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April 25, 2018

Scientists Decode Enzyme Causing Ageing, Cancer

April 25, 2018 0
Elated scientists announced Wednesday the completion of a 20-year quest to map the complex enzyme thought to forestall ageing by repairing the tips of chromosomes in plants and animals, including humans.

Decoding the architecture of the enzyme, called telomerase, could lead to drugs that slow or block the ageing process, along with new treatments for cancer, they reported in the journal Nature.

“It has been a long time coming,” lead investigator Kathleen Collins, a molecular biologist at the University of California in Berkley, said in a statement.

“Our findings provide a structural framework for understanding human telomerase disease mutations, and represent an important step towards telomerase-related clinical therapeutics.”

Part protein and part RNA — genetic material that relays instructions for building proteins — telomerase acts on microscopic sheaths, known as telomeres, that cover the tips of the chromosomes found inside all cells.
In humans, each cell contains 23 pairs of chromosomes, including one pair of sex chromosomes — the “X” and “Y” — that differ between males and females.

Australian-American biologist Elizabeth Blackburn, who shared the 2009 Nobel Prize in Medicine for discovering telomeres and their protective function in the 1970s, likened them to the tiny plastic caps that keep shoelaces from fraying.

Eventually, however, shoelace tips and telomeres do break down: every time a cell divides the telomeres get worn a little bit more, until the cell stops dividing and dies. This, biologists agree, is probably central to the natural ageing process

Culled from NAN
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JOHESU Strike: There Was No Agreement Between FG And JOHESU - Minister Of Health

April 25, 2018 0
The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, on Wednesday said the Federal Government had no agreement with the striking members of the Joint Health Sector Union, NWN reported.

Adewole said this in an interview with State House correspondents at the end of the weekly meeting of the Federal Executive Council held at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The minister said the only documents the striking union had presented to the present administration were minutes of meetings its leadership had with the last administration.

He said the government could not implement minutes of meetings which could not be said to be an agreement.

He said, “When we came on board, they (JOHESU) only presented to us minutes of previous meetings with the past government and we said we can’t implement minutes of meetings.”

Adewole also claimed that the government had implemented 14 out of 15 demands made by the union

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April 18, 2018

JOHESU Strike: Employ Locum Staff, Enforce No Work No Pay, Minister of health orders

April 18, 2018 0
The Nigerian minister of health,professor Isaac Adewole has ordered the chief Medical Directors of the Federal Health institutions across the country to ensure all activities are on going at the hospitals during the period of industrial action embarked upon by the Joint Health Sector Union, Johesu. He also made it clear that the NO WORK NO PAY  law of the federal republic of Nigeria should be fully enforced.

This was made known earlier today through a circular released today with reference number DHS/166 T²/192 and signed by the Head ,Department of hospital services, Dr O.J Amedu


Have a look at the copy of the circular below...



Recall that the joint health sector union called a nationwide strike at the early hours of today due to the failure of the government to obey court rulings in their favour amongst many other demands. The joint health sector union comprises of all other healthcare workers with the exception of the Medical officers.

Oluwatosin K. Odunayo, FNA News Update.
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April 13, 2018

Professor ( Nursing Science) Vacancy At UNIMED

April 13, 2018 0
Professor (Nursing Science) Vacancy at the University of Medical Science (UNIMED)

Applications are hereby invited from suitably qualified candidates to fill the following academic staff positions as full-time, contract and adjunct staff in the University:



Positions: Professor



Location: Ondo

Faculty: Faculty of Allied Health Science

Department: Nursing Science



Qualifications

* Candidates should possess a PhD/Fellowship of the National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria or the West African College of Physicians with minimum of ten (10) years experience in Teaching and Research in area of specialization.

* All interested candidates MUST be Computer literate and possession of current practising licence is mandatory.



