This Is the Sound of 2,500+ Nurses Speaking Out on the Biases and Barriers They Face at Work

By The Editorial Team,
IntraHealth International
Photo courtesy of Nursing Now.

Photo courtesy of Nursing Now.

June 10, 2019
Sixty or seventy years ago, when Edna Adan first decided to become a nurse, people would come up to her mother and say, “We’re so sorry. We’ve heard the news.”
In her home country of Somaliland, nursing—giving care to the sick—was not seen as an honorable choice for a young woman.
But Edna did it anyway. Then she went on to become Minister of Social Affairs and Foreign Minister of Somaliland. Then she founded Somaliland’s Edna Adan Maternity Hospital. Then she opened Edna Adan University. At 82, she’s still working to revolutionize health care and the nursing and midwifery workforce in her country.
Nurses find solutions on the fly, drive change in the hospitals where they work.

Nurses like Edna are leaders in their fields. They find solutions on the fly, drive change in the hospitals where they work.
“During the Crimean war, when more soldiers were dying from infection than from battle wounds, it was a nurse who said, ‘Let’s look at our sanitation,’” said Joy Marini, who leads Johnson & Johnson’s global public health and development team, last week at Women Deliver 2019. “And during an early Ebola outbreak, it was a nurse who wrapped herself in trash bags and duct tape and said, ‘We can do this.’”
Most nurses are women. In fact, women make up 70% of the entire health and social care workforce around the world. Yet only 25% of health system leadership roles are held by women.
A new report launched at Women Deliver examines the gender-related barriers nurses face in rising to positions of leadership in their fields—and what it will take to remove them.