Exploring the influence of the nursing and medical professions on policy and politics
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Exploring the influence of the nursing and medical professions on policy and politics

David Benton Chief Executive Officer, National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Executive Office, Chicago IL, United States
Stephanie Ferguson Consulting Associate Professor, Bing Stanford in Washington Program, Stanford University, Washington DC, United States
Mercedes Gómez del Pulgar Director General, Spanish Institute of Nursing Research, Madrid, Spain

Why you should read this article
  • To recognise the nursing contribution to research on policy and politics

  • To understand why the global Nursing Now campaign offers an opportunity for nurses to influence policy

  • To identify potential institutions and journals for publishing articles relating to policy and politics

Background The Nursing Now global campaign is aimed at raising the profile of nursing and its influence on policy and politics. Calls for the profession to have an increased role in policymaking are not new, but recent developments offer significant opportunities to advance this message.

Aim To compare and contrast the published scholarly evidence, indexed in Web of Science (WoS), relating to how medicine and nursing influence policy and politics.

Method A bibliometric analysis of scholarship was undertaken to determine how medicine and nursing influence policy and politics. Indexed articles in Web of Science were compared to examine the evolution of scholarly contributions by both professions.

Results Since 1990, nursing and medicine have been consistent contributors to scholarship on policy and politics. At the same time, there has been an exponential growth in scholarly output, but nursing is now starting to fall behind. Nursing has focused on the necessary knowledge and skills, whereas medicine has focused on acting on specific issues.

Conclusion There are multiple opportunities for nursing scholars to accelerate their indexed output to inform evidence-based advocacy, and influence policy and politics. These endeavours will increase their potential to inform future healthcare.

Nursing Management. 27, 1, 33-41. doi: 10.7748/nm.2020.e1896

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Conflict of interest

None declared

Benton D, Ferguson S, del Pulgar MG (2020) Exploring the influence of the nursing and medical professions on policy and politics. Nursing Management. doi: 10.7748/nm.2020.e1896

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