The International Year of the Midwife and the Nurse 2020 By ICM

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 outcomes.

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.

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The Year of the Midwife 2020 Timeline 

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Shearwater Recruitment Agency Appoints New CEO to Address Nursing Shortage In US

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.

Media Contact:
Spencer Holleman

SOURCE: Shearwater Health

Florence Nightingale And The Changing Face Of Nursing By Slavea Chankova

The “Year of the Nurse” will highlight the potential—and the problems—awaiting future Nightingales

THE 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).

Many, 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

Nurses 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.

What 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.

Prodded 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.


NCLEX Approved Centre In South Africa Begins Exam

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
6th Floor Office Tower
Sandton City Shopping Centre
Cnr Sandton Drive & Alice lane, SANDTON
South Africa


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Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria Free MCPDP Registration

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.
You can share the link with other members.

Yours  Sincerely,

Faruk Umar Abubakar

General Nursing Council of Zambia Online CPD

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


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.

Thank you

Issued by

Thom D. Yung’ana

General Nursing Council of Zambia Online License Renewal 2020

Kindly note that #GNCZ license renewal has gone #online. This is applicable to those that are using #ZANACO bill muster for now. Just register for online services using this portal and follow the attached instructions.

For instructions, check this link:…

#NATSAVE users, you will be informed very soon!!!

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General Nursing Council of Zambia 2020 License Renewal and Update Reminder

Time is running out very fast. The General Nursing Council of Zambia (GNCZ) renewal of the 2020 Nurses and Midwives Practicing Licence exercise that started on 1st August 2019 comes to an end on 31st December 2019. Therefore, congratulations to all nurses and midwives that have already renewed their 2020 practicing licences, and consequently avoided becoming victims of a last minute panic rush that causes congestion at GNCZ offices.

To those that have not yet renewed their practicing licences you are advised to do so as a matter of urgency in order to avoid paying penalty fees since there will be no amnesty.

You can pay your licence fees through NATSAVE or ZANACO Bill Muster.

Those who pay their licence fees through ZANACO Bill Muster can sign-in to the GNCZ portal ( and receive their licence Online in the comfort of their home or work place. However, this Online Service which will also soon start with NATSAVE and MTN, is only applicable to those nurses and midwives who have a clean record at GNCZ.

Those with a record of having defaulted to renew any of the past years licences are encouraged to visit the Kitwe or Lusaka GNCZ office in person.

For Step-By-Step guidance on how to access, process and receive your renewed 2020 practicing licence Online, please download and/or read the GNCZ Online Services User Manual from the link shown on our immediate past posting on this same GNCZ official facebook page.

Thank you.

Issued by;

Thom D. Yungana

Lagos State HSC 2019 Interview Update

I am directed to invite you to HSC’s written exam on Mon. 14th Oct 2019 by 12pm at Island Maternity Conference Room. pls come along with Original credentials, Valid practising Licence and a passport photograph.

“This message was extracted as a personal message from xxxx(Lagos State Hospital Service Commission ) to a selected candidate. Ensure it’s the same case that applies to you or make inquiries from the hospital.