General Nursing Council of Zambia to Publish June 2018 Result on Wednesday

The General Council of Zambia will publish the result of June/July 2018 examination result on Wednesday 8th of August, 2018.


This was confirmed by the council while responding to a facebook question by someone on the page.


We will post the announcement as soon as they are made.

Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria Begins Accepting NABTEB O Level Results for Admission into Nursing Schools and Colleges


This is to inform the the general public, especially the teeming holders of NABTEB certificates as well as prospective candidates and stakeholders, that the Board of the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria has approved the use of NABTEB Ordinary level Certificates (NTC & NBC) for admission for  Nursing and Midwifery education in Nigeria.


This information was given via a letter, dated 11th of June, 2018, with reference number N&MCN/SG/RO/067/NBTEB/Vol.1/57, from the Secretary-General/Registrar of the Council. It states that the decision was reached at the Board’s 44th General Meeting held in April, 2018, in Abuja.


This is a laudable milestone in our collective drive for general acceptance of vocational and technical education in the quest to enhance human capacity and facilitate sustainable, technological and national development.

Requirements for Opening a Maternity Home by Nurses

Private Hospital Registration Law No. 30 of 1983 and the Private Hospital (Governing Conditions for the Operations of) Regulations 1996.


*Definition:* Premises where obstetric and gynecological services are provided including ante-natal, delivery and post-natal care, with bed care and nursing service.


*Minimum Basic Facilities:*


1. Out-Patient


1)     Waiting/ reception area 4 x 3 meters – with sitting facilities, registration table and record keeping facilities

2)     Consulting room of 4 x 3 meters with examination couch equipment for physical examination, wash hand basin and towels

3)     Treatment room with drug of 4 x 3 meters/ instrument cabinet, wash hand basin, towels

1)     Small operating theatre (Optional) not less than 4 x 3 meters for minor surgery needing local anaesthesia only

4)     Observation room with not more than 2 beds (Optional) and a minimum distance of 1 x 3 meters between 2 beds

5)     Facilities for basic diagnostic investigations (e.g sideroom laboratory) for urine,  blood and stool tests (Optional)

6)     Public health facilities shall include – Adequate ventilation, adequate illumination, clean and adequate water supply, pipe borne/treated borehole, tank water, toilet facilities (W.C.) exclusive to the clinic. Adequate arrangement for refuse collection and disposals and upkeep of premises.

7)     Other services – Ambulance (Optional), fire extinguisher


2. In-Patient


a)     Lying in ward with minimum distance of one meter between two adjoining beds or 1 x 3 meters between two rows of beds

b)     First stage labor room of 12 sq meters with necessary equipment

c)      Couch, wash hand basin, placenta receiver, baby resuscitation machine, mucous extractor, suction pump, weighing pump, weighing scale, etc

d)     Sluice room

e)     Isolation room

f)      Provision of D.D.A cupboard

g)     Dispensing room of 12 sq. meters with dispensing facilities

h)     A store




3. Diagnostic facilities


1)     Facilities for basic diagnostic investigations. There shall be evidence of an arrangement with approved laboratory and X-ray centre for the other specialized investigations (Where applicable)

2)     Provision of minimum equipment for running a maternity centre such as oxygen cylinders, sterilizers and other suitable equipment.


4. Public health facilities shall include:


–        Staff Room

–        Adequate ventilation

–        Adequate illumination

–        Adequate water supply

–        Adequate drainage

–        Adequate toilet and bath facilities – one water closet and one bath per 8 beds

–        Adequate arrangement for refuse collection and disposal of upkeep and premises


5. Other services:


–        Kitchen (Optional)

–        Laundry service – Evidence of established adequate arrangement

–        Sterilization of equipment

–        Fire Extinguisher

–        Ambulance (Mandatory)






Minimum professional Staff complements:


a)     A specialist obstetrician and gynaecologist or a medical practitioner registered to practice in Nigeria with at least 5 years relevant obstetric post-qualification experience for sessional supervision and available for emergencies

b)     One registered staff midwife or staff nurse/ midwife per 8 in-patient beds per shift

c)      One registered midwife with a minimum of 5 years post-registration in charge of nursing services

d)     A trained Community Health Aide per 5 in-patients

e)     One clerk/ receptionist

In addition to this, you are required to:

1. Purchase an application form and a brochure containing Government approved regulations

2. Have, on display, State’s Emblem of registration.

3. Ensure your practicing license is updated.

Bacteria are becoming resistant to alcohol-based disinfectants

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria and antifungal-resistant fungi are a worrying phenomenon. According to a recent study, a new concern may be developing: alcohol-tolerant bacteria.
Enterococcus faecalis

Why are Enterococcus faecalis (pictured) infections on the rise?

