Friday, 19 April 2019

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Thursday, 18 April 2019

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Friday, 29 March 2019

UGONSA MAKES CASE FOR ADNs DUE FOR PROMOTION TO DDN IN FETHA

As part of the ongoing campaign of UGONSA to ensure that nurses who have suffered to bag BNSc degree reap the full benefit of their labour, the association had intervened in the case of eligible Assistant Directors of Nursing (ADNs) due for promotion to the post of Deputy Director of Nursing (DDN) that were delisted from promotion list after being initially shortlisted by FETHA in the promotion interview scheduled to hold on 1st April 2019.

Recall that UGONSA had recently lunched campaign and intervention to make nurses' BNSc degree count and be recognized by hospital management ( for nurses who are still in the university and those that have graduated), a scheme it is piloting in FETHA from where the train shall berth in other hospitals in collaboration of UGONSA national executives with States and Unit executives. Sequel to the emergent situation of the ADNs due for promotion to DDN and CNOs due for promotion to ADN related to the scheduled promotion interview of 1st April, 2019, UGONSA prioritized their case. The intervention for other nurses (including those that have already bagged BNSc and those that are currently in school studying for the BNSc degree) whose names are currently being compiled shall be activated within next two weeks. 

Below is the text of  the intervention for the ADNs due for promotion to DDN:

The Chief Medical Director (CMD),
Federal Teaching Hospital,
Abakaliki (FETHA).

Attention:

Director of Administration, FETHA,

                          &

Head of Nursing Services, FETHA,

Sir,

A CALL FOR APPLICATION OF EXTANT RULES IN THE PROMOTION OF ASSISTANT DIRECTORS OF NURSING TO DEPUTY DIRECTORS OF NURSING 

Nightingales’ greetings from members of UGONSA, the professional association of nurses with a minimum qualification of first degree in nursing. 

2. The rumour making the rounds that eligible Assistant Directors of Nursing (ADN) earlier shortlisted for promotion interview to the post of Deputy Director of Nursing (DDN) have been delisted from the forthcoming promotion interview by FETHA prompted us to once again approach your office owing to the undisputed fact that your performing administration in FETHA is one that is propelled by and ran on “due process”. 

3. At the material time the eligibility for promotion to the post of Deputy Director of Nursing is sine qua non of possession of a minimum qualification of first degree in nursing and spending at least four years on the grade of Assistant Director of Nursing (Kindly refer the attached documents).

4. It is indisputable that the ADNs shortlisted for promotion to DDNs aside being evaluated as highly competent also met all the requisite extant conditions for promotion to the post.  

5. Having met the required conditions that warranted the publications of their names in the list of eligible candidates for the forthcoming promotion interview by FETHA, it is unjust to surreptitiously delist them a few days to the promotion interview for reasons that do not bother on their eligibility, capacity or competence. 

6. The display of professional competency by the affected ADNs that led to their being qualified for promotion to DDN is a source of motivation to young nurses who they mentor and serve as role
models to. Denying them their duly earned promotion denigrates the cliché of “dignity in labour” and has the ill potency of diffusely portraying our system as one that does not reward merit and hard work.  Such if allowed to thrive may, in the long run, passively foster a noncommittal mindset for hardworking and professionalism among the upcoming generation.

PRAYER

We passionately demand that your administration maintains its fairness to our members by 

i. allowing all the Assistant Directors of Nursing (ADNs) that are due for promotion to the post of Deputy Director of Nursing (DDN) sit for the forthcoming promotion interview. 

ii. selecting DDNs from the ADNs based on merit anchored on outcome criteria of an inclusive promotion interview and performance evaluation.


Signed:



CHIEF (HON.) S.E.O. EGWUENU                            NURSE G.I. NSHI
        National President                                                    National Secretary

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UGONSA INTERVENES TO MAKE BNSc DEGREE OF FETHA CNOs COUNT

Following the move by UGONSA to make management of Hospitals recognize BNSc degree bagged by nurses (especially for those that did not receive approval letter from the management of their hospital prior to commencing the BNSc programme), which is the key for plying the directorate cadre in nursing service, the association had intervened in the case of eligible Chief Nursing Officers (CNOs) with BNSc degree in Federal Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki (FETHA),  who were not shortlisted for promotion to the post of Assistant Director of Nursing (ADN) owing to the management claim that they had no permission of the management to run the BNSc degree.

