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Choices opening temporary center and midwifery

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 20:19:17 +0100

While a local health care provider completes a capital campaign and construction for its new facility, it will also offer care at a temporary satellite site. Choices, also known as Memphis Center for Reproductive Health, will offer perinatal care and gynecology at 144 N. Bellevue Blvd. beginning January 2, 2018, while it works on its new Comprehensive Reproductive Health Center at 1203 Poplar Ave. Choices is trying to raise $4.2 million to cover land a nd capital costs for the 16,000-square-foot… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)

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Hospital Midwives, Lower C-Section Rates?

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 18:23:30 +0100

Expectant mothers seeking to lower their risk of a cesarean  delivery might want to consider getting a midwife involved, a new study suggests. (Source: WebMD Health)



Uganda:Government Should Negotiate With Striking Doctors

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 11:21:57 +0100

[Monitor] On Tuesday, the National Organisation of Trade Unions (NOTU), the Uganda Medical Workers Union (UMWU) and Uganda Nurses and Midwives Union filed a suit in the High Court in Kampala challenging government's decision to enter into negotiations with the Uganda Medical Association (UMA). (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)



UNISON comments on RCN story on NHS pay

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 14:53:02 +0100

Commenting on the Royal College of Nursing survey about nursing staff being at breaking point, UNISON head of health Sara Gorton said: “These findings echo what staff across the entire NHS have been telling us. NHS employees as a whole are struggling to survive on just their basic pay. “Cleaners, porters, paramedics, midwives, administrators and healthcare assistants have all gone without a proper pay rise for far too long. They work hard to deliver the best care for patients and their families in tough circumstances, and with limited resources. “With inflation and interest rates on the rise, all health employees want is to be able to pay their bills, feed their families and live without constant financial worries. “The NHS is already facing recruitment challenges. Giving all N...



Notts maternity staff create own ‘Call the Midwife’ calendar

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 13:32:00 +0100

Maternity staff from Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust have created their own calendar themed on the hit BBC TV show Call the midwife. (Source: Nursing Times)

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Effectiveness of training to promote routine enquiry for domestic violence by midwives and nurses: a pre-post evaluation study - Baird KM, Saito AS, Eustace J, Creedy DK.

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 13:18:22 +0100

BACKGROUND: Asking women about experiences of domestic violence in the perinatal period is accepted best practice. However, midwives and nurses may be reluctant to engage with, or effectively respond to disclosures of domestic violence due a lack of knowle... (Source: SafetyLit)



Landmark maternity audit reveals 'extreme' variation in NHS care

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 17:06:00 +0100

Midwives should make “every effort possible” to ensure mothers and babies have skin-to-skin contact within one hour of birth, according to a major new report on maternity care that shows not all are experiencing this important bonding process. (Source: Nursing Times)



Analysis: Urgent need for action on staffing ‘perfect storm’

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 00:02:00 +0100

A further fall in the number of nurses and midwives registered to work in the UK was revealed this month, setting alarm bells ringing among employers, nursing leaders and unions. (Source: Nursing Times)



Doctors 'get off more lightly' than nurses in misconduct cases

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 15:49:00 +0100

Doctors found guilty of sexual offences, theft and fraud tend to get off more lightly than nurses and midwives, suggests the first in-depth report into professional misconduct cases across health and social care. (Source: Nursing Times)



Regulator adds to winter warning for nurses to ‘get flu jab’

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 14:36:00 +0100

The Nursing and Midwifery Council has added its voice to calls for all registered nurses and midwives to get their flu jab ahead of the coming winter period, which is predicted to be tougher than normal. (Source: Nursing Times)

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Agency, bank and overtime spending in UK maternity units in 2016

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100

This report finds that NHS spending on temporary staffing in midwifery reached more than £97 million in 2016. (Source: NHS Networks)



International studies prove what midwives have known for eons: Don't cut umbilical cords right after birth

Sat, 04 Nov 2017 11:26:30 +0100

(Natural News) Waiting 30 to 60 seconds before clamping the umbilical cord after the birth of the baby instead of doing so right after the birth happened can save thousands of pre-term babies’ lives, according to international studies coordinated by the University of Sydney’s National Health and Medical Research Council Clinical Trials Centre. The review,... (Source: NaturalNews.com)



Continuity of care 'boosts quality of midwife provision'

Fri, 03 Nov 2017 16:53:00 +0100

The quality of maternity care for women is greatly enhanced by seeing the same midwife or group of midwives but many still do not get continuity of care, says a report by the Royal College of Midwives. (Source: Nursing Times)



