Nurses in Politics: Nigerian Nurse Wins Senatorial Seat

The wave of the media has taken a new turn in the nursing community today with the news of a nurse senator elect (Hassan Nasiha) whose victory came after the shocking zamfara supreme court judgement today.

In an unprecedented judicial pronouncement, Nigeria’s Supreme Court awarded governorship, National Assembly and state Assembly elective posts to the the runner up in to the Zamfara. This is owing to the fact that the 2019 All progressive Party primary election was not properly conducted (court findings) in accordance with the Constitution of the party.



Gusau, who has contested under the platform of the People’s Democratic Party in the 2019 senatorial election lost the election to Aliyu Ikra Bilbis (APC) – Zamfara Central.

Community Health Extension Workers in Nigeria Want to Be Granted Autonomy to Open Clinics

Community Health Extension Workers (CHEW) and Community officers in Lagos State, on Friday advocated a review to the extant Health Service Reform Law 2016, to legally authorise practitioners to own and operate private healthcare clinic.

Members of the CHEW, operating under the aegis of Association of Private Community Health Practitioners, made the proposition at a stakeholders parley organised by the Lagos State House of Assembly Committee on Health Service. Speaking for the group, Mr Wole Jonathan, a licensed Community Health Officer in private practice, argued that most of CHEW members possessed required skills, experience on the job. Jonathan said that community health workers were certified to operate community-based Public Health Care centres as afforded in the national health policy. He said: “We should be allowed to use our certificates and license to own and operate private health care facilities. “We are here on account of the state health reform law which allows other health care providers in the state – nurse, medical laboratory technician, pharmacy technician and others, that were trained by state government owned institutions, to work in government establishments and to use their license if they like to operate in the private sector.

“In the law, we observed that it is only the community health group – community health officers and the community extension health workers – that are not given any opportunity to operate; that was why we petitioned the House of Assembly to look into it.

“So, we are here today to plead that the Lagos Health Service Law be reviewed to allow us to own and operate private clinic and serve as operation officer because we have vital license to that effect.

“We have cited that even the law that affords for Primary Health Care centre, a law of Lagos State, recognize that the community health officer be in charge of government clinic.

“So, if one have the qualification which makes one able to be in charge of PHC, is the same qualification not liable to operate private clinic effectively?”

Also speaking, Dr Lateef Lawal, the Permanent Secretary, Primary Health Care Board, however, asked the body to rather go through their regulatory body and pressurise them for the desired inclusion to be effected at the National Assembly.

He said that this would make their demand seamlessly adhered to at the state level. “There are no fears, the only reason for the agitation is because we have unemployment in the market and that is affecting everybody.

“If the government is able to absorb all the community health officers, there won’t be any call for this; they have their members who are out and unemployed who have to be catered for, so they have to think out of the box and say how can we actualise this?

“Our position is that we cannot be singing different tunes, we have the national body, the Federal Government, National Council of Health; they need to harmonize all the contending issues and it becomes a national act.

“If you have any opinion at all, it is easier to go to that council, argue your case out, they look at the merits and once it becomes a national law, it becomes easier for people like me to say okay this is the standard.

“Then we key into it, or else we would have a snowball effect where they will be agitating repeatedly,” he said. Lawal called for increased funding to the health sector from the national budget as a way out of the unemployment problem. “Nigeria is a signatory to the 2015 declaration, which makes it mandatory that 15 per cent of our national budget should be dedicated for health, but as at now the maximum you can probably get is between five and eight per cent. “We say that health is wealth, education is also important, you can’t joke with the two, they may look intangible but they form the bedrock of any progress in the every society.

According to Mrs Abiola Idowu, Acting Executive Secretary of Health Facilities Monitoring and Accreditation Agency (HEFAMAA), the bone of contention was not the issue of ownership but operation.

Idowu said that care givers needed to be equipped with standard practice because of the importance attached to the life saving business. “Currently, the law recognises their (CHEW) practice under the standing order under the auspices of a supervising physician that is what gives them the authority to use that order.

