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Research to support evidence-informed decisions on optimizing the contributions of nursing and midwifery workforces

Filippino nurse with pregnant woman (Flickr, timefornurses)WHO has designated the year 2020 as the “Year of the Nurse and Midwife”, to commemorate the 200th birth anniversary of Florence Nightingale. Nightingale was an early proponent of the use of statistical analysis to inform professional practice and health policy. In celebration and recognition of this, the thematic series in Human Resources for Health will focus on research and analysis that contributes to improved policy, planning and implementation related to nursing and midwifery workforces, and provides new evidence on the impact and contribution of nurses and midwives.

The series aims to inform and support policy makers in countries at all levels of development who are striving to achieve and sustain the maximum contribution from often scarce nursing  and midwifery resources. It also aims to contribute to the growing evidence base on the roles and impact of nurses and midwives in achieving global development goals.

This series is currently open to new submissions. During submission authors should select the option to submit to a thematic series and choose this series from the list.

In this thematic series, we are particularly interested to receive manuscripts which contribute to the evidence base on nurses and midwives education, roles, recruitment and retention, or which focus on evaluating their impact and “value” to patient outcomes, costs and health system effectiveness. Manuscripts should be nationally or internationally policy relevant, and where appropriate should examine nurses and midwives within the context of the broader health workforce, and health labour market.  Given that the two professions being examined are mainly comprised of women, we welcome papers that focus on gender as a component to analysis and evaluation; we also encourage papers that provide evidence based recommendations for policy that are scaleable at national or international level.

This collection of articles has not been sponsored and articles will undergo the journal’s standard peer-review process. The Editors declare no competing interests.

  1. Around the world, there is a significant difference in the proportion of women with access to leadership in healthcare with respect to men. This article studies gender imbalance and wage gap in managerial, exe...

    Authors: Lucero Soledad Rivera-Romano, Cristobal Fresno, Enrique Hernández-Lemus, Mireya Martínez-García and Maite Vallejo

    Citation: Human Resources for Health 2020 18:21

    Content type: Research

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  2. The migration of Caribbean nurses, particularly to developed countries such as Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom, remains a matter of concern for most countries of the region. With nursing vaca...

    Authors: Shamel Rolle Sands, Kenchera Ingraham and Bukola Oladunni Salami

    Citation: Human Resources for Health 2020 18:19

    Content type: Review

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  3. Following periods of health workforce crisis characterised by a severe shortage of nurses, midwives and doctors due to low production rates and excessive out-migration, the Government of Ghana through the Mini...

    Authors: James Avoka Asamani, Ninon P. Amertil, Hamza Ismaila, Francis Abande Akugri and Juliet Nabyonga-Orem

    Citation: Human Resources for Health 2020 18:16

    Content type: Commentary

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  4. Nurse prescribing of medicines is increasing worldwide, but there is limited research in Europe. The objective of this study was to analyse which countries in Europe have adopted laws on nurse prescribing.

    Authors: Claudia B. Maier

    Citation: Human Resources for Health 2019 17:95

    Content type: Research

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  5. Precarization of labor conditions has been expanding over the last three decades as a consequence of global economic transformations. The health workforce labor market is exposed to these transformations as we...

    Authors: Patricia Aristizabal, Gustavo Nigenda and Edson Serván-Mori

    Citation: Human Resources for Health 2019 17:87

    Content type: Research

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