Kenya :Court declares KNH workers’ strike illegal, nurses teargassed


Police fired teargas to disperse Kenyatta National Hospital nurses who had staged a strike in push for health workers’ service allowance.


The health workers vowed not to continue with the strike despite pleas by KNH CEO Thomas Mutie.


Mutie had a letter from the President’s office which was read to the nurses explaining the increment in house allowances.


But the striking nurses argued that the letter has not addressed all their needs and issues to do with the welfare of health workers.


Services at KNH were not affected by the stand-off which lasted several hours on Monday.


The union secretary general Albert Njeru had condemned the police for using teargas at the hospital.


“We urge the police officers to maintain security and not throw teargas at striking nurses,” he told reporters at the scene.


Moments later, the Labour and Employment Relations court declared the strike illegal.


Lady Justice Maureen Onyango issued the order following a successful application by the hospital.


KNH, through lawyer Wilfred Mutubwa, says a majority of the persons invited by the union to go on strike are medical professionals who are already earning the health workers service allowance.


The hospital further argued that the strike is illegal. The case will be heard on September 20.

GNCZ waives outstanding fees for Nurses in the Diaspora.

Director Nursing Services at the Ministry of Health and President of the General Nursing Council of Zambia (GNCZ) Dr. Lonia Mwape has called on all Zambian Nurses and Midwives in the Diaspora who have not renewed their practicing licenses in a long time to do so as the GNCZ has waived their outstanding fees.


And Dr. Mwape has said Zambian nurses in the diaspora should find ways of making their skills useful in Zambian hospitals whenever they visit the country in a bid to enhance good practices within the ward environment.


In an exclusive interview after having a productive meeting with the Association of Zambian Nurses UK at The Zambia High Commission in London, Dr. Mwape said, it was imperative that all Zambian Nurses and Midwives home and abroad were in good standing with the General Nursing Council of Zambia.


“I am encouraging all the nurses in the diaspora to take advantage of this amnesty and ensure that they renew their practicing licenses. What this means, is that they should come back home and renew their licenses for that particular year and the board will waive their outstanding dues. I urge all to take advantage of this opportunity and ensure that they are in good standing with the General Nursing Council of Zambia,” she said.


Dr. Mwape also commended Zambian nurses in the UK who have decided to give back to their country by offering their service whenever they visit Zambia as a way of appreciating the free nursing education they received from their country.


“Association of Zambian Nurses UK have decided to contribute back home in a visible way and they want to establish a model ward, which they should be coming back to and which can also be used as a training ground for nurses locally,” she said.


Dr. Mwape said, even though GNCZ was saddened by the huge number of nurses that left the country, she was happy to note that Zambian Nurses were representing the country well and were eager to give back to Zambia.


And Association of Zambian Nurses UK president Rachel Mwansa said “We have a duty as Zambian who had free education, free medical services to give something to Zambia. We may not have money, but we can offer the knowledge and the skills that we have gained here, we know what works and what we can put in place to help our nation as we look at reforming nursing,” she said.


Meanwhile Dr. Mwape and the Association of Zambian Nurses UK paid a courtesy call on Zambia’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom His Excellency Mr. Muyeba Chikonde who encouraged GNCZ and the Association of Zambian Nurses UK to develop a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for collaboration to enhance cross-pollination of skills between the two organisations.


Issued by: Abigail Chaponda (Mrs.)

First Secretary | Press and Public Relations

Zambia High Commission in the United Kingdom.

Why Men Who Marry Nurses End Up The Happiest

Nurses are a special breed of people who embody the rare combination of tough and  loving.


They know how to handle belligerent patients, gross messes, and still comfort people when they need it. And they’re smart. They’re the kind of person who is a true partner in a relationship and keeps everything moving forward in both of your lives. Nurses are managers, they know how to keep their eye on the big picture while making sure every detail falls into place on time.


In relationships, this plays out like having a partner with super-powers. Nurses push everyone they love to be the best that they can be. They deal with patients who quit and they want to ensure their loved ones have a better life than that. They’re fixers who love and support their partners while challenging them to improve and picking up the slack when they need help.


They come with the added bonus of being people who have learned to handle pressure very well. When you deal with life and death situations every day, you realize things normal couples fight about just aren’t a big deal. They aren’t worth throwing daggers over that could have lasting effects on your loved one’s psyche.


Also, nurses are fun. Because they are intimately familiar with the gravity of some situations, they know how to celebrate life while you are living it. They can kick back and enjoy themselves, and they want their partner to do the same.


