Nurse leaders must show the economic value of healthcare

If nurses want to be heard, they should address political agendas, says Thomas Kearns of the faculty of nursing and midwifery in Ireland 
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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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