Nigeria Restarts Midwives Services Scheme (MSS) Mobilizes 1,586 Midwives

-All who graduated from March 2016 to September 2017 to be deployed

The National Primary Health Care Development Agency has begun mobilizing 1,586 basic midwives for deployment to primary health centres nationwide in a modified Midwives Services Scheme (MSS).

All graduated from midwifery schools between March and September in 2016 and 2017, and the deployment is a one-year posting mandatory before they are licensed by the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria.

The MSS using older midwives was modified to use young graduates in efforts to cut costs, according to NPHCDA executive director Faisal Shuaib.

“This has the dual advantage of providing practical experience to the midwives prior to full certification as well as ensuring availability of skilled health workers in the very rural facilities,” he said in a statement at the start of a five-day orientation for midwifery graduates from the north central zone.

“In addition, the cost of running this new scheme would be very much less than that of the old MSS. This change of approach has remained valuable to the successful implementation of the project.”

The orientation has been zoned to save graduates the cost of travelling to a national orientation venue.

It covers training in basic guide and monitoring for routine immunisation, disease surveillance, data management, cold chain management of vaccines.

Before their licensing and deployment to designated primary health centres, the regulatory council will verify the midwives’ certification and take biometrics for documentation on the council’s database.

By: Judd-Leonard Okafor
Daily Trust News

MasterCard Foundation Scholarships for Nurses

The American University of Beirut is pleased to announce the opening of this year’s recruitment for the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program. This program is in partnership with the Mastercard Foundation in Canada and aims to prepare young people to be agents of change in their communities, countries, and regions. The scholarship program is open to all Master’s Degree programs offered at AUB.

Applicants must be nationals of Sub-Saharan Africa, nationals of Lebanon, or refugees living in Lebanon (Palestinian, Syrian, or other nationalities).
The program will offer the scholarship recipients: Full tuition support, a monthly stipend, medical insurance, housing, books and laptop, in addition to travel costs for students from Sub-Saharan Africa. The program can also cover for English language courses at AUB for those who do not meet the required English score on TOEFL or IELTS.

 High financial need
 Good academic standing during undergraduate degree
 Commitment to go back and give-back to the community, country and region
 Leadership skills
 Enthusiasm to attend all the additional learning experiences and workshops required by this program

 Complete the online application and upload supporting documents (as per the requirements on the online application)
Step 2:
 For applicants from Lebanon:
Fill out the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program Application Form for Graduates (link available within the online application), and submit by hand at the Office of Admissions at AUB
 For applicants from Sub-Saharan Africa:
Fill out the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program Questionnaire (link available within the online application), and email to
For questions, please contact the Mastercard Foundation Scholars program at AUB at:
Email: Website:
Tel: +961 350 000 Extension: 2583/4925/4950/4990

Application deadline: April 4, 2018

Australian nursing and midwifery code of conduct slammed over ‘white privilege’

AUSTRALIAN nurses are pushing back against a change that requires them to “acknowledge white privilege” before treating patients.

Nurses and midwives around the country must now adhere to a new code of conduct with a section specifically dedicated to “culture” and which details white Australians’ inherent privilege “in relation to Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islanders”.

The new code, which came into effect in March, has been labelled “eye-watering”, “cultural madness” and “unacceptable”. A peak body representing nurses in Queensland is even calling for the chairman of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia to be sacked over it.

“This is eye-watering stuff,” Graeme Haycroft from the Nurses Professional Association of Queensland told Sky News host Peta Credlin.

“We’re calling for the resignation of the chairman of the board (Associate Professor Lynette Cusack) because she’s put her name to it and it’s unacceptable.”

Credlin called it “almost too hard to believe”. “Before (a midwife) delivers a baby to an indigenous woman she’s supposed to put her hands up and say: ‘I need to talk to you about my white privilege’, not about my infection control, my qualifications or my training as a midwife?” she asked Mr Haycroft.

He said that was correct, but there’s no requirement to “announce” anything. The nurses must simply abide by the new code which state clearly that “cultural safety is as important to quality care as clinical safety”.

