Nurses are essential in ensuring patient safety and quality of care, preventing infection control, and combating antimicrobial resistance. Nurses are influential in delivering primary health care across a wide range of services for communicable and non-communicable diseases, including clinical decision-making roles for some conditions, as well as health education and prevention services. That is why in outbreaks such as the COVID-19 pandemic, where hand hygiene, physical distancing, and surface disinfection are vital to containing infection, nurses’ preventive and control role is critical.
Nurses play a critical role in health advocacy, health literacy, and the management of non-communicable diseases. They are uniquely called to act as effective practitioners, health coaches, spokespersons, and knowledge brokers for patients and families throughout life with the proper knowledge, skills, opportunities, and financial support. Nurses have played an essential role as part of teams fighting epidemics that threaten people’s health around the world, including severe acute illnesses (Nursing roles 2020). Through the WHO Emergency Medical Service, nurses and other health professionals have been trained to better their country’s ability to respond to future disasters and emergencies.
It may be crucial to increase the resilience of the health care system. Nurses are also crucial in dealing with gender-based violence (Nursing roles 2020). A screening study for reporting intimate partner violence by nurses and midwives as the health professionals who most often conduct in-person identification. In conclusion, nurses are not the last in the well-being of the individual and the development and maintenance of the health care system.
Nursing roles in 21st-century health systems. (2020). World Health Organization. Web.