Management in Health, Vol 15, No 2 (2011)

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MANAGEMENT TRAINING AND EDUCATION TO STRENGTHEN THE NURSING PROFESSION IN SERBIA

Michael O’Rourke, Nina Lukic, Martin Jones, Nigel McCarley

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Abstract

Background: The role of nurses is underdeveloped in Serbia. This paper describes the situation of nurses in the Serbian health system; outlines activities to enhance nursing management; and identifies policies to strengthen the Serbian nursing profession.

Methods: Management training activities was undertaken to develop nursing knowledge and skills and to introduce international best practice in nursing management and governance. Data based on evaluations assessed effectiveness of the training and identified future education. priorities.

Results: Results indicate high levels of satisfaction with the management education and training approach, as well as the new ideas and concepts of management introduced. The training provided opportunities for enhancing the nurse management role in the everyday work setting and for articulating future education priorities for Serbian nurses.

Conclusion: Management education and training of this type provides a platform for further development of nurse managers and professionalization of nurses in Serbia. Other policies and strategies are needed to improve the management role and functions of Serbian nurses, including increased career opportunities; strengthened legal support; in-service training opportunities; and importantly, a single national professional organization to represent nurses’ interests and to promote standards and competencies.

 

Keywords: Serbian nurse education, management training, professionalization, strengthening nurse role

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