The WHO 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, our thematic series in Human Resources for Health focuses 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 has now closed to new submissions.
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 have undergone the journal’s standard peer-review process. The Editors declare no competing interests.