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Families are concerned about nursing students who have been imprisoned on suspicion of having ties to the military.

Caption: Thinzar Tun, a 21-year-old student at the University of Nursing (Yangon), was arrested and accused of being a PDF member (Supplied)
Thinzar Tun, a 21-year-old student at the University of Nursing (Yangon), was arrested and accused of being a PDF member (Supplied)

The family members of two young nurses are concerned for their well-being after spending more than one month in junta custody after they were accused of being members of the People’s Defence Force (PDF). 

On August 2, Thinzar Tun—a 21-year-old student from the University of Nursing in Yangon—and Si Thu Lwin, a 25-year-old practicing nurse, went to a bus station in the town of Kamma, in Magway Region to pick up medical supplies sent by donors from Mandalay to distribute to people displaced by the junta’s raids and offensives. The two nurses were arrested at the bus station. 

“I want to get in touch with them. I want to know what they have had to eat and the conditions they are staying in. I’m just waiting for the phone to ring the whole day,” Thinzar Tun’s mother said, crying. 


Thinzar Tun is a native of Kinma in Magwe Region’s Pauk Township, a 230-household village which was largely burnt down by the junta’s army in July. She was providing medical care to some of the 2,000 people who fled from seven villages in the area, including Kinma. She and Si Thu Lwin were both based in Pauk Township. 

“Patients asked her for help, so she could not ignore them. She is still a student, so she doesn’t understand some of the medical issues. In those cases, she asked her teacher by phone what to do, and then she gave the appropriate treatment to those patients,” her mother said. 

“Between four and 10 people a day have asked for her medical help. She has had no rest.”

Thinzar Tun’s mother is also currently on the run due to the arson attack on Kinma. 

Si Thu Lwin, who was arrested alongside Thinzar Tun, had five years of experience as a nurse, and had worked in the Pyin Oo Lwin 300-bed general hospital. Since his involvement in the Civil Disobedience Movement, he had not gone to work, instead providing medical assistance to locals who fled villages like Kinma. 

One of Si Thu Lwin’s family members said that he went to the Pauk Township police station—an hour’s drive from Kamma, where the arrest took place—to inquire about Si Thu Lwin’s condition but was not given any information.  

“This is illegal. These kids have had their rights taken away,” Si Thu Lwin’s father said. “[The military authorities] did not contact us, so we tried to communicate with them, but it was in vain.”

Two other villagers who had accompanied the nurses were also arrested alongside them on August 2, and their families also remain unable to contact them. 

During the arrests, the junta’s armed forces confiscated around 1 million kyat (US$607) worth of medical supplies including Covid-19 prevention materials, and medication for pregnant women and the elderly, said a colleague of the two nurses. 

The junta announced on August 28 that Thinzar Tun and Si Thu Lwin had weapons on them at the time of their arrest, and stated that they were PDF members. 

The military-run Myawaddy TV also broadcast video footage of the two nurses confessing to being members of the PDF. 

Their family members insist that they are only volunteer nurses and are not part of the armed resistance movement.  

“We want them to be released,” Thinzar Tun’s mother said. “We will be relieved when we get our kids back. It will only be all right when they are with their parents again.”   

The parents of Thinzar Tun and Si Thu Lwin have asked that they be informed by the military council of their children’s whereabouts and be allowed to send them food and medicine.

The Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP) reported on August 30, the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances, that the military junta had not disclosed the whereabouts of some 82 percent of the more than 7,000 detainees arrested since the coup 

According to the AAPP, 78 health workers have been among those arrested. Three doctors died shortly after being detained by the coup regime. 

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Top countries with highest nursing pay and visa requirements.

Visa requirements for working abroad

All nations recorded below require work visas in arrange to legitimately be utilized within the nation. These visas cannot be gotten without

  • sponsorship from the hospital, 
  • a verifiable employment offer, 
  • and credentialing from the countries board of nursing. 

Working with an International Nursing Travel Agency can offer assistance encourage this and do most of the legwork. Usually vital to getting to be effective, as most nations do deny non-EU applications the primary time. By utilizing an Agency that’s recognizable with worldwide nursing law, the chances of success are higher. Moreover, they can encourage discussions with the nations and talk about ways to get licensure in a faster fashion.

Below are some of the top countries around the world for nurses to work. All average salaries listed are in USD.


Luxembourg – $60,000 to $125,000

Currently topping the list as the most highest paid nation in the world for nurses, this modest nation in Western Europe pays their nurses exceptionally well. Because of the little size of the nation and its tax haven laws, getting a work as a nurse is greatly difficult. Whereas nearly impossible, nurses can wait for a long time for an opening to occur.


