Barbados Congress of Trade Unions Calls For Quick Recruitment of Ghanaian Nurses

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

620 Nursing Students Graduate From A South African College

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.”

Zimbabwean Nurses and Doctors Protest Over Abducted Leader

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.”


Carolyn Strom: Canadian Nurse Fined $26,000 Over Facebook Post Heads To Court

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

Georgia Nurse- Amy Queen Poem Titled “The Empty Bed” Goes Viral

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


Private Nursing Schools In Nigeria: Nafisatu College of Nursing and Midwifery

Nafisatu College of Nursing and Midwifery is the first private College of Nursing and Midwifery in Kano state and the second in the Northern part of Nigeria established by His Excellency Engineer (Dr.) Rabi’u Musa at Kwankwaso town of Kano state in the year 2019 with the sole aim of training Nurses and Midwives to meet the human resource for health challenges of inadequate number of nurses and midwives to take care of the growing size of ill-health indices across Northern part of the country.

You can visit the school site here

or follow and like the school Facebook page


Engineer Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso Giant Contribution To Nursing Education

ou can not love NURSING Profession and hate KWANKWASO🔴

While Engineer Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso was Kano state governor between 2011 and 2015 his administration established School of Nursing and Midwifery Madobi, School of Post Basic Midwifery Gezawa and Community School of Midwifery Gwarzo. He also sponsored First batch of 50 Registered Nurses and another batch of 135 RNs abroad (specifically to Mansoura and October 6 Universities all in Egypt) for their various degree programs (BSc or MSc). My colleague Nurse Khapylat Amarachukwu Muhammad sent me a message that she knows some that Kwankwaso sponsored to India too.

As a private citizen, Kwankwaso Foundation recently sponsors 370 Kano indigenes (Nurses inclusive) for their various Masters degree programmes. 👏👌👍My friend Nurse Aminu Ibrahim Kunya is among the beneficiaries. Congratulations

Moreover, Kwankwaso’s contributions to Nursing profession is perpetual as he now established a private College of Nursing and Midwifery in his hometown Kwankwaso; The Nafisatu College of Nursing and Midwifery.

Nafisatu College of Nursing and Midwifery is the first private College of Nursing and Midwifery in Kano state and the second in the Northern part of Nigeria established by His Excellency Engineer (Dr.) Rabi’u Musa at Kwankwaso town of Kano state in the year 2019 with the sole aim of training Nurses and Midwives to meet the human resource for health challenges of inadequate number of nurses and midwives to take care of the growing size of ill-health indices across Northern part of the country.

You can visit the school site here

Dr MA Ladan (RN, RM, BNSc, MSc, PhD Nursing) appointed HOD Department of Nursing Sciences, ABU Zaria.

Dr MA Ladan (RN, RM, BNSc, MSc, PhD Nursing) appointed HOD Department of Nursing Sciences, ABU Zaria.

Congratulations to all staff and students of the Department of Nursing Science, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria-Nigeria

In 2012, M. A Ladan was my project supervisor.

2 Registered Nurses Become Commissioners in Bauchi Nigeria

Congratulations to Nigerian Nurses, Bauchi state governor, His Excellency Bala Muhammad Kauran of Bauchi appointed two Nurses with the following positions:
1. Commissioner of Health= RN Muhammad Jatau

2.Commissioner of power, science and Technology= RN Umar Muhd Sade.

Indeed this a remarkable achievement to Nursing family, and that shows involving into politics we will effect the changes needed to move this profession to a global standard, I am calling all the Nurses to actively involve in politics as a key to realizing our goals.


National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives Guidelines for the Conduct of the 9th Quadrennial State Council Elections from October 2019.

The National President

All NAC Members

All NEC Members

Unit Chairmen/Secretaries



I write to forward herewith the guidelines for the conduct of the 9th quadrennial State delegates elections from October 2019 for your information and necessary actions.

The itinerary of the election will soon be sent to you.

It is expected that you study the attached guidelines properly and feel free to seek clarification(s) where you have doubt.

Thank you.


T.A. Shettima

General Secretary

National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives Guidelines for the Conduct of the 9th Quadrennial State Council Elections from October 2019.