Promoting Hospital Patients’ Health in Jordan: Rhetoric and Reality of Nurses’ Roles

  • Noordeen Shoqirat Mutah University
  • Shona Cameron Shona Cameron PhD BA SRN SCM HV Nursing Faculty of Health Sciences Queen Margaret University Queen Margaret University Drive Musselburgh, EH21 6UU Nursing
Keywords: hospital nurses, health, health promotion, empowerment, case study, methods triangulation and organizational reform


Background: Hospital nurses are urged to promote patients’ health, but little is known about their role in
health promotion in general and, specifically, no Jordanian study was found that examines such a role. Objective:
this paper is a report of a study to understand and explore hospital nurses’ roles in heath promotion.
Population: Surgical and medical nurses in a large Jordanian teaching hospital.
Methods: A case study design using a multiple method triangulation strategy was used. Hospital nurses’ roles in
health promotion were examined using focus group discussions, non-participant observations, interviews, semistructured
questionnaires and documentary analysis.
Results: Generally, hospital nurses’ views towards their role in health promotion were positive. However, their
perceived role and actual practice of health promotion were largely restricted to individualised information
giving and behavioural change approaches. Diverse factors contributed to this situation. These included lack of
time, shortage of nursing staff, lack of knowledge in heath promotion, a power imbalance between doctors and
nurses, low public image of nursing and gender issues related to nursing. The way hospital nurses’ role in health
promotion is currently perceived and operationalised in practice in Jordan is inconsistent with recent health
promotion ideas operating at the level of empowerment and political actions.
Conclusion: Addressing the identified barriers therefore, together with a radical reform from curative services
towards a health promoting health agenda, is crucial.

Author Biography

Noordeen Shoqirat, Mutah University

Noordeen Shoqirat PhD MSc BSc RGN Neuro.SN

Faculty of Nursing

Head of Fundamental and adult Health Nursing

Mutah University





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Shoqirat, N., & Cameron, S. (2012). Promoting Hospital Patients’ Health in Jordan: Rhetoric and Reality of Nurses’ Roles. International Journal of Nursing, 1(1), 27-36. Retrieved from
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