Have your say on gender inequality in nursing

Nursing Now survey looks at perceptions of the profession and barriers to leadership roles

 Nursing Now survey looks at perceptions of the profession and barriers to leadership roles

Nurses are being urged to have their say in a global survey about gender inequality and their profession.

The survey by Nursing Now, a global campaign to raise the status of nurses, will look at how gender is related to:

  • Perceptions of nurses, and of nurses in leadership positions.
  • Nurses’ experience of discrimination and harassment.
  • Challenges and barriers nurses face in moving into positions of leadership.

Nursing Now, which is led by the Burdett Trust for Nursing, aims to inspire nurses around the world to fulfil their potential by challenging traditional roles and claiming their seat at the decision-making table.

It is run by nurses and non-nurses from 16 different countries, including Lord Nigel Crisp, co-chair of the UK All Party Parliamentary Group on Global Health.

‘Absent from top-level decision-making roles’

Nursing Now’s global campaign executive director Barbara Stilwell said: ‘Nursing Now is pleased to be a partner in this research on structured gender inequities within nursing.

Barbara Stilwell: ‘Nursing Now wants
to target barriers to gender equality.’

‘Gender parity and professional recognition for nurses remain inextricably linked. Nurses and midwives, who are overwhelmingly women, are often absent from top-level decision-making roles in their own countries.

‘Nursing Now wants to find out why and to support nurses everywhere to lead change in the highest positions, targeting the barriers that this research will identify.’ 

The survey was launched in collaboration with United States-based non-profit organisation Intrahealth International and pharmaceutical company Johnson & Johnson.

Shift from ‘fixing’ nurses to fixing the systems

IntraHealth International gender equity team lead Constance Newman said the three organisations would be ‘pursuing an initiative to strengthen nursing and midwifery leadership to shape health sector policy’.

‘Training and mentoring are positive enhancements to leadership development, but it’s time to shift the focus from one of ‘fixing’ nurses to fixing the systems in which gender and other bias, stereotypes, harassment and other factors impede nurses’ advancement into leadership at all levels.’

Click here to take part in the survey, which closes on 4 February.

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