The Kenya National Union of Nurses (KNUN) called off the nationwide nurses strike after signing an agreement with the Council of Governors and the Ministry of Health on November 2. The agreement, which was signed by Council of Governors Chairman H.E Josphat Nanok, Chairman of the Human Resource Committee H.E James Ongwae, Ministry of Health Cabinet Secretary Dr. Cleopa Mailu and KNUN Secretary General Mr. Seth Panyako ended the 150 days strike. The nurse’s strike, which began on 5th June 2017 has paralyzed healthcare services in the Counties.
The health workers agreed to return to work after the Government offered a nursing allowance of Ksh 23, 000, which will be increased by Ksh3, 500 over the same period and a uniform allowance of Ksh 15,000 between 2018 and 2019 that will be increased by Ksh 5,000 over a period of three years. All these will be factored in the 2018/2019 financial year. Speaking during the signing ceremony at Delta Corner, Council of Governors offices, H.E Josphat Nanok said that all the withheld nursing salaries will be deposited in their accounts by the end of November and that all court cases related to the industrial action stand withdrawn.
Mr. Seth Panyako, the chairman of the nurses union said that they were glad that they managed to reach a deal and that apologized to Kenyans for a bear-collapse of the healthcare system because of the strike.
Some of the things agreed upon were; that in 30 days of the signing of the agreement that the Collective Bargaining Agreement shall be concluded and signed, that all disciplinary cases initiated against the nurses during the period of the strike shall be withdrawn, that all withheld salaries be paid into the nurses’ accounts by the end of November 2017 and in any case, not later that 31st December 2017, that all court cases related to the industrial action shall be withdrawn by the parties save for petition Number 1998 of 2017 on the grading structures of the nurses and that the union shall call off the strike and direct its members to report to work immediately or not later than 3rd November 2017 by the close of business.
The nurses were urged to return to work immediately to enable the citizen to receive health services in the facilities.
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GUIDELINES FOR PRIVATE PRACTICE FOR NURSES
FULL TIME PRIVATE PRACTICE
nurse who wishes to undertake private practice must fulfill the following:-
Must be registered/enrolled in the appropriate register/roll with the Nursing Council of Kenya. Original Professional Certificates must be presented.
Must be a Kenyan citizen.
Must have five (5) years post-registration/enrolment experience. ( NCK, Standards of Nursing Education and Practice, 2007).
Must have a valid practice license.
Must present a declaration indicating that one is not in Government or non-Government employment.
Must submit a curriculum vitae including:-
When he qualified.
Continuing education since qualification.
Date of last employer.
Name and address of last employer.
Total length of time in service
Certified copies of certificate
Areas he has worked in as a nurse.
Certificate of good conduct from last employer/supervisor
State services one intends to render.
Indicate the nearest Health Institution that he will refer his clients/patients to.
Provide a satisfactory inspection certificate of the premises from the Local Supervising Authority for the initial application and every 3 years. The inspection should be done by the DHMT of whom one should be registered nurse.
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10. Appear in person for initial and renewal of licences at the Council Office.
Pay a prescribed fee for licensure and renew it each year a month before expiry date.
Apply for renewal of private practice licence every year. Late renewal will result to a penalty of Ksh. 500/- per month.
Display clearly the licence for private practice in the approved premises.
A nurse undertaking private practice must not except in grave emergency undertake any treatment which is outside his normal professional practice or which is not permitted by the Local Health Supervising Authority or the area in which he is practicing.
A nurse must keep custody of official clients/patients records for a period of not less than ten years after which he may then arrange for proper disposal.
A nurse undertaking private practice must refer the patients to the nearest Health facility in all cases he is unable to manage.
A nurse in private practice must show documentary evidence of Continuing Education every year i.e. 20 hours
A nurse undertaking private practice must keep records of all drugs administered or given to all patients.
If the patient dies, the nurse undertaking private practice who was in
attendance at the time of death or who was called immediately
afterwards must, whether or not a registered medical practitioner was
present at the time notify the Local Health Supervisory Authority and Police within 48 hours
A nurse undertaking private practice must give the Nursing Council or Local Health Supervising Authority or their representatives, every reasonable facility for the inspection of the register, clients and other records, his appliances, such part of his residence as is used for professional purposes and his method of practice. When the Local Health Supervision Authority deams necessary for preventing spread of infection, he must allow himself to be medically examined and suspended from practice if necessary.
A nurse undertaking private practice is required to maintain and use appliances and equipment to the satisfaction of the Local Health Supervising Authority and Nursing Council of Kenya.
A nurse who is engaged in private practice is permitted to operate only one approved private practice premises.
A practising nurse who wishes to employ nurses for his private practice will be
required to forward names of his employees, their registration/enrolment numbers and qualifications, to Nursing Council and Local Health Supervising Authority.
24. A nurse undertaking private practice will bear any legal liability relating to his/her professional practice.
A nurse undertaking private practice is advised to be insured against Malpractice and negligence.
A nurse undertaking private practice must observe rules and regulations set from time to time by the Nursing Council and the Local Health Supervising Authority.