It’s an exciting time for all of us to be an advocate for advances in nursing education and practice!
In response to a global, crisis-level shortage of nurses and midwives in low-resource countries, key world leaders are turning their attention and resources in a concerted effort to fill that gap. The Mary K Center for Global Nursing Development has been working hard to focus attention on nursing development and now we are finding more opportunities to work shoulder to shoulder with these world leaders in healthcare.
Here’s the latest example. As reported in our last communication, two top government health officials in Malawi didn’t just attend The Mary K Center’s Building Capacity for Nursing and Midwifery Leadership in Africa conference in Lilongwe – they came with something to say. The keynote speaker was the Honorable Atupele Muluzi, Malawi Minister of Health and Population who opened the conference with his full support of our collective efforts, saying,
“I am proud to endorse a conference like this which is not only important but timely, given the global challenges and needs the health sector faces today. Nurses and midwives need to see themselves and need to be seen by others as key leaders in improving the health and well-being of citizens in their countries.”
The Honorable Juliana Lunguzi, MSc, RNM, Chair of the Malawi Parliamentary Committee on Health also addressed the group. With an insightful perspective as a Registered Nurse/Midwife herself, she too advocated for greater nursing leadership and inspired her nursing/midwife peers to think bigger. Not only did she provide overarching principles; she also identified some specific methods and the mindset to help these nurses and midwives reach their full potential and to raise the bar for those that will follow in their footsteps.
All of our speakers’ presentations, including Juliana’s, are available on our website at https://www.mbfglobalnursing.org/resources/.
There are many exciting things happening in the nursing profession across the US and around the world. We would love to hear from you with regard to any nursing news, conferences, and anything that you are involved in. We’ll post it and share with our entire community so that everyone stays informed and up to date. Information can be sent to [email protected]. Thank you for being a part of global nursing development!