Nurse leaders must show the economic value of healthcare
If nurses want to be heard, they should address political agendas, says Thomas Kearns
For many years, I believed nursing was a values-based profession, with an interdependent relationship between professional practice, research and theory.
However, following an amazing year working as interim chief executive at the International Council of Nurses in Geneva I have come to realise nurses must see nursing as much more. And critically, so should policymakers at regional, national and international level.
Our contribution to decision-making
A lot has been said about nurses and nursing having a seat at the decision-making table at clinical and policy level. Our absence from these positions of influence should be inconceivable. But we should also articulate a message that is accessible, relevant and makes a difference to all.
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