What can nurses do?



Whatcan nurses do?

Whatcan nurses do?

Thereis no doubt that the underdeveloped and developing countries havebeen ignored on large pharmaceutical companies and other key playersin the global health care industry. This is because diseases that areconsidered to be diseases of the poor are largely ignored at theexpense of luxury medical care services and goods demanded by therich in developed nations (Berndt et al, 2009). Nurses are theprimary care providers, and therefore are very knowledgeable aboutthe health care needs of their clients. This is because of theirdirect interaction with patients, their family members and theimmediate society (Kinfu et al, 2009, Jooste &amp Jasper 2012).

Althoughthe influence of a single nurse especially in the developed world onthe welfare of patients and nurses in underdevelopment countries maybe limited, correctively, nurses have an important role to play inglobal health care. The most important responsibility is interpretingthe needs of the communities and patients in disadvantaged society(Donkor &amp Andrews. 2011). The inputs of nurses through differentforums can have an influence on the development of global health carepolicies. Nurses in the developed world have a major role inadvocating for their colleagues and patients in the less developedworld. Through the nursing associations, can be an essential vehiclein advocating for and supporting nurses working in challengingconditions. For example, the international council of nurses has animportant influence on health care policies. The single mostimportant factor that influences ability of nurses to influencepolicy is solidarity (Mahlin, 2010). Poverty has been identified asone of the most important health care issue in the world. Individualnurses should also play an active role in fighting poverty. This isbecause even in the more developed economies, the poor are neglected.


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