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A World Without Nurses - International Nurses' Day

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Published: 10 May 2018

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A World Without Nurses…

What would it mean?

There are over 7.5 billion people in the world but only 19.3 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 and intelligence of our nurses – from tertiary study and clinical placement to continuing professional development.

Why? Because education improves care.

Nurses are Also Getting Older:

  • More than half of nurses are over 50
  • 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.

  1. The United States alone could need 1.2 million more nurses by 2020.
  2. Australian stastics estimate 90,000 will retire by 2020.
  3. In the United Kingdom, around 1 in 3 nurses are expected to retire within the next 10 years.

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.

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*Statistics correct as of date of creation

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