Supreme Court schedules oral arguments on Salary Grade 15 pay of gov’t nurses

Good news for Filipino nurses as Supreme Court (SC) has finally scheduled an oral argument regarding the implementation of Salary Grade 15 for government nurses.

“One step closer to full implementation of Salary Grade 15,” said Ang Nars Partylist, the nurse advocacy group which questioned the legality of reducing the nurse’s pay scale in public healthcare institutions.
Ang Nars received an advisory from SC PIO that the Oral Arguments will be held on Feb. 26, 2019 at 2:00 pm.
In January 2015, Ang Nars filed a Petition for Certiorari and Mandamus in the high cour asking for the full implementation of Section 32 of Republic Act 9173 or the Philippine Nursing Act of 2002. The law states that the minimum base pay of nurses working in the public health institutions shall not be lower than salary grade 15.

Based on Fourth Tranche of Salary Standardization Law (SSL) of 2015 which will be implemented this 2019, the Salary Grade 15 for civilian personnel of the national government and in first class provinces and cities is at P30,531.

Joint resolution No. 4 series of 2009, however, was issued by Congress, allowing then President and now Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo to modify the compensation and position classification of civilian personnel as well as the base pay of the uniformed personnel.
Arroyo then signed Executive Order No. 811 which among others, reduced the base pay of nurses from salary grade 15 to salary grade 11 while the entry base pay is salary grade 10.
Among the issues to be debated on the Supreme Court is whether Joint Resolution No. 4 has repealed Section 32 of the Nursing Act.
Joining the party-list group in its petition is the Public Services Labor Independent Confederation headed by Annie Geron.
Named respondents are the Executive Secretary, Department of Budget and Management and the Department of Health.
Ang Nars is enjoining all nurses to support their battle for higher pay scale in the Supreme Court.

“This is a groundbreaking event as VERY FEW PETITIONS are allowed to have oral arguments. We are asking for everyone’s support as we will be organizing a MASS MOBILIZATION ON FEB 26 in front of the Supreme Court. NURSES, we need to raise public clamor for this momentous day,” the group posted on Facebook. (with reports from

World Health Organisation Designates 2020 As The “Year of the Nurse and Midwife”

– The Executive Board, today, designated the year 2020 as the “Year of the Nurse and midwife”, in honor of the 200th birth anniversary of Florence Nightingale. This proposal will now be presented to Member States of the 72nd World Health Assembly for consideration and endorsement.

The year 2020 is significant for WHO in the context of nursing and midwifery strengthening for Universal Health Coverage. WHO is leading the development of the first-ever State of the World’s Nursing report which will be launched in 2020, prior to the 73rd World Health Assembly. The report will describe the nursing workforce in WHO Member States, providing an assessment of “fitness for purpose” relative to GPW13 targets. WHO is also a partner on The State of the World’s Midwifery 2020 report, which will also be launched around the same time. The NursingNow! Campaign, a three-year effort (2018-2020) to improve health globally by raising the status of nursing will culminate in 2020 by supporting country-level dissemination and policy dialogue around the State of the World’s Nursing report.

Nurses and midwives are essential to the achievement for universal heath coverage. The campaign and the two technical reports are particularly important given that nurses and midwives constitute more than 50% of the health workforce in many countries, and also more than 50% of the shortfall in the global health workforce to 2030. Strengthening nursing will have the additional benefits of promoting gender equity (SDG5), contributing to economic development (SDG8) and supporting other Sustainable Development Goals.

WHO Declares 2020 Year of the Nurse, To Celebrate Nursing and Midwifery

Dear friends and colleagues,

We are very pleased to share the news that yesterday the Director-General of the World Health Organization announced that 2020 will the Year of the Nurse, celebrating nursing and midwifery! The announcement came during the 144th WHO Executive Board meeting.
The planned related activities in 2020 include World Health Day (April 7, 2020) and the 73rd World Health Assembly (mid-May) likely to feature nursing and midwifery themes as well as the launch of the first-ever State of the World’s Nursing report and the State of the World’s Midwifery .
Congratulations to the WHO Chief Nurse . Elizabeth Iro and WHO Midwife Ms. Fran Mcconville and all nurses and midwives.
For further information and updates about the Year of the Nurse you can check the following
Warm regards .
Dr. Naeema Al GasseerWorld Health Organization Represebtative in Sudan &Head of Mission

