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* News / Yobe Gov Gives Automatic Employment To Graduating Midwives, Raises Allowance by Idowu Olabode: Today at 10:57:19 AM
Yobe State Governor Mai Mala Buni has approved automatic employment for 37 midwives of set II of the Shehu Sule College of Nursing and Midwifery, Damaturu, into the state’s healthcare services.

He also raised the monthly allowances of student nurses and midwives of the institution by 100 percent.

He urged the graduating midwives to be guided by their code of practice and the lessons they learnt at the college, saying the state’s healthcare sector needs their services.


“As you step out of this institution to join our healthcare workforce, I want all of you to remember the lessons you have learnt here – that as midwives, your job would be critical to saving lives, preventing maternal and child mortality and improving the health of women and children across the state. You should therefore do your jobs with professionalism and with patience because our healthcare system needs you”, he said.

 He said a two-storey 200-bed capacity hostel and two additional classrooms and offices will be built for students of the college, adding that of the 3,600 housing units to be built in the state soon, some would be allocated to the staff of the institution to address their accommodation problems.

Buni assured that his government would continue to ensure free maternal and child healthcare, regular supply of drugs and consumables to hospitals and would support all the primary healthcare facilities in the State.

He thanked the state’s healthcare development partners, including the Women for Health, the Presidential Committee on the North East Initiative and the British Department for International Development, amongst others, for their support to the state’s healthcare sector.

“We are grateful to you and we look forward to strengthening our partnership with you so that together, we can achieve universal healthcare for all”, he said.

Source: Daily Trust
* News / Shortage Of Nurses Hit Germany, Health Minister Travels To Mexico To Lure Nurses by Idowu Olabode: Today at 10:44:34 AM
A shortage of qualified staff to work in German care homes has prompted a visit to Mexico by Health Minister Jens Spahn. A speedy visa process is one of the perks being offered to lure skilled workers.

German Health Minister Jens Spahn on Saturday appealed to Mexican care workers to consider moving to Germany to work.

Spahn traveled to Mexico City last week as part of a recruitment drive aimed at redressing a shortage of nursing and ancillary staff in German care homes.

In a video posted to Twitter, he said the trip was about "helping to speed up the process by which nurses from Mexico can come to Germany."

He said visa procedures and the recognition of professional qualifications would be accelerated for qualified Mexican

The minister also met with 15 representatives of local training institutes and invited them to visit Germany to familiarize themselves with the German care system and recruit Mexican workers.

Sector shunned by workers

Germany's care sector is deeply unattractive for many domestic workers due to low wages, overwork and reports of mistreatment of staff and patients. The industry relies on thousands of foreign workers.

Spahn said there were currently 50,000 to 80,000 vacancies in care homes and hospitals.

DW reported in January that the care sector was struggling to fill some 38,000 posts and that for every 100 vacant positions there were only 26 unemployed skilled workers on the market.

The German government has set a target to find 10% more trainees for the sector by 2023. Earlier this year, it tasked several ministries with addressing the shortage, prompting high-profile visits to countries such as Kosovo and the Philippines this summer.

Aging population spurs action

Resolving the issue has become particularly urgent as the number of people who need care is expected to rise dramatically in the coming decades: from the 3.3 million in 2017 to 4 million by 2030, and 5.3 million by 2050, according to official government projections.

The shortage persists despite Germany's population growing by more than 2 million since 2015, mostly as a result of Europe's migrant crisis, which saw large numbers of people cross the Mediterranean to seek a new life in Europe's largest economy.

* Research / US Nurses Furious After Govt Appoints Dentist To Head Nursing Research Institute by Idowu Olabode: September 18, 2019, 04:44:40 PM
The country's largest federal nursing research institutes will soon be run by a dentist and a biologist.

Former principal deputy director Lawrence Tabak, who holds a doctor of dental surgery, or DDS, will serve as interim director of the National Institute for Nursing Research. Tabak will take over for Ann Cashion, who announced her resignation on August 30. Cashion holds a doctorate in nursing. Her last day is September 30.

The National Institute of Health also appointed Tara Schwetz, who holds a PhD in biology, as deputy interim director. Schwetz previously served as the NIH associate deputy director.

Some nurses argue the interim position to head the federal research organization should have gone to a nurse.

"There's the suggestion just that any random, in this case, old white man can supervise a bunch of nurses and it doesn't take any particular skill or education," Sandy Summers, executive director of the advocacy group The Truth About Nursing , told Business Insider. "It damages public understanding of the nursing profession, it sends a message nurses are not college-educated science professionals."