In order to become a nurse in Luxembourg, you must first appeal the Ministère de la Santé (Ministry of Health) for an application pack which costs generally $150. Nurses are either authorized as grown-up nurses only or under a general framework. This can be critical depending on the specialty of the nursing position. A visa is required to work in Luxembourg.

Australia – $56,000 (USD)

Australia has gotten to be a key goal for those fascinated by traveling and working overseas. A expansive request is the national dialect is English and there’s no dialect boundary. There are various universal organizations that work with clinics in Australia. In order to work in Australia, nonnatives are required to apply for a visa. Most international nurses work with a nursing organization that’s familiar with the laws of worldwide travel. It is rare to apply for a work and take on the needed paperwork by oneself. Keep in mind, getting a visa must go through the right channels and can take weeks to months. Becoming an international nurse requires more planning than traveling within the United States.

Canada – $51,000

The College of Nurses of Ontario is the administering board for Enrolled Nurses in Canada. Worldwide candidates must secure a permit from the board after a arrangement of background checks, interview questions, and an examination. This examination costs a minimum of $340. The cost can change based off of individual components. According to the site, the enlistment process can take anyplace from 3-18 months. The application can be started online with a submission of documentation.

Italy – $59,594

Italy, just like the United States, currently has a shortage of nurses. In order to work in a nation where English isn’t the primary dialect, most nursing licensure boards requiring a dialect proficiency examination as portion of the credentialing process. In Italy, nurses are required to take the Italian Nursing boards, a dialect proficiency examination, and must be supported by an Italian clinic to gain the nursing license. Once, this happens a visa must be gotten to work in Italy by means of the Italian Embassy.

Additional information can be found through the Collegio Infermieri La Spezia. The website is entirely in Italian but can be translated and has a great deal of information about working as a nurse in Italy.

Ireland – $64,000

Nurses who wish to practice in Ireland must be enlisted with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI). The Board stresses to nurses to NOT move to Ireland, until a choice with respect to credentialing has been finalized. It is also critical not to apply for a work position or ask about a position before getting certification from the Board. In order to qualify, interested candidates must complete an online data packet, background check, fingerprinting, and English proficiency examination. This is required whether or not you’re a local English speaker. A few people are required to complete an examination but that’s eventually decided by the board. In order to work in Ireland, an employment visa is a necessity.


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JUST IN: CVS needs pharmacists,nurses to get vaccine

CVS Health Corp. has joined the list of firms in the United States that require employees who have contact with consumers to get vaccinated against the coronavirus.


 Nurses and other representatives who associated with patients, as well as all corporate staff, must be vaccinated by Oct. 31, the company said Monday. It said pharmacists have until Nov. 30 to be vaccinated. CVS, headquartered in Woonsocket, Rhode Island, said other occupations can be included to the list requiring vaccination. The company says its workforce of a few 300,000 individuals incorporates more than 40,000 doctors, pharmacists, nurses, and nurse practitioners.


Patients battling Covid-19 are cheered up by military nurses dancing.

ICU nurses at 1 Military Hospital in Pretoria used dancing to lift the spirits of Covid-19 patients.
Covid-19 patients in 1 Military Hospital in Pretoria were cheered up by dancing nurses.

Nurses at 1 Military Hospital in Pretoria performed the It Ain’t Me remix to cheer up patients fighting Covid-19 and to raise their own spirits.


Nurses dressed in scrubs and PPE can be seen dancing to the song in a viral video clip on social media sites TikTok and Instagram.

It was a way for them to “renew their patients’ strength and endurance as health professionals throughout the hardships they are facing”, according to military health service.

“The #ItAintMeDanceChallenge was also about celebrating and displaying Women’s Month in style and encouraging other females health warriors to soldier on regardless of the challenges.


“A dance challenge is a powerful artistic medium for communicating the essence of humanity. The dance allows people to express their creativity, skills and victories. It also decreases anxiety, increases self-esteem and improves psychological wellbeing.”

Capt Lorato Maphatse, an ICU nurse at 1 Military Hospital, said: “The purpose of the dance challenge is to uplift the spirit of all the health workers during the pandemic, and to deliver a strong message to the community and families of the Covid-19 patients that as health warriors we are here to give you all the support you need and to do the best of our abilities to care for your loved ones.

