Nigerian Airforce College of Nursing Admission into ND/HND Nursing 2021/2022 Session

Applications are invited from the general public for admission into the Nigerian Air Force College of Nursing Sciences Application for Admission into ND/HND Nursing Programme for 2021/2022 Academic Session



ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS:

1. Candidates must possess a minimum of 5 credits in WAEC/NECO/GCE or NABTEB which must include English Language, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology at not more than Two(2) Sittings.

2. Candidates must be between the ages of 17 – 25 years by December, 2021.

3. Candidates that wrote 2021/2022 JAMB/UMTE with a score of 160 and above and wish to change institution to Nigerian Air Force College of Nursing Sciences Kaduna (NAFCONS) are advised to do so as admission into the college is ongoing.

PROGRAMME DURATION:

Four (4) years for ND/HND Nursing Programme.

APPLICATION FORMS:

Application forms are to be obtained free at the office of the Registrar of the college during the screening/post UME exercise. Candidates are expected to pay the sum of Two Thousand Naira (N2,000) only, as screening fee.

DATE OF SELECTION INTERVIEW/TEST:


1st -5th November, 2021

NOTE:

Candidates shall be responsible for their accommodation, transport & feeding throughout the period of the selection interview/test. All COVID-19 protocols must be observed during the period of the selection interview/test.

Candidates should report to the screening venue with writing materials as well as the originals and photocopies of their credentials.

FOR FURTHER ENQUIRES CALL:

08039536601, 08084184588, 08069329299, 0803083752208065611310.Monday – Friday (6:00am – 4:00pm) only.

ADMISSION FORMS ARE NOT SOLD ONLINE

Any one dealing with agents apart from the contact above will be doing so at His/Her own risk.

Signed:

Squadron Leader Mohammed Nurudeen Popoola

Registrar, Nigerian Air Force College of Nursing Science (NAFCONS)

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How I worked with 12 Community Extension Workers as a 22Year old Nurse by Catherine Olatunji

Gist before the main gist 😀😀

See me at Panseke, Ogun state at the last antiquackery walk telling Emeka who a nurse is and who’s not 😃.

We walked that day enh, when I got home I didn’t know where I landed 😀😀. Emmmmm I only used the pics since I could not find any other pics to use because I noticed you people like fine pictures. I know it’s not fine. I didn’t even comb my wig well, but just help me like it .

Mind you, grab your popcorn and juice. It’s a long gist my people.

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Today, I want to gist you guys of how I worked with 12 solid CHEWs and I survived it as a 22 year old nurse.

So I got a job at a government establishment, it was more of a small community health centre settings with doctors, nurses, CHEWs and other allied health workers.

I can remember on my first day of resumption I got the first shocker. I was sitting at the nurses table with a CHEW who happens to be my favourite later, and this Woman walked in, I greeted her and she didn’t even pay any attention nor replied.

The CHEW sitting with me told this woman that I’m the new nurse and I just resumed today, she turned to me and said in yoruba ‘ se nurse ti won se gba naa re to senu gbongbon gbon gbon ti o le kiyan” literally meant I couldn’t greet her and my mouth was “gbongbon” 😃😃

I was dazed but I swallowed it and explained to her that I actually greeted her, she just walked away despite my explanation.

I did not even know how to feel or react that day. As days goes by, I noticed so many lapses administratively, and in Nursing practice.

I noticed the way people rapport in the centre, especially nurses and others. I found that there was no much difference between the CHEWs and the nurses.

The nurses practically exchange duties with CHEWs without feeling anyhow about it. I’m talking about when nurses are comfortable leaving two CHEWs to man a shift and they don’t mind. It was like a norm.

Let me shock you further, when doctors are not around, these CHEWs will consult and give the notes to the Nurse to dispense or administer the drugs.

They write “nurses report” and have witnessed nurses thanking them for that 😀

They call the nurses by their names, no professional regard or respect nor boundaries…it was branded as “One love”

You guys already know that’s a facade, the so called “one love” wasn’t void of eye service, gossips and back biting…

Like I said , this is not the focused, its just to give you a background of my gist

Over the years, I have come to learn something called emotional intelligence and I think that was what helped me.