Heartless midwives 'giving new mothers PTSD'

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 08:41:43 +0100

Women with PTSD told researchers that they had felt 'abandoned, humiliated, ignored, dismissed or violated' by midwives, whom they often perceived as 'hostile' or 'incompetent'. (Source: the Mail online | Health)



Nursing number fall will have a huge impact on the NHS

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 00:01:19 +0100

Commenting on the latest figures from the National Midwifery Council published today (Thursday), UNISON head of health Sara Gorton said: “The latest drop in the number of nurses and midwives is more than worrying. Although the reduction in the number of UK nurses may not be huge, the overall figures will have a major impact on the NHS and patients. “This is because EU nurses are leaving en masse, creating a huge gap in the workforce. Brexit has left many feeling uncertain about their future in the UK. It’s vital for the NHS that the government now secures the right to stay for European nationals. “At a time when the NHS is struggling to cope with a rising number of patients, the last thing the service needs is a chronic fall in the number of nurses and midwives. “St...

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'Alarming' rise in number of nurses leaving NMC register continues

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 00:01:00 +0100

Nurses and midwives are continuing to leave the profession at a greater rate than they are joining, highlighting “major” staffing challenges facing the health and care sectors, the Nursing and Midwifery Council has warned as it released new figures today. (Source: Nursing Times)



Nurses and midwives are leaving the profession in droves

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100

New figures reveals recruitment and retention crisis Related items fromOnMedica PM indicates overseas trained doctors can stay in UK post Brexit ‘Brexit poses major risks to almost every part of the NHS’ Number of UK nurses and midwives falling Policy and planning for NHS workforce - ‘not fit for purpose’ NHS pay cap contributed to workforce crisis, says think tank (Source: OnMedica Latest News)



Ontario midwives urge government to allow them to perform abortions

Wed, 01 Nov 2017 20:21:04 +0100

The association representing more than 800 midwives in Ontario has told the provincial government there is a "burgeoning interest" in allowing midwives to offer abortion services. (Source: CBC | Health)



Changes to NMC language test requirements ‘come in force’

Wed, 01 Nov 2017 13:19:00 +0100

Changes to the Nursing and Midwifery Council ’s language testing requirements for nurses and midwives trained outside the UK have come into force today. (Source: Nursing Times)



New RCM leader targets boosting senior midwife profile

Tue, 31 Oct 2017 15:41:00 +0100

A new union chief executive has used her first major speech to pledge to “strengthen” the profile of midwifery leadership in trusts and other service providers. (Source: Nursing Times)

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Midwife shortages driving 'reliance' on temporary staff

Tue, 31 Oct 2017 14:39:00 +0100

Temporary staffing costs in UK maternity units rose to almost £100m last year, according to figures obtained by the Royal College of Midwives. (Source: Nursing Times)



Government asks whether NMC should get more powers

Tue, 31 Oct 2017 12:40:00 +0100

The Nursing and Midwifery Council could be given much greater freedom to set its own its procedures without the need for legislative changes, under a new UK-wide consultation. (Source: Nursing Times)



The £97m bill for 'midwife shortage'

Tue, 31 Oct 2017 01:23:21 +0100

Maternity services are relying on expensive overtime and agency staff to fill rotas in the UK, union leaders say. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)



Nearly £100m spent on temp staffing for midwifery

Tue, 31 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0100

RCM accuses government of ‘short-termism’ Related items fromOnMedica Anger as government axes nurse and midwife bursaries BME nurses and midwives more likely to be referred to regulator Number of UK nurses and midwives falling Midwives and doctors need more training on tackling smoking in pregnancy Policy and planning for NHS workforce - ‘not fit for purpose’ (Source: OnMedica Latest News)



'Nosy' midwife struck off for viewing friends' records

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 20:02:20 +0100

Vicky Anne Bloxham was sacked by University Hospitals of Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)

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Number of NHS managers rises as nursing recruitment falls

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 00:36:45 +0100

In the past three years the number of managers employed in England has increased 11 per cent, while the number of nurses and midwives has risen by just 1.6 per cent, new research has found. (Source: the Mail online | Health)



Policy and planning for NHS workforce - ‘not fit for purpose’

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0100

Report describes recruitment problems and instability Related items fromOnMedica Will removing bursaries for student nurses actually lead to more nursing staff? College welcomes plans for overseas GP recruitment GP recruitment numbers rise slowly Number of UK nurses and midwives falling Shortages are compromising patient care, new report warns (Source: OnMedica Latest News)