Meet Prof. Idongesit Ibanga Akpabio of University of Calabar Nursing Department

The Academic field of Nursing profession in Nigeria continues to soar higher against all odds. The past few years had seen an astonishing rise in the numbers of Nurses promoted to professorial rank in the academic field. For Professor Idongesit Ibanga Akpabio of the Nursing Department of University of Calabar, October 2016 will forever remain a great month and year; a year she was elevated to the coveted post of a Nursing Professor against all odds!

An erudite scholar and a professional nurse per excellence, Professor Idongesit Ibanga Akpabio was duly recognized for her efforts in making nursing profession a better profession within and outside the shore of this country. Her appointment which came as no surprise to many nurses is a confirmation to Pele’s quote that “Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.”
She is a Professor of Community Health Nursing and currently the Dean, Faculty of Allied Medical Sciences

Congratulations Professor.

POEA German Triple Win Program 2019 Application for Nurses Promises Free Work Visas, Language Training

Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) Administrator Bernard P. Olalia said qualified nurse applicants to Germany will be entitled to free work visas, German language lessons and other perks under the agency’s partnership with the German government.

In an interview with BusinessWorld, Mr. Olalia said German demand for nurses is high. He added that he hopes interested parties will consider applying under the Triple Win Project (TWP), an undertaking of the POEA, the German Federal Employment Agency (BA) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH to avoid the expense of qualifying to work in Germany.

“The airfare is free, the work visa is free, plus the German language training after the first batch qualifies is free,” Mr. Olalia said.
Mr. Olalia said German wages are high compared to other markets.
In a statement on Thursday, the Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) announced that participants in the TWP program can receive wages of between 2,000-2,400 euros a month, depending on qualifications.
According to the Bureau of Local Employment (BLE), the starting salary of nurses in the Philippines is P8,000 to P13,500.
Currently, there are 400 available slots under the TWP. Those interested in applying should be Filipino citizens, graduates of a nursing course, should have passed the board exam, and have a minimum of two years’ professional experience as a nurse.
Qualified applicants can register at and more information will be posted regarding other requirements for personal submission at the POEA. The deadline for submission is Feb. 28, 2019. — Gillian M. Cortez

Will 2020 be the official Year of the Nurse?

Efforts to raise the profile of nursing globally took a step forward with the recommendation that 2020 be the official Year of the Nurse and Midwife.

The Nursing Now campaign made the proposal to the World Health Organization (WHO) last year, and this week the WHO executive board endorsed the suggestion.
The proposal must now be confirmed by its decision-making body the World Health Assembly in May, however Nursing Now said it was confident the recommendation would be accepted.
Crucial to universal health coverage
A spokesperson said the campaign is ‘thrilled’ to have received support for the idea from WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
The year will also mark the 200th anniversaryof Florence Nightingale’s birth.Speaking at the executive board meeting yesterday, Dr Adhanom Ghebreyesus stressed the importance of nurses in achieving the ambition of Universal Health Coverage (UHC) – where all individuals and communities receive the health services they need without suffering financial hardship.
‘Nurses, especially in many low- and middle-income countries, are the bridge between the community and the health institutions,’ he said. ‘Their role, especially in front-line services, is very important and that is why in UHC their role is crucial.’
He said 2020 was an appropriate year to raise the profile of nursing, as it would also mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale.
‘We need to celebrate people like her who have contributed greatly to humanity,’ he said.
‘A great year for nursing’
The three-year global Nursing Now campaign is being run by the Burdett Trust for Nursing, in collaboration with the International Council of Nurses and WHO.
It aims to raise the profile of nursing and develop the profession’s reach and influence at all levels, including in government policy.
A Nursing Now spokesperson said: ‘This is a great cause for celebration and a step towards our goal of improving health, gender equality and economic strength by raising the profile and status of nursing.
‘2020 will be a great year for nursing.’
The WHO estimates nurses and midwives represent almost half the total number of healthcare workers around the world.
Source :

Kenya Nurses Strike Update : Kenyan Nurses vow to proceed with strike on Monday

The Kenya National Union of Nurses has vowed to proceed with its planned nurses’ strike planned to kick off on Monday.