The first thing I did was to ensure I wasn’t lacking in any of my duties.

For whatever reason, I exchange my duty with a nurse if I needed to. I believe if you can exchange your duty with a CHEW, you’re simply saying – there is nothing I can do that you can’t do – we are equals.

I made sure I understand my roles and I set boundaries, I don’t delegate core Nursing duties to them no matter what. If I need help with it I get a fellow colleague.

I write my report and I don’t write ” patient slept on duty, vital signs done, made comfortable on bed and sign” – anyone can write that. What makes the difference as a nurse?

No matter what, I input one or two Nursing diagnoses, action plans with my evaluation.

When I’m on Night, I don’t embarass my profession and myself by removing all removables and sleep naked or wear Night gown…..oh jees! Eyes have seen my people.

At a time, I introduce myself and every other person working with me if I happen to be the only nurse on duty.

I go like, hello everyone, I am Nurse Olatunji and I will be your nurse for today. Working with me are CHEW so so so and so. And they are here to assist me . Many of those patient will ask me what’s the meaning of a CHEW and I gladly explain to them. Identity issue solved!

And even with all these some of them didn’t get the memo that I was different.

Let me share actual scenarios
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Scenario 1

No doctor on seat.

Patient walks in, gets the card.

The CHEW started consulting, gave it to me to administer. She said Nurse Olatunji please go and dispense this.

I said okay.

I drew a line under what she prescribed and wrote Review

CT that
D/C that
Referred to see a doctor so so so

They were all oral medications. I can remember she prescribed antimalaria with Vit c or so and I removed it.

I gave it back to her to dispense, then I crosschecked the drugs and gave the patient.

You can say that wasn’t necessary, but that was the last time she decides to consult and send me forth to administer her plan of management.

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Scenario 2

I resumed shift.

The CHEWs comes over to handover the patients to me when a registerd nurse was right there.

After she was done talking and she called the nurse to tell her they should leave, I told the nurse calmly she is yet to handover.

She said, I thought CHEW so so so handed over to you, I said yes she gave me a report but I need you to handover your patients.

I think at that time she got it. She handed over to me as it should be. And you have to speak in English …it’s a formal setting, except our establishment states otherwise.

Since that day, none of them tried to handover to me except ofcourse they are the only ones on duty.

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Scenario 3

This CHEW has been stepping on my toes for a while….lol. They felt “my own is too much”

She started calling me by my first name at work that day. I don’t know the spirit that came over her.

CHEW Mrs : ehs, emmm, Kate abi Catherine, what’s that your name naaa

(Ward round going on, all beds full with patients and you know how loud yorubas talk)

Catherine : thinking it could not be me, maybe it was someone else.

CHEW: ehs , ehs…..Catherine I’m calling you.

Catherine: I just went about my work like no one was talking.

CHEW: steps into the nurses changing room.

I took the opportunity and went to meet her. I called her first name and asked if that was her first name (this was a woman in her 40s) , I told her I will start calling her by her name if she ever calls me by my first name in front of my patients and other health personnel. I told her ,I am so fine with the name but she should not be surprised when I do the same.

Guys, that was the last time she tried that with me.

I am not saying it’s bad to use your first name, but typical Nigerians will understand these Scenario I shared. I work in a place where we all refer to ourselves by our first name but this particular establishment, everyone uses the last name and most times with their respective titles.

Scenario 4

I resumed Night shift and I was working with a CHEW who decided to come late and also did not assist me in anyway.

I noticed it was intentional. They call each other and give report obviously and it was her turn to deal with me i guess 😀. She was bent on annoying me or make me say something.

I just breathe in and breathe out, programmed my head that I’m working alone.

Do the major things that I am suppose to do, the minor things was handed over to the next shift.

When they asked me why it wasn’t done, I just said Nursing is continuous, you can’t do everything.

