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* Post Basic Courses / West African College of Nursing 2020/2021 Fellowship Application Form On Sale by Idowu Olabode: January 17, 2020, 04:32:23 PM
 The West African College of Nursing (WACN) announces the commencement of sale of application forms for the Fellowship programme by examination for 2020.
 
Date: January 13th -  31st July.2020

West African College of Nursing
 


1. Applicants should possess the following or higher qualifications:

    First degree with 5 years post qualification experience and 2 years for registered nurses/ midwives with 15-20 years post RN/RM.
    Masters degree or PhD holders in nursing, midwifery or any of the specialties approved by council to be exempted from primaries/Part I.
    Honorary Fellows of the College for conversion, who meet the criteria are eligible to apply also.
    Duration of class work/ residency will be for 3weeks in each of the four years.
    All applicants must be currently licensed to practice Nursing/Midwifery.

2. Applicants should  DOWNLOAD application form from the College site at https://www.wacn-online.com/index.php

    Downloaded application forms should be filled and submitted with the relevant credentials to the College Secretariat 6, Taylor, Drive, Yaba, Lagos

3. Applicants should make payment of non-refundable fee of $30 US Dollars or {N10000} payable to WACN account.

    Bank: First Bank Of Nigeria
    Account name: West African College of Nursing
    Naira Account No: 2003831052
    Dom Account No: 2003465262

4. A copy of the Teller should be scanned and attached to the completed application form which should be submitted with a recent passport photograph and other credentials.
5. Admission list will be out by end of August, 2020.
 
Successful candidates to pay all approved fees during registration.
 
Please Note:

    Submission of application forms end July 31st, 2020
    Late submission 1st- 14th Aug attracts $10 penalty while 15th Aug - 19th attracts $50; forms submitted after 19th Aug will not be accepted / processed.
    The Fellowship programme primaries will be held at the Department of Nursing, University of Ibadan, Nigeria from 5th – 23rd October, 2020. First year examination follows immediately after the lectures.
    Duration of class work/residency will be 3weeks for each of the two years of the Primaries.
    Final Primary examinations will be held in the third week of September.

For further enquiries please contact any of the followings:

The Executive Secretary
West African College of Nursing
6, Taylor Drive (Off Edmond Crescent)
P.M.B. 2023, Yaba, Lagos, Nigeria
Phone: 08081245510, 08036821597, 08025926326
E-mail: westafricancollegeofnursing@mail.com
 
Alh. Mohammed B. Yakatun
Executive Secretary, WACN.
National Chapter Chairpersons (WACN)
 
Benin Republic:
Chapter Chairman, WACN
c/o Chief Nursing Officer
Ministere de la Sante Publique
04 BP 0461, Cotonou, Benin Republic
sononamelie2002@yahoo.fr
 
The Gambia:
Chapter Chairman, WACN
Banjul, The Gambia.
alkalimjabby@yahoo.co.uk
 
Ghana:
Chapter Chairman, WACN
c/o Chief Nursing Officer (CNO)
Ministry of Health
P.O. Box M-44
Accra, Ghana.
darko.veronica@gmail.com
 
Liberia:
Chapter Chairman, WACN
c/o LBNM, JamesnAAnPierre
Bldg 40 Carey Street Monrovia, Liberia
wacnliberia2015@gmail.com
 
Nigeria:
Chapter Chairman, WACN
Department of Nursing
Bayero University, Kano
08033667081
salenga2004@gmail.com
 
Sierra Leone:
Chapter Chairman, WACN
c/o Chief Nursing Officer (CNO)
Nursing Services Department
Ministry of Health and Sanitation
Youyi Building, Brookfields
Freetown, Sierra Leone.
majames@unicef.org
 
logbaj@yahoo.com
 
* News / Employ Plateau Nurse Freed By Boko Haram, Nurses Beg Lalong by Idowu Olabode: January 17, 2020, 04:16:48 PM
The National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives, Plateau chapter, has appealed to Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State to give permanent employment to Jennifer Ukambong Samuel, the nurse who was freed from Boko Haram captivity.

