Namibia’s public health sector pulling out all stops to absorb unemployed nurses

Windhoek – The Namibian Government has dismissed accusations that it is favouring foreign nurses, mostly Kenyans and Zimbabweans, at their expense.

Unemployed nurses have been demanding that government terminate contracts of all non-Namibian nurses, doctors and other medical professionals and hire local graduates that have been roaming the streets since 2017.

Most of the enrolled nurses that graduated in April from the University of Namibia’s School of Nursing and Public Health and the International University of Management remain jobless. Enrolled nurses trained at the National Health Training Centre run by the Ministry of Health and Social Services are also crying foul.

Due to the financial crisis, the government has imposed a blanket freeze on the public sector recruitment to save costs, despite an acute shortage of staff at state health facilities across the country.

Last week, a group of about 100 unemployed nursing graduates met Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila to present their grievances and to plead for her intervention.

The group’s spokesperson, Junias Shilunga, a UNAM graduate, has confirmed that there are at least 210 unemployed registered nurses who graduated from local institutions but have been waiting to be employed since last year.

However, Kuugongelwa-Amadhila has rubbished the perception that the government is favouring foreign nurses. She told Parliament on Tuesday that the government has not renewed any contact with foreign nurses since September 2017. She said a circular has been issued to all national and regional directors and medical superintendents and officials in charge of state hospitals and other health centres to suspend the appointment or extension of contracts of non-Namibians as well as Namibians who have reached the age of 60.

“It is a fact that currently the government does not have the sufficient number of vacant posts to accommodate all graduates due to the current financial crisis. However, certain adjustments and control measures have to be put in place in order to accommodate all graduates,” she said.

According to the Prime Minister, many foreign nurses have left the country, except for 96 Kenyan nurses, who are on a bilateral agreement signed between Namibia and Kenya, whose contracts lapse by 2020.

“The ministry does not automatically renew the contracts of foreigners. Rather, it considers instances where the health facilities want to retain certain foreign nurses due to their expertise in critical areas such as intensive care, theatre, and maternity care,” she explained.

Currently, there are about 12,900 nurses serving in the public health sector. The Deputy Minister of Health and Social Services, Juliet Kavetuna, has confirmed that the ministry has started the recruitment process of 320 nurses, who graduated in April 2018, while all 2017 graduates have been absorbed.

The ministry has 387 vacant posts for enrolled nurses. However, the government can only fund 151 posts at a cost of R22.9 million and would require an additional R35.8 million to fill 236 posts.

Kavetuna also revealed that 215 registered nurses have applied for employment in the public health sector but there are only 211 vacancies available, out of which 125 nurses would take R27.7 million. The ministry would need an additional R19 million to fill the remaining 86 posts.

Furthermore, she said the number of graduates is expected to increase, as an estimated 217 registered nurses are expected to graduate in September 2018.

“We are working tirelessly to ensure that we create maximum positions within our space. In fact, 99 posts were created by abolishing nearly 213 managerial and administrative posts in order to accommodate professionals such as doctors, nurses and other health professionals,” she said.

The ministry received R6.2 billion in the 2017/18 financial year. Kavetuna, therefore, urged the private health sector to come on board and absorb some of the graduates, as the government cannot be the sole employer of all graduates.
Source : The Southern Times

24 year Ugandan Wins Africa Prize For Bloodless Malaria Test

A Ugandan inventor has won a major prize for a device which tests for malaria without drawing blood.

Brian Gitta, 24, won the Royal Academy of Engineering’s Africa Prize for a device that detects tell-tale signs of malaria by shining a red beam of light on the patient’s finger.

The diagnosis is ready to be shared to a mobile phone in a minute.

He developed the device, called Matibabu, after blood tests failed to diagnose his own malaria.

Malaria is the leading cause of death in Uganda, but it took four blood tests to diagnose Mr Gitta with the disease, Shafik Sekitto, who is part of the Matibabu team, told the BBC’s Focus on Africa programme.

“[Gitta] brought up the idea: ‘Why can’t we find a new way of using the skills we have found in computer science, of diagnosing a disease without having to prick somebody?” Mr Sekitto said.

“Matibabu is simply a game-changer,” Rebecca Enonchong, Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation judge and Cameroonian technology entrepreneur, said in a statement.

“It’s a perfect example of how engineering can unlock development – in this case by improving healthcare.”

Matibabu, which means “treatment” in Swahili, clips onto a patient’s finger and does not require a specialist to operate.

Its red beam can detect changes in the colour, shape and concentration of red blood cells – all of which are affected by malaria.

