Nursing News: Nurses Help Reduce Deaths from Common Diseases

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, April 11th, 2013

Nurses and midwives play a critical role in lessening people’s risk of cardiovascular diseases, cancers, chronic respiratory disease and diabetes, according to a groundbreaking report by the World Health Organization and co-authored by a UCLA nursing professor.

These four non-communicable diseases account for a combined 60% of all deaths worldwide. The report shows nursing midwifery can have major impact on lifestyles changes and health outcomes.

Linda Sarna, a professor at the UCLA School of Nursing and co-author of the report points out that since nurses and midwives make up more than 50% of all health care providers in most countries they are the logical candidates to affect lifestyle changes among patients and increase health awareness. Worldwide, there are more than 19 million nurses and midwives.

The 38-page report issued by the WHO highlights evidence-based nursing interventions that have reduced risk factors such as tobacco use, alcohol dependence, physical inactivity and unhealthy diets. Many of the interventions have been proven to reduce costs and improve the quality of care.

Sarna notes that tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of death in the United States and worldwide and is the one risk factor that cuts across all four of the non-communicable disease categories. Nursing play a major role in helping smokers quit.

As the roles of the nursing profession continue to evolve in many countries, the findings of the WHO report validate the important role of nurses and midwives not only in caring for patients in times of need but also in prevention.

It makes you proud to be a part of this wonderful profession, doesn’t it?

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