Nurses and midwives in Jordan empowered as leaders, specialists and advocates in health 

This year, to commemorate the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife, the Jordanian Nursing Council and its partners (JNMC, MOH, RMS, private and academic sectors) are actively participating in the Nightingale Challenge, and are holding a series of training sessions and activities to empower young nurses and midwives. Her Highness Princess Muna Al-Hussein, President of the Jordanian Nursing Council and WHO Patron of Nursing and Midwifery in the Eastern Mediterranean Region is dedicated to supporting the aims of the Nightingale Challenge: to develop the next generation of young nurses and midwives as leaders, specialists and advocates in health, while demonstrating that nursing and midwifery are exciting and rewarding careers.

Since the beginning of the year, a series of capacity building programmes and activities have taken place, aiming at enabling and developing Jordanian young nurses and midwives as effective leaders. Last month, a five-day training course on leadership was held for 20 young nurses and midwives at the Royal Medical hospitals and institutions. A group of experts and nursing leaders from various Jordanian health sectors, including the Jordanian Nursing Council facilitated the course to strengthen the skills and competencies of participating nurses and midwives in leadership and management. 

So far, 85 young nurses have attended and completed these leadership courses in the public, military and private hospitals. The leadership training course includes theory and practice components that include panel discussions, lectures, development and implementation of nursing care projects as well as mentoring and coaching of young nurses in their workplaces. Key themes that are included in the theory that is covered in the sessions include: 

  • leadership and management, 
  • health policy, 
  • continuous professional development, 
  • legislation governing the nursing and midwifery professions, 
  • quality improvement and quality assurance, 
  • project development, 
  • health informatics, and 
  • professional ethics. 

The leadership courses have been developed with the objective of ensuring that nurses are positioned to drive change that will improve health and contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals, including the third goal on Good Health and Well-Being of all people at all ages.