A World Without Nurses…
What would it mean?
There are over 7 billion people in the world but only 17 million nurses.
Why should you care?
Fewer Nurses Means:
- Your life could be shorter
- You have a higher chance of getting a serious infection
- You may experience more complications from surgery or hospitalisation
Fewer nurses could mean life or death for acute care patients.
Nurses can help you live longer, healthier and even happier lives.
What’s their secret?
- Nurses care for people, not conditions
- They evaluate the whole person
- They educate people
- Nurses make prevention a priority
While technology and research advances so too does the knowledge (i.e. intelligence) of our nurses – from tertiary study and clinical placement to continued professional development.
Why? Because education improves care.
Nurses are Also Getting Older:
- More than half of nurses are over 40
- 20% of nurses will reach the age of retirement in the next 5 years
Many nations share a common problem:
A Critical Shortage of Nurses.
- The United States alone could need 1 million more nurses by 2020.
- Australian officials estimate 90,000 will retire by 2020.
- In the United Kingdom, around 180,000 are expected to retire within the next ten years; that’s nearly half of their nurses.
In a world without nurses, who will care for your loved ones? Who will manage people with chronic illness? Who will look after you? Why should you care? You should care.
*Statistics correct as of date of creation
- World Health Organisation 2009, World Health Statistics 2009, WHO, http://www.who.int/whosis/whostat/2009/en/