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Investing in the nursing workforce globally can improve health, help ensure gender equality and strengthen economies, says Susan Williams
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Investing in the nursing workforce globally can improve health, help ensure gender equality and strengthen economies, says Susan Williams

Empowering nurses and other healthcare professionals to work to their full potential benefits the healthcare system of any country. However, there have long been barriers to such empowerment.

Now a number of reports, including one from the UK All Party Parliamentary Group on Global Health (APPG), acknowledge the global effects of investing in the health workforce and especially in nurses.

Triple impact

The triple impact of investing in nursing described in the APPGs most recent report is improved gender equality, the offer of professional employment and community leadership to women,

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Investing in the nursing workforce globally can improve health, help ensure gender equality and strengthen economies, says Susan Williams

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Empowering nurses and other healthcare professionals to work to their full potential benefits the healthcare system of any country. However, there have long been barriers to such empowerment.

Now a number of reports, including one from the UK All Party Parliamentary Group on Global Health (APPG), acknowledge the global effects of investing in the health workforce and especially in nurses.

Triple impact

The ‘triple impact’ of investing in nursing described in the APPG’s most recent report is improved gender equality, the offer of professional employment and community leadership to women, and a strengthened economy. 

But the message and evidence does not always reach the people who make the relevant decisions, especially decisions about the allocation of resources. 

The report acknowledges that the nursing profession needs more support from politicians and policy makers, in part to ensure that experienced nurse leaders can influence the improvement of services. 

Nursing summit

The APPG report also calls for a global nursing summit that involves leaders from outside nursing, as well as country-specific plans to invest in training and developing the nursing workforce, including in the UK.

These are not new messages, but the report indicates that political support for them is growing. 

A recent United Nations High Level Commission report co-chaired by two presidents from France and South Africa, for example, came to similar conclusions.  

We now need to turn the findings of these reports into collective action.


About the author

Susan Williams is senior international adviser at the Royal College of Nursing

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