Study on the Role of Nurse Administrator in Healthcare Services and Built Environment in Southern Nigeria


A capstone project was The Role of the Nurse Administrator in Healthcare Services and Healthcare Built Environment in Southern Nigeria. Public Health Nursing Management, Research and Nursing Research, and Administration and Management in Nursing were all used to create the theme. A federal government organisation developed a health facility to enhance mother and child health for its host community in Rivers State, Southern Nigeria, as part of its corporate social responsibility. The Obstetrician hired before to the inauguration ceremony in 2018 was to confirm the architectural design. He was accompanied by a nurse, however. The first-stage labour room, sluice room, treatment room, examination room, nurses’ station, and toilet were all left out. This sparked the idea for the project’s name. The study’s goals were to determine the function of the nurse administrator in Southern Nigeria’s healthcare services and built environment, raise awareness of this role among nurses on the front lines, and influence evidence-based healthcare built environment decisions. This will increase patient and healthcare provider safety, as well as patient clinical outcomes and nursing staff job satisfaction. The research was both descriptive and observational in nature. It was undertaken for a cross-section of nurses in the clinical, educational, and administrative fields in three states in Southern Nigeria using self-structured questions and a telephone interview method. There were 35 people who responded to the survey (35). Medical doctors 3 (8.6%), Civil Engineer 1 (2.9%), and Architect 1 (2.9%) are all males. Nurses 30 (85.7%) – (28 (93%) females and 2 (6.7%) males), Medical doctors 3 (8.6%), Civil Engineer 1 (2.9%), and Architect 1 (2.9%) are all males. According to data collected for healthcare built environment features, 46.4 percent of facilities lack a dedicated nurses’ bathroom, 39.2 percent lack a cloakroom, 21.4 percent share a toilet with patients, and 28.6 percent lack a nurses’ station. Only 10.7% of respondents were satisfied with the purpose-built healthcare environment, and remarked how it had a beneficial impact on them. Nurse Administrators represented nurses at meetings, 10.7% were involved in decision making, 3.6 percent contributed to healthcare built environment design, and 6.7 percent influenced built environment planning design. The importance of the built environment in healthcare has been undervalued, resulting in the poor design of most healthcare buildings. The study also discovered a strong correlation between the design of hospital spaces and patient, employee, and family outcomes. As a result, there is a need to raise awareness and incorporate nurse administrators and clinical nurses as frontline workers to guarantee that their views are heard when it comes to influencing decision-making among other professionals in the healthcare built environment. This will improve workflow operations, the work environment, and the safety and outcomes of patients and providers.

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Gloria Tonye Dikibo
Texila American University (TAU), Tamilnadu, India.

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