The message below is forwarded from the GANM forum (Global Alliance for Nursing and Midwifery).
Dear GANM community,
This past week, the Nursing Now campaign began in the U.S. and Australia. Nursing Now aims to improve health globally by raising the profile and status of nurses worldwide - influencing policy makers and supporting nurses themselves to lead, learn and build a global movement.
Below we have highlighted three opinion pieces related to the campaign. We invite you to see both articles in their entirety in the GANM library, and invite your discussion and response.
Swartz, M.K. (2019). Nursing Now: A global campaign. Journal of Pediatric Health Care, 33(1), 1-2. doi: /10.1016/j.pedhc.2018.10.005
This article summarizes the history of the Nursing Now campaign, which was launched in 2018 by the Burdett Trust for Nurses in the United Kingdom (UK) in collaboration with the International Council of Nurses and the World Health Organization. The goals and recommendations of Nursing Now are based on the All-Parliamentary Group Triple Impact Report from the UK, which concluded that strengthening nurses will have a "triple impact" on health, gender equality, and the economy, while also making strides toward universal health coverage.
Cassiani SHB, Lira Neto JCG. Nursing Perspectives and the “Nursing Now” Campaign.
Rev Bras Enferm [Internet]. 2018;71(5):2351-2. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/0034-7167.2018710501
Nurses make up half of the healthcare workforce. There have been calls from both the “Triple Impact of Nursing” report and the World Health Organization (WHO) to raise the professional profile of nurses. However, nurses continue to face many challenges, such as valorization, political will and leadership recognition remain challenges for the advancement of the profession. The Nursing Now campaign was launched as an international effort to improve education, professional development, regulation and working conditions for nurses. Editors comment that the campaign, although global, is necessary at a local level as well to strengthen the connection between educational and health services, and invest in the workforce.
Crisp, N., & Iro, E. (2018). Nursing Now campaign: raising the status of nurses. The Lancet, 391(10124), 920-921. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(18)30494-X
The authors highlight the Nursing Now campaign's goal of empowering nurses, arguing that the influence of nursing will expand in the future due to changes in epidemiology and service delivery. Additionally as technology and education improve, nurses will be better equipped to ensure that resources are used in the most cost-effective way possible. Finally, because most nurses are traditionally women, the authors argue that as women become more influential in society at large, investing in nurses will bring more women into the global workforce and improve gender equity. The authors conclude by encouraging governments to recognize the potential of nursing to impact health challenges and develop their nursing and midwifery workforce.
We invite you to visit the GANM library to view the articles in their entirety and continue the conversation of the impact of the Nursing Now campaign.
Direct Link to Nursing Now Campaign: https://www.nursingnow.org/
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Best wishes, Neil
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