Journal of Religion and Health

, Volume 53, Issue 5, pp 1342–1352 | Cite as

The Role of Religion in the Work Lives and Coping Strategies of Ugandan Nurses

  • Pauline BakibingaEmail author
  • Hege Forbech Vinje
  • Maurice Mittelmark
Original Paper


Nursing in Uganda is a highly stressful, underpaid profession, leading to worrisome attrition levels; yet some nurses do manage to stay on the job and thrive. This study explored the ways in which religion influences the work lives and coping strategies of Ugandan nurses who thrive despite job stress. Participants were 15 female nurses working in faith-based and non-faith-based facilities in Uganda. The nurses were all actively religious people, a fact not known at the time they were recruited. All the nurses revealed that religious values affected their performance positively, enabling them to find meaning even in the face of adversity.


Nurses Religion Self-care Coping Uganda 



The authors would like to thank all the participants for agreeing to participate in the study and Enid Ashaba Mugarura for her invaluable help during the data collection phase. This project was supported by a grant from the Norwegian State Educational Loan Fund (Lånekassen).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Pauline Bakibinga
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Hege Forbech Vinje
    • 3
  • Maurice Mittelmark
    • 2
  1. 1.Health Challenges and Systems ProgramAfrican Population and Health Research CenterNairobiKenya
  2. 2.Department of Health Promotion and Development, Faculty of PsychologyUniversity of Bergen, BergenBergenNorway
  3. 3.Department of Health Promotion, Faculty of Health SciencesVestfold University College, TonsbergTønsbergNorway

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