The majority of global deaths caused by malaria – usually transmitted by the bite of an infected Anopheles mosquito – occur in sub-Saharan Africa.

His team hopes the device can one day be used as a way to better detect malaria across the continent.

But before that, Matibabu has to go through a number of regulators before being available in the market, Mr Sekitto told the BBC.

It is “not an easy journey because you have to prove beyond reasonable doubt that the device is safe for human use”, he said.

In the meantime, the Matibabu team are currently writing an academic paper on their findings, have been approached by international researchers offering support, and are currently performing field trials on the device.

The prize, which was set up in 2014, provides support, funding, mentoring and business training to the winners, the Royal Academy of Engineering said in a statement.

Mr Gitta has also been awarded £25,000 ($33,000) in prize money from the Royal Academy of Engineering.

“The recognition will help us open up partnership opportunities – which are what we need most at the moment,” Mr Gitta said in a statement.
Source: Leadership Newspaper

Nurses Face Cyberbullying From Colleagues And Patients

Online abuse, complete with false sexual allegations, is hitting nurses as cyberbullying in the profession is dubbed the “new nursing phenomenon”.

Natalia D’Souza from Massey University’s School of Management has done a thesis into the issue, pointing out that cyberbullying from clients, patients, relatives, and students was happening on top of traditional workplace bullying.

“It is following them home – it is with them 24-7,” she said.

For her thesis, D’Souza talked to eight nurses who had experienced cyberbullying.

The small number was so she could look in-depth at each case.

Of those, three had faced it from outside their organisation – from the likes of disgruntled former patients, their relatives, or students.

“I would say it is quite prevalent [in the wider nursing community] and likely to increase as well,” D’Souza said. “Particularly from people outside the organisation.”

One nurse she spoke to faced five years of defamation, false sexual allegations, and breaches of privacy. That nurse had her addresss and phone number posted on a public blog then had strangers call her up.

The Nursing Council got in touch with the nurse after being notified of the false sexual allegations, D’Souza said

Another nurse was defamed for several months, while the third faced hostility and aggression, as well as inappropriate calls and voice messages over several years.

The online bullying, especially from outsiders, was particularly-pernicious as it was not just confined to workplaces.

Because it was on social media they had no control over who saw it, which could include family members.

Of the nurses she spoke to, just one was able to successfully resolve the matter and D’Souza said more work was needed to address it.

“Unlike with traditional bullying, across all cases, organisations lacked any existing policy or guidelines on cyberbullying, at least from target perspectives,” a report on her thesis said.

Nurses’ Organisation magazine Kai Tiaki Nursing dubbed cyber-bullying as a “new nursing phenomenon”, saying it was a growing problem in the industry.

Source: Stuff

Canadian Nurses Association Expands to Include All four Categories of Nurses

A historic vote at today’s annual meeting of the Canadian Nurses Association has expanded the national association’s membership to include all four categories of regulated nurses in Canada.

“For the first time, Canada has a national nursing association that includes all regulated nurses and represents the collective voice of the nursing profession.” says Jerry Macdonald, president of the College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta (CARNA). “This historic vote signals a commitment to intra-professional nursing collaboration which can more effectively respond to the evolving health system and enhance nursing care for the public.”

Nursing care is commonly provided by teams that can include registered nurses, nurse practitioners, licensed practical nurses and registered psychiatric nurses depending on the needs of the people being served. CNA’s decision is also a response to regulatory changes taking place in several jurisdictions. British Columbia has created one regulator for all four categories of regulated nurses and the province’s new nursing association is also inclusive of all nursing designations. Nova Scotia’s regulators for registered nurses and licensed practical nurses are also moving towards one regulatory body. CNA’s original bylaws stipulated that members could only be registered nurses or nurse practitioners.

“Canadians have high expectations of nurses regardless of our specific role,” says CARNA CEO Joy Peacock. “Nurses can be a powerful force for innovation and change within our health system when we are united. We now have a national association that can speak for the whole family of nursing.”

CARNA is the regulatory college and professional association for Alberta’s more than 37,000 registered nurses including nurses in direct care, education, research and administration as well as nurse practitioners.

SOURCE College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta

Men in Nursing Profession Earn More Than $6,000 More Annually Than Women

Press Release: In a profession dominated by women, men in nursing earn more than $6,000 more a year than their female counterparts, according to a Nurse.com by OnCourse Learning survey of more than 4,500 nurses across the country.

The Nursing Salary Research Report, which included registered nurses from all 50 states, showed men earn an average of $79,688 compared to $73,090 for women. Men make up almost 12% of the U.S. nursing workforce.