The Public Relations Officer of the association, Mr Tuamlong Agyo, told News Agency of Nigeria, on Friday, in Jos that the gesture would help in cushioning the psychological trauma Samuel experienced while in captivity.

NAN reports that the association had earlier appealed to the governor to lift the embargo on employment, saying it would reduce abductions of many aid workers in the North-East, who were mostly from Plateau.

“We want the governor to give her automatic employment so that she can remain at home – Jos. Though security challenges are everywhere, yet, you cannot compare the security challenges in Plateau to that of the North-East.

“We want the governor to hasten to lift the embargo on employment so that our youths in Plateau will be employed instead of going to high-security risk areas to seek jobs,” Agyo said.

NAN reports that Jennifer Samuel, an aid worker with Alliance for International Medical Action, was abducted alongside four others by Boko Haram terrorists on December 22, 2019, along Mongono Maiduguri road and released on January 15.

(NAN)

Source: Punch
* News / Jubilation As Plateau Nurse Kidnapped By Boko Haram Is Freed by Idowu Olabode: January 17, 2020, 01:18:15 PM
Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong has commended security agencies particularly the Department of State Services for the rescue of five kidnapped aid workers by the Boko Haram terrorist group including Jennifer Ukambomg Samuel, a nurse from Plateau State.

Governor Lalong says he is excited at this development and thanks President Muhammadu Buhari for his support in ensuring that all those in captivity are set free while the terror group and other criminals are fished out and dealt with.



The Governor according to a statement by his Director of Press and Public Affairs, Makut Macham had given assurances to the family of Jennifer that the State Government will work with all necessary agencies to secure Jennifer’s release when he sent a delegation to the family led by commissioner of Budget and Economic Planning, Mr. Sylvester Wallangko.

The Governor says “efforts to rescue other citizens of Plateau State still under Boko Haram captivity are ongoing” and asked the family and people of Plateau State to “continue to pray and support the Government and security agencies with useful information that will assist in their quick release.”

Also, Solomon Maren, the Member representing Mangu/Bokkos constituency in the National Assembly, said members of his constituency express “deep appreciations to all those who played various roles in facilitating the release of our dear daughter, Miss Jennifer Ukambong Samuel from Boko Haram captivity.”

Jennifer from that constituency was abducted with four others along Monguno-Maiduguri road on December 22, 2019 by Boko Haram, the day she was marking the 21st anniversary of her father’s demise.

Maren added, “My joy and that of Jennifer’s family knows no bounds. I wish to salute the rare courage and bravery of our men in uniform for the sacrifice to protect our Nation from the hands of evil men, particularly the Armed Forces and the Department of State Services for facilitating this. I equally wish to appreciate the media, local and international, non governmental organizations, the Church and all those who stood with us in the struggle that led to her release.

“I wish to salute the rare steadfastness of her family especially her widowed mother, Mrs. Naomi Samuel who showed more courage and faith than any of us, praying ceaselessly for her release.

“May I however plead that the same energy be deployed to facilitate the release of others still being held hostage. Top among them is our dear Lilian Gyang, a 100Level student of the University of Maiduguri, from Barkin Ladi Local Government Area, Plateau State, abducted on January 9, 2020.

“Another Plateau indigene, Abdulhamid Bashir as well as Leah Sharibu, Grace Taku, the remaining Chibok schoolgirls also remain a huge concern. Government should intensify efforts to bring smiles on the faces of their families too.”

https://www.vanguardngr.com/2020/01/boko-haram-joy-in-plateau-over-jennifers-release/amp/
* News / 2020 Health Budget, Nurses, Midwives And The Rest Of Us by Idowu Olabode: January 16, 2020, 07:40:57 PM
As the World Health Organization (WHO) mapped out the year 2020 to appreciate and celebrate nurses and midwives across the globe, it’s imperative for Nigeria and Nigerians to follow suit. With the theme; “Nurses: A Voice to Lead; Nursing the World to Health,” one would concur to the indisputable fact that the health of a nation is basis for its wealth.

