Niyot Medical Center Vacancies For Nurses/Midwives in Lagos

Niyot Medical Center is located at No. 9 Anthony Etukudo Avenue, Off Niyi Okunnubi Street, Lekki Phase1, Lagos and is currently recruiting for suitably qualified candidates to fill the following position in their facility:

Registered Nurse/Midwife


Registered Nurse (RM would be an added advantage)

At least 2 years experience with or without midwifery experience.

Method of application:

Interested applicants should send in their CV’s and application to the email:

Occupational Medicine Practice Limited Vacancies For Occupational Health Nurses in Lagos

Occupational Medicine Practice Limited located at No. 7 Udeco, Medical road , Chevy view estate, Lekki and No 32 Block 4, plot 14 Bola Matinmi street lekki ajah, lagos.

We are an occupational health company and are currently recruiting nurses and physicians for factories within and outside Lagos on a 1-year renewable contract.
Applicants should have ACLS and BLS certifications.
Experience in occupational health would be advantageous.

Method of application:
Interested applicants should send resume to

Poplar Hospital Vacancies For Nurses in Ibadan Oyo State

Poplar Hospital was founded in 2016 as a Consultant led provider in Orthopaedics, Trauma and most other medical specialities. We are a high quality addition to the healthcare services in Nigeria. We are situated in a decent and serene environment at old Bodija Ibadan, Oyo State urgently requires the following:

. Staff nurses.
. Surgical experience an advantage.
. Must be licensed and registered with all necessary bodies

Method of Application:
Send application with CV to

Closing date: 25/9/2018.

Nursing Through It All By Nurse Membrane

I took this picture many years ago to remind myself what i went through to become the Nurse i am today. In a hospital were nothing works,a teaching hospital were nurses take over with rechargeable light on the accident and emergency center,in a place were their is no gloves or materials to take care of the sick and yet we keep coming to work unpaid, we keep taking care of the sick, we keep risking our lives, needle pricks every now and then due to darkness, loss of lifes that could have been avoided if not for corruption, and did i mention that some of us like my humble self were only employed as contract nurses,we had no permanent job,when ebola came we responded because we love to care for the sick,when lasser fever came we responded,i nursed a redeem pastor without any assistance till he died and I had to be quarantined, Luth promised to employ me but it was all empty promises.
When they called me to help fight ebola in Liberia i responded only to return and was kicked out of the room were i was supposed to be qurantined in Abuja,i returned to continue my contract job in luth,i could not marry as i couldnt afford a wife,no house,no food as the salary was nothing compared to the bills to be paid.The luth Medical director professor Bode promised me a job as i helped establish and run their infection control unit but i was not short listed as my name was finally removed,i finally resigned after 4years of working as a contract Nurse,the picture you now see were my collegues taking over critically ill patient without proper light.

If you dont know my story dont envy my glory,if you dont know were my journey started dont question my breakthrough.When i got on a plane to leave Nigeria it was not because i was looking for greener pastures but i was feed up with a system that will never reward hard work and sacrifice,if i were in America or the UK i would have been celebrated but no i was sent away by corruption.I know that i will not come home to work as a nurse in my life time,i know my heart still bleeds,i know that i have not forgotten University of Lagos teaching hospital Luth for what their management did to me,i also know that i will never have to use Lamp to take over again here in England,my only concern is what the furture holds for my collegues who are still stuck in this hospital who can not afford to make an urgent move,i do not know the furture of my children who may decide to be nurses back home.

As i share this experience i still feel heartbroken,i now live a good life better experienced than imagined but i have come a long way,i have paid dues that i shouldn’t,needless heart aches,nightmares,unspeakable fustrations and if you are out there in luth or anywere else crying for what corrupt men and women are making you go through in Nigeria and beyound,my thoughts are with you and your collegues,Nurse membrane feels your pain,i know whats it like to be a professional and yet unable to feed yourself and family.

In loving memories of all my collegues who died in this struggle both in Nigeria and all over the Continent of Africa.. Nurse membrane.

A Letter To Newly Qualified Nurses From Nurse Emeka Nwosu

Season greetings to you in advance dearly beloved,my heart is filled with joy to know that you have sucessfully concluded your general Nursing program,i can relate my dear as i was in this euphoric state of excitement many years ago,as you celebrate with family and friends,i would love to share a few words of advice from my Nursing journey;

Please note that nursing in Nigeria in terms of earnings and job availability is yet to attain a uniform status,if you work outside lagos and few places like abuja,PortHarcourt,you are most likely going to earn less than your collegues.
2,it will be wise for you to save for the furture,if you do not have sponsors,please save on a monthly bases,i will be practical on how much you need to secure greener pastures abroad,if you want to register for IELTS which is complulsory for UK,AUSTRALIA,US,CANADA,you need 68k(sixty eight thousand naira).,if you prepare well you may end up writing it once,in my case however i wrote this exam more than once.

