UK NMC Changes Registration Practice Requirement, Work Experience No Longer Needed

The UK NMC has changed her practice requirement which means that new nurses who recently graduated from Nursing School can now register. Below is the announcement made on their website


Practice Requirements

Previously overseas nurses and midwives wishing to apply to join our register must have worked for 12 months after achieving their qualification. We have now removed this requirement meaning applicants can apply to join our register immediately after qualifying.

Nursing and Midwifery Council of Ghana Releases September 2018 Examination Results

The Nursing and Midwifery Council has released the results for the online licensing examination conducted this year. The online examination which begun on September 3, 2018 was the first online examination to be carried out in Ghana for nursing and midwifery trainees. Ghana becomes the first in West Africa and third in Africa to conduct this type of licensing examination.


The examination was piloted across three centers in the country, namely Pantang, Ankaful and Yendi. About 375 Registered Mental Nursing (RMN) Candidates sat for the examination.


The Nursing and Midwifery Council has released the results of the examination to various schools just within three weeks after the examination was conducted. Candidates have therefore been advised to visit their various schools for their results and present the completed Registration form to the designated Regional Office of the Council as stated in their letter.

Resalu College of Nursing Lusaka Zambia January 2019 Admission Forms and Interview


Resalu College, School of Nursing wishes to inform the general public that Application Forms for 2019 January Intake are still on sale and going at K150.

Those who wrote the GCE Examinations can as well apply or contact Resalu Director during business hours on +260962798345.

Entry Qualifications:

Five (5) Credits or better in Mathematics, Biology, English/Local Languages plus any other two (2) related subjects.

Resalu College is registered and accredited to General Nursing Council of Zambia (GNCZ).

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Texarkana College Nursing School Application is now Open

Texarkana College’s Associate Degree Nursing program is accepting applications through Oct. 15 from licensed vocational nurses who wish to continue their education to become registered nurses. The next VN-ADN transition class begins January 2019.


Previously, LVNs applied for the three-semester transition program in the spring and began classes during the summer.


“Shifting the start date to the spring allows us to give students a class schedule that fits into their busy lives,” Courtney Shoalmire, dean of health sciences stated in a press release. “This will allow them to complete the program by going to class three to four days a week instead of five days a week.”


LVNs who transition to registered nursing will see benefits such as increased independence on the job and higher salaries. The average annual wage for LVNs in this area is $38,000 per year, while the average RN salary is $59,000.


“LVNs are great candidates for our RN program because they are already familiar with working in a healthcare setting and they’re prepared for the rigor of the nursing coursework,” Shoalmire said. “They know this is a serious career move that will benefit them and their families for years to come.”


According to Career Coach, there are currently almost 1,500 registered nurses employed within a 10 mile radius of Texarkana—and that number is expected to continue growing.


“We live in a hub for healthcare in our region,” Shoalmire said. “We have some of the best medical facilities around, and every one of them needs trained, competent registered nurses.”


An information session will be held at 5 p.m., Oct. 2 in Room 151 of Texarkana College’s Health Sciences Center. Potential applicants are encouraged to sign up for the information session in advance at Candidates for the transition program must be a licensed vocational nurse or a recent graduate from a vocational nursing program and eligible to take the licensure



For more information, contact Health Sciences Enrollment Specialist Karen Holt at 903-823-3351 or

Nurse seeking change after nearly being killed by patient

Wash.– An Intensive Care Unit nurse is badly bruised after she says she was almost choked to death by her patient.

Now, Ashley Schade is sharing her experience to spread awareness about the rising rates of violence in hospitals.

Washington State Nurses Association Representative Jayson Dick says, “There’s so many things that nurses are responsible for, a lot of people don’t know what it looks like to be in the shoes of a nurse, but they’re there through the entire experience, they are the front line of healthcare.”


The front lines of healthcare that many nurses say need more protection.

Badly bruised, but not broken, Schade wrote a lengthy post about how she was almost killed last weekend and how more people need to pay attention to what’s happening behind hospital doors.

Washington State Nurses Association Representative Jayson Dick says, “Unfortunately it’s a huge issue, and the issue is growing. According to a study that the American Nurses Association put out, 1 in 4 nurses is affected by workplace violence.”

According to the American Nurses Association, the likelihood of health care workers being exposed to violence is higher than prison guards or police officers.