The NINR provides clinical and basic research for either nurses conducting healthcare research, or research in nursing science. NINR is one of 27 institutes that comprise the National Institute of Health, the US Department of Health and Human Services' medical research agency.

The Truth About Nursing recently put out a petition demanding the NIH rescind their appointment and choose a nurse to lead the organization. The organization's aim is to better the public's understanding of what nurses do and call out negative stereotypes in the media.

Business Insider reached out to the National Institute for Nursing Research for comment.

Doris Carroll, vice president of the Illinois nurses union and founder of the Nurses Take DC movement, said the appointment dismisses the qualified nurse researchers and nurse academics across the country. Nurses must have at least an associate's degree to practice, but may go on to get a bachelor's, master's, or doctoral degree.

From 2017 to 2018, the number of students enrolled in doctor of nursing programs increased from 29,093 to 32,678, according to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing .

"We're highly qualified academically and we've done many research studies over the years," Carroll told Business Insider. "We need to have one of our own head up that organization."

Nursing is currently one of the country's fastest growing professions, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Since the average age of a nurse is currently 51 , many nurses will soon retire and give their positions to younger candidates. However, nearly one in five nurses leave the profession after the first year an issue that could be due to burnout from handling too many patients at once, Carroll said.

"Nurses are routinely being driven out of the nursing profession because of the way they're treated," Summers said. "It's important that the public understand nurses go to college, nurses get high-level degrees."
* News / NMCN Restores Ahmadu Bello University Accreditation After Speaker's Intervention by Idowu Olabode: September 18, 2019, 01:30:54 PM
 Following the intervention of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, The full accreditation status of the School of Nursing Sciences of the College of Medical Sciences of Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria has been restored.
The speaker had mandated the House Committee on Health care Services, chaired by Hon. Dr Tanko Sununu to intervene and ensure the accreditation, which was withdrawn in May 2019 by the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria is restored.
At the stakeholders’ meeting on Monday at the House of Representatives, hon. Sununu in his opening remarks said Speaker Gbajabiamila became worried over the withdrawal of the accreditation of the Nursing School as a result of the negative impact it has on the academic pursuit of the students, manpower and the provision of healthcare service to the Nigerian society.
The controversy that began in 2015 eventually led to the withdrawal of the School’s full accreditation status granted to the Bachelor of Nursing Science (BNSC) programme by the Council on May 27th, 2019 following the renewal of the appointment of the School’s Head of Department, Prof. Hayat Gommaa
According to the lawmaker, the Committee had reached out to students, the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria (NMCN), the Vice-Chancellor and the Provost of the College of Medical Sciences of the Ahmadu Bello University as well as other stakeholders.
In his presentation, NMCN’s Registrar/Secretary General, Faruk Abubakar said the withdrawal of the accreditation became necessary following the breach of the law that makes it mandatory that any person seeking to train nurses in Nigeria to be registered by the Council.
The Council said despite its repeated observations, ABU and the Head of the Department of the Nursing School, Gommaa failed to comply with the law as she refused to register with the Council.
As such, the Council said it was left with no option than to withdraw the school’s accreditation, and stop Prof. Gommaa from practising nursing in Nigeria in compliance with the law.
On his part, the Provost of the College of Medical Sciences, ABU, Prof Abdulahi Randawa said the withdrawal of the accreditation was regretted but that Gommaa, whose appointment was the subject of the controversy has resigned and Muhammad Ladan appointed as the new HOD.
Sununu, who was supported by the Deputy Chairman of the Committee, Hon Babatunde Adejare and other members commended both parties for their maturity in handling the issue, which he said was what Speaker Gbajabiamila had hoped for
He said: “We are happy that this controversy that has generated so much interest in the social media has been resolved amicably. The withdrawal of the accreditation was as a result of a misunderstanding between the NMCN and the University.
“It was this that got Mr Speaker worried and he mandated the House Committee on Health care Services to summon all major stakeholders involved in the dispute so that we can resolve the issues and allow the training of our undergraduates in the Nursing Sciences to continue unhindered.
“I’m happy to say today that after extensive deliberation with an open mind, the meeting was able to resolve the following:
-ABU, Zaria has communicated already that Prof. Hayat Gommaa has resigned her headship of the Department of Nursing Sciences, which is the major issue of contention
-The Council has also agreed that as soon as the report to that effect is submitted to it, will promptly act and restore the accreditation of the School
- Prof. Gommaa has also been directed to continue to process the registration of her membership of the Council as prescribed by the Act establishing the Council.
It is our belief and prayers that the accreditation would be restored as soon as possible and training will continue in earnest.
Speaker Gbajabiamila also expressed hope that Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria will continue to maintain its position in providing the requisite manpower in our sector, not only to the northern part of Nigeria but to the country and Africa as a whole”.
The Provost and the Registrar also expressed their happiness at the intervention of the Speaker, while assuring that the resolution of the meeting would be implemented.
Lanre Lasisi
Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the Speaker of the House of Representatives.
* News / Georgia Nurse- Amy Queen Poem Titled “The Empty Bed” Goes Viral by Idowu Olabode: September 17, 2019, 10:24:35 AM
A Poem penned down by a Georgia nurse- Amy Queen and shared on her Facebook page has set social media on Fire. The posted poem went viral on Facebook with over 15,000 and shared more than 18,000 times according to observation from

