Thursday, 3 June 2021

UGONSA MEMBERSHIP VALIDATION VIA ONLINE REGISTRATION

 


UGONSA has migrated its membership registration and verification process online via its website, www.ugonsa.org. 

The new online registration grants members access to a portal on the website and issues a unique registration code to each user. As a consequence, every member MUST re-register to be assigned a portal and a new code. While fresh registration costs the sum of N2050 (two thousand fifty naira) payable online via the website, members who have registered before are not required to pay again. A Registration Token (equivalent to N2050) will be given to members who have registered before to complete their registration without having to pay the registration fee again. Eligibility for accessing support from UGONSA, including, but not limited to free textbooks, free IELTS training, or free publication in the association’s journal (The Nursing Scope), shall henceforth be verified exclusively through the online portal.

Upon completion of registration, a member shall be issued an E-ID card. The E-ID card shall henceforth be the only acceptable means of verification of membership.

To register or validate membership, go to the UGONSA website, www.ugonsa.org. Click on "Register."





A click on "Register" will take you to the registration page, as shown below.




Members making a fresh registration should click on “Register” and complete the registration using their Debit cards (ATM cards) to make payment online. Old members who are validating membership should click on “Register with Access Token” and contact Nurse Opeyemi (+2348038358107) or Nurse Eteng (+2348063477661) for issuance of a token to complete the registration. Nurse Eteng or Nurse Opeyemi will issue the token upon verification that a member has registered before. Old registered members have until Sunday, July 31, 2021, to validate their registration free of charge. Beyond this date, all registrations shall be treated as fresh registration with compulsory payment of the N2050 registration fee. At any point in the registration process, if you encounter any difficulty, reach out to Nurse Opeyemi or Nurse Eteng for guidance or send an email to gnan2ugonsa@gmail.com.  
  

Signed

                                Chief (Hon.) S.E.O. Egwuenu     Nur. P.O. Eteng
                                               National President          Ag. National Secretary



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Wednesday, 5 May 2021

UGONSA TO PUBLISH THE WORKS OF NURSES FREE OF CHARGE FOR THE VOLUME 4 OF THE NURSING SCOPE


UGONSA is bringing the gateway for publication to the doorsteps of nurses. Our international journal, “The Nursing Scope” – that took the world by storm in the late 1980s is back to business with Volume 4 set for July 2021. The current publisher will be Wolters Kluwer and the publication is going to be both online and in print with a global readership. With Wolters Kluwer, CINAHL, MEDLINE, and DOAJ indexing is assured. Wolters Kluwers is a topmost giant in global publishing, running publications for Lippincott and other top giants in academy.  For volume 4 Issue 1, UGONSA is waiving out the publication fee for all nurses.  Three (3) issues will be published per annum. Subsequent issues will attract a token of $50 dollars.

UGONSA wants every nurse to have a publication in his/her name. Some graduate works were supervised by the best of our lecturers but were never published anywhere because of lack of finance or not having someone to help the author navigate the process of publishing in journals. Some Masters and Ph.D. works are unpublished for a similar problem. UGONSA is poised to solve such problems through “The Nursing Scope”. The Editors of The Nursing Scope will help you navigate the process of publishing in a journal with ease. The Editors are top academicians and clinicians drawn from Africa, North America, Europe, and Asia. Here are their names,  Institutional Affiliation and Countries of Residence:

EDITORIAL BOARD MEMBERS

Editor-in-Chief

Prof.  (Mrs.) Ijeoma O. Ehiemere,

University of Nigeria; The Nursing Scope Main Editorial Office, Nigeria.

Editors

Prof. Joseph Osuji

Mount Royal University, Canada.

Prof. Mildred Edet John,

University of Calabar, Nigeria.

Prof. Omolola Oladunni Irinoye

Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria.

Dr. Elkenah Chubike Ndie

National Open University of Nigeria.

Dr. Akon Emmanuel Ndiok

University of Calabar, Nigeria.

Dr. Adenike Adebola Olaitan Olaniyi

University College Hospital, Ibadan.

Nurse Goodluck I. Nshi,

DNP© Aspen University, Denver, CO, U.S.A.

Nurse Baidy Barry Afoi,

Bingham University PMB 0005 Karu, Nasarawa State, Nigeria.

Nurse Ogechukwu A. Nwigbo

Firstcare Beneavin House Hospital, Dublin, Ireland.

Nurse Chijioke O. Nwodoh

University of Nigeria.

Nurse Opeyemi Idowu Ojo

Federal Medical Centre, Owo, Nigeria.

Nurse Nelson C. Okpua

PhD© Universiti Sains Malaysia, Timur Laut, Malaysia.

Below is a brief of the publication guide. Please read through it to understand how you can get your manuscript submitted.