3,CBT exam for the UK will cost you about 75 TO 80K depending on were you are and other expenses you may need to make before the exam date.
4,You will need to make payments to the British NMC for your credential assessment and verification,that will cost about thesame amount,school transcript will cost you money,Nigerian nursing council will charge you for certificate verification,all your documents will need to be sent to the UK,some will be uploaded,others sent directly,if you add this up you will see that you need about 250k or more to conclude your process and that is if you pass all your exams at once,you will need to purchase or photocopy your Royal Marsdern textbook,it will cost money,this and many more are reasons why you need to work and save money if UK is your target.
Open University is available for you to start up and upgrade immediately if you are not a graduate Nurse.
UK Universities like Anglia Ruski,University of Sunderland will cost you about 4million,if you have a sponsor,it is a good option as IELTS is waved off for you after graduation as you can go ahead to write your CBT exam and complete your nursing registration process but how about the school fees,very expensive if you cant afford it then you need to try other options.
Direct entry to Nigerian University is also an option for you,if you have a degree already you might decide to pursue further degrees in public Health In countries like America,they are better,more reasonable and can provide you an avenue to work and live in the US.
One of the mistakes i made was going for postbasic Nursing,my sisters and brothers,if you have a diploma in Nursing,the best idea would be to obtain a degree,postbasic nursing is hyped,it will not change your status when you get to the Western World as it only gives you psychological satisfaction that you have done something extra,i would advice that you rather use the money for postbasic to write board exams,pursue your degrees or better still go for certifications on Safety and Health,BLS,ACLS and diversify,Nigerian system of certificate classification in Nursing gives Postbasic Nursing a very disheartening status that only has value when you are stranded in a government hospital,if you go abroad even in South Africa,you are certified in any postbasic field by simply working in that unit for a specific period of time,be wise,spend your money with wisdom and pursue your dreams.

FMC hospitals,TEACHING Hospitals,General Hospitals have a salary structure that is yet to be reviewed to a reasonable and respectable salary scale,if you are decieved by the name and compound size, you will find yourself in a prison yard like most of your senior metrons,i worked with them for years,the salary will discourage you from giving your best,as a young Nurse,i would advice you earn higher until Nigeria is ready to have your services at the right pay,a typical example,my collegues that have spent 10 years in luth are still earning less than 100thousand naira thats about 200hundred dollars,is that what you desire in life?,my dear newly qualified nurse think before you get admitted into their prison in the name of federal job,when i resigned and got a new job as a nurse else were,my salary currently is more than that of my collegues who have spent about 14years or more in service be wise,ask questions,demand for more,study for more,pray for more,travel wide for more,you deserve more.

Your time with the private hospitals should be strictly for the purpose of sharpening your skills,learning and practicing what youve been taught,it is not a place to go and relax,it is also a place to save money to plan for the furture while you wait for your dreams to come through,do not relax there,do not argue with their Auxillaries,if you can strenghten your hands on the job that will be great,please be hopeful,one day we will win the war against quackery in Nurisng here in Nigeria.

Male Nurses and Female Nurses should not limit their selves,when you get your experience,you can apply in oil firms,construction firms,multinationals,NNPC,Military and parlamilitary,Navy,Airforce,Immigrations,Police,Nigerian Prisons,NNPC,Customs,Samsung,Nestle,the list is endless,we are usually afraid that we wont get,but shell are still recruiting on Locum basis,Mobil etc,when you take up the contract jobs or call duties you can raise money and move on to your dreams.
You need to know that you can get to the top,you have to change things,do things differently if you do not want to retire as your metron,if you must go far,you must be vissionary,LIFE WILL GIVE YOU WHATEVER YOU DREAM AND PURSUE CALCULATIVELY SO DREAM HIGH.

From Nurse Emeka Nwosu

Challenges Facing Nursing Profession in Nigeria


1. Poor Remuneration
2. Lack of interest in Research
3. Poor Working Environment
4. Poor funding of healthcare
5. Advancement in science and technology
6. Non implementation of Nursing process
7. Non participant in policy making
9. Lack of hospital equipment
10. Lack of Continuous Training
11. Lack of commitment to nursing practice
12. Rural Urban Migration of Nurses
13. Poor information system
14. Nurses satisfaction with basic certificate
15. Poor academic regulations
16. Professional Rivalry
17. Nurse to patient ratio
18. Obsolete legislation on nursing education and practice
19. Poor Leadership
20. Female Dominated profession

OET: A Easier English Test Helping UK Easing Nursing Shortage

Many more nurses are successfully passing a healthcare-specific language test that enables them to work in the UK, having tried and failed other tests multiple times.

