Planning among nurse managers in district hospitals in Ghana
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Planning among nurse managers in district hospitals in Ghana

James Avoka Asamani Nurse manager/researcher, Presbyterian Hospital, Donkorkrom, Ghana
Esther Oforiwaa Kwafo Nursing officer/anaesthetist, La General Hospital, Accra, Ghana
Adelaide Maria Ansah-Ofei Lecturer, University of Ghana

James Avoka Asamani and colleagues discuss whether staff running wards have adequate education and training to equip them with the skills necessary for effective decision making and the organisation of services in their units

This article reports the results of a study that explored the planning practices of nurse managers at ward level, their knowledge of planning process and the factors that influence effective planning.

Although the practice of planning was almost universal, half the participants had no knowledge of the process, and this knowledge gap was traced to a lack of educational preparation before their appointment. In-service training, support from management and staff, and funding were identified as major factors influencing effective planning at ward level.

The authors recommend that prospective nurse managers have educational preparation before they take up these positions and nurse managers already in post have capacity-building training in planning.

Nursing Management. 20, 8, 26-31. doi: 10.7748/nm2013.


Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 19 September 2013

Accepted: 31 October 2013