Washington State Nurses Association Representative Jayson Dick says, “There are absolutely ways to prevent these issues, from rising, better education, better staffing, better responses from the facilities. It should not be the status quo that nurses have to put their lives in jeopardy every time they go in to take care of their patients.”

Ashley’s patient now faces charges of assault in the second degree.

Court documents Action News obtained say Schade had been tending to her patient, 65-year-old Bruce Darling for three days, monitoring him for 12 and a half hours a day.

Court documents say Darling tried to remove his IV and Schade attempted to stop him.

That’s when she says he choked her.

Kadlec released a statement saying they support filing the charges against Darling.

They say while they take the threats seriously, “No matter the training offered or all the measures in place, situations can arise where caregivers who are providing care to patients may be in harm’s way because of a patient or a patient’s friend or family member.”

In recent weeks, Kadlec confirms there have been two caregivers physically harmed at Kadlec.

Kadlec says it is “engaged in reviewing and if necessary improving protocols to help deter future incidents.”

Richland Police confirmed Darling is still in the hospital at this time and they are in close contact with the hospital.

We’re told an arraignment date hasn’t been set yet for Darling.


Portugal: Over 75pct of nurses join first day of two-day strike

Over 75% of nurses in Portugal joined the first day of a two-day national strike on Friday, according Guadalupe Simões, from the Portuguese Nurses’ Union

Lisbon – On Thursday, the services most affected due to the strike were out patients, operating theatres and health centres.

Portugal’s nursing unions began a two-day national strike on Thursday morning to pressure the government to present a better proposal for nursing careers.

The unions are also demanding extra pay for specialist nurses, the hiring of more professionals, a minimum wage of €1,600, the possibility of reaching the top of the superior technical career and retirement before the age of 66.

The strike was called by all the nursing unions across the country.

Filipino nurses meet MPs over registration and visa troubles

Filipino nurses are concerned they aren’t being given enough time to find work in New Zealand.

Labour MPs met Filipino community leaders on Saturday to discuss their struggles with short visas and lengthy registrations.

Filipino Nurses Association president Monina Hernandez tells Newshub after the paperwork is done, they have only one month to find work.

“The sad thing is they cannot apply for a job during that period, so they are literally just waiting for their licence,” she says.

“They have to reapply for another visa, and that would incur further costs.”

Ms Hernandez says making changes to the visas would help New Zealand with its staffing shortage.

“If they actually addressed it, they would be addressing the need of New Zealand for nurses as well, so it’s a win-win situation.”

Filipinos make up 8 percent of New Zealand’s nursing workforce.


Recruiting More Men to Nursing Schools by Michele Wojciechowski

Nursing, like other health care fields, has been predominately female for quite some time. To increase diversity, some schools are taking the initiative to find ways of attracting more men to attend nursing school and become part of the field.

One such school is Chamberlain University in Miramar, Florida. Campus President W. Jason Dunne, DNP, MN, RN, CNE, gave us some insight into what they are doing to specifically get more men on campus.

I understand that you’re making strides to attract more male nurses to your campus. Why is this important?

It’s important to attract male nurses to the Chamberlain University Miramar campus, and to nursing in general. I believe diversity of the nursing workforce is a fundamental element of building a solid foundation of our profession that is reflective of the patients and families that we serve through our nursing care and practice. From my perspective, diversity includes not only attracting more male nurses, but also adding cultural and ethnic difference to our profession.

What are you specifically doing to attract men to the field? What are you doing differently? 

Over the last year, Chamberlain University has been working with the American Association of Men in Nursing to build a chapter on the Miramar campus. In recent months, we received approval of our chapter and have been actively planning its launch with recruitment to follow over the next couple months.

Having a committee/organization on our campus that advocates and celebrates men in nursing, and diversity in general, will provide a venue where male nursing students can come together from early on in their educational journey and feel supported and mentored as they embark on their careers as registered nurses. As our admission team members meet with prospective students, they discuss the various student committees and organizations that we have on campus. Having a conversation with prospective male students about our Men in Nursing chapter will send a positive message that we embrace and support men entering the nursing profession and are here to provide mentorship through their educational journey and beyond.

Why do you think that men are hesitant to become nurses? What are you doing to counteract these thoughts?

I believe there is still a stigma and stereotype that exists within our society that labels nursing as a woman’s profession. Interestingly, I often hear men in nursing described as male nurses but a female in nursing as a nurse and not female nurse. We need to change our language and how we have a conversation about men as nurses.

