Guidelines: nursing and midwifery workforce planning
AbstractAdequate and competent nursing and midwifery workforce can contribute to the accessibility and coverage of health services and favorable health outcomes. Nurse-midwifery administrators in service, education and professional organizations are urged to formulate a national policy on nursing and midwifery workforce, develop nursing and midwifery workforce planning, and effectively manage workforce to ensure adequacy and proper distribution of workforce and quality of services. The guidelines are aimed to assist the nursing and midwifery administrators and concerned persons in developing nursing and midwifery workforce planning. The importance of having workforce planning is described. The steps in nursing and midwifery workforce planning are explained. These include: agree on the scope and objectives, establish project management capacity, assess the environment, describe the current workforce capacity, estimate future workforce needs, analyse the gap between workforce requirements and workforce capacity, develop strategies and responses to balance workforce needs with workforce capacities, implement the plan, and monitoring and evaluation. Factors facilitating successful planning are also included.
World Health Organization, Regional Office for South-East Asia. (2010). Guidelines: nursing and midwifery workforce planning. WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/205202