Developing the future nurse leaders of Fiji

Stewart, Lee, Usher, Kim, Nadakuitavuki, Rigieta, and Tollefson, Joanne (2006) Developing the future nurse leaders of Fiji. Australian Journal of Advanced Nursing, 23 (4). pp. 47-51.

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Abstract

Background: Nurse leaders in Fiji are currently involved in meeting the challenges of being at the forefront of an AusAID supported Health Sector Improvement process. Fiji is experiencing the same shortages of health professionals (including nurses) as is occurring internationally, while simultaneously striving to improve the quality of its health services.

Primary argument: This paper provides information about the current situation in relation to health services in Fiji, and describes strategies being undertaken by the nurse leaders of Fiji to meet the challenge of leading an exciting reform process. James Cook University, School of Nursing Sciences, has been privileged to support the provision of contemporary leadership and management education for current and future nurse leaders in the Fiji Health Sector as a component of a current education program to educate registered nurses to bachelor level. This paper will provide an overview of the current Fiji Health Sector Improvement Program, with a particular focus on the preparation of nurse leaders.

Conclusion: There is an ongoing need to understand beliefs and values, and styles of interaction and communication, and indeed, ideas about time. With collaboration between Australian academics and Fiji tutors from the Fiji School of Nursing, the program appears to be remarkably successful.

Item ID: 3713
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: Fiji; nursing leadership; clinical governance; change
ISSN: 1447-4328
Date Deposited: 24 Nov 2009 06:00
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1110 Nursing > 111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920210 Nursing @ 100%
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