Billy Rosa is a master teacher and learner. He is a visionary leader, and one of the few people I know who can translate transformational concepts into actionable knowledge. And actionable knowledge is what nurses and health care professionals need to navigate the future.
— Daniel J. Pesut, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC, FAAN, Professor of Nursing, Population Health and Systems Cooperative Unit, Director, Katharine Densford International Center for Nursing Leadership, University of Minnesota School of Nursing



This unique text elucidates the relationship between global nursing and global health. It underscores the significance of nurses’ contributions in furthering the post-2015 agenda of the United Nations regarding global health infrastructures and examines opportunities for nurses to promote the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to foster health and healthy environments worldwide. While past nursing literature has emphasized nursing’s potential involvement and influence in the global arena, this is the first book to identify, validate, and promote nurses’ proactive and multidimensional work in furthering current transnational goals for advancing health on a global scale.

The book includes an introduction to global health; clarification of terms and roles; perspectives on education, research, and theory related to global nursing; a history of the partnership between the United Nations and the nursing profession; and an in-depth exploration of the 17 SDGs and relevant nursing tasks. It is based on recent and emerging developments in the transnational nursing community and establishes a holistic dialogue about opportunities for nurses to expand their roles as change agents in a global context. The personal reflections of contributors animate such topics as global health ethics, the role of caring in a sustainable world, creating a shared humanity, cultural humility, and many others.

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Encompassing the wisdom of both established and emerging nurse leaders, this expansive book demonstrates proof of theory in action and the influence of our great nursing legacy on today luminaries as they carve out new terrain to benefit current and future health care needs. With a far-reaching, ambitious perspective, it is the first text to link the ideas of nurse leaders from very diverse specialty areas including holism, advanced practice, education,policy, global health, journalism, and spiritual communities. The book examines the professional and scholarly accomplishments of these nurse leaders within an historical context, and facilitates succession planning for the next generation through of combination of outcomes-based writing, storytelling and personal reflection. 

Dozens of expert contributors from practice and theory arenas describe how to develop leadership skills and tactics through the implementation of local,national, and international initiatives. With an eye to creative evolution in education, research and clinical settings, they discuss how emerging nurse leaders can be agents of change‚ beyond the confines of traditional practice and curricula--through innovation and collaboration. Contributors also relate the circumstances and experiences that sparked their nursing passions, the moral/ethical foundation from which they practice, and inspired messages toward communal, societal, and global impact within nursing of the future. Each chapter author follows a template to ensure continuity and includes end-of-chapter reflection questions.

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