“Cultural safety … requires nurses and midwives to undertake an ongoing process of self-reflection and cultural self-awareness, and an acknowledgment of how a nurse’s/midwife’s personal culture impacts on care,” the code reads.

“In relation to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, cultural safety provides a decolonising model of practice based on dialogue, communication, power sharing and negotiation, and the acknowledgment of white privilege.

“These actions are a means to challenge racism at personal and institutional levels, and to establish trust in healthcare encounters.”

Mr Haycroft said the code was hastily approved with little consultation.

“It’s all of Australia. There’s 350,000 nurses and midwives Australia-wide and they’re all now subject to this new code,” he said.

“We put a little survey on our website and we asked nurses whether they agreed with the code of conduct. Just over 50 per cent of our members have said ‘this is wrong, do something about it, fight it for us’.”

The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia released a statement on March 1 asking nurses and midwives to “reflect on how the news of conduct relate to their practice”.

“These codes provide a foundation for safe practice and give guidance on crucial issues such as bullying and harassment, professional boundaries and cultural safety. Nurses and midwives need to meet the standards set in these codes, even if their employer also has a code of conduct,” Professor Cusack said.

Nurses and midwives fought the board in November last year when it was revealed a draft of the new code of conduct replaced references to “woman-centred care” with “person-centred care”.

“Midwife means with woman,” UniSA midwifery professor Mary Steen told the Adelaide Advertiser. “The woman is at the centre of a midwife’s scope of practice, which is based on the best available evidence to provide the best care and support to meet individual women’s health and wellbeing needs.”

Professor Alison Kitson, vice president and executive dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at Flinders University, agreed.

“Retaining the ‘woman-centred’ term is important to remind us all that our care is focused on the women and the significant life-changing experience they are about to have,” she said.

On social media, users called the new code “stupid”.

“To think that it will help a person with indigenous blood if nurses would acknowledge their ‘white privilege’,” one woman wrote. “This is basically labelling of victims and oppressors by race. How embarrassing for Australia.”


Ghana Nurse trainees urged not to place the desire for money above the profession

Nurse trainees of the Bawku Presbyterian Nursing Training College (PNTC) have been advised not to place the desire for money above their profession but see it as a call to duty in saving humanity.

At their matriculation ceremony, the 101 trainees were advised to use their talents to care for the sick, wounded and the needy with compassion as Florence Nightingale did which earned her the name “the lady with the lamb”.

This is because she cared for the wounded soldiers during the Crimean war with care and compassion.

The students, made up of 45 female and 56 males are pursuing a diploma course in general nursing for three years after which they would be well prepared to compliment the deficit of the human resources in the health sector.

Mr Frank Fusieni Adongo, the Upper East Deputy Regional Minister, made the call at the 20th matriculation ceremony of the college at Bawku in the Upper East Region.

He said nursing had grown to become one of the noble, admirable and rewarding professions in the country as nurses constituted the first point of contact in the health facility and patients’ companion even beyond the walls of the hospital.

He explained that the initial encounter of the patient with the nurse could either improve or worsen the condition even before seeing the Doctor and urged the trainees to carry out their work with compassion.

Mr Adongo charged the students to be focused on their studies because they had chosen the right path and were on track to greatness and nobility, adding that all that they needed was to constantly keep in mind the objectives of the course they were pursuing.

The Minister disclosed that government was putting in stringent measures to recruit about 15,667 health staff comprising 11,573 nurses, 247 doctors and 938 allied health staff among others.

Mrs Rhoda Damata Bukari, the Acting principal of the College, urged the students to be disciplined, responsible, respectful, polite, humble, God fearing, punctual and committed to duty as those were the values that would keep them focused and maintain the good name of the college.

These values would help you become very good nurses whose work would impact positively on the people, she told the students.

She said the College recorded 61.9 per cent success in the August 2017 licensing examination, which was not good enough and so the academic board was putting in measures to improve on future performances.

She called on the government to expedite action on the introduction of a Midwifery programme in the school since the area was in need of midwives.