“Even taking into account total hours worked, years of nursing experience, age, education level and certification status, men still are making more money than women,” said Robert G. Hess Jr., PhD, RN, FAAN, Nurse.com by OnCourse Learning’s Executive Vice President and Chief Clinical Executive, Healthcare. “And from our robust research, salary is the most important job factor for nurses across all demographics.”

Reaction to salary gap

The fact that men earn higher salaries is something Brent MacWilliams, PhD, MSN, RN, APNP, APN-BC, president of the American Association for Men in Nursing, would like to see change.

“Traditionally, men have gravitated toward acute care, high-paid specialties and to management/administration, which are all higher paying,” he said. “Based on this survey, it seems clear men are being paid significantly more than women in the profession doing comparable work. I would call on employers to assess their current workforce for gender gaps and raise salaries to create parity.”

Negotiation is key

One important aspect of earnings is men are more likely to negotiate their salaries, the survey found. While 43% of men “most of the time or always” negotiate, only 34% of women do so.

“This could account for higher salaries for men in nursing, as well as other professions,” Hess said.

Millicent Gorham, MBA, FAAN, executive director of the National Black Nurses Association, said closing the pay gap is critical.

“I want to see an equitable solution,” she said. “My main takeaway from this survey is that women need to learn to negotiate for everything.”

Lifelong learning

Fifty percent of overall respondents said pursuing higher education, certification or training to boost salary was a consideration or goal.

“It is heartening that the survey found many nurses are planning on pursuing higher levels of education, which is what the Institute of Medicine called for in its 2010 report on the future of nursing,” said Susan C. Reinhard, PhD, RN, FAAN, senior vice president and director, AARP Public Policy Institute and chief strategist, Center to Champion Nursing in America. “Research has linked greater levels of education for nurses with safer, high-quality care. Higher degrees also give nurses more career choices and can lead to better-paying jobs.”

Attaining professional certifications is one way female nurses can close the salary gap. Survey results showed men with specialty certifications had a salary only $1,252 higher than certified female nurses.

Other findings

Additional findings in the survey include:

*Millennials have the highest proportion of bachelor’s-prepared nurses (63%) among four generations surveyed.

*Baby boomers have the highest percentage of professional certifications (43%).

*The average one-way commute for nurses is 16 miles. The farthest nurses are willing to commute is 26 miles.

Survey methodology
The survey data, which was analyzed by a doctorally-prepared nurse, was made available to registered nurses via an email campaign and social media posts. The overall audience sample is representative of each state’s percentage of RNs compared to the overall U.S. nursing workforce.

The survey has a 95% confidence interval and a 1.5% margin of error on its sample size.

Nurse.com by OnCourse Learning publishes a popular blog, along with relevant nursing content in its award-winning digital publications and various nursing survey studies annually. This content is shared with a social media audience of more than 550,000 followers.

For media inquiries, contact:
Barry Bottino, Communications Director
847-908-8007
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Oman Nurses Vacancies 2018: Oman MOH Hiring Staff Nurses

The Ministry of Health of Sultanate of Oman is now looking for registered nurses for vacancies in specialty areas.

POEA-licensed agency JobsContaQ Manpower Corp. announces the hiring of nurses for the following specializations:

Adult Intensive Care Unit + Neuro ICU (female)
Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (female)
Coronary Care Unit (female)
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (female)
Emergency Room (female)
Operating Theatre (female)
General Pediatric (female)
Renal Dialysis (female)
Renal/Liver Transplant (female)
Mental Health (Preferred male/female)
The employer will conductive tentative interview with prospective applicants on first week of September 2018. Accepted applicants will receive total gross salary of US $1,488 monthly or around Php 79,000. Here are more details:

Qualifications

Male/Female
24 years old and above
Completed Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Board passer with PRC License
With at least 5 years hospital work experience (continuous or accumulated)
Volunteer experience not counted
MOH Oman is not accepting applicants wit 6 months gap in employment (No present work to 6 months back)
Must have valid Prometric with 60% average. No Prometric, no interview.
With Valid passport and should not be less than 1 year from expiration date.
If you are interested and qualified, you may send your application CV/Resume including your passport copy and OMSB Prometric if available at ava@jobscontaq.com and specify your Specialization. You will receive confirmation email once registered to JobsContaQ.