An Advocate for Health Workers

Mon, 23 Oct 2017 19:42:11 +0100

October 23, 2017There's a looming global shortage of 18 million health workers. Can advocacy help fix it?Health workers are the backbone of strong health systems and thriving communities. Yet by 2030, the world will face a shortage of up to 18 million providers —hurting primarily those in low- and middle-income countries.That means mothers will go without necessary care, newborns will go without the assistance often needed to take their first breath of life, and countless patients will forgo the quality nursing and medical care they need and deserve.Advocacy can make a difference in every single community, in every single country.Vince Blaser is the director of the  Frontline Health Workers Coalition (FHWC), an alliance of organizations working together to urge greater and more strateg...



Africa:Sudden Loss of Advocacy & Midwifery Head Felicity Ukoko Mourned by Wellbeing Founder Toyin Saraki

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 13:42:44 +0100

[Wellbeing Foundation] Lagos -With a heavy heart and a deep sense of loss, the Wellbeing Foundation Africa (WBFA) regrets to announce the sudden loss of our colleague and friend Mrs. Felicity Aliana? Ukoko (nee Mapuvire). Who passed away on Sunday the 15th of October 2017. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)



Trust strengthens midwifery leadership in wake of ‘tragic case’

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 09:49:00 +0100

One of the largest trusts in the country has strengthened leadership in maternity in response to the death of a baby whose parents claim a series of errors by midwives were to blame for the “completely avoidable” tragedy, it has told Nursing Times. (Source: Nursing Times)

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NMC confirms new ways overseas nurses can prove English skills

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 00:01:00 +0100

From next month, the Nursing and Midwifery Council is to expand the range options that overseas nurses can use to prove their English language credentials are sufficient to join the UK register. (Source: Nursing Times)



Unions keep up pressure over NHS pay with latest warning

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 17:43:00 +0100

Nurses and midwives could still be thousands of pounds worse off each year by 2022, despite the government scrapping the cap on public sector pay, according to a new trade union analysis. (Source: Nursing Times)



Regulation of nursing associates in England

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0100

The Department of Health is seeking views on amendments to the Nursing and Midwifery Order 2001, to regulate nursing associates in England. (Source: NHS Networks)



Nursing associate regulation takes ‘vital step’ forwards

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 18:22:00 +0100

A government consultation has been launched today on the legal changes required to allow the Nursing and Midwifery Council to bring nursing associates onto its register and has been described as a “vital step” towards the new role becoming regulated. (Source: Nursing Times)



Heartbeat Labs Launches Teleconsultation for Mother and Child Health and Invests in Health-Startups Heallo.ai, Daatrics and Aurora Health

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 08:00:00 +0100

Heartbeat Labs has announced its first digital health company, Kinderheldin - an online service for pregnant women and parents of babies that seek the advice of professional midwives. At the same time, the startup platform discloses three investments: Heallo.ai from India, the UK company Daatrics, as well as the Berlin-based startup Aurora Health. (Source: eHealth News EU)

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Lib Dems call for incontinence prevention training in Scotland

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 13:07:00 +0100

Midwives, health visitors and other health professionals should get specific training on incontinence prevention, as part of a new nationwide continence strategy in Scotland, according to the Liberal Democrats. (Source: Nursing Times)



Regulator promotes Royal London ’s maternity service rating

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 00:53:00 +0100

The Royal London Hospital ’s maternity department has improved but could still do with more senior midwives, according to the Care Quality Commission. (Source: Nursing Times)



Fall in nurse numbers could threaten patient safety

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0100

NHS even less equipped to cope with demands of a winter already set to stretch it to the limit Related items fromOnMedica Number of EU nurses registering drops by 96% Number of UK nurses and midwives falling Action plan to revive general practice nursing Poor admin support hampering respiratory nurses ’ time with patients Unrelenting NHS pressure affecting cancer care, say GPs and nurses (Source: OnMedica Latest News)



Hunt confirms scrapping of public sector 1% pay cap

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0100

But additional cash will now be needed for NHS salaries, warns NHS Employers Related items fromOnMedica Nurses welcome hint of shift on pay freeze Number of UK nurses and midwives falling Action plan to revive general practice nursing NHS launches drive to improve 'e-nursing' Nurses 'unable to afford basic necessities' (Source: OnMedica Latest News)



Draft nursing associate standards released 'to adjust training'

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 16:09:00 +0100

The minimum standards that nursing associates will need to achieve have been revealed in draft plans by the Nursing and Midwifery Council, but do not confirm the extent to which those in the new role will be able to administer medication or how far they will be accountable for delegated activities. (Source: Nursing Times)

