Nursing Leadership and Visibility

The leadership mandate of nurses as proposed in Global Strategic Direction for Nursing and Midwifery (2021-2025) revealed how essential nursing leadership, opportunity, and position are required in achieving Universal Health Coverage. 

Nursing leadership and the visibility of their contributions at this time when the world is recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic is crucial. Nursing is the foundation of a strong health workforce and a pillar of an efficient and effective health system, hence the leadership, visibility, and education of nurses and midwives is paramount. Leadership ability and positions remain major challenges in many healthcare settings, especially those in LMICs. These challenges harm the quality of health services, competency, accountability, and the health outcome of the populace. To respond to these challenges, an intentional mechanism is required to appoint nurse leaders to executive positions and support them to be head that drives their programs in all healthcare organizations, Ministries, departments, and Agencies (MDAs).

Accelerating the proportion and authority of midwives and nurses into senior health and academic positions and continually developing the next generation of nursing and midwifery leaders are key to achieving SDGs in 2030.

An increase in regular nursing investment, capacity development, leadership position opportunities, involvement in the policy process, research, and advocacy are strategies to optimize nurses’ potential, leadership, and visibility in the spirit of leaving no one behind.