Pioneer FMOH Nursing Director Mrs. Mojisola Okodugha Honoured

The Catholic Nurses Guild of Nigeria has conferred an award of honour on the pioneer Director of Nursing, Federal Ministry of Health, Mrs. Mojisola Okodugha (nee Akinniranye).

The CNGN, while conferring on her the award on the occasion of the guild’s national conference, described Okodugha’s retirement as a glorious achievement.

The guild, in a statement, said Okodugha had acquired her certification as a registered nurse from the School of Nursing, Specialist Hospital, Benin City, Edo State in 1978, and obtained her certification as a registered midwife from the School of Midwifery, State Hospital, Akure, Ondo State in 1980.

According to the guild, Okodugha also acquired a BSc (Nursing) from the University of Ibadan in 1984 and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Lagos in 1998.

“She became the first director of Nursing in the Federal Ministry of Health and has contributed her quota to the nursing profession, the Federal Ministry of Health, and Nigeria as a whole,” the statement added.
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Swaziland: Riot Police Invade Hospital During Peaceful Nurses’ Protest.

Armed riot police invaded the Hlatikhulu Government Hospital in Swaziland and it ‘almost turned into a battleground’ during a legal protest by nurses.

It was another attack by police against workers in recent weeks.

The Times of Swaziland, the only independent daily newspaper in the kingdom recently renamed Eswatini by absolute monarch King Mswati III, reported on Friday (12 October 2018), ‘The Hlatikhulu Government Hospital was almost turned into a battleground after riot police invaded the facility, while nurses were engaged in a protest action.’

It said police with guns patrolled the hospital. They had entered the premises on Thursday after nurses started singing and chanting slogans, ‘in protest over what they described as unfair treatment by their management’.

It added, ‘Sparking the anger was the abusive language that was allegedly employed by the over 10 officers, who were sent to the hospital.’

The Times reported, ‘Angry nurses who were demonstrating around the hospital premises confronted the police after the latter became aggressive and ordered them to halt their action.’

Police in Swaziland have an written policy to use violence against protestors. In the week up to the kingdom’s national election on 21 September 2018 workers organised by the Trade Union Congress of Swaziland (TUCOSWA) took part in three days of strikes and protests in Mbabane, Manzini, Nhlangano and Siteki.
Armed police were deployed across Swaziland. Videos and photographs of brutal police attacks were uploaded on social media.

The Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC) in a statement said, the videos circulated on social media indicated ‘unlawful police actions, and require urgent investigation’.

It added, ‘Several workers were wounded after police fired stun grenades to disperse the crowd in Manzini. These police officers then unleashed a wave of assaults against striking workers in an effort to quell the protests.’

The strike came after a series of protests and rallies which saw police violence in attempts to suppress the protestors. Police shot and wounded a schoolteacher at a vigil protesting their salaries in late August. Nurses in the kingdom’s capital city of Mbabane were tasered during a pay protest.


Two Nurses Who Saved 22 Children During Hospital Fire Outbreak Four Years Ago To Receive Award

They are to receive National Award for risking their lives to evacuate 22 children in NICU during fire Outbreak four years ago

Jamaica – Four years after displaying bravery in saving the lives of 22 infants during a fire in the Neonatal Care Unit of the Victoria Jubilee Hospital in downtown Kingston, nurses Mrs. Sophia Cameron, Ms. Camille McIntosh and Ms. Verlyn Faithie-Ann Douse will be honoured on Heroes Day, October 15.

In an interview with JIS News  at the hospital on Friday (October 12), before they receive the Badge of Honour for Gallantry from Governor General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, at King’s House, two of the nurses said it was an experience they would never want to relive.

“I’ve never seen so much black smoke. It was a frightening experience.  The babies were on oxygen in the room with fire, so it was really an experience. We started putting the babies in a cot to get them out as quickly as possible, and we just created [something like] a conveyor belt and persons were just pushing them out,” Ms. McIntosh recalls.

“We ensured that all the staff were out… .  I was thinking ‘I need to get the babies out. Then I need to get the staff out.  Then I need to evacuate the hospital’.  That was what was in my mind. By the time the fire brigade reached us, the fire was out, but there was still a lot of smoke. It was an experience. We had persons having asthma attack and going to the accident and emergency department,” she tells JIS News.

Mrs.  Cameron said she never thought she would be awarded by the Governor-General, given that four years have passed, but she is extremely grateful.