“Their cadre (community health practitioners) is not recognized under the health sector reform law of 2006 which establishes HEFAMAA, to operate centres.

“Each cadre is trained for specific purposes, doctors, nurses respectively, while the community health practitioners are trained to act as a linkage between the community and the health facilities.

“For them now to say they want to operate a facility, I don’t think their training qualifies them for that.

“We are saying they cannot work alone without supervision. We agree that they can work in private establishment due to dearth of nurses. “Anyone can own a health facility but to run it we have a minimum standard in terms of basic amenities necessary to provide health care services,” she said. Olusola Sokunle, Chairman, House Committee on Health, who summoned the stakeholders to the meeting, said that it was premised on a petition the group wrote to the Assembly for prompt intervention. Sokunle and another member of the committee, Mr Noheem Adams, informed the stakeholders that the House would look at the matter critically and get back to the concerned group.

72 World Health Assembly Empowers Community Health Workers

Member States at the World Health Assembly today agreed three resolutions on universal health coverage (UHC). They focus on: primary healthcare, the role of community health workers, and the September UN General Assembly high-level meeting on UHC.


Primary health care towards universal health coverage
The first resolution urges Member States to take measures to implement the Declaration of Astana, adopted at the 2018 Global Conference on Primary Health Care.
It recognizes the key role strong primary health care plays in ensuring countries can provide the full range of health services a person needs throughout their life – be it disease prevention or treatment, rehabilitation or palliative care. Primary health care means countries must have quality, integrated health systems, empowered individuals and communities, and that they must involve a wide range of sectors in addressing social, economic, and environmental determinants of health.


The resolution calls on the WHO secretariat to increase its support to Member States in this area. WHO is also required to finalize its Primary Health Care Operational Framework in time for next year’s World Health Assembly. WHO and other stakeholders are tasked with supporting countries in implementing the Declaration of Astana and mobilizing resources to build strong and sustainable primary health care.


Community health workers delivering primary health care
The second resolution recognizes the contribution made by community health workers to achieving universal health coverage, responding to health emergencies, and promoting healthier populations. It urges countries and partners to use WHO’s guideline on health policy and system support to optimize community health worker programme, and to allocate adequate resources. At the same time, the WHO Secretariat is requested to collect and evaluate data, monitor implementation of the guideline, and provide support to Member States.


Community health workers have a key role to play in delivering primary health care – they speak local languages and have the trust of local people. They need to be well trained, effectively supervised, and properly recognized for the work they do, as part of multi-disciplinary teams. Investing in community healthworkers generates important employment opportunities, especially for women.


Universal health coverage high-level meeting


The final UHC resolution endorsed by Member States supports preparation for the UN General Assembly high-level meeting on universal health coverage in September 2019. The resolution calls on Member States to accelerate progress towards universal health coverage with a focus on poor, vulnerable and marginalized individuals and groups. The UN high-level meeting will call for the involvement of governments in coordinating the work required across all sectors to achieve universal health coverage. Member States identified key priorities such as health financing, building sustainable and resilient people-centred health systems, and strengthening health workforces. They also emphasized the importance of investing in and strengthening primary health care.

Triple Win 2019: Germany Hiring Nurses, Application Opens

Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) announces that they are looking for 350 nurses for deployment in Germany under government to government arrangement.


In a recruitment specification form posted online, POEA stated that the International Placement Service of the German Federal Employment Agency (ZAV/BA) is in urgent need of qualified applicants for the position/s stated below:

350 NURSES

 Intensive Care Unit

 Geriatric Care/Nursing Home/Elderly Care

* General Ward

 Medical and Surgery Ward

 Operating Room

 Neurology, Orthopedics and related fields

*Please note that nursing homes in Germany are inpatient facilities, where geriatric nurses deal with older people in need for help with different health conditions

Qualifications

 Filipino citizen and permanent resident of the Philippines

 Bachelor of Science in Nursing

 Active Philippine Nursing License

 At least two (2) years related professional experience (bedside) in hospitals, rehabilitation centers and/or care institutions

 Applicants must have German language proficiency or willing to undergo German language training in the Philippines to attain Level B1 (to be paid by the employer)

 and MUST be able to attend the language class in August and September 2019; or with B1 or B2 Language Proficiency Level in accordance with Common European Framework of Reference for Languages


Salary and Benefits

Salary: Successful candidates shall have a starting monthly salary of 2,000 Euros (gross) which will be increased to 2,400 Euros (gross) after recognition as a qualified nurse.


