Impacts on Global Health from Nursing Research

American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Volume 96, Issue 4, 2017

Perspective Pieces
Impacts on Global Health from Nursing Research
Authors: Kimberly Baltzell, Monica McLemore, Mona Shattell and Sally Rankin
Infectious disease continues to adversely affect populations in low- and middle-income countries. Investments in solutions often focus on technology, yet health-care workers remain in short supply. Nurses are the largest cadre of health-care workers and are largely responsible for patient care around the world. In fact, it is estimated that nurses care for nine out of every 10 patients seen. Importantly, sound nursing science contributes to solutions that directly impact patient care, especially those that pertain to infectious disease. Here we share several examples of nursing science that are improving care delivery in three global health areas: human immunodeficiency virus testing and prevention strategies in Malawi, family planning in Kenya, and response to Ebola virus disease.