The need for leadership and management training for community nurses: results of a Ugandan district health nurse survey

J Community Health Nurs. 1997;14(2):119-30. doi: 10.1207/s15327655jchn1402_4.


A joint Ugandan-American team conducted a nonrandom convenience survey of 14 Ugandan district health nurses from 12 of Uganda's 39 districts. The survey was designed to (a) identify what senior nursing personnel are actually doing in Ugandan districts, (b) determine whether these nurses believe that their nursing education prepared them for their roles, and (c) discover what these nurses believe should be added to the basic nursing curriculum to better prepare district nurses for their jobs. Supervision and general management made up the largest portion of the current district health nurse's actual and perceived roles. The nurses varied on how well their nursing education prepared them for their roles, but the majority voiced a need for further training in management skills. None of the nurses perceived herself to be a leader, and most displayed an inability to prioritize within their work settings.

MeSH terms

  • Attitude of Health Personnel*
  • Clinical Competence*
  • Curriculum
  • Humans
  • International Educational Exchange
  • Job Description
  • Leadership*
  • Nurse Administrators / education*
  • Nurse Administrators / psychology*
  • Nursing Education Research
  • Public Health Nursing / education*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Uganda