Creating academic structures to promote nursing's role in global health policy

Authors

  • S. Gimbel RN, MPH, PhD,

    Assistant Professor, Corresponding author
    1. Family and Child Nursing, School of Nursing, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA
    • Correspondence address: Sarah Gimbel, Department of Family Child Nursing, Center for Global Health Nursing, School of Nursing, University of Washington, Box 357262, Seattle, WA 98195, USA; Tel: (206)-616-5064; Fax: 206-543-3624; E-mail: sgimbel@uw.edu.

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  • P. Kohler RN, MPH, PhD,

    Co-Director, Assistant Professor
    1. Center for Global Health Nursing, School of Nursing, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA
    2. Department of Psychosocial and Community Health, School of Nursing, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA
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  • P. Mitchell RN, PhD, FAHA, FAAN,

    Executive Associate Dean
    1. Department of Bio-behavioral Nursing and Health Systems, School of Nursing, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA
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  • A. Emami RN, MSN, RNT, PhD, FAAN

    Robert G. and Jean A. Reid Executive Dean
    1. Department of Bio-behavioral Nursing and Health Systems, School of Nursing, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA
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  • Funding

    No funding contributed to development.

  • Conflict of Interest

    No conflict of interest has been declared by the authors.

Abstract

Aim

We highlight key components of emerging academic structures in global health nursing and explain how this investment can expand nursing's broader engagement in global health policy development.

Background

Engaging nursing in global health policy development is vital to ensure the scale-up of effective health programmes. Globally, nurses promote development of interprofessional healthcare teams who are responsible for translating sound global health policy and evidence-based programming into practice. However, the role of nurses within policy forums and on influential decision-making bodies within the global health space remains limited, which reinforces suboptimal global health policy implementation.

Introduction

Investment in globally engaged academic structures is an important way to expand participation of nursing in global health policy development.

Sources of evidence

A review of the current knowledge and substantive findings related to academic structures promoting global health nursing was conducted, and included a directed search of institutional websites, related grey and peer-reviewed literature, and communication with top-tier schools of nursing in the United States, to identify specific developments in global health nursing academic structures.

Discussion/Conclusion

Effective academic structures promoting global health nursing include a framework of four critical components – Research, Education, Policy and Partnership. Academic structure type and core activities vary depending on institutional priorities.

Implications for nursing, health and social policy

Increasingly, global health research, driven by individual nursing investigators, is expanding; however, in order to translate these advances into expanded involvement in global health policy development, academic structures within schools of nursing need to systematically expand educational opportunities, bolster research capacity and promote partnership with policymakers.

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