Stanford University Postdoctoral fellowship Course for nurse-scientists 2018/2019 Application

Stanford University just introduced postdoctoral fellowship for nurse-scientists, currently receiving applications

Garrett Chan, PhD, a nurse-scientist and clinical associate professor of medicine, never sits still for long.

We had just finished a conversation about his latest endeavor – the launch of a new palliative care postdoctoral fellowship for nurse-scientists – and he was already running back to the hospital to shuttle between his roles as faculty member, educator, nurse practitioner, and research scientist.

Though Chan is a nurse by training, his interests and responsibilities vary widely. And it’s this interdisciplinary interpretation of nurses – how they can broadly contribute to research and health care systems alongside physicians and basic scientists – that informs Stanford Medicine’s new fellowship. “We thought a postdoctoral fellowship in research for nurses would be a good place to start,” Chan explained. “We wanted to create a space where they are able to contribute to the academic mission of the university through interdisciplinary science within the health care system.”

The program is the brainchild of co-directors Chan and Karl Lorenz, MD, a professor of medicine and the section chief of palliative care at the VA, as well as David Pickham, PhD, a clinical assistant professor of medicine and the program’s associate director, who envisioned a uniquely integrated environment where they could train fellows as both researchers and future thought-leaders in the palliative care space. Wide-ranging collaboration and mentorship will be key tenets of the experience, Chan said, and nurse-scientists will be connected to all five of Stanford’s schools – from engineering to business.

Fellows can expect to participate in the academic and research activities of the new interdisciplinary Stanford Palliative Care Center of Excellence and to contribute to the palliative care and geriatric clinical services teams. They’ll also have the opportunity to work closely with scientists at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System’s Center for Innovation to Implementation on projects that address “quality and value of care, clinical informatics, pain management, and caregiving,” said Lorenz.

The program – which was made possible through funding from the Stanford Nurse Alumnae Association – uniquely emphasizes implementation science, as well as potential applications of technology. The goals are for nurse-scientists to:
(a) establish their own program of research in palliative care;
(b) learn to integrate significant research findings into clinical practice;
(c) develop skills to secure funding through grants;
(d) disseminate their research through presentations and publications; and
(e) achieve sustainable careers as leaders in nursing scholarship and practice.

According to Chan, primary criteria for successful applicants include a “strong interest” in cutting-edge palliative care research, and a “creative mindset.” He continued: “We’re looking for candidates who are excited to engage in scientific inquires that take advantage of the vast resources Stanford has to offer.”

The program will begin in fall 2018 and will last one year, with the possibility of extension for outstanding candidates. Applications are now being accepted on a rolling basis. Questions about the fellowship should be directed to Sana Younus at

West African College of Nursing 2018/2019 Fellowship Form on Sale

The West African College of Nursing (WACN) announces the commencement of sale of application forms for the Fellowship programme by examination for 2018.

Date: Monday 5th March – 31st July.

1. Applicants should possess the following or higher qualifications:

*First degree with 5 years post qualification experience and 2 years for registered nurses/ midwives with 15-20 years post RN/RM.
*Masters degree or PhD holders in nursing, midwifery or any of the specialties approved by council to be exempted from primaries.
*Honorary Fellows of the College for conversion, who meet the criteria are eligible to apply also.
Duration of class work/ residency will be 3weeks for each of the two years.
All applicants must be currently licensed to practice Nursing/Midwifery.
2. Applicants should FILL or DOWNLOAD application form from the College site at

3. Applicants should make payment of non-refundable fee of $30 US Dollars or {N10000} payable to WACN account.

Bank: First Bank Of Nigeria

Account name: West African College Of Nursing

Naira Account No: 2003831052

Dom Account No: 2003465262

4. A copy of the Teller should be scanned and attached to the completed application form which should be submitted with a recent passport photograph and other credentials.

5. Admission list will be out by end of August,2018.

Successful candidates to pay all approved fees during registration.

