UK NMC official Announcement on IELTS Changes to 6.5

Change to English language requirements for nurses and midwives get green light


Proposals to change the requirements for overseas nurses and midwives taking the International English Language Test System (IELTS) were given the go-ahead by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) today.

Following the change nurses and midwives will still be required to achieve a minimum overall level of 7 in the test. However, a level 6.5 in writing will be accepted alongside a level 7 in reading, listening and speaking.


The decision follows widespread engagement with key stakeholders, who told the NMC that, despite being able to communicate to a high level in English, many nurses and midwives taking the IELTS test were just missing out on achieving a level 7.


The moderate and proportionate change is in line with the NMC’s commitment to better, safer care and will ensure that only those nurses and midwives with the right skills, knowledge and command of English are able to work in the UK.


The change will take effect from 5 December 2018. IELTS results under two years old that meet the new requirements will be considered by the regulator.


The change is just one part of an extensive review the regulator is undertaking of its international registration processes.

Commencement of NAC/NAP Diploma in Midwifery Ghana

The Nursing and Midwifery Council wishes to inform its cherished stakeholders and the entire public that following the completion of the access course for the Diploma in Midwifery (Top-Up for Post Nurse Assistant Clinical /Nurse Assistant Preventive), the programme has begun.
The 8-week programme is expected to end on January 18th, 2019.
Thank you.

Lagos State College of Nursing Igando 2018/2019 Admission Form on Sale

Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for admission into General Nursing Programme at the Lagos State College of Nursing, Igando Alimosho LGA Lagos. The programme will commence in November 2018.

Age Range:
Candidate must not be less than 18 years

Duration of Training
3 years

Method of Application

Application forms are obtainable at the Lagos State College of Nursing, Midwifery and Public Health Nursing, LASU-Isheri Road, Igando ( Within the premises of Alimosho General Hospital) from Thursday September 13th, 2018 upon payment of Five thousand naira into the Skye Bank Account of the Lagos State Government Account No: 4030010449 Revenue Code: 4040040, Ministry Code: 4320000.

Each Candidate is required to produce a Bank Teller Receipt indicating payment at the point of collection of forms in the school.

Submission and closing date

Completed application forms and photocopies of relevant documents (Birth certificate, Testimonial and WASCCE/NECO etc) are to be submitted to the Lagos State College of Nursing, Midwifery and Public Health Nursing Igando on or before Friday 28th September 2018 by 2pm.


Entrance Examination comes up on Saturday 6th October 2018 at the Lagos State College of Nursing, Midwifery and Public Health Nursing premises by 9am. Examination questions will cover English Language, Mathematics, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, General Knowledge, Current Affairs and Introduction to Nursing


Please note that only successful candidates will be shortlisted for interview

First year fee of two hundred and thirty thousand naira ( 230,000 ) which includes accommodation is to be aid before resumption and receipt brought along on resumption

Note that this advert disclaims all other calls for application into Lagos State College of Nursing, Midwifery and Public Health, Igando Lagos.

For more information please call 08033061863

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Keys to Improving Nurse-Patient Communication Two RNs provide three strategies for enriching these interactions

Effective communication is one of the foundations of good nursing care. The honest forms of nurse-patient communication include verbal and non-verbal communication (e.g., body language, facial expression, gestures, and distance between you and your patients). Effective nurse-patient communication can improve quality of care and clinical outcomes, and lead to a relationship that enhances patient satisfaction. However, effective nurse-patient communication is the biggest challenge for nurses and requires much more than experience and skills.

Here are three principles you should follow to help improve your communication skills with patients.

1. Always Put the Patient First

Putting patients first takes a shift of mind. Start your conversation by taking the time to introduce yourself and tell them how you are going to take care of them. Smile and use a calm and welcoming voice. Provide comfort when patients need to be comforted. Always show respect to your patients. Understanding who the patients are as individuals will help the nurse connect with them and will make them feel more comfortable while receiving care and treatment. These approaches can make the patients feel really cared for and can improve relationships.

