Publications and documents

Strategic Directions for Nursing in the Region of the Americas

This document provides strategic guidance for the advancement and strengthening of nursing in health systems and services, along the following lines of action: 1. Strengthening and consolidating leadership and strategic management of nursing in the context of health systems and in policy-making and monitoring. 2. Addressing the working conditions and capacities of nurses to expand access and coverage with equity and quality, in order to promote a people-, family-, and community-centered model of care and strengthen both the primary level of care and integrated health services networks. 3.

Sustain and Retain in 2022 and beyond: The Global Nursing Workforce and The COVID-19 Pandemic


Infographic - Situation of Nursing in the Region of the Americas

This infographic presents the nursing situation in the Region of the Americas in a concise way. It contains sex-disaggregated data and percentages reflecting the situation of the nursing professionals compared with that of the health workers in all countries. The information is based on the State of the world's nursing 2020: investing in education, jobs and leadership, published by the World Health Organization. It is addressed to governments, ministries of health, universities, professionals, students, and other interested parties.

PAHO/WHO May 2021

Contributions of Nursing and Midwifery Professionals to Women's Health. Reports from the Region of the Americas

The Pan American Health Organization, in recognition of the fundamental role of nursing and midwifery professionals in health systems, has published these reports to highlight the initiatives and contributions of these professionals with a focus on women's health. This publication helps to highlight the important work they do at different levels of care and professional settings, as well as the reality of women's health in the countries of the Region of the Americas.

Expansion of nurses' roles, in the context of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, in primary and secondary schools

Editorial aiming to discuss the perspectives for expanding the role of nurses in school health, in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic: Why we need to invest in advanced practice nurses

Dear Editor: In recognition of the newly gained prominence and visibility of health professionals in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, the World Health Organization has made 2021 the International Year of Health and Care Workers, after having designated 2020 as the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife. Nurses are essential at the different levels of health care, following best practices, offering timely information and action in health, and coordinating and managing care and services.