Please Note:

Submission of application forms end July 31st, 2018
Late submission 1st- 14th Aug attracts $10 penalty while 15th Aug – 19th attracts $50; forms submitted after 19th Aug will not be accepted / processed.
The Fellowship programme primaries will be held at the Department of Nursing, University of Ibadan, Nigeria from 2nd – 20th October, 2018. First year examination follows immediately after the lectures.
Duration of class work/residency will be 3weeks for each of the two years of the Primaries.
Final Primary examinations will be held in the third week of September.
For further enquiries please contact any of the followings:

The Executive Secretary
West African College of Nursing
6, Taylor Drive (Off Edmond Crescent)
P.M.B. 2023, Yaba, Lagos, Nigeria
Phone: 08081245510, 08036731512.

National Chapter Chairpersons (WACN)

Benin Republic:
Chapter Chairman, WACN
c/o Chief Nursing Officer
Ministere de la Sante Publique
04 BP 0461, Cotonou, Benin Republic

The Gambia:
Chapter Chairman, WACN
c/o School of Nursing and Midwifery
Marina Parade
Banjul, The Gambia.

Chapter Chairman, WACN
c/o Chief Nursing Officer (CNO)
Ministry of Health
P.O. Box M-44
Accra, Ghana.

Chapter Chairman, WACN
c/o CHAL, 7th Street, Sinkor
P.O. Box 9056
Monrovia, Liberia.


Chapter Chairman, WACN

c/o Nursing Department

University of Calabar, Calabar, Cross River State.

Sierra Leone:
Chapter Chairman, WACN
c/o Chief Nursing Officer (CNO)
Nursing Services Department
Ministry of Health and Sanitation
Youyi Building, Brookfields
Freetown, Sierra Leone.

Vacancies for Nurses in Lagos Nigeria 2018

The Olive Multi-Specialist Hospital in collaboration with the Platinum Hospital India was established to improve access to advanced medical and surgical interventions. We provide a range services from surgical solutions to internal medicine solutions. Olive Multispecialist hospital also has a customized helipad, which offers a unique field to hospital helicopter rescue service. In a typical emergency a helicopter will be dispatched from a partner service and the client will be transported directly to hospital.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Position: Registered Nurse (Nephrology, ICU, and Paediatrics)

Location: Lagos

Job Description
* Specializes in Nephrology, ICU, and Paediatrics
* As a Registered nurse, you are to do the following:
* Assess patients’ conditions
* Record patients’ medical histories and symptoms
* Observe patients and record the observations
* Administer patients’ medicines and treatments
* Set up plans for patients’ care or contribute information to existing plans
* Consult and collaborate with doctors and other healthcare professionals
* Operate and monitor medical equipment
* Help perform diagnostic tests and analyze the results
* Teach patients and their families how to manage illnesses or injuries
* Explain what to do at home after treatment

Important Qualities
* Critical-thinking skills: Registered Nurses must assess changes in the health status of patients, such as determining when to take corrective action and when to make referrals.
* Communication skills: Must be able to communicate effectively with patients in order to understand their concerns and assess their health conditions. Nurses need to clearly explain instructions, such as how to take medication. They must work in teams with other health professionals and communicate the patients’ needs.
* Compassion: Should be caring and empathetic when looking after patients.
* Detail oriented: Must be responsible and detail oriented because they must make sure that patients get the correct treatments and medicines at the right time.
* Emotional stability: Need emotional resilience and the ability to manage their emotions to cope with human suffering, emergencies, and other stresses.
* Organizational skills: Nurses often work with multiple patients with various health needs. Organizational skills are critical to ensure that each patient is given appropriate care.
* Physical stamina: Nurses should be comfortable performing physical tasks, such as moving patients. They may be on their feet for most of their shift

Application Closing Date
9th March, 2018.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should send their CV’s to:

School of Nursing Federal Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki 2018/2019 Admission Form on Sale