According to the information available on Amy Queen Facebook profile page, has been an RN since 2010. She has worked many areas, but her specialty is critical care, both ICU and ER, but she prefers ER. She studied Associates Degree in Nursing (A.D.N.) at Georgia Northwestern and later received her BSN in 2015 at South University, followed by her MSN in Walden University with a specialty in Adult and Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner in 2018.  She currently works as an Intensivist in two ICUs, Medical and Surgical ICU at Hamilton Medical Center in Dalton, Georgia. Below is the poem that has gone viral

“The Empty Bed”

I leaned over you as you we tried to pump life back into your soul again.
The look in your eyes was indicative that you were already gone, but we tried against the reaper to win.

Your family wept and told us to keep trying, they didn’t want to let you leave.
So we continued on, with all of us in a silent conversation with the others knowing it wasn’t something we could achieve.

Finally, after rounds and rounds of medications, shocks, and pumping so hard on your chest, we have sweat pouring down our faces.
The family said, “Please quit, that’s enough.” Tears filled my eyes as I tried to hide it by staring at my shoelaces.

They said goodbye to you and we took the appropriate steps to clean you up, call the funeral home, and prepare for them to pick you up in the middle of the night.Nursesarena

Your eyes were glazed over and shiny, as if the next thing you saw was what we all dream of .... that mysterious light.

I wondered if you had been a teacher, a pastor, a truck driver, or maybe you worked on cars for a living.
I hoped you met your maker with all the love you deserved and feeling of forgiving.

I try to remember you were someone’s dad, husband, brother, son, and friend.
It hurts me to know you were surrounded by strangers in the end.

But those strangers would give anything to bring you back to how you were before you met us in this place.
They lovingly take care of every gender, ethnicity, color, and every race.

We watch the life leave your body and go to a place none of us know and understand.
We did everything in our power to keep you alive and well and heal you with our hands.Nursesarena

We then eat lunch, we laugh and play, as if nothing ever happened, and we try to prepare ahead.
For the next soul to come in who needs us, the next soul to fill “the empty bed”

Next time, you wonder why you come across nurses with that look that is always on their face and in their eyes.
It’s because we give up everything to save you and lose a little of ourself every time we lose one of you guys.

Thank a nurse. Thank a doctor. Thank a tech. Thank a respiratory therapist. Thank the lab. Thank radiology. Thank dietary and EVS.
We do a lot to prepare this empty bed and in hopes, pray we send you back out no matter how, and knowing we did our best.Nursesarena

We then may excuse ourselves to the bathroom or even wait until we get to the car
Then the tears hit, or we turn up a loud song, and sat by ourselves as we drive near and far.

We tried so hard to save you and we just couldn’t do it that day, and how I wish we could have changed it or helped more with something we could have said.
Instead we have to keep moving because the next one is coming and they need us, so again we pull out the “empty bed”.

Written by: Amy Queen

* News / Carolyn Strom: Canadian Nurse Fined $26,000 Over Facebook Post Heads To Court by Idowu Olabode: September 17, 2019, 10:00:35 AM
The case of Saskatchewan nurse facing a $26,000 fine for criticizing her grandfather’s care on Facebook will be heard by province’s highest court today.

Carolyn Strom was found guilty of professional misconduct by the Saskatchewan Registered Nurses Association in 2016 and handed the financial penalty.

After an unsuccessful appeal bid last year she’s now asking the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal to quash the regulatory body’s decision.

