Iranian Nurses’ Status in Policymaking for Nursing in Health System: A Qualitative Content Analysis
Mohammad Ali Cheraghi 1, Shahrzad Ghiyasvandian 2, Akram Aarabi*, 3
1 Department of Critical Care Nursing, Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
2 Department of Medical Surgical Nursing, Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
3 Department of Operating Room, Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery, Isfahan University of Medical Science, Isfahan, Iran
Presence of nurses in policy making will result improvement of nursing practice, and increase qualification of patients’ care, but still few nurses are involved in policy debates and health reforms and their status in policy making for nursing is not clear. The aim of this study was to elucidate Iranian nurses’ status in policy making for nursing in health system. This is a qualitative study. Using purposive sampling 22 participants were interviewed to gain deep understanding from the phenomenon of status of nurses in policy making. Of these 2 were not nurses but the members of Iran’s council for health policy making. Data were analyzed by employing conventional content analysis. Nurses’ status in policy making declared base on the implications of three main themes including “the policy making framework”, “perceived status of nurses in policy making”, and “the manner of nurses’ participation in policy making”. The conclusion of the present study is that Policy making for nursing is a subcategory of Iran’s macro health policies. What made the status of nurses more efficient in policy making for nursing was their practice and rate of participation in the appointed positions and the society. Results of this study represented major points of weakness in nursing policies and some recommendations for modifications.
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* Address correspondence to this author at the Department of Operating Room, Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery, Isfahan University of Medical Science, Isfahan, Iran; Tel: 03137927510; Fax: +983136699398;