The Western Cape College of Nursing would like to congratulate the matric class of 2019! All learners who applied to study at the WCCN are advised of the following:
1. Applications for acceptance into the 2020 academic program closed on 30 August 2019. The 2020 course has already commenced.
2. Due to the 2020 program being full, no new applications will be
accepted. No admission into the program will be made available as the
college does not accommodate walk-ins.
3. Kindly note that the
next application cycle will occur later in the year. This is usually
between June and September every year, but please be sure to contact the
campus closer to the time when application forms become available to
4. The 4-year diploma course has been phased out by
the South African Nursing Council. The WCCN has been accredited with the
new 3-year diploma course which will be on offer with the next academic
intake (See attached).
5. Candidates awaiting feedback on their
application are advised to contact the campus where they submitted their
application as each campus has access to its own database. This is
applicable to candidates placed on a waiting list. Feedback can shed
light on where candidates can improve when re-applying to the college.
Don’t give up!
The chief nurse of a trust where Florence Nightingale set up
her first nursing school has said she wants to use this “important”
year to achieve zero nursing vacancies and raise the status of the
Dame Eileen Sills from Guy’s
and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust has told how she would like to build
on the reputation of the trust “as the place to go to be a nurse”
during the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife.
week the trust held a launch event at St Thomas’ Hospital to kick-start
celebrations for 2020, which coincides with the 200th anniversary of
Florence Nightingale’s birth.
Speaking at the event, Dame Eileen
told her nursing colleagues that this year was about “remembering the
legacy” that Florence gave the profession.
She said that the hospital had a “special place within nursing” because Florence’s first school started up there in 1860.
think what 2020 is about, is us remembering the legacy that Florence
Nightingale gave us, where we have come from and celebrating our
future,” said Dame Eileen.
She added: “I think if we lose the importance of our past then we will be poorer in the future.
“So, this year is about having a bit of fun, appreciating our legacy [and] participating in a whole raft of initiatives.”
Eileen, who has been nursing for 40 years this year, encouraged her
colleagues to use the time over the next year to “understand the value
we make, not just to Guy’s and St Thomas’, but the value to the NHS as a
“We’re a force to be reckoned with,” she added.
World Health Organisation has made this the International Year of the
Nurse and all of a sudden I think most importantly the world has woken
up that you can’t do without us.”
In an interview with Nursing
Times after her speech, Dame Eileen was asked what she would like to
achieve for the trust during this significant year.
She said: “We would like to build our reputation further as the place to go to be a nurse.
“I’d like to have no vacancies by the end of the year.”
and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust currently has 679 whole time
equivalent registered nurse vacancies, which is 12% of its total nursing
“I want nurses to basically say…that it’s the best
place to work. Our profile in the organisation is very high anyway and I
think this will just sort of cement it,” she added.
Dame Eileen highlighted that the year of 2020 should be used to “raise the status of nursing worldwide”.
“I think we have good status in this country, but worldwide that’s not always the case,” she said.
the world we want everybody to understand and realise the contribution
that nursing can make, which is pretty considerable, and it not be
defined by the country that you are in.”
To celebrate year of the
nurse, the trust has implemented a theme for each month during 2020
which includes a focus on leadership, education, community services and
infection control (see full list below).
The trust will also be
holding its annual nursing and midwifery awards in May and has plans for
two new installations at the hospital, though Dame Eileen could not
reveal what they would be.
In addition, the trust has a
competition planned with a primary school to “design the future nursing
uniform”. Dame Eileen said the winner would then be given the chance to
create the uniform.
Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust’s themes for the year:
Abiodun Essiet, a gender advocate, women leader of Nigeria Women Trust
Fund (NWTF) and public health consultant, is the special adviser (SA) to
the Chairman, Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) Hon. Abdullahi
Candido, on ICT, donor agencies, and civil societies. In this interview
with ENE OSANG, she speaks on how she joined politics, her experience
among others. What is your background and did it influence you joining politics?
am a registered nurse. I hold a Bachelors Degree in Nursing Science and
a Masters in Public Health. I also hold a Diploma in Development
Leadership and certificate in Community Development Leadership by Women,
Conflict, and Peace-building, Action Research for Citizens-led Change
from Coady International Institute, Nova Scotia, Canada.
I am a
passionate community leader with seven years of experience in project
management, community development and leadership. I am also involved in
identifying development gaps in society and ways of bridging the gaps.
2018, I participated in the canvassing pan African youth democracy
programme and I am working on a six-month project in my community on
public service efficiency by engaging elected representatives to become
more accountable, efficient and to deliver impactful governance to
Currently, I am the National Director for Women, Gender
and Development Affairs of Africa Youth Union Commission, as well as
the Executive Director of Abiodun Essiet initiative for girls, a Non
Governmental Organizations (NGO) dealing with youth and women
empowerment, Board Member and Health Consultant For Strong Enough Girls
Empowerment Initiative and a volunteer for Baobab for Women’s rights.
am actively engaged in public service, volunteerism and mentoring, and I
started the “35% Inclusion Movements”, a grassroots movement aimed at
reaching 35 per cent inclusion of women in decision making positions
towards 2019 Nigeria general election.
I created a social media
network known as the Young Africa Women leaders Network to Mentor young
women across Africa on politics and leadership development, a platform I
use to share my political journal as an aspirant in the general
election in Nigeria.
Your background is in the healthcare sector, why did you move to politics?
practiced nursing for some years and later moved into the civil society
which launched me into an activism program. I became an advocate for
gender equality and good governance.
My work in civil society got
me involved in women’s empowerment programmes that really opened my
eyes to the issues women are facing across the various sectors of life
and development. The activist in me was not okay with the status quo. I
felt something has to be done especially concerning the marginalization
of women in governance.
This led to starting a grassroots
movement called ‘35% Inclusion Movement, to advocate for 35% inclusion
of women in leadership at both the public and private sectors, which was
in line with international declarations and treaties like CEDAW, and
Beijing platform for action 1995.
In the year 2016, I decided to
practice what I preached by fully getting involved in politics by
registering in a political party.
I see politics as an important
tool for getting into governance. For so long we have left some specific
kind of people who are not really interested in developing this nation
in politics to shape our governance system which I was not happy about. I
felt we needed a new crop of people who are transformational leaders,
interested in developing this nation in politics.
My parents are
politician, so at the early stage of my life I started participating in
party politics passively but I became a partisan politician in 2016.
As an undergraduate and also in the postgraduate, I contested for different positions in our departmental association.
So, what has the experience been as SA to AMAC chairman?
I contested in the last general elections as counsellor for my ward,
Orozo Ward, which is one of the 12 wards that constitute AMAC.
contested against five men and lost at the primary election. Although I
didn’t like how everything turned out during my primary elections, I
continued working for the party.
I was made the campaign
secretary for my ward for the campaign team of APC, where I worked with
other members of the party to canvas for votes for our candidates at the
I also joined the APC FCT Women Leader, Hon.
Hail Mary Aipob, campaign structure, where we formed a new campaign team
called Women and Youth for Buhari. We went around the FCT with the
minister to canvas for votes.
The AMAC chairman, Hon. Abdullahi
Adamu Candido, noticed my commitment to the party and my community
development work and he requested that I should join his team to serve
I joined the team in May 2019 and my seven months in
office has been interesting and challenging. Coming from a civil society
background some of the civil servants found my zeal to make a change
strange because they are used to having things done in a particular.
I spent 1st month in office to understand the system and to draft my
agenda. In my one month in office, I was able to revive the ICT unit and
I updated our social media pages. I registered AMAC as a member of
world smart cities and local governments. I also created a structure to
manage the affairs of civil societies in AMAC.
The first few
months of resumption of the administration were used to set the agenda.
Interactive meetings were held with the staff of the ICT division, the
information division of the council and the social welfare unit of the
council. Assessment of the website, social media platforms of the
council was carried out by the team; information gathered was used to
initiate the process for updating the website of the council with the
We also had engagement with relevant donors
and civil societies. The team paid a courtesy visit to various national
and international organizations.
We now have a very active social
media handles. We are currently updating our website. In this process,
my team is working on securing the website, activating links to the
various departments and we also working on creating a newsfeed section
on the website.
I led AMAC delegation on a governance impact learning visit to Kigali, Rwanda, and Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE).
governance impact learning visit is a program designed to expose young
political leaders to global standards of governance and provide them
with a peer support space for ideating on how to cascade such learning
experiences for governance impact in their local political leadership
and sphere of influence. Participants spent six days visiting relevant
government agencies and institutions in Rwanda and UAE.
What informed the choice Rwanda and Dubai?
is ranked as the second easiest place to do business in Africa and also
ranks higher than Nigeria in the global competitiveness index by the
While Dubai which was an emerging state in the early
’80s has become one of the world’s leading tourist and investment
destinations within a space of three decades, and Nigeria with far more
resources than both countries lags behind. Both countries have
substantially improved vital sectors such as education, health,
transportation, and tourism, which have significantly enhanced the
impact of government on the lives of the citizenry.
Rwanda and Dubai also have a relatively flexible visa policy and low travel costs.
ensured development partners meeting with the council chairman whereby
21 partners attended the meeting with the cabinet members of the
The meeting was organized to provide a coordinating
platform for the council to know the donors and NGO’s working on various
projects within the municipal area and to create an opportunity for
development partners to share their projects and action plans.
the meeting, the chairman recognized that the government cannot do
everything; partnership globally can assist the government.
Interventions through organizations will ensure services reach consumers
and promote the development of a more united and prosperous Area
Council; through encouraging brotherhood between Indigenes and other
Nigerians to appreciate stronger ties and partnership. The meeting was
also to strengthen existing infrastructure and we harped the need for
AMAC microfinance banks to support economic empowerment among the less
income AMAC residents.
Also, the need for sustainable agriculture
development, promoting the achievement of basic health care provision
across all our Primary Health Care Centres; partnership for e-governance
service delivery in the council; exchange programmes with other
councils across the globe and an all-inclusive government that
encourages women to contribute their quota to development at all levels
was stressed. You joined AMAC seven months ago but was awarded the most efficient staff in 2019, how did this make you feel council?
feel excited and proud of my achievement. I promised myself to perform
my duties with excellence. Knowing that women hardly occupy the position
I occupy at all levels of government I wanted to make women proud and
also for the men to find it worthy to always put women in positions of
authority. My success is dedicated to women in governance.
achievements rebranded AMAC on social media, built the capacity of staff
on ICT. I ensured AMAC was registered with Wego Facilitator, AMAC
partners and ICT investor.
I established a structure for creating
a gender unit and gender policy in AMAC to sensitise staff on
gender-based violence at the workplace.
I promoted working
relationship of AMAC with developmental partners by setting first-ever
Round-table discussion on development with the AMAC chairman. I also
facilitated several projects/programmes for AMAC from NGOs and donor
Before I came to office, men had been occupying this
position for a long time and none of them could do half of what I did in
seven months. I am happy I have a HeforShe as chairman. He appreciates
good work and awarded me the overall best cabinet member in AMAC for
What is your vision for AMAC?
vision for AMAC is for the council to be the best local government in
Nigeria, setting the pace for others to follow. I look forward to an
inclusive council with the agenda of bringing dividends of democracy to
Also, I envision a council that supports citizen’s involvement in governance, promoting open governance and transparency.
line with my office, I want AMAC to be the best council that promotes
enabling environment for none governmental organisations to engage with
What advice will you give young women who are facing challenges in politics?
will encourage them to be bold, calm and collected. Learn about
politics before getting into it. Have a mentor within the party
They should know their constituency very well and relate well with members of their constituency as well as community leaders.
success in politics also depends on money, every month I set aside 20
per cent of my salary to give welfare to people in my community. So, what will you say to Nigerians in general?
all Nigeria, good governance depends on our day to day actions and not
just on the actions of few people elected to manage the affairs of
Get involved in governance; let your voice be heard. Change begins with us.
women, take the steps. We are often limited by so many factors that
directly or indirectly affect our lives. Believe in your dreams and take
the necessary steps towards actualising those dreams, the world will
not fall apart without you.
