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Beyond a Single Country's Borders

Trade in Services Uncovered Through Bibliometrics

Benton, David C., PhD, RGN, FRCN, FAAN; Ferguson, Stephanie L., PhD, RN, FAAN

doi: 10.1097/NAQ.0000000000000333
Original Articles

We live and work in an increasingly connected global environment where actions in one part of the world can have consequences for all of us. This article examines, through the use of bibliometric analysis, the extent to which nursing scholars are engaged in the policy debate surrounding trade in services. Results demonstrate that, in comparison to medical colleagues, the nursing profession is more regionally orientated, focused on more operational-based themes and orientated to Mode 4: Mobility of the Profession. However, with the impetus of initiatives such as Nursing Now, opportunities exist to increase nurses' contribution to policy in today's ever more connected supranational environment. To be effective, and if quantum rather than incremental progress is to be made, more scholarship on policy-oriented topics is needed. An increased output of PhD-prepared nurses is essential. Collaborative working in multidisciplinary policy teams must become the norm, so nurses can demonstrate their unique and essential contribution to addressing the many and complex challenges that health systems now face. This is what is required if nurses are to be equipped to make robust evidence-based arguments at national and supranational levels.

National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Chicago, Illinois (Dr Benton); and Stephanie L. Ferguson & Associates, LLC, Amherst, Virginia, and Bing Stanford in Washington Program, Stanford University, Washington (Dr Ferguson).

Correspondence: David C. Benton, PhD, RGN, FRCN, FAAN, National Council of State Boards of Nursing, 111 East Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60601 (

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

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