We Need More “Backbone” (aka Nurses)

The world faces a “potentially catastrophic” shortage of nurses, the International Council of Nurses warns, marking the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife,Nursing Times reports.
 
The WHO estimates that an additional 9 million nurses and midwives—dubbed the “backbone” of health systems, as UN News notes—will be needed over the next decade to meet key goals, such as universal health coverage by 2030.
 
Currently, there are 22 million nurses and 2 million midwives worldwide—half the global health workforce, the WHO says. 

Recommendations include stepped-up recruitment, investment in more specialized nurses, and raising the nursing profession’s profile.

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