USCIS Approves Josef Silny Application to Issue Visascreen Certificate

Josef Silny has been given the go ahead to issue Visascreen certificate. The approval was posted 2 days ago on Federal Register by USCIS. Below is the approval:


Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.




The Department of Homeland Security (“DHS” or “the Department”), U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), is issuing this document to inform the public of the approval of a new credentialing organization for certain health care workers for certain immigration purposes.


USCIS approved the application from Josef Silny Associates, Inc. on July 22, 2021.


Charles L. Nimick, Chief, Business and Foreign Workers Division, Office of Policy and Strategy, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of Homeland Security, 5900 Capital Gateway Drive, Camp Springs, MD 20746; or by phone at 240-721-3000 (this is not a toll-free number). Individuals with hearing or speech impairments may access the telephone number above via TTY by calling the toll-free Federal Information Relay Service at 1-877-889-5627 (TTY/TDD).


Sections 212(a)(5)(C) and 212(r) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (the Act), 8 U.S.C. 1182(a)(5)(C) and (r), as well as the DHS regulations at 8 CFR 214.1(i) and (j) and 212.15(a) and (n)(3) require that an individual who seeks admission to the United States as a nonimmigrant or immigrant, or who is the beneficiary of a change of status petition, or who is applying for adjustment of status, in the United States for the purpose of performing labor in certain health care occupations is inadmissible unless he or she presents a certificate from an authorized credentialing organization. DHS regulations at 8 CFR 212.15(e)(1) through (3) expressly authorize the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS), the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT), and the Foreign Credentialing Commission on Physical Therapy (FCCPT) to issue such certificates. DHS regulations also establish detailed standards for the approval of additional credentialing organizations after consultation with the Secretary of Health and Human Services, and USCIS has created an adjudicatory framework for the filing and adjudication of those applications, using Form I-905, Application for Authorization to Issue Certification for Health Care Workers.8 CFR 212.15(j) and (k). The regulations also provide for periodic review and, if necessary, termination of credentialing organizations. 8 CFR 212.15(l) and (m). Finally, the regulations direct DHS to notify the public of the approval of additional credentialing organizations by publishing notices in the Federal Register8 CFR 212.15(e) and (h).

On July 22, 2021, USCIS, following consultation with the Secretary of Health and Human Services, approved the application from Josef Silny Associates, Inc., as an organization authorized to issue certificates and certified statements under sections 212(a)(5)(C) and 212(r) of the Act, 8 U.S.C. 1182(a)(5)(C) and (r), for individuals seeking to enter the United States for the primary purpose of working as a nurse. This notice is being provided in accordance with 8 CFR 212.15(e) and (h). Further guidance on certificates for health care workers is available at​working-in-the-united-states/​temporary-workers/​health-care-worker-certification.

Tracy L. Renaud,

Acting Director.

[FR Doc. 2021-16181 Filed 7-28-21; 8:45 am]

Sir David Alexander Warren Appointed Nursing and Midwifery Council Chair

Sir David Warren has today (Monday 21 June) been appointed as Chair of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). This follows the departure of Philip Graf who stepped down in December due to ill health. Sir David takes over from Acting Chair, Karen Cox.

As Chair, Sir David will lead the NMC’s governing Council in realising our vision – of safe, effective and kind nursing and midwifery that improves everyone’s health and wellbeing – and working collaboratively with the Executive Team on our key priorities. These include reducing our fitness to practice caseload, delivering new post registration standards and working with Government to deliver better, safer regulation across the UK.

Sir David was previously British Ambassador to Japan from 2008 to 2012, after a career in the British Diplomatic Service focused on East Asian affairs, and a period on the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s Board of Management (2004 to 2007). He was Chair of the Council at the University of Kent from 2014 to 2020, and is a non-executive Director of Aberdeen Japan Investment Trust.

In 2012, Sir David was made Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George.

Commenting on his appointment, Sir David Warren, Chair of the NMC’s Council, said:

“I’m delighted to have been appointed Chair of the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

“In recent times, nursing and midwifery professionals have inspired people across the UK with their hard work and determination. I’m looking forward to being part of the NMC’s journey, transforming what we do, how we do it and supporting professionals to deliver high quality care for those who need it.

