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Capacity Building, Collaboration, Transparency

Not enough countries have nurses and midwives with training in how to research their own workforces. Why does this matter? 

To have "research capacity" means there are specially trained people who understand how to conduct rigorous and ethical research studies to solve problems. In healthcare, research capacity helps to document where problems happen, why they happen, and tests solutions to solve them. When nurses and midwives have these skills, they can help strengthen the workforce to address the identified problems and improve health for all. They can also generate the data needed to change policy and participate in civic engagement.

Transparency is also important. We do not really have good data on the nursing and midwifery workforces globally, though it has improved over the last two decades. Part of our consortium's goal is to collect self-reported data on the global nursing and midwifery workforces. Collaboration is essential to meet that goal.


What Consortium Members Agree On

  • Research is essential to solving the problems of the nursing and midwifery workforces globally.

  • Country teams are in charge of their own data.

  • Ethics approval according to local standards.

  • Everybody gets named as an author on international consortium papers.

  • Lead authors are from the country where the data comes from on country-specific publications.

  • Mentoring new researchers is key to our success and capacity-building for the future.

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In 2021...

...researchers from the Rory Meyers College of Nursing at New York University (New York, USA),

Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and Africa wanted to document how the pandemic was affecting nurses and midwives in low- and middle-income countries. 

It worked.

We had 2,300+ participants from 38 countries in our first round.

Building from that, in 2022 we expanded the consortium and are currently collecting data about the long-term effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the professional and personal lives of nurses and midwives around the world.

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