We face a worldwide shortage of 9 million nurses

Urgent action is needed to avoid the catastrophic nursing shortage predicted by WHO
Nurses confer in a hospital ward in Uganda

Urgent action is needed to avoid the catastrophic nursing shortage predicted by WHO

All around the world nurses are facing problems: a lack of education and development, poor working conditions, low recognition and insufficient remuneration.

But the most pressing problem is surely that there are not enough nurses to go around. The World Health Organization (WHO) has predicted the world will be short of nine million nurses by 2030.

The predicted nurse shortage is staggering

Can you imagine a world that is short of nine million nurses? It is a staggering statistic that must be addressed by governments if we are to have any chance of preventing that prediction becoming a reality.

WHO, working with the International Council of Nurses (ICN) and the Nursing Now Campaign, is gathering information from governments


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