The New Script of Nursing

  Dear Colleagues and Members of the Global Alliance for Nursing & Midwifery (GANM), All of us know that our profession is undergoing an extraordinary transformation and that nursing will never look the same. While we know this, there is a profound need to educate the general public about the broader scope of our work […]

The world needs more midwives.

The world needs more midwives. Millennium Development Goals include increasing the number of skilled birth providers on a global level to improve maternal and neonatal morbidity and mortality rates.   Often when we talk about global maternal and neonatal outcomes, our assumption is that the US is exempt from them.  However, the obstetric care work force […]

The Global Health Service Partnership; Building Global Health Security One Student and One Patient at a Time

In 2006 the World Health Assembly issued its landmark report that focused world attention on the critical shortage of skilled health workers (midwifes, nurses, physicians) in 57 countries and linked the shortage to attainment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). They reported that where the density of skilled health workers is higher, the probability of […]

Hoping to Help: Improving Short-Term Medical Missions

Nurse midwives and their students are among the hundreds of thousands of people from wealthy parts of the world who travel abroad every year to participate in short-term programs intended to improve the health and well-being of people in poor countries. Considering the horrific toll of maternal and infant mortality in so many countries, the potential […]

Perinatal depression among adolescents and access to mental health services

Meg, a high school student, got pregnant at fifteen. Apparently, this came as a shocker to her peers, parents, teachers, and even to herself. Consequently, Meg panicked and had difficulties concentrating on tasks and even entertained thoughts of suicide. She, however, carried the pregnancy to full term. But, after the delivery, she persistently had generalised […]

Trauma Informed Care: A Call to Action

While all across the country our living rooms were saturated with images of a burning city falling into a chaotic state, a reality exists beneath the surface and in the historical fabric of this city. The reaction to the death of Freddie Gray was the result of a City whose most vulnerable residents felt they […]

It’s Human Civilization that is at stake

This year’s Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) conference in San Francisco opened with a powerful keynote delivered on planetary health by Richard Horton, The Lancet’s editor-in-chief, declaring we have been mortgaging the health of future generations to pay for today’s wants.  This came as a wake up call for many of the audience members, many […]

The Power of Nursing – Afaf Meleis

There are 20 million nurses in the world. Most of the care that’s given anywhere in the world is given by nurses. Nursing is about taking care of a whole person and a whole family. They think about the individual within the context of their life, within the context of their village, within the context […]

Global Perspectives on Disaster Management & Preparedness: The Great East Japan Earthquake/Tsunami

On March 11th, 2011 the Great East Japan Earthquake/Tsunami changed many people’s lives in Japan. It was a normal day for Ayano Oba, a13 year-old junior high school student at the time. She participated in her school graduation and was planning to spend time with her friends in the afternoon when the tsunami hit. March […]

A Serious Game- Maternity Clinic: Working Together to Care for Mothers and Babies

After a long day at a global health meeting, senior level nurses and midwives huddled over a game board, intensely concentrated. Scrabble addicts? Settlers of Catan competitors? Parcheesi enthusiasts? If you guessed any of the above, you were wrong. The health professionals were playing Maternity Clinic, a serious board game developed by Jhpiego, an international […]