Travel Expenses: The employer will pay the visa and airfare from the Philippines to Germany.


Board and Lodging: The employer will assist the employee in finding a suitable accommodation. The selected nurse will bear the expenses in full or in part of the board and lodging.


Qualified Applicants should register online at www.poea.gov.ph or eservices.poea.gov.ph/Home and personally submit the following documents at the Manpower Registry Division, Window S or T, Ground Floor, Blas F. Ople Bldg. (formerly POEA Bldg.), Ortigas Avenue corner EDSA, Mandaluyong City (fastened in a folder and properly labeled with RSF No. 190008, Applicant’s Name, Position Applied For, Country of Destination, PEOS Online Number and E-Registration Number):
For Registration:Cover letter and curriculum vitae with colored passport size pictureNursing Diploma (notarized copy)Board Certificate and copy of license from the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC)Certificates of employment in related field (previous and current) (notarized copy)Attendance and/or level certificate for German language, if availableValid Passport copy (at least 6 months valid upon submission of application)
Applicants are required to present their original documents for authentication of written information before forwarding the résumé to the employer.

Deadline of submission of applications: June 7, 2019.

School of Nursing (ATBUTH) Bauchi 2019/2020 Admission Form on Sale

Applications are here by invited from suitably qualified candidate for admission into basic nursing programme 2019/2020 academic session.

Interested applicant should come to the school and obtain application form on payment of application fee of five thousand (N5000) naira only into TSA pay point of ATBUTH, Bauchi.

The application forms will be available with effect from 3rd June -12th July 2019.

All completed form should be returned to school on or before 12/07/2019.

REQUIREMENT

Candidate must have five (5) credits in English, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics in NECO, WAEC, and NABTEB. In not more than two sittings. NABTEB can only be combine with NABTEB. Entrance exam will be conducted on Saturday 13th July 2019.

Successful candidate will be invited for interview on 19th August, 2019.

The Entrance exam and the interview will be conducted at School of Nursing ATBUTH, Bauchi.

Signed: Management

Dismissed Nurses: Zambia Nursing President Sue for Calm

ZUNO President Thom Yung’ana has called on the dismissed nurses and midwives around the country to remain calm as the union continues to engage government on the possibility of having them reinstated.

Mr Yung’ana disclosed that the union has so far held meetings with various government authorities that include, the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Labour and Public Service Management Division in addition to the Secretary to Cabinet with the Zambia Congress of Trade Unions, to which ZUNO is affiliated.

Further, ZUNO has written to the Head of State His Excellency Mr Michael Chilufya Sata to convey an apology from the affected nurses for engaging in a work stoppage without following the laid down procedures.

Mr Yung’ana has also counselled the members to always heed the union’s advice every time they were in doubt about Industrial Relations issues.

Thom Yung’ana was a very active zuno president, I hear this time around there is a lady. Yung’ana and the team advocated for 100% salary increment,not ma 4% .

Forum of Heads of Nursing and Midwifery institutions in Nigeria Invitation to the 17th Annual Scientific Conference Kwara 2019

On behalf of the Executives and members of forum of Heads of Nursing Institutions in Nigeria (FOHNIN), I wish to invite you to its 17th Annual Scientific Conference Scheduled to take place in Ilorin Kwara State.

The theme of the conference is “Technological Innovation in Health Care: Implications for Nursing Education and Practice”.

Please find details of the conference below:

Arrival Date: 25th August, 2019 Conference Proceedings 26th – 30th August, 2019

Departure: 31st August, 2019

Venue: Kwara State Banquet Hall Ilorin

Time: 9:00am Registration Fee: (40,000.00) Forty Thousand Naira Only – covers conference materials, break fast, lunch and annual dues.

