The Andalusian Council of Nursing (CAE) and the Ministry of Health and families formed this morning the Nursing Now Andalucía group. This initiative, promoted by the institution of collegial andalusian, is included within the international campaign Nursing Now, in collaboration with the International Council of Nurses (ICN) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to claim to governments, health professionals and users that bring value to the Infirmary.
The act of creation, of Nursing Now Andalusia has taken place in the Reina Sofia Hospital of Cordoba, and in it have taken part the director of Health and Families, Jesus Aguirre, and the president of the Andalusian Council of Nursing, Florentino Pérez Raya. Following the signing, the health and family counsellor said that”we support this initiative to strengthen the role of Nursing in the health system and to encourage and disseminate innovations in this area”.
The president of the Andalusian Council of Nursing, Florentino Pérez Raya, has opted for the creation of this group because “the nurses play a crucial role in the improvement of public health. In this sense, I would like to recall that the WHO has recently declared 2020 as the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife, in unprecedented support to the critical work that nurses carry out every day in favor of the health of the people.”
For the representative of the nurses andalusian, “Nursing Now Andalusia supposed to put on the increase the present of the Nursing, but also lay claim to a future in which nurses can continue to carry out its welfare work in the best conditions”. In order to do this, Pérez Raya recalled that “it is necessary and urgent to modify the rates of nurse/patient in Andalusia, a panorama that has inherited this new department, because we have a significant deficit of professionals that puts us second in line compared to the European average”.
In fact, the ratio of nurses in Andalusia is only 459 per 100,000 inhabitants, almost half of the European average of 852 professionals. The Andalusian community, at the tail of our country, is separated by 126 nurses per 100,000 people to reach even the average of Spain which is already low compared to many countries around us. It is estimated that 33,000 more nurses would be needed in Andalusia to reach European figures.
The increase in chronic diseases, the increase in the life expectancy of the population or the growing abandonment of healthy habits make it necessary for us to move from a health system based on healing to one focused on caring, and that new paradigm must be led by Nursing, whose main mission is to care for the patient and which we now value with Nursing Now Andalusia