Vacancies for Registered Nurses in Chevron Oil Company in Nigeria

Terra Energy Services Nigeria Limited – An indigenous Oil & Gas Company, is recruiting on behalf of Chevron Nigeria Limited, to fill the following vacant positions below in Lagos State

Position: Nurses

Location: Lagos

Duties and Responsibilities
* Monitor patient’s condition and assess their needs to provide the best possible care and advice
* Observe and interpret patient’s symptoms and communicate them to physicians
* Collaborate with physicians and nurses to devise individualized care plans for patients
* Perform routine procedures (blood pressure measurements, administering injections etc.) and fill in patients’ charts
* Adjust and administer patient’s medication and provide treatments according to physician’s orders
* Inspect the facilities and act to maintain excellent hygiene and safety (decontaminating equipment, sanitizing surfaces, preparing beds etc.)
* Provide instant medical care in emergencies
* Assist surgeons during operations
* Supervise and train LPNs and nursing assistants
* Foster a supportive and compassionate environment to care for patients.
* Expand knowledge and capabilities by attending educational workshops, conferences etc.

Qualifications and Skills
* Proven experience as a registered nurse
* Excellent knowledge of nursing care methods and procedures
* Excellent knowledge of emergency care
* In-depth knowledge of health and safety guidelines and procedures (sanitation, decontamination etc.) and willingness to follow them at all times
* A team player with excellent communication and interpersonal skills
* Responsible and compassionate
* Outstanding organizational and multi-tasking skills
* Patient with excellent problem-solving skills
* B.Sc or other diploma from a Nursing program
* Valid nursing license.

Expected Working Conditions
Candidates may be assigned to any of the following locations and working conditions:
* An Office based schedule of 5 working days from Monday through Friday with off duty on Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays.
* A field location on a Rotational Schedule of 14 days on duty/14 days off duty (average of 15.2 days/month)
* Agbami FPSO or other critical location or job function on a 28/28 day Rotational Schedule with 28 days (‘On-Duty’) followed by 28 days’ time-off (‘Off-Duty’)

Work Hours:
* Hours of duty shall be in compliance with medical operations within the company. This will include shift duties, call-duties, weekend coverage and public holidays.

Workdays are defined as follows:
* Every day of the week (Monday through Sunday including Public Holidays).

Application Deadline Date:
22nd June, 2018

Method of Application
Interested and qualified candidate should send their CV’s to careers@terranig.com

Mothersbond Commends FG On Four Months Maternity Leave Policy

A leading firm on new mother and baby care, Mothersbond Limited, Nigeria has congratulated new mothers (and mothers to be) for the recent extension of available maternity days from 90 to 120 days (four months).

Mothersbond Chief Executive, Michael Osuji, in a statement issued in Lagos and signed by the company commended the government for approving 30 more days to strengthen the bond mothers are developing with their newborns.

Osuji said: “While we note that this is a huge step in the right direction, we would continue to engage with the relevant stakeholders in government, health care experts and the media to push for at least six months fully paid maternity leave. The underlying goal of this is to ensure the moms have no hindrance to exclusive breastfeeding in the first six months, which helps to give babies the best start in life, physically, mentally and emotionally.

“Although our ideal recommendation is six months maternity leave, in the meantime, they can augment with breastfeeding pumps which they can use to express their milk, store the milk appropriately and have their caregiver feed when baby is hungry. This way, they still ensure their little one gets the full nutrition of their milk even while Mom is away at work. A good pump is the Mothersbond super-fast breast milk pump. It saves time by expressing milk fast. Many women in our part of the world don’t know about how useful breast milk pumps are. It helps ensure the chain of exclusive breastfeeding is not broken for the first six months and subsequently.

“We hope the government will not stop at this, but make sure it is followed through especially by private sector employers.”

NIGERIA NURSING: ARE WE MAKING PROGRESS? A WAKE UP CALL

Nursing being the one of the fastest growing profession in the world but Sometimes if you look back into nursing in this country you will begin to ask yourself whether this profession is really making progress or regress and this has been a question especially to some of us as a student, there comes with doubt whether there is future for us or not. Different news emanate from medias about nursing everyday but nothing is encouraging there order than pitiful situation of nursing profession. When other sisters professions are moving, we remain stagnant we refuse to move, when other are thinking how to align themselves with 21st century practices. To stand still means to move backward.

Over the years pharmacy has undergo a tremendous transformation in metamorphosing from DISPENSERS to CHEMIST AND DRUGGIST (C&D) in 1960s which was solely diploma program then to degree program in 1962 which started in university of Ife (now OAU)
Also physiotherapy started in Nigeria in 1945 as 3 years diploma program has transformed from 4 years bachelor degree in 1966 to 5 years program across the country and university of Ibadan was first in Nigeria and west Africa to award degree in physiotherapy.

