Nursing and midwifery

Nurses and midwives comprise the majority of health care professionals in Europe and thus play a key role in the successful delivery of health services. In line with the growing international health workforce crisis, the WHO European Region currently faces serious shortages of well-qualified nurses and midwives.

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Nursing students in Glasgow tackle antimicrobial resistance

Valerie Ness is a PhD student of nursing and has worked as a nurse for the past 21 years. She was aware of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) when she first began her career, but it was not common practice to screen for it.

Data and statistics

There are an estimated 7.3 million nurses and midwives in the WHO European Region. This number is not adequate to meet current and projected future needs.

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