2. Practice Active Listening

Active listening is an important part of communication and requires listening for the content, intent, and feeling of the speaker. Active listening involves paying attention to what the patients say and allowing them to finish without judgment and interruption. Paraphrasing or echoing back to them what they have just said, and maintaining eye contact are also key elements of active listening. Lastly, pay attention to non-verbal clues, such as the patient’s facial expression, gestures, and eye contact. These skills can improve patient satisfaction and build trust over time.

3. Talk with Heart

Communicating with patients requires ample time. Honesty and frankness are important parts of effective communication between nurses and patients. To achieve effective nurse-patient communication, nurses need to have a sincere intention to understand what concerns their patients have and show them kindness and courtesy. Acknowledge the patients’ attitudes and tune into their feelings. Always ask open-ended questions, speak slowly, and use simpler, non-medical language. If the patient has difficulty understanding the information, you need to clarify or modify the information or instructions until the patient gets it. You may consider using written materials such as handouts, notes, or pictures to demonstrate what you are saying.

Nuananong Seal, PhD, RN, is a nurse researcher and a consultant for health promotion and health prevention research. Mary Wiske, RN, is a retired community health nurse. This story was originally published by Minority Nurse, a trusted source for nursing news and information and a portal for the latest jobs, scholarships, and books from Springer Publishing Company.

NMCN Research Workshop for Nurses and Midwives in Nigeria New Date

Dear Sir/Madam,
The Board of Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria at its 42nd General meeting held in Abuja 30th October to 2nd November, 2017 observed that Nurses and Midwives in Nigeria though have access on a daily basis to enormous health related data have not done enough in carrying out research studies and dissemination of research findings. The Board at the above meeting mandated that to improve research and research utilization in healthcare, research workshop should be organized for Nurses and Midwives in Nigeria. The theme of this workshop is ‘Scientific Research: A Tool for Developing Nursing in Nigeria’. The main aim of this workshop is to sharpen the knowledge and skills of nurses and to sensitize them on the value of engaging in research studies for the promotion of excellence in the profession and healthcare delivery.
The above workshop which could not hold as earlier proposed has been rescheduled to be implemented in Abuja centre as follows:
1. Abuja 
Venue: Hotel De Bendy Plot 892 Ngozi Okonjo Iweala, Utako District, Abuja
Date of Arrival: 8th October, 2018
Workshop: 9th – 11th October, 2018
Departure: 12th October, 2018
The registration fee for the above workshop is thirty-five thousand naira (N35,000.00) only.
In view of the above, the Council implores employers of Nurses and Midwives to please encourage and sponsor at least three (3) Nurses and Midwives to participate in the above workshop.
Those who wish to sponsor themselves should be given all the necessary support too.
All intending applicants are to log on to the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria website: to register for the workshop. Please note that remita payment details are required for the online registration. The registration site for each centre shall be closed when the expected numbers of participants have registered.
It is the hope of the Council that the above programme will strengthen the participation of Nurses and Midwives in research as well as promote evidence-based practice in healthcare delivery in Nigeria.
Thank you for your usual cooperation and support towards the promotion and maintenance of excellence in Nursing and Midwifery education and practice.
Alh. Faruk Umar Abubakar 

Report explores ways of encouraging men into nursing

While nursing is increasingly viewed as a worthwhile and rewarding career for both men and women, the perception of nursing as an inherently female profession is still a barrier to more males entering nursing, according to a new report from researchers at Scottish universities.

The Men in Nursing report was led by researchers at the University of Dundee and produced in conjunction with colleagues from Edinburgh, West of Scotland and Robert Gordon Universities. The report was commissioned by NHS Education for Scotland through the Scottish Collaboration for the Enhancement of Pre‐Registration Nursing (SCEPRN), and explores the causes of under-representation of men in nursing roles and sets out a series of recommendations designed to help encourage more males to join the profession.

Report co-author Dr. Heather Whitford, from Dundee’s School of Nursing and Health Sciences, said, “Attracting more men into nursing is a huge challenge, but this report provides us with key insights as to how we can increase the numbers of males entering the profession. By introducing more gender-neutral narratives we can show the potential of nursing as a worthwhile and rewarding career, regardless of gender.”

Researchers found that less than 10 percent of Scottish nursing students are male, a figure that has hardly changed in the past 10 years. Many of those interviewed in the study said that the perception of nursing as a ‘female job’ was one of the biggest factors deterring males from choosing nursing as a career. Others cited a lack of male role models in the profession, or a lack of male figures in recruitment material, as barriers to entry.