Even medical laboratory science have also follow the same pursuit of transformation from laboratory assistant to technician to full fledge degree. This happened between 1960s to 2003 where it fully gain her stand.

Nursing education started in 1949 at school of nursing Eleyele Ibadan and not until 1965 department of nursing was established in the university of Ibadan to commence a degree program in Nigeria and other universities have been following the suit. Some months ago department of nursing ABU Zaria celebrated her 20 years anniversary since it’s establishment in 1997.

One would begin think what has this history has to do with problem facing nursing profession but I strongly believe if we delve into history of nursing as compared to so called sister professions and we’ll see that nursing has faced major setback and these professions have took some (not a) steps ahead of nursing and this call for a serious concern if at all we see them as sisters. Let me give examples; the so call sister professions have started internship training for their graduates for years but nursing internship was unable to get approved until late 2017 for the fact that internship training has been part of NUC nursing curriculum for graduate of bachelor of nursing science since it’s inception. Furthermore between 2017 and 2018 pharmacy, medical laboratory science, and physiotherapy were able to get the approval from NUC to commence doctor of pharmacy (PharmD), doctor of medical laboratory science (MLSD) and doctor of physiotherapy (DPT) programs respectively but BNSc which has been in existence since 1960s is still fighting for space with hospital based school of nursing. Hnmnn is this what we call progress? and this is one of the thing that prompt me from writing.

Another area of concern in nursing profession is the Nursing in West is advancing towards 21st century best practice with serious improvement in nursing credentials both in professional and educational in order to discharge nursing to the best of their ability. Even our so called sister professions have passed the era of diploma instead Nigeria nursing is advancing towards awarding of diploma and higher national diploma to Nigeria nurses which Nigeria government had just scraped because of it’s irrelevance in the 21st century education system…well done, is that how we define progress?

Did I hear merging of state and federal schools of Nursing, midwifery and post basics to state universities and federal universities respectively? How is this possible? It’s saddening to not that despite obvious limitations and shortcomings of hospital based nursing education program, it has continue to wax stronger with almost every teaching hospitals, federal medical centres within the country compelling to have their own. State governments and missionary organizations are not left out. It will interest you to know that there are over 200 nursing, midwifery and post basic accredited institutions in Nigeria. There are 81 accredited schools in 19 northern states alone. How are you preparing to merge these schools with 7 universities offering bachelor of nursing science with Unilorin and Unijos (north Central), Unimaid (north East), ABU Zaria, BUK, UDUS, and FUBK(all in North West).

Since antecedent it has been observed that Nigeria nurses respond less to changes(education). According to Adeleke Araoye Ojo(professor of Nursing) of Igbinedion university Okada, Edo state shared his personal experience in his inaugural lecture in 2010 that when he resigned from Adeoyo state hospital Ibadan in 1974 to pursue a bachelor of Nursing science degree at University of Ibadan summarizes Nigeria nursing. His registered nurses colleague mocked and queried “Do you need a degree to serve or remove bed pan?” About 35 years after, university based nursing education in Nigeria can still be described as abysmally low in term of number of university offering nursing. This can be evidenced if you go through Bayero university bulletin when Adelani Tijani was promoted to rank of professor.

It was there I read that Adelani Tijani a professor of public health Nursing is the first indigenous professor of nursing in the whole northern Nigeria and number 13th professor of nursing and 11 of them are active as of 2016. Yes! It’s an achievement in nursing but the question you should ask yourself is why number 13th since 1965? Are you still wondering why the sister professions grow faster? Just few months ago Unilag Pharmacy celebrated Prof Coker as Emeritus professor of pharmacy. Are you seeing the differences?

I hope Nigeria can learn from these write up, despite the higher number of nurses, Nursing has been sideline and has suffered from setbacks and this tells you that its not only by numbers but by intellectual capacity which can only we widen through education. We need people who think beyond today, the future is now, let change people perspective about nursing.

Nigeria nurses should wake up and save the profession of Florence Nightingale, Nigeria nurses need to embrace changes As changes is constant in life, the changes we have been clamoring for , only you can bring the changes. Nigeria nurses should break the jinx, accept changes through education, education makes the future more clearer and brighter. Let see nursing as calling and profession and don’t forget to encourage and give hope to young ones.

Thank you,
ÃMANULLAHI ISMAIL NASIR,
DEPARTMENT OF NURSING SCIENCES,
USMANU DANFODIYO UNIVERSITY, SOKOTO.

amanullahiismailnasir@gmail.com