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Calling The Shots In The Year Of The Nurse And Midwife

Listen to ANA President Ernest Grant as he officially kicks off the Year of the Nurse with an interview on NPR’s 1A program. He and ANA Past President Pam Cipriano (founding editor-in-chief, and Editorial Advisory Board member of American Nurse) shared insights on the state of nursing today, the challenges of the profession and the value of nurses.

Key nursing facts from WHO

  • Nurses and midwives account for nearly 50% of the global health workforce.
  • There is a global shortage of health workers, in particular nurses and midwives, who represent more than 50% of the current shortage in health workers.
  • The largest needs-based shortages of nurses and midwives are in South East Asia and Africa.
  • For all countries to reach Sustainable Development Goal 3 on health and well-being, WHO estimates that the world will need an additional 9 million nurses and midwives by the year 2030.
  • Nurses play a critical role in health promotion, disease prevention and delivering primary and community care. They provide care in emergency settings and will be key to the achievement of universal health coverage.
  • Investing in nurses and midwives is good value for money. The report of the UN High Level Commission on Health Employment and Economic Growth concluded that investments in education and job creation in the health and social sectors result in a triple return of improved health outcomes, global health security, and inclusive economic growth.
  • Globally, 70% of the health and social workforce are women compared to 41% in all employment sectors. Nursing and midwifery occupations represent a significant share of the female workforce.

Who Was Florence Nightingale?

Florence Nightingale was born in Florence, Italy, on May 12, 1820. Part of a wealthy family, Nightingale defied the expectations of the time and pursued what she saw as her God-given calling of nursing. During the Crimean War, she and a team of nurses improved the unsanitary conditions at a British base hospital, greatly reducing the death count. Her writings sparked worldwide health care reform, and in 1860 she established St. Thomas’ Hospital and the Nightingale Training School for Nurses. A revered hero of her time, she died on August 13, 1910, in London.

Learn more about Florence and her immense impact on the field of nursing here.

“Florence Nightingale.” Biography.com, A&E Networks Televison, 9 July 2019, www.biography.com/scientist/florence-nightingale


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