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Type Journal Article - International Journal of Nursing and Midwifery
Title Nursing education and workforce development: Implications for maternal health in Anambra State, Nigeria
Author(s)
Volume 5
Issue 3
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2013
Page numbers 35-45
URL http://www.academicjournals.org/journal/IJNM/article-full-text-pdf/2AE22FF1195
Abstract
The relationship between nursing and maternal health presents a legitimate policy discussion. In this
qualitative descriptive study, the views of nurse experts on the current status of nursing and midwifery
education, and workforce development issues as they relate to maternal health in Nigeria was explored.
Focus was on experts as they constitute important players in policy decisions related to nursing
workforce and maternal health services delivery. Qualitative content analysis was used to analyze
interview data. The findings of this study indicated that nursing and midwifery schools utilize a rigorous
curriculum mandated by the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria (NMCN). It was also found that
nursing workforce development is plagued by pedagogical issues, gender issues, and multi-faceted
health systems challenges. These findings suggest that Nigerian nursing workforce is highly unstable
and broader policies on workforce training, recruitment and retention are needed to improve maternal
health outcomes.

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