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Nurses, We Really Need You

Up for the task of hiring 17.4 million qualified clinicians? That’s the additional staff needed for hospitals around the globe to operate at full capacity, according to the World Health Organization.

Worldwide, more developed nations are elevating the role of nurses not only to bridge these staffing shortages, but also to meet the complex needs of both patients and entire health systems.

In many parts of the world, hospitals aren’t leveraging nurses’ clinical training, limiting them to tasks such as monitoring and recording vital signs. But by tapping into this rich talent pool, we can relieve physicians to perform the most complex care, reduce costs, and enhance overall quality and safety.

At JHI, we work with our global affiliates to empower nurses by providing clinical training and leadership development, introducing new professional roles and encouraging mentoring across borders.

JHI nurse consultant Wilma Berends and nurse manager Gail Biba tailored a leadership course for nearly 50 participants at Anadolu Medical Center in Turkey, emphasizing how to measure nurse quality, give and receive feedback, and establish a code of conduct.

We worked with the Institute for Johns Hopkins Nursing to share nursing models and new ways of promoting nurses at our global affiliates. As an example, the institute conducted Nursing Leadership Academy training with 44 current and aspiring nurse leaders from across the Pacífico Salud health care network in Peru.

At Johns Hopkins Aramco Healthcare (JHAH), we helped expand nursing roles—including team leaders, discharge planners and home care nurses. We even introduced case managers—who plan, coordinate and monitor patient care—a role that was new not only to JHAH, but to Saudi Arabia in general.

Ahlam Abdelfatah Sarhan, a JHAH nurse manager, appreciates the development opportunities Johns Hopkins provides to nurses around the world. She told us, “I have been working as a nurse for the last 25 years. Now, with Johns Hopkins’ influence, we have power as nurses. It expands the role of nurses and makes us leaders.”

This post highlights content from JHI’s FY17-FY18 Impact Report, Realizing the Mission. Read the full report and check out this video to learn more about our transformational work in international collaborative health from the last two fiscal years.


Karen Haller

Vice President, Nursing and Clinical Affairs | Vice President, Americas Operations As the vice president of nursing and clinical affairs, Karen Haller oversees nursing and clinical quality for Johns Hopkins Medicine International (JHI). She develops the structure and resources needed to collaborate with health care organizations around the world and supports international patients seeking care at Johns Hopkins medical institutions. She also provides leadership and strategic oversight for JHI’s clinical, consulting and knowledge-transfer activities. Click here to learn more about Karen.

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