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Nursing encompasses autonomous and collaborative care of individuals of all ages, families, groups and communities, sick or well and in all settings. It includes the promotion of health, the prevention of illness, and the care of ill, disabled and dying people.

Nurses are in the line of action in providing services and play an important role in patient-centered care. In many countries they are leaders or key players in the multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary health teams. They provide a wide range of health services at all levels of the health system.

For countries to achieve the goal of Universal Access to Health and Universal Health Coverage, also named Universal Health, the quality, quantity and relevance of the nursing workforce must be guaranteed.

The Directing Council of PAHO/WHO approved resolution entitled "Human Resources for Health: Increasing Access to Qualified Health Workers in Primary Health Care-based Health Systems" (CD52.R13) which urges Member states to encourage reforms in the education of health care professions to support health systems based on primary health care and increase the number of vacancies in training programs relevant to primary health care, including advanced practice nurses.

PAHO/WHO Nursing and Allied Health Personnel is part of the Health System and Services Department, Human Resources for Health Unit, located at PAHO headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Nursing Infographic

Nursing in the Americas Infographic

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Opportunities for Internship

PAHO offers opportunities for graduate students and outstanding leaders to be involved in global health, particularly in the areas related to nursing and allied health personnel as interns or volunteers. The program provides the opportunity to learn more about the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO), as well as the activities and projects to advance nursing in the Region of the Americas. The internship has a duration of at least 8 weeks and individuals who meet the eligibility criteria may apply.

Opportunities for Internship on the Nursing and Allied Health Personnel Program at PAHO

More information and the procedures for application can be obtained here.

Online Course

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Self-Learning Virtual Course on Nursing Leadership: Empowering Nurses in Latin America and the Caribbean

The course is available on the Virtual Campus of Public Health, where those that are interested can create their account, and select the course within the menu Self-Learning Courses.

Contact us @ the Nursing Program

Nursing and Allied Health Personnel Program
Pan American Health Organization
525 Twenty-third Street N.W.
Washington, DC 20037
United States of America
Tel: +202-974-3048
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