A number of bacteria species are already resistant to a range of antibiotics; the infections they cause are difficult to treat, posing an ever-increasing threat to patients and staff.

Because of the growing numbers of so-called superbugs, hospitals have introduced more stringent cleaning routines.

Part of the regimen involves alcohol-based disinfectants, such as hand rubs, positioned in and around hospital wards. Since their introduction, there has been a significant reduction in the number of hospital-based infections.

Containing 70 percent isopropyl or ethyl alcohol, alcohol-based hand rubs kill bacteria quickly and effectively.

Alcohol-resistant bacteria

Over recent years, researchers have noted a steady rise in the number of serious infections caused by one particular drug-resistant bacterium — Enterococcus faecium. Despite the wide use of alcohol-based disinfectants, E. faecium is now a leading cause of hospital-acquired infections.

Dr. Sacha Pidot and his colleagues at the University of Melbourne in Australia set out to understand whether this increased infection rate might be because the bacterium is growing resistant to alcohol. Their findings were published this week in the journal Science Translational Medicine.

To investigate, the researchers used bacterial samples from two hospitals in Melbourne — Austin Health and Monash Medical Centre. In all, they tested 139 samples of E. faecium, isolated from 1997–2015. They assessed how well each sample tolerated diluted isopropyl alcohol.

After analysis, it became clear that the samples taken after 2009 were significantly more tolerant of alcohol than those taken before 2004.

In a second experiment, they allowed bacterial samples to grow on the floors of mouse cages that had been cleaned using alcohol-based disinfectants. Mice were placed in the cages for 1 hour before being moved to clean cages for a further 7 days. After that time, they were screened for infection.

The researchers found that the more recently isolated, alcohol-tolerant strains of E. faecium colonized the resident rodents more successfully.

More work needed

To round off their investigation, the scientists delved into the genome of E. faecium. They found that the strains that were more resistant to alcohol displayed mutations in certain genes involved in metabolism; these genetic changes appeared to be responsible for their more hardy constitution.

Because this study focused on samples from just two hospitals in one city, the authors are wary of the limitations and call for further investigation. Although these are early findings, it is important to consider what alcohol-resistant bacteria could mean in real-life clinical settings.

[T]he development of alcohol-tolerant strains of E. faecium has the potential to undermine the effectiveness of alcohol-based disinfectant standard precautions.”

Dr. Sacha Pidot

Bacteria predate us by millennia; they have survived countless global disasters. Their ability to adapt has been tested and honed over trillions of generations. They seem capable of crossing any flimsy barrier that humans put in their way.

Because the potential ramifications of this study are serious, more studies are likely to be published over the coming months.

Source: Medical News Today

ISQua Fellowship: International Society for Quality in Health Care 2018 Fellowship Scholarship

ISQua offers scholarships to individuals who are both born and working in countries of economic transition whose work and region can benefit from their participation on the ISQua Fellowship Programme. Priority will be given to healthcare professionals and healthcare academics who are in the early phase in their careers and whose organisations are considered least able to afford such an opportunity.

Candidates will be considered from Lower Income (LI) and Lower Middle Income (LMI) countries based on the WHO and World Bank ratings. The aim is to have representation from all WHO Regions, dependant on range of applications received and the set criteria.

• African Region
• European Region
• Eastern Mediterranean Region
• Region of the Americas
• South-East Asia Region
• Western Pacific Region

Criteria for applicants

To qualify for the ISQua Education Scholarship applicants must:
• Have been born in and currently work in LI or LMI country and supply documentation to support this;
• Not have received an ISQua Scholarship (Education or Conference) in the past; and
• Be able to demonstrate the potential benefit to their work and region from participation in the ISQua Fellowship Programme.
• Not be a current ISQua Fellow or ISQua Member.

