Tech Transformation Could Be ‘Pipe Dream’ If Nurses Are Ignored

Transforming the NHS with technology could be a ‘pipe-dream’ if the views of nurses are not heard, the e-health lead at the Royal College of Nurses (RCN) has warned.

The RCN has today (9 July) published results of a consultation with nurses and midwives on what is needed for nursing to play its full part in the digital transformation of healthcare.

The consultation is part of the RCN’s ‘Every nurse an e-nurse’ campaign, which is calling for every UK nurse to be an e-nurse by 2020.

Held between 25 January 2018 and 23 February 2018, the consultation had almost 900 online contributors, with an additional 100 attending five focus groups held across the UK.

One of the common themes to emerge from the consultation was the issue of IT programmes and systems designed without input from nursing professionals.

One contributor said: “[Decision-makers] often do not know the extent of our work and have never walked in our shoes, yet they make decisions on our behalf and bring in systems for us to use. They have no idea about workflows and how information is used.”

Another called for e-nursing leaders to not just be seen as “an IT project”.

Ross Scrivener, e-health lead at the RCN, said: “In the past few weeks leading up to the 70th anniversary of the NHS, we’ve heard a succession of healthcare leaders arguing that the best way to transform healthcare in the UK is to utilise the full benefits of digital technology.  But our consultation shows that that aim will remain a pipe-dream unless managers, technology providers and IT staff take more account of the views of nurses, the biggest staff group in the health service.”

“The single most important theme to emerge from the consultation is that involving nurses in the design and implementation of programmes and systems to improve patient care is not an optional add-on – it is absolutely vital if those systems are going to provide the benefits they’re supposed to.”

Another common theme was out of date and inadequate IT systems.

A contributor said: I hate to think how much nursing time is wasted each day waiting for computers to switch on, load emails, bring up blood results, that is if you can find one that is free.”

Other barriers included lack of health informatics training in nursing degree courses and lack of staff.

Scrivener added: “Nurses see very clearly the potential of technology to transform their patients’ lives and want to play their full part – but that won’t happen until their views are listened to”.

Source: Digital Health

Ghana Nursing Council Makes U-Turn, Will Continue Training of Nursing Assistants

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has made a u-turn in its intended decision to stop the running of the Nurse Assistant Clinical (NAC) and Nurse Assistant Preventive (NAP) programmes in all of its training institutions effective 2019/2020 academic year.

Signed by the Registrar of the NMC, Mr Felix Nyante, the letter said the council as a follow up has noted the unintended consequences of the contents of the earlier letter.

The council issued the letter barely 24 hours after Graphic Online’s publication on the discontinuation of the two programmes.

The letter was captioned “Re: Suspension ofthe Nurse Assistant Clinical (NAC) and Nurse Assistant Preventive (NAP) programmes” and was dated July 5, 2018 and copied to all deans, heads and principals, nursing and midwifery training institutions (NMTIs).

It said “Accordingly, the letter is hereby withdrawn until further notice”, it said.

On Wednesday, July 3, 2018, Graphic Online published a story in which the NMC had issued a policy directive, advising the various training institutions to “plan towards the folding up of these programmes if your institution is currently running such programme(s).”

Earlier statement

The NMC’s earlier directive dated June 28, 2018 and issued in consultation with the Ministry of Health (MoH) and the Ghana Health Service (GHS) was according to the council aimed at strengthening the degree and diploma awarding programmes in Nursing and Midwifery to improve the standard of nursing and midwifery practice.

The earlier directive explained that the decision was arrived at following the outcome of a desk review meeting held by the MoH, NMC, GHS, the Christian Health Association of Ghana (CHAG), teaching hospitals and other stakeholders.

It said statistics showed that there were adequate numbers of NAC/NAP practitioners in the health sector and that the position was affirmed during a forum by the MoH in Koforidua, this year, to review the country’s human resource needs for the various cadre of nurses and midwives in the country.


Patient stabs nurse at hospital; Israeli nurses’ union calls for strike

A nurse is in a moderate but stable condition after she was stabbed by a patient at the Shmuel Ha’Rofe Hospital in the central Israel town of Beer Yaakov on Monday evening.


