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Analysis of nursing education in G hana: Priorities for scaling‐up the nursing workforce

By Sue Anne Bell, Sarah Rominski, Victoria Bam, Ernestina Donkor and Jody Lori


In this cross‐sectional study, the strengths, challenges and current status of baccalaureate nursing education in G hana were described using a descriptive design. The W orld H ealth O rganization G lobal S tandards for the I nitial E ducation of N urses and M idwives were used as the organizing framework, with baseline data on the status of nursing education from two state‐funded universities in G hana presented. A serious shortage of qualified faculty was identified, along with the need for significant upgrading to the existing infrastructure. Additionally, the number of qualified applicants far exceeds the available training slots. Faculty and infrastructure shortages are common issues in nursing education and workforce expansion; however, in low‐resource countries, such as G hana, these issues are compounded by high rates of preventable disease and injury. An understanding of the strengths and challenges of nursing education in G hana can inform the development of strategies for nursing workforce expansion for other low‐resource countries

Publisher: World Health Organization
Year: 2013
DOI identifier: 10.1111/j.1466
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