“I’m particularly excited about working with our partners in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Together we can better understand how we can continue to improve the way we regulate and protect the public.”

Andrea Sutcliffe CBE, Chief Executive and Registrar, said:

“I’d like to extend a warm welcome to Sir David as our new Chair. His considerable experience and expertise will help the NMC go from strength to strength in embedding our values and achieving our ambitions of becoming a better, fairer regulator. I’m looking forward to us working together and I know I will benefit from his wise counsel and advice.

“On behalf of everyone, I’d like to say a huge thank you to Karen. She has been fantastic leading, supporting and challenging us over the past nine months in her role as Acting Chair. And I pay tribute to Philip’s previous excellent leadership and the legacy he left which Sir David will undoubtedly build on.”

Karen Cox, Deputy Chair of the Council, said:

“It’s been a fantastic experience chairing the Council but I’m pleased to hand over the reins and to welcome Sir David into his new role. His experience and dedication to public service will undoubtedly help the NMC as we continue our journey, improving the way we regulate, supporting the public, our professionals and our partners and positively influencing the context for learning and care.”


Borno State College of Nursing and Midwifery Suspends 30 Students for Not Welcoming Buhari

At least 30 students have been suspended by the management of the Borno State College of Nursing and Midwifery for refusing to welcome President Muhammadu Buhari when he visited the state on June 17.

A letter of suspension from the college to one of the students obtained by SaharaReporters showed that they were suspended for one week from June 21 to June 28 over the action.

The letter reads, “You are hereby suspended from the college for one week with effect from today 21st June 2021 for disobedience of executive order to welcome the President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari GCFR, GCON (on the 17th of June 2021).

“You are expected to report back to college on the 28th of June 2021 along with your parent or guardian.”

Speaking to SaharaReporters, a staff member of the school said about 30 students were affected.

“Thirty of the students were suspended, not one. I don’t know when it now became compulsory to go and greet the President in the sun. Even we staff members were forced to go and welcome him,” he said.

SaharaReporters had on June 17 reported that the state governor, Babagana Zulum, paid N350 million to mobilise the crowd for the visit of Buhari to the state.

It had been exposed that the governor considered the spending necessary to ensure that the Nigerian leader was not booed during his official visit to the state on Thursday. 

SaharaReporters had reported that there were fears ahead of the President’s visit that he would be greeted by protesters or booed because of the insecurity in the state. 

“It cost Zulum N350 million to mobilise the crowd they touted as Buhari’s supporters,” a source in Borno State government had told SaharaReporters. 

“When President Buhari visited Lagos last week, they had to fly him over the city in a chopper because of a hostile crowd,” another source had added. 

Governor Zulum had earlier urged residents to show appreciation to President Buhari during his visit.

The governor in a statewide broadcast on Tuesday gave reasons the people of the state should honour the President when he arrived in Maiduguri.

Borno is the epicentre of insurgency war in Nigeria. 

The state has been at the end of incessant deadly attacks by terrorist groups–Boko Haram and the Islamic State West African Province (ISWAP), and many residents have grown frustrated with the Buhari government. 

Ahead of his election in 2015, Buhari promised to defeat Boko Haram but six years into his government, that promise has not been fulfilled.

In February 2020, residents of the state booed the President as his convoy drove in and when it was leaving Maiduguri, Borno State, during a condolence visit.

The residents were heard shouting in Hausa “Bama so, ka samu a kunya.” Meaning “We don’t want you, because you have disappointed us.”

Buhari, during his recent visit to Borno, however, said he was committed to serving Nigerians as a result of the love shown to him.

Changes On How to Book UK NMC Computer Based Test

We are making some small changes to the way CBTs are booked to accommodate the new two part test launching in August.

At the moment when candidates book their CBT, they’re automatically presented with the test they need to take to complete their application. As we move from the current test to the new test, candidates will need to carefully select the right CBT for their application from a drop-down menu.

From tomorrow, candidates booking or rescheduling an existing appointment for the current test will only be able to select a delivery date up to 1 August. Booking for a nursing associate CBT stays the same.

In the coming weeks we’ll be sharing more information about how these changes may affect you, including the launch date for the new ToC.