“When it happened, the last thing I was thinking of was an award, because I just did what I had to do.  I just saw those babies in my care; there was a fire, so instinct and motherly instinct… all of that inside of me, allowed me to do what I did, and I just want to give God thanks, who is behind all of this,” Mrs. Cameron says.

Ms. McIntosh said she was not thinking about receiving an award either, and she is also grateful.

“I’m so honoured that I am getting the award, but the award really belongs to a collective crew – the maintenance team, the patient care assistants who helped us, the orderlies from the operating theatre, the other nurses who came and helped…there were so many persons who helped to save those babies’ lives,” she says.

Ms. Douse, the other nurse who played an active role in the evacuation process, is off the island and has communicated that she, too, is grateful for the award. She will return and join her colleagues on Monday as they collect their awards.

By: Ainsworth Morris
Magnetic Media TV

Patient Relative Strangles Nurse in Kenya, Nurse in Coma

A female nurse at Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) is nursing serious injuries after she was attacked by a relative of a patient at the hospital.

Trouble started on Saturday at around 10.30am when the mother of a 17-year-old boy who died at the hospital attacked a nurse who was on duty.

The boy, Elisha Ouko Juma, was a Third Form at Upper Hill School.

The brother of the boy, Gideon Mayenga, said her mother acted out of anger accusing the nurses of failing to transfuse blood to save the boy’s life.

Mr Mayenga said he had brought more than ten relatives and friends to donate blood after the hospital told them they had no matching blood in the blood bank.

The mother is said to have attacked the nurse when she learnt that her son had succumbed to leukemia-related complications.

The nurse was rushed by fellow colleagues to an emergency room at KNH for medical examination and was said to be in a coma.

Kilimani OCPD Michael Muchiri said the woman was being held at Capitol Hill Police Station for further questioning.

“It’s true the incident happened at the hospital. We are yet to establish the motive of the attack. We have launched investigations and the woman will be charged next week with assault,” Muchiri said.

Kenya Union of Nurses (KNUN) officials vice chairman Moses Chirchir protested outside the hospital over the incident.

Mr Chirchir said the mother to the dead student, accompanied by five of her relatives, entered the ward where the nurse on duty was preparing to disclose the death of their patient. He blamed security guards for failing to respond to the incident on time and ignored to screen those entering the hospital wards before the recommended hours.

ICRC Makes Urgent Public Appeal for Release of Captured Nurses in Nigeria

Geneva/Abuja (ICRC) – The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is making an urgent public appeal to the Nigerian Government and to communities and individuals with influence to work toward the release of two committed medical workers abducted in north-eastern Nigeria earlier this year. Speed and urgency are critical. A deadline that could result in the killing of another health-care worker is less than 24 hours away.

To the holder of these kidnapped women, ISWAP (Islamic State’s West African province group): We urge you for mercy. We urge you to not kill another innocent health care worker who was doing nothing but helping the community in north-east Nigeria.

Hauwa Mohammed Liman worked in a hospital supported by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) when she was abducted on 01 March with Alice Loksha, a nurse who worked in a centre supported by UNICEF.

“Hauwa and Alice are medical workers who chose to work and help vulnerable communities in Rann, an area heavily affected by violence”, said Mamadou Sow, the head of ICRC’s Operations in the Lake Chad Basin. “The town’s population has more than doubled because of the conflict, while most local health-care staff have fled. These women were providing essential and life-saving services to thousands of people, displaced and resident alike. All they sought to do was help.”

A third health care worker abducted alongside Hauwa and Alice – ICRC colleague Saifura Hussaini Ahmed Khorsa — was killed by her abductors in September. The ICRC asks those involved with this case to do everything they can to avoid a repeat of that devastating outcome. Leah Sharibu, a 15-year-old school student, was taken from her school in Dapchi in a separate abduction incident in February. She is also being held by the same armed group and everything must be done to ensure she too is released promptly and unharmed.

“We urge you: spare and release these women. They are a midwife, a nurse and a student. Like all those abducted, they are not part of any fight,” said Patricia Danzi, Director of ICRC Operations in Africa. “They are daughters and sisters, one is a mother — women with their futures ahead of them, children to raise, and families to return to.”

