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Health Informatics Seminar

Heads up, nurses! If you missed last month's Seminar on Health Informatics, here's your chance. 

The University of the Philippines Manila, National Telehealth Center in partnership with the International Open Source Network ASEAN +3 will again be conducting a Seminar on Health Informatic on May 21, 2010.

The venue for the seminar is at the College of Dentistry Auditorium, University of the Philippines Manila Pedro Gil St. Cor. Taft Avenue, Manila.

For details on the seminar, check out the embedded information sheet below:

Seminar on Health Informatics -

Sent in by Noel A. BaƱez, R.N. Thanks!

Free Trade Agreement Opens New Zealand to Filipino Nurses

Filipino nurses may soon find themselves working in New Zealand as the country opens its doors to foreign workers as part of the ASEAN Australia New Zealand Free Trade Agreement (AANZFTA).

Under the trade pact, New Zealand will accept up to 100 Philippine nurses to work in the country for a period of three (3) years.  Working visas will also be issued to allow the nurses to work while they undergo bridging courses and exam.

For its part, Australia has announced that under the AANZFTA, it will provide opportunities for Filipino professionals and skilled workers as it expanded the definition of Contractual Service Suppliers in its movement of natural persons (MNP) commitment to cover both professionals, including nurses, and skilled workers. 

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Tips for Nurses: Preventing Back Injury

Nursing is one of the riskiest occupations for work-related back injuries.  Because a nurse’s job involves a lot of stretching, bending, lifting, and transferring patients, nurses are more likely to experience severe back injuries than other types of workers.
Majority of hospitals in Europe and the United States have adopted a "No Manual Lifting" policy after studies on injury prevention showed that tasks such as lifting and transferring patients account for a large percentage of work-related injuries among nurses.

In the Philippines, however, not every healthcare institution has the capacity to implement a back injury prevention program and invest millions on modern mechanical lifting equipment to protect their nurses’ health.  

And so mitigate this risk, here are some practical tips on how to prevent back injuries in the workplace:

  • Observe proper body mechanics.  Sure, we learned this in nursing school but it won’t hurt to review on the topic again so you’ll remember to maintain a wide base of support and maintain proper body alignment.
  • Use proper equipment.  Use a draw sheet when moving patients up in bed or a slide board when transferring the patient from the bed to another flat surface.  The use of assistive devices such as rails, gait belts and walkers when transferring patients will greatly reduce the risk of back injury.
  • Organize a lift team.  Always ask for help when transferring patients.  When moving or repositioning patients, the rule of thumb is never lift more than you can.
  • Strengthen your back.  Activities as simple as walking, swimming, and running will help you greatly in strengthening your back and keeping you in shape.  If you are overweight, consider losing the extra pounds because the excess weight puts additional strain on your spine and will make back pain even worse.

Work-related back injuries may be fairly common among nurses but it is an issue that can be addressed.  Through re-education , adequate staffing,  and the use of modern mechanical lifting devices, it  is preventable.

The California Board of Registered Nursing will no longer accept applications lacking a U.S. social security number (SSN). This was announced recently by the board on its website.
California BRN Announcement on SSN -

Before this announcement, applicants without U.S. social security numbers were still allowed to sit for the NCLEX exam. Only those who passed the exam were required to submit a U.S. SSN as a requirement for the issuance of their RN license.

Thanks to Mizuki for the heads up.

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