The “much higher pass rates” reported for the Occupational English Test (OET) follow concerns that the only other test accepted by the Nursing and Midwifery Council was preventing competent nurses from taking up posts at trusts desperate to fill vacancies.

The NMC started accepting OET in November last year and, since then, the company that runs it has seen a huge surge in the number of candidates.

Surge in overseas nurses taking new NMC-approved English test
Early evidence presented at the first ever OET Forum held in the UK, suggests a much greater proportion of nurses who sit OET go on to achieve the required standards for NMC registration – grade B in speaking, listening, reading and writing.

Previously, the only way for overseas nurses wishing to practice in the UK to demonstrate their language skills was to take the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam.

However, there was concern the test – which purely tests linguistic ability – was getting in the way of recruiting nurses with the skills to practice safely in health and care services hit by severe shortages of qualified staff.

Results from a survey of candidates sitting OET found more than a quarter of those taking the test in the UK and Ireland – often healthcare assistants already working successfully in the NHS – had previously failed other English tests.

In all, the survey of more than 4,000 candidates – including 200 from the UK and Ireland – found nearly three quarters – 75% – had opted to take OET because it was specific to healthcare.

Meanwhile, 53% said they felt more confident about taking the test because it was content they could relate to, according to the survey by test administrator Cambridge Boxhill Language Assessment.

Sujata Stead, chief executive of Cambridge Boxhill, told the forum that numbers taking the test had shot up dramatically since it had been accepted by both the NMC and General Medical Council.

She said numbers had increased from five to 10 per month before NMC acceptance last autumn to almost 1,000 per month across the UK and Ireland.

Globally, the numbers taking the test have gone from 2,000 between August and September 2016-17 to 8,000 for the same period during the current financial year.

The company hopes to double the number of test centres across the globe within the next year, as well as increase the number of test dates with the aim of moving from one test per month to three or four dates per month in the future, she revealed.

The success of OET has been linked to the fact it tests language and communication skills within a healthcare context with nursing candidates asked to do tasks relevant to everyday practice, including role plays where they interact with “patients”.

The fact candidates can relate to the tasks and topics they are being asked to do means they are more likely to persevere with studying, with participants learning new and useful communication skills along the way, according to developers.

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Recruitment agencies, language teachers, and researchers said there was evidence more people were able to pass OET first time round – especially those who had been supported to prepare.

Chris Moore, managing director of Specialist Language Courses – an OET test centre and course provider – said he was seeing “much higher pass rates”.

Of 54 candidates who sat OET, 30 passed with four grade Bs first time round – a pass rate of 56%, he noted at the event held at the Royal College of Nursing.

Meanwhile, of the 216 individual speaking, listening, reading and writing tests taken by those candidates, 176 – or 81% – were marked grade B.

Shannon Dudley, of health and social care recruitment agency HCL, revealed her firm had stopped mass nurse recruitment drives overseas because so many candidates were failing English language tests.

However, since OET has been accepted by the NMC the company has started recruiting in volume again.

One such exercise saw the company recruit just over 200 nurses from the Philippines in February this year. Of those, 43% passed OET and most achieved that first time round.

Ms Dudley said nurses were successfully passing OET after “multiple IELTS attempts”. “The OET exam pass rates are significantly higher than we have seen – especially with IELTS,” she said.

“OET is not the solution for all English language problems for healthcare professionals”

She said issues included the cost of the OET exam, at around three times the cost of IELTS, although most trusts were offering to cover the cost of one attempt for nurses who took up a job.

Meanwhile, many had to complete IELTS anyway due to visa requirements so decided to stick with that.

Researcher and policy adviser Ceri Butler, who has investigated the role of international nurses in the NHS and investigated the challenges faced by refugee healthcare professionals, said there was evidence language testing – and IELTS in particular – was a barrier to recruitment.

Her research with refugee doctors in the UK found most had sat IELTS multiple times. Failure to pass the exam had a big impact on their confidence and self-esteem and led to some giving up trying to work as a doctor in this country, she told delegates.

However, she highlighted that some of this group had been able to pass OET first time – including one who had previously failed IELTS 13 times.

Reducing the time it took for skilled healthcare professionals to return to practice was a “hugely positive” step, she said.

