Reader/Associate Professor (Nursing Science) Vacancies at Achievers University, Owo

Achievers University, Owo – The Motto of the University is Knowledge, Integrity and Leadership with a very clear vision to be the best University in Africa and indeed one of the best in the world. The mission of the University is to produce a total man, morally sound, properly educated and entrepreneurially oriented, that would be useful to himself and the society.
Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates to fill the academic position below:
Position: Reader/Associate Professor
Location: Owo, Ondo
College: College of Natural and Applied Sciences (CONAS)
Discipline: Nursing Science
Qualifications and Experience
* Applicants should possess Ph.D. in respective discipline and good record of scholarly publications in reputable journals, with relevant years of post-qualification experience in teaching, research and academic administration.
Salary, Allowances and Benefits
* Salary and allowances are as obtainable in Nigerian public universities. However, salary and allowances for this position is negotiable and at enhanced levels above those presently in public universities in Nigeria.
* Successful applicants with Master’s Degrees will be given adequate support in the pursuit of their Ph.D. programmes.
Application Closing Date
7th September, 2018.
Method of Application
Interested and qualified candidates are required to submit Ten (10) copies of their Applications and Curriculum Vitae, including Names of three Referees to:
The Registrar,
Achievers University,
P.M.B. 1030, Owo,
Ondo State.
Alternatively, candidates could send soft copies of their Applications and Curriculum Vitae to:
Note: Applicants should request their referees to forward their reports under confidential cover directly to the above address.
For further information: Contact, +234-813-400-2221 Email:

Opthalmic Nurse Vacancy at a Specialist Hospital – Sigma Consulting Group

Sigma Consulting – Our client, a specialist hospital in Lagos, is currently recruiting suitably qualified candidates to fill the position below:
Position: Opthalmic Nurse
Location: Lagos
Job Requirement
* Applicants must have 3-4 years of experience.
Application Closing Date
19th August, 2018.
How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should submit their Applications to: 
Note: This is for Opthalmic Nurses only please.

Nurse Justina Ejelonu Tells her Story From The Grave

I had lofty dreams of living a fulfilled live and having kids. My fiancée and i had fixed our traditional marriage for October, I was two months pregnant. My name is Justina Ejelonu and this is my story.
I was ecstatic when i secured a job at first consultant hospital in Lagos. On the day i was to resume officially, I was reluctant since i had started experiencing morning sickness. I finally got myself together and resumed on the 21st of July.
In an unfortunate twist of fate, my first patient was a Liberian senior diplomat named Patrick sawyer. A 40 year old man with complaints of fever, headache, extreme weakness and haemorrhagic symptoms. Patrick died on Friday the 25th of July, it took the joint collaboration of the state, federal and international agencies to confirm he died from the Ebola virus (zaire strain). Our hospital was temporarily shut down.
On the 25th of July, i updated my facebook wall and wrote “Friends, thank God for me o. i had a close contact with the first Ebola case in Nigeria..:.Long story cut short, God saved me dearly. join me in thanking God”. The next day i posted this update on my facebook wall “”Friends,up to our uniforms and all linens were burnt off.  We are on surveillance and off work till 11th.
Our samples have long been taken by WHO and so far we have been fine. For me,  kudos to my hospital management because we work professionally with every patient considered risk because that’s the training. Had it been its a hospital where they manage risky patients with ordinary gloves like Government hospitals and some  Janjaweed private hospital..:lol….wahala for dey o. I must also thank Lagos Govt….infact! Even federal govt self….all have been supportive. I’m good and so are the others in the hospital…..”
Dr Adadeveoh and Dr Ohiaeri jointly released a press statement thanking the hospital staff for our diligence and professionalism. What was to follow became a national nightmare!
The anxiety awaiting our test results was heart wrenching, Yes, i checked his vitals, helped him with his food (he was too weak)..i basically touched where his hands touched and that was the only contact. Not directly with his fluids. At a stage, he yanked off his infusion and we had blood everywhere on his bed.. but the ward maids took care of that and changed his linens with great precaution”
Days went by and i began to feel feverish, it persisted at a very high temperature. By the 14th of july, My test result was out. It was positive for Ebola. I was devastated and heartbroken. By then, i had started stooling and vomiting. All of a sudden, I started bleeding per vagina. I cried because i knew i may have lost the pregnancy.
Dennis my fiancée got a cab and we rushed to first consultant. We were refereed to IGH, yaba. In panic, i disembarked the taxi and laid on the floor for over 30 minutes begging for attention and screaming “I was dying”, The bleeding had become profuse.
At the quarantine center, Even when the bleeding subsided, I waited in vain for the doctors to carry out an evacuation. They never came. They insisted that an evacuation was too risky as my viral load was high. I was left at the mercy of God to complications as a result of retained products of conception. If Ebola didnt kill me, sepsis surely would
The stooling and vomiting persisted, I was dehydrated and extremely weak. My abdomen was bloated and my legs swollen. The fever caused excessive diaphoresis and fluid loss. nobody dared touch me, i was left on top of my excretions in soiled and over soaked pampers on soiled beddings, We were quarantined at the mainland hospital yaba where there was no water hence we had not had our bath since the day before, I was hypoxic but no provision of oxygen was made. It seemed we were dumped there to die with little care and separated in two groups with one group in rooms called VIP while myself and some other victims were in the ward.
At some point I had messed myself up, Dennis put his life on the line and looked for water to clean me up, change my pampers and arrange my bedding. I was shivering. I knew the end was near, I didn’t deserve to die in such an undignified manner.
On a Sunday morning, As i lay dying, I understood the reason and purpose for my life, my fears slipped away, I was at peace with my country Nigeria, I forgave sawyer, I didn’t hold any grudge against my colleagues in the medical field who deserted me, I was finally at peace.
I felt God hold me in the hollow of his hands. I went to be with the Lord.
As a proud Nurse, I had paid the ultimate price in service to humanity and my country.