The report also highlighted a number of positives. The perception of nursing as a worthwhile and positive career was cited by many men as a motivating factor in their career choice. The profession was also viewed favourably in terms of stability, and opportunity for development.

To encourage more men to become nurses, the report recommends a gender-neutral rebranding of nursing and a renewed focus on the skills and caring values that underpin the profession. The authors also highlighted the need for gender-neutral education on health and care topics to begin earlier, ideally at pre-school or primary school levels. In addition, more narratives showcasing positive male nursing role models should be developed and marketed.

Dr. Whitford said: “Last year, the University of Dundee launched its ‘#MenDoCare’ campaign, aimed at increasing the number of male applicants to our nursing courses. We remain committed to encouraging more men to enter the profession and this report will help assist us in achieving that aim.”

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WSU College of Nursing: Korean War veteran honors nurses with $1 million in gift commitments

A military veteran is paying tribute to the nurses with whom he worked alongside during the Korean War through $1 million in gift commitments to the WSU College of Nursing.

His most recent gift of $500,000 establishes the Waldron O. and Janet S. Lindblad Professorship in Geriatrics — the first distinguished professorship at the WSU College of Nursing. He has also committed an additional gift of $400,000 through his estate plan.

The professorship will help shape gerontological nursing research at WSU and aims to influence how the college trains nurses across Washington state to care for an aging population. The number of Americans over age 65 is projected to more than double by 2060, making geriatrics and gerontology a dynamic and growing field for nursing research and practice.

In 2016, Lindblad made a gift of $100,000 to create the Janet S. Lindblad Excellence Fund in honor of his late wife, who died in 2011. That fund supports graduate students, faculty, and programs with a preference for work in the field of geriatrics and gerontology.

“The WSU College of Nursing is privileged to help Mr. Lindblad fulfill his dual wishes of honoring the nursing profession and advancing the field of gerontology,” said Dr. Joyce Griffin‑Sobel, dean of the College of Nursing. “Students and faculty are already benefiting from the Janet S. Lindblad Excellence Fund. I’m confident the new Lindblad Professorship in Geriatrics will bring distinction in research and scholarship in the field of aging at Washington State University.”

Lindblad flew medical evac during Korean War

Lindblad in his Air Force uniform.
Wally Lindblad, Air Force

A veteran of the United States Navy and U.S. Air Force, Lindblad, 92, flew medical evacuations during the Korean War with five nurses on board the aircraft. “I saw how hard they worked,” he noted recently. “They were just 21 or 22 years old, but we never lost a patient. That’s how I fell in love with nursing.”

His interest in geriatrics is prompted by his experiences and those of his wife as they aged, he said.

Lindblad has been in an assisted living facility in Pullman since shortly after his wife died. He moved there after living for many years in Vancouver, Washington, to be closer to a daughter who is a longtime employee in WSU’s Department of Plant Pathology. Lindblad has two other children.

Retired from Air Force, he found success in securities and real estate

Lindblad left the family farm in Fahlun Township, Minnesota, at 17 and enlisted in the Navy during World War II. He attended pilot training and was commissioned in the U.S. Air Force in 1950, flying about 1,000 hours ferrying service members wounded in the Korean conflict out of Tokyo. Lindblad retired as a lieutenant colonel in 1978 and followed up his military career with success in securities and real estate investing. He said his longtime involvement in Masonic organizations has been important in his life.

In describing the motivation behind his generous gifts to the WSU College of Nursing, Lindblad recalled one occasion during the Korean War when he had 28 injured people on board his plane when one of its four engines failed. “We flew 1,700 miles on three engines,” he said. “Every one of those guys lived – again, nursing did it for us.”



The heartwarming moment nurses teach young cancer patient the Kiki dance

This is the heartwarming moment nurses put a huge smile on a young cancer patient’s face by teaching her a brand new dance.

Louise Goulden is currently undergoing treatment for leukaemia at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.

8 year old Louise Goulden
Louise Goulden is undergoing chemotherapy. Credit: MEN Media

The eight-year-old was diagnosed with the disease two years ago, and spent four-and-a-half months on Ward 84 before going into remission.