She also stressed the need for ongoing support for overseas professionals when it came to helping them work in an unfamiliar health system and feel at home in a new country – a key message to come out of the event.

“OET is not the solution for all English language problems for healthcare professionals – people still need English language support,” she said.

Lyn Middleton, associate director of nursing at Aneurin Bevan University Health Board, also highlighted the importance of ongoing support and mentoring for overseas staff.

For the past year, she has looking at ways to recruit “under-employed” overseas nurses who were already living and working in the UK but employed in support roles.

This has included developing a support programme to get nurses through the requirements of NMC registration, including English language with the OET test now the “preferred choice”, she noted.

“They don’t write referral letters but nurses do write referral notes and read referral letters”

Professor Tim McNamara, who developed OET, described the challenges of creating a language test that balanced the need to ensure patient safety with a fair assessment of communication skills that did not place “unreasonable restrictions on practice”.

Extensive research has been carried out with nurses and doctors to try and pinpoint the elements of communication that “really matter” in clinical practice to inform the content, he said.

From this month, candidates taking OET will be judged on new “clinical communication” criteria including key skills, like building relationships, understanding a patient’s perspective and the ability to translate complex medical terms into lay language – although grades will still be weighted towards linguistic elements.

Professor McNamara, from the school of languages and linguistics at the University of Melbourne, said the changes were designed to make the test more relevant and “allow a better fit with what the test is asking and what really matters in clinical settings”.

One issue that emerged at the forum was the fact nurses were expected to write a referral letter in the writing element of the test – shown to be the part candidates found most challenging – despite the fact this was not something most nurses do.

Professor McNamara acknowledged this section of the test may appear less “authentic”. However, he added: “They don’t write referral letters but nurses do write referral notes and read referral letters – they read referral letters from doctors quite a lot.”

He highlighted that the test was constantly evolving and there was a need to ensure it did “reflect the majority of written communication with nurses”.

Source: NursingNews


The screening and physical fitness assessment of FRSC 2018 recruitment exercise which commenced on 28 May 2018 with the uploading of the application forms on FRSC recruitment portal is scheduled to be conducted in all State capitals from Monday 24 to Saturday 29 September, 2018.

In a statement released by Bisi Kazeem, Corps Public Education Officer, FRSC, he stated that applicants are advised to check their emails used for the submission of the applications on Wednesday 19 September 2018 for information on the screening and physical fitness assessment. The email information shall contain the venue, date, time of screening and required items to be taken along for the exercise.

Shortlisted applicants are to come with the summary data page earlier received and email notification slip which shall admit them to the screening venue.
Any candidate without the print out of the summary data page and notification slip for this phase of the exercise shall not be admitted into the screening venue
Bisi Kazeem
Corps Commander
Corps Public Education Officer, FRSC

Doctor Slaps Pregnant Nurse in Duty in Uganda Government Hospital

According to the Uganda Nurses and Midwives Union on Twitter a midwife in Kamuli District was slapped below is the message posted on her Twitter page

Assaulted Nurse

Heated day in Kamuli District as one of our Midwives Nangobi Sarah, who happens to be pregnant was slapped on duty by the Medical Superintendent in Kamuli General Hospital.

Who is A Nurse? Differentiating Nurses from Auxiliary or Quacks

According to International Council of Nurses (ICN),
“A nurse is a person who has undergone the basic training in the profession called nursing,in an authorized/accredited school licensed and authorised by NMC to practice the profession nursing”
So regardless of who trained you, or where you are trained,
what you are trained for,
your level of education or acceptance, who authorized you or licensed you,
if your training fall short of the above, you are definitely a QUACK,
an endangered species,
practicing what you know not.
It is great illegality and deceitfulness to dabble into what you are not proficient in.

Nursing is not what you think!
It is an art, you must learn it.
It is a science, its application is evidence based.
It is spiritual, nurses are called to act as angels to helpless humans
It is demanding, you need agility
It is interesting, you have to derive joy practicing it
It is incriminating, you have to be licensed.
It is thought provoking, hence, you need intelligence.
It is not so rewarding in Nigeria, hence, you need passion.
It requires your entire life, so you need to be dedicated
Do not dabble into nursing if you have not gone through the training in an accredited training school,
you will only be rendering unaccredited services to humanity, which can even land you in jail because you are not licensed to practice the profession.
Do not make yourself a stooge to those looking for cheap labour, you can still learn the art of nursing. Just with determination, you’ll get there!!!
Stay within your limits. Stay away completely!!!
To the general public, PLS note: