Ogun State School of Nursing 2022/20223 Exam Result

Ogun Government has announced the release of entrance examination results into its College of Nursing Science for the 2022/2023 academic session.

Commissioner for Health, Dr Tomi Coker, in a statement issued on Friday in Abeokuta, said that applicants could only access their results by logging into the school’s official portal: www.mohsonmportal.com

Coker put the cut-off point for indigenes at 28 out of 60 points and 29 out of 60 points for non-indigenes, saying that information contrary to this should be disregarded.

She added that successful candidates would be contacted via SMS and e-mail for oral interview, scheduled for July 14 at 8 a.m. at the institution’s Abeokuta campus, within the premises of Federal Medical Centre, Idi-Aba.

The commissioner appreciated the candidates who applied for admission into the college.

She said that the Gov. Dapo Abiodun-led administration would continue to be fair, equitable and transparent to all.

First Batch of Kenyan Nurses Move to UK

Thirteen Kenyan nurses have got an opportunity to work in the United Kingdom.

The medics are beneficiaries of a bilateral agreement signed by Kenya and the UK government.

Last year, Labour Cabinet Secretary Simon Chelugui, said it would send 20,000 nurses to the UK as it sought to improve the welfare of its migrant workers overseas.

Initially, the recruitment exercise was marred with controversy when only 10 of 300 nurses passed English language tests required for the NHS jobs.

And yesterday, the government said the 13 nurses had passed the tests and were ready to work in the UK. 

Speaking during a ceremony to see them off, Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe said Italy and Kuwait have also expressed their interests to have nurses sent to their countries.

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“We have also received an offer for Kuwait but we want to be done with the UK process first. The fact that Kenya’s ambition is to become a health care hub can only happen if the recipients are open-minded about the opportunities,” said Kagwe.

The CS noted that the ministry is building the health workforce with a focus on health promotion which will enable the nurses to come back as entrepreneurs to create more job opportunities locally.

He assured Kenyans that the cohorts have been trained and prepared well so that they can achieve the scores they need.

“The nurses we are flagging off today are well trained and have passed the test of English proficiency. All the candidates have the language ability to be productive in their destination country,” he said. The UK High Commissioner to Kenya, Jane Marriott, disclosed that nurses were recruited by the Oxford University Hospital Trust with an addition of six more nurses to leave the country in about two weeks.

The diplomat was upbeat that the qualification of the nurses was testimony of Kenya’s high quality and competence of her health workers.

“Today marks a new era of international recruitment of Kenyan nurses to the UK through a government-to-government arrangement. This is a milestone in the implementation of the health workforce collaboration agreement,” said Marriott.

She noted that another 70 nurses have been identified and currently being matched with potential employers in the UK and will be travelling to the UK in the next months.

Further, she urged the nurses to show high standards during their stay in the UK.

Two nurses each were picked from Vihiga and Kirinyaga while one each was picked from Busia, Kisii, Murang’a, Marsabit, Nakuru, Uasin Gishu, Nyamira, Migori and Siaya counties. 

Nine Months After Approval, NCLEX Centre in Turkey Yet to Take Off

The joy that enveloped NCLEX test takers in October last year when Pearson Test Centre in Turkey was approved for take off has been shortlived as the Centre is yet to conduct any NCLEX Exam this year typesofnursing.com has learnt.

Our correspondent who has been monitoring the centre observed that exam dates have not been available for test applicants. Nurses from mostly Nigeria and United Arab Emirates have all taken to different social media platform to express their dissatisfaction with Pearson for making the announcement of a new centre when it is not ready to follow it through.

A check this centre this morning by typesofnursing.com shows that there is no available test dates for the rest of this year an indication that the centre might not open for NCLEX Test takers this year.

Meet Nancy Umeh, Registered Nurse and Founder of founder of Radiance Cookware

How do you juggle being a successful public health consultant, a certified registered nurse, a professional international chef, a wife and amazing mother and manage to hold your own in the catalogue of distinguished Nigerians ranking high in the country index for successful entrepreneurs?

That is the unique and quintessential narrative of Nancy Umeh, a wife, mother of two children, registered nurse, public health consultant and professional chef.

Are you surprised that one woman can muster the intellectual capacity and courage to fittingly combine all these accomplishments in a male dominated world and yet hold her own in the face of daunting pressures and inhibiting limitations?

Don’t be at all because Nancy has certainly earned her place in the sands of history for being a rare breed of refreshing hope to this generation of women who are breaking the glass ceilings to etch their names in the annals of the world.

Besides her glittering and glowing retinue of head-turning achievements, Nancy is the proud founder of Radiance Cookware, a non-toxic cast iron cookware company in Nigeria. She is also the co-founder of Ciumcurrent Nigeria, one of Nigeria’s leading warehousing, supermarket, and shop fitting company.

When Nancy is not sending out safe cooking wares to Nigerian homes and setting up warehouses she films and shares healthy family recipes on YouTube, Instagram and Facebook.

She has helped hundreds of families reverse picky eating, prevent and cure illnesses by sharing tips on healthy and safe cooking. Her focus is mainly on exploring the public health benefits of our locally grown fruits, vegetables and produce. She also teaches on reducing harmful toxic substances in our environment and raising well rounded wholesome children.

Nancy did not get to the top by mere wishful thinking as she is well heeled academically having  graduated with a Master’s of Science Degree in Public Health from the University of Sunderland, United Kingdom in 2013. She was also awarded a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, first class honours from the University of Sunderland, United Kingdom in 2012.

Umeh graduated top of her class at the School of Nursing, Lagos University Teaching Hospital where she acquired her associate degree in Nursing in 2009

Umeh attended secondary school at Command Day Secondary School, Ojo and Ikeja Military Cantonment, Lagos: She also acquired her nursery and primary education at Command Children’s school, Ojo Military Cantonment, Lagos.

Source: Guardian Newspaper

Over 3,000 Ghanain Nurses have migrated for greener pastures within one year

The Ghana Registered Nurses and Midwives Association (GRNMA) says over 3,000 nurses and midwives have left the country to seek greener pastures since the beginning of the year.

The Association attributes the high rate of migration of health professionals to unfair salary scales and poor conditions of service.

There are fears hospitals and health centres in the county would be hit with understaffing in the next three to five years if the trend is not reversed.

The Ghana Registered Nurses and Midwives Association says the government has over the years failed to implement collectively agreed conditions of service.

Ashanti regional chairman, Jones Afriyie Anto, says three years ago they negotiated incentives for personnel posted to rural areas.

The government agreed on mapping the rural areas to kick-start implementation, but this has not been done.

An agreement on teaching and research allowances for health tutors is also yet to be implemented.

Mr. Afriyie Anto says these challenges have forced many of health workers to seek greener pastures.

The association says the government is aware of the increasing number of nurses and midwives leaving the country but has done nothing to stem the tide.

Underpaid Zimbabwe Nurses Pile Pressure on Mnangagwa’s Regime

AN emerging union of nurses with a sound base of membership in Midlands and Matabeleland provinces has issued the government a two-week ultimatum to resolve grievances of the health workers or face a crippling strike.

The development comes as a huge blow to President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s administration which is already under pressure from teachers and the entirety of civil servants who want their salaries reviewed upwards in line with the rising cost of living.

According to the Consumer Council of Zimbabwe (CCZ), a family of five now requires ZW$120 000 a month to meet living conditions, yet the government workers are paid an average of ZW$30 000 monthly.

Led by Robert Chiduku, the Zimbabwe Professional Nurses’ Union (ZPNU) is headquartered in Gweru and has membership of about 6 000 health workers.

A letter dated 23 May by the union addressed to the Health ministry’s permanent secretary Jasper Chimedza and Health Services Board executive director Paulinus Sikhosana  gleaned by The NewsHawks, outlined the anger of the nurses over their working conditions.

At top of their demands is payment of salaries in United States dollars.

The ZPNU also want the government to release diploma certificates for nurses who have completed specified periods of time working in Zimbabwe on a bonding scheme so that they look for employment elsewhere in the world.

The government has a scheme in which it trains nurses while paying their tuition fees on condition that they work in the country for about two years.

The measure was put in place to avert brain drain as nurses who complete their courses race to go and work abroad, notably in the United Kingdom where salaries are way better.

“We are informed by our members that those who have already completed bonding are being denied access to their diplomas. We kindly request that your highest office facilitates a smooth flow to the issuance diplomas to those who have completed bonding,” reads part of the ZPNU letter to Chimedza.

The letter was counter-signed by ZPNU secretary-general Douglas Chikobvu and president Chiduku.

The letter further reads: “We kindly advise the ministry of Health to liberalise post basic training and ensure that nurses progress to degrees instead of diplomas. Offering of post basic qualifications will ensure universal access to all nurses who want to upgrade themselves.”

The letter was sent to the Health ministry in Harare from Gweru using an overnight local courier company, EMS Zimbabwe.

In an interview with The NewsHawks, Chiduku said the demands of nurses are justified.

“In short we are demanding full US dollar salaries because the economy has dollarised. We want release of diplomas for those who completed their bonding. We also want upgrading and regarding of primary care nurses as well as streamlining of post-basic diplomas to degree programme and allow universities to offer nursing programmes.”

“When we make these demands we are not begging. These are things that we are entitled to. We are not working to get slave wages. We need US dollar salaries without going back. We have given the government and our employer the Health Services Board two weeks to resolve these grievances or we down tools,” he said.

In the past, industrial action by nurses has resulted in dire consequences such as loss of life in public hospitals.

Many citizens rely on the public hospitals for medical care as they cannot afford charges levied by private health institutions.

While salaries and working conditions for nurses are deplorable, consumables and equipment such as cancer machines are in short supply in Zimbabwe’s public hospitals, posing grave risks to citizens who cannot afford the services of private health centres.

Nigeria has less than 400, 000 nurses, need 400, 000 nurses more

The Federal Government has said that the number of nurses practising in the country’s public healthcare sector is not adequate for the responsibilities facing the public healthcare sector in the country.

The FG said that it was worried about the migration of nurses in the country to other oversees.

The Registrar of Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria, Dr Faruk Abubakar, who spoke at the matriculation ceremony of Merit College of Nursing Sciences, Orlu, Imo state, said that instead of the 800, 000 nurses needed to attend to healthcare issues in the country, the public healthcare sector had less than 400,000 nurses.

Abubakar said, “There is a brain drain in the nursing sector. We need about 800, 000 nurses to take care of the challenges in our public healthcare sector but unfortunately we have less than 400, 000 nurses. But the good news is that the migration of our nurses to abroad is an indication that our nurses are to be reckoned with globally.”

He commended the proprietor of Merit College of Nursing Sciences, Orlu, Dr Chika Ugbaja for establishing the institution to raise people who would help to tackle the challenges confronting the nation’s public healthcare sector.

Abubakar said, “I commend Dr Chika Ugbaja, for establishing this school in Nigeria after many years of practice in the United States. Merit College of Nursing Sciences, Orlu, will raise quality nurses and midwives.”

The state Commissioner for Health, Dr Prosper Obinna, said that the state government was committed to collaborating with the College to solving the healthcare needs of the people of the state.

The bishop of Orlu Catholic Diocese, Rev’d Augustine Ukwuoma, said with the establishment of Merit College of Nursing Sciences Orlu, the healthcare needs of the people of the state would be ameliorated.

Nurse stabbed by patient’s husband in Japan hospital

Police in Tsu, Mie Prefecture, have arrested a 74-year-old man on suspicion of attempted murder after he stabbed a 50-year-old nurse at a health care facility where his wife was staying.

According to police, the incident occurred at around 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Kyodo News reported. Police said Akira Kozaki has admitted to bringing a knife from his home with the purpose of stabbing the nurse.

At the time of the attack, the victim was in the ward tending to Kozaki’s wife. Kozaki entered the room and stabbed the nurse in the left side of her abdomen. A patient in another room heard the nurse scream and called 110.

When police arrived, they found Kozaki still at the hospital and placed him under arrest.

Police said the nurse’s wound is not life-threatening and are questioning Kozaki and his wife over his motive for attacking the nurse.

Source: Japan Today

Three Arrested for forging, issuing fake Nursing License

Three people including a director of a nursing school in Ishaka-Bushenyi Municipality are in police custody for forgery.

The suspects are Dawin Sande, the prime suspect, and director of CBD Nurses Training school in Ishaka-Bushenyi, John Bob, and Christine Akankwasa.

The suspects were picked up Tuesday in a joint operation conducted by the National Drug Authority (NDA) and Uganda Police Force in Mbarara City for masterminding the printing and issuing of forged academic documents to nursing students and fake NDA licenses for drug shop operators.

Abias Rwamwiri, the Spokesperson of the National Drug Authority, says that during their operation on unlicensed drug shops, they found Akankwasa with a forged license in the name of God’s Will drug shop in Mbarara City. She later led them to Sande and Bob as the source of all kinds of forged documents in the region.

Rwamwiri says that during the search of Sande’s business premises in Ishaka town council, they recovered several items including fake stamps for the Uganda Nurses and Midwives council, enrollment & practicing licenses, certificates of Allied Health Professional Council, Kampala International University (KIU), UNEB certificates, seals of different agencies, appointment letters and certificates of other training institutions and yellow papers for forging NDA licenses and birth certificates.

He says that they also recovered equipment including a laptop, and a printer used for printing the forged documents. Samson Kasasira, the Rwizi Region Police Spokesperson says that they have preferred forgery charges against the suspects pending guidance from the office of the Resident State Attorney.

Dr. Donald Bamanya, the NDA Regional Coordinator, says it is becoming common, especially in Bushenyi for people to forge official documents. Last year, the National Drug Authority (NDA) and Uganda Police Force police conducted a similar operation in the Bushenyi district leading to the arrest of six suspects for selling fake acaricides and forging documents for Nurses and labels.

Uganda: Investing in nurses and  then exporting them

The Ugandan nurses are trained for both domestic and international purposes of delivering care to patients. However, because of the international shortage of nurses, we are starting to see a huge number of nurses from Uganda turn to international employment and leave their homeland for better wages and bigger opportunities.

This leads to depletion of these well-trained nurses and placing Uganda’s’ healthcare in a vulnerable situation.

On April 16, President Museveni met with a British delegation at State Lodge Nakasero, and it was agreed that Uganda will start exporting more of its best trained nurses to work in UK and negotiations are underway with the Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Health.

As of May 12, the Uganda Nurses and Midwives Council (UNMC) had a total of 70,167 registered nurses and midwives. However, only 48,000 of these are in employment and serve a population of 48 million Ugandans.

International Nurses Day (IND) 2022 was observed on May 12 in Kamuli District under the theme Nurses: A voice to lead – invest in nursing and respect rights to secure global health, focusing on the need to protect, support and invest in the nursing profession to strengthen health systems around the world.

The government invests in the training of nurses at certificate, diploma, bachelors and masters levels among others. However, the rate at which these are recruited into the healthcare system is very low and worrying. Uganda uses fixed government approved norms determined by health facility type.

However, this approach cannot distinguish between facilities of the same type that have different staffing needs.

In other aspects of looking at international nurse recruitment, it is considered as “stealing or poaching” of already scarce human resources of poverty-stricken countries, but the fact that the Ugandan government encourages migration of its own nurses to other countries and promoting nurses as one of the export products offered, international migration of nurses away from their homeland cannot be considered as poaching or stealing.

The migration of nurses from a developing country like Uganda has some advantages and disadvantages. This can lead to economic development for the Ugandans but may also lead to poor healthcare delivered to the local people at the same time. Although the remittance coming from the nurses working abroad helps in development of the Ugandan economy, there is no reassurance that this can actually help in the country’s healthcare.

Therefore, to improve the situation regarding nurses’ shortage for Uganda after migration, I recommend that the government through the Ministry of Health first finds a balance between the importance given towards the economic growth of the country and the kind of healthcare delivered for the local people.

Additionally, I also recommend that the Ministry of Health considers workload to determine the number and type of staff required in a given health facility.

Ms Lilian Nuwabaine Luyima; BSc Nurse & MSN-Midwife & Women’s’ Health Specialist.