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Nursing and the Sustainable Development Goals

From Nightingale to Now

Dossey, Barbara M., PhD, RN; Rosa, William E., MS, RN; Beck, Deva-Marie, PhD, RN

AJN The American Journal of Nursing: May 2019 - Volume 119 - Issue 5 - p 44–49
doi: 10.1097/01.NAJ.0000557912.35398.8f
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While health care often focuses on acute or chronic illness, the elements necessary for good health are far more complex than we tend to recognize. Florence Nightingale understood this complexity and wrote extensively on the myriad social and environmental factors that influence well-being. Today these factors are termed “health determinants” and undergird the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This article explores how nurses can contextualize the SDGs within their daily practice and create holistic plans of care for patients, families, communities, and nations.

The authors explore how nurses can contextualize the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals within their daily practice and create holistic plans of care for patients, families, communities, and nations.

Barbara M. Dossey and Deva-Marie Beck are codirectors of the Nightingale Initiative for Global Health in Santa Fe, NM, and Kelwood, Manitoba, Canada. William E. Rosa is a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Future of Nursing Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing in Philadelphia. Contact author: Barbara M. Dossey, barbara@dosseydossey.com. The authors have disclosed no potential conflicts of interest, financial or otherwise.

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