In Nigeria, the health sector has received little or nothing in terms of finance and budget meant to boost both human resources and facilities needed to improve health care delivery in the country. In April 2001, the African Union countries (Nigeria been the host) met and pledged to set a target of allocating at least 15 per cent of their annual budget to improve the health care delivery for citizens, called “Abuja Declaration,” 19 years down the line, Nigeria is yet to meet half this agreement, the highest budget earmarked for health sector from the national budget was in 2012, with 5.95 per cent. For 2020, a meager sum of N427.3 billion representing 4.14 per cent was budgeted for health. This amount includes; research and development, trainings, health promotions, facilities and equipments needed among others necessities for the health sector. Furthermore, when N427.3 billion is allotted for each citizen in Nigeria, a paltry sum of N2,000 is due to each person for the fiscal year, this is not only debilitating but scandalous. Various statistics also show that Nigeria has one of the worst health care delivery records in the world. According to the WHO, Nigeria is rated 187th out of 191 countries in terms of healthcare delivery. WHO placed Nigeria at third highest in infant mortality rate in the world. With this conspicuous figure, concerned citizens have maintained that the federal government does not understand the link between health and investment, security and progress. One cannot work nor walk under ill health. Research shows that Ghana, others surpass Nigeria in health sector budget.



Aside, nurses and midwives, all medical practitioners in the country have received no encouragement but threats to leave the country if they so wish. This has led to mass exodus of our medical personnel to other countries where practitioners are valued and appreciated even before now. It seems the administration of President Muhammadu is coming to understand that the over US1bn spent in medical tourism would have been invested in some productive ventures for economic growth and development, hence his recent comment on curbing medical tourism by Nigerians especially the political class should twinge every patriotic mind, but the question remains; “Does the policymakers posses the virtue of integrity to keep their words?”

Speaking with a public health practitioner who doubles as the Universitty Graduates of Nursing Science Association (UGONSA’s) secretary, Ogun State, Nurse Noble Asomugha of Babcock University Teaching Hospital, he decried the ugly situation in the health sector by describing it as appalling. Asomugha said the current challenges in the Nursing profession are but not limited to; under placement and poor remuneration for public health workers across the country which has resulted in some unethical behavior by practicing nurses. He added that hostile work environment is another major problem faced by them. A visit to some public health institutions and facilities would keep one dumbfounded, but investigative journalists would always query the root or remote causes if such ugly sites.

According to him, understaffing has been albatross to delivering health care to the people as there are no sufficient personnel to work. This does not mean absence of young graduates but government dearth of Willpower to employ new personnel. “In Nigeria, Graduates Nurses are not placed in the right cadre with other medical practitioners like Pharmacists and Radiographers. More so, WHO made it clear that it is one Nurse per five patients, but we have one Nurse to ten patients which can lead to stress and fatigue. We suffer workplace threats from relatives of patients who lost their love ones as well records of male medical practitioners who abuse female medical practitioners.”

Equally, a director at LeadNurse Africa International Foundation, Julie Mogbo, added that absence of incentives and other support system is telling adversely on the health practitioners hence they are handicap to work. Mogbo stressed most nurses and midwives are supposed to be attending conferences, seminars, workshops, and symposium, but those are not forthcoming. She bemoaned the poor image of Nurses exacerbated by actors in movie industries and other multimedia persons who use (fake nurses) to act unwholesome movies thereby painting the noble profession black, which must be cautioned forthwith.

Be that as it is, Nurses across the country has called on both state and federal government of Nigeria to wake up to the reality that no one can do anything in life without sound health. They called on Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN), industry watchers and policymakers to stand in unionism and address the myriads of challenges the medical profession are facing microcosm of health budget, to quackery, imposters, and abuse if Nigeria must move -Health -wise. The federal government must remember Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) number three (3), which spells out the government must ensure basic “good health and well-being for its citizens,” no amount of excuse can justify the failure of giant of Africa regarding provision of good health and well-being for all, and if the government says it doing its best in this case, the statistics will prove that because what is said to be done must be seen as been done.

Source: Sun Newpaper
* News / Ebola Vaccine Approved By The FDA - Studies Show 100% Prevention by Idowu Olabode: January 16, 2020, 07:25:21 PM
In December 2019, the FDA announced the release of the world’s first-ever vaccine for the prevention of Ebola virus disease (EVD), or what we commonly referred to as Ebola or Ebola hemorrhagic fever.

