Global Strategic Direction
Strategic Directions for Strengthening Nursing and Midwifery Services 2011-2015
This document presents the newly updated strategic directions for strengthening nursing and midwifery services (SDNM) for the period 2011-2015.
Complementing and building on the 2002-2008 SDNM, it seeks to provide policy-makers, practitioners and other stakeholders at every level with a flexible framework for broad-based, collaborative action to enhance the capacity of nurses and midwives to contribute to universal coverage, people-centered health care, policies affecting their practice and working conditions, and the scaling up of national health systems to meet global goals and targets.
The SDNM for 2011-2015 draws on several key World Health Assembly resolutions, and are underpinned by the associated global policy recommendations and codes of practice. After two years of extensive research and consultation, an SDNM task force was developed, and a consensus on a range of specific activities revolving around 13 objectives in five interrelated key results (KRAs), was achieved:
- health system and service strengthening;
- policy and practice;
- education, training and career development;
- workforce management; and