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: 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 

Lassa Fever: No Symptoms in Enugu –Commissioner

The Enugu State Government has said that none of the people under surveillance of the Lassa fever has symptoms of the disease.
The state Commissioner for Health, Dr Fintan Echochin, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria  in Enugu on Thursday.
“The people who had primary and secondary contact with the patient that died of Lassa fever are all under surveillance, we got them through effective contact tracing and active search.
“None of them has come down with symptoms of Lassa fever talk more of testing positive, we are happy that the infection was contained and we have only lost one life.
“Those that had primary contact with the patient, we decided that they should have treatment, we have the drugs free of charge in Enugu state and we have started treating them immediately, in fact nearly all of them have completed the treatment,” he said.
He explained that the state has established a public health unit and emergency operation centre as well as rapid response team with support from the National Centre for Disease Control to contain the disease.
The commissioner said that the state government was willing to train people who wish to know more on environmental health issues, adding that the state health ministry has environmental health unit with well trained staff.
Echochin expressed happiness that the disease was contained without further spread.
By: (NAN)
The Punch News

Evidence Shows Nurses Save Lives, Reduce Costs and Improve Patient Outcomes

The International Council of Nurses (ICN) has released a new position statement on Evidence-based safe nurse staffing which calls for increased investment in safe, effective and needs-based nurse staffing levels in order to improve patient outcomes and create positive practice environments.
“There is clear evidence of the importance of safe nurse staffing in relation to patient safety in all healthcare sectors. Inadequate or insufficient nurse staffing levels increase the risk of care being compromised, adverse events for patients, inferior clinical outcomes, in-patient death in hospitals and poorer patient experience of care,” said Howard Catton, Director of Nursing and Health Policy at ICN. “ICN recognizes that safe staffing is a key priority and major issue of concern for many of our members and the nurses they represent.”
Research shows an increase of one Registered Nurse (RN) per 10 beds is associated with an 11-28% reduction in death 30 days following a stroke and with an 8-12% reduction one year following the stroke. Evidence further demonstrates that hospitals with higher proportions of baccalaureate prepared RNs have better patient outcomes and lower mortality rates.
In addition, inadequate staffing levels can lead to lower job satisfaction, increased levels of stress, staff burnout, a higher inclination to leave and increased staff turnover. This also has resource implications which a number of studies have shown are very significant.
The substitution of healthcare support workers for RNs and the development of new non-RN roles have been implemented in some countries as a possible solution to address a shortage of RNs and to reduce the wage bill. However, research shows that substituting RNs for less qualified cadres of workers may worsen patient outcomes and may not be cost-effective.
“Patient safety and the health of the nursing workforce are two sides of the same coin,” said Catton. “Many nursing associations are concerned that staffing decisions are being driven by financial considerations rather than improved patient outcomes and practice environments. IN order to deliver quality, patient-centred care, there is a real need for positive practice environments with an adequate number of staff, manageable workloads, managerial support, high quality leadership and the ability of nurses to work at their full scope of practice.”
