With a shift in consciousness, nurses can take action to improve the health of the population and the planet.
While health care often focuses on acute or chronic illness, the elements necessary for good health are far more complex than we tend to recognize. Florence Nightingale understood this complexity and wrote extensively on the myriad social and environmental factors that influence well-being. Today these factors are termed “health determinants” and undergird the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
This article explores how nurses can contextualize the SDGs within their daily practice and create holistic
plans of care for patients, families, communities, and nations.