Condition of Service

* As contained in the approved conditions of service for staff of the University



Salary and Allowance

* Salary and allowances are as obtainable in the Nigerian Public Universities. An enhanced welfare package is also in place to attract the best in the education sector. This includes payment of clinical supplementary by the University and allowances as Honorary Consultants to medically qualified staff appointed by UNIMED Teaching Hospital.



Application Closing Date

11th May, 2018.



Method of Application

Interested and qualified candidates should submit twenty (20) copies each of their Application and Curriculum Vitae in the following format to the address below:

* Post Desired

* Full names with Surname in bold

* Date and Place of birth

* Nationality

* State of Origin

* Marital Status

* Number and ages of Children

* GSM Number

* E-mail address

* Educational Institutions attended with Dates

* Academic/Professional Qualifications with Dates and awarding bodies

* Present Position with Dates

* Work Experience

* List of Scholarly-publications, if any

* Names and addresses of three (3) Referees, one of whom must be the recent Head of Department.



In addition to submitting twenty (20) copies of Application, Resume and photocopies of credentials, applicants should request reports from three (3) referees in support of the applications to be forwarded directly to:

The Ag. Registrar,

University of Medical Sciences,

Laje Road, Ondo City,

Ondo State.
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Senior Lecturers Vacancy At UNIMED

April 13, 2018 0
Senior Lecturers (Nursing Science) Vacancies at the University of Medical Science (UNIMED)

Applications are hereby invited from suitably qualified candidates to fill the following academic staff positions as full-time, contract and adjunct staff in the University:



Positions: Senior Lecturers



Location: Ondo

Faculty: Faculty of Allied Health Science

Department: Nursing Science



Qualifications

*  Candidates should possess a PhD/Fellowship with a minimum of five (5) years of experience in Teaching and Research in a University or a comparable Professional Institution.

*  All interested candidates MUST be Computer literate and possession of current practising licence is mandatory.



Condition of Service

* As contained in the approved conditions of service for staff of the University



Salary and Allowance

* Salary and allowances are as obtainable in the Nigerian Public Universities. An enhanced welfare package is also in place to attract the best in the education sector. This includes payment of clinical supplementary by the University and allowances as Honorary Consultants to medically qualified staff appointed by UNIMED Teaching Hospital.



Application Closing Date

11th May, 2018.



Method of Application

Interested and qualified candidates should submit twenty (20) copies each of their Application and Curriculum Vitae in the following format to the address below:

* Post Desired

* Full names with Surname in bold

* Date and Place of birth

* Nationality

* State of Origin

* Marital Status

* Number and ages of Children

* GSM Number

* E-mail address

* Educational Institutions attended with Dates

* Academic/Professional Qualifications with Dates and awarding bodies

* Present Position with Dates

* Work Experience

* List of Scholarly-publications, if any

* Names and addresses of three (3) Referees, one of whom must be the recent Head of Department.



In addition to submitting twenty (20) copies of Application, Resume and photocopies of credentials, applicants should request reports from three (3) referees in support of the applications to be forwarded directly to:

The Ag. Registrar,

University of Medical Sciences,

Laje Road, Ondo City,

Ondo State.
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Associate Professor ( Nursing Science) vacancy At UNIMED

April 13, 2018 0
Associate Professors (Nursing Science) Vacancies at the University of Medical Science (UNIMED)

Applications are hereby invited from suitably qualified candidates to fill the following academic staff positions as full-time, contract and adjunct staff in the University:



Positions: Associate Professors



Location: Ondo

Faculty: Faculty of Allied Health Science

Department: Nursing Science



Qualifications

*  Candidates should possess a PhD/Fellowship with a minimum of seven (7) years of experience in Teaching and Research in area of specialization.

* All interested candidates MUST be Computer literate and possession of current practising licence is mandatory



Condition of Service

* As contained in the approved conditions of service for staff of the University



Salary and Allowance

* Salary and allowances are as obtainable in the Nigerian Public Universities. An enhanced welfare package is also in place to attract the best in the education sector. This includes payment of clinical supplementary by the University and allowances as Honorary Consultants to medically qualified staff appointed by UNIMED Teaching Hospital.