The suspect, an asylum seeker from Eritrea in his thirties who was a patient at the hospital, was arrested and taken in for questioning by police.


In response to the attack, chair of the nurses’ union, Ilana Cohen, called for a strike to take place on Wednesday.


“We must put an end to violence in the health system,” Cohen said. “We will shut down the entire system on Wednesday to say clearly – enough violence!”






The Ministry of Health said that it strongly condemned the violence and ordered that security be increased at health institutions.


“We are committed to the safety and security of the treatment teams, and we will work with the police and the Public Security Ministry to ensure that such cases do not recur,” said Deputy Health Minister Yaakov Litzman.


The attack comes the day after a woman was given a sentence of five months of community service for multiple cases of assault, including against hospital security guards.


During the sentencing the judge noted that “violence against medical staff and security guards has become widespread and it is incumbent on the court to protect medical staff.”

Source: Times of Israel

Group of Pharmacists, Nurses Certified to Prescribe Medicine in Singapore

An initial group of highly qualified pharmacists and nurses can now prescribe medicine and order tests for patients without needing a doctor to sign off on them.


They are from different healthcare clusters, and are the first to finish a national programme certifying them as collaborative prescribing practitioners (CPP).


But the 19 experienced pharmacists and 19 advanced practice nurses (APNs) from the National Healthcare Group, National University Health System and SingHealth will have to wait until their hospitals attain a licence, for which they can now apply, for them to start.




Having such qualified personnel who are able to prescribe medicine or order tests would save patients time, said healthcare professionals. Said Associate Professor Tham Kum Ying, education director and senior consultant for emergency medicine at Tan Tock Seng Hospital: “For the APNs in the emergency department whom I work with, my estimation is that they save each patient about eight minutes.”


Prof Tham also chairs the committee overseeing the curriculum for the National Collaborative Prescribing Programme.




It gives us satisfaction to know we can go that extra mile for our patients, to give them that continuity of care. Otherwise, they would have to face prolonged waiting times while we consult the doctors and sort out prescriptions for them.


”DR KAREN KOH, on how collaborative prescribing practitioners would become more important with an ageing population.

A graduate of the programme, Dr Karen Koh, 42, an APN at National University Hospital who set up four APN-led clinics in collaboration with cardiologists at NUH, said collaborative prescribing practitioners would become even more important with an ageing population. She said: “It gives us satisfaction to know we can go that extra mile for our patients, to give them that continuity of care. Otherwise, they would have to face prolonged waiting times while we consult the doctors and sort out prescriptions for them.”


Mr Ng Boon Tat, 40, principal clinical pharmacist at the Institute of Mental Health, said the most valuable part of the programme was learning to conduct physical assessments and patient evaluations. With those skills, he may be able to spot health issues faced by patients with schizophrenia, for instance, and bring them to the attention of a doctor. He said: “I can help the psychiatrist to co-manage patients within the collaborative practice agreement, and hopefully that can increase the availability and access of healthcare to them.”


For it all to work, said NUS Department of Pharmacy Associate Professor Priscilla How, 42, inter-professional education is key. She said: “Through the course, I saw a lot of camaraderie because the nurses, doctors and pharmacists all came together to help and teach one another. It was really heartwarming to see all the different medical professions come together.”


The National Collaborative Prescribing Programme is a three-month programme organised by National University of Singapore’s Alice Lee Centre for Nursing Studies and Department of Pharmacy. It is conducted twice a year, and its next intake is on Aug 14.

Source: Strait Times

National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives (NANNM) Laments Manpower Shortage

