This paper reports on an aspect of a larger ethnographic study that sought to investigate the impact of HIV/ AIDS on the practice of primary care nurses in Jordan. Nursing leadership and the style of management adopted by senior nursing and medical administrators at the Ministry of Heath were identifi ed as factors impacting on the practice of the nurses and their capacity to raise community awareness and contribute to the prevention and control of HIV/AIDS. The study was undertaken in three rural and three urban primary health care centres (PHCC). Data collection included participant observation, key informant interviews, and document analysis. These data informed the development of descriptive ethnographic accounts that allowed for the subsequent identifi cation of common and divergent themes refl ective of factors recognized as infl uencing the practice of the nurse participants.
- Primary health