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BioMed Research International
Volume 2016, Article ID 3127543, 5 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2016/3127543
Review Article

Call to Action for Nurses/Nursing

1Faculty of Nursing, University of Calgary, 2500 University Drive NW, Calgary, AB, Canada T2N 1N4
2Department of Community Health Sciences, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary, TRW Building, 3rd Floor, 3280 Hospital Drive NW, Calgary, AB, Canada T2N 4Z6
3O’Brien Institute for Public Health, Calgary, AB, Canada T2N 4Z6
4Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute, Calgary, AB, Canada T2N 4N1
5Institute for Gender Research, Calgary, AB, Canada T2N 1N4

Received 28 October 2015; Revised 8 February 2016; Accepted 29 March 2016

Academic Editor: Sten H. Vermund

Copyright © 2016 Shahirose S. Premji and Jennifer Hatfield. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

The 13 million nurses worldwide constitute most of the global healthcare workforce and are uniquely positioned to engage with others to address disparities in healthcare to achieve the goal of better health for all. A new vision for nurses involves active participation and collaboration with international colleagues across research practice and policy domains. Nursing can embrace new concepts and a new approach—“One World, One Health”—to animate nursing engagement in global health, as it is uniquely positioned to participate in novel ways to improve healthcare for the well-being of the global community. This opinion paper takes a historical and reflective approach to inform and inspire nurses to engage in global health practice, research, and policy to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. It can be argued that a colonial perspective currently informs scholarship pertaining to nursing global health engagement. The notion of unidirectional relationships where those with resources support training of those less fortunate has dominated the framing of nursing involvement in low- and middle-income countries. This paper suggests moving beyond this conceptualization to a more collaborative and equitable approach that positions nurses as cocreators and brokers of knowledge. We propose two concepts, reverse innovation and two-way learning, to guide global partnerships where nurses are active participants.