Produced by Merck for adults over the age of 18, the live vaccine is called rVSV-ZEBOV, or Ervebo as a trading name, and is effective against the Zaire ebolavirus species of ebolavirus only. The World Health Organization (WHO) supported the EVD vaccine in October of 2019, and now the FDA has followed suit, in what is being called a “critical milestone” for public health.



The Threat of Ebola and Can it Be Cured?

As the CDC explains, EVD is a rare disease that occurs both in humans and primates, and the viruses that cause it have been located primarily in sub-Saharan Africa. In those regions, people can get sick from EVD either from infected humans or animals, like bats and primates, or contact with an infected person who has passed away.

In what feels like just a few short years ago, in 2014, the world was panicking about Ebola--and for good reason. The disease, at some outbreak points, has had a high as 90% fatality rate, can be spread easily through direct transmission and even through contaminated blankets, and causes death in a manner befitting of a horror movie with an incubation period as little as two days.

The most deadly outbreak of 2014 in West Africa affected 28,610 people, with 11,308 deaths resulting, and other countries being affected in smaller numbers, but it brought a national spotlight to the disease.

The History of the Ebola Vaccine and What Causes It?

The roots for a vaccine against EVD can be traced back to the 1990s, when John, “Jack” Rose, a Yale University scientist developed a way to use a VSV, a livestock virus, as a vaccine delivery system. VSV became a backbone for experimental vaccine research for its unique ability to promote a high immune response, but for many years, laboratories lacked the necessary set-up to test its use on deadly viruses like Ebola. 

As Ebola became more of a household name instead of just another overlooked disease in a third-world country, the push for a vaccine also became more of a reality. A Canadian scientist had actually spearheaded the development of an effective Ebola vaccine for years, based on that initial VSV research, before the 2014 outbreak, without any luck in having a drug company develop it. Even the World Health Organization turned him down when he tried going to them directly. The demand for the widespread development of the vaccine just wasn’t there.

And then, of course, as we all know, that changed pretty quickly as it became apparent that Ebola has the ability to jump continents and threaten everyone. 

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the early experimental vaccine against EVD was introduced in 2015 in Guinea, and it did prove to be effective. 5,837 people received the vaccine and none of them developed Ebola, as compared to the 23 cases of people who developed the disease who were not vaccinated. From there, it was deployed for use in the more recent 2018-2019 outbreak in the Dominican Republic of Congo, and although those numbers are still being collected, early data also shows it’s effective.

Thanks to a combination of long-dedicated scientists, including immunologist Judie Alimonti--a Canadian “unsung hero” who worked tirelessly and completely alone for years on the tedious base work of the vaccine development even when no one cared that much about it--before passing away in 2017, and a lab that was finally willing to take a chance on the vaccine right before the 2014 outbreak happened, the scene was set for mainstream development of the vaccine.

Why an Ebola Vaccine is Necessary

“Ebola virus disease is a rare but severe and often deadly disease that knows no borders. Vaccination is essential to help prevent outbreaks and to stop the Ebola virus from spreading when outbreaks do occur,” Peter Marks, M.D., Ph.D., director of the FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, said in the FDA’s announcement of the vaccine. “The FDA’s approval of Ervebo is a major advance in helping to protect against the Zaire ebolavirus as well as advancing U.S. government preparedness efforts. The research approach used to study the effectiveness and safety of this vaccine was precedent-setting during a public health emergency and may help create a model for future studies under similar circumstances.”

The FDA also adds that while the Ebola virus is still extremely rare in the U.S., and have only occurred as a result of traveling, healthcare workers working outside of the country can still be at risk for acquiring the disease after taking care of patients with EVD.

Although the FDA’s official press release about the vaccine does not specify who the vaccine will be available to, we can assume that healthcare workers specifically caring for Ebola patients will have prioritized access to the vaccine.

