Opening keynote address delivered at the 18th Quadrennial Congress of the International Council of Nurses, Tel Aviv, Israel, 16 June 1985.
Nurses as a social force*
Article first published online: 22 DEC 2006
Journal of Advanced Nursing
Volume 11, Issue 3, pages 247–253, May 1986
How to Cite
Labelle, H. (1986), Nurses as a social force. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 11: 247–253. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2648.1986.tb01245.x
- Issue published online: 22 DEC 2006
- Article first published online: 22 DEC 2006
- Accepted for publication 16 June 1985
Nurses in every continent engage in social action. This, the author argues, has been a fact throughout the ages. The major social issues which contribute to health today are economic, energy, environmental and social welfare problems. Other major issues affecting health are population growth, poverty, education, clean water supply, and family planning. The author shows how individual nurses and nurses’ associations can, and should, exercise their influence and power in promoting health at local, national and international levels, making primary health care a priority. By using their levers of power, together with technology and communications, nurses can help create a new world health order, the author concludes.