A major report scheduled to be published next month on the state of the world’s nursing will go live as planned despite the coronavirus crisis, it has been confirmed.
Those behind the programme told Nursing Times that it would be “even more important” to get a picture of how the profession was faring around the globe in the wake of the outbreak.
“There is some thinking now about how the report is launched within the context of Covid”
The World Health Organization’s State of the World’s Nursing report had been pinned as a key milestone in the 2020 International Year of Nurse and Midwife campaign.
The report will, for the first time, provide an overview of each nation’s nursing workforce and will describe how the profession will help deliver the WHO’s aims on universal health coverage and sustainable development.
The emergence of Covid-19 has drastically changed the course of the year of the nurse commemorations, which were expected to be celebratory in tone.
However, the State of the World’s Nursing report will still be published on 7 April as previously agreed, said Howard Catton, chief executive of the International Council of Nurses, who is helping to compile the document.
Although he said thought was now being given around how the blueprint could be launched “within the context of Covid-19”.
“There is some thinking now about how the report is launched within the context of Covid…but the evidence that has been collated on the state of the world’s nursing and the policy recommendations, they are there, the evidence and the recommendations don’t change as a result of Covid,” said Mr Catton.
He said that the issues the report would cover, such as the investment and the support needed for nursing, would be “even more important now that we have got Covid”.
“Perhaps if we had said that stuff last year everyone would say ‘yes, well we’d expect you to say that’…but because of the context and because of Covid it just really brings home the importance and the impact of it as well,” he said.
Mr Catton noted that final arrangements for how the report will be launched were “still being pinned down”.
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