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Policy Dialogue - Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic: Mobilizing Nursing Leadership to Advance Global Equity


The Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic: Mobilizing Nursing Leadership to Advance Global Equity Policy Dialogue will be held virtually on December 6th from 12:30 PM -2:00 PM ET. Registration is open to Academy Fellows at no additional cost, students at $20, and non-members at $75. Nursing continuing professional development contact hours will be available for purchase at $20 (1.5 contact hours). Registration is required to attend and a recording will be available for registrants after the event. 

This policy dialogue is hosted by the Expert Panel on Global Nursing and Health in collaboration with the Expert Panel on Health Equity.

Purpose Statement 
Throughout the pandemic, nurses have promoted health and provided care to persons worldwide. In the United States, significant disparities by race and socioeconomic status in disease distribution and access to testing, vaccines, and lifesaving treatments have been documented. Globally that inequity is even more stark, as high-income countries have been able to access vaccines and move into second and third doses while low- and middle-income countries struggle to access first doses for their citizens. As a trusted profession, nurses possess unique skillsets that allow for flexibility, public health engagement, and care provision in a variety of settings, which are vital during a public health crisis. Structural barriers and policies have prevented the full actualization of nursing’s impact on many fronts. Furthermore, as nurses have risen to the occasion to provide care in diverse settings, the toll of providing services during this unprecedented time has impacted the health and wellbeing of the global nursing workforce. The need for increased attention to the emotional, financial, and physical recovery of the nursing workforce is a matter of great import if healthcare systems are to fully recover. This policy dialogue will focus on strategies to ensure more equitable distribution of resources, increase equity in the US and abroad, and support nurses as they engage and emerge from this pandemic.

Learning Outcome 
As a result of participating in this event, attendees will…

  1. Explore the ethical considerations in the global distribution of resources;
  2. Identify structural barriers that hinder the full contribution of nurses during pandemic response;
  3. Describe and strategize how to engage communication channels to facilitate global sharing of treatment and clinical care; 
  4. Discuss the creation of accessible global channels of peer support for nurses.

Nursing Continuing Professional Development
The American Academy of Nursing is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Contact hours are awarded by the American Academy of Nursing following the completion of the virtual event and the post-conference evaluation.


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