For further information, please contact:
Aleksandra Matijevic Mosimann, ICRC Abuja, + 234 903 151 5543 (English)
Aliyu Dawobe for Hausa, ICRC Abuja, + 234 802 841 7085 (Hausa)
Krista Armstrong, ICRC Geneva, +41 79 217 32 87 (English & French)
Jason Straziuso, ICRC Geneva, +41 79 949 35 12 (English)

Nursing Journal Articles on Mentoring: Effective Mentoring in Nursing

Mentorship is developmental partnership through which mentors share knowledge, skills, information and perspectives to foster the professional growth of their mentees. Why do we think mentorship is important in nursing?
The Institute of Medicine (IOM) report on Future of Nursing (2010) recommends mentoring as a means of maintaining competency and expertise in clinical practice
Mentoring is one of the best practices that increases readiness to practice and encourages retention of nurses as practitioners and as leaders. Mentorship is essential to sustainable healthcare as we build strong team members and strengthen the profession.
According to Baxley, Ibitayo, & Bond (2014) “Mentoring relationships provide a meaningful structure for nurturing nurses and equip them with the attributes necessary to influence health care around the world” (p. 143).
Mentorship is a mutually beneficial relationship that focuses on the future and involves abny of the following elements: 
• Challenge: Process may be slow and repetitive which can be challenging to the expert mentor
• Trust: This is a necessary when making clinical decisions and a mentor should know when to stop the mentee and provide further discussions 
• Respect: Professional boundaries should not be exceeded in a mentoring relationship
• Communication is necessary to ensure the understanding of expectations and limitations. 
• Cultural influences / Diversity: Both mentor and mentee should appreciate the different personalities and culture they are bringing into the relationship. 
Feedback should be objective and not subjective.
Nurses should be prepared to serve from the bedside to the board room, mentor others along the way, develop leadership competencies and take active role in Policy.
As a professional group, nurses should:
– Shape Policy
– Make your voice count
– Serve on advisory committees and boards
– Individually, nurses must maintain a professional portfolio that demonstrates competence across borders
– Organizations like NursingWorld Nigeria, NANNNA (National Association of Nigerian Nurses in North America) and others should prepare future leaders and mentor others
– Systems like the licensing bodies, educational institutions should ensure professional engagements at local, national and international levels and should all be involved in mentoring
– Every nurse should make succession plans that will ensure the growth of younger colleagues and this can only be achieved through mentoring.
How can Nursingworld Nigeria be involved in mentorship at different levels?
“Knowing is not enough; We must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do”. Quote by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.
How does this apply to us as nurses?
There are pre-requisites that prepare nurses as mentors. These programs prepare mentors for the teaching, coaching and communications roles required to support a mentee. Please let us take advantage of available resources on mentoring as available. Look through the following attachments and attend any of the webinars. They promise to be educative.
– Induction mentoring
– Peer mentoring
– Developmental mentoring
– Formal, Informal
– Co-mentoring 
– E-mentoring
Research has shown that most effective people may have different mentors for different areas of their professional and personal lives.
– Must believe in the mentee. 
– Act as a role model and be approachable.
– See the mentee as a person. 
– Assist mentee to develop achievable developmental goals
– Be ready to always play different roles: consultant, coach, counsellor, adviser, role model, critical friend, 
– Be committed. 
– Share your past experiences with your mentee
– Know that your mentee can be anyone, anywhere
– Good listening skills, promote critical thinking skills in your mentee
– Question sensitively but in an empowering manner to help mentees explore their own learning. 
– Do not criticize but offer praise to encourage positive behaviors.
– Have your own mentor(s) and network. 
– Be open to learn from your mentee also.
One good point here is that a mentor should have his or her own mentors and network.
There is no limit to learning so the mentor shoul be ready to keep researching and reaching out to colleagues/network for guidance. How many of us use Nursingworld as a learning point? How many of us reach out to other outlets to learn about what we do?
How can we achieve a good mentoring relationship?
– Ask yourself what you want from the relationship and find a mentor whose career path aligns with your goals or who complements your areas of weakness and work hard to get noticed
– Value your mentor`s time. 
– Reflect on the learning and be ready to learn
– View feedback as a gift.
– Give your mentor constructive feedback
– Build trust with your mentor
– Look for mentors that can become sponsors
– Empowers Positive Choices
– Encourages ownership of Learning
– Strengthens interpersonal skills and peer relationships thus preventing isolation which could lead to disconnect/disengagement and burn-out from care provision.
– Empowers nurses with clinical information, organizational skills and confidence.
– Promotes a competent nursing practice by influencing the quality of care
How many times in the course of our practice did we feel isolated and ready to quit?
A mentor should fill such gap.
– Fulfilment from helping others to succeed 
– Ability to actively listen and also grow your own leadership and communication skills
– Practice of empathy and emotional intelligence
– Satisfaction from your own reliability testing, honesty to mentee, trustworthiness during the relationship and confidentiality styles during the mentoring process.
– Fulfilment on your ability to pass  knowledge and expertise clearly, encouragingly and helpfully to another
– The length of time
– The novice mentee 
– Rigors of teaching and correcting
– Time the mentor will spend for the relationship can be challenging.
As in the proverb of “he who watereth will be watered”, let’s see the joy a mentor enjoys from being in a colleagues life.
Lots of fulfillment!!!
1. Baxley, S., Ibitayo, K. & Bond, M. L. (2014). Mentoring today’s nurses: A global perspective for success. Indianapolis: Sigma Theta Tau International.
2. Burns,P. (2014). How systems work: Essential information for global mentors. In S. Baxley, K. Ibitayo, & M. L. Bond (Eds.). Mentoring today’s nurses: A global perspective for success. (pp.15-30). Indianapolis: Sigma Theta Tau International.
3. Forrester, D. A. (2014). Challenges of the educational system. In S. Baxley, K. Ibitayo, & M. L. Bond (Eds.), Mentoring today’s nurses: A global perspective for success. (pp.53-73). Indianapolis: Sigma Theta Tau International.
4. Gibson, T., & Heartfield, M. (2005). Mentoring for nurses in general practice: An Australian study. Journal of Interprofessional Care,19(1), 50–62. doi:10.1080/13561820400021742
5. Gray, J., Moreno, M., & Gallegos, E. (2014). Mentoring traditions throughout the world. In S. Baxley, K. Ibitayo, & M. L. Bond (Eds.), Mentoring today’s nurses: A global perspective for success. (pp. 109-121). Indianapolis: Sigma Theta Tau International.
6. Skills You Need (2018). What is Mentoring. Retrieved from
About the Author:
Dr. Ngozi Florence Mbibi started her Nursing and Midwifery career in Nigeria with nursing education at the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital Enugu (UNTH), Midwifery at Bishop Shanahan, Nsukka, and her BSN in Nursing Education at the University of Ibadan.  She worked as a Nurse Midwife, Nurse Educator, Nurse Consultant, Family Planning Provider, Clinical Service Resource Trainer and in other capacities for 24 years before relocating to USA in 2001 where she earned a dual Master of Arts degrees in Nursing Healthcare Leadership & Nursing Education at Bethel University Minnesota. She got the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree in 2014 from the University of Minnesota. She is an Ob Certified RN and an on-line education coach for major universities offering nursing education in the USA. She is a Fellow of the West African College of Nursing and a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing.

