Address correspondence to Patricia L. Riley, C.N.M., M.P.H., Coordinating Office for Global Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Mail Stop E-41, Atlanta, GA 30333. Stephen M. Vindigni, M.P.H., is with the National Center for Environmental Health, CDC, Atlanta, GA. Patricia L. Riley, C.N.M., M.P.H., adjunct faculty, and Agnes N. Waudo, H.S.C., R.N., R.M., In-Country Project Director, are with the The Lillian Carter Center for International Nursing, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, Emory University, Atlanta, GA. John Arudo, B.S.N., M.P.H., M.Sc., Lecturer, is with the Advanced Nursing Studies Programme, Aga Khan University, Nairobi, Kenya. Andrew Kamenju, Managing Consultant, is with Avid Information Technology Consultants, Nairobi, Kenya. Japheth Ngoya, Technical Director, is with Computer Action Networks, Nairobi, Kenya. Elizabeth O. Oywer, R.N., Registrar, is with the Nursing Council of Kenya, Nairobi, Kenya. Chris P. Rakuom, B.Sc.N., R.N., R.M., I.C.U.N., Chief Nursing Officer, is with the Ministry of Health, Kenya Ministry of Health, Nairobi, Kenya. Marla E. Salmon, Sc.D., R.N., F.A.A.N., Dean and Professor, and Martha Rogers, M.D., Professor, are with the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, Emory University, Atlanta, GA. Maureen Kelley, C.N.M., Ph.D., Clinical Associate Professor and Chair, is with the Department of Family and Community Nursing, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, Emory University, Atlanta, GA. Michael E. St. Louis, M.D., Officer for Science and Global Public Health, Coordinating Office for Global Health, and Lawrence H. Marum, M.D., M.P.H., Medical Epidemiologist, Global AIDS Program, are with the CDC, Atlanta, GA.
Developing a Nursing Database System in Kenya
Article first published online: 20 MAR 2007
Health Services Research
Volume 42, Issue 3p2, pages 1389–1405, June 2007
How to Cite
Riley, P. L., Vindigni, S. M., Arudo, J., Waudo, A. N., Kamenju, A., Ngoya, J., Oywer, E. O., Rakuom, C. P., Salmon, M. E., Kelley, M., Rogers, M., St. Louis, M. E. and Marum, L. H. (2007), Developing a Nursing Database System in Kenya. Health Services Research, 42: 1389–1405. doi: 10.1111/j.1475-6773.2007.00715.x
- Issue published online: 20 MAR 2007
- Article first published online: 20 MAR 2007
Objective. To describe the development, initial findings, and implications of a national nursing workforce database system in Kenya.
Principal Findings. Creating a national electronic nursing workforce database provides more reliable information on nurse demographics, migration patterns, and workforce capacity. Data analyses are most useful for human resources for health (HRH) planning when workforce capacity data can be linked to worksite staffing requirements. As a result of establishing this database, the Kenya Ministry of Health has improved capability to assess its nursing workforce and document important workforce trends, such as out-migration. Current data identify the United States as the leading recipient country of Kenyan nurses. The overwhelming majority of Kenyan nurses who elect to out-migrate are among Kenya's most qualified.
Conclusions. The Kenya nursing database is a first step toward facilitating evidence-based decision making in HRH. This database is unique to developing countries in sub-Saharan Africa. Establishing an electronic workforce database requires long-term investment and sustained support by national and global stakeholders.