in bed.

An increasing elderly population paired with an insufficient amount of healthcare workers able to care for it makes revolutionary inventions like nurse robots incredibly helpful.

Now, meet friendly robots Paro, Pepper, and Dinsow. Each robot serves a vital role in the Japanese healthcare system. Japan has the highest percentage of 75+ individuals out of any OCED country, so looking to their systems of managing elderly is like looking into our futures.

Without sufficient staffing for elderly care, more Japanese citizens are forced to leave their jobs to take care of aging family members. And those who do work in nursing and healthcare, suffer from high stress and fatigue. So Japan is looking towards robotics for help.

Robot Dinsow

Robot Paro

Robot Paro is able to engage in simple conversations, direct group entertainment programs, and comfort shy patients with affection.

Robot Pepper

Robot Pepper can function in a more clinical way, helping to triage needs, schedule appointments, provide patient education, and interpret patterns in vitals/labs in proper medical context. Robot Dinsow is helping lonely and inactive elderly patients with mood, ambulation, ROM exercises, reminders to take medicine, and involvement in self-care.

Even technologies like the bed from Panasonic can provide revolutionary solutions for nurses. Their high-tech bed is capable of splitting into two parts, one which turns into a wheelchair, reducing the physical burden of nurses to transfer patients. Different robotic machines are also distributing food trays, medicines, and laboratory specimens throughout hospitals with accuracy and safe-handling.

Robots Relieve Some Burden From Nurses

It is highly likely that artificial intelligence (AI) will be implemented in clinical settings rapidly and on global scale. Prototypes resembling “robot nurses” could have both negative and positive impact. A potential con of robotic nursing is the ability for intelligent online hackers to infiltrate the healthcare databases and gain access to sensitive private information.

Another possible drawback of robotic nursing aid is the lack of “human touch.” And of course, more robots as nurses might mean less demand for nurses, although probably unlikely. It is more likely that the aid of robotic nursing will just allow nurses to fulfill more meaningful duties and work stressors would decrease.

Moreover, the potential benefits of robotic nursing far outweigh the drawbacks.

Robotic nurses will have the ability to triage patients in clinics, emergency departments, and via telehealth services in order to streamline care and provide standardized approaches to symptom management with far fewer resources.

With AI as a tool to help treat and prevent illness, the number of hospital admissions and complications that result from lack of education or access to health services could decrease. AI will be linked to personal smartphones to help patients at home adhere to medication regimes, comply with disease management, check vitals and blood glucose when indicated, etc.

Improved Patient Care?

Robotic nursing will be used as a platform for patient education as well. In hospitals, outpatient settings, and at home, patients will be able to access hundreds of videos outlining medication uses, side effects, disease management, support group, emotional support hotlines, and all at the blink of an eye in any language.

The robotics that helps with patient transfers, ambulation, and lifting will significantly reduce physical stress on nurses and allow nurses to more efficiently use their hours at work. Robots are programmed with algorithms that reduce calculation errors to virtually zero, so it will eventually be safer to double check medications with a robot – even chemotherapy and blood products.

With less burden on nurses and improved quality of care for patients, collaboration with nurse robots will improve current trends of nursing shortages and unsafe patient ratios.

Robots will be able to help with discharge planning and procedures. They will be integrated into all hospital technologies and monitors so that we can earlier and more accurately detect signs of patient decompensation. Thus, patients will see improved health outcomes.

Big data clouds of information stored by AI will allow healthcare providers to have continuity of care and rely less on the medical history given by patients. Robots are already helping elderly combat loneliness, and with increased use, they can help stabilize mood and give support to a variety of patients with mental illnesses.

Robot nurses will help us to schedule tasks during our nursing shift and prioritize our care with the click of a button. Charting will become less of a burden and less time-consuming for nurses because most will be automatically delegated to AI.

