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- Kunle Emmanuel
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- Location: Lagos
It is my pleasure to be invited to deliver a goodwill message at this very important occasion - the opening ceremony of the 2015 International Nurses week celebration with the theme "NURSES - A FORCE FOR CHANGE - CARE EFFECTIVE - COST EFFECTIVE
This conference is coming at a most auspicious time, when nurses globally are being called upon to focus on the nursing role in care effective and cost effective healthcare systems as a key priority and determinant for achieving equity, delivering universal health coverage and ultimately improving health outcomes globally.
The cost of health care is rising worldwide largely driven by the heavy and growing burden of non communicable diseases including mental health disorders, ageing societies, innnovations of expensive treatments and techniques, and increasing demands of clients. The rising cost of healthcare is placing a heavy financial burden on health systems and populations globally. Costing information is important for the planning and decision making process on how to do better within the constraints of financial, human and other resources.
It is prudent to make best use of available resources. Nurses as the single largest component of the health workforce, are well positioned to do more with less while providing quality care and optimal patient outcome. It is imperative that nurses develop a proper understanding of health care financing, budgeting, resource allocation and strategic planning. Such competencies will facilitate nurses' participation in policy making and resource allocatioins in order to lead from the frontline as the force for change and cost effective and care effective professionals.
Drawing on their professional legacy as patient advocates, patient care espertise, and a focus on community, nurses are ideally positioned to make major contribution to shaping health policy that is underpinned by equity and cost effectiveness. Their close interaction with healthcare consumers in a variety of settings gives nurses a good understanding of helth needs; how factors in the environment impact the health of clients and their families; and how people respond to different services and interventions. Yet, nurses often lack support from policy makers or funds to introduce innovations in care.
Nurses are a pivotal part of the healthcare team. They understand the interaction of patients and their families with the range of other providers involved in their care. Nurses work within the context of cost quality constraints of health service delivery and they are in a position to advise on the impact of policies aimed at cost effectiveness in health care, in order for nurses to influence and shape decisions. It is essential that they clearly understand how policy is made and implemented, and its wider context. Without this understanding of policy development, nursing will not be included in the process.
Nurses also need to work outside of the health sector to share thier insights on the design of homes and community environments that help maintain independence and avoid risks that can result in trauma.
Improving the quality of health care and access to health services depends on the extent to which nurses around the world are mobilized to be cost effective and care effective. It also depends on providing current knowledge and information to the nursing workforce on key issues such as financing, health policy and decision making process. As the largest health care profession, nurses are key to leading change from the frontline towards equity, universal healht coverage and ultimately towards improved health outcomes globally.
In order to strengthen health systems, nurses need to be adequately prepared to help shape policy, work effectively in inter disciplinary teams, plan and manage health services, involve communities and key stakeholders in healthcare planning and delivery, and lobby for increased resource flow to health systems.
As such, nurses must be strategically positioned to provide creative and innovative solutions that make a real difference to the day to day lives of patients, health systems, communities and the profession.
That is why nurses are essential partners for governments and other funders in securing and assuring care effective, cost effective health systems
I wish you all fruitful deliberations and celebrations and a happy stay in Abuja
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