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Concerns over NMC plans to change student assessment and mentor training

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 18:29:00 +0100

Mental health nursing professors have raised concerns about plans by the Nursing and Midwifery Council to no longer require mentors to train on an approved course, claiming student learning could be negatively affected. (Source: Nursing Times)



Searching for a Doctor at 3,000 Metres High

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 12:15:17 +0100

Celestina of Porcón Alto, a rural region high in the Andes, whose family has lived on the same plot of land for generations. Credit: Andrea Vale/IPSBy Andrea ValePORCÓN, Peru, Oct 6 2017 (IPS)Good healthcare can be hard to get – particularly when one lives on top of a mountain. The road to Porcón in the Cajamarca region of Peru, therefore, is as breathtaking as it is sobering. With every step further into its isolated natural beauty, a group of volunteers sent to deliver healthcare essentials are reminded how long the trek would be in an emergency.After a bus has taken the volunteers as far as it can, to the rim of a sweeping valley dipping into the basin of a ring of mountains, they start their hike.“We have a lot of fear,” Celestina says. “The doctors are always telling us tha...



Being a male midwife

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 23:46:34 +0100

When a teenage boy in Birmingham said he wanted to become a midwife, he found himself swimming against the tide. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)



Safe and Effective Staffing: Nursing Against the Odds

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 10:14:10 +0100

Following on from the publication of Safe and effective staffing: the real picture in May 2017, the RCN launched a survey of nursing and midwifery staff in the UK. The survey asked people about their last shift or day worked in health or social care. More than 30,000 responses were received in just two weeks, providing insight into staff experiences and staffing levels across the UK. The findings provide a strong voice from nursing staff, clearly describing the impact that poor staffing has on both patient care and their own wellbeing. Some of the experiences and stories shared via the survey have been included throughout the report. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))



Safe and effective staffing: nursing against the odds

Wed, 04 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0100

The Royal College of Nursing has launched the results of a survey of nursing and midwifery staff in the UK. (Source: NHS Networks)

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Parliamentary debate on lifting the cap must happen

Tue, 03 Oct 2017 09:05:32 +0100

Over 100,000 people have now signed UNISON’s petition on the parliamentary website calling for an end to the public sector pay cap, making a debate in Westminster look increasingly likely, says the union. The petition urges the government to lift the one per cent cap, and give everyone who works in the UK’s schools, hospitals, local councils, government departments and police forces a decent wage rise now. After seven years of wage freezes and pay increases way below the rate of inflation, UNISON says the time has come for teaching assistants, midwives, care workers, civil servants, police clerks and all other public servants to receive a significant income boost. The petition says that any pay rise must be backed with extra resources, or jobs and services will have to be cut, ...



Uganda Slashes Rate of Health Worker Absenteeism

Mon, 02 Oct 2017 20:32:46 +0100

Dr. James Waako demonstrates how health workers log in using the biometric scanner at Iganga Hospital, where absenteeism in now 10% —down from 50% a year ago. Photo by Tommy Trenchard for IntraHealth International.October 02, 2017A 2015 study revealed that 50% of health workers in Uganda ’s public sector weren’t showing up, or came to work but left early to collect dual pay at another facility. Today, that number is down to 11.9%, thanks to a new monitoring system that helps health officials track and analyze attendance data and take appropriate actions against chronically absen t staff.Health worker absenteeism undermines staff morale and the quality of care patients receive. It wastes health sector resources, unduly burdens staff with additional workloads, and compromises communiti...



Scotland to pilot new community hub maternity model next year

Mon, 02 Oct 2017 18:22:00 +0100

Scotland is to pilot a new maternity model next year in which pregnant women will give birth at home or in “community hubs” run by midwives, the country’s health secretary has said. (Source: Nursing Times)



Alternative language test for overseas nurses set to be brought in 'within weeks'

Mon, 02 Oct 2017 16:51:00 +0100

The introduction of an alternative language test to check foreign nurses ’ communication skills could occur “within weeks” following an “overwhelmingly positive” response to a consultation on the changes, the Nursing and Midwifery Council has said. (Source: Nursing Times)



'Asking the hard questions': Improving midwifery students' confidence with domestic violence screening in pregnancy - Smith R, Wight R, Homer CSE.