The position statement, which was developed with the input of international experts and in consultation with ICN’s members associations, sets out both principles and key elements of approaches to ensuring safe staffing which is intended to help and support all those involved in determining staffing levels and ensure there is clear nursing leadership on this vital issue.
It calls for:
• establishment and implementation of safe nurse staffing systems based on real-time patient information
• sufficient healthcare funding to deliver needs-based safe nurse staffing
• effective staffing systems based on both patient safety and the health and wellbeing of staff
• public awareness of the impact that safe nurse staffing has on patients, families and communities
• an end to the creation of substitute roles for Registered Nurses
• promotion on nurse staffing research that includes economic analysis
The evidence presented in this new ICN position statement goes hand-in-hand with similar issues raised in two recently released ICN publications: one on nurses’ salaries and the other on retention of nurses. These show that many nurses around the world have experienced a real terms’ fall in their purchasing power over the past 10 years, and that when nurses are enabled and supported to do the job they were trained to, they are less likely to leave the profession.


NANNM/ADM/36/Vol.i/79                                 13th August, 2018




The National President


All NAC Members


All NEC Members


Unit Chairmen /Secretaries












In consonance with Article X 3f (Unit branch elections shall be by general meeting of all members or a simple majority of all the members in a unit branch) and Article xvi, of NANNM constitution, I write to inform you that there shall be an election into various offices as enumerated below at all the Unit Branches of your state Council.




The conduct of Unit election shall strictly be in compliance with the provision of NANNM constitution and the electoral guidelines. The following reports shall be presented during the conference.


(i).The Unit Chairman shall present his/her report titled  “My Stewardship”




(ii) The Unit Secretary shall present a secretariat report titled “The Journey so far”.




(iii) The Unit Treasurer shall also present financial report for the period of four years (October 2014 to October 2018) stating clearly income received and






expenditure   throughout the period of the tenure, preferably in tabular form.




(iv). The Unit Auditors shall present an audited report for the period of the tenure (4 years) highlighting the strength and the weakness of the outgoing executives to the congress in-session.




The financial report presented by the Unit treasurer and the auditor’s report shall be discussed by the  delegates exhaustively, adopted and passed as official document for use and reference by the Association.








  1. Unit Branch Chairman


  1. Unit Branch Vice Chairman


iii.          Unit Branch Treasurer


  1. Unit Branch Financial Secretary


  1. Unit Branch Internal Auditor (1)


  1. Unit Branch Internal Auditor (11)


vii.        Unit Public Relation Officer (PRO)


viii. Unit Branch Secretary








(i).     To be qualified to vote and be voted for, interested candidates must be in good financial standing in the Unit and shall not be in arrears of check-off-dues for more than three (3) months, must have paid all approved levies and other financial obligations of the Association at all the units.




(ii)      Must have been actively and positively involved in the activities of the Association at the Unit levels and beyond for a period not below two years.




(iii)     Must have clean records with proven evidence of such in his/her previous positions in the Association or professional practice area.




(iv)     Must have registered and obtained a valid NANNM membership card and N&MCN practicing license.




(v)      Must have participated in at least not less than four (4) continuing education programme of the Association at either Unit, State or National level or any of the workshops organized by N&MCN or the Nursing Department/Division.




(vi)   Any member that submits membership card or official receipt for membership registration in place of membership card is legible to vote and be voted for.