There’s no other archetype that’s more ideal as a partner than a nurse. They embody the energy of someone who knows everything and has great advice about how to proceed. They understand that it’s okay to fail, but encourage you to do better next time.


As a couple, people who marry nurses are the strongest and happiest. They are real and put-together and full of love. They make everyone who dates them confident about exactly how loved they are.

General Nursing Council of Zambia 2018 Register Announcement

In readness to publish the registers for the 2018 licenced nurse and midwifery practitioners as required by the Nurses and Midwives Act No. 31 of 1997, the General Nursing Council of Zambia (GNCZ) is pleased to inform all nurses and midwives registered with GNCZ that soft copy DRAFT registers (i.e. Full, Specialists, Temporal and Provisinal Registers) were sent to all provinces through Provisional Health Offices (PHOs) for onward transmission to all districts as well as private, parastal and government health facilities and training institutions under their jurisdiction.

Therefore, all nurses and midwives are advised to check for their inclusion and correctness of their particulars in the GNCZ registers with their local management.

In an event of any omission of one’s name or incorrect entries of data, kindly submit your corrected entries to your local management who will in turn remit the same to GNCZ not after 10th August 2018.

Thereafter, the corrected version of the GNCZ FINAL registers will be published in the national News Papers as earlier on announced on this same GNCZ official facebook page.

Except defaulting nurses and midwives who have upto now not renewed their 2018 professional practing licences (for whatever reason), the rest should not panic or travel to GNCZ in Lusaka to make corrections to their particulars in the register.

In the same vein, those erronously omitted from the register, but paid for 2018 licences and have acquired the required 20 CPD points, are also advised not to panic, but instead just to scan and email their bank deposite slips and CPD record page to and copy to not after 10th August 2018.

Thank you.

Issued by

Thom D. Yung’ana







General Nursing Council of Zambia to Publish June 2018 Result on Wednesday

The General Council of Zambia will publish the result of June/July 2018 examination result on Wednesday 8th of August, 2018.


This was confirmed by the council while responding to a facebook question by someone on the page.


We will post the announcement as soon as they are made.

Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria Begins Accepting NABTEB O Level Results for Admission into Nursing Schools and Colleges


This is to inform the the general public, especially the teeming holders of NABTEB certificates as well as prospective candidates and stakeholders, that the Board of the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria has approved the use of NABTEB Ordinary level Certificates (NTC & NBC) for admission for  Nursing and Midwifery education in Nigeria.


This information was given via a letter, dated 11th of June, 2018, with reference number N&MCN/SG/RO/067/NBTEB/Vol.1/57, from the Secretary-General/Registrar of the Council. It states that the decision was reached at the Board’s 44th General Meeting held in April, 2018, in Abuja.


This is a laudable milestone in our collective drive for general acceptance of vocational and technical education in the quest to enhance human capacity and facilitate sustainable, technological and national development.

Bacteria are becoming resistant to alcohol-based disinfectants

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria and antifungal-resistant fungi are a worrying phenomenon. According to a recent study, a new concern may be developing: alcohol-tolerant bacteria.
Enterococcus faecalis

Why are Enterococcus faecalis (pictured) infections on the rise?

A number of bacteria species are already resistant to a range of antibiotics; the infections they cause are difficult to treat, posing an ever-increasing threat to patients and staff.

Because of the growing numbers of so-called superbugs, hospitals have introduced more stringent cleaning routines.

Part of the regimen involves alcohol-based disinfectants, such as hand rubs, positioned in and around hospital wards. Since their introduction, there has been a significant reduction in the number of hospital-based infections.

Containing 70 percent isopropyl or ethyl alcohol, alcohol-based hand rubs kill bacteria quickly and effectively.

Alcohol-resistant bacteria

Over recent years, researchers have noted a steady rise in the number of serious infections caused by one particular drug-resistant bacterium — Enterococcus faecium. Despite the wide use of alcohol-based disinfectants, E. faecium is now a leading cause of hospital-acquired infections.

Dr. Sacha Pidot and his colleagues at the University of Melbourne in Australia set out to understand whether this increased infection rate might be because the bacterium is growing resistant to alcohol. Their findings were published this week in the journal Science Translational Medicine.

To investigate, the researchers used bacterial samples from two hospitals in Melbourne — Austin Health and Monash Medical Centre. In all, they tested 139 samples of E. faecium, isolated from 1997–2015. They assessed how well each sample tolerated diluted isopropyl alcohol.