School Registration: (10,000.00) Ten Thousand Naira Only

Liberian Nursing and Midwifery Board Understudy Ghana

A delegation from the Liberian Board for Nursing & Midwifery have come to understudy Nurses and Midwifery Council of Ghana as its education and practice seem to be earning a global recognition.

The delegation is led by Mr Humphrey Gibbs Loweal, the Chairman of the Governing Board of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Liberia and accompanied by Mrs Cecelia Chuchu Kpangbala-Flomo, the Registrar of the Board, Mrs Dedeh Helen Flomo Jones, the Chairman of Item Construction and Mrs. Darboi Garmi Korkoyah, the Monitoring and Evaluation Director.

The objective of the weeklong visit is to afford them an opportunity to understudy the operations of the Council in respect of the conduct of the online licensing examination, registration, general operations and how to deal with complaints and enquiries among others.

The delegation paid a courtesy call on the Netherlands High Commissioner to Ghana Mr Ron Strikker to commend him and his government on the support to the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Ghana to strengthen its capacity in the conduct of online licensing examination for nurses and midwives.

Mr Loweal said Liberia had developed plans to improve its regulation towards widening its existing nursing and midwifery regulation, which was enacted in 1948.

He said the Board, through comprehensive research, found that Ghana has one of the good regulations of nursing and midwifery training, education and practice, which resulted in a decision to pay a visit rather than read the regulations on the website. He said the Board hence, constituted a team to come and get the experience of Ghana, adding that the team was going to learn from Ghana’s challenge in order not to repeat them to achieve a near perfect nursing and midwifery training, education and practice for Liberia.

Mr Loweal said that the visit had accorded them the opportunity to appreciate the need to always engage and sensitise stakeholders, especially the media to educate and assure the Liberians that their work was purpose driven to ensure quality, accessibility and their safety, which Ghana, according to them had been able to implement to the latter.

On her part, the Chairperson of the 14th Governing Board of the Council, Reverend Veronica Mina Darko, said the Liberian delegation was not the first to have come to learn from the Council and described their visits as very refreshing.

“We should all be proud of ourselves to learn that an international regulatory authority, has chosen to come to Ghana to understudy Nursing and Midwifery Council and this is the second time this year that they are coming,” she said.

Mr Felix Nyante, the Registrar of the Council, said previous collaborations by the Council, other countries and agencies across the globe coupled with its stringent regulation and the introduction of the online licensing examination among other innovative services had made the Council gain tremendous recognition.

The Registrar said the Council is in the process of ensuring that about 90 per cent of its services, including registration, renewal of license, and continuous professional development among others are digitised by the end of this year. He continued said the Council would continue to provide professional support to countries who would want to strengthen their nursing and midwifery regulation.

Mr. Nyante said that the regulatory visit would help the Liberian government set up an effective regulatory framework for nursing and midwifery professionals.

The Liberian Board for Nursing & Midwifery was established in 1949 under the Nurse Practice Act of 1948. In 1952, the Board began licensing practicing nurses and midwives who were admitted to the Board as auxiliary members.

In 1958, the Liberian Council of Midwives was established to assist with the implementation of the Board’s functions. The Council was merged into the Liberian Board for Nursing & Midwifery in 1975. Source: ghana web

UCH Ibadan 2019/2020 School of Nursing Admission Form on Sale

UCH School of Nursing Admission Form 2019/2020 is Out

The University College Hospital, Ibadan (UCH) School of Nursing admission form for 2019/2020 is out.

The UCH admission form is for October 2019 admission into the School of Nursing.

All members of the public, especially those interested ingesting admission into the Nursing School are hereby informed.

Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for 2019/2020 admission into the School of Nursing, UCH, Ibadan.

Only the candidates who have met the requirements for admission will be considered for admission.

UCH School of Nursing Admission Form What Is The Course Duration?