The move comes a day after Labour Cabinet Secretary Ukur Yattani appointed a three member conciliation committee to arbitrate the industrial dispute between nurses and county governments.
KNUN maintains that its members will down their tools if a return-to-work formula signed in November last year is not fully implemented.
The strike will kick off in Kisii, Kiambu, Homabay and Marsabit counties with the industrial strife spreading to Kwale, Garissa, Samburu, Kirinyaga, Embu as well as Mathari hospital, spinal special hospital, port health and at the blood bank five days later.
Murang’a, Busia, Nakuru and Siaya counties will see their nurses down their tools on the 18th of this month.
Mombasa, Tharaka Nithi, Migori and Machakos counties will have normal operations with the administrations having honored their part of the bargain.
Kenya National Union of Nurses Secretary General Seth Panyako saying he has no powers to call off the strike as it now lies with members.
The union is however yet to issue strike notices in seventeen other counties but Panyako says they will be left with no other option but to suspend their services if the administrations fails to honor the comprehensive bargaining agreement.
This development comes after the union announced on Wednesday that nurses would enforce industrial action if the return-to-work formula is not fully implemented, a move that Labour Cabinet Secretary Ukur Yattani moved to avert by appointing a three member conciliation committee to reconcile concerned parties.
Source : KBC

St Pauls School Of Nursing And Midwifery Kashikishi-Nchelenge,Luapula July 2019 Admission Intake and Interview

This saves to inform the General Public that St Paul’s School of Nursing and Midwifery as choosen the last week of February to be the week for open interviews only for the July 2019 intake therefore those who wish to pursue there studies at our campus are all welcome to participate in open interviews our school is a well known Government institution which produces high quality Nurses to be employed in both Government and private hospitals as well clinics start your journey with us and u shall never regret.
St Paul’s school of Nursing and midwifery “the Kingdom, the Power, the Glory”
Published by the special assistant
to the School administrator for press
and public relations

Mandatory Continuing Professional Development Program (MCPDP) Kaduna State 2019



Organizes: Mandatory Continuing Professional Development Program (MCPDP)





Date:                     11th-15th March, 2019

Venue:                                 Catholic Social Centre March Kaduna

Time:                     8:00am – 4:00pm daily.



Fees  (N20,000.00), Twenty Thousand Naira only payable into MCPDP Account.

ACCOUNT NAME:             Kaduna State

ACCOUNT NUMBER:      2020322115

Banker:                                First Bank of Nigeria PLC

Obtain your Bank Teller. (Computer Print Out) and Present at the venue of the workshop.


  • Summary of report of research work conducted by Nurses and midwives can be submitted for presentation during the workshop.
  • -10 Mules of presentation of selected abstract will be slotted.
  • All research reports to be submitted to: on or before Friday 1st March, 2019.

Send your name, contact phone number and location i.e. Zaria, Kaduna or Kafanchan to any of  the following number:- 08068439646, 08065946495, 07063021891 and 08035872925


All Prospective participants are expected to come along with their license.


