Nursing profession in Iran: An overview of opportunities and challenges
Article first published online: 25 MAR 2010
© 2010 The Authors. Journal compilation © 2010 Japan Academy of Nursing Science
Japan Journal of Nursing Science
Volume 7, Issue 1, pages 9–18, June 2010
How to Cite
FARSI, Z., DEHGHAN-NAYERI, N., NEGARANDEH, R. and BROOMAND, S. (2010), Nursing profession in Iran: An overview of opportunities and challenges. Japan Journal of Nursing Science, 7: 9–18. doi: 10.1111/j.1742-7924.2010.00137.x
- Issue published online: 26 MAY 2010
- Article first published online: 25 MAR 2010
- Received 17 June 2009; accepted 24 September 2009.
- job satisfaction;
- nursing image;
- nursing shortage
Aim: Iran's health-care system has witnessed profound changes in the last decades. Despite its progress, the system has currently faced many challenges in one of the important subsystems, nursing. The present review article aimed to present an overview of the opportunities and challenges of the Iranian nursing system, based on recent literature.
Methods: A broad search of the English and Persian-language literature was carried out, incorporating both electronic and manual components from 1999 to 2009. The results of the investigations among the searched literature are summarized.
Results: The major challenges are nursing shortages, job dissatisfaction, poor social position of nurses, the gap between theory and practice, lack of community-based nursing care, lack of an appropriate student recruiting system, and shortages in the nursing educational curriculums.
Conclusion: The authors believe that media, political and public support play a pivotal role in improving the image of nursing in society, increasing motivation among Iranian nurses, and promoting the sociocultural climate and the welfare of nurses, which will result in higher levels of quality of care as well as greater patient satisfaction.