A model for upscaling global partnerships and building nurse and midwifery capacity

L. A. Spies, S. L. Garner, M. A. Faucher, M. Hastings-Tolsma, C. Riley, J. Millenbruch, L. Prater, S. F. Conroy

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Aim: To provide a unique model for use in guiding global collaboration and policy to upscale nursing and midwifery partnerships. Background and introduction: Nurses and midwives across nations need skills reaching beyond the bedside and unit level in today's complex, global, multifaceted healthcare milieu. Thoughtful consideration, research and concomitant development of models to guide appropriate upscaling of nurse and midwifery capacity within and between nations are needed. Discussion: This article explores an integrated global approach to upscaling nurse and midwifery capacity using examples of partnerships between nursing and midwifery programmes across multiple continents. Conclusion and implications for nursing: Global nurse and midwifery capacity is effectively being developed using a myriad of approaches. A new model is presented to illustrate supports, strategies and activities to achieve intermediate and long-term goals for capacity building through strong and sustainable global partnerships. Implication for nursing policy: Development of global skills can focus the nurse and midwife to influence policy-level decisions. Human resource planning that can impact countrywide provision of health care begins in the preservice setting for both nurses and midwives. A global experience can be a value-added component to the well-rounded education of future nurses. Education during preparation for entry into practice is a strategic way to develop a worldview. Incorporating reflective practice can build skills and shape attitudes to prepare the new nurse to be comfortable as a global healthcare provider. An expanded world view is the springboard to more robust and informed involvement and inclusion in policy-level discussions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)331-344
Number of pages14
JournalInternational Nursing Review
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2017


  • Conceptual Model
  • Global Health
  • Global Health Policy
  • Global Partnerships
  • Midwifery
  • Nursing
  • Nursing Capacity Building

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)


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