Influence of Job Description on Performance of Health Workers in Public Hospitals: A Case of Mbagathi Hospital, Nairobi City County
Science Journal of Public Health
Volume 4, Issue 2, March 2016, Pages: 88-93
Received: Feb. 6, 2016; Accepted: Feb. 16, 2016; Published: Mar. 1, 2016
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Felistus Ndanu Musyoka, School of Medicine and Health Science, Kenya Methodist University, Nairobi, Kenya
Maureen Atieno Adoyo, School of Medicine and Health Science, Kenya Methodist University, Nairobi, Kenya
Musa Oluoch Ongombe, School of Medicine and Health Science, Kenya Methodist University, Nairobi, Kenya
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Sound human resources management (HRM) practices are essential in strengthening the health systems (HS). HRM practices including use of job description (JD) can transform health workers (HWs) into a productive and motivated workforce that improves healthcare services. Kenyan HS miss this nonmonetary motivator of health workers which is correlated with health worker poor job satisfaction and poor performance in service delivery. This study sought to determine how JD influences the performance of health workers (HWs) using descriptive and exploratory research study design. Questionnaires and key informant guides were completed by sampled technical staff and managers working at Mbagathi hospital. Quantitative and qualitative data was analyzed using descriptive statistics and content analysis respectively. Results indicated that the health service managers were not aware of policies on HRM practices. Clear JD, work plans and task description were available to a little extent (54.0%, 53.2% and 52.6% respectively). Established lines of authority were available to a moderate extent (59.3%). The health workers performance was rated at a mean score of 57.6% with a standard deviation of 4.2%. The study concludes that HRM practices were poorly implemented in the hospital. Health service managers needed basic training on JD among other HRM practices including and to establish a department that will implement the practices.
Healthcare Human Resource Management, Job Description, Health Workers Management
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Felistus Ndanu Musyoka, Maureen Atieno Adoyo, Musa Oluoch Ongombe, Influence of Job Description on Performance of Health Workers in Public Hospitals: A Case of Mbagathi Hospital, Nairobi City County, Science Journal of Public Health. Vol. 4, No. 2, 2016, pp. 88-93. doi: 10.11648/j.sjph.20160402.12
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