Govts should consult nurses

AUSTRALIA’S lead nurse is pushing for nurses to be engaged by governments on policy decisions on the international stage.

Rosemary Bryant (below), Commonwealth Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer and president of the International Council of Nurses, said a failure by governments to seek advice from nurses would result in a failure to adequately scope and examine health policy options.

Writing a comment piece in the International Nursing Review, Ms Bryant said nurses can provide valuable perspectives on the population health needs of the communities they work in.

“It must be articulated… much of this information is uniquely understood by nurses, and its inclusion is vital to good policy development and decision making,” she added.

International Nursing Review 2011; 58(2):148