It all started after Strom made Facebook comments in February 2015 criticizing unnamed staff at her grandfather’s long term-care facility in Macklin, Sask., after he died.

Court documents filed for Strom’s appeal say the case is about freedom of expression and using professional discipline to prevent employees from speaking out about the shortcomings of the public system.

The nurses association asks the Appeal Court whether professionals have the charter right to say whatever they want on social media, and publicly embarrass health-care facilities without getting all of the facts.

The Saskatchewan Union of Nurses, Canadian Constitution Foundation and the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association are intervening in the case.

“If this ruling is upheld and her $26,000 fine is upheld, it’s really sending a message that you can’t criticize anything about the health-care system if you are a nurse,” said Megan Tweedie, litigation counsel for the B.C. civil liberties group.

In recent messages to The Canadian Press, Strom says she has many feeling about the case, which she’s considered giving up at times.

She says she hasn’t because it’s too important for other health-care workers.

“It’s taken a huge toll on my health,” Strom said.
Source: NationalPost
* News / Zimbabwean Nurses and Doctors Protest Over Abducted Leader by Idowu Olabode: September 17, 2019, 09:55:49 AM
Zimbabwe’s nurses and doctors on Monday took to the streets to protest the disappearance of the head of Zimbabwe's Hospital and Doctors Association, who was reportedly abducted by state security for leading an ongoing strike. Rights lawyers have petitioned the High Court to press President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government to release the missing doctor.

Nurses and doctors gathered near the offices of Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa, chanting songs of protest.

“We will not listen to anyone,” they chant.Protest leaders submitted a petition to the government, following the reported abduction of Peter Gabriel Mugombeyi, acting president of the Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association, over the weekend.

Association official Tapiwa Mungofa spoke to his fellow workmates after delivering the petition.

“No Peter, no work. We are not going to return to work until our leader is back," he said. "What caused the industrial action is the issue of poor remuneration. That is what Peter has been fighting for. That issue hasn’t been addressed. But what has brought us here is that we want our leader safe and back. We are still incapacitated. We no longer feel safe to be at work."

Two weeks ago, the Mugombeyi-led Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association went on strike, demanding the government raise their salaries.

Obediah Moyo, Zimbabwe’s health minister, says the government is aware of the disappearance of Mugombeyi .

“We are alarmed by this. I have therefore personally engaged the state security agencies who have undertaken to deploy resources to look for Dr. Peter Mugombeyi and they are seized with the matter, with no stone left unturned," he said. "We are taking this matter seriously. I appeal to his workmates to remain calm and direct all efforts towards assisting the police with a view to a quick and successful closure of this matter.”

Abductions and disappearances of activists are common in Zimbabwe, and were especially so during the long rule of late president Robert Mugabe.

On Monday, the activist group, Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights, got a High Court order, demanding security forces locate Mugombeyi.

“And they have been ordered to work with the lawyers to investigate this. Whoever is holding Dr. Magombeyi has been ordered to release him immediately at the High Court. We expect the authorities to comply with the court order," said Kumbirai Mafunda, the lawyers’ spokesman.

Meanwhile, Clément Voule, the U.N. Special Rapporteur on Rights to Freedom of Peaceful Assembly, begins a 10-day visit Zimbabwe on Tuesday.

According to the High Commission for Human Rights, Voule, a Togolese national, will be in Zimbabwe to “assess the country’s achievements and challenges in relation to the exercise of the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association in the country.”

* News / 620 Nursing Students Graduate From A South African College by Idowu Olabode: September 17, 2019, 09:43:44 AM
The Mpumalanga Department of Health announced some good news for the health sector in South Africa.

On Friday, the MEC of health in the province addressed graduates at the Mpumalanga College of Nursing.

According to the post, an impressive 620 students will obtain their nursing qualifications during the graduation ceremony.

The post read: "The Hon MEC for Health in Mpumalanga, Ms Sasekani Manzini is currently addressing the 29th Nurses Graduation ceremony taking place in Mbombela City.

"Today 620 nursing students from Mpumalanga College of Nursing will be rewarded diplomas in the field of nursing to further improve the shortage of health care professionals and contributes meaningfully in the advancement of health care services in the province."

* News / Barbados Congress of Trade Unions Calls For Quick Recruitment of Ghanaian Nurses by Idowu Olabode: September 16, 2019, 11:03:49 AM
A major nursing shortage is severely impeding the effective functioning of the health care system, General Secretary of the Congress of Trade Unions and Staff Associations, Dennis De Peiza has charged, calling for urgent action.