By the 5th night, she was the one who asked me what do I need her to do.

I don’t know whatever the plan was, but I was intentional about not giving it to my feelings. Imagine someone resuming a shift with you,comes late and sleeps all through and leave without telling you 😀.

Even though I was damn annoyed, I kept cool and did my job.

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It was not easy my people but I think I tried to deal with the situation the best I could , I wasn’t perfect either.

I am sure I inspired some nurses there and many of these attitudes were dropped. To anyone who cares to listen, I never stopped to tell them why there is a need for clear job boundaries.

You can not say you are a nurse and there’s absolutely no difference with how you practice.

This is Nigeria where we struggle with what exactly is our roles as nurses. Doctors are dragging it with us, CHEWs too Will come. As much as I will love NMCN to have a circular or written guidelines of nurses roles, we also need to take the bull by the horn.

Be confident , be diligent, be updated, learn learn unlearn, communicate rightly and ofcourse always make use of emotional intelligence when dealing with these people.

Avoid verbal insults or exchange at all cost. Overlook when necessary but sometimes some situations needs to be addressed.

I hope you find one or two things to learn from this.

Thanks for reading my long post. Believe me I tried to make it as short as I can 😀.

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NB: I know I’m young, but if you will like to share with me challenges you might be facing with other health workers, I am here to listen and also offer some advice…..it’s all free of charge 😀😀

You can chat me up or drop in the comment section, association of nurses’ elders might also give their suggestions or opinions on how best to deal with such issues.

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Shout out to the nurses who joined I and my team at Abeokuta. You all are amazing and I celebrate you always.

Love you all ❤❤

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NCLEX Centre in Istanbul Turkey and How to Apply for Visa to Write NCLEX Exam in Turkey

A new NCLEX test center is now open in Istanbul, Turkey which presents another opportunity for nurses to write their NCLEX Exam rather than waiting for Philippines to open. I have detailed here Turkey visit visa requirements specifically for Nigerian nurses going to write NCLEX and how to apply. Note that this guide is based on my discussion with a friend who is in the know and the Turkey visa application centre and not on my own personal experience. I have decided to share this on Nursesarena forum so it will reach wider audience.

Turkey NCLEX Centre Address:

Pearson Professional Centers-Istanbul, Turkey
PEARSON VUE
SÜLEYMAN SEBA CAD. NO: 48
BJK PLAZA, A BLOK, KAT 1, D: 3
AKARETLER, BESIKTAS
34357 ISTANBUL, TURKIYE
Turkey
Phone: +90-212 227 4937


How to Apply for Turkish Visa for NCLEX

Any Nurse going to Turkey to write NCLEX from Nigeria need to apply for visiting visa. The Turkish Embassy has stopped online visa not quite long and contract it to a third party, you can now book an appointment with Voya Visa. I had a conversation today with Voya Visa Ltd and below is the requirements and how to go about Turkish visa application for NCLEX purpose.

Turkey Visitors Visa Requirements

1. Duly completed Application form
2. Original passport (must be valid for at least 6 months from arrival in Turkey and have at least two blank pages.)
3. Copy of passport information page (A4 size). If available, copies of pages containing visas obtained in the last 3 years and copies of pages containing personal information.
4. Two (2) passport photographs.
5. Round-trip flight reservation (reservation is sufficient, confirmation is not mandatory)
6. Valid hotel reservation covering your stay in Turkey. Reservation dates must be compatible with flight dates.
7. Guarantee letter from your employer (company official or owner stating that the employee’s position, start date, leave dates and the employee’s guarantee that he will return to his country and work after his trip)
8. Six (6) months payslips
9. Six (6) months statement of account (stamped and signed original of the document received from the bank)
10. The applicant’s account must have a balance of at least $50 for each day of stay in Turkey. The applicant’s personal bank account must have a balance of at least $1,000 (Although the friend I spoke to said the higher the money the better your chances)
11. Documents pertaining to the immovable properties of the applicant (Real estate title, licenses, etc. Stamped, signed originals must be submitted at the visa application center.)

