Howard Catton: Nursing needs to think globally

Challenges facing the planet have major health implications, which require action not talk, says ICN's policy director.

Challenges facing the planet have major health implications, which require action not talk, says ICN's policy director

Nursing cannot afford to be isolationist was the message from global health leaders who addressed last month’s International Council of Nurses (ICN) health policy summit in the United States.

From climate change to infectious diseases, the scale and complexity of issues worldwide have serious health consequences, and these demand an urgent response.

Helen Clark, former prime minister of New Zealand and leader of the United Nations Development Programme, welcomed the fact that the ICN is addressing some of these challenges head on.

Calling on nurses to educate and advocate for patients and populations, she said: ‘Nurses are role models for women who get things done.’

International cooperation

Harvard professor and mental health expert Vikram Patel said the role of nursing is closely


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