USA: Massachusetts Patient to Spend 90 Days in Jail for Spitting on a Nurse

Spitting on a skilled nursing employee will land one resident in jail for three months, a Massachusetts jury decided last week.

The sentence stems from an October 2016 incident, when 29-year-old Travis Chiddick twice groped a female housekeeper’s buttocks while she cleaned his room. When told that he’d be losing privileges at the Timberlyn Rehabilitation Care Center in Great Barrington, MA, he subsequently spit in the face of a staff nurse, the Berkshire Eagle reports.

On Friday, a six-member jury convicted Chiddick of assault for the incident, and he was sentenced to serve 90 days in the Berkshire County Jail. The jury, however, acquitted him other charges, including assault with a dangerous weapon. Chiddick, who uses a wheelchair, also was accused of throwing a glove at a nursing home staffer.

The county had sought a six-month sentence, while the resident’s attorney asked the judge to consider probation, arguing that Chiddick’s impulsive tendencies were part of his medical condition. Chiddick had previously incited “numerous past encounters at the nursing home in which he has become violent and either assaulted staff or other patients,” police stated in the initial incident report.


PRC CPD Points: Board Exam Proctors, Personnel to Earn CPD Units

Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) has recently issued a resolution crediting

CPD units to licensed professionals who will assist in administration of board examinations.


PRC Resolution No. 1118 series of 2018 signed by Chairman Teofilo S. Pilando Jr., and Commissioners Yolanda D. Reyes and Jose Y. Cueto Jr on Monday, September 25 is entitled Granting of Continuing Professional Development Credit Units for Registered and Licensed Professionals Who Will Serve as Examination Personnel During the Conduct of Various Professional Licensure Examinations.


The resolution states that registered and licensed professionals are qualified for the tasks of exam personnel such as School Coordinator, Building Supervisor, Floor Supervisor, Room Watchers, Proctors, and Security Personnel.


Based on the Implementing Rules and Regulations of CPD Act of 2016, these professionals may earn CPD units by participating in the program initiated by PRC and the Professional Regulatory Boards such as the licensure examinations.


Because of this, PRC is giving 1 credit unit per hour of actual service rendered to these professionals, as stipulated in the Certificate of Service Rendered which will be issued to them by the Director of Licensure Officer of the Director of Regional Office.


So if the board exam runs for 2 days at 8 hours per day, will the personnel who rendered service for this 2-full day gets 16 CPD units? This is great for professionals! And I believe they also have honoraria for their service.


What’s also nice about this is that professionals don’t have to file the certificate under the Self-Directed Learning, meaning it is automatically credited and they don’t have to pay P500 application fee.


Very good news to all professionals regulated by PRC! Here’s the image of the recently signed Resolution:


Exam Proctors Qualifications, Requirements


So if you want to be an exam watcher or proctor, head on to the nearest PRC office and check for vacancies. Here’s the usual qualifications and requirements:


Qualifications:Bachelor’s degree graduate, Not related by consanguinity or affinity up to the third degree to an examinee, and not connected to review center.


Requirements: Duly accomplished Personal Data Sheet (for room watcher/proctor form), Photocopy of Transcript of Records, and Photocopy of PRC Iicense.


For other information, please contact the PRC offices or their official website. Please share this post to other professionals who need CPD units for license or Professional ID Card (PIC) renewal.

Taxpayer Identification Number(TIN) Registration by NABCO Personnel





Walk into any GRA DTRD office. At the Front desk, you will be requested to complete a TIN Registration form. You will require a valid National Identification such as Driver’s License, Voter’s ID or Ghana Card.




