NANMM Position on Community Nursing

After acknowledging and duly respect contrary viewpoints, the community Nursing and Midwifery program is to solve a particular lingering problem. That is, getting Nurses to stay in the PHCs and very hard to reach communities.

Knowing that over 65% of our population in Nigeria live in rural areas and have a greater burden of disease, the govt waited for us as nurses to solve this problem but we didn’t until it was pressed to launch the CHEW and JCHEW programs. Dr. Ransom Kuti’s fact. He came to us nurses first. But we sounded then like we are sounding now. If we were more foresighted, today we would have been solely in charge of PHCs and regulating all those practicing one form of care or the other as done in all other countries.

The community cadre professionals solved the govt’ problem at a lower cost. It witnessed less attrition because most of them have their families in those localities. These are real community/PHC issues we have grabbled with for years. That is why the CHEW prog is resonating very well with govt. Our drawback gave room to the CHEW who have become our nightmare. Sadly, they practice nursing yet they are not regulated by the nursing council. It is an error. I don’t know of another serious country where that is the case. If I am right, I think the Medical Laboratory and Pharmaceutical councils have been able to solve their own. I think they play a critical role in regulating lab technicians and pharmacy technicians. For me, the launch of the community nursing and midwifery program should have come years ago and there would never have been any other cadre like the CHEWs not regulated by NMCN. But our failure to see the big picture is now of greater threat to our profession than any other. Better late than never though.

In almost all the other countries including the USA, UK, Australia, and Canada, every and anybody carrying out any form of CARE is licensed/ certified and regulated by the nursing council. You have cadres like home care assistants, care aids, licensed Nurses practitioners etc….some as low as 2weeks training. They all have their specific jurisdictions and duties

For the govt, it is not the name or even the “quality of care” first. “Are they going to be available and possibly cheaper?” Is their question. If Yes! With the reality of scarce resources facing every nation, govt will always appreciate available and affordability in certain circumstances like staffing PHCs even if the quality of care is not up to standard. They believe, half quality is better than no service at all. And believe it or not, if you are familiar with PHCs and hard to reach areas, that statement is 100% true. There are many PHCs that lack certified care providers CHEWs & JCHEWs inclusive. The health attendants are the best they have. And while we encourage govt to do more to equip our health centers and make it conducive, the resource available will not deliver that anytime soon no matter how you push. However, as we expect govt to do the needful, we have rural dwellers who need our care in any way possible. We won’t abandon them until the government makes the environment conducive. Your guess is as good as mine.

There is absolutely no need for us to start putting up #tags or campaign against this!

Just last week we were talking about how nurses no longer conduct ANC palpitations, delivery and IVs in some hospitals but on the contrary, the CHEWS and JCHEWs are being trained to undertake greater roles including delivery. Funny enough, CHEWS hare not just taking charge of the PHCs, they are also employed by GHs, Tertiary hospitals and private as care assistance and nurses respectively. That gives them more employability scope than we nurses.

Please, we need to do more to regain our place in the PHCs management as seen in other countries. PHCs are managed purely by Nurses. As preventive care takes centre stage globally, the PHCs in the target of 80% attending to people at community level.

Hence a clarion call to Nurses to emulate global changes in health care delivery system most especially in Nigeria, so that we avoid our previous mistakes.

NANNM, Kano.

UK Govt Increases Immigration Health Surcharge to £624 from October 2020

Foreign Nurses, Doctors and other migrants planning to migrate to UK will now have to spend more money than before as the immigration health surcharge (IHS fees) is set to increase from £400 to £624 per year with effect from October, 2020 .

The new figure will apply for all surcharge liable non-EEA migrants (and their dependents) from October 2020, expanding to include EEA migrants from January 2021.

The measure also increases the discounted rate for students, their dependents and those on the Youth Mobility Scheme from £300 to £470. The surcharge will also be set at £470 for all children under the age of 18.

The news of an increased surcharge is not unexpected according tonhsemployers.org and was part of the Conservative manifesto in November 2019, but the exact timing has now been confirmed.

West African College of Nursing 2020/2021 Fellowship Admission 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 2020. 