(vii)  The returning officer shall swear-in the newly elected members after the results have been announced.




Agenda for the Quadrennial Unit General Elections




Ø  Unit Chairman’s account of stewardship


Ø  Unit Secretary’s Report


Ø  Unit Treasurer’s Report


Ø  Unit Financial Report


Ø  Unit Auditor’s Report


Ø  Adoption of the Reports


Ø  Dissolution of the House








Ø  Report of the Screening Committee


Ø  Election of the new Unit Officers


Ø  Any candidate for election that has no opponent and cleared to contest shall score at least above 50% of the total number of delegates in-session to emerged duly elected un-opposed.








Ø  Contestants for the Unit election must be nominated by two financial members of the branch (sponsors) who have met the above requirements.


Ø  Must complete the nomination form for the election.


Ø  Must prepare and submit a brief manifesto.


Ø  Must appear before a screening committee constituted by the current Unit branch officials who will clear or disqualify – candidates for the election.


General Guidelines:




(i).  Elections into offices must be by secret ballot.




(ii)      No officer shall hold two offices (posts) in the Association at the same time either at National, State or Unit level.




(iii)     Voting shall be done by all the financial members of the unit branch and results announced immediately after the counting of votes is concluded.




(iv)        Agents of the candidates shall witness the counting of votes and endorse the score sheet.






All serving Unit Officers wishing to contest for any position, must first handover all properties under his/her care on or before the date of screening for the election.


For the avoidance of any doubt, those who are qualified to re-contest election in line with the provision of NANNM Constitution will not be eligible unless he/she gives an acceptable account of his/her stewardship. Those who are under probe or suspension by their Unit/States  are not eligible to vote or be voted for.




State officials should exercise high degree of transparency and neutrality in handling this sensitive constitutional function as he/she will be held culpable and responsible for any lapses.




Please feel free to seek for clarification where you have doubts.






T.A. Shettima


General Secretary

Women dominate nursing. So why do men still make this much more than them?

Women have always vastly outnumbered men in the nursing profession — by a lot. In fact, today, they make up nearly 90 percent of the industry’s U.S. workforce. So it begs the question: Why do their male counterparts still make so much more than them?

A recent survey of more than 4,500 registered nurses from all 50 states found that male nurses earn an average of $79,688 a year compared to $73,090 for women — a nearly $6,600 pay gap, according to by OnCourse Learning, an online educational resource for nurses throughout the world, which conducted the study.

According to the survey, the wage gap may boil down to the negotiation factor — that men are “more likely to negotiate their salaries” than women. The survey found that while 43 percent of men “most of the time or always negotiate,” only 34 percent of women do so. Research has found this to be the case in professions across the U.S.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, full-time, year-round working women in 2016 earned just 80 percent of what their male counterparts earned, which is similar for full-time working women in New Jersey, who women earned 81 percent of their male counterparts, according to the nonprofit American Association of University Women.

While the overall gender wage gap in the U.S. has narrowed since the 1980s, particularly for women 25 to 34, it nonetheless remains a pervasive issue in professions nationwide, according to a report by Pew Research earlier this year.

And while the survey found that the wage disparity in the U.S. nursing profession is slightly better than the overall national gender pay gap, it nonetheless serves as a daunting example in an industry overwhelmingly made up of women.

There were more than 80,000 registered nurses in New Jersey in 2017, according to the U.S. Department of Labor Statistics, earning a median salary of $82,010 a year. New Jersey also ranks third for states most in need of registered nurses.

Judith Schmidt, CEO of the New Jersey State Nurses Association (NJSA), an organization that advocates for the registered nurses in the state, told NJ Advance Media that she was not surprised by the survey’s findings.

“Entry level salaries are basically the same. However, more men (around 7 to 10 percent of total nursing workforce) go into the higher salaried areas such as administration and entrepreneurial positions,” she said via email. “Female nurses are staying in direct patient care and bedside.”

Dr. Benjamin Evans, president of the New Jersey State Nurses Association, told NJ Advance Media in an email that, in his view, male nurses have tended to seek out more opportunities to advance their education and careers, whereas female nurses have often used the profession as “supplemental support for their families.”