Download the TIN application form from the GRA website ( Read the Completion notes to guide you to complete the form. Complete and sign the application form. Scan the application form and also your National ID (Driver’s License, Voter’s ID or old National Identification Card) and send by email to




To submit a TIN application online, you will need a scanned colour copy of a valid national ID (pdf, jpg, jpeg, gif). The acceptable IDs for the online registration are Voter ID, Driver License or National Identification Card


1. Go to GRA’s website –

2. Select Online Tax Portal (DTRD) under ONLINE SERVICES or go directly to following address (

3. (Read Guide – Online TIN Registration for details on the process)

4. Click on Application for Individual TIN to start application process

5. Upload a scanned colour copy of your national ID

6. Submit application

7. You will receive an email notification

8. If you have used an NIA Card then TIN registration is automatic and you will receive an email notification within a minute or so. Driver License and Voters ID require a GRA officer to vet and approve your documentation before a TIN is issued.


In all cases once our application has been approved, you will receive an SMS message to inform you that your TIN has been generated. Your TIN Certificate must be picked up from your nearest GRA Office.



If you are unable to provide any of the above identifications, you will need to visit a GRA DTRD Office with a National Health Insurance Card or Passport for personal identification.

Foreign Trained Nurses No Longer Need Work Experience To Come To UK

Nurses and midwives who have trained outside the European Union are from today allowed to apply to come and work in the UK immediately after qualifying.

The move follows procedural changes by the nurse and midwife regulatory body the Nursing and Midwifery Council and brings applicants from outside the EU into line with their EU counterparts.

“This change will remove an unnecessary barrier, making it as simple and straightforward as possible”

Emma Broadbent

Previously, nurses and midwives from outside the EU were required to have worked for at least 12 months after qualifying before being able to apply to work in the UK.

Under the new rules, all those applying to work in the UK from outside the EU will still be required to pass tests to show they are safe to work and also show they can communicate effectively in English.

Overseas nurses wishing to practice in the UK must demonstrate their language skills by passing either the International English Language Testing System exam or the Occupational English Test.

The NMC noted that it had introduced improved guidance and supporting materials for applicants so that they could be as well prepared as possible to show that they meet its requirements.

These changes are part of a much wider ongoing review looking how the regulator can improve the experience for people applying to work in the UK from overseas, noted the NMC.

The regulator highlighted that more than 65,000 nurses and midwives from outside the EU “deliver first class care to millions of people across the UK every year”.

“They are a vital part of our health and care workforce,” said Emma Broadbent, director of registration and revalidation at the NMC.

“This change will remove an unnecessary barrier, making it as simple and straightforward as possible for highly skilled nursing and midwifery staff to join the workforce,” she said.

There has been a recent spike in the number of overseas nurses and midwives from outside of the European Union joining the UK nursing register, according to figures from the NMC.

Latest data presented during an NMC council meeting in July showed an 86% increase in the number of nurses and midwives joining the register from outside the EU in the past three months.

The average number joining each month increased to 440 between April and June 2018 compared with an average of 237 per month in the previous nine.

At the end of June 2018 there were 69,425 nurses and midwives on the register from outside the EU compared with 67,534 in July 2017 – an increase of nearly 2,000.

In contrast, other NMC figures have shown that the number of new nurses coming from the EU to work in the UK has dropped by 87%, from 6,382 in 2016-17 to 805 in 2017-18.


UK NMC Changes Registration Practice Requirement, Work Experience No Longer Needed

The UK NMC has changed her practice requirement which means that new nurses who recently graduated from Nursing School can now register. Below is the announcement made on their website


Practice Requirements

Previously overseas nurses and midwives wishing to apply to join our register must have worked for 12 months after achieving their qualification. We have now removed this requirement meaning applicants can apply to join our register immediately after qualifying.

Nursing and Midwifery Council of Ghana Releases September 2018 Examination Results

The Nursing and Midwifery Council has released the results for the online licensing examination conducted this year. The online examination which begun on September 3, 2018 was the first online examination to be carried out in Ghana for nursing and midwifery trainees. Ghana becomes the first in West Africa and third in Africa to conduct this type of licensing examination.


The examination was piloted across three centers in the country, namely Pantang, Ankaful and Yendi. About 375 Registered Mental Nursing (RMN) Candidates sat for the examination.


