PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 24, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — A new report, released today by the International Center for Nurse Migration (ICNM) in partnership with CGFNS International, Inc. and ICN, titled Sustain and Retain in 2022 and Beyond , revealed how the COVID-19 pandemic has worsened the fragile state of the world’s nursing workforce, seriously jeopardizing the World Health Organization’s (WHO) goal of universal health coverage . It suggests that up to 13 million more nurses will be needed over the next decade, equivalent to almost half of the current global workforce of 28 million people.
The report provides a blueprint of what needs to be done nationally and internationally to guide nursing workforce planning globally. It says countries should commit to prioritizing nurses for vaccinations, provide safe staffing levels, expand their national nurse education systems, increase the attractiveness of nursing careers for women and men , adhering to international standards for ethical recruitment and monitoring the capacity of countries to be self-reliant. enough to meet their nursing needs.
International Council of Nurses (ICN) chief executive Howard Catton, co-author of the report, said:
“WHO’s International Year of the Nurse and Midwife in 2020 and last year’s International Year of the Health Worker were an important starting point in recognizing the true value of nurses and other health workers. health care, but it just hasn’t been enough. This is a health crisis, and it requires a fully funded and achievable 10-year plan to support and strengthen nurses and health and care workers in order to provide health for all.
CGFNS President and CEO Dr. Franklin A. Shaffer, another co-author of the report, added:
“We can anticipate that there will be a migration tsunami as more than ever before, countries around the world are looking to the international supply of nurses to meet their workforce needs. The pre-existing unequal distribution of nurses around the world will be exacerbated by a large-scale increase in international recruitment in high-income countries as they seek a “quick fix” to solve their nursing shortages, which will only worsen inequities in access to health care around the world.
The report’s lead author, Professor James Buchan of the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) and the University of Edinburgh, said:
“COVID-19 has had a terrible impact on the nursing workforce in terms of the personal effect it has had on individual nurses and the problems it has exposed within many healthcare systems. Pre-existing shortages have exacerbated the impact of the pandemic and burned-out nurses leaving because they can’t go on anymore. Governments have failed to respond effectively to the growing global shortage of nurses, and now they must respond to the pandemic, which is an alarming game-changer and requires immediate action.
The report says a long-term plan is needed to stem the tide of those leaving nursing due to the added stress resulting from COVID-19 and to create a new generation of nurses to develop the profession to meet the challenges. increased future demands of an aging world population. .
ICN President Pamela Cipriano said:
“Nurses have been on the front lines of the pandemic for two years now. The influence they have had on the survival and health of the people they serve has been enormous. , they showed great resilience. But resilience has its limits.
According to Dr. Shaffer, “Ethical and properly controlled international migration will always provide opportunities for nurses to develop their careers and achieve their dreams. But as this report shows, governments must act quickly to ensure that people everywhere have access to nursing expertise. The CGFNS and ICNM can help governments ensure that international recruitment is ethical and that the recruiting countries and the nurses involved can benefit from the process.
To download the report, please click here.
The International Center on Nurse Migration (ICNM) serves as a comprehensive knowledge resource created by CGFNS International Inc. (CGFNS) in partnership with the International Council of Nurses (ICN).
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