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10 Reasons Nurses Are The Best People To Fall In Love With

Nurses are the first people you see when you’re in post-op, the first people to tell you how great you did on the operating table, and the first people to keep a room full of concerned and confused faces calm after a major disaster strikes or an accident occurs. And though they’re often undermined when it comes to professional success, hospitals, doctors and patients are better off because of nurses.

They’re calm and considerate, cool under pressure, and a walking medical dictionary — not to mention, pretty well-versed when it comes to human anatomy and your pleasure spots, here’s why you should aim for the nurse if you are looking for a good spouse.

1. They’ve got job security.

Guess what? Hospitals, doctors, and patients — they’re always going to need nurses to help them through the most meticulous and mundane tasks.

But they’re not the only ones. According to national statistics, the unemployment rate for nurses in the United States is less than two percent. That means that nurses know what they want, how to get it, and how to keep it, which makes their long-term relationship appeal look pretty good, right?

2. They’re both physically and emotionally strong.

Did you think that trying to carry your laptop and your gym bag to and from the office and managing a team of entry-level assistants without losing your cool five days a week was tough? Try changing bedpans, clothing, and bathing patients with unheard-of needs and keeping it together when a person’s prognosis doesn’t look all that uplifting.

Nursing is absolutely one of the most physically demanding and mentally strong professions.


3. They’re better caregivers than doctors.

Here’s something that absolutely won’t shock or surprise you: Nurses are looked at, both by those in and out of the medical profession, as offering better care for patients than doctors.

Research performed by Thomas Bodenheimer found that people are turning to their nurses more and more frequently for answers to their most pressing patient care issues. Need more proof? Before stepping across the podium every nurse vows to “Do no harm.” It’s good life — and work — advice.

4. They’re morning (and night) people.

Looking for a partner that preps the coffee hours before you’re ready to pour it, or someone who shuts off all the lights in the apartment before they go to sleep?

In 2001, the American Nurses Association found that 51 percent of nurses admitted that they worked an average of 41-60 hours per week, which means they were probably up hours before you were and still making rounds while you were drifting off to sleep. Since patient care is a round-the-clock service, nurses generally work long and grueling 12-hour shifts from 7-to-7.

5. They’re great communicators.

To their credit, nurses are taking in tons and tons of important information every day, from medications and allergies to prognoses and care plans. So early on in their careers, nurses learn how important it is to be clear, honest and thoughtful communicators.

They know that saying the wrong thing could result in the wrong dosage or procedure. So you can expect them to be open and upfront about what they want in a relationship, what they need, and whether or not you’re giving it to them.

6. They’re trustworthy.

There’s no question people trust and confide in nurses. They’re present for some of the most critical moments in their patient’s lives every day.

7. Nurses can save your life.

We are all required to be current in CPR, and most of us are required to have ACLS. If you’re choking, we can perform the Heimlich maneuver. If you come down with Swine Flu, there’s a good chance we’ll recognize the symptoms and get you early treatment.

8. Nurses make good money.

At least, we have the potential to make good money. Our bosses may complain about overtime, but they need shifts covered, so they usually let us work! Get involved in a few hospital committees and work on some unit projects and you’re-in-the-moneeeeey! No matter where in the world you go, everyone needs a nurse.

9. Nurses are flexible.

Not that kind of flexible!, but they are pretty flexible with their schedules. They’re also use to constantly having to change things and adapt to stuff thrown at them, so it’s pretty hard to faze them.
Nurses know how to cook…or at least, how to throw a party. We have so many bring-a-dish-to-work parties, nurses know how to throw something together.

10. Nurses are multitaskers.

Nurses can literally do 100 things at once, and they do them all pretty well. We are like the best jugglers e-v-e-r.
Nurses know how to deal with crazy – If you decide to wake up one day and completely act like a fool, it will probably not make the nurse next to you blink. We totally know how to deal with crazy, and we also know how to manage it 😉

So go on and do it…fall in love with a nurse! Your life will never be the same 🙂


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Buhari should guarantee satisfactory wage for Nurses – NUNSA President

The President for the Nigerian Universities Nursing students’ association, Reuben Markus via his social media handle have called unto the Grand commander of Africa most populous nation, to ensure that nurses are paid a decent wage for their skill and professionalism

And what could have triggered and accelerated NUNSA President to voice out is uncertain, as of this moment whether NUNSA has reached out directly to the President through the media aides is also uncertain.