The Nursing and Midwifery Council has released the results of the examination to various schools just within three weeks after the examination was conducted. Candidates have therefore been advised to visit their various schools for their results and present the completed Registration form to the designated Regional Office of the Council as stated in their letter.

Nurse seeking change after nearly being killed by patient

Wash.– An Intensive Care Unit nurse is badly bruised after she says she was almost choked to death by her patient.

Now, Ashley Schade is sharing her experience to spread awareness about the rising rates of violence in hospitals.

Washington State Nurses Association Representative Jayson Dick says, “There’s so many things that nurses are responsible for, a lot of people don’t know what it looks like to be in the shoes of a nurse, but they’re there through the entire experience, they are the front line of healthcare.”


The front lines of healthcare that many nurses say need more protection.

Badly bruised, but not broken, Schade wrote a lengthy post about how she was almost killed last weekend and how more people need to pay attention to what’s happening behind hospital doors.

Washington State Nurses Association Representative Jayson Dick says, “Unfortunately it’s a huge issue, and the issue is growing. According to a study that the American Nurses Association put out, 1 in 4 nurses is affected by workplace violence.”

According to the American Nurses Association, the likelihood of health care workers being exposed to violence is higher than prison guards or police officers.

Washington State Nurses Association Representative Jayson Dick says, “There are absolutely ways to prevent these issues, from rising, better education, better staffing, better responses from the facilities. It should not be the status quo that nurses have to put their lives in jeopardy every time they go in to take care of their patients.”

Ashley’s patient now faces charges of assault in the second degree.

Court documents Action News obtained say Schade had been tending to her patient, 65-year-old Bruce Darling for three days, monitoring him for 12 and a half hours a day.

Court documents say Darling tried to remove his IV and Schade attempted to stop him.

That’s when she says he choked her.

Kadlec released a statement saying they support filing the charges against Darling.

They say while they take the threats seriously, “No matter the training offered or all the measures in place, situations can arise where caregivers who are providing care to patients may be in harm’s way because of a patient or a patient’s friend or family member.”

In recent weeks, Kadlec confirms there have been two caregivers physically harmed at Kadlec.

Kadlec says it is “engaged in reviewing and if necessary improving protocols to help deter future incidents.”

Richland Police confirmed Darling is still in the hospital at this time and they are in close contact with the hospital.

We’re told an arraignment date hasn’t been set yet for Darling.


Portugal: Over 75pct of nurses join first day of two-day strike

Over 75% of nurses in Portugal joined the first day of a two-day national strike on Friday, according Guadalupe Simões, from the Portuguese Nurses’ Union

Lisbon – On Thursday, the services most affected due to the strike were out patients, operating theatres and health centres.

Portugal’s nursing unions began a two-day national strike on Thursday morning to pressure the government to present a better proposal for nursing careers.

The unions are also demanding extra pay for specialist nurses, the hiring of more professionals, a minimum wage of €1,600, the possibility of reaching the top of the superior technical career and retirement before the age of 66.

The strike was called by all the nursing unions across the country.

Filipino nurses meet MPs over registration and visa troubles

Filipino nurses are concerned they aren’t being given enough time to find work in New Zealand.

Labour MPs met Filipino community leaders on Saturday to discuss their struggles with short visas and lengthy registrations.

Filipino Nurses Association president Monina Hernandez tells Newshub after the paperwork is done, they have only one month to find work.

“The sad thing is they cannot apply for a job during that period, so they are literally just waiting for their licence,” she says.

“They have to reapply for another visa, and that would incur further costs.”

Ms Hernandez says making changes to the visas would help New Zealand with its staffing shortage.

“If they actually addressed it, they would be addressing the need of New Zealand for nurses as well, so it’s a win-win situation.”

Filipinos make up 8 percent of New Zealand’s nursing workforce.


Recruiting More Men to Nursing Schools by Michele Wojciechowski

Nursing, like other health care fields, has been predominately female for quite some time. To increase diversity, some schools are taking the initiative to find ways of attracting more men to attend nursing school and become part of the field.

