The nursing profession is known for being at the frontline of healthcare, at the bedside with patients, and for driving quality in the patient’s experience. For these, nurses are well-positioned to tackle the social determinants of health (SDOH). The SDOH have acquired great importance over time, particularly as health professions and European institutions are shifting towards value-based healthcare systems.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) defines the SDOH as “the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age. These circumstances are shaped by the distribution of money, power and resources at global, national and local levels.”
Nursing researchers have been working on this since the time of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing. Moreover, nursing research is privileged positioned between the nursing profession and the academia, hence available to research on how to better educate nursing, measure what are sufficient and safe levels of staffing, and to ample community health resources and partnerships.
Nursing researchers should take over this endeavour, driving the nursing profession forward, and driving patient quality care forward.