Leaders in nursing and midwifery call for change

Nursing and midwifery leaders from around the globe have called for change with the message that “business as usual is not an option” during the Triad meeting between the International Council of Nurses, the International Confederation of Midwives and WHO on 18–19 May, in Geneva, Switzerland.

The call for action was reinforced by a powerful key speech from Her Royal Highness Princess Muna al-Hussein of Jordan. The assembled experts and leaders also called for change, in the form of strengthening the educational, regulatory and practice environment in countries, as well as labour rights. They also appealed for nursing and midwifery to be placed firmly on national health policy agendas and on the agenda of the World Health Assembly.

The approximately 200 participants included government chief nursing and midwifery officers, representatives of national nursing and midwifery associations, together with members of the International Council of Nurses and the International Confederation of Midwives.

Lively discussion was had on the need to promote nursing and midwifery as a good investment for universal health coverage (UHC), global health security and economic growth. In addition, participants acknowledged that the Global Strategy on Human Resources for Health and the Global Strategic Directions for Strengthening Nursing and Midwifery are key for maintaining momentum and their implementation must be monitored.

Inspiring nursing and midwifery leaders

WHO’s newly appointed Chief Nursing Officer, Elizabeth Iro, summed up the meeting’s aim as being to inspire nursing and midwifery leaders for shaping and delivering UHC and the Sustainable Development Goals.

The 4-day meeting was accompanied by separate meetings of the Global Forum for Government Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officers, national nursing and midwifery associations, and nursing regulators.