Learning Objective 1: The learner will be able to identify and understand blockers inhibiting the participation of nurses in health policy development.
Learning Objective 2: The learner will be able to identify and understand factors facilitating the participation of nurses in health policy development.
To explore the nursing perspective in order to examine the role of nurses and health
policy development in the Middle East.
A qualitative research study was conducted using an interpretivist approach. Through
purposeful sampling and snowballing technique 10 nurses were recruited for six different
countries in the Middle East. Semi-structured In-depth interviews using Skype software was
used to explore the perceptions of the nurses in reference to their roles in health policy in their
countries. The data was subjected to thematic content analysis.
Three themes emerged. The state of the nursing role in health policy development in
the Middle East is inadequate, but the situation is slowly changing for the better. The main
blockers affecting their involvement include insufficient education on health policy, a lack of
leadership, gender bias, and a hierarchical bias by physicians towards nursing.
In conclusion, this qualitative research has added insight into the role of nurses in
health policy development in the Middle East. Although some progress has been made, There is
a need for stronger leadership, improved education, interdisciplinary and global collaboration
to ensure nurses are active participants in health policy development.