This UCH School of Nursing course is for a period of three years, after which candidates will be presented for both the School and the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria Final Examination to qualify as Registered Nurses (RN).

UCH School of Nursing Admission Requirements for 2019/2020

Interested candidates who intent to apply for the UCH Ibadan school of nursing should be of age 17 ½ years and above, and possess the West African Senior Secondary School Certificate or its equivalent with credit in at least 5 subjects which must include English Language, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics. Only individuals with required credit passes at not more than two sittings from the same examination body may apply.

How To Apply For UCH, Ibadan School of Nursing 2019/2020

Admission Application form is available beginning from Monday 15th April, 2019 through the UCH SCHOOLS’ PORTAL at website https://portal.uch-ibadan.org.ng. Interested individuals are to do the following; Make a payment of a non-refundable fee of Seven Thousand, Five Hundred Naira (N7,500.00) only through any commercial bank into University College Hospital, Ibadan T.S.A. Account- School of Nursing. Teller to be changed to receipt at UCH Accounts Department.

Make a payment of Two Hundred Naira (N200.00) only into Oyo State Nursing & Midwifery Committee Account, First Bank Plc. 2019704292 Present both the UCH receipt and First Bank teller for the payment of N200.00 at Room 6, School of Nursing to collect PIN (Personal Identification Number) for login and online application submission. Go to the portal on https://portal.uch-ibadan.org.ng, download the Applicants’ User Guide and enter your PIN (Personal Identification Number) to login and create your account.

Follow instructions on the Applicants’ User Guide to input your data and submit your application online. Print 2 copies of your form and Photo card and submit for authentication at Room 6, School of Nursing No application letter is required.

Application Closing Date for 2019 Completed application forms for UCH School of Nursing Course must reach the Principal of this School has NOT been stated.

(i) Applicants shall be notified of the date, venue and time for Computer Based (CBT) Entrance Examination through their e-mail addresses and text messages

(ii) Only candidates with authenticated (stamped and signed) Photo cards shall be allowed into examination venue.

(iii) Only candidates who attain acceptable standard at the examination shall be invited for interview or considered for selection following interview.

UCH Nursing Entrance Examination Date 2019

The General Entrance Examination Committee of the Hospital will conduct the entrance examination on a future date.

Only candidates who attain acceptable standard at the examination will be considered for selection following an interview. We will update you on this. We wish all candidates who are taking part in the UCH Ibadan entrance examination for the school of nursing admission the very best in their test.

Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospitals 2019/2020 Perioperative Nursing Form on Sale

Applications are hereby invited from suitably qualified candidates for admission into the following Nursing Programmes of the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospitals Complex, Ile-Ife:

POST BASIC PERIOPERATIVE NURSING

This is a twelve-month programme commencing in November, 2019

Requirements

Applicants must: Possess credits in English Language, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology in not more than two (2) sittings. Possess Registration with Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria as a Registered Nurse.

Method of Application

Application forms are obtainable from the office of the Co-ordinator, School of Perioperative Nursing, OAUTHC, Ile-Ife on payment of Eight Thousand Naira (N8,000.00) only. PAYABLE VIA REMITA AT POLARIS BANK BRANCH IN OAUTHC, ILE-IFE Passport Photograph Two recent identical passport photographs should be attached to the application form

Closing Date

Completed application forms with photocopies of relevant credentials should be returned to the office of the Co-ordinator, School of Perioperative Nursing on or before Friday 17th May, 2019.

Test and Selection Interview

Written Test: Tuesday 21st May, 2019 Oral Interview: Wednesday 22nd and Thursday 23rd May, 2019. WARNING TO PROSPECTIVE APPLICANTS The approved guidelines to purchase admission forms are as specified in this advertisement. Prospective applicants are hereby warned that no individual or agent has been appointed to sell admission forms on behalf of the schools. Also, admission forms are not available for sale online. Any applicant who acts outside the approved guidelines stated in this advertisement does so at his/her own risk.

Bola Alejo (Mrs.) Director of Administration and Secretary to the Management Board