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gnStories about nurses & related health issues are most often under-reported in traditional media. With NIGH’s mandate to increase public awareness about these concerns, this website seeks to improve our global understanding of the dynamics that decrease or improve the health of people worldwide.

 

Shown here on the left, Evelyn Shober, a Family Nurse Practitioner student from the Samuel Merritt College at the Sacramento Regional Nursing Center in Sacramento, California. She joined a two-week mission to local hospitals, orphanages and villages in and around Vientiane, the capitol of Laos. Featured during the 2010 International Year of the Nurse, this story is one of our examples of 21st Century Nightingales. Read more >>

Global Education Institute: empowering nurses to lead in healthcare

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Building the capacity of nurses, throughout the world, to lead in healthcare delivery is the principal aim of the Global Education Institute (GEDI).

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Code of ethics to protect foreign nurses in the USA

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A coalition of health-care groups in the United States has unveiled a code of ethics aimed at protecting nurses from other countries from abusive employment practices when they take jobs in the country. Cheryl Peterson, director of the department of nursing practice and policy for the American Nurses Association, one of the groups that helped write the guidelines, described the code a first step. The United States is struggling to recruit enough nurses to serve its rapidly aging population. The US Department of Health and Human Services calculates that by 2020 the country will need about 2.9 million nurses, and will only have about 1.8 million -- a 36 percent shortfall. According to the American Hospital Association, about 17 percent of U.S. hospitals recruit staff from overseas.

UN: Malaria rates are falling

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Heads of state, philanthropists and global health leaders,  gathered at the United Nations headquarters in New York,  hailed as a milestone data showing malaria rates are falling for the first time in some African nations. Private donors, buoyed by the success of prevention efforts and the promise of a scientific breakthrough that could eradicate the disease, pledged  an unprecedented sum -- more than $3 billion -- for malaria programs.

Restoring Hope: Decent Care in the Midst of HIV/AIDS

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According to the United Nations, in the countries most heavily affected, HIV/AIDS has reduced life expectancy by more than 20 years, slowed economic growth, and deepened household poverty. In sub-Saharan Africa alone, the epidemic has orphaned nearly 12 million children aged under 18 years. No disease in history has impacted on the facilities of care as HIV/AIDS has done. A new book, to be published soon by Palgrave MacMillan Press and the World Health Organization (WHO), highlights the imperatives of care for HIV/AIDS sufferers.
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New Ways of Thinking and Delivering Health Care

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Toronto will host almost 600 advanced practice nurses and nurse practitioners from 30 countries during the 5th International Nurse Practitioner/Advanced Practice Nursing Network Conference from September 17 to 20, 2008. Read more...

Nursing in China: "many challenges ahead"

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On November 10, 2007, the American Academy of Nursing named its fellows for 2007. Fifty-four nurse leaders, including three from outside the United States, were on the list. Dr. Liu Huaping, Dean and Associate Professor of the Peking Union Medical College (PUMC) School of Nursing, was the first Chinese to receive the honour.
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Visitors at the Mapparium in the Mary Baker Eddy Library in Boston, Massachusetts. This was the site to launch Dr. Jean Watson's Million Nurse Project—during the 2010 International Year of the Nurse—to radiate heart-centered Love, Caring and Compassion through individual and collective global meditations. Photo Courtesy of the Mary Baker Eddy Library.