Source: https://nurse.org/articles/new-ebola-prevention-vaccine-usa/
* News / Unemployed Ghanaian Nurses And Midwives To Demonstrate Against Govt on Jan 28 by Idowu Olabode: January 15, 2020, 06:09:04 PM
Graduate nurses and midwives who are yet to be employed by the Ministry of Health after the completion of their education have threatened to organise a street protest against the government on January 28, 2020 in Tamale.

According to them, the government’s failure to employ them with the excuse of not having the financial muscle to pay them is untenable.

As a result, they are beginning the series of street protests from Tamale in the Northern Region and later to various regions across Ghana.



In a radio interview with Accra based Citi FM on Wednesday [January 15, 2020], the leader of the group, Sugri Abdul-Rafiq said the government has reneged on all promises offered them since they started engaging with officials on how to be able to get the financial clearance for employment.

He said they have had a series of engagements with the Ministry of Health as well as President Akufo-Addo over the delays in their employment but all have yielded no result.

He said it is only the 2016 batch of graduates who have been employed as of now and that all others including some who completed in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2017 have not yet to been cleared for employment.

“Ministry of Health and other government officials are telling Ghanaians a different story, for example they have come out to say that it is this government that has employed nurses since 2012 and most Ghanaians believe that but in actual fact it is not true. The only batch this government has employed is the 2016 year batch.

Coming out with this demonstration, we are going to make sure that we elaborate on all the points that are necessary to let the good people of Ghana know that the information the government is giving them is not true,” he stated.

Source: Graphic.com.gh
* News / Shearwater Recruitment Agency Appoints New CEO to Address Nursing Shortage In US by Idowu Olabode: January 14, 2020, 07:50:19 PM
The global shortage of nurses and other clinicians continues to pressure healthcare organizations in need of clinical talent. In the United States, the Department of Labor has warned of the nursing shortage for years. On a global level, the nursing shortage has become so important that the World Health Organization (WHO) has named 2020 the year of the nurse and midwife in order to focus awareness on the vital role nurses play worldwide.

Shearwater Health works with some of the largest health systems and health plans in the U.S. to expand the size and impact of their nursing teams. In a climate that makes it tough to retain nurses, Shearwater has hired and retained over 3,000 global clinicians solving medical and administrative problems every hour of every day.

Dedicated teams of nurses and other clinicians work remotely from three Shearwater operation centers in the Philippines as well as onsite at hospitals and other healthcare organizations in the U.S. Bedside nurses working onsite come from countries all over the world including the Philippines, Jamaica, Kenya, Nigeria, and India.

To support Shearwater's rapid growth and ensure it meets client demand, Tom Kendrot has been promoted to CEO. Former CEO, David Bartholomew, will continue his involvement in the Company through his role as Executive Chairman. Kendrot formerly served as President & COO and has helped lead Shearwater to its current success since being hired in 2012.

"I am honored to lead Shearwater Health. Nurses and other clinicians are essential to the healthcare industry. Even with many exciting advancements in automation technology, we can never replace the value of human clinical intervention to create the best patient experience," says Kendrot. "Our clients see the value of clinical expertise, ranging from bedside to coaching to administrative clinical duties, as crucial to driving quality patient outcomes. Shearwater is uniquely positioned to provide that expertise remotely and onsite with clients."

"We are delighted to have Tom as CEO," said Oliver Moses, Managing Partner of WindRose Health Investors. "Tom is the right person to lead this company, as he has provided outstanding leadership in multiple roles over the last eight years. We are excited to see him continue the growth of the company."

Along with Kendrot taking the helm, the Company welcomed a strategic investment from Nashville-based Heritage Group at the end of 2019. Heritage Group's extensive experience and deep healthcare relationships will provide tremendous support to the company as it further solidifies its position as a leading provider of global outsourced clinical solutions to U.S. healthcare organizations.

"Shearwater provides a valuable source of relief from the nursing shortage for organizations across the healthcare ecosystem, and we are eager to help accelerate growth for the company," says Heritage Group Principal, Graham Hunter, who will join Shearwater's board.