Application Process

The call for applications opens on 2 July 2018 and closes on 10 August 2018.

The scholarship covers:
• Course fees for the ISQua Membership and Fellowship package

The scholarship does not cover:
• Annual maintenance fees after graduation
• Any other costs incurred to access the programme

Application Procedure:

Applicants are required to:
• Complete an on-line application form which will require details the applicant’s education and career to date as well as a written submission of no more than 500 words on the potential benefits of their participation in the Fellowship Programme.
• Applicants are asked to send the first page of their passport and a letter from their current employer on headed paper showing that they are currently employed in a qualifying country. This must be sent to after the application has been submitted.  If this is not received, the application will not be considered.  ISQua will not follow up with applicants to remind them of this requirement.
• Applications will be assessed by a committee.
• All applicants will be notified via an e-mail on the status of their application.
• Successful applicants will be given 10 working days to accept the offer and must enrol within 3 months.</

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How Hakeem Abdulwahab an Ethiopian Moved from Being A Janitor to a Nurse in USA

Growing up in Ethiopia, Hakeem Abdulwahab thought only guys like Jean-Claude Van Damme, Bruce Willis and Sylvester Stallone could live the American dream.

“I’d watch Hollywood action movies and see that it’s clean here, it’s beautiful, everyone has cars,” he said. “But America was like a dream country … impossible to get to.”

With a little luck and a lot of perseverance, Abdulwahab at 36, has achieved his version of the American dream: Once he scrubbed toilets at one of the top children’s hospitals in the country. Now he works there as a nurse.

“If it was cleaning a toilet, cleaning a floor, getting a towel or making a bed, whatever task he was assigned to do at any given moment, he did it with conviction and he did it with heart,” said Tammy Sinkfield-Morey, nursing supervisor at Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare in St. Paul.

“Now he’s progressed from one of our lower level positions to one of our most admired positions.”

One of eight children, Abdulwahab grew up in Jimma, Ethiopia, about 220 miles southwest of the capital city of Addis Ababa. Abdulwahab helped his father produce and sell coffee, one of the only ways to make money, he said. Business often was fickle, due to a cholera outbreak and the amount of time — 3 to 5 years — it took for Arabica trees to produce fruit.

“We were so poor then,” he said. “Some days I didn’t eat anything. Basic necessities like food and water were a luxury.”

As a teenager, Abdulwahab’s parents sent him to live with his older sister in Addis Ababa so that he could attend high school.

On his summer breaks, he learned English with the intention of going to college. When that time came, Abdulwahab couldn’t afford college, so he returned home to once again help his family with the coffee business.

“I always hoped to work and send money to my Mom and Dad,” he said. “I will sacrifice my life for them.”

In 2003, Abdulwahab heard about the Diversity Visa lottery program, which randomly rewards green cards to people from countries with historically low immigration rates to the United States. That would mean permanent residency. He applied, but knew it was a long shot.

Out of 845,474 entries received from Ethiopia in 2015, only 4,988 were selected to move forward in the application process, according to the Department of Homeland Security. Even fewer end up successfully completing the rigorous process and making it to the U.S.

A year later, Abdulwahab got word that he had been selected to apply for a visa. He would be the first person in his family to come to the United States. “For me,” Abdulwahab said, “that was like winning a million-dollar lottery.”

Coming to America

Abdulwahab was 21 when he arrived in the U.S. in 2005 with only a pair of shoes, a change of clothes, and a bowl of his oldest sister’s doro wat, a spicy chicken stew, and injera, Ethiopian flatbread.

While he wanted to go to college right away, his family needed his financial support. To make enough money to help support them and himself, Abdulwahab often worked 90 hours a week at two jobs, sometimes three. While working at McDonald’s, he honed his English-speaking skills. While cleaning doctor and patient rooms at Gillette, he dreamed of some day working with those doctors and patients.

Twelve years after arriving in the U.S., Abdulwahab had saved enough money to attend Normandale Community College in Bloomington. He earned his two-year nursing degree and was hired to work in Gillette’s Adult Inpatient Unit. He is on track to earn his bachelor’s degree in nursing in 2019.