Guidelines for Authors

 The mission of “The Nursing Scope” [A peer-reviewed international Journal of The University Graduates of Nursing Science Association (UGONSA)] is to promote knowledge-based healthcare delivery through global spreading of science-based knowledge in nursing, allied health sciences, medicine, and any field that deals with human health. Papers that convey science-based knowledge are accepted by this Journal.

Papers submitted could be literature reviews, research studies, theoretical frameworks, clinical experiences, and other types of papers that can promote knowledge-based healthcare delivery or science-based knowledge in general. All the documents will be professionally peer-reviewed and evaluated. Following peer evaluation, the editors will get the work published in the next issue.

 General Information

(1) Goals:  The main purpose of The Nursing Scope is to disseminate science-based knowledge globally in nursing, allied health sciences, medicine, and any field that deals with human health through the publication of original papers

(2) What to Do: The Nursing Scope is a place for information on scientific studies, research, theory, philosophy, and technology and advancements in health and healthcare.

(3) Contributors: All researchers, scholars, individuals, and professional bodies are invited to submit manuscripts in nursing, medicine, social sciences, and any field that deals with human or human health.

(4) Distributions: articles on the UGONSA website of the journal are open to the world.

For the subscription

(5) Article Submission Fee: Free of Charge

(6) Publication fee: $50 USD/article (online); $50 USD/issue (hard copy)

(7) Advertisements: The cost will be $20 USD/month on the advertisement banner at the homepage of the journal.

(8) Originality index and proofreading services: To ensure originality of work and eschew plagiarism, the originality index of any work to be published must not be more than 20% when tested with Turnitin plagiarism software. The editors will keep testing and returning every work back to the author (s) until the originality index shows that less than 20% of the work was duplicated from other sources. Proofreading services are also run by the editors to ensure that works being published are professional and meet the international best standards.

Manuscript Submission Process

 (1) Submission Methods: Electronic submission through email, gnan2ugonsa@gmail.com

(2) Reference Format: American Psychological Association (APA) style 7th edition - Microsoft Word; Font: Times New Roman, 12 pt., double-spacing.

(3) Indent: one tab index at the beginning of each new paragraph.

(4) Cover Page: The details of the author (s) should be clearly stated.

 (5) Review: Double-blind review is employed. Authors can also suggest reviewers with their emails.

Manuscript Preparation

Every manuscript is recommended to incorporate the following parts; however, the author(s) is/are at liberty to vary the parts or style:

(1) Title page: including article title; author’s full name; institution(s) to which each author is affiliated, with the city, and country, and e-mail address. Corresponding author(s) should be clearly stated. Freelance authors with no institutional affiliation are also welcome, but their base and address must be provided.

(2) Abstract: including Background, Aims, Methods/Materials, Findings, and Conclusion.

(3) Keywords

(4) Introduction

(5) Materials and Methods

(6) Results

(7) Discussions

(8) Acknowledgements

(9) References

 

Acknowledgment and Affirmation

When submitting manuscript(s) to the journal, you agree, acknowledge, and affirm the following: That

1.      all the authors have contributed adequately and agree on responsibility for the contents of the article(s).

2.       there is no plagiarism or any other problems. The author(s) is/are fully responsible for the contents of the paper(s) and the author(s) is/are fully responsible for any plagiarism or other problems of the paper(s).

3.      the manuscript(s) have not been published elsewhere.

in regards to copyright responsibility, both the journal and author(s) accepted that the journal and author(s) have equal right to the copyright of the article(s), i.e. either of the journal or author(s) can utilize it in any way without noting the other party.
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Insecurity: UGONSA urges FG to protect health workers

 


 


The University Graduates of Nursing Science Association( UGONSA) has called on the Federal government to protect health workers in order to enhance their optimal health care services.

The National President of the association, Chief Solomon Egwuenu made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Tuesday in Abakaliki.

He said that the recent attacks on nurses and other health workers in the country were worrisome,  discouraging, and poses an inherent danger in the health sector.

NAN recalls that gunmen late last month kidnapped two nurses who worked overnight at the General hospital in Idon, Kajuru Local Government of Kaduna State.

NAN also recalls that another nurse, Mrs. Queeneth Alozie was within the same period assassinated in Umuahia, Abia State.

Egwuenu wondered why nurses and other health workers who were trained to protect lives should themselves be the victims of cruel murder and kidnap.

"We cannot figure out why a healthcare professional should be brutally attacked and killed or kidnapped. The development portends danger in the nation’s healthcare delivery.

"We, therefore, call on the federal government and security agencies to protect health personnel from such heinous crimes for improved healthcare delivery in the country.

He described the acts as wicked, barbaric, and unwarranted and tends to mitigate the health sector in rendering efficient and effective services to the patients.