One of the most powerful things that we can do to counteract this hesitancy is for male nurses to advocate their roles within the profession as well as in our local and national communities. I believe organizations such as the American Association of Men in Nursing can help shift this stereotype and advocate and support a more inclusive view of the nursing profession that is exclusive of gender.

In addition, nursing educational institutions have a significant role to play in how we educate the next generation of nurses—we must instill in our new nurses that nurses’ work is not gender specific and encourage and promote the diversity of our profession.

What would you suggest that other colleges/universities do to attract more men to their nursing programs?

One of the most important things that nursing programs can do to attract more men into their nursing programs is to educate their colleagues—including admission advisors, counselors, high school teachers, etc.—about the importance of diversity in the nursing profession. Oftentimes, having colleagues explore their own personal biases about what a nurse is and what a nurse looks like can often be helpful in working through any unintentional bias or stigmas that exist within colleagues who have the all-important roles of supporting a person’s career path into the profession. In general, it is building awareness of the many facets of nursing and the opportunities that exist to support and serve patients and their families.

What are the biggest challenges you’ve encountered while doing this?

Some of the challenges that I have faced personally as well as working with students in the clinical setting relate back to the stereotype and stigmas that people/society hold about men in nursing.

For example, I was working with a group of nursing students, and we were scheduled for a clinical experience on a women’s gynecological unit. In my group, there were two male and five female students. Unfortunately, the two male students experienced some prejudice from patients, families, and a select group of nurses on the clinical unit. The widely held belief or theme of the prejudice was that a male nurse should not be taking care of women with gynecological health challenges. Interestingly, all of the gynecologists on the unit were male doctors.

One of the most impactful things that you can do is to open the dialogue and have a conversation with the patient, families, and nurses about men in nursing. In this instance, we spoke about the educational experience and training my nursing students had throughout their program, and we spoke about the patients’ hesitations with having a male nurse care for them. In the end, the male nursing students provided care and had developed an excellent rapport with the patients and the families. This was a positive ending, but it took having conversations one person/patient at a time.

What are the greatest rewards?

The greatest reward is that our nursing profession is elevated because our community of nurses reflects the diversity of our local and national communities that they serve.

Source: Daily Nurse

“There are 18,000 Illegal Nurses and Midwives in Uganda” – Nurses and Midwives Council

More than 18,000 nurses and midwives in both public and private health facilities are either fake or illegal as some are practicing without valid licenses and others lack the necessary qualifications, authorities have revealed.

The revelation was made on Thursday by Uganda Nurses and Midwives Council (UNMC), a professional regulatory and supervisory body committed to the provision of quality nursing and midwifery services in the country.

Speaking at the inauguration of the Uganda nurses and midwives board, the acting UNMC registrar, Ms Rebecca Nassuna, said the demand for nurses is high and many people want to join the profession yet some nurses and midwives have not renewed their licences .

“They are more than 18,000 nurses and midwives [without valid licences]. Some are still working in public facilities,” Ms Nassuna said.

She said there are 4,180 enrolled midwives and 5,760 nurses without valid practising licenses.

Ms Nassuna asked the chief administrative officers (CAOs) in various districts to work with UNMC to weed out the culprits.

“We wrote to the CAOs, they accepted to help us but they have not,” she said.

According to Ms Nassuna, the council has set up satellite centres at the various regional referral hospitals to enable the health professionals to renewal their practising licences. Dr Ruth Jane Aceng, the Health minister, tasked the new council to improve the image of nurses and midwives in the country.

“Our population has complained that nurses are rude, have bad attitude and also neglect patients. The nurses and midwives practice needs to improve,” Dr Aceng said.
The outgoing UNMC boss, Ms Stella Namatovu, urged the new council leadership to ensure that nurses and midwives uphold standards in health facilities.

Ms Matovu asked the team to handle the issue of the lack of qualified teaching staff, especially in new nursing schools.

Ms Elizabeth Namukombe, the new board chairperson, said the Health ministry needs to work with the council in order to deal with illegal nurses and midwives.

New leaders
Other new board members include Olobo Petua Kiboko, Rebecca Nassuna, Hellen Christine Alura, Margaret Irebu, Deborah Kibicho, Patience Muwanguzi, Dr Fred Nyankori, Norah Ekata, Gertrude Kasujja, Richard Tumwesigye, Mary Gorret Musoke, Antoinette Biira and Mary Wasike.
Source: Uganda Monitor Newspaper

The Realities of Workplace Violence for Emergency Nurses BY JEFF SOLHEIM

In May, I had the privilege of introducing U.S. Congressman Ro Khanna (D-Calif.), to 160 emergency nurses who gathered in Washington, D.C., to advocate for legislation promoting a safe workplace for health care employees.


