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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Sunday, 4 April 2021

HAZARD ALLOWANCE: UGONSA WRITES NGIGE; DEMANDS A TWO FOLD PAY FOR NURSES

In a letter Ref No. UG/NAT/21/FMOL&E/01 dated 31st March, 2021, the University Graduates of Nursing Science Association (UGONSA) has written the Honourable Minister of Labour & Employment, Senator Chris Ngige,  demanding that nurses’ hazard allowance should be at least two folds more than what is payable to other members of the healthcare team. Below is the full text of the letter:

 


The Hounourable Minister of Labour and Employment,

 Federal Secretariat Complex Phase I, Annex II,

Shehu Shagari Way,

P.M.B. 04, Abuja FCT. Nigeria.

Sir,

EQUITABLE ADJUSTMENT OF HEALTH WORKERS’ HAZARD ALLOWANCE REQUIRES THAT RATE SHOULD BE PRORATED TO THE DEGREE AND LEVEL OF EXPOSURE TO HEALTHCARE-RELATED HAZARDS

Easter greetings from the members of the University Graduates of Nursing Science Association (UGONSA).

     2. We write to commend your ongoing effort at ensuring that our age-long cry for the review of the health workers’ hazard allowance is addressed by President Muhammadu Buhari’s regime.

     3. However, we call for equity in the adjustment of the hazard allowance such that the template for the upward review of the hazard allowance shall be prorated on the level of exposure to clinical hazards.

     4. It is incontrovertible that nurses are the single most exposed group to healthcare-related hazards among the healthcare professionals. Nurses stay round-the-clock at the patients’ bedside and thus, have the highest exposure to healthcare-related hazards among the healthcare team members. Since the care of mankind has been entrusted to nurses, they must be adequately compensated and motivated to carry out this task effectively and efficiently.

    5.  For the umpteenth time, we wish to re-emphasize that the current N5000 (five thousand naira) payable to nurses, who swim in an ocean of hazards, as hazard allowance epitomizes insensitivity on the side of the government and shows a lack of commitment or the political will to reposition our healthcare system for efficient service delivery.

   6.  Globally, the performances of healthcare systems are proportional to the level of welfare and motivation advanced to nurses. Nursing is the cornerstone upon which care is anchored in the healthcare delivery system. Nurses are to the healthcare system what mothers are to the family. Any family in which the mother is empowered is eternally progressive but families where mothers are subjugated and trampled upon (as done to nurses in the Nigeria health system) never make any inch of progress. This explains why the Nigeria health system is almost the ‘first from behind’ in the ranking of the world’s performing and responsive health systems.

    7.    Every progressive health system understands that nursing is the heartbeat of healthcare and thus gives premium to the welfare and well-being of nurses to keep afloat a motivated workforce for efficient service delivery. We cannot do less than joining the league of the progressive health system at this auspicious moment. It is better late than never!

    8.  A reviewed hazard allowance equitably configured to reflect the level of exposure to clinical hazards such that nurses “who are exposed the most are paid the most” will motivate nurses and oil their latitude to meeting the increasing complexities of health needs of Nigerians, which nurses are in the frontline to drive.

    9. Medical tourism by Nigerians, including our elected officials, will end the day our government starts placing premium on the welfare of nurses and the way they are remunerated. This is because, with a motivated nursing workforce, we stand to get in Nigerian hospitals what is obtainable in high-ranking hospitals elsewhere.

    10.    Having been adrift from the best practices of building a motivated nursing workforce over the years, it is high to return our health system to the pathway of superlative performance engineered by a motivated nursing workforce. Although there is a long way to go in achieving this, the government can kick start the move with the hazard allowance by ensuring that the nurses who get the lion share of exposure to clinical hazards equally get the lion share of the payable hazard allowance.

    11. The motivation should be visible and palpable such that nurses’ hazard allowance should be at least two folds more than what is payable to other members of the healthcare team.

 

 

 

                                                         Signed:

CHIEF (HON.) S.E.O. EGWUENU           NURSE P.O. ETENG

      National President                                      Ag.National Secretary
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Wednesday, 10 March 2021

UGONSA IN PHOTOS



















 

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Monday, 22 February 2021


 

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Monday, 1 February 2021

UGONSA TASKS THE NEW NANNM NATIONAL PRESIDENT TO ADDRESS THE DEMANDS OF THE AGGRIEVED NANNM MEMBERS

 The University Graduates of Nursing Science Association (UGONSA) in a congratulatory message to the newly elected National Executives of NANNM has among other things has tasked them to address the demands of the aggrieved NANNM Members. The words of the congratulatory letter are as published below:


Dear Comr. Nnachi, Michael E.

The National President,

National Association of Nigerian Nurses & Midwives (NANNM)

 

Sir,

CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR ELECTION AS THE NATIONAL PRESIDENT OF NANNM

The national Leadership of University Graduates of Nursing Science Association (UGONSA), the professional association of nurses with a minimum educational qualification of first degree in nursing, on behalf of all her members, congratulates you on your election and subsequent inauguration as the National President of the National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives (NANNM), in the recent NANNM National Delegate Congress Election held between 28th - 29th of January 2020.