Because Shearwater is involved with nurses in many different countries, it sees an opportunity to promote the nursing profession internationally to advance its mission of improving healthcare outcomes globally. "Our presence in Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean, along with the relationships we have with nurses and nursing leaders internationally, puts us at the center of global nursing," says Kendrot. "We are committed to capitalizing on our access and experience to help sustain the nursing profession in its tireless efforts to serve patients everywhere."

This is seen in Shearwater's partnerships with Asian Hospital in Manila, Philippines, investments in the National Nurses Association of Kenya, the faculty of the University of Nairobi School of nursing, and the city of Kingston, Jamaica, along with ongoing support of organizations like Project C.U.R.E.

With its expertise in providing nursing and other clinical programs from the Philippines and the U.S. and its growing impact on nursing around the world, Shearwater deepens its commitment to helping organizations utilize the nursing resources it needs to effectively care for patients in 2020 and the years to come.

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Media Contact:
Spencer Holleman
info@swhealth.com
615-921-9458

SOURCE: Shearwater Health
* News / Man Arraigned For Defrauding Nurses' Association N2.7m in Abeokuta by Idowu Olabode: January 14, 2020, 07:08:56 PM
The police on Friday arraigned one Oguntola Adisa in an Abeokuta Magistrates’ Court for allegedly defrauding the National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives in Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Aro-Abeokuta, of N2.7 million.

Adisa, who resides at No. 7, Olupeju Avenue, Obada Oko, is facing a three-count charge of fraud, stealing and conspiracy.

The Prosecutor, Insp Olu-Balogun Lawrence, told the court that the defendant committed the offence sometimes in September 2006 at Obada area in Abeokuta Lawrence alleged that the defendant fraudulently collected N2.7 million from the Association of Nurses for 10 acres of land located at Agbamaya area of Abeokuta and absconded.Nursesraena

He said the defendant conspired with others now at large to obtain the money from the complainant knowing fully that he does not have any land to sell to the association.

The prosecutor told the court that the offence contravened Section 419 and 390(9) of the Criminal Code, Laws of Ogun, 2006.

The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges. The Magistrate, Mr Olakunleyin Oke, granted bail to the defendant in the sum of N1million with two sureties in like sum.

Oke ordered that the sureties must be gainfully employed and must also provide evidence of tax payment to the state government. He adjourned the case till Jan. 17 for trial.

[NAN]
* Articles / Florence Nightingale And The Changing Face Of Nursing By Slavea Chankova by Idowu Olabode: January 14, 2020, 10:57:31 AM
The “Year of the Nurse” will highlight the potential—and the problems—awaiting future Nightingales

THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANISATION has designated 2020 as the “Year of the Nurse”, marking 200 years since the birth of Florence Nightingale, who established the principles of modern nursing and hospital sanitation. If she were to drop in on a hospital today, Nightingale would be pleased to see the progress in nursing since her day—and how it is poised to change in the years to come.

Nightingale founded the first nursing school, at a hospital in London in 1860, and wrote some 200 books and papers. She was the first woman admitted to the Royal Statistical Society, for her pioneering work in statistical infographics. While tending to British soldiers in the Crimean war, she made the case for hospital sanitation using a variation of the pie chart, entitled “Diagram of the Causes of Mortality in the Army in the East”, to show that more soldiers died from infections than from injuries. She drew up the chart to “affect through the Eyes what we may fail to convey to the brains of the public through their word-proof ears”. In what became known as a Coxcomb diagram, each slice of the pie has the same angular width and an area representing the amount in a given category (such as number of dead men).



Many, if not most, people today think of nursing as a narrow set of skills learned on the ward, much like it was back in Nightingale’s time. In fact, nurses have university degrees and there are doctorate-level studies in nursing. Like doctors, nurses specialise in myriad clinical disciplines, such as neonatology, cardiology and Accident & Emergency. There are even forensic nurses. Such is the pace of innovation in nursing that some issues of American Nurse Today, a monthly journal, run north of 70 pages.

In 2020 and beyond nurses will be doing a growing number of tasks conventionally reserved for doctors, both in acute and chronic care. Already, nearly two-thirds of anaesthetics given to patients in America are administered by certified nurse anaesthetists. In Britain specialised nurses now perform some types of abdominal, orthopaedic and cardiac surgery. In parts of sub-Saharan Africa nurses are being trained to do emergency caesarean sections, with results comparable to those achieved by doctors.

