Thursday, 5 April 2018

Afghanistan needs educated nurses

Roger Watson, Editor

Afghanistan is often in the news but rarely for any news about nursing. But a recent article titled: 'We need higher education: Voice of nursing administration from Kabul, Afghanistan' and published in Nursing Open raises the profile of nursing in this country better known for its troubles.

The study, by Qarani et al. (2108) aimed to: 'explore the educational profile of nursing managers and head nurses at public hospitals in Kabul, Afghanistan.' Nearly 90 senior nurses from across Kabul were surveyed and, as explained by the authors: '(i)t was found that, none of the participant was prepared with higher education in nursing; rather they had only diploma in nursing; and 84.9% of them had completed their nursing diploma before 2002.; 11.6% of participants were currently studying; and all were in non-nursing disciplines. On the other hand 100% of the participants expressed intention for further studies mainly in leadership and management, computer skill, English language, in-service nursing trainings and higher education in nursing.' They concluded: 'This study suggests that there is a dire need to design both short and long-term strategies for the capacity development of nursing leaders at public hospitals in Kabul, Afghanistan.'


Qarani WM, Jan R, Saeed KMI, Khyman L (2018) We need higher education: Voice of nursing administration from Kabul, Afghanistan Nursing Open doi: 10.1002/nop2.140


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