UGONSA had set  to get the BNSc degree of nurses recognized by hospital managements while they are in school for smooth transition and qualification to run the directorate cadre. It is equally set to achieve such for those that have already graduated. But prioritizing the intervention based on urgency and exigency, it started the pilot scheme with CNOs and ADNs that are due for promotion interview for promotion to the post of  ADN and deputy director of Nursing (DDN) respectively in FETHA   on 1st April, 2019. 

Following the intervention for the CNOs and ADNs, the next batch of the intervention which shall be activated within next two weeks shall be for the nurses that have graduated and those that are still in school studying for the BNSc degree whose names the association had started compiling for the exercise in FETHA. The train shall move from FETHA to other hospitals round the federation in collaboration of UGONSA National leadership with UGONSA State and Unit executives.

Below is the text of the intervention letter for the CNOs due for promotion interview by 1st April, 2019 in FETHA: 


The Chief Medical Director (CMD),
Federal Teaching Hospital,
Abakaliki (FETHA).

Attention:

Director of Administration, FETHA,

                          &

Head of Nursing Services, FETHA,

Sir,

PROMOTION INTERVIEW TO ADN: KINDLY NOTE THAT EXTANT CIRCULARS PROVIDE THAT ALL CNOs WITH FIRST DEGREE IN NURSING WHO HAVE SPENT THREE YEARS ON THE POST ARE ELIGIBLE FOR PROMOTION INTERVIEW FOR THE POST OF ADN 

This association whose membership comprises Nurses with a minimum qualification of first degree in Nursing brings you Nightingales’ greeting from her members! 

2. The complaints we received from our members who are in the rank of Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) in FETHA that are due for promotion to Assistant Director of Nursing (ADN) but were yet to be shortlisted for the forthcoming promotion interview despite having the requisite first degree in nursing [i.e. Bachelor of Nursing Science (B.N.Sc)/Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSc. Nursing)] informed our humble approach to your office to make some clarifications on the provisions of the extant circulars on the subject matter.  

3. Kindly recall that the Head of Civil Service of the Federation (HCSF) had via a circular Ref No. HCSF/EPO/EIR/ CND/100/ST dated 7th September, 2016 approved a unified scheme of service for nurses wherein it inter alia abrogated lateral conversion by its declaration of “Nursing Officers” as the nomenclature for all nurses with the caveat that career progression beyond the post of Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) shall be subject to acquisition of BSc Nursing degree from Universities accredited by the National Universities Commission (NUC) (Kindly refer Annexure A). 
  
4. Prior to the release of the aforementioned  circular for “Unified Schemes of Service for Nurses”, the Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH) had categorically declared in an earlier circular, Ref No.2920/S.1/11/148/497 dated 17th April, 2015 that any Staff Nurse who acquired B.N.Sc/B.Sc Nursing from approved university shall be appropriately placed in the nursing officers’ cadre on the same grade and step and will be eligible for promotion/transfer after passing relevant interview (kindly refer Annexure B).

5. Following from the above, it is very clear and unambiguous that extant circulars provide that eligibility for promotion of a Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) to Assistant Director of Nursing (ADN) is sine qua non to possession of first degree in nursing from an approved university, spending of at least three years on the post of CNO and passing relevant promotion interview. 

6. It is instructive to emphasize that despite that pursuing university education while working is not an easy adventure, out of our desire and campaign that nurses develop themselves continually in the field of nursing (for value added nursing services), the CNOs in concern hearkened and sacrificed their comfort and resources and engaged in perennial night shifts and spending weekends away from their families, just to squeeze out time from their tasking nursing duty schedules to gain university education for professional development in nursing so as to add rich value to the nursing services they render .   

7. There is no better way to reward such uncommon commitment towards professional development for value-added service than allowing all the CNOs with B.N.Sc/BSc. Nursing, who have spent at least three years on the post sit for promotion interview for the post of ADN.