The changing face of nursing

Nurses will be increasingly tapped to replace general practitioners in treating patients with diabetes and other chronic conditions that require lifestyle changes. Nurses are particularly well placed to provide this kind of holistic care, which takes into account each person’s life circumstances, because they have long been patients’ confidants. In the words of Brian Dolan, an academic, “people look up to a doctor, but they look a nurse in the eye.” In surveys about trust in people from various professions, nurses invariably come top.

What would disappoint Nightingale in her time-travel to the present is that the transformation of nursing has been uneven. In countries as varied as India, Germany and Portugal nurses are still largely treated as doctors’ minions and may not even diagnose common ailments or prescribe medication. And although nurses make up nearly half of the world’s health-care workforce—and 90% of patients’ contacts with health workers—they are often not at the table when health-policy decisions are made. Even the World Health Organisation did not have a chief nursing officer until 2018.

The other trend that would make Nightingale furrow her brow is that nursing has lost its lustre, so most posts are hard to fill. In many countries no profession has a higher number of vacancies. In the next decade the shortage of nurses will remain the biggest problem that national health systems all over the world will face. By 2030 the world will be short of 7.6m nurses, which is a third of their number today.

To turn this tide, efforts to draw more people into nursing and keep trained nurses from leaving the profession will accelerate. Countries will focus more on recruiting nurses locally, rather than luring them from abroad—often from poor places where health care is already crippled by nurse shortages. National media campaigns will aim to raise the profile of nursing by dispelling outdated views about what the job entails. Some may borrow ideas from Singapore’s highly effective campaign, which has commissioned nursing dramas, documentaries and even a “nursing anthem” (in the form of a catchy pop-music video). The campaign’s Instagram account has something for everyone, including love stories of couples who met in nursing school.

Prodded by a global campaign which began in 2018, more hospitals and other employers will set up professional-development and leadership programmes for nurses. There will be more talk—and, it is hoped, action too—about how to enable nurses to work at the top of their licence and abilities. Technology will be roped in to make their work more manageable and reduce burnout. Algorithms, for example, will be used to map the optimal routes for ward shifts.

At the same time, as diagnostic systems and surgical robots advance, nursing may be the only aspect of the health-care profession in which machines will not replace human beings. Even though nursing is shaped by medical science and technology, as it has been since Nightingale’s time, its healing powers remain rooted in empathy and a human touch.

Credit: https://worldin.economist.com/edition/2020/article/17519/florence-nightingale-and-changing-face-nursing
* Post Basic Courses / School of Psychiatric Nursing Aro Abeokuta 2020/2021 Admission Form on Sale by Idowu Olabode: January 14, 2020, 10:41:09 AM
This is to inform the General Public that admission forms are now available for sale to eligible and qualified Registered Nurses for admission into the Post-Basic School Of Psychiatric Nursing, Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Aro, Abeokuta, Ogun State for 2020/2021 Academic session.

Requirements
1.Five (5) credits in WASC/SSSC/GCE or NECO to include: English Language, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry and Physics at not more than two sittings.
2.Registered Nurse Certificate (RN) of Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria (N&MCN).
3.Minimum of one year Post Qualification/Registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria.
4.At least one year Post Qualification working experience.

 Note: Individuals with BNSC degree can apply for specialty in this field with evidence of NYSC Discharge or Exemption Certificate.

Method of Application:   
The application process and mode of payment is online, applicants are to pay a non-refundable fee of N7,500.00 (Seven thousand five hundred naira) only through: www.remita.net following prompts that appear on the screen.
For online registration login to www.neuroaro.gov.ng

NOTE: Only registered Nurses are eligible.

Online Sale of Forms/Registration begins on 20th January, 2020 and closes on 28th February, 2020.

For Further Enquiries:
Please Contact:
The DDNE/Principal,
School of Psychiatric Nursing,
Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Aro, Abeokuta, Ogun State.
Tel No: 08033473188
Announcer:
DDNE/Principal
For: Provost & Medical Director
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