CBT fees

We’ve met our commitment to keep the fee for sitting both parts of the new CBT at £83, following our earlier fee reductions from £120.  

If candidates are required to re-sit the test, the following test fees will apply:

  • Part A and Part B: £83
  • Part A only: £50
  • Part B only: £70

The fee for the OSCE stays the same at £794, down from £992 in 2019.

You Can Now Book Your Day 2 & Day 8 Covid Testing Package for £170

International arrivals to the United Kingdom who are aged 5 years and above are mandated to purchase the Day 2 and Day 8 COVID Testing package before their arrival. The reference which serves as evidence of purchase must be entered into the Passenger locator form which must be filled within 2 days before your travel. This is in addition to providing a negative COVID result for those who are aged 11years and above.

Many international travellers tend to use only CTM because the direct link to the test provider is located on the passenger locator form. However, many travelllers are not aware that there are cheaper alternatives approved by the UK government to carry out the Day 2 and Day 8 COVID test. You can save as much as £40 by ordering your test package from another service provider rather than paying £210.

Below are the list of providers where you can order Day 2 and Day 8 COVID Testing Kits at a Cheaper rate:


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Now Test, partnered with OncologicaNationwide (England) (0)20 3488 7870£170.00 
Nationwide Pathology Limited, partnered with OncologicaNationwide (England) (0)1858 571 322£175.00 
Latus Health, partnered with OncologicaNationwide (England) (0)844 351 0378£175.00 
001 Doctor UK, partnered with OncologicaNationwide (England) (0)20 8087 2469£170.00 
Expert Medicals, partnered with OncologicaNationwide (England) (0)1274 397 650£190.00 

Free NMC CBT Test For Nurses 2021

Here is a free UK NMC CBT for overseas Nurses practice questions which will come into effect from August 2021. The right answers are bolded

  1. Which of the following describes a quantitative method of research? Choose the correct answer.

Exploring a phenomenon by interviewing participants

Collating people’s views and opinions

Collection of numerical data

Reviewing published research

2. Choose the four themes of NMC’s ‘The Code’. Choose the correct answer.

Prioritise patients, practise within your limits, preserve others, promote wellbeing

Prioritise people, practise effectively, preserve safety, promote professionalism and trust

Prioritise staff, practise safely, preserve wellbeing, promote health

Prioritise yourself, practise with pride, preserve health, promote the NHS

3. When caring for a patient who is Jehovah’s Witness (JW), suffering a severe haemorrhage, what do you consider? Choose the correct answer.

They are not to receive blood or blood products

They are to be cared for by professionals who are JW

They are not to be sedated

They are not to be resuscitated

4. When caring for a patient who does not speak English, how do you obtain information from the patient? Choose the correct answer.

Ask a family member to translate

Use a face-to-face or online translator

Find the information you need from medical notes

Ask the patient to draw pictures

5. When a drug error occurs and the patient has been assessed for any harm, what is the next priority? Choose the correct answer.

Inform the patient of what has happened

Continue your drug round

Continue to administer the next dose

Call the patient’s family

6. The HPV (Human papillomavirus) vaccination prevents which disease? Choose the correct answer.

Cervical cancer

Bowel cancer

Testicular cancer

Ovarian cancer

7. Which of the following professions are specifically trained in smoking cessation? Choose the correct answer.





8. Which of the following diseases is notifiable to Public Health England? Choose the correct answer.



Human papillomavirus

Clostridium difficile

9. Which of the following is a health visitor’s responsibility? Choose the correct answer.

Administering immunisations

Giving emergency first aid and treatment in a crisis

Supporting the physical and emotional growth of a child

Assessing speech and language development

10. What are the common complications of uncontrolled blood sugar levels in diabetic patients? Choose the correct answer.

Renal failure, joint pain, urinary incontinence

Retinopathy, peripheral vascular disease, renal failure

Peripheral vascular disease, irritable bowels, liver failure

Retinopathy, memory loss, joint pain

11. A doctor requests a lactate test to be taken from a very unwell patient. What type of sample is taken? Choose the correct answer.