Additional documents

1. Printout of your ATT
2. Exam booking and confirmation evidence
3. Your Nursing license and certificates
4. Employment letter
5. Workplace identity card
6. Health Insurance (You pay for this when you get to the centre)

Turkish Visiting Visa Fee for Nigerians :

$135 + #1500 for 15 days or less
$145 + #1500 for 30 days or more than 15 days
$315 + #1500 for multiple entry
$100 added to any of the above if applying via VIP appointment in Lagos

Cost of travel insurance is included in the visa fee which you’ll pay on the day of your interview.
The duration it takes for visa issuance after an interview is at the discretion of the Turkish Embassy.
There is the option of paying for courier to have your passport delivered to you or you can come to pick it up yourself.

Payment of Application Fees
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According to the friend I spoke to, you are expected to go with the cash. You will need to buy dollar from the Aboki man on the street and go to your interview with the appropriate fees.


How to Apply

Go to Voya Visa Page and complete an appointment booking. Visit https://voyavisa.com/index.php/online-appointment-for-visa/

Complete the form, click next and pick available dates and time.
Then print out the appointment confirmation page and together with the originals of the documents attend your interview.

After the interview your application will be transferred to the Turkish embassy who will issue your visa.



Contact information

VOYA VISA – LAGOS
Plot 1986, Oladele Olashore Street, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria
+2348176788492
info@voyavize.com
Email: nigeria@voyavisa.com

VOYA VISA – ABUJA
No:20, Nairobi Street, Wuse-2, Abuja, Nigeria
+2348096666987
Email: info@voyavize.com

Turkish Embassy Contact
Phone: 08036488981
Email: embassy.abuja@mfa.gov.tr
Website:
http://abuja.emb.mfa.gov.tr


Please
Do not use fake document or bank statement
Know basic information about where you are going before the interview date
Book Hotels in the same city as the exam centre
Hotel reservations and flight reservations can be done online
You don’t need any agent so don’t fall into the hands of greedy and hungry agents.

Source: https://www.nursesarena.net/370/nclex-centre-in-istanbul-turkey-and-how-to-apply-for-visa-to-write-nclex-exam-in-turkey.html

Ladoke Akintola University of Technology Masters in Nursing Application form on Sale

ADMISSION TO REGULAR POSTGRADUATE PROGRAMMES

Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for admission into Postgraduate Programmes for the 2021/2022 Academic Session:

FACULTY OF NURSING SCIENCE
Available Degrees: PGD, M.NSC, M.Phil. and Ph.D.
Basic Requirement
Candidate must possess five (5) O’ Level credit passes in English Language, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology.

(a) Department of Medical-Surgical Nursing;
(b) Department of Maternal and Child Health Nursing;
(c) Department of Community/Public Health Nursing;
(d) Department of Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing;

For more details and areas of specialization see link www.pgschool.lautech.edu.ng/application

D. METHOD OF APPLICATION:
Form Fee: N10,000 (excluding the bank charges). Payment Method: Payments will be made using INTERSWITCH ENABLED DEBIT Cards (ATM Cards).
Application Website: www.pgschool.lautech.edu.ng/application. Complete the form and print.
E. CLOSING DATE:
Printed Application Form with photocopies of Certificates/Diplomas including ‘O Level and NYSC certificates, transcripts and other relevant documents should reach The Secretary, Postgraduate School, LAUTECH, Ogbomoso not later than six weeks from the date of publication.

Signed
Dr. Kayode A. Ogunleye
Registrar

What is Facebook Accelerator Program and it Benefits to Naija Nurses forum?

Indeed the news of my selection and our community’s selection has taken over the entire Nursing community offline and online, it is no longer a hidden fact that we have just gotten a great opportunity to transform our community, to learn, grow and scale.

If there is any time you need to add all Nurses you know to this forum, now is the time. Don’t deprive them of getting the value you get here, invite them.