The State of the World’s Midwifery (SoWMy) 2021 is coming! The report
will focus on the progress and future challenges to deliver effective
coverage and quality midwifery services. This will be the third State of
the World’s Midwifery report.
The SoWMy data 2021 will be collected via the WHO’s National Health
Workforce Accounts (NHWA) data platform and now another set of data will
be collected from the ICM Member Associations.
ICM and UNFPA ask that the Midwives’ Associations
engage in and LEAD the collection of the data, with the support of the
UNFPA Country offices where possible. All members can participate and there are no eligibility criteria except for the data to be valid.
We ask Member Associations to collect and submit the data via the
survey. The survey has been divided into four shorter versions. There
are a total of 82 questions. Don’t be discouraged!
The SoWMy 2021 data will also be shared on a redesigned ICM Global Midwives Association Map.
The data collection starts NOW!
Read the ICM – UNFPA official letter for the ICM Members on SoWMy report 2021
The International Year of the Midwife and the Nurse 2020
WHO’s landmark announcement that 2020 will be the International Year
of the Midwife and the Nurse provides an important opportunity to
advocate to strengthen midwives and the midwifery profession.
For the first time, countries across the world will unite in
recognition of the essential role that midwives play in achieving the
Sustainable Development Goals and Universal Health Coverage.
Our activities will be underpinned by the following themes:
Celebrate: the work of midwives globally.
Demonstrate: through dissemination, the body of
evidence around the impact of midwives and the case for investment in
midwives; build policy guidance about the enabling environment that
midwives need if they are to deliver quality care that improves health
Mobilise: midwives, associations, stakeholders and
women to become advocates for the profession in support of midwives and
midwife-led continuity of care.
Unite: midwives and women towards a common goal of
gender equality. We will unite associations and women’s groups locally,
nationally and globally towards the achievement of this goal.
Click here to read the full plan for 2020 in English.
The global shortage of nurses and other clinicians continues to pressure healthcare organizations in need of clinical talent. In the United States, the Department of Labor has warned of the nursing shortage for years. On a global level, the nursing shortage has become so important that the World Health Organization (WHO) has named 2020 the year of the nurse and midwife in order to focus awareness on the vital role nurses play worldwide.
Shearwater Health works with some of the largest health systems and health plans in the U.S. to expand the size and impact of their nursing teams. In a climate that makes it tough to retain nurses, Shearwater has hired and retained over 3,000 global clinicians solving medical and administrative problems every hour of every day.
Dedicated teams of nurses and other clinicians work remotely from three Shearwater operation centers in the Philippines as well as onsite at hospitals and other healthcare organizations in the U.S. Bedside nurses working onsite come from countries all over the world including the Philippines, Jamaica, Kenya, Nigeria, and India.
To support Shearwater’s rapid growth and ensure it meets client demand, Tom Kendrot has been promoted to CEO. Former CEO, David Bartholomew, will continue his involvement in the Company through his role as Executive Chairman. Kendrot formerly served as President & COO and has helped lead Shearwater to its current success since being hired in 2012.
“I am honored to lead Shearwater Health. Nurses and other clinicians are essential to the healthcare industry. Even with many exciting advancements in automation technology, we can never replace the value of human clinical intervention to create the best patient experience,” says Kendrot. “Our clients see the value of clinical expertise, ranging from bedside to coaching to administrative clinical duties, as crucial to driving quality patient outcomes. Shearwater is uniquely positioned to provide that expertise remotely and onsite with clients.”
“We are delighted to have Tom as CEO,” said Oliver Moses, Managing Partner of WindRose Health Investors. “Tom is the right person to lead this company, as he has provided outstanding leadership in multiple roles over the last eight years. We are excited to see him continue the growth of the company.”
