Again, its opinion article, data collected from the zoom seminar interactions with Nursing Now groups, and other zoom seminars. Maintained confidentiality of the events and members but felt to highlight the issues through the article.
Read the report on Investing in the power of Nurse Leadership: What will it take? This artice discusses about barriers and facilitators of nurse leadership.
Interviews of 29 nurses, Nursing policy leaders in Kenya- Please take a look:
Ms.X: I believe there are issues with all senior leadership Men and women. Nurses’ voices are not taken seriously. Front line nurses have met with these senior staff and nothing changes, it is frustrating. Why do women in senior hospital leadership not advocate for a women-centered profession? By the way, clinical nurses are not treated as professionals but as assembly line workers.
A nurse from Kenya: It is unfortunate that in Africa, It’s not only being invisible or not getting enough recognition and pay but also the fact that the doctors usually look down on us. most of the nurses in my country are suffering from an inferiority complex which is at times instilled during their school days. unfortunately, the nurses in senior management positions do nothing about this. It is frustrating.
Ms. Y: I believe nurses fear speaking out for fear of losing their job. we don’t have job security in our settings, especially in the private sector. Nurses cant say or speak out even when they have the right idea or are in the right to fear of losing their jobs. The small percent who come up to help Lead nurses are put down by the fellow nurses
Ms. Z: Nurses have been aligned with hospitals and medicine. Realignment with public health may be a timely approach to addressing the needs of humanity more directly. The ICN’s articulation to the UN SDG is a step away from medicine as nurses are involved with 15 of 17 UN SDGs only one of which deals with health.
A nurse from Uganda: we had a situation of a nurse wheeling a patient from one hospital to another, so as to better serve and help her patient as she was denied an ambulance but all the nurses in senior positions did was to blame her for being unprofessional, which still makes me believe that it’s not mainly about or because we don’t have nurses in senior management positions but rather the severe lack of unity in the nursing profession.
Ms. A: I believe that a strategy would be to think about changing nursing education. Mindset change happens in the long run.
Conclusion: These are personal opinions, need voices from many such members who face these issues daily, and need for the research evidence to support these statements. But, I firmly, believe that there is a stigma among health workers to raise such issues, and can say that there is no enough support to solve their problems. Is it due to a lack of leaders or ignorance of such issues, as it becomes a new normal? certainly, it shows need to strengthen the curriculum of Nursing Leadership.