Data Management and Analysis Nurses can serve as valuable sources of health care expertise and information for elected officials at the local, state and national level. The major challenges included intra- and interprofessional power dynamics, marginalization of nurses in policy making, and nursing profession-specific challenges. Oestberg, Fredrik MSN, RN. He has held key positions in the university including Head, Department of Population and Health (2010 – 2014) and Vice Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences (2014 – 2018). Additionally, the two training schools did not have institutional review boards, but their academic boards reviewed the proposal and gave verbal approval to conduct the study. Political Practices of Nurses By doing so, they can have a direct impact on legislation that affects health care providers and patients. Sullivan (2004) identifies some possible workplace strategies for developing influence, including: It also is the political, economic and financial capital of the Northern region. His duties at the University for Development Studies include coordinating and supervising student research. Studies exploring the political behavior of nurses in Ghana are virtually non-existent. : 10.1155/2016/3975634, O’Rourke, N. C., Crawford, S. L., Morris, N. S., & Pulcini, J. The fact that nurses generally do register to vote, and do vote in many elections, suggests that nurses may not be generally apathetic towards politics as has been suggested, but rather may limit the extent of their participation. Other large groups of people living here include the Dagarbas, Mamprusis, and Akans. Clinical relevance: 2. Buy this Article for $7.95. Nursing Research and Practice, 2016, 1–8. Scholars have presented various reasons as to why the call for nurses to be politically active is ethical and the right thing to do. “Nurses are extremely regulated by state law statutes, regulations before the board of nursing, hospital regulations, ambulatory care regulations, long-term-care regulations,” she said. (2016). During the data collection process, questionnaires were kept in separate envelopes marked with the facility name to track the rate of retrieval from each facility. Cramer, M. E. (2002). We requested that participants read the consent form, and sign if they agreed to take part in the study. Before this position, he taught at the Nursing and Midwifery Training College, Kpembe, for five years, and worked as a clinical nurse for five years at the Tamale Teaching Hospital. One key objective of this study was to determine the extent to which nurses in Ghana are involved in political activities. : 10.3912/OJIN.Vol12No01Man02, Ahoya, C. K., Abhichartibuttra, K., &Wichaikhum, O. :10.4172/2471-9846.1000142, Avolio, C. D. (2014). Unfortunately, nurses have historically had little involvement in policy that affects healthcare delivery. :10.1177/1527154413490566, Kelly, K. (2007). Nurses who were unable to complete surveys by the time of this first collection were given another week to complete the survey. ...only a small number of the nurses were found to be politically astute. Most residents of Tamale are Muslims, as reflected by the multitude of mosques in Tamale, and most notably, the Central Mosque. However, nurses who were on leave, or who had retired by the time the data were collected, were excluded from the final sample. Hence, for nurses to influence such reforms, they must be both politically involved and politically skillful. Health Promotion International, 26(1), 117-127. doi:10.1093/heapro/dag073. The sample size was 272 nurses, calculated using the Yamane formula (Yamane, 1967). 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