We want all NIGERIA NURSES, to join this community.

OUR VISION: To become Nigeria’s leading nursing social networking organization.

First of all, my sincere appreciation goes to God almighty who in his mercies, brought me thus far, you all know my effort to passionately drive the right narrative for Nurses and Nursing via social media especially Facebook my most preferred platform is like a hobby, I wasn’t looking forward to such a rewarding opportunity as this, I’m very excited and it’s a privilege to serve you all.

Thank you to our Community founder Nr Kunle Emmanuel, a leader par excellence, humble, and understanding, even before this opportunity, I’ve written about him before, telling you he is God sent to me, he gave me a platform to thrive. I’m glad that I’m making him proud!

Thank you Naija Nurses for your unending support for me, in my business, you all have been amazing, I’m not taking your moral support for granted.

I appreciate our DDNS, Nr. Olufemi Iseyemi Folakemi Rn , She is always advising me and guiding me not to make mistakes, I appreciate you ma.

Thank you to all the wonderful administrators of Naija Nurses Forum, home and abroad. Your efforts to keep nurses together are paying off, please do not relent as more responsibilities unfold, we need you more than ever before.

Thank you amazing community members, you are the reason we are still here, especially the very active ones, creating content, driving conversations, and inviting new members, we see you, the analytics are there, we just got better.

This is not my win alone, it is our community win.

ABOUT THE PROGRAM.

Facebook developed this program to support meaningful community leaders, train them and help them develop initiatives that will transform their community, create social impact that will benefit the community and larger society.

Because of the initiatives, we will get funds, yes a good sum of money, that will be channeled towards a big initiative that will transform all your lives, every one of us Naija Nurses, it’s the first of its kind in Nigeria, hence I’m so excited.

The program will run for 8months, after which we will continue to water the seed of greatness Facebook has sown in Naija Nurses Forum.

I can’t wait 💥💥💥💥!

We will identify our community needs, know who our members are, develop initiatives to transform our communities and create a sustainability plan to keep the Naija Nurses Forum organization running for many more years.

It’s a huge task ahead of us and so we are seeking your support, encouragement, participation, and always wear the team spirit as Naija Nurses.

We will call for volunteers, we will need everyone’s hand to be on deck to actualize this big project that will be the first of its kind in Nigeria.

I’m very proud, to be associated with this.

Are you ready for the transformation hitting all Naija Nurses soon?

Thank you,
Ofejiro Urhefe (Nurse Feji).

Uganda Nurses and Midwives Union to mobilize nurses to strike over Covid-19 allowances

The Uganda Nurses and Midwives Union-UNMU has threatened to mobilize nurses involved in the COVID-19 vaccination exercise to lay down their tools unless they are paid their allowances.

While the nurses are entitled to a daily allowance of Shillings 5000, some of the nurses interviewed by URN say they have gone a week without getting their allowances. They also note that the Ministry of Health is still non-committal on when the money will be availed.

Kiplangat Cherop, the President of Uganda Nurses and Midwives Union says that they have made various attempts to get an explanation from the ministry in vain. He says that they have scheduled a meeting on Monday to address the matter.

A nurse who spoke to URN on condition of anonymity says that they are currently spending their own money on transport and lunch, saying this is unsustainable.

Dr. Alfred Driwale, the head of the Uganda National Expanded Program on Immunization-UNEPI was none committal to when the ministry will pay the nurses. He said that they are working with Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) and division health centers to address the matter.

So far, the country has administered 2.2 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines against a targeted population of 22 million Ugandans. Uganda is among countries that have failed to attain the 10 percent target that was set for September by the COVAX facility.

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Benue School of Nursing and Midwifery Students Protest non-payment of Allowances

Students of the Benue state School of Nursing and Midwifery have protested non payment of their N3,000 monthly clinical allowances and undue increases in their fees, among other sundry challenges.

They made their feelings known to newsmen who had visited the schools in Makurdi, on Friday, to get first hand information about the situation.

All the students that spoke to newsmen craved anonymity for fear of victimisation.

