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ISRN Public Health
Volume 2012, Article ID 372573, 9 pages
Research Article

Factors Contributing to Job Engagement in Ugandan Nurses and Midwives

1Department of Health Promotion and Development, Faculty of Psychology, University of Bergen, Bergen, Christies Gate 13, 5015 Bergen, Norway
2Department of Health Promotion, Faculty of Health Sciences, Vestfold University College, Tonsberg, P.O. Box 2243, 3103 Tønsberg, Norway

Received 20 February 2012; Accepted 29 March 2012

Academic Editors: M. Askarian and B. J. Polivka

Copyright © 2012 Pauline Bakibinga et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Despite the difficult working conditions many nurses in Sub-Saharan Africa experience resulting in their migration or leaving the profession, there are nurses who thrive and stay engaged. Understanding what factors play a role in enhancing nurses' job engagement might help health care and training institutions develop interventions to enable nurses learn methods to help retain their job engagement. Research in Norway has produced a theory about how job engagement can be protected, called the Self-tuning Model of Self-Care, which was used to explore the phenomenon of job engagement in Ugandan nurses. In-depth interviews were conducted in 2010, with a purposive sample of 15 nurses and midwives. Qualitative content analysis of the data was conducted. Findings from Uganda show that the Self-Tuning Model can be used both as a framework for analysis and as a model of how nurses can promote their experience of job engagement. Nurses should be encouraged to practice habitual introspection and reflection about the satisfactions they derive from work, to enable them retain a high level of job engagement despite the adversities of nursing practice.