He also said that often nurses are often at a disadvantage when it comes to their pay.

“Salaries and money flow are often set between non-nurse health care administrators, finance officers and human relations officers,” he said. “Nursing’s true cost and revenue has not been vetted well. Frequently, nursing care is lumped in with the daily bed rate in a hospital.”

Millicent Gorham, executive director of the National Black Nurses Association, said in the statement from that “women need to learn to negotiate for everything.”

Susan C. Reinhard, senior vice president and director of AARP’s Public Policy Institute and chief strategist at the Center to Champion Nursing in America, also noted in that statement that research has also linked higher degrees with “more career choices that can lead to better paying jobs.”

In fact, professional certifications, the statement said, is one avenue female nurses can use to narrow the salary gap. According to the survey, men with specialty certifications had a salary of only about $1,250 higher than their female counterparts.

Brent MacWilliams, president of the American Association for Men in Nursing, said in the statement that “traditionally, men have gravitated toward acute care, high-paid specialties and to management/administration, which are all higher paying” and that based on the survey, “it seems clear men are being paid significantly more than women in the profession doing comparable work.”

“I would call on employers to assess their current workforce for gender gaps and raise salaries to create parity,” he added.

Spencer Kent may be reached at

Ghana: Nurses And Doctors Declare Strike At Tamale Hospital

Doctors, Nurses, and Midwives at the Tamale Teaching Hospital (TTH) have laid down their tools to protest the attack on the hospital’s Chief Executive Officer, Dr. David Zaawumya Kolbila by youth groups affiliated to the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP).

The leadership of Ghana Registered Nurses and Midwives Association (GRNMA) Tamale Teaching Hospital branch in a petition copied vowed never to rescind it’s decision until the perpetrators are brought to book.

Among other demands, the leadership demanded an immediate establishment of a permanent police post at the hospital premises.

The leadership referred to previous attacks on former CEOs including Dr. Nsiah Asare, Dr. Tapang, Dr. Kenneth Sagoe and the next former CEO, Dr. Prosper Akambong who was prematurely dismissed following similar agitations in 2017.

The petition demanded that the perpetrators should render an unqualified apology to the Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Kolbila.

It further added that the perpetrators must be immediately arrested and arranged before a law court.

The Spokesperson Mohammed Ibn Issaka said, “As Nurses and Midwives of the hospital, we no longer feel safe working in the hospital in view of what happened on 13/08/18. If the CEO who is the landlord of the hospital could be manhandled in this manner, then we must take serious cover before these lawless persons turn on us.”

Meanwhile, the Regional Security Council (REGSEC) has constituted a five-member Ad-hoc Committee to investigate circumstances that led to the CEO being chased out of office.

The Committee comprising some security heads and health professionals outside the hospital has two weeks to submit its report.

Preliminary investigations indicated that some staff of the TTH instigated the pro-New Patriotic Party (NPP) youth groups to chase away from the office the Chief Executive Officer, Dr. David Kolbila.

Chairman of the Regional Security Council, Salifu Sa-eed said those found culpable would face the full rigors of the law.

He said REGSEC would intensify its surveillance network to forestall such occurrences in future.

He commended the hospital staff for being steadfast during the unpleasant situation.

By: Abdul Karim Naatogmah/

Nurses protect newborn babies during earthquake in China

Nurses at a hospital in China have showed little regard for themselves after whisking newborn infants from their cribs to safety during an earthquake.

Three newborn babies were in the neonatal ward of a hospital in Yuxi City in the nation’s south west Yunnan Province early on Monday morning when the magnitude 5.0 quake hit.

As the walls and floors around them started to shudder, hospital CCTV cameras filmed medical staff rush towards the cribs and quickly, yet carefully, lift the babies into their arms, China Global TV Network reports.

To make sure each child was always properly protected, the babies were carried out one at a time wrapped in spare blankets.

The three nurses could be seen sitting with the infants on steps outside the hospital. They kept cradling the babies in their arms until their parents arrived.

Five people were injured in the earthquake, according to local media.

China Earthquake Networks Centre reported the epicentre had a depth of 7km.