The Academy's global and holistic approach to the development of health policies in order to help reduce health disparities and inequalities is facilitated through its 24 Expert Panels. The Academy recognizes the UN Agenda for Sustainable Development by 2030, including goal 3, to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages and goal 5, to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.
The Academy recommends that Guidelines for Culturally Competent Care be integrated into public health and health care practice settings, publishing the policy brief Implementing Culturally Competent Care in 2015.
In 2016, Support for humanitarian aid to refugee children was published in Nursing Outlook. Previously in 2014, comments were drafted in response to the detention of unaccompanied children from Central America along the southern U.S. border. Calling this a humanitarian refugee crisis, the implementation of policies that protect the health, safety, and well-being of children who are undocumented migrants, refugees, and asylum seekers was urged.
The manuscript Global Health Diplomacy: An integrative review of the literature and implications for nursing was published in the March 2013 issue of Nursing Outlook. In January 2012, the policy brief Leadership needed to address the Global Nursing and Midwifery Workforce Shortage was published in Nursing Outlook.
In August 2011, the Academy wrote to Director-General of the WHO Margaret Chan expressing strong concern that there has not been an individual named to fill the position of Chief Nurse Scientist at the WHO Headquarters.
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