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 12:08:44 +0100

Domestic violence is a global public health issue. Midwives are ideally placed to screen for, and respond to, disclosure of domestic violence. Qualified midwives and midwifery students report a lack of preparedness and low levels of confidence in working w... (Source: SafetyLit)

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NMC decides to delay work on new midwifery education standards

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 06:46:00 +0100

The Nursing and Midwifery Council has agreed to delay its work on developing new education standards for midwifery, meaning universities will not be able to adopt them from autumn 2019 as some had planned. (Source: Nursing Times)



Public protection 'key to interim regulation of associates'

Wed, 27 Sep 2017 17:38:00 +0100

The head of the Nursing and Midwifery Council has responded to concerns about interim arrangements for allowing pilot site nursing associates onto the regulator ’s register, by insisting they will not be able to join if they pose a threat to public protection. (Source: Nursing Times)



'Obesity and age' among causes of Caesarean birth rise

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 23:00:32 +0100

Thousands more Caesareans a year are down to more "complex births" and are a "concern" for midwives. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)



Special measures trust sent 'letter of concern' over staffing

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 10:19:00 +0100

An acute trust in quality and financial special measures has received a “letter of concern” from the Care Quality Commission after a quarter of maternity shifts had the lower than planned number of midwives. (Source: HSJ)



Nursing regulator announces start of search for new chair

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 00:36:00 +0100

The Nursing and Midwifery Council has announced that it is seeking a new chair to lead its governing council from May 2018. (Source: Nursing Times)

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NMC sets out interim measures for regulating nursing associates

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 07:51:00 +0100

Nursing associates trained through pilot programmes that began this year will be able to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council in the future, despite the fact they will not have gained an NMC-approved qualification, the regulator has indicated. (Source: Nursing Times)



NMC midwifery education standards work set to be delayed

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 00:23:00 +0100

Work to develop new education standards for midwifery is set to be delayed due to the complexity of the task and the range of people the Nursing and Midwifery Council intends to consult. (Source: Nursing Times)



NMC chair's pay to rise to £78,000 due to expanded remit

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 00:19:00 +0100

The Nursing and Midwifery Council is to increase its chair ’s pay to £78,000 next year due to the extra time commitment that will be required by the person in post and wider remit of the role. (Source: Nursing Times)



The Birth Plan: How to Make It Work for You and Your Patients The Birth Plan: How to Make It Work for You and Your Patients

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 19:04:50 +0100

Obstetricians, midwives, and nurses share tips for managing patients'expectations.Medscape Ob/Gyn (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)



Orkney NHS appoints experienced nurse as new director

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 16:42:00 +0100

A nurse with experience of mental health, theatres and the armed forces has been appointed as NHS Orkney ’s new director of nursing, midwifery and allied health professionals. (Source: Nursing Times)

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Nigeria: Nurses to Join Other Health Workers in Shutting Down Hospitals Thursday

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 05:54:58 +0100

[This Day] Abuja -The nurses and midwives in federal health institutions across the country are set to abide by the decision of the Joint Health Workers Union (JOHESU) to embark on industrial action tomorrow if the federal government fails to accede to its demands at the expiration of the ultimatum given to the government by midnight today. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)



‘Refreshed’ preceptorship programme launched in Scotland

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 11:31:00 +0100

A continuing professional development programme for newly-qualified nurses and midwives in Scotland has been relaunched today. (Source: Nursing Times)



All NHS staff need a pay rise that ’s above inflation, say health unions

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 05:00:37 +0100

NHS unions are today (Friday) breaking with tradition and submitting a pay claim directly to the government on behalf of more than one million health workers across the UK. In a letter to the Chancellor, 14 health unions including UNISON, the Royal College of Nursing, the Royal College of Midwives, the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, Unite and the GMB, are asking Philip Hammond to earmark funds in the November Budget for a pay rise in line with inflation (Retail Price Index). The claim also calls for an additional £800 to restore some of the pay lost over the past seven years. Cleaners, nurses, radiographers, pharmacists, midwives, medical secretaries, paramedics, therapists, dental technicians, as well as caterers, porters and everyone else who works in the NHS have suffered real ter...



How We Made a Health App that Works in India's Most Remote Areas

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 21:25:14 +0100

September 14, 2017Designing an app is easy. Deploying it is the challenge.Over half a century ago, communications guru and intellectual Marshall McLuhan  predicted that electronic interdependence will make the world a global village. But last month, Simon Tisdall ofThe Guardian called out the international media for creating a hierarchy of suffering by focusing on Hurricane Harvey more than on the devastating floods in South Asia and South East Asia.The reason: distance!The distances that marginalize are not just physical. They manifest in governance gaps, (in)justice, cultural atrophy, social dystopia. Nowhere is the tyranny of distance more manifest than in health care delivery.And the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand has the double burden of hilly terrain along with metaphorical distan...