        2.   You are not new to the age-long and emerging problems bedeviling our dear profession, which have earned us the tag of a “sleeping giant” for obviously not rising to the challenges and trends of the contemporary period in relation to our counterpart in other nations of the world and in other healthcare disciplines in Nigeria.

     3.  We have no doubt that your previous surf through various waves of nursing leadership has acquainted you with the necessary capacity and competence to put our house in order and reposition NANNM National to be responsive and dynamic as the current situation demands.  

     4.  Because our strength lies in our unity and a house divided against itself is bound to fail, we advise that at this budding period of your tenure that you quickly look into and address the genuine demands of the “Aggrieved NANNM Members” which principally centres on outrageous deductions in the guise of Checkoff dues (CODs) and unite the house for a more prosperous future.

      5.   As an association, we pledge you our unalloyed support and cooperation in any endeavour that gears toward adding positive perspectives to the fortunes of our dear profession.

We pray that the grace of the Almighty God abound for you and your team as we look forward to a cordial cooperation with your regime in pursuing and promoting progressive agenda for the profession

Signed:

    CHIEF (HON.) S.E.O. EGWUENU                                         NURSE P.O. ETENG

            National President                                                                Ag.National Secretary

 

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Friday, 22 January 2021

ANNOUNCEMENT: EXPANDED BENEFITS FOR UGONSA MEMBERSHIP



UGONSA has partnered with the Institute of Global Education (IGE) to provide Free IELTS training for its members that are up to date in dues and preparing for the IELTS exam. IGE has a robust online platform for educational activities, including IELTS, and has seasoned IELTS tutors, including those that scored 9 overall in the exam and were honoured by Cambridge University as the overall best candidates in the IELTS exam. There is nothing more than to get UGONSA members preparing for IELTS to be trained free of charge from the comfort of their homes by these IELTS timbers and calibers. Henceforth, registered members who are up to date in dues and preparing for IELTS should reach out to Nur. Opeyemi, or Nur. Eteng or any other National EXCO member of UGONSA to draw from this benefit. All you have to show is your evidence of registration for the IELTS exam and proof of up to date financial membership of UGONSA….Make a positive Change!

Signed:

Nur. P.O. Eteng,

Ag. National Secretary.


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Sunday, 20 December 2020

CHRISTMAS & NEW YEAR: UGONSA HAILS NIGERIAN NURSES AS “RESILIENT AND COURAGEOUS”

  


The University Graduates of Nursing Science Association (UGONSA) in her end of the year and New Years’ message has described Nigerian nurses as “resilient and courageous”.

In a statement jointly signed by the National President, Chief (Hon.) S.E.O. Egwuenu, and the Ag. National Secretary, Nur. P.O. Eteng, the association averred that although the event of the year 2020 exposed the rots in our health system it however confirmed nursing as the pillar on which care delivery resides.

"The year 2020 designated by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as the year of the nurses to celebrate the 200th year anniversary of the birth of the founding mother of modern nursing, Nur. Florence Nightingale, turned out to be a year of COVID-19 pandemic that exposed how ill-equipped the Nigerian healthcare delivery system is.

"Despite poor remuneration, lack of life insurance, and absence of basic Personnel Protective Equipment (PPE) nurses proved to be the most reliable workforce of the century. They maintained an unequaled high-spirit, and selflessly confronted the dreaded virus with some paying the ultimate price when others took safety cover in their abodes. For all the altruistic care given to the masses, we say thank you! For our departed colleagues, we pray to the Almighty God to grant their souls eternal rest, Amen!

"As an association, the year 2020 was an eventful year for us. Efforts were targeted at changing the negative narratives of Nigerian nurses; several consultations and lobbying were made at different levels to achieve positive outcomes. The association is ever focused on working for the good of the nursing profession.

"Despite  challenges from within and outside we assure Nigerian Nurses that brighter days are ahead; where we are today is better than where we use to be;  by the grace of God tomorrow shall be better than today.

 To every Nigerian Nurse we charge that you remain an exemplary ambassador of the nursing profession, wherever your life interest may lead; never cease to preach and elaborate Love & Unity; continue to treat every Patient as a King or a Queen for they are the very reason for our existence. 

"Our slogan remains “make a positive change” to remind us that we must make positive impacts wherever we found ourselves.

"We wish to also felicitate with the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigerian (NMCN), the National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives (NANNM), the Nigerian Universities Nursing Students' Association (NUNSA), the National Association of Nigerian Student Nurses & Midwives (NANSNM) and other stakeholders in the nursing profession for their various roles in ensuring that Nigerian nurses claim their rightful place among other professions in the health sector. 

We hereby appeal to you all, both individual nurses and nursing groups to always put the Nursing Profession first above any personal interest at every truest moment. As we hope for a positive outcome on the Proper Placement of RN with BNSc degree, we enjoin all stakeholders to see this a priority of the profession and throw all the necessary weights behind it to see it succeed. Wishing you a merry Christmas and a prosperous 2021!

UGONSA....... Make a Positive Change!!!!

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