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Evolving Global Education Standards for Nurses and Midwives

Morin, Karen H. DSN, RN, ANEF, FAAN

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing: November/December 2012 - Volume 37 - Issue 6 - p 360–364
doi: 10.1097/NMC.0b013e31825df7e7
Feature: CE Connection

More than a a decade ago nurse experts identified information critical for their practice in the 21st century, initiated by the increasing globalization of healthcare and nursing education. Much has happened since then. We know more about the healthcare needs of developing and developed countries, although solutions remain problematic. Although nurses continue to migrate, exaggerating developing country health issues, they are plagued by the variability in how they are educated. For example, some countries prepare nurses in high school, while in other countries nurses are educated in institutions of higher education. Recognizing this variability, nurse leaders have undertaken several efforts to address this variability. The purpose of this article is to highlight several issues associated with global education in general, describe current efforts in nursing and midwifery to strengthen nursing education, and discuss why these efforts are relevant to maternal-child nurses. This information is particularly relevant when one considers the contributions appropriately educated nurses and midwives can make as achieving select United Nations Millennium Development Goals.

Globalization has resulted in a world that is interdependent and interconnected and that challenges us about how best to prepare a knowledgeable workforce for the 21st century.

Karen H. Morin is a Professor and Director of PhD program at University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI. She can be reached via e-mail at

The author declares no conflict of interest.

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