PRAYER

We passionately call on your esteemed office to graciously conduct the forthcoming promotion interview for promotion to the post of Assistant Director of Nursing in line with the provisions of extant circulars by:

i. allowing all Chief Nursing Officers (CNO) with B.N.Sc/B.Sc. Nursing who have spent at least three years on the post of CNO sit for the forthcoming promotion interview for promotion to the post of Assistant Director of Nursing (ADN).

ii. selecting ADNs from the CNOs based on merit anchored on outcome criteria of an inclusive promotion interview and performance evaluation.

Signed:



CHIEF (HON.) S.E.O. EGWUENU                              NURSE G.I. NSHI
     National President                                                         National Secretary

CC: Director of Finance, FETHA

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Saturday, 9 March 2019

UGONSA SENDS MEMO TO ITS STATE AND UNIT EXCOS

To All UGONSA State/Unit Executives

Sirs/Madams,

CHECKOFF DUES FROM NURSE INTERNS AND WORKING GRADUATE NURSES

The National leadership of UGONSA wishes to urge the Executives of State Chapters and local units of the association to be up and doing in carrying out our directive of keeping the association alive, progressive and responsive in our respective domains.

2. The National leadership’s intention is to empower States and Units to handle and resolve local issues and challenges locally, with reference to the National being executed only when problems had defied local interventions. 

3. Accordingly, we direct and authorize State executives to liaise with and coordinate units under them to checkoff Professional development dues of N1000 (one thousand naira) per month from Nurse Interns, and the regular monthly dues from working graduate nurses, and utilize accruing funds to pursue and galvanize support for positive aspirations of our members in States and Units.

4. While 40% of all funds realized shall be remitted to the National Coffers, 60% shall be retained by States and units as prescribed by our constitution. 

5. Funds must be prudently, transparently and judiciously deployed for resolution of local challenges, uplift of professionalism, public image and respectability of the nursing profession and most importantly promotion of qualitative client care in our respective states and units with credible accountability.

6. All dues checkoff must be directly remitted to States/Units bank accounts, catalogued National Accounts domiciled with States/Units, and not to private individuals’ accounts.

Kindly accept the assurances of familial regards.

Signed:

CHIEF (HON.) S.E.O. EGWUENU                                    NURSE G.I. NSHI
           National President                                                           National Secretary

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Wednesday, 6 March 2019

PROPER PLACEMENT: UGONSA CONFRONTS COMPTROLLER GENERALS OF PARAMILITARY OUTFITS

UGONSA has taken the battle for Proper Placement to the Comptroller Generals of the Nigerian Prison Service (NPS), Nigeria Imigration Service (NIS), Federal Fire Service (FFS) and the Commandant of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC). UGONSA also wrote a reminder on the subject matter to the Federal Minister of Interior with attention to the Director of Human Resources of the Ministry. In another separate letter  UGONSA further wrote the Director/Secretary of the Civil Defence, Fire, Immigration, and Prisons Services Board (CDFIBP). Recall that CDFIBP had in its advert for employment on Daily Trust Newspaper of Monday 30 April, 2018 placed all nurses (including those with B.N.Sc degree) on CONHESS 06 under the inspectorate cadre whereas their counterparts in Pharmacy (another core healthcare profession as nursing) with the Bachelor of Pharmacy (B.Pharm) degree were placed on CONHESS 09 under the superintendent cadre. Following the marginalizing advert, UGONSA had written the Federal Ministry of Interior on May 18th, 2018 but latest investigation revealed that the Ministry is yet to correct the aberration, hence the latest confrontation of all the heads of the paramilitary outfits under the Ministry of Interior involved in this aberrant under placement of the graduates of B.N.Sc degree as well as the board that oversees them with a reminder to the Minister. Below is a sample of the letters:    



The Comptroller General,
Nigeria Prison Service,
Prisons National Headquarters,
Bill Clinton Drive, 
Airport Road, Abuja.

Sir/Madam,

PROPER PLACEMENT OF GRADUATES OF BACHELOR OF NURSING SCIENCE (B.N.Sc) DEGREE

Nightingales’ greeting from members of University Graduates of Nursing Science Association (UGONSA), the professional association of nurses with a minimum of first degree in nursing. 

2. We write to bring to your attention the extant situation on the placement of graduates of Bachelor of Nursing Science (B.N.Sc) degree in the Civil Service post-NYSC (National Youth Service Corps).