Along with Kendrot taking the helm, the Company welcomed a strategic investment from Nashville-based Heritage Group at the end of 2019. Heritage Group’s extensive experience and deep healthcare relationships will provide tremendous support to the company as it further solidifies its position as a leading provider of global outsourced clinical solutions to U.S. healthcare organizations.
“Shearwater provides a valuable source of relief from the nursing shortage for organizations across the healthcare ecosystem, and we are eager to help accelerate growth for the company,” says Heritage Group Principal, Graham Hunter, who will join Shearwater’s board.
Because Shearwater is involved with nurses in many different countries, it sees an opportunity to promote the nursing profession internationally to advance its mission of improving healthcare outcomes globally. “Our presence in Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean, along with the relationships we have with nurses and nursing leaders internationally, puts us at the center of global nursing,” says Kendrot. “We are committed to capitalizing on our access and experience to help sustain the nursing profession in its tireless efforts to serve patients everywhere.”
This is seen in Shearwater’s partnerships with Asian Hospital in Manila, Philippines, investments in the National Nurses Association of Kenya, the faculty of the University of Nairobi School of nursing, and the city of Kingston, Jamaica, along with ongoing support of organizations like Project C.U.R.E.
With its expertise in providing nursing and other clinical programs from the Philippines and the U.S. and its growing impact on nursing around the world, Shearwater deepens its commitment to helping organizations utilize the nursing resources it needs to effectively care for patients in 2020 and the years to come.
The “Year of the Nurse” will highlight the potential—and the problems—awaiting future Nightingales
WORLD HEALTH ORGANISATION has designated 2020 as the “Year of the
Nurse”, marking 200 years since the birth of Florence Nightingale, who
established the principles of modern nursing and hospital sanitation. If
she were to drop in on a hospital today, Nightingale would be pleased
to see the progress in nursing since her day—and how it is poised to
change in the years to come.
Nightingale founded the first
nursing school, at a hospital in London in 1860, and wrote some 200
books and papers. She was the first woman admitted to the Royal
Statistical Society, for her pioneering work in statistical
infographics. While tending to British soldiers in the Crimean war, she
made the case for hospital sanitation using a variation of the pie
chart, entitled “Diagram of the Causes of Mortality in the Army in the
East”, to show that more soldiers died from infections than from
injuries. She drew up the chart to “affect through the Eyes what we may
fail to convey to the brains of the public through their word-proof
ears”. In what became known as a Coxcomb diagram, each slice of the pie
has the same angular width and an area representing the amount in a
given category (such as number of dead men).
if not most, people today think of nursing as a narrow set of skills
learned on the ward, much like it was back in Nightingale’s time. In
fact, nurses have university degrees and there are doctorate-level
studies in nursing. Like doctors, nurses specialise in myriad clinical
disciplines, such as neonatology, cardiology and Accident &
Emergency. There are even forensic nurses. Such is the pace of
innovation in nursing that some issues of American Nurse Today, a
monthly journal, run north of 70 pages.
In 2020 and beyond
nurses will be doing a growing number of tasks conventionally reserved
for doctors, both in acute and chronic care. Already, nearly two-thirds
of anaesthetics given to patients in America are administered by
certified nurse anaesthetists. In Britain specialised nurses now perform
some types of abdominal, orthopaedic and cardiac surgery. In parts of
sub-Saharan Africa nurses are being trained to do emergency caesarean
sections, with results comparable to those achieved by doctors.
The changing face of nursing
will be increasingly tapped to replace general practitioners in
treating patients with diabetes and other chronic conditions that
require lifestyle changes. Nurses are particularly well placed to
provide this kind of holistic care, which takes into account each
person’s life circumstances, because they have long been patients’
confidants. In the words of Brian Dolan, an academic, “people look up to
a doctor, but they look a nurse in the eye.” In surveys about trust in
people from various professions, nurses invariably come top.
would disappoint Nightingale in her time-travel to the present is that
the transformation of nursing has been uneven. In countries as varied as
India, Germany and Portugal nurses are still largely treated as
doctors’ minions and may not even diagnose common ailments or prescribe
medication. And although nurses make up nearly half of the world’s
health-care workforce—and 90% of patients’ contacts with health
workers—they are often not at the table when health-policy decisions are
made. Even the World Health Organisation did not have a chief nursing
officer until 2018.
