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A New Era in Global Health

SKU# 9780826190116

Nursing and the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development


  • William Rosa MS, RN, AGPCNP-BC, ACHPN, FCCM, Caritas Coach

2018 Prose Award Honorable Mention
Applied Social Work, Nursing & Allied Health

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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.


  • Written by leading nurses from around the world, this unique text integrates international initiatives and describes a proactive nursing role in the future of global health.
  • Organized into three units, the book opens with 10 key chapters that outline the importance of nursing in global health, education, and research, highlighting the history of the United Nations as it relates to the nursing profession and examining the legacy of Florence Nightingale.
  • Unit II includes chapters devoted to each of the 17 SDGs and outlines succinctly how nurses can help effect them.

Product Details 

  • Publication Date June 29, 2017
  • Page Count 624
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826190116
  • EISBN 9780826190123

About The Author(s) 

William Rosa, MS, RN, LMT, AHN-BC, AGPCNP-BC, CCRN-CMC, is a nurse, author, and educator. He graduated with his bachelor of science degree in nursing, magna cum laude, from New York University (NYU) Rory Meyers College of Nursing in 2009. While working as a critical care bedside clinician for 4 years at NYU Langone Medical Center (NYULMC), climbing to the top rung of the clinical ladder, he became committed to excellence in patient care delivery, advocacy for positive change within the profession, and the elevation of consciousness for nurses and nursing. After graduating as valedictorian of his master of nursing program at the Hunter–Bellevue School of Nursing at Hunter College, New York, New York, in 2014, he moved into the role of nurse educator for critical care services at NYULMC.

He is a graduate of the Caritas Coach Education Program (CCEP) offered by the Watson Caring Science Institute (WCSI), the Integrative Nurse Coach Certificate Program (INCCP) offered by the International Nurse Coach Association, and the Clinical Scene Investigator (CSI) Academy of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN). To date, these experiences have inspired over 150 publications in peer-reviewed and non-peer-reviewed journals, book chapters, newspapers, magazines, and international social media platforms such as SpringBoard and The Huffington Post. Mr. Rosa’s first book, Nurses as Leaders: Evolutionary Visions of Leadership, was released by Springer in 2016.

Mr. Rosa has been recognized with the Association for Nursing Professional Development’s national 2015 Excellence in Professional Development Change Agent/Team Member Award and the 2015 national AACN Circle of Excellence Award, and he was the winner of the 2012 National League for Nursing (NLN) Student Excellence Paper Competition. Most recently he has been named a national 2017 Rising Star in Nursing by Modern Healthcare and one of America’s Most Amazing Nurses by The Doctors television show and Prevention magazine. Mr. Rosa will be awarded the international Daniel J. Pesut Spirit of Renewal Award by Sigma Theta Tau Interntational in 2017. He is a Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine.

He has become passionate about cultivating a healthy environment in which nurse leaders can thrive through his participation in the Nurse in Washington Internship and his organizational positions as U.S. board of advisors’ member for the Nightingale Initiative for Global Health (NIGH), New York City chapter leader and national Nominating Committee member the American Holistic Nurses Association (AHNA), and secretary for the New York City chapter of the Association for Nursing Professional Development.

Mr. Rosa is soon to be a Robert Wood Johnson Future of Nursing Scholar in the University of Pennsylvania’s PhD in nursing program. He most recently worked as a Palliative Care Medicine Fellow at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, and in Kigali, Rwanda, as visiting faculty at the University of Rwanda and as an intensive care unit clinical educator at the Rwanda Military Hospital, Human Resources for Health Program in partnership with the NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing.

