Global Nursing

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Global health is understood to be study, research and practice with a focal point of improving health and achieving health equality for people worldwide (Beaglehole & Bonita, 2010). Nurses embody the leading number of healthcare providers and have extensive contact with the general population therefore having a personal accountability to protect and improve health. Activities on a global scale can aid in increasing proficiency, setting standards of care, and assembling networks within other regions of the world. Because travel is so easy and communication comes in many forms, it makes the world a smaller place in which citizens in every corner of the world can be reached. Not only do nurses have to act locally to improve conditions on the home front, they need to think internationally to inspire global change. Offering one's knowledge and sharing solutions that support global health in the local and international nursing communities can only have positive effects on universal health.
Global health rose to the forefront during the recent Ebola outbreak in the United States. The World Health Organization (WHO) declared a public health emergency on an international level. Healthcare providers in the United States knew little about controlling …show more content…

Many global health organizations, such as the Red Cross, offer education to the general public. Healthcare workers need to be vigilant in helping those outside of convenient medical care areas, those whose socioeconomic status is low, and other vulnerable populations in an effort to reach all populations. The WHO endorsed a plan of inter-professional collaborative practice (IPC) which ‘‘occurs when multiple health workers from different professional backgrounds provide comprehensive services by working with patients, their families, caregivers and communities to deliver the highest quality of care across settings’’(Dean et al., 2014, p. 262) to aid in this particular

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