Date: January 13th –  31st July.2020

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/Part I.
  • Honorary Fellows of the College for conversion, who meet the criteria are eligible to apply also.
  • Duration of class work/ residency will be for 3weeks in each of the four years.
  • All applicants must be currently licensed to practice Nursing/Midwifery.
West African College of Nursing

2. Applicants should  DOWNLOAD application form from the College site at wacn-online.com.

Downloaded application forms should be filled and submitted with the relevant credentials to the College Secretariat 6, Taylor, Drive, Yaba, Lagos

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, 2020. 

Successful candidates to pay all approved fees during registration. 

Please Note:

  • Submission of application forms end July 31st, 2020
  • 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 5th – 23rd October, 2020. 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, 08036821597, 08025926326

E-mail: westafricancollegeofnursing@mail.com

  Alh. Mohammed B. Yakatun

Executive Secretary, WACN.

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
sononamelie2002@yahoo.fr

The Gambia:
Chapter Chairman, WACN
Banjul, The Gambia.
alkalimjabby@yahoo.co.uk

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

Liberia:

Chapter Chairman, WACN

c/o LBNM, JamesnAAnPierre

Bldg 40 Carey Street Monrovia, Liberia

wacnliberia2015@gmail.com

Nigeria:

Chapter Chairman, WACN

Department of Nursing

Bayero University, Kano

08033667081

salenga2004@gmail.com

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.
majames@unicef.org

logbaj@yahoo.com

 Site Manager can be reached on this email: 

alexpumainfotech@gmail.com

MCPDP For Nurses 2020 in Imo State Nigeria

2020 MCPDP PROGRAMME

NOTE CTU IS A PRE-REQUISITE FOR LARC

Account Name: Imo Mandatory Continuity Professional Development (MCPDP0

Account No:. 0024834413

Bank: Access Bank

Workshop Fee: N20,000 only

Meet us at: -https://m:acebook.com/imomcpdp, www.imomcpdp.org

Ministry of Health Ghana 2020/2021 Admission Form On Sale

Admission into Schools, Colleges of Nursing and Midwifery in Ghana is now open for the 2020/2021 Academic Session. Below is the admission application form, requirements, etc

The Ghana Ministry of Health has started the sale of application forms for Health Training Institutions for the 2020/2021 admission year for prospective candidates who want to study to be a Nurse. Application for admission is open on the online admissions portal for the 2020/2021 academic year which from Monday 17th February, 2020 and it sales will end on Saturday 30th May, 2020.

Method of Application

Proceed to purchase application codes from any Agricultural Development Bank (ADB) or Ghana Commercial Bank (GCB) branch at a cost of One Hundred Ghana Cedis (GH¢100.00). (Note that this includes the cost of verification of results, SMS alerts and all other correspondence). NB: i. All purchased vouchers are valid up to 10th June 2020 if not used. ii No postage envelopes are required as all correspondence will be via SMS or E-mail.

2 After payment, applicants will receive a voucher giving them a unique PIN and Serial Number.

  1. Have a dedicated phone number and a personal valid e-mail address for all correspondence. [Please NOTE: Do not use the email address of relations]
  2. You will need you residential and Ghana Post Digital Address 5 Proceed to use the PIN code and Serial to access the application form online at https://healthtraining.gov.gh Note that the online registration form is accessible only by the PIN and self-created password.
    Follow the instructions carefully and fill the relevant stages of the admission process once the online application is opened. Use the PIN and Serial Number to track the status of the admission process. Note that only Applicants who meet admission requirements will be invited to attend a competitive interview at the school of choice.

Interview for selected candidates will start from June 1 to June 30, 2020, and interview days sent to qualifying students. Interview results will be published on the https://healthtraining.gov.gh portal.

2020/2021 Postbasic Pyschiatric Nursing Federal Neuropsychiatric Hospital Kaduna

Applications are hereby invited from qualified Nurses for admission into the 18 months Post Basic Psychiatric Nursing Programme 2020/2021 academic session.

ENTRY QUALIFICATIONS:

  1. Candidate must be Registered Nurse.
  2. Evidence of registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria (NMCN).
  3. Current practicing license issued by the NMCN
  4. Possession of five (5) credits at not more than two sittings in O’level results (WAEC, NECO) these must include English Language, Chemistry, Physics, Biology and Mathematics. A combination o WAEC and NECO is accepted. NABTEB is also accepted.
  5. Any other qualification in Nursing will be an added advantage.

