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This new report reflects the voices of nurses—it’s time for the rest of the world to listen.
Women make up 70% of the total health and social care workforce. In the nursing and midwifery profession, that percentage is even higher. Despite this, however, women hold only 25% of health system leadership roles.Addressing gender-related barriers to leadership in nursing is critical to ensuring universal access to quality health services and achieving Sustainable Development Goal 3.
Investing in the Power of Nurse Leadership: What Will It Take? is a new report launched by Nursing Now in collaboration with IntraHealth and Johnson and Johnson. Drawing on surveys and interviews with over 2,500 nurses and nurse-leaders, the report offers essential new insights into the lived experiences of nurses worldwide.
At the Women Deliver 2019 Conference, Girls’ Globe spoke to Barbara Stilwell, Executive Director of Nursing Now. She told us: “This moment in time is a moment for nurses. And I don’t think it will come again for a long time.”
This moment in time is a moment for nurses. And I don’t think it will come again for a long time.
The research found that there are a ‘constellation of barriers’ preventing female nurses in particular from progressing into leadership roles. Key recommendations to address these barriers include:
It’s clear that major changes are required to strengthen leadership and equality in the global nursing workforce. This report reflects the voices of nurses—it’s time for the rest of the world to listen.
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