Catholic Nurses Guild of Nigeria Honours FMOH Nursing Director Mrs. Mojisola Okodugha

The Catholic Nurses Guild of Nigeria has conferred an award of honour on the pioneer Director of Nursing, Federal Ministry of Health, Mrs. Mojisola Okodugha (nee Akinniranye) whilst describing Okodugha’s retirement as a glorious achievement.
The guild, in a statement, said Okodugha had acquired her certification as a registered nurse from the School of Nursing, Specialist Hospital, Benin City, Edo State in 1978, and obtained her certification as a registered midwife from the School of Midwifery, State Hospital, Akure, Ondo State in 1980.
According to the guild, Okodugha also acquired a BSc (Nursing) from the University of Ibadan in 1984 and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Lagos in 1998.
“She became the first director of Nursing in the Federal Ministry of Health and has contributed her quota to the nursing profession, the Federal Ministry of Health, and Nigeria as a whole,” the statement added

General Nursing Council of Zambia 2018 Nurse Registration Open

ANNOUNCEMENT: The General Nursing Council of Zambia (GNCZ) is pleased to announce registration dates for newly qualified Opthalmic Nurses and Nurse Aneasthetists. In the same vein, the Council (GNCZ) will conduct re-registration exercise of all post basic qualified nurse and midwifery practitioners in possession of certificates to replace them with Advanced Diplomas.

The allocated dates are as follows:

1st NOVEMBER 2018: Registration of Opthalmic Nurses

2nd NOVEMBER 2018: Registration of Nurse Aneasthetists.

5th NOVEMBER 2018 TO 24th FEBRUARY 2018: Re-registration of all Registered Nurses (RNs) with certificates in Midwifery, Operating Theatre Nursing , Mental Health Nursing, etc.

Further information with regard to re-gistration requirements and fees can be obtained from your local district health and/or hospital management starting from 18th October 2018.

Thank you.

