Capacity development for Community Health Nurses in Pakistan: The assistant manager role

S. A. Gulzar, R. Mistry, M. J. Upvall

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Background: Community health nurses (CHNs), as leaders in developing countries, can promote successful outcomes in meeting the targets of the Millennium Development Goals. A community-based organization in Pakistan is striving to achieve the goals of maternal and child health through the development of the assistant manager role for community health nursing. Purpose: The purpose of this study was to assess the perception of the role of the CHN assistant manager, with the goal of strengthening that role. Methods: This interpretive, qualitative study included 13 participants already familiar with CHNs in Pakistan. Interviewing was utilized to explore perceptions of the assistant manager role and to uncover challenges currently existing within this new role. Findings: Content analysis revealed the following themes: 'role perceptions', 'expectations of the role' and 'collaboration with other community healthcare providers'. Conclusion: Changes to the role are necessary including increased education of the assistant manager CHNs and preparing administration to work with the assistant mangers for effective leadership.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)386-391
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Nursing Review
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2011


  • Community Health
  • Developing Countries
  • Leadership
  • Nursing
  • Qualitative Research


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