Application Closing Date

11th May, 2018.



Method of Application

Interested and qualified candidates should submit twenty (20) copies each of their Application and Curriculum Vitae in the following format to the address below:

* Post Desired

* Full names with Surname in bold

* Date and Place of birth

* Nationality

* State of Origin

* Marital Status

* Number and ages of Children

* GSM Number

* E-mail address

* Educational Institutions attended with Dates

* Academic/Professional Qualifications with Dates and awarding bodies

* Present Position with Dates

* Work Experience

* List of Scholarly-publications, if any

* Names and addresses of three (3) Referees, one of whom must be the recent Head of Department.



In addition to submitting twenty (20) copies of Application, Resume and photocopies of credentials, applicants should request reports from three (3) referees in support of the applications to be forwarded directly to:

The Ag. Registrar,

University of Medical Sciences,

Laje Road, Ondo City,

Ondo State.
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Lecturer 1 & 11 vacancies At UNIMED

April 13, 2018 0
Applications are hereby invited from suitably qualified candidates to fill the following academic staff positions as full-time, contract and adjunct staff in the University:



Positions: Lecturers I & II



Location: Ondo

Faculty: Faculty of Allied Health Science

Department: Nursing Science



Qualifications

*  Candidates should possess a higher degree, preferably a PhD/Fellowship.

*  All interested candidates Must be Computer literate and possession of current practising licence is mandatory



Condition of Service

* As contained in the approved conditions of service for staff of the University



Salary and Allowance

* Salary and allowances are as obtainable in the Nigerian Public Universities. An enhanced welfare package is also in place to attract the best in the education sector. This includes payment of clinical supplementary by the University and allowances as Honorary Consultants to medically qualified staff appointed by UNIMED Teaching Hospital.



Application Closing Date

11th May, 2018.



Method of Application

Interested and qualified candidates should submit twenty (20) copies each of their Application and Curriculum Vitae in the following format to the address below:

* Post Desired

* Full names with Surname in bold

* Date and Place of birth

* Nationality

* State of Origin

* Marital Status

* Number and ages of Children

* GSM Number

* E-mail address

* Educational Institutions attended with Dates

* Academic/Professional Qualifications with Dates and awarding bodies

* Present Position with Dates

* Work Experience

* List of Scholarly-publications, if any

* Names and addresses of three (3) Referees, one of whom must be the recent Head of Department.



In addition to submitting twenty (20) copies of Application, Resume and photocopies of credentials, applicants should request reports from three (3) referees in support of the applications to be forwarded directly to:

The Ag. Registrar,

University of Medical Sciences,

Laje Road, Ondo City,

Ondo State.
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April 12, 2018

Training Of Nursing Assistants: Lagos State NANNM cancelled Proposed Strike Action.

April 12, 2018 0
About a month ago, there were controversies when Nigerian Nurses got hold of the documents and logbook meant for Nursing assistants training program by the Lagos state Government, this led to an emergency press conference jointly organised by the Nurses on Air, National Association Of Nigerian Nurses And Midwives, Lagos state chapter and Men In Nursing Assembly Of Nigeria MINAN.

At the end of the press conference,  Lagos state government was given 30days ultimatum with effect from 11th March 2018 to put a hold on the training or face total industrial action as the Nursing and Midwifery council of Nigeria has the sole responsibility of training all categories of Nurses.
In his words, the President, National Association Of Nigerian Nurses And Midwives, Lagos state chapter, Comrade Awojide reiterated that the planned strike action has been put on hold.

" The Lagos State Employment Trust Fund met with State NANNM just few days after the press conference.
NANNM reemphasized the fact that only the regulatory body, NMCN can engaged in such training or give approval. They apologized and promised to develop another program that will be exclusive of Nursing care.
The Honourable Commissioner for Health also wrote NANNM to inform us that the ministry is looking into the matter. Our Director of Nursing at the ministry is equally on top of the matter. AIT mentioned the latest development on the matter and We are watching.
Notify us if you noticed any new development" Awojide said.