After analysis, it became clear that the samples taken after 2009 were significantly more tolerant of alcohol than those taken before 2004.

In a second experiment, they allowed bacterial samples to grow on the floors of mouse cages that had been cleaned using alcohol-based disinfectants. Mice were placed in the cages for 1 hour before being moved to clean cages for a further 7 days. After that time, they were screened for infection.

The researchers found that the more recently isolated, alcohol-tolerant strains of E. faecium colonized the resident rodents more successfully.

More work needed

To round off their investigation, the scientists delved into the genome of E. faecium. They found that the strains that were more resistant to alcohol displayed mutations in certain genes involved in metabolism; these genetic changes appeared to be responsible for their more hardy constitution.

Because this study focused on samples from just two hospitals in one city, the authors are wary of the limitations and call for further investigation. Although these are early findings, it is important to consider what alcohol-resistant bacteria could mean in real-life clinical settings.

[T]he development of alcohol-tolerant strains of E. faecium has the potential to undermine the effectiveness of alcohol-based disinfectant standard precautions.”

Dr. Sacha Pidot

Bacteria predate us by millennia; they have survived countless global disasters. Their ability to adapt has been tested and honed over trillions of generations. They seem capable of crossing any flimsy barrier that humans put in their way.

Because the potential ramifications of this study are serious, more studies are likely to be published over the coming months.

Source: Medical News Today

How Hakeem Abdulwahab an Ethiopian Moved from Being A Janitor to a Nurse in USA

Growing up in Ethiopia, Hakeem Abdulwahab thought only guys like Jean-Claude Van Damme, Bruce Willis and Sylvester Stallone could live the American dream.

“I’d watch Hollywood action movies and see that it’s clean here, it’s beautiful, everyone has cars,” he said. “But America was like a dream country … impossible to get to.”

With a little luck and a lot of perseverance, Abdulwahab at 36, has achieved his version of the American dream: Once he scrubbed toilets at one of the top children’s hospitals in the country. Now he works there as a nurse.

“If it was cleaning a toilet, cleaning a floor, getting a towel or making a bed, whatever task he was assigned to do at any given moment, he did it with conviction and he did it with heart,” said Tammy Sinkfield-Morey, nursing supervisor at Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare in St. Paul.

“Now he’s progressed from one of our lower level positions to one of our most admired positions.”

One of eight children, Abdulwahab grew up in Jimma, Ethiopia, about 220 miles southwest of the capital city of Addis Ababa. Abdulwahab helped his father produce and sell coffee, one of the only ways to make money, he said. Business often was fickle, due to a cholera outbreak and the amount of time — 3 to 5 years — it took for Arabica trees to produce fruit.

“We were so poor then,” he said. “Some days I didn’t eat anything. Basic necessities like food and water were a luxury.”

As a teenager, Abdulwahab’s parents sent him to live with his older sister in Addis Ababa so that he could attend high school.

On his summer breaks, he learned English with the intention of going to college. When that time came, Abdulwahab couldn’t afford college, so he returned home to once again help his family with the coffee business.

“I always hoped to work and send money to my Mom and Dad,” he said. “I will sacrifice my life for them.”

In 2003, Abdulwahab heard about the Diversity Visa lottery program, which randomly rewards green cards to people from countries with historically low immigration rates to the United States. That would mean permanent residency. He applied, but knew it was a long shot.

Out of 845,474 entries received from Ethiopia in 2015, only 4,988 were selected to move forward in the application process, according to the Department of Homeland Security. Even fewer end up successfully completing the rigorous process and making it to the U.S.

A year later, Abdulwahab got word that he had been selected to apply for a visa. He would be the first person in his family to come to the United States. “For me,” Abdulwahab said, “that was like winning a million-dollar lottery.”

Coming to America

Abdulwahab was 21 when he arrived in the U.S. in 2005 with only a pair of shoes, a change of clothes, and a bowl of his oldest sister’s doro wat, a spicy chicken stew, and injera, Ethiopian flatbread.

While he wanted to go to college right away, his family needed his financial support. To make enough money to help support them and himself, Abdulwahab often worked 90 hours a week at two jobs, sometimes three. While working at McDonald’s, he honed his English-speaking skills. While cleaning doctor and patient rooms at Gillette, he dreamed of some day working with those doctors and patients.

Twelve years after arriving in the U.S., Abdulwahab had saved enough money to attend Normandale Community College in Bloomington. He earned his two-year nursing degree and was hired to work in Gillette’s Adult Inpatient Unit. He is on track to earn his bachelor’s degree in nursing in 2019.