When it comes to their monthly take-home though, there is no much to admire, especially given the difference in salary structures in various sectors. Compared to medical doctors and some other medical professionals, the salaries of nurses are not as scintillating. Like most other medical professions, salaries of nurses vary per level of experience and sector. Private universities pay lesser salaries compared to their counterparts in Government hospitals or teaching hospitals.

On average, entry-level nurses earn N50, 000 – N80, 000 in private hospitals in Nigeria while their counterpart in government hospitals earn about N70, 000 – N120, 000. It should be noted that nurses in federal hospitals earn more than those in state hospitals. The salary structure is dependent on many factors. The consoling par for nurses in federal and State hospitals is the bonuses and allowances.

Nurses are entitled to several bonuses and allowances. They are also dependent on the level of experience. For instance, senior-level nurses earn more than entry-level nurses and have better bonuses and allowances. Generally, the salary structure for Nurses is based on two main standards: Consolidated Health Salary Structure (CONHESS) which is for hospitals and Consolidated University Academic structure (CONAUSS) for Nurses in the academic sector.

Salaries of Nurses in Government Hospitals/Teaching Hospitals
Entry level (0 – 2 years’ experience): N70, 000 – N90, 000 (Only few hospitals pay more than this)
Mid-Level (2 – 5 years): N90, 000 – N110, 000
Experienced (5 years and above): N100, 000 – N150, 000
Salaries of Nurses in Private Hospitals
Entry level (0 – 2 years’ experience): N50, 000 – N80, 000
Mid-Level (2 – 5 years): N70, 000 – N100, 000
Experienced (5 years and above): N80, 000 – N150, 000

It should be noted that the salary stated above is the basic salary and it excludes bonuses and other allowances nurses are entitled to.

Recent researches showed that over 50% of nurses in Nigeria have are paid between N100,000 and N300,000, and about 38% receive between N50,000 and N100,000. Only 10% of nurses earn N300,000.

Experts also claim that this is an extremely low level of salary for such a hard work. In some cases one nurse can have over 30 patients under care, such situation happened because of a small number of professional nurses in the hospitals of the country.

‘Many of us have PTSD’: Pennsylvania nurses strike amid Covid worries

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Strike is the latest in a wave of healthcare worker protests over low pay, understaffing and PPE shortages

A surgical nurse at St Mary medical center in Langhorne, Pennsylvania, his hospital was quickly overwhelmed during the first wave of the pandemic this spring, he said. He described racing between patients, only to discover that one had quietly suffocated while awaiting help.

He said he wrapped more patients in body bags in the first two months of the pandemic than he had in the previous 25 years. On Tuesday, he and 700 other nurses at the medical center went on strike after saying they were poorly compensated and short-staffed despite all they had to deal with as the virus surges again.

The fact that Gentile and his colleagues are part of a union offers them some protection from retaliation. But other workers who have protested unsafe conditions have faced serious consequences. In March, four Detroit nurses who raised concerns about understaffing and equipment shortages lost their jobs for reportedly violating their hospital’s social media policy. A Chicago nurse was taken off her hospital’s schedule after sending an email to colleagues urging them to use more PPE than the hospital provided.

Administrators, who brought in a fleet of travel nurses to replace the striking workers until Sunday morning, when Gentile and others expect to return, had not responded to the union’s demands as of Friday afternoon. The hospital issued a statement saying it “remains committed to bargaining in good faith” and that its administrators take care to maintain “appropriate levels of staffing”.

Though it’s unclear whether the strike will yield any immediate policy changes, Gentile said he’s encouraged by the solidarity his colleagues have shown, by new virus treatments, and by the prospect of a vaccine being just around the corner.

Increase of 240 euros per month for German nurses after a week of strikes

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At least 240 euros more by the end of the month: this agreement will cost the German Lander about 7 billion euros between now and 2021. The agreement was reached between the government and the unions at the end of a week of strikes and demonstrations throughout the country

Over 1 million public service workers from 15 German Länder have achieved an 8% wage increase in 33 months, as predicted by the agreement reached between the government and the trade unions.

The increases will take effect retroactively from January 1st. This year a + 3.2% will be guaranteed, a further + 3.2% will be added in 2020 and a new increase of 1.4% is expected in 2021. Overall, the minimum increase will be 240 euros, of which 100 already this year. The unions had asked for a 6% increase in 12 months.

The signed agreement will concern 800 thousand employees and will then be extended to another 1.1 million. According to the trade unions’ estimates, a total of 2.3 million people will benefit from it: officials, teachers, soldiers, nurses, judges and clergymen. Union number one Ver.Di Frank Bsirske called it “the best deal in many years”.