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State of the World's Nursing Report

posted Apr 23, 2020, 2:45 AM by BND Secretariat Support   [ updated May 5, 2020, 2:02 AM ]
Last 7 April, the World Health Organization (WHO) released a new report, The State of the World’s Nursing 2020, which provides an in-depth look at the largest component of the health workforce at 28 million headcount.


A number of findings identify important gaps in the nursing workforce and priority areas for investment in nursing education, jobs, and leadership to strengthen nursing around the world and improve health for all.  

Nurses are always at the forefront of fighting epidemics and pandemics that threaten health across the globe. 

Between 2013 and 2018, nursing workforce numbers increased by 4.7 million. But this still leaves a global shortfall of 5.9 million – with the greatest gaps found in countries in Africa, South East Asia and the WHO Eastern Mediterranean region as well as some parts of Latin America. 

The report’s message is clear: governments need to invest in a massive acceleration of nursing education, creation of nursing jobs, and strengthening of nursing leadership. Without nurses, midwives, and other health workers, countries cannot win the battle against outbreaks, and achieve universal health coverage.

In response, Beta Nu Delta Nursing Society supports call  to establish leadership positions including a government chief nurse and support leadership development among young nurses (such as the national association of student nurses). Effective leadership is required to lead and drive changes at all levels of the health system to realize the goals of the ongoing reforms in health care organizations.
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