What are the reasons nurses/midwives from LMICs do not take leadership/managerial role in the healthcare system? (7)

18 February, 2022

In addition to reasons mentioned, I think the culture of many health care institutions, keeps saying she is a nurse. They always refer to nurses as a female job. In many countries females do not have their rights in full. This situation either it is a male dominated culture or nurses do not care to change the situation. They (nurses) strongly believe in their role as healthcare workers helping patients and physicians.  In many communities, institutions and countries men are leading. They are more in the parliament. Most countries are led (kings, prime ministers, ministers, etc.) by men. Changing this is not an easy task. It requires changing the culture, the attitude and the behavior. I live in a country (Jordan) where great nurses and great women are in leading roles. These women had to fight for their rights and had to make sure that they are excellent as individuals and not as women vs. men.

Best wishes to all. Najeeb Al-Shorbaji

HIFA profile: Najeeb Al-Shorbaji recently retired from the World Health Organization (WHO), where he has worked since 1988 in different capacities. He was most recently Director of the Knowledge, Ethics and Research Department at WHO headquarters, Geneva. Previously he was Coordinator for Knowledge Management and Sharing in EMRO (Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office), Egypt. He is a member of a number of national and international professional societies and associations specialised in information management and health informatics. He has authored over 100 research papers and articles presented in various conferences and published in professional journals. He is a member of the HIFA Steering Group and the HIFA Working Group on Multilingualism.



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