Sustain and Retain in 2022 and Beyond: The global nursing workforce and the COVID-19 pandemic
Buchan, J., Catton, H., Shaffer, F. A., (January 2022)
2021 has seen unprecedented damage inflicted on health systems and on the nursing workforce. 2022 marks no change in the continuing relentless pressure of the pandemic on individual nurses, and on the global nursing workforce. This brief provides a global snapshot assessment of how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting on the nursing workforce, with a specific focus on how changing patterns of nurse supply and mobility will challenge the sustainability of the global nursing workforce. It also sets out the urgent action agenda and global workforce plan for 2022 and beyond which is required to support nurse workforce sustainability, and therefore improve health system responsiveness and resilience in the face of COVID-19.