West African College of Nursing Call for Abstracts 2019

West African College of Nursing 15th Biennial General Meeting, 24th Scientific Session and 38th Council Meeting, March, 2019 – Freetown, Sierra Leone

The West African College of Nursing (WACN) will hold its 15th Biennial General Meeting, 24th Scientific Session and 38th Council meeting in March 2019 in Freetown, Sierra Leone. The international programme will offer nurses, midwives, other healthcare professionals and the general public an opportunity to come together to discuss community and health workforce responses to current health issues.

The WACN cordially invites submission of abstracts that explore the theme and sub-themes for the programme in the area of nursing and midwifery research, education and practice; community health, and other relevant health domains to be considered for presentation at the 2019 scientific session. Papers may be presented in the symposium, oral/podium, or poster sessions.

The Sierra Leone Chapter of the West African College of Nursing will be hosting the 15th Biennial General Meeting and 24th Scientific sessions in March 2019 with the theme as “Health service Partnership’’: The Role of Nurse and Midwife in Building Global Health Security”.

THEME FOR WACN BGM 2019: “Health service Partnership: The Role of Nurses and Midwives in Building Global Health Security.”


1. Overview of Health Service Partnership

2. Inter-professional Global Health Competencies

3. Interconnectedness of health professions (e.g. medicine, public health, nursing)

4. Interconnectedness of global health systems, including structural inequities

5. Trends in Global Health Security

6. Cross-cultural communication

7. National Policies on Nursing/Midwifery in Global Health Security

8. Strategies for reduction/eradication of epidemic /pandemic through Health Service Partnership

9. Capacity building of Nurses/Midwives in Epidemic /pandemic preparedness, response and resilience to minimize vulnerability of the population.

10. Investing in Midwives Programmes: The Sierra Leone Situation

Submission Details

Deadline for submission of abstracts is 2PM on 7th December Friday, 2019.

No extension will be granted. Late submissions will not be considered.

All abstracts, font Arial 12, not exceeding 300 words, should be submitted as attachment in word document and sent to the following.

WACN’s online abstract submission site:

Dr. Joan H. Shepherd joanheev@yahoo.com

Executive Secretary, WACN: www.wacn-online.com /westafricancollegeofnursing@gmail.com

The author’s name, qualifications, email and address should be written in Arial 10.

All authors with accepted abstracts MUST register for the programme before 30th January, 2019.

For abstracts with multiple authors, the presenting author’s name should be highlighted.

Multiple author abstracts will only be accepted if at least one of the authors is registered and present at the conference.

Abstract Selection and Notification

The Programme Committee will meet mid-December 2019 to peer review and select abstracts that meet the requirements. Selected abstracts shall be confirmed by email. For each accepted symposium, oral/podium, and poster abstract, the Programme Committee will assign the time and date of presentation on the conference schedule. The Committee reserves the right to accept abstracts as symposium, oral/podium or poster presentations. The presentation schedule will be available to presenters via email by January 15th, 2019.

Only the presenting authors will be communicated.

Conference Registration


Any substituting author, other than the primary author must register for the conference and pay the applicable fee.

The 15th BGM, 24rd Scientific Session and 39th Council meeting registration form will be available on WACN’s website (www.wacn-online.com) by November 12th, 2018. All other information regarding the programme, including the schedule will be available on the website in due course.


Oral/Podium: Each abstract for oral/podium session is allotted 10 minutes for presentation, with 5 minutes for audience questions. Oral/podium presenters are expected to attend the entire session in which their paper is featured.


ABSTRACT SUBMISSION OPENS 2PM on 7th December Friday, 2018. Click here to access the 2018 online abstract submission forms.


Exhibitors are also invited and should contact the Executive Secretary by email on westafricancollegeofnursing@gmail.com and Chairman WACN Sierra Leone for discussion and registration.

LUTH School of Dental Nursing 2019/2020 Admission Form on Sale

Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for admission into School of Basic Dental Nursing for the following programmes:

1. Basic Dental Nursing (2018/2019 Academic Session)
2. Conversion Course for Dental Surgery Assistants.

1. Basic Dental Nursing (2018/2019 Academic Session): –
• Five credits in SSCE/GCE ‘0’ Level in English Language, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry & Physics (Combination of results should not be more than two sittings).

Examination Date: Wednesday, 30th May, 2018

Venue: School of Bask Dental Nursin Lecture Theatre

Time: 9.00am.

• Applicants should bring along pencil, eraser, ruler, pen, original receipt issued by the cashier and certified passport photograph to the examination venue.
• Only candidates who have satisfied the conditions for admission will be called for interview.
• Course Fee: Details will be provided on admission.