Because Rep. Khanna sponsored a bill — The Healthcare Workplace Violence Prevention Act — designed to better protect workers in the health care settings, it seemed appropriate for me to show him the extent of the problem.


I asked the audience of emergency nurses to raise their hand if he or she had ever been the victim of violence in their emergency department. I must admit, I was personally taken aback when nearly every hand in the room immediately shot up.


In reality, this should not have surprised me. The Emergency Nurses Association has undertaken significant research in this area and found that most emergency nurses are regularly victims of violence on the job. In one study, 54 percent of emergency nurses reported experiencing violence in the workplace within seven days of their participation in the study. That’s startling.

In August, I was again confronted with stark realities of the violence that emergency nurses face each time they go to work. Within one week, I specifically learned of three incidents in different parts of the country in which someone physically assaulted a nurse who was simply trying to provide care to patients. As ENA’s president, I reached out to the three nurses, listened to their stories and offered support on behalf of their peers. Both the similarities and the differences of these stories made a tremendous impact on me.

One nurse was repeatedly bitten by a teenage patient while inserting an IV. The nurse’s injuries were significant enough that she needed to take time off from work to recover. This nurse lives in a state where assault against a health care worker is a crime, so she attempted to report the incident to law enforcement. Sadly, her supervisor and a member of hospital leadership strongly discouraged her from filing a police report citing potential litigation and the probability of negative publicity.


This nurse’s experience is far from isolated. ENA’s research into violence against health care workers indicates nearly half (46.7 percent) of nurses who report violence to their immediate supervisor fail to receive support; many either receive no response at all or are asked to remain silent. This particular nurse was so traumatized by the incident and the lack of support she received that she chose to quit her job rather then return to that emergency department.


A second nurse I talked to was slapped by a patient so hard it bruised her face. In this case, the nurse’s direct supervisor encouraged her to report the incident to law enforcement, but the nurse refused because she did not feel it would do any good.


Unfortunately, that reaction also is borne out in research findings. Far too many nurses choose not to report violence in the workplace out of fear of possible retribution by hospital administration and the worry they will appear weak. What’s worse, many think nothing will be done to protect them as a result.


A third nurse received a black eye after a being kicked in the face. In this instance, the nurse was supported by hospital administration. He chose to not only report the incident but to press charges against the patient who caused the injury. Although this is the ideal response to workplace violence, it doesn’t always end this way.


ENA has long been a proponent for policies that strive to provide a safe work environment for all health care workers, including emergency nurses. We advocate for legislation, both at the state and federal levels, to protect our members as well as their colleagues and patients.


One example is the bill, H.R. 5223, sponsored by Rep. Khanna which will help create workplace that support health care employees who experience violence while doing their jobs by providing training for employees, encouraging the reporting of violent incidents and through the establishment of non-retaliation policies. ENA also continues its research to learn more about this problem in an effort to educate our members, legislators and the public on the significant scope of this problem.

The research ENA has already found resulted in the development of a Workplace Violence Toolkit, which assists facilities and nurses in developing programs to make the workplace safer. We also continue to provide education to our members through our publications and conferences on the importance of reporting violent episodes, while also highlighting ways to create safer work environments.


No person should have to fear for their personal safety when going to work. How many times are we appalled to see a video on the news of a clerk at a corner store being assaulted during a robbery? As humans, we should be outraged. Yet, thousands of emergency nurses are assaulted and injured every year at work and the story rarely receives widespread media attention.


It is my sincere hope that one day this will not be the case. Through advocacy, education and research, we will create workplaces that are safer environments where nurses feel supported to report violence they experience.


With that goal in mind, perhaps one day, the ENA president will not have to pick up the phone to console another nurse who became a victim of violence simply for doing their job.


Jeff Solheim is the president of the Emergency Nurses Association. Solheim’s career in emergency nursing includes experience as a staff nurse, charge nurse, manager, director, educator, trauma coordinator, flight nurse and state surveyor. Since joining ENA in March 1997, Solheim has served at the local, state, national and international level as a chapter founder and president, state president and pediatric/trauma chairperson at the state level for many years.