Issued by

Thom D. Yung’ana





DOH NDP 2019 Nurses to get More Than ₱33,000 salary

Department of Health (DOH) will continue the Nurse Deployment Project (NDP) in 2019, and hired nurses will get ₱33,584 monthly salary.


NDP is one of the programs under the DOH Human Resource for Health Deployment Programs, which is an annual hiring and deployment of nurses, doctors, dentists, midwives, medical technologists, pharmacists and other allied health workers to geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas (GIDA) and other poor communities in the country.


The higher salary for DOH NDP 2019 is due to fourth and final tranche of Salary Standardization Law (SSL) which will be implemented starting January 2019. The law which was enacted in 2015 by Aquino administration started the pay hike for state workers in 2016.


It covers all workers in government, including nurses and other healthcare workers. NDP nurses is at Step 1 of Salary Grade 16, which is currently at ₱31,765.


Not just NDP nurses got the boost in their salary for next year. All cadres under the 2019 DOH Human Resource for Health Deployment Programs will higher wages next year due to SSL 4th tranche. Here are the salary rates if we follow the salary grades this year:


SSL Salary Rates for DOH HRHDP 2019

Physician Augmentation Deployment Project (PADP) – P62,678

Dentist Deployment Project (DDP) – P36,942.00

Nurse Deployment Project (NDP) – P33,584.00

Universal Healthcare Implementers Deployment Project (UHCIDP) – P30,531.00

Medical Technologist Deployment Project (MTDP) – P30,531.00

Pharmacist Deployment Project (PDP) – P30,531.00

Public Health Associates Deployment Project (PHADP) – P22,938.00

Family Health Associate Deployment Project (FHADP) – P27,755.00

Rural Health Midwives Placement Program (RHMPP) – P20,754.00

The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) earlier announced that they will also regularize certain posts and provide benefits and other incentives. But with around 16% reduction in 2019 budget, we expect that the health department will hire lesser number of health workers.


DBM posted in the 2019 proposed budget the following:


“To ensure that adequately trained and skilled health workers are distributed throughout the archipelago, a total of PhP9.0 billion is provided for the Human Resources for Health Deployment Program of the DOH. This amount will provide accessible and quality medical services by hiring and deploying 243 doctors, 9,138 nurses, 3,650 midwives, and 241 dentists in far-flung areas, particularly in municipalities that do not have any health worker.”


Noteworthy also that DBM did not mention midwives, medical technologists, and pharmacists. So we don’t have any idea yet if their respective programs will continue.


Hiring and selection of cadres under the HRH Deployment Programs usually happens around November. If you are interested to apply, let’s just wait for the official announcement from DOH and regional offices.


In recognition of her outstanding contribution to nursing and midwifery education and academic research programmes in Ghana, the University of Ghana has elevated Dr. Lydia Aziato, a distinguished senior lecturer and Acting Dean of the School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Ghana, to an Associate Professor.

Sharing her celebrated achievements with the N&MC newsline team, Prof. Aziato disclosed that she has worked as a lecturer at the School of Nursing and Midwifery for over 10 years where she has contributed immensely towards nursing and midwifery education in areas such as pain management, cancer nursing, surgical nursing and curriculum development. She also has advanced skills in qualitative research and an interest in training and mentoring young nurses and students to enhance their skills and independence.

She has been a nurse for over 20 years. She had her first degree in Nursing and Psychology in 2001 and in 2006, she graduated with an MPhil in Nursing from the University of Ghana. She also has a specialty certificate in Oncology Nursing from the cross Cancer Institute in Edmonton, Canadawhich she completed in 2006.

Subsequently, she graduated with a PhD in Nursing from the University of the Western Cape, South Africa in 2013. She was awarded the Emerging Nurse Researcher for Africa in 2017.

Prof. Aziato holds both local and international positions in nursing organizations such as Sigma Theta Tau International. She also serves on a number of boards and committees. In addition, she is an external examiner for a number of Universities in Ghana and internationally.

She has published in over 40 articles in credible peer-reviewed journals and is a reviewer for many journals.

Prof Aziato is a committed christian and fellowships with the Temple of Grace Baptist Church, Madina. She is grateful to the almighty God for strengthening her throughout her lifetime. She is married with three children.

Asked what she does at her leisure time she said she uses her leisure time for counselling and mentoring.

The N&MC is very proud of Professor Lydia Aziato’s achievement. We hope her accomplishments would motivate other nursing and midwifery practitioners to walk her path.