2. Conversion Course for Dental Surgery Assistants:
• Dental Surgery Assistants with five credits in SSCE/GCE ‘0’ Level in English Language, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry & Physics (Combination of results should not be at more than two sittings).
• Dental Surgery Assistants (DSAs) who have received 18-24 months Dental Assistant training in accredited institutions with at least 5 years experience. They are to undergo conversion course for two (2) years.
• DSAs in established dental institutions in Nigeria and West African sub region with at least 15 years experience. They are to undergo conversion course for one (1) year.

Application fee is N10,000.00 (Ten thousand naira) only. Payment is by visiting the website: www.remita.net. Click on pay a Federal Government Agency. On name of MDA, type Lagos University Teaching Hospital. Then click on other LUTH Fees. Follow the prompts to generate the ‘RRR’ code. Thereafter, use the ‘RRR’ code to make payment at any Bank of your choice and submit your voucher or receipt to the Finance and Accounts Department, LUTH, where a receipt will be issued in place of the PRINT-OUT.

The forms are to be collected from and returned to the office of the Coordinator, School of Basic Dental Nursing, prefab Old Dental Block, LUTH.

All duly completed forms must be accompanied with the following:
i. Two (2) photocopies of the receipt for the purchase of the form
ii. Photocopy of relevant credentials as indicated on the application form
iii. Email address and mobile telephone number


OET Sample Writing Question and Answer For Nurses

02 December 2018

Dr Jennt Hennessay
Outpatient Clinic
Newtown Hospital

Dear Dr Hannessey,

Re: Carolin Ayuso, Aged 25

Ms Ayuso, who has been suffering from symptoms of paracetamol overdose, is being referred into your care. She has manifested psychological problem; hence, expertise of yours is vital for ongoing treatment.

Ms Ayuso presented in the ER yesterday with pale skin along with various complaints such as headache, excessive sweating and slurring of speech as a result of ingesting 20 pills of paracetamol together with 1 bottle of liquor. Aside from these, she appeared groggy and had 2 episodes of vomiting; thereby, commencement of the following management were instigated: blood tests which included S. paracetamol concentration, hourly monitoring of neurological status and administration of N acetylcysteine.

Today, Ms Ayuso is showing improvement as evidenced by tolerating food which are soft in consistency and liquid diet. Furthermore, reduced vomiting episode has been noted; however, she is still drowsy and paleness of her skin has not been subsided.

It is crucial to know that Ms Ayuso has been showing feeling of unconcern toward her life; therefore, it would be greatly appreciated if you could further investigate and manage her condition as she has no record of mental illness while living with her mother.

Thank you for accepting this case. Should you seek additional information, please do not hesitate to notify me.

Yours sincerely,

Yaman Basheer
ER Nurse

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UK NMC official Announcement on IELTS Changes to 6.5

Change to English language requirements for nurses and midwives get green light


Proposals to change the requirements for overseas nurses and midwives taking the International English Language Test System (IELTS) were given the go-ahead by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) today.

Following the change nurses and midwives will still be required to achieve a minimum overall level of 7 in the test. However, a level 6.5 in writing will be accepted alongside a level 7 in reading, listening and speaking.


The decision follows widespread engagement with key stakeholders, who told the NMC that, despite being able to communicate to a high level in English, many nurses and midwives taking the IELTS test were just missing out on achieving a level 7.


The moderate and proportionate change is in line with the NMC’s commitment to better, safer care and will ensure that only those nurses and midwives with the right skills, knowledge and command of English are able to work in the UK.


The change will take effect from 5 December 2018. IELTS results under two years old that meet the new requirements will be considered by the regulator.


The change is just one part of an extensive review the regulator is undertaking of its international registration processes.

Commencement of NAC/NAP Diploma in Midwifery Ghana

The Nursing and Midwifery Council wishes to inform its cherished stakeholders and the entire public that following the completion of the access course for the Diploma in Midwifery (Top-Up for Post Nurse Assistant Clinical /Nurse Assistant Preventive), the programme has begun.
The 8-week programme is expected to end on January 18th, 2019.
Thank you.

Lagos State College of Nursing Igando 2018/2019 Admission Form on Sale

Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for admission into General Nursing Programme at the Lagos State College of Nursing, Igando Alimosho LGA Lagos. The programme will commence in November 2018.

Age Range:
Candidate must not be less than 18 years

Duration of Training
3 years

Method of Application

Application forms are obtainable at the Lagos State College of Nursing, Midwifery and Public Health Nursing, LASU-Isheri Road, Igando ( Within the premises of Alimosho General Hospital) from Thursday September 13th, 2018 upon payment of Five thousand naira into the Skye Bank Account of the Lagos State Government Account No: 4030010449 Revenue Code: 4040040, Ministry Code: 4320000.

Each Candidate is required to produce a Bank Teller Receipt indicating payment at the point of collection of forms in the school.

Submission and closing date

Completed application forms and photocopies of relevant documents (Birth certificate, Testimonial and WASCCE/NECO etc) are to be submitted to the Lagos State College of Nursing, Midwifery and Public Health Nursing Igando on or before Friday 28th September 2018 by 2pm.