This Girl Tr òn: The Forgotten Subject of Vietnam War Photographer Larry Burrows

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 03:40:14 +0100

Larry Burrows was a seasoned veteran of the Vietnam War when, in early 1968, he met 12-year-old Nguyễn Thị Tròn. Operating out of Saigon, the southern Republic of Vietnam’s capital, the photographer had been covering the conflict for LIFE magazine since 1962. He shadowed American troops, documenting ferocious firefights, surviving hours in the air with helicopter-gunship crews, and freeze-framing harrowing moments of bravery and despair, exhaustion, and appalling violence in combat zones. Though much of his best work had been shot in the thick of the action, he had come to be haunted by the trauma visited upon the Vietnamese people he described as non-political, “simple and hardworking.” Most, he believed, were steamrollered by both the South and the co...

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As Rohingya refugees pour into Bangladesh, UNFPA deploys midwives, safe spaces

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 20:45:33 +0100

Language EnglishDHAKA, Bangladesh – An “unprecedented” flow of Rohingya refugees is crossing the border into Bangladesh, with an estimated 370,000 pouring across the border since 25 August to escape the latest violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine State.The Rohingya population in Cox ’s Bazar District has more than doubled and is still increasing day by day, overwhelming existing camps and settlements as well as host communities and relief agencies. (Source: UNFPA News)



Little evidence of potential harm from light drinking in pregnancy

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 00:00:00 +0100

But review recommends that alcohol is best avoided ‘just in case’ Related items fromOnMedica Alcohol dependency and detoxification Moderate drinking could lower risk of some heart conditions Alcohol abstention advice to pregnant women is wrong, say campaigners Doctors and midwives welcome clear alcohol advice Foetal alcohol syndrome must be better recognised (Source: OnMedica Latest News)



Nurses welcome hint of shift on pay freeze

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 00:00:00 +0100

Pressure mounts to scrap 1% pay cap Related items fromOnMedica More nurses applying for hardship grants Number of UK nurses and midwives falling Action plan to revive general practice nursing Poor admin support hampering respiratory nurses ’ time with patients Unrelenting NHS pressure affecting cancer care, say GPs and nurses (Source: OnMedica Latest News)



Guidance issued on restricted use of hep B vaccine until 2018

Fri, 08 Sep 2017 12:31:00 +0100

Nurses and midwives have been warned that a global shortage of hepatitis B vaccines is “impacting severely” on the UK and is likely to limit the country’s supply until early 2018. (Source: Nursing Times)

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Invest in Health Systems by Investing in Health Workers

Thu, 07 Sep 2017 21:20:41 +0100

September 08, 2017A new report provides the first quantitative estimates of the value of stronger health systems —and the lives they can save. In 2012, the US Agency for International Development set an ambitious but critical goal: to save the lives of 15 million children and 600,000 mothers between 2012 and 2020. To achieve this goal, the agency is investing in efforts to strengthen local health systems.These efforts are the central focus of the 2017Acting on the Call report, which quantifies what many in the global health sector know intuitively —stronger health systems lead to more widely available, higher-quality care, particularly among underserved patient populations and in low-resource settings.The commitment of the nursing staff and mothers is what makes any survival possible....



Malawi: IMCAI Malawi for Increased Access to Midwifery Care

Thu, 07 Sep 2017 13:12:38 +0100

[Nyasa Times] Improved Midwifery Care Access Initiative (IMCAI)-Malawi says there are still a myriad gaps in the delivery of midwifery services in the country, and has since embarked on a campaign that the problem is brought to a halt. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)



NI midwives ‘freed of prosecution fear’ for abortion referral

Thu, 07 Sep 2017 00:08:00 +0100

Midwives working in Northern Ireland need no longer fear prosecution for referring women for abortions elsewhere in the UK, it was confirmed today. (Source: Nursing Times)



Scottish government confirms that it will discard NHS pay cap

Wed, 06 Sep 2017 15:44:00 +0100

The Scottish government has confirmed its commitment to lifting the 1% cap no pay rises for nursing and midwifery staff, and to introducing safe staff legislation for the health service. (Source: Nursing Times)



All public sector employees need a decent pay rise, says UNISON

Wed, 06 Sep 2017 13:37:18 +0100

Midwives, healthcare assistants and hospital porters who belong to UNISON are joining their nursing colleagues demonstrating in Parliament Square today (Wednesday) over the government’s refusal to lift the pay cap. Commenting on the Royal College of Nursing’s protest UNISON head of health Sara Gorton said: “Faced with an exodus of staff across the NHS, ministers’ justification for keeping public sector pay cap simply sounds hollow. “When considering pay rises for public sector staff, it’s critical the government doesn’t take a blinkered approach and prioritise nurses over other health employees. “Although nurses play a vital role in safe patient care, the NHS is a team. Without those who work as porters, healthcare assistants or in administrative roles, the ...