METHOD OF APPLICATION

Application forms can be obtained from the school of Post Basic Psychiatric Nursing, Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital Kaduna.

APPLICATION FEE:

A non -refundable fee of N10,000 for application form payable through remita in favour of Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital, Kaduna.

CLOSING DATE:

Completed application forms should be submitted with photocopies of relevant credentials and two (2) passport photographs (coloured on white background) to the above address on or before Friday 13th March, 2020. Pre-test and interview will be on 17th and 18th March, 2020 respectively.

Please note that successful candidates would be expected to resume training first week of May, 2020

For further enquiry contact the programme coordinator on 08134456427, 08028434918, 07034693344.

Signed

Programme Coordinator

For: Medical Director

NUC Approves Nursing, Three Other New Courses for Trinity Varsity Yaba

The National Universities Commission (NUC) has approved four new courses at degree level for Trinity University, Yaba, Lagos. The courses are Nursing Science, Medical Laboratory Science, International Relations and Diplomacy and Physics with Electronics. Subsequently, the institution has commenced admission of students to these new programmes for the current academic session of 2019/2020.

According to the university’s management, the development was made possible due to the institution’s excellent facilities for effective teaching, learning and practicals, which were inspected by the NUC before the approval.

The institution’s vice chancellor, Professor Charles Korede Ayo, expressed delight at the development, describing it as a vital contribution to the tertiary education sector in the country.

“This will make a significant contribution and a welcome relief to many students who were not able to gain admission for these highly-competitive courses in the universities. It will also be good news to parents and guardians and potential students that the fees are moderate,” he said.

In a chat with newsmen on Friday, the Vice Chancellor assured existing and prospective students of a stimulating, dynamic and fulfilling environment for learning.

Source: Guardian Newspaper

Nigeria Produces 14,000 Nurses Annually, Council Inducts Foreign Trained Nurses

-Nigeria has a total number of  350,000 Registered Nurses
-Only 124,000  Registered Nurses are Active
-14,000 New Registered Nurses are produced annually in Nigeria

The Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria has inducted 144 graduates of nursing science of foreign universities. The inductees had completed a six month adaptation programme in Nigerian universities and passed professional examination for general nursing conducted in November 2019.

Speaking during the induction ceremony at the council’s headquarters in Abuja,  Registrar of the council, Alhaji Faruk Umar Abubakar said 317 foreign trained nurses participated in the professional examination  but only 144 were successful and inducted. He said the inductees were graduates of Bachelor of Nursing Science programmes from universities in 18 countries. The countries are Egypt, Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, India, Jamaica, Jordan, Kenya, Malaysia, Namibia, Niger, Philippines ,Sri -Lanka ,Sudan ,Turkey ,United Arab Emirates (UAE), Uganda and Ukraine.

Alhaji Faruk said the inductees had added to the country’s human resources for health thus reducing the enormous challenges of the shortage of nurses in Nigeria. “Presently we have over 350,000 registered nurses and midwives but only 124,000 are active in practice which is greatly inadequate in meeting the health challenges in our country.”

The registrar said that the council produced an average of 14,000 professional nurses annually and that it was committed to tripling the number in the next three years. He enjoined the inductees to be competent nurses, adding that it was only competent nurses that could identify patients’ needs and provide quality care for patients and consumers of healthcare.

“A great nurse should maintain high standard of professionalism in approach to work, diligent to work, good communication skills, effective interpersonal skills, attentiveness, quick problem solving abilities, promptness in responding to patients, empathic disposition, energetic and friendliness. These qualities with knowledge of professional code of practice will help you to keep within your scope of practice. Practice in line with the best available evidence.” He enjoined the foreign trained nurses to be willing to learn and yield to the counsel of experienced colleagues already working in the clinical area.

He said the board of the council has approved the training of 50,000 community midwives in the next five years across the country to work at primary health centers in the 774 local government council in Nigeria. Board chairman of the council,  Dr. Abosede Bola Ofi enjoined the inductees to adhere to the ethics of the profession, and avoid all forms of misconduct. Director Nursing Services of the Federal Ministry of Health, Mrs Veronica Okolo said the year 2020 has been declared the International Year of the Nurses and Midwife.

