| Washington, DC — There has never been a more urgent need to assess the state of the world’s health care resources than today, as the current novel coronavirus pandemic has made abundantly clear. Among the most effective weapons in this war’s arsenal are health care professionals, with nurses comprising 59 percent of that workforce.
The timely release of State of the World’s Nursing 2020 (SOWN): Investing in Education, Jobs and Leadership is the first report of its kind from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Campaign for Nursing Now to offer a comprehensive analysis, drawn from all available data, of how national governments, educational and health care institutions, public agencies, and private partners must collaborate over the coming decade to meet the anticipated growing stress on the nursing workforce. It also details the case to overcome geographic, economic and demographic disparities that block access to effective, affordable universal health care.
As a participant in the research and preparation of this document at the beginning, the National League for Nursing has been a vocal advocate for one of its key themes: serious investment in nursing education as a vital link in creating equitable, sustainable access to outstanding, inclusive, culturally sensitive universal health care. The National League for Nursing is the first and oldest nursing association in the United States.
Among the report’s recommendations for the way forward are:
As frontline health care workers, many nurses are credentialed to provide essential primary and preventative care and may be deployed to underserved rural and impoverished communities, the report notes.
- The creation of 6.6 million new jobs in nursing by 2030
- Massive investment in nursing education and leadership development in nursing
- Redress of workplace issues that negatively impact nurse recruitment and retention
- Move to close the gender pay gap in nursing
- And, support of policies and regulations that permit nurses to practice to the full extent of their educational and professional preparation
NLN President Patricia S. Yoder Wise, RN, EdD, NEA-BC, ANEF, FAONL, FAAN, Professor and Dean Emerita at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and president of The Wise Group, said, “The National League for Nursing applauds the WHO, Nursing Now and their partners for publishing State of the World’s Nursing 2020. As today’s public health crisis demonstrates, nursing leadership and compassionate, competent nursing care have never been in greater demand across the globe. We are confident the report will aid in advancing international and national strategies and solutions to effectively address both evolving and diverse communal public health needs. An especially meaningful inclusion is the need for extraordinary preparedness and coordination that health emergencies and natural disasters require of our nurses.”
NLN CEO Beverly Malone, PhD, RN, FAAN, said, “I was honored to join the distinguished leaders in nursing and health care at WHO headquarters in Geneva where we began this process. On behalf of the National League for Nursing, I contributed our vision and expertise, gained through many decades, in nursing education, nursing workforce, and leadership development. I was thus gratified to find these concerns reflected in the published report.”
Read the full report here.
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