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Article Number: EC2/2015/011


Topic: Nursing


 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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  • CHUKWU EMMANUEL OKECHUKWU (Viewer) 16th Nov 2015 - 6:10 PM
    Well done for your work. I would like to say that going by your topic, there is a problem with the findings. Your findings focused more on the problems facing workforce development perhaps in Borno State instead of the effects of the existing workforce education on the maternal health. Your topic in other words can mean the effects of workforce education on maternal health in Borno State but your findings did not show whether the existing workforce education is having negative or positive effects on maternal health rather focused more on problems facing workforce development in Nigeria.

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  • SUNDAY YOHANNAH DANGYANG (Viewer) 18th Nov 2015 - 2:32 PM
    A good job. Your limitation base on the situation then was sympathetic but your sample size was low to capture Nigeria.
    What is the reliability of the manual method used for the analysis.

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  • Edet Okon Umoh (Viewer) 21st Nov 2015 - 12:22 PM
    Umoh, Edet Okon
    I appreciate your work my brother. You should equally add in the recommendation that Nigerian Universities should permit nurses with BNSc and many years in service to read other post graduate courses related to health like: Anesthesia, psychiatry, pediatrics. it will help boost the sector and assist at primary health.

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  • UDOGWU FELIX (Viewer) 21st Nov 2015 - 6:54 PM
    Immediately I saw Borno State. It drew my attention because of the peculiar situation of that state in this present Nigeria, the act of Terrorism, kidnapping, sabotual and constant case of harassment and fear, I believe that Nursing Workforce Education and the negative effect to the Maternal Health in Borno State. Can be attributed to the below extract from one of the Nigeria News Paper.

    Healthcare services collapse as doctors, nurses flee Borno on March 09, 2014
    Quotation from VANGARD.
    Healthcare services have collapsed in the northern part of Nigeria’s Borno state as doctors, nurses and pharmacists flee for their lives from brutal violence unleashed by Islamist Boko Haram militants.
    Medical professionals say health services in the region have largely shut down, with mortality rates and vaccination programmes severely hit and pressure heaped on the skeleton staff that remain.
    “The whole healthcare system in northern Borno has collapsed and healthcare delivery is nil,” said Musa Babakura, a surgeon at the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital (UMTH).

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    The attack on educational systems undermines the ability for accurate information to be disseminated and for women to take ownership over their own bodies. For the mainly rural states, that already have only limited resources, this is hugely problematic, and results in a large-scale loss of lives.
    Let us not forget that Boko Haram translates as 'Western education is forbidden'. This explicit disdain for education -- most notoriously seen in the kidnapping of the Chibok schoolgirls -- has also seen Bayero University in northern Kano State and the University of Maiduguri in Borno State become targets for terrorism. These threats not only jeopardise current educational programmes such as the compulsory one-year service undertaken by university graduates, the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), which was suspended in the some parts of the north recently, but they also deter prospective students from applying to further their education.
    This translates to fewer operating health workers in places that need them the most. and reduced health institution with few or no teachers as they have ran away from the trouble state.
    This is my take on it.

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  • UMWANGANGE MARIE LOUISE (Viewer) 21st Nov 2015 - 9:58 PM
    Thank you Musa for your work. It is a good work with in-text citations as per academic writing. I have three observations from this study:
    1. What are your research questions?
    2. Are the findings really related to the title?
    3. The study population and the sample size are equal in number?=24. Did study all the population?