She urged the graduands to join efforts with the country to achieve Universal Health coverage (UHC) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Highlights of the event was the presentation of awards to the best performing inductee for the November 2019 professional examination of foreign trained nurses,  Basirat Yusuf Adejoke , and the best performing University for the professional examination,  University of Port-Harcourt.

Basirat Yusuf Adejoke, who studied nursing  in Sudan, and did her adaption progamme at the University of Ilorin,  thanked the council for the induction and promised that the inductees would do  their best to maintain best professional practice, and also promote the good name of the council at all times. She called on government at all levels for increased budgetary allocation to the health sector to  ensure provision of requisite equipment , research and quality service delivery as obtained in other climes. Aminu Aliyu,  studied at the Maryam Abacha American University of Niger, Niger  Republic.

He said he went out of the country to study because there were lots of challenges studying nursing in Nigeria. He said for instance  students were not admitted to study nursing in the country even when they pass Jamb and university examinations . He said there was a lot of corruption in Nigerian universities that he didn’t encounter  such when he travelled out to study.   

He promised to work in a Nigerian hospital with full dedication and commitment to duty. Charles Nnodi who studied nursing in the University of  Georgia, Eastern Europe, said there was need for Nigeria to adopt the use of Information Communication Technology(ICT ) in nursing education in the country. He said he would combine his international and local experiences to give patients the best. Hadiza Magaji Bakwori who studied at Nile College University, Sudan, said she would assist indigent patients and those who cannot fully fund healthcare services provided for them.

Source: Daily Trust Newspaper

Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria Slashes Verification Fees to ‎₦17,500

Nigerian Nurses aspiring to move to United Kingdom to work can now do so without breaking their banks as the Nursing and Midwifery Council has slashed verification fees by 67.3% (from ‎₦53,500 to ‎₦17,500) Nursesarena.com has learnt. The fee was slashed last week according to multiple sources who were privy to the change.

Recall that Nursesarena.com posted last month that NMCN is in the process of reviewing the verification fees for UK verification See https://nursesarena.com/travel-nursing/nigeria-nursing-and-midwifery-council-begins-online-verification-to-uk-nmc/

Speaking on the new verification fees, a source within NMCN office says this new verification fees is only applicable to those who are under the new UK NMC process as the process is solely online. Applicants who are under the old UK NMC registration process still have to pay ‎₦53,500. Other Nurses seeking verification to other countries have to pay the ‎standard verification fees of ₦53,500. It currently takes NMCN between 1 day to 6 weeks to send your verification based on the experience of those who have gone through the verification process

Requirements for Verification

Applicants can submit the following document to any of NMCN office Nationwide

1.   Remita Payment Receipt
2.   A copy of birth certificate
3.   A copy of your license (front and back)
4.   A copy of your certificate of registration (Issued by NMCN)
5.   Handwritten Application (with your UK NMC application number written on it for those under the new system)
6.   Printed UK NMC Verification form (for those under the old system only)

How to Pay Nigeria Nursing and Midwifery Council Verification Fees

Go to Remita page click this link https://login.remita.net/remita/onepage/OAGFCRF/biller.spa

 Complete it as follow:
Who Do you want to pay: Write Nursing and Midwifery Council
Name of Service or purpose: Pick Verification Fees
Payer: Your Name as it appears on your Nursing Council Certificate
Description: You can leave it blank or type anything like license verification to UK NMC
GIFMIS Code: Just Leave Blank if you don’t know
Amount to Pay: For UK NMC online verification input ‎₦17500, for UK NMC verification (those under the old system and verification to other countries) put ‎₦53,500

Complete other parts of the form putting your name, email and phone number

How do you want to pay: Pick bank branch or Online payment. Then fill the captcha and hit the submit button.

If you pick bank branch as method of payment, a code will be displayed after you hit the submit button. Copy the code and proceed to bank to make payment. When you get to the bank, tell them you want to make payment via Remita and that you’ve already generated your Remita number. Complete a Teller and make payment then collect a copy of the Teller with Computer printout. For online payment, use your card details to make payment online and print out the receipt.