This is to inform the general public that admission into School of Nursing Federal Teaching Hospital Abakaliki (SONFETHA) is on sale for the 2018/2019 Academic session
Interested persons are to follow the following offline registration:
– Go to any commercial bank nationwide with the admission fee of Ten thousand naira only (N10,000)
– Request for the purchase of School of Nursing, Federal Teaching Hospital Abakaliki (SONFETHA) admission form on REMITA platform
– Obtain e-receipt print out from the bank and come to the account section of the school to collect official receipt.
– Take the receipt and two recent passports and O level results to the school registration officer for further but offline processing
– Collect your photocard with examination number and date of entrance from registration unit.
Note: Interested candidates must be at least 17 years by July, 2018. He/She must possess 5 credits in English, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology in not more than 2 sittings
Entrance Examination.
Venue: FETHA 1 Hospital Complex
Date:15th June, 2018
Time: 8am
Candidates must present original photocard issued at the point of registration to be admitted into the examination hall
Closing date for sales of forms is 13th June, 2018

School of Post Basic Midwifery Usmanu Danfodiyo University Teaching Hospital, Sokoto 2018/2019 Sales of Admission Forms

Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for admission into the Post-Basic School of Midwifery UDUTH, Sokoto for 2018/2019 Academic session.

The school offers an Eighteen months (18) post basic training in Midwifery Education.

Entry Requirement

Candidate must be a Registered Nurse with Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria
Must possess a current practicing license
Must have t least 1 year post Nursing qualification experience
Possess at least 5 credits in WASSCE/SSCE/GCE or NECO which should include: Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics and English Language at not more than 2 sittings from the same examination board

Method of application

Forms are obtainable from the registration officer following payment of N3,000 to Oceanic Bank PLC Sokoto by Teller collected from UDUTH cashier

Completed application forms should be returned on or before 6/7/2018

Eligible candidates shall be invited for written and oral interview

Entrance examination and selection interview will be conducted on 9/7/2018 at the school’s premises.



Post Basic Intensive Care Nursing at University of Abuja Teaching Hospital 2018/2019 Admission Form on Sale

Applications are opened for qualified candidates for admission into the Post Basic Intensive Care Nursing School, University of Abuja Teaching Hospital, Gwagwalada, Abuja for the 2018/2019 ACADEMIC SESSION.

For a candidate to be qualified for admission into Post Basic Intensive Care Nursing School, University of Abuja Teaching Hospital, Gwagwalada, Abuja, FCT, he/she must:
Be a registered Nurse with current practicing license of Nursing &Midwifery Council of Nigeria.
Possess 5 credits pass in the following relevant subjects: English Language, Mathematics, Biology, Physics and Chemistry from a conventional secondary school in not more than two (2) sittings (WAEC & NECO are acceptable).
Have 5 credit passes in English, one of the three major science subjects (Physics, Chemistry and Biology) and any other three (3) subjects if Basic Nursing Qualification was on or before 2006

1. The application form is obtainable at the school complex or can be filled online at
2. For online filling of the admission form; Pay a non-refundable application fee of SEVEN THOUSAND TWO HUNDRED NAIRA (N7,200.00) using the process stated below:

Go to
Name of MDA is U.A.T.H. Name of service is IGR (Internally Generated Revenue).
Input Applicant’s full name, email and phone number.
Confirm transaction and proceed to payment.
Copy the RRR number that will be displayed, take to any commercial bank and pay for the form.
Scan the remita receipt / print out from the bank and bank teller together. Proceed to to fill the application form.

(Closing date for the purchase of the form is on the morning of the examination date).

1. Scan recent passport photograph, and the bank teller/receipt used for payment
2. Go to, scroll down the page and click APPLY FOR ADMISSION
3. Read the instructions carefully, scroll down the page and Click on CLICK HERE TO VIEW APPLICATION FORM to apply
4. Fill the Application Form online and submit
5. Check your email address for the PDF of the form submission
6. Print out the duly filled Application Form.
7. Come along with printed application form and the bank teller with the remita receipt used for payment on the entrance examination day.
8. For enquiries, please contact us on 08056206826, 08055475957 and 08065130539 or by email – OR

Don’t contact anybody except these numbers displayed here.




Candidates are to bring along with them their current professional practicing license, original and photocopies of their credentials and writing materials on the entrance examination days.
Candidates will be responsible for their accommodation and feeding during the examination period.