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Are we heading for a nurse and midwife crisis?

Wed, 06 Sep 2017 13:13:11 +0100

The media is full of reports that we are in, or heading towards, a nursing crisis. That is to say, a huge shortage of them. But are we really? We dive into the data to find out. First of all, we need to consider the shortage of nurses that already exists. There isn’t one definitive number for how many nurses we’re currently lacking. One figure frequently cited is 20,000, and analysis by the Health Service Journal said that last October 96% per cent of acute hospitals failed to provide the planned number of registered nurses to cover day shifts. So, what we can say is that we don’t currently have enough. The next question, then, is will this shortage get worse? Knowing how many nurses and midwives we’re going to need in the future is complicated, as it depends on the mix of health s...



One in 20 nursing and midwifery posts unfilled in Scotland

Wed, 06 Sep 2017 10:58:00 +0100

The number of qualified nurses and midwives in Scotland has crept up since last year, but there are a record number of vacancies, according to latest NHS workforce figures. (Source: Nursing Times)



Exclusive: Nurses to campaign for FtP process to be 'made fairer'

Tue, 05 Sep 2017 13:52:00 +0100

A nurse has launched a petition calling for fundamental change in the way fitness to practise (FtP) cases are handled by the Nursing and Midwifery Council, after she was struck off in a decision described as “excessive and disproportionate” by a High Court judge. (Source: Nursing Times)



Nigeria: Bauchi Lacks Adequate Doctors, Nurses, Midwives - Official

Tue, 05 Sep 2017 12:28:53 +0100

[Premium Times] Bauchi State is experiencing shortage of doctors and other medical staff, the Executive Chairman, Bauchi State Hospitals Management Board, Abdul'Aziz Manga, has said. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)



Tanzania: More Teachers Needed At Public Health Schools

Tue, 05 Sep 2017 07:17:27 +0100

[Citizen] Mwanza -The government has been advised to employ enough teachers at public nursing and midwifery colleges. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)

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NMC: All graduate nurses should be ready to prescribe

Tue, 05 Sep 2017 06:00:00 +0100

Nurses could be able to prescribe medication “much sooner” in their careers than they currently can under plans being consulted on by the Nursing and Midwifery Council. (Source: HSJ)



Smoking bans are having positive impact on child health

Tue, 05 Sep 2017 00:00:00 +0100

Large study finds child health boon from public smoking bans Related items fromOnMedica Smoking cessation Midwives and doctors need more training on tackling smoking in pregnancy Government pledges to cut smoking prevalence to 12% by 2022 E-cigarettes may encourage UK teenagers to try real smoking Smoking quit attempt numbers fall again (Source: OnMedica Latest News)



New chief executive takes over at midwives ’ union

Mon, 04 Sep 2017 17:30:00 +0100

Gill Walton has today taken over as leader of the Royal College of Midwives. (Source: Nursing Times)



Midwives and health visitors want more mental health training

Mon, 04 Sep 2017 15:40:55 +0100

More needs to be done to help health professionals to support women ’s mental health during pregnancy, according to a joint survey by a charity and a union. (Source: Nursing Times)



Is burnout among community midwives just a problem of high-income countries? Cross-sectional study from Sri Lanka (Safety-2016 abstract #192) - Pathiraja I, Fonseka P, Mant D.

Mon, 04 Sep 2017 08:02:26 +0100

Background Burnout is a state of physical and psychological fatigue and exhaustion, which is attributed to personal, work and client related spheres in a person's life. It has major behavioural and heath implications. Being a grass root level health care w... (Source: SafetyLit)

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Cathy Warwick: Stop scaring older mums about having a baby

Mon, 04 Sep 2017 07:53:31 +0100

Professor Cathy Warwick, the chief executive of the Royal College of Midwives, said experts had overstated the problems attached to age. It comes as the number of older mothers in the UK soars. (Source: the Mail online | Health)



'Stop scaring older mums about the risks of having a baby'

Mon, 04 Sep 2017 01:43:23 +0100

Professor Cathy Warwick, the chief executive of the Royal College of Midwives, said experts had overstated the problems attached to age. It comes as the number of older mothers in the UK soars. (Source: the Mail online | Health)



Midwives' professional competencies for preventing maternal mortality in disasters: a cross-sectional study in iran - Taghizadeh Z, Khoshnam Rad M, Kazemnejad A.

