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Strengthening the voice of nursing in policy-making

Nursing’s role has received limited recognition to date, though its visibility is beginning to grow through research studies at scale supported by such bodies as the European Union (EU). Evidence is only part of the answer; the historic subordination of nursing to medicine in a number of EU countries remains an issue. The absence of the nursing voice in policy design and delivery is a consequence of this historic trend and something that is being challenged by better-educated nurses insisting on playing a part in decision-making.

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