He, however, advised its members to be conscious and guard themselves always while discharging their duty.#

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Sunday, 25 April 2021

SCRAPPING OF INTERNSHIP AS A POST ATTRACTING GRADE LEVEL IN THE CIVIL SERVICE: GRADUATE NURSES CALLS ON FG TO RECONSIDER ITS POSITION

Nurses under the aegis of University Graduates of Nursing Science Association (UGONSA) have called on the Federal Government of Nigeria to reconsider its recent scrapping of internship position as a post that attracts grade level in the Civil Service.

In a joint statement by its National President, Chief (Hon). Solomon E. O. Egwuenu, and its Ag. National Secretary, Nurse Philip O. Eteng, the association said that such a move may be good for other sectors of the economy but certainly not for the health sector.

According to the association, the period of internship is the most critical period of training of the healthcare professionals be it the nurse, the doctor, the pharmacist, or the Medical Lab Scientist. It is at this period that the foundation for practice is laid. Toying with such programme amounts to toying with the foundation; a house built on a faulty foundation is doomed to fail.

The statement read, “The bulks of the healthcare professionals that constitute the interns are a critical part of the healthcare workforce and fill a considerable manpower gap in the health sector.

“Removing them from the Civil Service cadre in our own assessment can never be to give an incentive to them but rather a fig tree for slashing their salaries. Our health system is already at a crossroad and needs good incentives to motivate the workforce to continue their sacrifices for the nation rather than floating a kite for slashing their already paltry salaries which are nothing when compared with what healthcare professionals earn elsewhere in the world.

“The healthcare sector is very peculiar in the sense that the lives of people are tied to it. Healthcare professionals whether interns or not are supposed to be properly taken care of such that they can concentrate all their energies and attention to taking care of others rather than being pronged by hunger and hardship which may take their attention away from their central calling which is to live their lives wholly for the health of humanity.  

We have lost many of our seasoned healthcare professionals to the health system of other nations who pay and appreciate their services better. We cannot afford to lose more by toeing a path that will lead to further slashing of their already paltry salaries especially for our young generation who shall be heavily traumatized by such development which is capable of puncturing their faith in our health system beyond repair.

The poor performance of our health system in global ranking is never the fault of our healthcare professionals. It is a systematic fault of not putting the right facilities and motivation in place to enable our healthcare professionals to replicate the type of wonders they have been performing when they travel abroad in our own health system.

The monies wasted on medical tourism is enough to rejig our health system and make a competing payment to the healthcare professionals that will dissuade those currently practicing in the country from contemplating going abroad and compel those that have left for greener pasture to return home.

Rather than scrapping the internship post from the civil service grades and telling the National Salaries, Incomes and Wages Commission (NSIWC) to offer the interns some allowances, we recommend that NSIWC’s allowance should be offered to them in addition to their retaining their grades
in the civil service and the remunerations for those grades, to engender a motivated workforce.

We also call on the Federal Government, the National Council on Establishment, and the office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation to expedite action on the lingered issue of proper placement of the graduate nurses as no health system in the whole world has ever thrived or evolved better by treating the nursing workforce, which is the heartbeat of care delivery, as subservient to other healthcare professionals- the statement concluded.

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Thursday, 22 April 2021

UGONSA CONDEMNS THE ARREST OF AGGRIEVED NURSES BY NANNM

 The University Graduates of Nursing Science Association (UGONSA) also known as, Graduate Nurses Association of Nigeria (GNAN), Ebonyi State Chapter, a professional body of nurses with a minimum academic qualification of first degree in nursing (BSc. Nursing, or B.NSc.)  has condemned in strong terms the recent arrest of some aggrieved nurses by the leadership of the National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives (NANNM).

In a statement jointly signed by the Ebonyi State Chairman and Secretary of UGONSA, Nurse Ekum-Ojim Cynthia and Nurse Agbo Gabriel, the association decried that it was unthinkable that the leadership of NANNM will spend nurses money to get police from force headquarters Abuja to whisk their fellow nurses all the way from Abakaliki to Abuja simply for crying out that cutting 3% of their salary every month as union Checkoff dues (COD) was outrageous and chocking and opting to pull out of NANNM if the COD is not reduced to a flat rate of N1000 (one thousand naira) as is obtainable in other unions.

“We do not need any legal practitioner to remind us that freedom of association and freedom of expression of opinions are “inalienable and fundamental human rights”. The aggrieved nurses have not violated any law for expressing their view against the 3% COD which in every sense is inhuman and outrageous. They did not also commit any offense for choosing to de-unionize from NANNM pending when one-thousand naira flat rate is adopted as COD.

“This is especially as the Trade Union Act 2005 upon which NANNM and other trade unions operate explicitly stipulated that an employee joining a trade union must be voluntary and out of free volition and that no employer or trade union shall coerce or intimidate employees to join a trade union.