“Our clinical allowances of N3,000 monthly have not been paid for over six years now. Our fees have been increased from N50,000 to N80,000, without officially informing us.

“We are surprised at how the state Ministry of Health, in collaboration with the school authority, will be compelling us to pay the amount before we sit for our examination, when they did not give us prior notice about the increase,” they alleged.

They maintained that they got to know about the increase when they went to pay their fees and the accountant told them to pay an additional N30,000.

The school’s environment was very unhygienic to the extent that even toilet facilities were lacking, stressing that the situation compelled them to defecate in nearby bushes.

Similarly, they lamented that the schools lacked water, alleging that the authorities had turned deaf ears to their complaints, even when they were reminded time and again.

When contacted, the Commissioner for Health and Human Services, Dr Joseph Ngbea, frowned at the protest by the students, stating that it was an embarrassment to government and the ministry.

Ngbea denied that his office had no knowledge of any increase in the school fees, assuring that the students grievances would be looked into.

He lamented that he had a meeting with the students on campus on Monday, but they could not clearly articulate their grievances, and in the meantime, the students would be made to sign an undertaking before the schools could be reopened.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) gathered that the schools had since been closed indefinitely following the protests.

Source: Vanguard

Gombe Converts Abandoned School of Nursing to College of Nursing and Midwifery

Gombe State governor, Inuwa Yahaya, has ordered the immediate conversion of the abandoned School of Nursing and Midwifery in Dukku to College of Nursing and Midwifery, Gombe State University, Dukku Campus.

This decision, according to the governor, is to provide a platform for the introduction of various degree courses that will bridge the educational gap inherent in the northern part of the state.

Mr Yahaya was in Dukku Local Government Area to inspect some projects and to push for the construction of the Gombe Abba/ Kirfi road by the North East Development Commission (NEDC).

Accompanied by the Board and Management of the North East Development Commission (NEDC) as well as members of the National Assembly, the governor first visited the abandoned College of Nursing and Midwifery before proceeding to Police Tactical Training School and later Gombe Abba/Kirfi road which he and his Bauchi State counterpart, Bala Mohammed, are prevailing on the NEDC to have it constructed.

The governor equally commissioned the Farm Service Centre in Dukku equipped with modern agricultural implements and inputs for the maximum benefit of farmers in the state which was built, equipped and handed over to the Gombe government by the North-East Development Commission (NEDC).

While speaking at the College of Nursing and Midwifery Dukku, Mr Yahaya said establishing a college with such nomenclature will require putting up a hospital of specialist status which can only provide training for a minimal number of nurses and midwives.

“Considering the current economic downturn in the country, of which Gombe is not immuned, it is going to be difficult for the state to yield into spending huge amount of money, especially in the midst of competing demands to construct another specialist hospital that will compliment the college”.

“So it was for this reason that my administration thought it wise to get it converted to a campus of Gombe State University, so that it can provide the opportunity for many of our children to acquire University education,” he added.

The governor then directed that the college be converted to Gombe State University, Dukku Campus to provide a platform for the introduction of various degree courses that will bridge the educational gap inherent in the northern part of the state.

Source: Premium Times

Two Doctors Jailed for Forcing Male Nurse to Bow to Dog in Private Hospital in Egypt

The Cairo Economic Court on Saturday sentenced two doctors and an employee in a private hospital to two years in prison and a fine of LE 100,000 each over forcing a nurse to bow to a photo of a dog.

The victim did not attend the court session on Saturday. The male nurse has said that he can’t face society after the humiliation he endured.

The incident dates to September 9 when a video went viral on social media.

It showed the defendants demanding the victim to bow to a dog photo. The incident caused wide outcry among people and nurses in particular.

The victim said that the incident happened six months before the video went viral. He said they recorded it without his knowledge.

On September 14, the security services arrested the doctor who appeared in the video.

The victim said during investigations that he was bullied by the three suspects. He added the clip was shot without his knowledge or consent and that it ruined his reputation among his family and in the village where he lived.