But around seven weeks ago, Louise, who lives in Royton, relapsed and ended up back in hospital.

Last week, during her second round of five-day chemotherapy, the youngster was surprised in her room by a group of nurses who asked her if she wanted to learn the ‘Kiki’ dance:

The routine – which is to rapper Drake’s hit single, In My Feelings – was captured on video by her parents and shared on social media.

It has already had hundreds of shares and thousands of views.

Louise’s mum Janice Thompson praised the staff at RMCH for going above and beyond for her daughter every single day.

kiki dance
The Kiki dance has swept social media. Credit: MEN Media

Louise loves singing and dancing and was so happy when she got to do it

The people working at RMCH are truly amazing. The compassion and dedication of the staff just inspires me, they take it to a whole new level.

– Janice Thompson, mother

Louise’s mum added that the hospital staff make her daughter smile “every day”.

Her family hope she will be able to go home for several weeks before undergoing a bone marrow transplant in September.


Subjects Required for Nursing: Requirements to Study Nursing in South Africa

Nursing as a profession is regulated in South Africa just like in most countries the world over

South Africa has three categories of Nurses which are:

  • Registered Nurses or Nursing Sisters

Who are responsible for the supervision of enrolled and enrolled auxiliary nurses and perform other nursing responsibilities just like their counterparts  in other countries.

  • Enrolled Nurses

They perform functions within their scope of practice which is limited in nature and are supervised by registered nurses.

  • Enrolled Nursing Auxiliaries

This categories of nurses perform basic ward procedures usually non technical ones like bed bathing a patient.


What are the Subjects Required for Nursing or Requirements to Study Nursing in South Africa?

You can take any of the following routes to become a nurse so requirements differs as per the route chosen:

  • a four-year bachelor degree in nursing
  • a three-year diploma
  • a one-year higher certificate in auxiliary nursing
  • one-year postgraduate advanced diploma in nursing and midwifery on top of your degree or diploma.


Bachelor Degree in Nursing Sciences (BCur)

The bachelor degree in nursing is generally a four-year-long course

Entry Requirements:

Entry requirements include: Mathematics, Physical Sciences and Life Sciences, but this is not compulsory at all institutions. You will need a National Senior Certificate (NSC) or equivalent qualification at exit level 4, with the following grades:

  • English (50-59%)
  • First additional or home language (50-59%)
  • Life Sciences (50-59%)
  • Maths Literacy (50-59%)
  • Life Orientation (50-59%)

Diploma in Nursing

Entry Requirements

You need to have a National Senior Certificate (NSC) or equivalent qualification at exit level 3 or 4, depending on the institution applying to. The score has to be:

  • English (50-59%)
  • First additional or home language (50-59%)
  • Four other subjects (50-59%)
  • Life Orientation (50-59%)


Higher Certificate in Auxillary Nursing

Entry Requirements: You generally  need a National Senior Certificate (NSC) or equivalent qualification at exit level 3 or 4, depending on the institution, to qualify to study this course which must have the following grades:

  • English (50-59%)
  • First additional or home language (50-59%)
  • Four other subjects (50-59%)
  • Life Orientation (50-59%)

Postgraduate Advanced Diploma in Nursing

This course is designed to strengthen and deepen your knowledge in nursing and midwifery. During this course, you will specialise as a nurse or midwife (or accoucheur). This course is also only one year long and can only be completed after you have received a diploma or degree in nursing. Unlike the other courses, this course is mostly theoretical. This qualification will also be helpful if you wish to pursue a career in nursing management. This is the postgraduate course for an individual who has a diploma in nursing, will have to complete in order to work as a nursing sister in South African Hospitals.

Entry Requirements

In order to enroll in a course like this you have to have completed:

  • Bachelor in Nursing Sciences (or equivalent) or a degree and comprehensive diploma
  • Diplomas in nursing and midwifery
  • Advanced diploma in midwifery, staff nurse and advanced diploma

You also have to have some experience to apply to this course – excluding your community service year. You have to have two years of experience as a Professional Nurse and/or Midwife (including at least one year in the field of speciality within the last five years).