Nursing Support, Policy Reform Needed Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

June 16th 2020
Jill Murphy, Assistant Editor
Jill Murphy, Assistant Editor

The recommendations in the editorial are based on a 2018 World Innovation Summit for Health report and include implications for nurses and advanced practice nurses, policy makers, governmental and nongovernmental health partners.

The authors of an editorial published in the International Journal of Nursing Studies call for rapid policy reform and investment in nurses and nursing in order to leverage the skills of the nursing workforce, according to a press release from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing.

The editorial outlines the following areas for improvement:

  • Multisectoral investments to redesign and innovate existing health services.
  • Expand nursing scopes of practice.
  • Forge supportive regulations and legislation for nurses.
  • Optimize nursing contributions to best meet global public health needs and increase the potential to contain and manage the pandemic and future public health and humanitarian crises.

“The far-reaching consequences of COVID-19 have shown that we need widespread, rapid, and intelligent investment in nursing through informed action that fully leverages the health care workforce,” said study author William E. Rosa, PhD, MBE, NP-BC, FAANP, FAAN, and Linda H. Aiken, PhD, RN, FAAN, FRCN. “Our communities and the health of populations worldwide depend on these urgently needed policy reforms and increased investment in nursing now more than ever.”

The recommendations in the editorial are based on a 2018 World Innovation Summit for Health report and include implications for nurses and advanced practice nurses, policy makers, governmental and nongovernmental health partners.

REFERENCE

Calling for Nursing Support Amid COVID-19 Pandemic. Penn Nursing. https://www.nursing.upenn.edu/live/news/1687-calling-for-nursing-support-amid-covid-19-pandemic. Accessed June 16, 2020.

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