Choosing a career in the health care field was a no-brainer for Abdulwahab. As a child, he often took care of his younger sister, who has Down syndrome.

“In my culture, the older takes care of the younger,” he said. “I knew at age 10 or 11 the feeling of taking care of someone who needs extra help — it just made me feel good.”

Abdulwahab’s colleagues at Gillette believe his upbringing and time spent caring for his sister laid a strong foundation of empathy, patience and hospitality that makes him a great nurse.

“He has a sense of humbleness and purposefulness and compassionate intention for the well-being of everyone,” Sinkfield-Morey said. “That comes from him being raised by a family that was committed to each other, their village, their country, and to global harmony.”

Abdulwahab continues to support his family in Ethiopia and hopes to one day start a clinic in his village, so that the people there don’t have to travel so far for health care. He’d also like to work with Doctors Without Borders, an international medical humanitarian organization.

But Abdulwahab said he now feels like he’s home.

“I want to live a better life here,” he said. “I want to have a family and there’s no way I can provide them the same opportunities like they’d have in the U.S.

“I want people to see that, if I can do this, they can, too.”
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Surprising Things You Didn’t Know About Being a Nurse by Nancy Congleton, RN

Nursing is not all gentle bandage-wrapping and following doctor’s orders. These are the everyday realities about the job that full-time nurse Nancy Congleton has learned in the trenches.

Sometimes nurses have to disobey orders

It’s a common misconception that nurses simply carry out doctors’ orders. Physicians may chart the course for patient care by diagnosing diseases and writing orders, but sometimes they don’t get it right.

Nurses are front and center, monitoring patients’ responses to prescribed interventions and notifying physicians when unwanted or negative outcomes arise. Nurses are responsible for all orders that are carried out, including those that are wrong or contraindicated.

Therefore, nurses must make sure that the orders they receive from physicians are appropriate for their patients, and they must use their skills and training to know when to interrupt, or even stop, an order. This part of our job literally saves lives.

Nurses are expected to know everything

Whether it’s family, friends, or community members, people will expect nurses to know everything from all areas of nursing and healthcare. On one hand, it’s a compliment that people think of nurses as having all the answers, but it can also be unrealistic and annoying.

You don’t always know where you stand with patients

I’ve heard it all from patients doubting my capabilities, “You can’t be my nurse, you’re just a little girl!” or “Do you even have a license?” Patients are often scared, hurting, frustrated, and feel as if they don’t have a voice; on many occasions, it’s not actually about the nurse; it helps to remember that.

Nurses handle an abundance of bodily fluids, and other squishy, gross things

In addition to snakes in buckets, I’ve been handed pieces of fingers over ice in cups and seen the aftermath of toes colliding with lawnmowers. Projectile vomit? Explosive diarrhea? Nurses see it every day.

Families can be demanding

Nurses are taught that patients are their primary focus. In reality, nurses’ time with patients is often cut short because of the many other demands of the job, and often, expectations from the patient’s family members are so high as to be nearly impossible to meet.

Nurses do a lot of heavy lifting

Someone could faint or have a seizure, you might have to turn a patient or help them get out of bed or to the bathroom. In nursing, a patient who’s 125 pounds or less is considered a lightweight, and many patients weigh much more. Even many construction workers (who are usually big, strong men) are restricted to lifting far less than that.

Nursing school doesn’t prepare you for everything

People go to nursing school to learn how to be a nurse. However, it is impossible for nursing instructors to cover every disease, symptom, and treatment that a future nurse will encounter, so often we’re learning as we go.

Sometimes nurses work beyond their scheduled time

Even when nurses’ shifts may be over according to the clock, it doesn’t mean that they can leave. If a nurse heads out the door without being officially cleared to do so, he or she could be charged with patient abandonment.

Nurses may be responsible for a lot more than patients

In addition to being responsible for patient care, nurses may also be in charge of other nurses, nurse aids, nurse techs, medical assistants, and other personnel.

Nursing can take a toll on your life outside of work

Weight gain, bouts of crying, and brief moments of insanity are all part of the job, but saving lives every day makes it all worth it.

Nancy Congleton is a Registered Nurse and author of Autopsy of the NP: Dissecting the Nursing Profession Piece by Piece.


Kasama School of Nursing 2019 Admission form on Sale

Kasama School of  Nursing Zambia is one of the foremost accredited Nursing Schools in Zambia.  Application for the 2019 admission into nursing course would soon be out and will be posted here.  You can check back as we update this post as soon as the application form becomes available.