Blood gas

Urine sample

Stool sample

Full blood count

12. Scale 2 on the NEWS 2 chart is used for which patient group? Choose the correct answer.

Those receiving intravenous therapy

Carbon dioxide retaining patients

Those with a urinary catheter

Those who have been exposed to carbon monoxide

13. Patients with chronic pain conditions are screened for which of the following? Choose the correct answer.

Low mood and depression

Coronary heart disease

Bowel cancer


14. Which of the following groups has the highest rates of suicide? Choose the correct answer.



Elderly over 75

Children under 18

15. A patient presents with a productive cough, low saturations, high respiration rate, raised lactate with NEWS2 of 9. Which of the following does this indicate? Choose the correct answer.

Bowel obstruction

Chest sepsis

Deep vein thrombosis (DVT)

Myocardial infarction

16. Prior to surgery how long are oral fluids withheld? Choose the correct answer.

30 minutes

4 hours

2 hours

6 hours

17. What group of drugs are used in patient-controlled analgesia? Choose the correct answer.




Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory

18. Patients who are put on furosemide are warned of which common side effect? Choose the correct answer.





19. You have a patient who is choking. You have administered 5 back slaps with no success. What is the next step? Choose the correct answer.

Start basic life support

Give 5 abdominal thrusts

Give 5 more back slaps

Monitor the patient

20. You are caring for a patient who has a stoma formation and they are ready for discharge. What advice do you give the patient? Choose the correct answer.

Wait until the bag is full before changing it and clean with soapy water

Use perfumed soaps to aid odour control

Clean with water, trying to keep faecal fluid away from skin to minimise irritation

21. Keep the area moist when changing the bag, advocating the use of oils to help the surrounding skin

What is the responsibility of an occupational therapist? Choose the correct answer.

Supporting people whose health may prevent them from completing their normal activity

Assessing someone’s ability to see

Reviewing and adjusting prescribed medication

Assessing injury or damage in a patient

22. Whose role is it to lobby the government to support nurses and make positive change to the profession and working conditions? Choose the correct answer.

The individual teams of nurses

Nursing unions

Chief executive of the trust

The human resources department

23. What does it mean to ‘performance manage’ an employee? Choose the correct answer.

When a person is promoted

When performance is exceeding the expected level

When someone is being dismissed from their work place

Developing a person to fulfil the expectations of their role

24. When running a ward or unit, which of the following is the priority at the start of the shift? Choose the correct answer.

To give out the breakfasts

Check the staff numbers match patient acuity

Calling and updating family/carers on patients’ conditions

Make sure a doctor is on the ward

25. When supervising a student nurse, when do you deliver feedback? Choose the correct answer.

Feedback is provided by the university so you do not need to deliver this

At the end of the placement

At the midpoint and end of a placement

Continuously throughout the placement

26. What is a ‘whistle blowing policy’? Choose the correct answer.

A policy that guides staff on raising concerns about safety and practice

A government-led policy that advises trusts on care

A policy that helps employers manage staff

A major incident policy

27. When undertaking research, what is the first step? Choose the correct answer.

Applying for ethical approval

Recruiting a team of people to help you

Selecting a topic

Collecting the data

28. What is the main purpose of a root cause analysis? Choose the correct answer.

To ensure that reoccurrence is avoided

To identify who was responsible for the incident  and performance manage them

To provide data of the incident to the Department of Health

To assess if those involved require compensation

29. Who will notify an emergency department that a major external incident has occurred? Choose the correct answer.

The ambulance service lead

The nurse in charge of the department

The hospital press lead

The reception lead

30. When noticing that a colleague is suffering from low mood and depression, what actions should be taken? Choose the correct answer.

Provide support and guide them to wellbeing services

Contact their next of kin and discuss

Inform their manager, without telling the colleague

Refer them to occupational health without discussion

31. What has been implemented to ensure that nurses are fit to care holistically for patients with a variety of  conditions? Choose the correct answer.