One such school is Chamberlain University in Miramar, Florida. Campus President W. Jason Dunne, DNP, MN, RN, CNE, gave us some insight into what they are doing to specifically get more men on campus.

I understand that you’re making strides to attract more male nurses to your campus. Why is this important?

It’s important to attract male nurses to the Chamberlain University Miramar campus, and to nursing in general. I believe diversity of the nursing workforce is a fundamental element of building a solid foundation of our profession that is reflective of the patients and families that we serve through our nursing care and practice. From my perspective, diversity includes not only attracting more male nurses, but also adding cultural and ethnic difference to our profession.

What are you specifically doing to attract men to the field? What are you doing differently? 

Over the last year, Chamberlain University has been working with the American Association of Men in Nursing to build a chapter on the Miramar campus. In recent months, we received approval of our chapter and have been actively planning its launch with recruitment to follow over the next couple months.

Having a committee/organization on our campus that advocates and celebrates men in nursing, and diversity in general, will provide a venue where male nursing students can come together from early on in their educational journey and feel supported and mentored as they embark on their careers as registered nurses. As our admission team members meet with prospective students, they discuss the various student committees and organizations that we have on campus. Having a conversation with prospective male students about our Men in Nursing chapter will send a positive message that we embrace and support men entering the nursing profession and are here to provide mentorship through their educational journey and beyond.

Why do you think that men are hesitant to become nurses? What are you doing to counteract these thoughts?

I believe there is still a stigma and stereotype that exists within our society that labels nursing as a woman’s profession. Interestingly, I often hear men in nursing described as male nurses but a female in nursing as a nurse and not female nurse. We need to change our language and how we have a conversation about men as nurses.

One of the most powerful things that we can do to counteract this hesitancy is for male nurses to advocate their roles within the profession as well as in our local and national communities. I believe organizations such as the American Association of Men in Nursing can help shift this stereotype and advocate and support a more inclusive view of the nursing profession that is exclusive of gender.

In addition, nursing educational institutions have a significant role to play in how we educate the next generation of nurses—we must instill in our new nurses that nurses’ work is not gender specific and encourage and promote the diversity of our profession.

What would you suggest that other colleges/universities do to attract more men to their nursing programs?

One of the most important things that nursing programs can do to attract more men into their nursing programs is to educate their colleagues—including admission advisors, counselors, high school teachers, etc.—about the importance of diversity in the nursing profession. Oftentimes, having colleagues explore their own personal biases about what a nurse is and what a nurse looks like can often be helpful in working through any unintentional bias or stigmas that exist within colleagues who have the all-important roles of supporting a person’s career path into the profession. In general, it is building awareness of the many facets of nursing and the opportunities that exist to support and serve patients and their families.

What are the biggest challenges you’ve encountered while doing this?

Some of the challenges that I have faced personally as well as working with students in the clinical setting relate back to the stereotype and stigmas that people/society hold about men in nursing.

For example, I was working with a group of nursing students, and we were scheduled for a clinical experience on a women’s gynecological unit. In my group, there were two male and five female students. Unfortunately, the two male students experienced some prejudice from patients, families, and a select group of nurses on the clinical unit. The widely held belief or theme of the prejudice was that a male nurse should not be taking care of women with gynecological health challenges. Interestingly, all of the gynecologists on the unit were male doctors.

One of the most impactful things that you can do is to open the dialogue and have a conversation with the patient, families, and nurses about men in nursing. In this instance, we spoke about the educational experience and training my nursing students had throughout their program, and we spoke about the patients’ hesitations with having a male nurse care for them. In the end, the male nursing students provided care and had developed an excellent rapport with the patients and the families. This was a positive ending, but it took having conversations one person/patient at a time.

What are the greatest rewards?

The greatest reward is that our nursing profession is elevated because our community of nurses reflects the diversity of our local and national communities that they serve.

Source: Daily Nurse