Fri, 01 Sep 2017 23:17:45 +0100

OBJECTIVE: Maternal mortality may increase after a disaster. Because midwives are at the frontline of offering reproductive health care services in disasters, they should be competent. METHODS: This was a cross-sectional, descriptive study carried ... (Source: SafetyLit)



Comparing the effect of group-based and compact disk-based training on midwives' knowledge and attitude toward domestic violence in women of reproductive age - Vakily M, Noroozi M, Yamani N.

Fri, 01 Sep 2017 04:18:02 +0100

BACKGROUND: Training the health personnel about domestic violence would cause them to investigate and evaluate this issue more than before. Considering the new educational approaches for transferring knowledge, the goal of this research was to compare the ... (Source: SafetyLit)



Poor admin support hampering respiratory nurses ’ time with patients

Fri, 01 Sep 2017 00:00:00 +0100

1 in 4 feel unable to support vital patient education and self-management Related items fromOnMedica Number of UK nurses and midwives falling Action plan to revive general practice nursing NHS launches drive to improve 'e-nursing' End-of-life care in COPD Making sense of the new LABAs and LAMAs for COPD (Source: OnMedica Latest News)

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Midwifery-led care more cost beneficial than consultant care

Fri, 01 Sep 2017 00:00:00 +0100

(Source: PharmacoEconomics and Outcomes News)



Nigeria: Alarming Shortage of Health Personnel in Conflict-Affected Nigeria

Wed, 30 Aug 2017 10:57:08 +0100

[UNFPA] Maiduguri -Retired but not tired. This is how people describe Hauwa Lassa, a nurse and midwife who came out of retirement to care for women and girls affected by the conflict in north-eastern Nigeria. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)



Ban ‘exploitative’ umbrella companies, NHS urged

Wed, 30 Aug 2017 00:00:00 +0100

Agency staff being forced to pick up tab for new government rules, says UK ’s largest union Related items fromOnMedica The curate ’s egg of agency spend: when it comes to money, less is more Midwife agency spending rises 40% in past year £600m saved from caps on agency spending Regulator backs down on agency staff tax rules Nurses 'unable to afford basic necessities' (Source: OnMedica Latest News)



Hundreds more nursing posts planned by Scotland ’s health boards

Tue, 29 Aug 2017 16:32:00 +0100

NHS health boards in Scotland are planning to increase their nursing and midwifery workforce by 594 posts this year, according to official projections. (Source: Nursing Times)



Alarming shortage of health personnel in conflict-affected Nigeria

Tue, 29 Aug 2017 15:58:59 +0100

Language EnglishMAIDUGURI, Nigeria –Retired but not tired. This is how people describe Hauwa Lassa, a nurse and midwife who came out of retirement to care for women and girls affected by the conflict in north-eastern Nigeria.“I have been working in the field of maternal health in this country for more than 35 years,” she told UNFPA in Maiduguri, where she works at a health facility in one of the displacement camps. “It is now with this crisis going on that the women need support. So I decided to come back to the h ealth centre and help.” (Source: UNFPA News)

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New mothers hire private midwives to deliver their babies

Sun, 27 Aug 2017 22:48:03 +0100

Expectant mothers are paying for private midwives to help them give birth on the NHS amid claims that maternity services are in crisis. (Source: the Mail online | Health)






Northern Ireland ’s nursing workforce grows but turnover high

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 17:13:00 +0100

The number of nurses and midwives working in health and care services in Northern Ireland continues to climb but turnover is high, with nearly 1,300 leaving in the past year, new figures show. (Source: Nursing Times)



Recruitment Information Session for MIDWIVES - Salt Lake City

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 20:20:03 +0100

September 27, 2017 Location: Salt Lake City Public LibrarySalt Lake City  (Source: MSF News)



NMC urges profession to give views on education plans

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 16:31:00 +0100

The Nursing and Midwifery Council has urged members of the profession to take part in its consultation exercise on proposals for a radical review of our education standards. (Source: Nursing Times)



Kirkup: Divisive debate on midwifery could harm babies

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 12:55:00 +0100

The chair of the Morecambe Bay inquiry has warned the polarised debate around “natural” childbirth could harm safe care for mothers and babies. (Source: HSJ)