190528 Disease Knows No Borders: Collaboration with a Passionate Response

Tuesday, October 28, 2008: 10:30 AM

Janet Gottschalk, RN, DrPH, FAAN , Retired, Retired, Washington, DC, DC
Our increasingly globalized world is linked in multiple ways—often, even the simplest products are assembled with materials from multiple countries, a downturn in the financial markets of an Asian country, the possibility of a riot in an oil producing country, not to mention continued unrest and violence in the Middle East, Afghanistan, or some African country most of us could not locate on a map—all affect us daily. Just as no military force, whether actual or virtual, can wall us off from our fellow citizens on this one planet we occupy together, so, too, we cannot and should not hide our heads in the sand and claim ignorance of the desperate health care needs of others on this earth we share.

While the U.S. is desperately in need of more nurses, especially Hispanic ones, our need pales in comparison with the needs of some other countries, especially those in Sub-Saharan Africa. However, there is no easy answer as to HOW the needs and human rights of ALL concerned can be met.

Learning Objectives:
Following a brief overview of health conditions in those parts of the world where war, poverty and disease often contribute to desperate living conditions, participants will identify the difficult questions and dilemmas nurses must answer relative to their own family’s needs, the needs of their country, and their own right to continued professional development and a just salary. Nurses from the US, Canada, Australia and other developed nations will examine the needs of their countries for additional nurses and the responsibility they have for the health and rights of those in poorer countries. Possible solutions to this seemingly insoluble problem will be addressed.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am a nursing faculty and have lived and worked in many countries.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.