Zimbabwe First Lady Blasts Nurses for Observing Break While Women are in Labor

FIRST Lady Auxilia Mnangagwa has warned Zimbabwean nurses who often arrogantly break for tea even when faced with cases of expecting mothers needing their urgent attention during labour.

She was speaking at this year’s belated World Breastfeeding Week commemorations held at Mahusekwa Hospital in Marondera district on Friday.

The President’s wife called on government to craft new laws that will make it possible for culprits to be held liable for any negligence-related deaths on mothers even when such death befalls their new-born babies.

“Giving birth is a ‘national duty’ so we should not neglect women who bring in life on earth,” Mrs Mnangagwa said.

“When we hear that these women have died due to neglect, it pains us. They must die of natural causes and not due to carelessness by health staff.”

The former Chirumhanzu legislator said some health workers would prefer breaking for tea when expecting mothers are writhing in labour pain.

“Our women are losing lives because some health staff go for tea when someone needs attention at a crucial time of giving birth,” she said.

“We want to hear from the Ministry of Health and Child Care if there is a law that allows for prosecution.

“There should be a law so that those neglecting these women are held responsible for any consequences of such carelessness.”

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO)’s statistics, the maternal mortality ratio (MMR) for Zimbabwe has declined from 960 deaths per 100,000 live births in 2010 to 614 deaths per 100,000 live births in 2014.

Though the ratio is still considered unacceptably high, WHO still views this as progress as the situation has been worse before.

The Public Health Bill (2017) that has been tabled in Parliament seeks to replace, update and align to the Constitution, the law relating to Public Health.

The present Public Health Act was passed in 1924 and calls have been made on its updating to meet the current health challenges and needs of the population.
Source: New Zimbabwe Live

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.
Credit: Punch Newspaper

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.

Source: https://swazimedia.blogspot.com/2018/10/swaziland-riot-police-invade-hospital.html?m=1

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 https://www.skillsyouneed.com/learn/mentoring-skills.html
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

POEA Hiring Nurses to Saudi Arabia 2018/2019 Application

Ministry of Health of Saudi Arabia is in need of specialist nurses, and Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) handles the recruitment of qualified applicants.


In a recruitment specification form posted online, POEA announces that Saudi MOH is urgently hiring 700 female specialist nurses for their government facilities.



B.S.N. Graduate

With board/PRC license

Minimum two (2) years of related experience



Paid annual vacation with free round-trip economy ticket

Free food and accommodation

Basic salary offer starts at SR4,110 plus yearly increment




If you are interested and qualifies, you may apply by registering online at www.poea.gov.ph or

www.eregister.poea.gov.ph and personally submit the following documents (fastened in a folder) under the heading “MOH RSF No. 180024” at the Manpower Registry Division, Window S or T, Ground Floor, Blas F. Ople Bldg. (formerly POEA Bldg.), Ortigas Avenue corner EDSA, Mandaluyong City:

Detailed résumé with job description

School credentials, relevant to the position applied for (authenticated by DFA and/ or CHED or notarized, whichever is applicable)

Employment certificates, relevant to the position applied for

Valid Passport

Two (2) pieces 2×2 recent picture

Certificate of POEA online PEOS (log on to www.peos.poea.gov.ph)

Printed copy of Worker’s Information Sheet/E-Registration (log-in at https://eservices.poea.gov.ph)


Applicants are required to present their original documents for authentication of written information before forwarding the résumé to the employer.

Resalu College of Nursing and Midwifery January 2019 Admission Forms Intake, Tuition, Calendar

Tentative Programme for RN (Registered Nursing) January 2019 Intake.

1. 30th October 2018, securement of place deadline.

2. 1stth – 2nd November 2018 Uniform Measurements and Student IDs photo-taking (Bring Deposit slip for place securement).

3. 16th November 2018 Collection of Uniforms and Student IDs.

4. 15th December 2018, Accommodation Securement Deadline.

5. 3rd -6th January 2019 Reporting/Registration.

6. 7th January 2019, first Special lecture/first Assignment (Due Date: 8th January 2019, Time: 07:50hrs).

7. 8th January 2019, Second Special Lecture/2nd Assignment (Due Date: 9th January 2019, Time: 07:50hrs).

8. 7th – 13th January, 2019, Official Orientation/Industrial visitation.

9. 14th January 2019, first Lecture Block begins (Academic Journey).

10. All fees to be deposited into the Resalu College Bank Account number as provided on the Acceptance Letter before reporting. Hence, cash money payment through accounts office is not allowed.

11. Late Registration will attract One Thousand Kwacha (K1000) penalty Fee or losing a place to those on standby.

12. Class Time Table to be given on 3rd January 2019.


For any clarity kindly contact Resalu College Director on +260962798345