He urged Government to seek human resources from outside the region sooner rather than later, renewing support for the Prime Minister’s promise to recruit Ghanaian nurses.

In a statement, the CTUSAB boss complained the shortages have crippled key sections of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) and blamed the issues on a trickle of graduating nurses from the Barbados Community College.

“CTUSAB has been made aware that the current shortage of critical nurses has constrained the operations of five theatres at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH). Whilst we support the fact that Barbadians and regional nurses must be given priority in any recruitment and employment by the hospital, it is understandable that given the global shortage of nurses which is being experienced, there is need to recruit from abroad.”

He stressed: “The situation at the island’s premier institution is further compounded by the shortage of specialists and critical care nurses.”

The challenges arise amid efforts by the Ministry of Health to expand free health care services with the gradual introduction of 24-hour polyclinics.

During a recent official visit by Ghana’s President Nana Akufor-Addo, Mottley revealed plans to recruit almost 400 nurses to replenish the country’s health care system.

The announcement gained the backing of nurse’s representatives, the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW) and the Barbados Nurses Association (BNA), but was rejected by General Secretary of the Unity Trade Union, Senator Caswell Franklyn, who claimed scores of Barbadian nurses remain unemployed.

Indirectly refuting Senator Franklyn’s claims, DePeiza argued the recruitment decision is now critical and should be done within the parameters of local nursing standards.

“CTUSAB therefore supports Government’s plan to recruit nurses from Ghana, which is in an effort to address the shortage of critical care nurses required at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. This support remains contingent upon the fact that those recruited, must meet the require standards as approved by the Barbados Nursing Council,” he said, while urging that “no effort be spared” in seeking regional nurses first.

But De Peiza acknowledged that global competition driven by international recruiters was bound to attract both graduate and critical care nurses, attracted to the prospect of better pay and perks.

The CTUSAB general secretary said: “As Government  moves to ensure the quality of care to be provided, the efficiency of service at the QEH and to offer a 24-hours operation at two of the island’s polyclinics, CTUSAB believes that the time is right for a review of the conditions of service offered to local nurses to be undertaken, so as to make employment in Barbados attractive enough, in an effort to retard and eliminate any threat of the exodus of local nurses.” (KS)
Source:Barbados Today
* News / Kenya Joins Ghana And Malawi, Introduces Malaria Vaccine by Idowu Olabode: September 16, 2019, 10:58:20 AM
Kenya on Friday introduced the world's first malaria vaccine, joining Ghana and Malawi to roll out the landmark vaccine for the disease that continues to affect millions in Africa.

The vaccine, known as RTS,S, was launched in the western county of Homa Bay by the Kenyan Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization (WHO).

Rudi Eggers, WHO representative to Kenya, said the vaccines are powerful tools that effectively reach and better protect the health of children who may not have immediate access to the doctors, nurses and health facilities that they need to save them when severe illness comes.

"This is a day to celebrate as we begin to learn more about what this vaccine can do to change the trajectory of malaria though childhood vaccination," Eggers said in a statement released during the launch.

The vaccine will be available to children from six months of age in selected areas of the country in a phased pilot introduction. It is said to be the first and only vaccine to significantly reduce malaria in children.

According to the WHO, malaria claims the life of one child every two minutes. The disease is a leading killer of children younger than five years in Kenya.

Eggers said Africa has witnessed a recent surge in the number of malaria cases and deaths, threatening the gains in the fight against the disease made in the past two decades.

"The ongoing pilots will provide the key information and data to inform a WHO policy on the broader use of the vaccine in sub-Saharan Africa," he said. "If introduced widely, the vaccine has the potential to save tens of thousands of lives."

The WHO said Homa Bay County is one of eight counties in Kenya where the vaccine will be introduced in selected areas.

The vaccine is a complementary malaria control tool, to be added to the core package of WHO-recommended measures for malaria prevention, including the routine use of insecticide-treated bed nets, indoor spraying with insecticides, and timely access to malaria testing and treatment.

The Ministry of Health, through the National Vaccines and Immunization Program, is leading the phased vaccine introduction in areas of high malaria transmission, where the vaccine can have the greatest impact.

The aim is to vaccinate about 120,000 children per year in Kenya across the selected introduction areas, including eight counties in western Kenya.

According to the Ministry of Health, the vaccine will be added to the immunization schedule for more than 300,000 Kenyan children who are expected to be vaccinated in the next three years.
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