International Nurses Day (12 May)

Nurses and midwives make up the largest group of the health workforce. More than 5 million nurses work in the Region of the Americas, and approximately 2 million nurses are working in Latin America and the Caribbean.

In celebration of International Nurses Day, on May 15 2017, PAHO/WHO Collaborating Centers and the Latin American Association of Nursing Schools and Faculties are releasing a new study which mainly addresses the situation of nursing education and the extent to which baccalaureate level nursing education programs in Latin America and the Caribbean are preparing students to contribute to the achievement of universal health.

Webinar - 15 May 2017 (2:00 p.m. 4:45 p.m. EST)

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Opening Remarks

  • James Fitzgerald. Director, Health System and Services Department, PAHO/WHO
  • Fernando Menezes.Unit Chief, Human Resources for Health, PAHO/WHO

The Situation of Nursing Education in Latin America and Caribbean towards Universal Health

  • Silvia Cassiani. Advisor on Nursing and Allied Health Personnel, PAHO/WHO
  • Sabrina de Souza Elias Mikael.Consultant, Human Resources for Health, PAHO/WHO

The Current and Future of Nursing Education

  • Lynda Wilson. Professor Emeritus, University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing
  • Laura Morán Peña. President, Latin American Association of Schools and Colleges of Nursing
  • Rosa Zarate Grajales. Professor, National Autonomous University of Mexico School of Nursing and Midwifery
  • Linda McCreary. Associate Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing
  • Fabiola Castellanos Soriano. Vice-president, Colombian Association of Faculties of Nursing

Closing Remarks

  • Francisco Becerra. Assistant Director, Pan American Health. Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO)

For the International Nurses Day, 12 May, this year, PAHO is urging people to secure high quality nursing education and practice. It is necessary that the countries work in:

  • the better distribution of nurses to meet the population needs;
  • incentives to practice and retention mainly of nursing specialists;
  • regulation of education and practice; and
  • accreditation of nursing education, continuous faculty development and implementation of the advanced role of nurses in primary health care.


Study [2017]

PAHO. Health Systems and Services