Challenges for nurse managers in China
Article first published online: 12 JUL 2010
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Journal of Nursing Management
Special Issue: This issue: Managing in economic austerity Issue editors: David Newbold and Kristiina Hyrkäs
Volume 18, Issue 5, pages 526–530, July 2010
How to Cite
WONG, F. K. Y. (2010), Challenges for nurse managers in China. Journal of Nursing Management, 18: 526–530. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2834.2010.01115.x
- Issue published online: 12 JUL 2010
- Article first published online: 12 JUL 2010
- Accepted for publication: 28 April 2010
- Chinese nursing;
- Chinese nurse managers;
- SWOT analysis
wong f.k.y. (2010) Journal of Nursing Management18, 526–530 Challenges for nurse managers in China
Aim To critically review the challenges facing nurse leaders in China during healthcare reform.
Background China is now undergoing a major reform aimed at enhancing the accessibility and quality of its healthcare at a level that is affordable to the people. Nurses have a key role to play in this reform.
Evaluation Key documents produced by the government of China were critically reviewed using the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT) framework.
Key issues A number of factors, including the insufficient number of nurses and the medical orientation of the health system, have hindered the development of nursing. However, healthcare reform has created new opportunities for nurses and nursing.
Conclusions This paper reviews the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats faced by nurse managers in China. It identifies barriers but also possibilities for nurse leaders to advance nursing and make nurses visible in this era of transforming healthcare.
Implications for nursing management Many of the issues identified in this review, such as the enhancement of quality and accessibility of care, are important to nurse leaders around the world. However, this article reveals the particular challenges faced by nurse leaders in China, with its unique social and historical background.