This issue of JBI Evidence Synthesis coincides with International Nurses Day--an opportunity to honor those at the forefront of patient care delivery, providing nursing across the care continuum and across the lifespan to people across the globe. COVID-19 has brought to light the extraordinary nature of what nurses do--despite facing unique stressors related to the pandemic--in the provision of innovative, person-centered care with expertise, courage, compassion, and dedication. This issue is organized around the themes of workforce/workplace issues critical to optimizing the contribution of the nursing profession to quality patient care.
We are pleased to present a systematic review addressing the impact of nurse staffing on patient and nurse workforce outcomes in acute care settings in low- and middle-income countries. The authors conclude that the higher the nursing workload, the higher the rates of in-hospital morality, hospital-acquired infections, and medication errors. A scoping review on advanced practice nurse professional development programs highlights that the lack of opportunity for professional advancement is a cause of job dissatisfaction, burnout, and turnover. A second scoping review discusses the role of information and communication technologies in the workplace for nurses, and how professional competency is linked with empowerment and quality patient care. Additionally, several scoping review protocols present upcoming research projects on a variety of topics affecting nursing.
Finally, we are pleased to share accompanying written and video commentaries by global experts offering their thoughts on safe staffing, nursing leadership, racism in nursing, informatics competencies, as well as a look at the International Council of Nurses' theme for International Nurses Day on May 12, 2021: "Nurses: a voice to lead--a vision for future healthcare."
We invite you to examine this issue and hope it inspires you to advocate for an investment in nursing, the backbone of health care systems globally.
Marilyn Macdonald, PhD, RN Susan Salmond, EdD, RN
Co-guest editor Co-guest editor