7th March. 2019


Late registration attract the sum of Three Thousand Naira (N3,000.00)Only

The Glass Hospital Has the Worst Nursing Staff In Movie History

WARNING: The following contains spoilers for Glass, which is currently in theaters.
There’s no more thankless job in sci-fi and horror films than the poor people working as the nursing staff of any hospital that ends up on-screen. They’re always assigned to watch over patients with supernatural abilities, usually without warning or full explanation of the situation. This usually ends up with the nursing staff at best being terrorized, and at worst being cannon fodder for the thing they were supposed to be watching. It’s a thankless job that the nurses in these films usually fail at.
But no hospital staff falters as hard or as frequently as the one from the mental hospital in Glass. The staff is easily manipulated and later dispatched with almost no real effort. Even the supposedly all-powerful cabal of worldwide secret keepers turns out to be incapable of keeping a secret. The doctors, nurses and security guards in Glass are incompetent and the worst hospital staff in movie history.
For most of Glass, the story is set in a large mental hospital. Dr. Ellie Staple (Sarah Paulson) serves as the primary psychiatrist for the three “superpowered” characters who have been brought into her care. She’s an expert on “disillusions of grandeur” and hopes to convince Kevin (James McAvoy), David (Bruce Willis) and Elijah (Samuel L. Jackson) that their abilities are just fabrications of their minds. Unfortunately for her, the two primary nurses assigned to help her are completely useless at their jobs, making it incredibly easy for everything to fall apart.
The two nurses, Pierce (Luke Kirby) and Daryl (Adam David Thompson), are aggressively stupid throughout the film, particularly Daryl. To his credit, Daryl is far kinder than Pierce and seems to actually care about his charges. Maybe a bit too much when it comes Kevin, who almost manages to seduce Daryl into coming too far into his room, which would have afforded Kevin a chance to escape.
While Daryl’s habit of being a friendly and talkative guy may endear him to the security guard (who should be patrolling the halls), it also allows Elijah the time to escape his room and engineer his scheme. Daryl ends up getting himself killed when he finds a broken picture frame on the floor of Elijah’s room. Instead of getting something to clean it up or being aware that glass can be used as a weapon, he approaches Elijah, who swiftly slices his throat open with a sharpened piece of glass.
On top of being so obvious that it’s painful (Elijah goes by Mr. Glass and kills someone with glass; the symbolism stands for obviousness), it’s another testament to how useless this staff is. Why would you let someone have glass in their mental hospital room? Even assuming he’s not a threat, that’s still a potential suicide risk! That’s just bad patient care.
Pierce may be a bit more intelligent than Daryl, but even that doesn’t stop him from being an idiot. He’s also a great deal harsher than Daryl, at one point threatening to break Elijah’s leg with his flashlight to intimidate him. So, when Pierce looks through the security cameras to check on Elijah and sees a slumped over Daryl covered in blood in the otherwise empty room, he should already be keenly aware of how much trouble Elijah can be.
Pierce should call any of the security guards, or even just the cops. He should at least call a doctor for his co-worker, who is bleeding out in real time! But, no, Pierce instead goes exploring the dark hospital alone and gets his spine cracked in half by Kevin’s monstrous personality, the Beast. Because he’s dumb.
They’re not the only idiots on staff, though, just the most prevalent. The aforementioned security guards prove to be completely worthless. One of them even just watches as Kevin pushes Elijah down the hall.
Even Dr. Staple, who is revealed to be part of a cabal of powerful people keeping superpowers hidden from the public, doesn’t seem to be very good at containing the threats. Elijah out-thinks her at every turn, setting up the public revelation of people with abilities. She also reveals everything to David as she’s having him killed. He could come back to life! She doesn’t know that’s not going to turn out to be one of his powers! Just drown him!
Dr. Staple tries to keep the patients of the hospital from seeing more of the powers, but also allows three key witnesses to her actions to just leave. Even if they didn’t have the actual footage, Casey (Anya Taylor-Joy), Joseph (Spencer Treat Clark) and Mrs. Price (Charlayne Woodard) could have easily revealed their experiences to the press and accused Staple of a cover-up; the exact opposite of what she wants. And she just lets them leave… immediately after killing people they cared about. She is not very good at being a supervillain is what we’re saying.
In the entire film, only two members of the staff prove to be good at their jobs, and they get 10 seconds of screen time. During their escape, Elijah and James get spotted by two passing nurses. The two nurses act casual, but as soon as they can they rush to a phone to call for security. They stopped the pair from getting any further than the hospital and causing real destruction in downtown Philadelphia. They deserve immediate raises and promotions, because clearly they’re the only two people at this entire hospital who know how to do their jobs.
Directed and written by M. Night Shyamalan, Glass is the third and final entry in his superhero trilogy that started with Unbreakable. The film stars James McAvoy as Kevin Wendell Crumb/The Beast, Bruce Willis as David Dunn, Anya Taylor-Joy as Casey Cooke, Samuel L. Jackson as Elijah Price/Mr. Glass and Sarah Paulson as Ellie Staple.
By Brandon Zachary CBR Exclusives