Entrance Examination comes up on Saturday 6th October 2018 at the Lagos State College of Nursing, Midwifery and Public Health Nursing premises by 9am. Examination questions will cover English Language, Mathematics, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, General Knowledge, Current Affairs and Introduction to Nursing


Please note that only successful candidates will be shortlisted for interview

First year fee of two hundred and thirty thousand naira ( 230,000 ) which includes accommodation is to be aid before resumption and receipt brought along on resumption

Note that this advert disclaims all other calls for application into Lagos State College of Nursing, Midwifery and Public Health, Igando Lagos.

For more information please call 08033061863

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Keys to Improving Nurse-Patient Communication Two RNs provide three strategies for enriching these interactions

Effective communication is one of the foundations of good nursing care. The honest forms of nurse-patient communication include verbal and non-verbal communication (e.g., body language, facial expression, gestures, and distance between you and your patients). Effective nurse-patient communication can improve quality of care and clinical outcomes, and lead to a relationship that enhances patient satisfaction. However, effective nurse-patient communication is the biggest challenge for nurses and requires much more than experience and skills.

Here are three principles you should follow to help improve your communication skills with patients.

1. Always Put the Patient First

Putting patients first takes a shift of mind. Start your conversation by taking the time to introduce yourself and tell them how you are going to take care of them. Smile and use a calm and welcoming voice. Provide comfort when patients need to be comforted. Always show respect to your patients. Understanding who the patients are as individuals will help the nurse connect with them and will make them feel more comfortable while receiving care and treatment. These approaches can make the patients feel really cared for and can improve relationships.

2. Practice Active Listening

Active listening is an important part of communication and requires listening for the content, intent, and feeling of the speaker. Active listening involves paying attention to what the patients say and allowing them to finish without judgment and interruption. Paraphrasing or echoing back to them what they have just said, and maintaining eye contact are also key elements of active listening. Lastly, pay attention to non-verbal clues, such as the patient’s facial expression, gestures, and eye contact. These skills can improve patient satisfaction and build trust over time.

3. Talk with Heart

Communicating with patients requires ample time. Honesty and frankness are important parts of effective communication between nurses and patients. To achieve effective nurse-patient communication, nurses need to have a sincere intention to understand what concerns their patients have and show them kindness and courtesy. Acknowledge the patients’ attitudes and tune into their feelings. Always ask open-ended questions, speak slowly, and use simpler, non-medical language. If the patient has difficulty understanding the information, you need to clarify or modify the information or instructions until the patient gets it. You may consider using written materials such as handouts, notes, or pictures to demonstrate what you are saying.

Nuananong Seal, PhD, RN, is a nurse researcher and a consultant for health promotion and health prevention research. Mary Wiske, RN, is a retired community health nurse. This story was originally published by Minority Nurse, a trusted source for nursing news and information and a portal for the latest jobs, scholarships, and books from Springer Publishing Company.

NMCN Research Workshop for Nurses and Midwives in Nigeria New Date

Dear Sir/Madam,
The Board of Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria at its 42nd General meeting held in Abuja 30th October to 2nd November, 2017 observed that Nurses and Midwives in Nigeria though have access on a daily basis to enormous health related data have not done enough in carrying out research studies and dissemination of research findings. The Board at the above meeting mandated that to improve research and research utilization in healthcare, research workshop should be organized for Nurses and Midwives in Nigeria. The theme of this workshop is ‘Scientific Research: A Tool for Developing Nursing in Nigeria’. The main aim of this workshop is to sharpen the knowledge and skills of nurses and to sensitize them on the value of engaging in research studies for the promotion of excellence in the profession and healthcare delivery.
The above workshop which could not hold as earlier proposed has been rescheduled to be implemented in Abuja centre as follows:
1. Abuja 
Venue: Hotel De Bendy Plot 892 Ngozi Okonjo Iweala, Utako District, Abuja
Date of Arrival: 8th October, 2018
Workshop: 9th – 11th October, 2018
Departure: 12th October, 2018
The registration fee for the above workshop is thirty-five thousand naira (N35,000.00) only.
In view of the above, the Council implores employers of Nurses and Midwives to please encourage and sponsor at least three (3) Nurses and Midwives to participate in the above workshop.
Those who wish to sponsor themselves should be given all the necessary support too.
All intending applicants are to log on to the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria website: www.nmcn.gov.ng to register for the workshop. Please note that remita payment details are required for the online registration. The registration site for each centre shall be closed when the expected numbers of participants have registered.
It is the hope of the Council that the above programme will strengthen the participation of Nurses and Midwives in research as well as promote evidence-based practice in healthcare delivery in Nigeria.
Thank you for your usual cooperation and support towards the promotion and maintenance of excellence in Nursing and Midwifery education and practice.
Alh. Faruk Umar Abubakar