Title : International Nurses Day 2019 - Resources and Evidence

International Nurses Day 2019 - Resources and Evidence

Theme: Nurses: A voice to lead - Health for All

HEALTH FOR ALL NURSING, GLOBAL HEALTH AND UNIVERSAL HEALTH COVERAGE - INTERNATIONAL COUNCIL OF NURSES

 

MESSAGE FROM THE ICN PRESIDENT INTERNATIONAL COUNCIL OF NURSES

Every year, the International Council of Nurses chooses a theme for International Nurses Day, celebrated on 12 May, the birthday of Florence Nightingale. For the past two years we have celebrated the voice of nursing with the theme Nurses: A Voice to Lead. In 2017, we discussed the role of the nursing voice in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, and in 2018, we looked at the human right to health. This year, we look at the nursing voice from the standpoint of Health for All. Nurses all over the world every day are advocating for Health for All in the most challenging circumstances with limited resources to deliver health care to those most in need. This can be seen in Uganda (p. 20) where the nursing staff visit villages to teach basic health tips particularly related to personal and household hygiene and sanitation. The nurses build close relationships with the community and collaborate with the local Village Health Worker. It can also be seen in the USA (p. 6), where nurses are partnering with social workers to develop deep community relationships and local expertise to bring high-quality health care and coordinated services to individuals struggling with homelessness, addiction and transition from incarceration. And nurses, who are closest to the patient, are also helping to bring their voice to the policy table. The first ever UN High-Level Meeting (HLM) on Universal Health Coverage (UHC) will be held during the 2019 United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). This is an opportunity for nursing to let our voice be heard. We need to be prepared, and this resource and evidence document will help nurses around the globe understand the various aspects of universal health coverage and the role of nurses. ICN believes that nurses, as part of a multidisciplinary team, can create health systems that take into account the social, economic, cultural and political determinants of health. We can address health inequalities and, through a refocusing on health promotion and illness prevention, using a population health approach, we can improve the health of everyone everywhere. And finally, we believe that the time is ripe for nurses to assert their leadership. As the largest health profession across the world, working in all areas where health care is provided, nursing has vast potential and value if appropriately harnessed to finally achieve the vision of Health for All.

Annette Kennedy,  President,  International Council of Nurses

 

Health for All

‘Health for All’, the precursor to Universal Health Coverage (UHC), was first articulated with appropriate guidelines and actions in the Alma Ata declaration on Primary Healthcare.

At its core, ‘Alma-Ata’ affirmed that improvements to health can only be obtained through the combination of health science, sound economics and policies, and actions against social injustices.

“Health for All means that health is brought into reach of everyone in a given country.” Health in this context means not just the availability of health services, but a complete state of physical and mental health that enables a person to lead a socially and economically productive life (Mahler, 2016)

Case Studies

Here you will find nurse-led initiatives that push the boundaries and showcase the abilities, skills and knowledge of the nursing profession across the globe.

Submitted throughout the year by nurses from all over the globe, these are exciting examples of innovative nurses, providing solutions and ensuring health care is available, accessible, affordable and acceptable for all.

We look forward to reading your story.

Find All Case Studies

 

Resources

Here you will find everything you need to campaign for access to health and universal health coverage, and to provide the evidence you need to convince others that nurses have a leading role in achieving Health for All. Use our resource and evidence pack, our video, our posters, or our social media banners to spread the word and use your voice to lead!

 

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