African Journal of Nursing and Midwifery ISSN 2198-4638 Vol. 8 (5), pp. 001-011, May, 2020. © International Scholars Journals

Full Length Research Paper

Nursing education and workforce development: Implications for maternal health in Anambra State, Nigeria

Mabel Chiemeka Ezeonwu

Nursing and Health Studies, University of Washington Bothell, 18115 Campus Way NE Bothell WA 98011, USA. E-mail: Tel: 425-352-3815. Fax: 425-352-3237.

Accepted 22 January, 2020


The relationship between nursing and maternal health presents a legitimate policy discussion. In this qualitative descriptive study, the views of nurse experts on the current status of nursing and midwifery education, and workforce development issues as they relate to maternal health in Nigeria was explored. Focus was on experts as they constitute important players in policy decisions related to nursing workforce and maternal health services delivery. Qualitative content analysis was used to analyze interview data. The findings of this study indicated that nursing and midwifery schools utilize a rigorous curriculum mandated by the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria (NMCN). It was also found that nursing workforce development is plagued by pedagogical issues, gender issues, and multi-faceted health systems challenges. These findings suggest that Nigerian nursing workforce is highly unstable and broader policies on workforce training, recruitment and retention are needed to improve maternal health outcomes.

Key words: Nursing education, midwifery education, nursing workforce development, health policies, maternal health, Nigeria.


African Journal of Nursing and Midwifery ISSN 2198-4638 Vol. 8 (5), pp. 001-011, May, 2020. Available online at © International Scholars Journals