With all there is to be excited about, there are aspects of nursing that can’t be replaced by robots (or so we may think). Our ability as nurses to understand context, interpret hidden emotions, recognize implications, reflect empathy, and act on intuition, are all very innate and humanly skills that drive our success as nurses. It is to be seen whether robotics can parallel these characteristics, but until the time comes, there is still remarkable value in those personal attributes.

Nurse Robots In The U.S.

In the US, robots are already being implemented in hospitals to improve current practices. For example, Tugs, made by Pittsburgh-based Aethon, is used in hospitals nationwide for transportation of medications, linens, and lab specimens.

Aethon claims these machines replace the need of “runners” who would previously execute such deliveries, the equivalent of 2.8 full-time employees. Another similar prototype, called the North American RoboCourier, comes out of Denver.

West Coast hospitals are using a product called VGo, which acts as a personal avatar for purposes of communication between people. Washington D.C.’s V.A. Medical Center and Alzheimer’s Association are early users of the aforementioned Paro robotic baby harp seal.

Robotic IV Automation, or RIVA, comes out of Winnipeg and is used in the US to help pharmacies prepare IV syringes and bags. And a revolutionary robotic product called LUCAS CPR may forever change emergency response methods. LUCAS is a chest compression system which is automated, safe, and efficient to use. It is easy to carry and can be applied to the patient within 20 seconds. It’s also been shown to deliver automated compressions that sustain higher blood flow to the brain and heart compared to manual compressions.

You might want to ask yourself: Can I embrace the coming changes? How will this affect my career? Hopefully, you are excited about the possibilities for nurses and robots to work side by side!

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* News / ICM Presidents Statement on Female Genital Mutilation Day by katty: February 06, 2018, 04:33:29 PM
When girls are diminished, objectified and harmed, there is a grave injustice that needs correction.  When girls are maimed, it transcends injustice: it is a cruel violation that cannot continue.

Today, on the International Day for Zero Tolerance Against Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), we must be unflinching and unforgiving of this practice. Every new born child that comes into this world is welcome for whom he or she is.  For over 200 million girls and women around the world, FGM is the first instance in which the inviolable sanctity of her  own body is violated, and we need to come together to put a stop to such violations.

The mutilation of a girl’s sexual organs extends far beyond the trauma of the act itself. Physically, it places her at high risk of infection, chronic pain, and complications during pregnancy and childbirth, and this is despite the fact that FGM has absolutely no medical benefit. From a psycological perspective, through FGM, a girl learns that her body is not her own – she is subjected to a dangerous and traumatic act on the say-so of adults, and for no reason that can justify the practice.

The International Confederation of Midwives condemns FGM as a harmful practice and a violation of the human rights of all girls and women.  However, our outrage is not enough. We must work in partnership with community leaders and health practitioners to educate all people on the harms of FGM and promote a cultural shift away from it.  Midwives are instrumental in enabling this transition, and must be supported to provide appropriate sexual and reproductive health support for women and their families to increasingly sensitise people to the danger of FGM, as well as provide compassionate care to those whom have survived it.

This day is about ending silence.  It is about harnessing the power of information to create change. We as midwives pledge to continue to place the wellbeing of girls and women at the core of our work, championing human rights and dignity and fighting to end such senseless violence.
* News / Adamawa State Government Recruits 200 Nurses by katty: February 06, 2018, 04:29:25 PM
The Adamawa Government said it recruited 200 nurses to be deployed across the state. Commissioner for Health Dr Fatima Atiku, told News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Yola yesterday that the recruitment was part of measures by the state government to boost healthcare delivery.
According to the commissioner, the step is in line with the state government’s declaration of state of emergency on the health sector.
She said that “following the declaration of state of emergency on health sector in 2017, we recruited 200 nurses to be deployed across the state.”
Atiku added that other measures being taken included massive rehabilitation and construction of some health facilities across the state.
She mentioned the Yola Specialist Hospital, Mubi General Hospital and the Numan General Hospital as some of the rehabilitated health facilities.
She said the Ganye, Shelleng and Garkida general hospitals would also be renovated soon.
Source: The Nation Newspaper
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