All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Global Health – Nursing Now
This UK site, recognising that health is interdependent and interconnected on a global scale, hosts many evidence-based reviews on topical global health issues. The APPG group is supported by UK academic institutions, The Lancet and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. This support allows the group to connect the interest, impact and knowledge of parliamentarians with the expertise and experience of the wider global health community.
A recent report from Lord Nigel Crisp detailed the positive economic, gender equality and health outcomes of nursing. The report, titled ‘The Triple Impact’ sparked a worldwide campaign, endorsed by the International Council of Nurses congress in 2017.
The Nursing Now campaign wants to make sure that all nurses and midwives, in every role and at every level, are skilled and supported to develop and strengthen nursing and midwifery practice, mobilise others and make change happen.
There are links on this site to free educational resources for both nurses and midwives about practice improvement, as well as information about the Nursing Now campaign, which is being launched on 27 February 2018. You are welcome to register if you would like updates.
[Site accessed 4 February 2018 and last updated December 2017].
Choosing Wisely New Zealand
Choosing Wisely New Zealand is a part of a global, health-professional-led and patient-focused initiative to promote quality care through better decisions. The intent is to promote a culture where low-value and inappropriate clinical interventions are avoided, and for patients and health professionals to have well-informed conversations around treatment options, leading to better decisions and outcomes.
The Council of Medical Colleges (CMC) is facilitating this initiative in New Zealand, which is also endorsed by the Health Quality and Safety Commission. Specific health-professional or patient/consumer sections on the site provide recommendations about tests, treatments, and procedures that healthcare professionals, patients and consumers should question.
On a similar Australian site, the Australian College of Nurses provides ‘Choosing Wisely’ resources on peripheral IV cannula replacement, blood glucose monitoring, urinary continence and the use of X-rays in foot and ankle trauma: www.choosingwisely.org.au/recommendations/acn.
The Canadian Nursing Association also provides a list of recommendations at https://choosingwiselycanada.org/nursing.
Overall, health consumers should be encouraged to ask their health practitioners four questions:
- Do I really need this test or procedure?
- What are the risks?
- Are there simpler, safer options?
- What will happen if I don’t do anything?
[Site accessed 4 February 2018 and last updated January 2018].