Nursing

News brief: Concerns over weak nursing presence at the WHO

Nurse Leader Insider, July 3, 2012

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The percentage of nurses in positions at the World Health Organization (WHO) has dropped from 2.6% to 0.7% between 2001 and 2011, according to an article in this month’s issue of the American Journal of Nursing. The International Council of Nurses (ICN) issued a letter to WHO earlier this year outlining concerns about  the absence of nurses from WHO, a two-year vacancy in the chief nurse scientist position at WHO, the approaching retirement of regional nurse leaders, and the lack of activity of the Global Advisory Group on Nursing and Midwifery.

Margaret Chan, WHO’s director-general, disputed ICN’s claim regarding the absence of nurses at WHO, stating that some nurses are categorized as “professional” rather than “nursing.” She also noted that the chief nurse scientist position vacancy does not affect WHO’s goals of strengthening nursing and midwifery.

Source: American Journal of Nursing



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