The National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives (NANNM) has expressed worry over the 1:30 ratio of nurse to patients in most of the health facilities in the FCT. NANNM’s chairperson, FCT chapter, Comrade Deborah Yusufu,  said the shortage of manpower was caused by attrition, retirements, migration and deaths of nurses.
Yusufu was speaking at the 2018 FCT Nurses Week/Scientific Workshop in Abuja themed, ‘The Role of the Nigeria Nurse in the Provision of Effective Healthcare Delivery’.
She therefore appealed to the appropriate authorities to address the issue as it was affecting effective healthcare delivery as well as causing burnout and other stress-induced illnesses for health workers.
“I urge the management to provide sponsorship opportunities, in long and short time training, in order to maintain high standard or nursing care in line with international best practices.
“Availability and maintenance of equipment and a working environment that is conducive will go a long way in rendering quality health care services in the country,” she said. While calling for proper placement of NANNM members as provided in the Nurses’ Scheme of Service, Yusufu also urged nurses to be diligent in carrying out their duties.
The national president of NANNM, Comrade Abdrafiu Adeniji, said in spite of the important role of nurses in providing healthcare services, they were being relegated in the formulation of healthcare policies and planning.
President of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Dr Ayuba Wabba, commended  nurses for remaining resolute in providing healthcare services despite challenges.
He said nurses are the backbone of medical services, such that any policy that will not accommodate their contribution is a process that will not lead to success.
He, therefore, urged government to address the salary gap in the health sector.
“If health is a team, there is no way two salaries can be increased to one cadre and all other cadres will now be in jeopardy,” Wabba said.
By Abdullateef Salau | Dailytrust

West Africa College of Nurses AGM 2018 Kano Conference Call for Abstract

This is a call for abstracts from Fellows, intending Fellows, clinicians and general public who wish to attend the Kano Conference from 28 October to 2nd November, 2018 to submit abstract on the following theme:
The Menance of Substance Abuse in Nigeria Megacities.
Sub-Themes include:
1. Effects of substance abuse in the community
2. Roles of stakeholders in curbing the menance ofsubstance abuse
3. Implications of substance abuse to mother and child
4. Multidisciplinary approach to prevention of infection/injury resulting from substance abuse.
Kindly send your abstract on any of these or related topics to: 
Then copy to: and
Opening: 2 July, 2018
Closing: 10 August, 2018.
Further announcement on the conference fees and other details shall be announced later.
Thank you.
Prof Adelani Tijani
Chairman, LOC
West Africa College of Nursing 2018 Kano Conference.

Dear Patients, Please Read The Paperwork By Yusuf Halimah BNsc, RN, RM.

As a nurse, I give discharge instructions to patients, and I take that very seriously because it’s critical to their safety as they transition to being back at home.


Unfortunately, some patients don’t bother to read the information at all; others simply don’t feel well enough to pay attention to the details.


Either way, it’s risky


I know a patient who suffered a second stroke after leaving the hospital because he didn’t take his medication correctly. He’s stable now, fortunately, but that’s why it’s so important that you read those instructions carefully.


If you’re too tired to do it yourself, ask a family member for help. Once you’re home, use a care coordinator or an ask-a-nurse phone service.


Call if you have questions—doing so can save your life.”

Singapore Board of Nursing Briefings on the Code for Nurses and Midwives (2018)

Nurses and midwives are invited to attend small group briefing on the new Code at

Singapore Nursing Board’s Conference Room
81 Kim Keat Road, #08-00
Singapore 328836

on one of the following dates

  1. 10 May 2018 (Thu) 4.30pm to 5.30pm [FULL]
  2. 31 May 2018 (Thu) 4.30pm to 5.30pm [FULL]
  3. 13 Jun 2018 (Wed) 4.30pm to 5.30pm [FULL]
  4. 3 Oct 2018 (Wed) 4.30pm to 5.30pm [FULL]
  5. 8 Nov 2018 (Thu) 4.30pm to 5.30pm [FULL]



Due to overwhelming response, SNB has increased the number of seats for the following dates. Please note the change in the venue as below:

National Kidney Foundation Level 4 Mini Auditorium
81 Kim Keat Road, Singapore 328836

  1. 29 Jun 2018 (Fri) 4.30pm to 5.30pm
  2. 18 Jul 2018 (Wed) 4.30pm to 5.30pm
  3. 23 Aug 2018 (Thu) 4.30pm to 5.30pm
  4. 19 Sep 2018 (Wed) 4.30pm to 5.30pm


1 CPE point will be awarded.

Please register your attendance via email to by providing your name, Nurse Registration Number, contact number and organisation/employment status.

Singapore Nursing Board System not available from 30 June 2018 2200 to 1 July 2018 1000hrs

Our System will not be available from 30 June 2018 8pm to 1 July 2018 10am.

Nurse login, Pre-Application, Nurses search and CPE search functions will not be available during this period.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

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