The other trend that would make Nightingale
furrow her brow is that nursing has lost its lustre, so most posts are
hard to fill. In many countries no profession has a higher number of
vacancies. In the next decade the shortage of nurses will remain the
biggest problem that national health systems all over the world will
face. By 2030 the world will be short of 7.6m nurses, which is a third
of their number today.
To turn this tide, efforts to draw more
people into nursing and keep trained nurses from leaving the profession
will accelerate. Countries will focus more on recruiting nurses locally,
rather than luring them from abroad—often from poor places where health
care is already crippled by nurse shortages. National media campaigns
will aim to raise the profile of nursing by dispelling outdated views
about what the job entails. Some may borrow ideas from Singapore’s
highly effective campaign, which has commissioned nursing dramas,
documentaries and even a “nursing anthem” (in the form of a catchy
pop-music video). The campaign’s Instagram account has something for
everyone, including love stories of couples who met in nursing school.
by a global campaign which began in 2018, more hospitals and other
employers will set up professional-development and leadership programmes
for nurses. There will be more talk—and, it is hoped, action too—about
how to enable nurses to work at the top of their licence and abilities.
Technology will be roped in to make their work more manageable and
reduce burnout. Algorithms, for example, will be used to map the optimal
routes for ward shifts.
At the same time, as diagnostic systems
and surgical robots advance, nursing may be the only aspect of the
health-care profession in which machines will not replace human beings.
Even though nursing is shaped by medical science and technology, as it
has been since Nightingale’s time, its healing powers remain rooted in
empathy and a human touch.
Nurses from Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana and other African countries planning to sit for the USA Nurse licensure exam popularly called NCLEX no longer have to travel far to India and Philippines as Pearson Vue has brought a new centre to their doorstep
Below is the address and phone number of the New test centre which was added by Pearson yesterday.
Candidates can now book their test and write it in South Africa.
Pearson Professional Centers-Johannesburg PearsonVUE 6th Floor Office Tower Sandton City Shopping Centre Cnr Sandton Drive & Alice lane, SANDTON Johannesburg 2146 South Africa
The Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria has finally joined the WCEA
platform to provide free online MCPDP for Nurses in Nigeria.Below is
the message sent to all Nurses in Nigeria.
Greetings from the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria(NMCN ).
As we will be celebrating 2020 Year of the Nurse and Midwife, we are excited as NMCN
to inform you that we will be soon launching our new Free Continuing
Professional Development (CPD) online platform and Mobile Application
with access to Free CPD courses.
Many well known and globally
respected educators such as The Royal College of Nursing and Royal
College of Midwives are making their content available for Free in
Africa for the 1st time.
We request that all NMCN Nurses and
Midwives Pre-Register on the system before Pre-Registration closes on
**Friday 17th January 2020.** This will assist you in meeting the
required CPD points prior to the renewal of your practicing license.
In order to facilitate quick receipt of the renewed annual
practicing license through NATSAVE (courier services) after depositing
the annual practicing license fee at NATSAVE, both proof of payment and
copy of the 20 CPD Points must be emailed to General Nursing Council of
Zambia (GNCZ) using the following email address:
Please take note that the above given email address is strictly for submission of proof
of payment (NATSAVE deposit slip) for license renewal and CPD points
only and not for any other purpose or type of communication.
Other types of communication must be addressed and emailed to the following:
The Registrar & CEO General Nursing Council of Zambia PLOT No. 171, Luanshya Road, Villa Elizabetha P. O. Box 33521 Lusaka
Furthermore, we wish to clarify that payment of GNCZ license fees
through ZANACO Bill Muster is still acceptable as before, however,
Courier service for renewed practicing license is only available and
applicable to deposits made through NATSAVE.
Thom D. Yung’ana DIRECTOR REGULATION AND COMPLIANCE AND SPOKESPERSON For/THE REGISTRAR & CEO GENERAL NURSING COUNCIL OF ZAMBIA