Oluwatosin K. Odunayo RN, 
FNA News
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Curb Quackery And Exorbitant charges: Aisha Buhari Warns Doctors.

April 12, 2018 0

 By Ahmed Ubandoma

The wife of the President, Aisha Buhari, has advised medical doctors to check quackery, abuses and exorbitant charges in order to deliver affordable and quality healthcare.

She made the call when members of the Association of General and Private Medical Practitioners of Nigeria (AGPMPN) visited her in Abuja on Wednesday.

Aisha told the group to make medical fees affordable to enable all Nigerians access quality healthcare.

She urged the group to always expose quack doctors in other to protect and safeguard the health and lives of many Nigerians.

“There is a need for your association to look into or revisit the hospital fees you charge, you know Private health care is expensive, make your charges affordable to Nigerians.

“As an Association, there is need for you to also check cases of abuse in other to sanitise the system”.

The AGPMPN with some of its members involved in the World Organisation of Family Doctors visited Mrs Buahri to inform her of their desire to partner with her NGO, the Future Assured initiative.

Aisha said that the call became necessary considering
the huge amount of money Nigerians are spending on medical tourism.

She said that there was the need for the doctors to always adhere strictly to the code of their profession and the areas of specialisation.

She also disclosed that the Federal Government was working to establish ten thousand (10,000) primary healthcare centres across the country to boost healthcare service delivery.

The wife of the President, however, said that her NGO, the ‘Future Assured’ initiative is working to establish a functional rehabilitation centre to cater for the children of the less privileged families, who are suffering from one illness or another.

She assured the delegation of her readiness to partner with the group for the development and wellbeing of women and children in Nigeria.

In her response, the President of the World Organisation of Family Doctors, Prof. Amanda Howe, said that the aim of the visit was to appreciate Mrs Buahri`s efforts towards improving the health conditions of women and children in Nigeria.

Howe said that the organisation had membership across Europe, Asia, Africa, North America and the Eastern Mediterranean.

She said that the organisation was working with communities and families to provide medical care in the respective countries.

She expressed her appreciation to the Federal Government`s efforts in providing adequate primary healthcare centres across Nigeria to tackle healthcare challenges at the grassroots, especially the prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV.

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the World Organisation of Family Doctors (WONCA) is in collaboration with the World Health Organisation (WHO) on health issues.

WONCA is a global non-profit professional Organisation representing family physicians and general practitioners from all regions of the world; it was founded in 1972.

The meeting was attended by the Senior Special Assistant to the President Dr Hajo Sani as well as former Deputy Governor of Plateau State Mrs Pauline Tallen among others. (NAN).
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April 10, 2018

17 Therapeutic Communication Techniques To Enhance Your Nursing Practice

April 10, 2018 0

One of the main ways nurses establish trust with patients is through communication. Because nurses are likely to have the most direct contact with patients, effective nurse-patient communication is critical. Nurses can utilize proven therapeutic communication techniques that promote quality care.

What Is Therapeutic Communication?

Therapeutic communication is a collection of techniques that prioritize the physical, mental, and emotional well-being of patients. Nurses provide patients with support and information while maintaining a level of professional distance and objectivity. With therapeutic communication, nurses often use open-ended statements and questions, repeat information, or use silence to prompt patients to work through problems on their own.

Therapeutic Communication Techniques

There are a variety of therapeutic communication techniques nurses can incorporate into practice.

Using Silence

At times, it’s useful to not speak at all. Deliberate silence can give both nurses and patients an opportunity to think through and process what comes next in the conversation. It may give patients the time and space they need to broach a new topic. Nurses should always let patients break the silence.