The suspects justified what appeared in the video as habitual acceptance from the victim to their prank. They also denied uploaded the clip on social media.

Egypt’s Public Prosecution referred the three defendants to trial on September 15.

The Public Prosecution charged the suspects with bullying the nurse as they ordered him to bow to an animal owned by the first suspect, taking advantage of their authority over him with the intent of making him a subject of ridicule and degrading.

The prosecution accused the defendants of assaulting the values of Egyptian society and violating the victim’s privacy by uploading the video online.

And the prosecution said that there is concrete evidence of them committing the aforementioned crimes including the video and their admitting its authenticity.

Source: Egypt Independent

Dr Pamela Cipriano Elected as New President of the International Council of Nurses

Dr Pamela Cipriano, an internationally recognised nursing leader, has been elected as the 29th President of the International Council of Nurses (ICN). The election took place in the context of the meeting of ICN’s governing body, the Council of National Nursing Association Representatives (CNR), which was held virtually from 4-6 October.

Former ICN First Vice President (2017-2021), Dr Cipriano also serves as Dean of the University of Virginia School of Nursing and was President of the American Nurses Association from 2014-2018. Dr Cipriano is well known, both in her own country, the United States of America, and internationally, as a strong advocate for the nursing profession. During her over 40-year career, she has led efforts to advance the role and visibility of nurses and increase nursing’s impact and influence on policy. Dr Cipriano has also served on the Board of Directors of the American Nurses Credentialing Center and the American Academy of Nursing. She is a leader in the National Academy of Medicine’s Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-Being and Resilience, which is addressing the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the physical and mental health of all clinicians. She was the inaugural Editor-in-Chief of the journal American Nurse Today.

Dr Cipriano said:

“I am so honoured to have been elected to this most prestigious position. ICN is known for its global impact, fighting for the advancement of the profession. My vision for the future of ICN is to increase the influence of nurses in their countries and on the global stage. ICN is uniquely qualified to reinforce and amplify the crucial role of nurses as leaders and decision-makers across healthcare systems worldwide. We must be the voice that broadcasts the impact of nurses penetrating the barriers of universal health coverage (UHC), reducing the burden of non-communicable diseases, promoting healthy behaviours, and mitigating the detrimental effects of climate change. However, our immediate future requires that we first address the impacts of international workforce and economic disruptions, ensuring the stability of ICN and assisting our members to do the same. I look forward to working closely with the new Board of Directors, the ICN CEO and his staff to strengthen ICN over the next four years.”

Representatives from 113 of ICN’s member national nursing associations officially registered for the virtual meeting to discuss the issues and challenges they are facing, and to work together to determine the future strategic policies of ICN in its mission to ensure quality nursing care for all, sound health policies globally, the advancement of nursing knowledge, and the presence worldwide of a respected nursing profession and a competent and satisfied nursing workforce.

ICN Board of Directors

The ICN Board of Directors consists of 12 nurses, all of whom, with the exception of the President, are elected on the basis of ICN’s regions.

The newly elected ICN Board for 2021-2025 comprises:

Africa region: Andre Gitembagara (Rwanda Nurses and Midwives Union)

Eastern Mediterranean region: Fatima Al Rifai (Emirates Nursing Association)

European region: Karen Bjøro (Norwegian Nurses Organisation), Yves Mengal (National Federation of Nurses of Belgium) and José Luis Cobos Serrano (General Council of Nursing of Spain)

Americas region: Lisa Little (Canadian Nurses Association) and Nora Eloisa Barahona De Peňate (National Nurses Association of El Salvador)

Southeast Asia region: Nanthaphan Chinlumprasert (Nurses Association of Thailand)

Western Pacific region: Lian-Hua Huang (Taiwan Nurses Association), Megumi Teshima (Japanese Nursing Association) and Alisi Talatoka Vudiniabola (Fiji Nursing Association)

The new ICN Board will take up its responsibilities at the end of the ICN Congress, 2-4 November 2021.