Choosing a career in the health care field was a no-brainer for Abdulwahab. As a child, he often took care of his younger sister, who has Down syndrome.

“In my culture, the older takes care of the younger,” he said. “I knew at age 10 or 11 the feeling of taking care of someone who needs extra help — it just made me feel good.”

Abdulwahab’s colleagues at Gillette believe his upbringing and time spent caring for his sister laid a strong foundation of empathy, patience and hospitality that makes him a great nurse.

“He has a sense of humbleness and purposefulness and compassionate intention for the well-being of everyone,” Sinkfield-Morey said. “That comes from him being raised by a family that was committed to each other, their village, their country, and to global harmony.”

Abdulwahab continues to support his family in Ethiopia and hopes to one day start a clinic in his village, so that the people there don’t have to travel so far for health care. He’d also like to work with Doctors Without Borders, an international medical humanitarian organization.

But Abdulwahab said he now feels like he’s home.

“I want to live a better life here,” he said. “I want to have a family and there’s no way I can provide them the same opportunities like they’d have in the U.S.

“I want people to see that, if I can do this, they can, too.”
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Surprising Things You Didn’t Know About Being a Nurse by Nancy Congleton, RN

Nursing is not all gentle bandage-wrapping and following doctor’s orders. These are the everyday realities about the job that full-time nurse Nancy Congleton has learned in the trenches.

Sometimes nurses have to disobey orders

It’s a common misconception that nurses simply carry out doctors’ orders. Physicians may chart the course for patient care by diagnosing diseases and writing orders, but sometimes they don’t get it right.

Nurses are front and center, monitoring patients’ responses to prescribed interventions and notifying physicians when unwanted or negative outcomes arise. Nurses are responsible for all orders that are carried out, including those that are wrong or contraindicated.

Therefore, nurses must make sure that the orders they receive from physicians are appropriate for their patients, and they must use their skills and training to know when to interrupt, or even stop, an order. This part of our job literally saves lives.

Nurses are expected to know everything

Whether it’s family, friends, or community members, people will expect nurses to know everything from all areas of nursing and healthcare. On one hand, it’s a compliment that people think of nurses as having all the answers, but it can also be unrealistic and annoying.

You don’t always know where you stand with patients

I’ve heard it all from patients doubting my capabilities, “You can’t be my nurse, you’re just a little girl!” or “Do you even have a license?” Patients are often scared, hurting, frustrated, and feel as if they don’t have a voice; on many occasions, it’s not actually about the nurse; it helps to remember that.

Nurses handle an abundance of bodily fluids, and other squishy, gross things

In addition to snakes in buckets, I’ve been handed pieces of fingers over ice in cups and seen the aftermath of toes colliding with lawnmowers. Projectile vomit? Explosive diarrhea? Nurses see it every day.

Families can be demanding

Nurses are taught that patients are their primary focus. In reality, nurses’ time with patients is often cut short because of the many other demands of the job, and often, expectations from the patient’s family members are so high as to be nearly impossible to meet.

Nurses do a lot of heavy lifting

Someone could faint or have a seizure, you might have to turn a patient or help them get out of bed or to the bathroom. In nursing, a patient who’s 125 pounds or less is considered a lightweight, and many patients weigh much more. Even many construction workers (who are usually big, strong men) are restricted to lifting far less than that.

Nursing school doesn’t prepare you for everything

People go to nursing school to learn how to be a nurse. However, it is impossible for nursing instructors to cover every disease, symptom, and treatment that a future nurse will encounter, so often we’re learning as we go.

Sometimes nurses work beyond their scheduled time

Even when nurses’ shifts may be over according to the clock, it doesn’t mean that they can leave. If a nurse heads out the door without being officially cleared to do so, he or she could be charged with patient abandonment.

Nurses may be responsible for a lot more than patients

In addition to being responsible for patient care, nurses may also be in charge of other nurses, nurse aids, nurse techs, medical assistants, and other personnel.

Nursing can take a toll on your life outside of work

Weight gain, bouts of crying, and brief moments of insanity are all part of the job, but saving lives every day makes it all worth it.

Nancy Congleton is a Registered Nurse and author of Autopsy of the NP: Dissecting the Nursing Profession Piece by Piece.


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