New pre-registration education standards

Ensuring students have maths and English GSCE

Preceptorships training

Royal College of Nursing online modules

32. Who is in attendance at a child protection case conference? Choose the correct answer.

Health services only

The team supporting the parent or carer only

All those who are involved with the family from health, education and social services

Social services only

33. What document could help a nurse understand the preferences of a patient with dementia? Choose the correct answer.

A handover sheet

The patient’s drug chart

A ‘This is Me’ document

The most recent discharge summary

34. Who should be notified when attending hospital with a school child aged 8? Choose the correct answer.

School teacher


Local children’s centre

School nurse/public health community nurse team

35. There is a requirement to increase nursing staff on a ward due to an increase in patient demand, what steps are taken? Choose the correct answer.

Reduce the number of patients admitted to the ward

A business case is written to increase nursing staff numbers

Go directly to Human Resources (HR) and ask them to recruit

Ask the team to increase their working hours

36. When failing a student nurse for professional values, what steps are taken before the end of the placement? Choose the correct answer.

Inform your line manager so they can inform the student

Contact the university and get them to inform the student they have failed the placement

A midpoint interview where you are able to give feedback and allow the student to develop an action plan to achieve

No steps required as long as the fail is documented clearly in the assessment document

37. Which of the following is a framework used to identify areas for development? Choose the correct answer.

SWOT analysis

SLOT analysis

SWOL analysis

SNOT analysis

38. According to Rogers’ Theory of Nursing, which of the following are described as ‘core conditions’ to effective communication? Choose the correct answer.

Spiritual understanding, sympathy, congruence

Sympathy, respect, regard

Empathy, respect, honesty

Congruence, empathy, respect

39. Motivational interviewing is best described as… Choose the correct answer to complete the sentence.

a method of assisting people with health behaviour change.

a tool used in peer supervision.

a tool used in appraising staff for development.

a method used to encourage people to adhere to discharge advice.

40. What is the best method of delivering advice to patients with a new diagnosis of a long-term condition? Choose the correct answer.

Advise the patients to look up any questions about the diagnosis on the internet

Ensure there is a range of materials available and present for the patient to take home after the consultation

Information and diagnosis is given by a consultant so questions can be answered effectively

Give all the information all at once

41. ANTT refers to… Choose the correct answer to complete the sentence.

Aseptic Non Transmission Technique.

ANtiseptic Touch Technique.

Aseptic Non Touch Technique.

ANtiseptic Treatment Technique.

42. Which of the following is considered an aerosol generating procedure? Choose the correct answer.

Assisting with oral medication

Blood Transfusions

Performing oral hygiene, teeth brushing

Mechanical ventilation

43. A wheeze is commonly heard on auscultation in which of the following conditions? Choose the correct answer.

Pleural effusion

Pulmonary oedema


Acute asthma

44. Haematemesis refers to what condition? Choose the correct answer.

Blood in the stool

Blood in the sputum

Blood in the urine

Blood in the vomit

45. When caring for patients at the end of life, a family reports that they are concerned that the patient is suffering from dehydration. What action is taken? Choose the correct answer.

Ask the family to encourage oral fluids more regularly

Start measuring the urine output to diagnose dehydration

Ensure subcutaneous fluids are commenced

Advise the family this is a common symptom that is unable to be resolved

46. A person over the age of 70 with a respiratory disease is encouraged to obtain which of the following immunisations? Choose the correct answer.


Meningitis B

Human papillomavirus


47. What medication is given to someone to prevent the long term disabling effects of an acute ischaemic stroke? Choose the correct answer.





48. When discharging an adult with an acute wound, who is the patient referred to for wound care in the community? Choose the correct answer.

The local emergency department

The General Practitioner

Local community hospital

District nursing team

49. Research suggested that the majority of in hospital cardiac arrests were avoidable. This led to the introduction of what? Choose the correct answer.

Sliding scales

Datix reporting

Liverpool Care Pathway

National Early Warning Score

50. A ‘This is Me’ document is implemented to aid in care for which patient group? Choose the correct answer.

Patients undergoing routine surgery

Patients with dementia


Patients with diabetes

Credit: NMC/Pearson

How To Apply for UK Provisional and Permanent Driving Licence for Foreigners

Foreigners who come into the country from overseas might find the process of getting driving licence confusing. In this post I will simplify the process of applying for UK provisional and permanent driving licence for foreigners.