3. Kindly note that on September 8, 2016 the office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation (HCSF) released a circular, Ref No. HCSF/EIR/CND/S.100/ST/97, which prescribed the placement of graduates of B.N.Sc degree as Grade Level 09 (.i.e CONHESS 08) post-NYSC (Kindly refer Annexure A). The release of the referred circular was sequel to National Council on Establishment (NCE) meeting held on July 22, 2016 in Minna, Niger State.

4. Following the release of the circular, the placement of graduate nurses in the civil service anywhere in Nigeria became the new base of Grade Level 09 post-NYSC (.i.e. the equivalent of the CONHESS 08).

5. This was as evidenced by the Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH) Circular, Ref No.C6093/T/13 dated 19th June, 2017, which succinctly clarified that the extant placement of graduates of B.N.Sc degree post-NYSC is GL 09 effective from 8th September, 2016 (being the date of release of the circular by office of the HCSF) and that Nursing officers who were already in the service before this date, and are still below this new base shall be upgraded to the new base (.i.e. Grade Level 09) effective from the said date of release of the circular by the office of the HCSF (.i.e. 8th September, 2016) (Please refer Annexure B).

6. To ensure speedy implementation of the circulars by all institutions that employ graduate nurses, the FMOH vide another circular Ref No. C.6093/T/16 dated February 20, 2018 directed heads of institutions to expressly effect the proper placement of graduate nurses (kindly refer Annexure C). This resulted in massive implementation of the circular in many institutions round the federation.

7. We therefore most respectfully request that you kindly implement the proper placement of graduates of B.N.Sc degree in the Nigeria Prison Service by moving nurses employed by the service, who have B.N.Sc degree, to the superintendent cadre and forthwith make fresh appointment of the graduates of B.N.Sc degree on the superintendent cadre.

8. Our demand stemmed from our observation that in the advert for recruitment of officers made by the Civil Defence, Fire, Immigration, and Prisons Services Board (CDFIBP) on Daily Trust Newspaper of Monday 30 April, 2018 all nurses (including those with B.N.Sc degree), were aberrantly placed on CONHESS 06 under the inspectorate cadre whereas their counterparts in Pharmacy (another core healthcare profession as nursing) with the Bachelor of Pharmacy (B.Pharm) degree were placed on CONHESS 09 under the superintendent cadre (please refer Annexure D).

9. This aberration, which we hope was not intentionally done, is at variance with the gazetted verdict of the Industrial Arbitration Panel (IAP) award of the year 1981, which granted that the profession of Nursing is on parity with that of Pharmacy in Nigeria, as is the case in Great Britain (kindly refer Annexure E). 

10. Therefore, the basis for appointment of graduates of B.Pharm degree on the superintendent cadre also justifies why the graduates of the B.N.Sc degree, who are on parity with them, should be appointed on the same cadre especially as both professions of nursing and pharmacy have similar entry requirements and course duration for the first degree in the university plus a one year internship training pre-NYSC.

11. Having made these humble clarifications to your esteemed office, we anticipate soonest a positive reply that the proper placement of the graduate nurses has been effected by the prison service.

12. Attached herewith are the referenced circulars and documents.

PRAYER

We most respectfully demand that you 

1. upgrade existing officers possessing B.N.Sc degree who were aberrantly appointed on CONHESS 06 under the inspectorate cadre to the superintendent cadre on CONHESS 08 (.i.e. Grade Level 09) effective from 8th September, 2016 (being the date of release of the circular REF No. HCSF/EIR/CND/S.100/ST/97 by the office of the head of civil service of the federation) as prescribed by the civil service circular, Ref No. B63279/S.7/II/T/273 dated 24th April, 2002 (please refer Annexure F).

2. commence the employment of fresh graduate nurses into the prison services on CONHESS 08 under the superintendent cadre and upgrade the existing prison service officers possessing B.N.Sc degree who were wrongly employed below the new base of CONHESS 08 after 8th September, 2016 to CONHESS 08 effective from the date of their employment.

Kindly accept the assurances of our esteemed regards!

Signed:


CHIEF (HON.) S.E.O. EGWUENU                                    NURSE G.I. NSHI
National President                                                           National Secretary

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