“Getting police from the force headquarters to whisk the aggrieved nurses to Abuja for pulling out of NANNM over the 3% COD which they considered outrageous and unbearable considering the current economic reality amounted to use of coercion  and intimidation to force them to remain members of NANNM. Such violates the provision of the Trade Union Act 2005 and we strongly condemn it.

“For the umpteenth time, we align with the national leadership of UGONSA and call on the leadership of NANNM to hearken to common sense and logic and reduce the monthly COD to a thousand naira flat rate as demanded by the aggrieved nurses.

It is imperative to state so considering that the 3% COD and other monies realized from other NANNM assets are simply for consumption and not used for any project. Whenever NANNM wants to embark on any project, it also burdens the poor nurses, whose back has been broken by the fangs of the unbearable 3% COD, with multiple levies.  Nurses are the largest workforce in the healthcare industry and if every nurse contributes one thousand naira every month to NANNM, it should be more than enough for recurrent expenditures if properly put to use.

“This misguided arrest of the aggrieved nurses has put our dear noble profession on a dark spot in the public space. The leadership of NANNM should show remorse for this gaffe and offer apology to the aggrieved nurses who have been physically and psychologically abused and promptly calm frayed nerved by reverting COD to one-thousand naira flat rate.

Our strength lies in our unity. The earlier the demand of the aggrieved nurses is met the better. As it stands now more nurses are planning to withdraw their membership of NANNM because of the unbearable burden of the 3% COD. The situation can only be arrested by dialogue and hearkening to their demand which in all ramification is germane, and not by intimidation and indiscrete arrests as was ignobly done by bringing police in Gestapo style from force headquarters to whisk them away for elaborating their constitutionally guaranteed fundamental human right, the statement concluded.
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Saturday, 17 April 2021

UGONSA SPEAKS ON COVID-19 VACCINATION

 


Graduate Nurses task Nigerians, health workers on COVID-19 Vaccination 

Vaccination 

Abakaliki, April 15, 2021 (NAN) Nigerian nurses under the aegis of University Graduates of Nursing Science Association (UGONSA) has urged Nigerians especially health workers to ensure they get vaccinated.

The association commended the Federal Government for providing COVID-19 vaccines to Nigerians, and urged Nigerians to dissuade negative speculations about the COVID-19 vaccine.

Chief Solomon Egwuenu, the National President of the association told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Abakaliki that the association has been tracking the effects of the vaccination since it started and can authoritatively say that the benefits outweigh any risk by far. According to him, most Nigerians who have been vaccinated experienced no adverse reaction.

He commended the Federal Government for the procurement of the vaccines and urged it to ensure that the vaccines get to all the nooks and crannies of the nation to ensure a healthy life for Nigerians. 

Egwuenu encouraged members of the association and other health personnel to take the vaccine without delay for their safety since they work in close contact with patients.

On his part, the association's National Secretary, Nurse Philip Eteng, noted that the Nigerian health system can be further compromised by a resurgence of COVID-19 and urged Nigerians to disregard  COVID-19 conspiracy theories. 

He, therefore, said that the vaccine was a welcome development and advised Nigerians to shun negative comments concerning the vaccine and its potency and urged health workers especially nurses, who stay closest with patients round-the-clock,  to get vaccinated to forestall COVID-19 related clinical hazards. (NAN)

UVU/NNO

 

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Monday, 5 April 2021

EASTER MESSAGE FROM THE LEADERSHIP OF UGONSA

The National Leadership of University Graduates of Nursing Science Association (UGONSA), aka Graduates Nurses Association of Nigeria (GNAN), brings Easter greetings to all her members and indeed the general Nursing community in Nigeria. 


"Easter Season as celebrated by Christians all over the world is a time for sober reflection on the life and times of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. It is a moment to remember his love and passion for humanity, His selfless life and Sacrificial death to redeem mankind. The Leadership of UGONSA, therefore, urge our Christian Colleagues to imbibe the exemplary life set by our Lord Jesus in their daily lives, relationship with one another and in selfless and sacrificial services to our Clients and Patients whom we are under oath to care for. We charge you also to soberly reflect on your calling into this noble profession and allow the spirit of Love, Tolerance, Unity, Peace and Caring to guide your daily affairs. 

"We seized this opportunity also to call on other leaders of this great profession to lead with the fear of God, respect and love to humanity as we pray that God will endow them with the spirit of wisdom to navigate the affairs of the profession. We also call on the National, States, and Units leadership of our mother union, The National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives (NANNM), to selflessly address the issues that are tearing the unity of nurses apart. 

"We pray for Peace and Unity in Nursing Profession and in Nigeria at large. 

Thank you. 

*UGONSA.. Make a Positive change!.*

Signed: 
Nur. Eteng, P.O.
Ag. National  Secretary

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