To qualify for a driving licence in the UK, you must be above the legal age of 15years and 9 months and must be a resident in the UK. You must also have a good eyesight and be able to read number plate from 20 meters away.

Method of Application

Step 1: Apply for Provisional Licence

The first step to getting a UK driving licence is to apply for provisional licence through the DVLA website

You will need your address for the last three years, some information on your international passport/British passport so it is important you get that handy, your National Insurance which is on your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) for identity verification purpose and your credit/debit card for the payment of the application fees of £34.

Complete the application and make the payment online. You should receive an acknowledgment after this in your email. In approximately 1-2 weeks, you will receive a letter from DVLA containing a form with instruction on how to complete and submit it. If you are a foreigner, just apply your passport photograph with your name and signature at the back then proceed to the post office to send it to the address on the form. Also sign in the designated space.

You are also required to send your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) together with the application. Your application will not be treated if you don’t send your BRP with the form. It is advisable to get a first-class self-addressed envelope at the post office and include it in the package. This will guarantee the safe return of your BRP. Summarily you will be sending the following to DVLA:

  1. The form sent to you from DVLA with your affixed passport photograph
  2. Your BRP
  3. A self-addressed first-class envelope bought from post office

Next is to patiently wait for the arrival of your temporary license. This should arrive within 2 to 4 weeks; it may take a longer time due to COVID. Your BRP may arrive first or last depending on the type of postage you use on the self-addressed envelope. During the peak of the COVID pandemic Nurses and other keyworkers are sending their forms FAO Lee Jones and getting their provisional license within 1 week. Her address is:

FAO Lee Jones

Head of Vehicle Input Services


Longview Rd



While waiting for your driving license, you can track your application

Frequently asked questions

Is driving license from my home country valid in UK?

Yes, your driving license from your home country is valid for 12 months from the time you entered UK. It must however still be valid throughout the 12 months period. If at any point it becomes inactive/expired then it is no longer accepted in the UK.

I am travelling to UK compulsory to have international is it drivers’ licence?

If you have a drivers’ license duly issued by your country, you don’t need to get international drivers’ licence as your home country license is valid for 12 months in the UK.

Can I drive with my home country’s driving license without any penalty?

Yes, you can drive with your home country’s driving license within 12 months of being in the UK.

What is the list of designated countries that can change their driving license to UK license without writing any exams?

The list of designated countries is: Andorra, Australia, Barbados, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Falkland Islands, Faroe Islands, Gibraltar, Hong Kong, Japan, Monaco, New Zealand, Republic of Korea, Singapore, South Africa, Switzerland and Zimbabwe. To change your license to UK license if you are from any of these countries follow this step:

  1. Order form D1 from the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA).
  2. Send the form, £43 fee and any documents you need (including your driving licence) to the address on the form.
  3. You should get your new licence within 3 weeks.

If you are from South Africa only the newly introduced credit-card style licence is accepted, the old booklet style can no longer be exchanged

You can exchange it up to 5 years after becoming resident, if it has not expired.

Nigeria Considers Bill To Address Exodus of Doctors, Nurses

A bill that would aid the reduction in numbers of Nigerians traveling for medical care and working in overseas hospitals passed second reading in the Senate

Sponsor of the “Federal Medical Centres (Establishment) Bill, 2021”, Senator Aishatu Dahiru Ahmed (APC Adamawa Central), said “an average of 20,000 Nigerians travel to India each year for medical assistance due to the absence of a solid healthcare system at home.”

Senator Ahmed noted that the piece of legislation would also sufficiently address remuneration of the employees of the Medical Centers which in turn would check the exodus of doctors and nurses to other countries.

“Seventy-seven percent of black doctors in the US are Nigerians and there is rarely any top medical institution in the US or Europe where you don’t find Nigerians managing at the top level.

“Hardly a year passes without a major national strike by nurses, doctors, or health consultants. The major reasons for these strikes are poor salaries and lack of government investment in the health sector,” she said.

The lawmaker, however, noted that the absence of a legal framework for the regulation, development and management of Federal Medical Centers to set standards for rendering health services was responsible for hindering the provision of intensive, effective and efficient health care services to the people of Nigeria.

