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International Journal of Nursing Education
Year : 2015, Volume : 7, Issue : 3
First page : ( 247) Last page : ( 251)
Print ISSN : 0974-9349. Online ISSN : 0974-9357.
Article DOI : 10.5958/0974-9357.2015.00174.9

A Qualitative Study of Nursing Leader's Perceptions of Professional Empowerment amongst Pakistani Nurses

Gulzar Saleema1, Karmaliani Rozina2, Vertejee Samina3, Khan Kausar S4, Amarsi Yasmin5, Macfarlane Judith6

1Assistant Professor, Aga Khan University School of Nursing and Midwifery, Pakistan

2Professor, Aga Khan University School of Nursing and Midwifery, Pakistan

3Senior Instructor, Aga Khan University School of Nursing and Midwifery, Pakistan

4Senior Lecturer, Aga Khan University School of Nursing and Midwifery, Pakistan

5Professor, East Africa

6Professor, Texas Woman's University, USA

Abstract

Several researches focused on impeding and promoting factors of empowerment amongst nurses in western context; little is available in non-western settings including Pakistan.

Therefore, qualitative approach was used to explore nursing leaders’ perception of empowerment amongst Pakistani nurses. Twelve Pakistani nursing leaders from the public and private sector were interviewed. The data revealed the concept of empowerment in five themes including status of a nurse, nursing profession, power relationships, value belief system and leadership and management. Dealing with challenges, adopting strategies, and achieving outcomes were also explored. However, this paper is going to focus empowerment in relation to educational context. The study concluded by offering recommendations for empowering nursing leaders.

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Keywords

EmpowermentOppressionNursing EducationCompetencies.

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