Accepting

Sometimes it’s necessary to acknowledge what patients say and affirm that they’ve been heard.Acceptance
 isn’t necessarily the same thing as agreement; it can be enough to simply make eye contact and say “Yes, I understand.” Patients who feel their nurses are listening to them and taking them seriously are more likely to be receptive to care.

Giving Recognition


Recognition acknowledges a patient’s behavior and highlights it without giving an overt compliment. A compliment can sometimes be taken as condescending, especially when it concerns a routine task like making the bed. However, saying something like “I noticed you took all of your medications” draws attention to the action and encourages it without requiring a compliment.

Offering Self

Hospital stays can be lonely, stressful times; when nurses offer their time, it shows they value patients and that someone is willing to give them time and attention. Offering to stay for lunch, watch a TV show, or simply sit with patients for a while can help boost their mood.

Giving Broad Openings

Therapeutic communication is often most effective when patients direct the flow of conversation and decide what to talk about. To that end, giving patients a broad opening such as “What’s on your mind today?” or “What would you like to talk about?” can be a good way to allow patients an opportunity to discuss what’s on their mind.

Active Listening

By using nonverbal and verbal cues such as nodding and saying “I see,” nurses can encourage patients to continue talking. Active listening involves showing interest in what patients have to say, acknowledging that you’re listening and understanding, and engaging with them throughout the conversation. Nurses can offer general leads such as “What happened next?” to guide the conversation or propel it forward.

Seeking Clarification

Similar to active listening, asking patients for clarification when they say something confusing or ambiguous is important. Saying something like “I’m not sure I understand. Can you explain it to me?” helps nurses ensure they understand what’s actually being said and can help patients process their ideas more thoroughly.

Placing the Event in Time or Sequence

Asking questions about when certain events occurred in relation to other events can help patients (and nurses) get a clearer sense of the whole picture. It forces patients to think about the sequence of events and may prompt them to remember something they otherwise wouldn’t.

Making Observations

Observations about the appearance, demeanor, or behavior of patients can help draw attention to areas that might pose a problem for them. Observing that they look tired may prompt patients to explain why they haven’t been getting much sleep lately; making an observation that they haven’t been eating much may lead to the discovery of a new symptom.

Encouraging Descriptions of Perception

For patients experiencing sensory issues or hallucinations, it can be helpful to ask about them in an encouraging, non-judgmental way. Phrases like “What do you hear now?” or “What does that look like to you?” give patients a prompt to explain what they’re perceiving without casting their perceptions in a negative light.

Encouraging Comparisons

Often, patients can draw upon experience to deal with current problems. By encouraging them to make comparisons, nurses can help patients discover solutions to their problems.

Summarizing

It’s frequently useful for nurses to summarize what patients have said after the fact. This demonstrates to patients that the nurse was listening and allows the nurse to document conversations. Ending a summary with a phrase like “Does that sound correct?” gives patients explicit permission to make corrections if they’re necessary.

Reflecting

Patients often ask nurses for advice about what they should do about particular problems or in specific situations. Nurses can ask patients what they think they should do, which encourages patients to be accountable for their own actions and helps them come up with solutions themselves.

Focusing

Sometimes during a conversation, patients mention something particularly important. When this happens, nurses can focus on their statement, prompting patients to discuss it further. Patients don’t always have an objective perspective on what is relevant to their case; as impartial observers, nurses can more easily pick out the topics to focus on.

Confronting

Nurses should only apply this technique after they have established trust. It can be vital to the care of patients to disagree with them, present them with reality, or challenge their assumptions. Confrontation, when used correctly, can help patients break destructive routines or understand the state of their situation.

Voicing Doubt

Voicing doubt can be a gentler way to call attention to the incorrect or delusional ideas and perceptions of patients. By expressing doubt, nurses can force patients to examine their assumptions.

Offering Hope and Humor

Because hospitals can be stressful places for patients, sharing hope that they can persevere through their current situation and lightening the mood with humor can help nurses establish rapport quickly. This technique can keep patients in a more positive state of mind.

This article was first published on www.americannursetoday.com
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