According to her, “this has led to a number of challenges in the health sector including but not limited to under-funding, weak facilities and infrastructure, poor motivation of health workers, low budget, weak accountability, conflicts with the political structure of the states and industrial strikes which has led to inadequacies, shortcomings and weaknesses which hinder effective health care delivery services.”

Contributing to the debate, Senator Yahaya Oloriegbe (APC Kwara Central) said Federal Medical Centres were incapacitated as a result of the absence of legal backing establishing them and insufficient funding.

“We have about twenty-three Federal Medical Centres that were established across the country, but without legal backing.

“The consequence of such is that there are, what I will call policy somersault as regards the operations of these centres.

“You see some of the centres that have enough facilities and manpower to even be termed a Teaching Hospital, but because the legal framework did not state the standard, in terms of infrastructures, manpower and services, they remain like that, and it becomes at the whims and caprices of the policy makers in the Federal Ministry of Health.

“The consequences in terms of funding allocation, Federal Medical Centres receive less fund compared to Teaching Hospitals, the lawmaker said.

On his part, Senator Bala Ibn Na’Allah (APC Kebbi South) said the bill was timely as it seeks “to ensure that all institutions of government are governed by law.”

The bill after scaling Second Reading was referred by the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, to the Committee on Health chaired by Senator Ibrahim Oloriegbe or further legislative work and to report back in four weeks.


NMC CBT and OSCE Changes 2021: New Test of Competence To Start August 2021

Last year we shared our revised plans to implement the new ToC in April 2021 instead of summer 2020 due to the pressures on the health and social care sector from the Covid-19 pandemic.

The current wave of the pandemic continues to cause increasing pressure across the sector and in particular those working on the front line. We understand that asking candidates and employers to prepare for a new test at this time would add to that pressure.

We will therefore introduce the new test on 2 August 2021. Candidates will continue to sit the current ToC until this point.

We want to give you as much time as possible to become familiar with the new content, so we will publish updated resources in March. This will include the revised programme of engagement to prepare candidates, employers and recruiters for the ToC 2021.

You can find the latest information for overseas candidates in our Covid-19 hub and if you have any questions please do contact us at

With best wishes,

Linda Everet

Deputy Director, Professional Regulation

How the test will be changing

The computer-based test (CBT) will be split into two parts – Part A will cover numeracy and Part B will cover nursing or midwifery theory.

The objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) will have 10 stations:

  • Four stations will continue to be linked together around a scenario: the APIE (one station for assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation)
  • Four stations will test skills – two pairs of two skills
  • Two new stations will be introduced – one will assess the candidate’s values and behaviours and the other will assess evidence-based practice.

New OSCE marking criteria – each station will be assessed against assessed against an updated list of relevant criteria.

Updated test content – we’ve worked with clinical partners to review the existing bank of examination materials and develop new material.

Improved candidate support – we’re improving the range and quality of preparation materials for candidates and those who support them.

Trialling new CBT questions

We’re trialling some of the new CBT questions to help us decide the pass mark for the new tests.

Candidates taking the current adult nursing CBT will complete 10 extra questions. These questions will be unscored and will not count towards their CBT result, but this will help us set the pass mark for the new CBT.

We’re grateful for candidates who will be completing the 10 extra questions; we appreciate that it means more questions, however we’re confident that candidates will have enough time.

MCPDP for Nurses 2021: Katsina State MCPDP for Nurses

Another edition of the MCPDP,* organized by Katsina state MCPDP committee

NMCN Certified with 3 Continuous Education Unit (CEU)

The upcoming module is detailed hereunder .



👉. Module : Maternal Nutrition DATE :1st-5th March 2021
TIME* : 8 am to 4 pm daily
VENUE* : School of Nursing Katsina,
REGISTRATION: 20,000 naira payable into
Acct no: Acc no 0005489934, Katsina state MCPDP committee
Bank : access bank PLC Limited slots available.*
For payment, registration and expression of interest for slot reservation, contact this *number( calls, sms, whatsapp)
07061098321 (Note all participants most come with facemask also most observe all covid 19 protocol in line with NCDC and State Covid 19 committee, No cash payment is allowed at any point and time so if you do so it’s at your own risk, thank you.)