AHPRA: Australia Nursing Registration Process Under the old System

Here is the overview of the Australia Nurse registration process as compiled by a facebook user Princess Cina

For AHPRA you’ll need:

1. Evidence of Identity:
Passport / Birth Certificate / Driver’s license (optional)➖photocopy then certify true copy and attach with the AGOS 40 form

2. Change of Name (if applicable):

3. Academic Qualifications:
Transcript(TOR) / Diploma / RLE/ ➖photocopy then certify true copy and attach with the AGOS 40 form

❗️Certified true copy done by SCHOOLS are not accepted by AHPRA.

❗️Course Syllabus, CHED, Pharmacology Cert, letter from school ARE NOT REQUIRED. ➖please read the link posted below. An applicant from the Philippines will not be able to meet some of the criteria in AHPRA, hence, only TOR, RLE and Diploma are required.

Kindly read https://www.nursingmidwiferyboard.gov.au/…/accreditation-re…

Also the FAQs

http://www.nursingmidwiferyboard.gov.au/docum…/default.aspx…

4. Registration History in each country wherein you practiced as a registered nurse
PRC license / Board Certificate ➖photocopy then certify true copy and attach with the AGOS 40 form

Certificate of Good Standing(COGS)to be sent directly from PRC or from any country of registration to AHPRA➖should be ORIGINAL, no need to be certified
COGS has three mos validity ONLY

5. Work History – minimum of 450hours in the last 5yrs
STATEMENT OF SERVICE (COE as we call it) is required to:
be on the employer’s letterhead
provide dates of employment
describe the role in which you were employed, and whether
if was full-time/part-time hours, and
be signed by a manager (e.g. director of nursing, unit manager or HR manager or charge nurse or clinical resource nurse➖ photocopy then certify true copy and attach with the AGOS 40 form

CV – MUST BE ORIGINAL COPY
here’s the link for the format https://www.ahpra.gov.au/…/Standard-Format-for-Curriculum-V…
https://www.ahpra.gov.au/documents/default.aspx…
➖Do not forget to sign and state that the CV is true and correct

6. Criminal History (if applicable)
Pay for International Criminal History Check from FIT2Work
Include all the countries where you’ve lived in for 6 consecutive months or more since aged 18
https://www.fit2work.com.au/PreEmployment.aspx…

Or

AIS-cheaper compared to FIT2WORK

➖print the reference page, in the AGOS 40, the printed page can be passed without being certified, but if you are in doubt, have it certified.

❗️Variation of Names should be declared as ALIAS.
example
one document has middle initial only- it should be declared
one document has your married name-it should be declared
Juan Mario- if Mario was not included in a document, you should declare it

etc.

Failure to declare the variation of names can cause you problems. Either you provide a statutory declaration or the Registration officer may request again for another ICHc which is expensive.

7. English Language Skills
IELTS- 7 in all bands; can be done in 2 sittings
PTE – Minimum of 65 overall score and minimum 65 in all components
OET – B in all components
Toefl-IBT

English test requirements: https://www.ahpra.gov.au/documents/default.aspx…

➖photocopy then certify true copy and attach with the AGOS 40 form

8. Impairment Details (if applicable)

9. Current Suspension or Cancellation Details (if applicable)

10. Previous Cancellation, Refusal or Suspension Details (if applicable)
11. Conditions, Undertakings or Limitations Details (if applicable)

12. Disqualification Details (if applicable)

13. Conduct, Performance or Health Proceedings Details (if applicable)

15. AGOS-40 Form (LATEST) It should be updated AGOS 40

http://www.nursingmidwiferyboard.gov.au/docum…/default.aspx…

❗️Please read the AGOS 40, the checklist of needed documents are already SPECIFIED. Take time to READ

All supporting documentation must be:
~Certified copies of documents
~Certified in accordance with AHPRA’s guidelines
https://www.ahpra.gov.au/…/Regist…/Certifying-Documents.aspx
~In English. If original documents are not in English, you MUST provide a certified copy of the original document and translation consistent with AHPRA’s guidelines.

❗️Make sure that when you certify your documents, the stamp should be on the front page. Resize your documents when you print or photocopy so that the stamp can fit in. Bawal takpan ng stamp ang details ng docs mo, possible na ipaulit ng registration officer yung ctc. Black and colored print or photocopy are both accepted.

Send your docs to AHPRA office (any branch) using STREET address

Any concerns or clarifications, you may send a web inquiry to AHPRA

https://www.ahpra.gov.au/Ab…/Contact-Us/Make-an-Enquiry.aspx