Table of Contents 


Foreword Vanessa B. Kerry, MD, MSc



1. Re-Membering Humanity: A First Step Toward One Health

William Rosa


2. Global Health and Global Nursing: Emerging Definitions and Directions

William Rosa

3. A Brief History of the United Nations and Nursing: A Healthy World Is Our Common Future

Deva-Marie Beck

4. Global Nurse Citizenship: Toward a Safe and Inclusive Civil Society

William Rosa and Holly K. Shaw

5. Transforming Our World by 2030: Leadership Requisites to Guide the Global Village

William Rosa and Karen H. Morin

6. Global Health Ethics

Suellen Breakey and Linda A. Evans

7. Florence Nightingale’s Legacy: The Rationale for an Integral Worldview in Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals

Barbara Montgomery Dossey, Deva-Marie Beck, Sarah Oerther, and Phalakshi Manjrekar

8. Nursing Education Imperatives and the United Nations 2030 Agenda

Tamara H. McKinnon and Joyce J. Fitzpatrick

9. Creating New Knowledge: Nursing- and Midwifery-Led Research to Drive the Global Goals

Allison P. Squires, Sarah Abboud, Melissa T. Ojemeni, and Laura Ridge

10. Transnational Nursing Organizations Paving the Way for Global Health: The International Council of Nurses as Exemplar

Elizabeth Holguin, Frances Hughes, and Judith Shamian

11. Global Human Caring for a Sustainable World

Jean Watson


12. Goal 1. End Poverty in All Its Forms Everywhere

William Rosa

13. Goal 2. End Hunger, Achieve Food Security and Improved Nutrition, and Promote Sustainable Agriculture

William Rosa

14. Goal 3. Ensure Healthy Lives and Promote Well-Being for All at All Ages

William Rosa

15. Goal 4. Ensure Inclusive and Equitable Quality Education and Promote Lifelong Learning Opportunities for All

William Rosa

16. Goal 5. Achieve Gender Equality and Empower All Women and Girls

William Rosa

17. Goal 6. Ensure Availability and Sustainable Management of Water and Sanitation for All

William Rosa

18. Goal 7. Ensure Access to Affordable, Reliable, Sustainable, and Modern Energy for All

William Rosa

19. Goal 8. Promote Sustained, Inclusive, and Sustainable Economic Growth, Full and Productive Employment, and Decent Work for All

William Rosa

20. Goal 9. Build Resilient Infrastructure, Promote Inclusive and Sustainable Industrialization, and Foster Innovation

William Rosa

21. Goal 10. Reduce Inequality Within and Among Countries

William Rosa

22. Goal 11. Make Cities and Human Settlements Inclusive, Safe, Resilient, and Sustainable

William Rosa

23. Goal 12. Ensure Sustainable Consumption and Production Patterns

William Rosa

24. Goal 13. Take Urgent Action to Combat Climate Change and Its Impacts

William Rosa

25. Goal 14. Conserve and Sustainably Use the Oceans, Seas, and Marine Resources for Sustainable Development

William Rosa

26. Goal 15. Protect, Restore, and Promote Sustainable Use of Terrestrial Ecosystems, Sustainably Manage Forests, Combat Desertification, and Halt and Reverse Land Degradation and Halt Biodiversity Loss

William Rosa

27. Goal 16. Promote Peaceful and Inclusive Societies for Sustainable Development, Provide Access to Justice for All and Build Effective, Accountable, and Inclusive Institutions at All Levels

William Rosa

28. Goal 17. Strengthen the Means of Implementation and Revitalize the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development

William Rosa


29. Global Nursing Wisdom: Notes From the Field

Julie K. Anathan, Busisiwe Rosemary Bhengu, Olivia Bahemuka, Kelly Burke, Maureen E. Connell, Carole Ann Drick, Helen Ewing, Lynn Keegan, Susan Luck, Phalakshi Manjrekar, Patricia Moreland, Jasintha T. Mtengezo, William Rosa, and Deborah Wilson

30. The Role of Reflective Practice in Creating the World We Want

Sara Horton-Deutsch and William Rosa

31. A Call to Internationalization: The Global Advisory Panel on the Future of Nursing as Exemplar

Hester C. Klopper, Christine M. Darling, Cynthia Vlasich, Cathy Catrambone, and Martha Hill

32. Raising Consciousness Through Global Nursing Collaboration

Michele J. Upvall and Jeanne M. Leffers

33. A Post-2030 Agenda: The World Beyond the Sustainable Development Goals

Ann E. Kurth

34. One Mind, One Health, One Planet—A Pledge to Planetary Citizenship

William Rosa

Afterword: Nurses and Nursing Knowledge—Forces for Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals

Afaf Ibrahim Meleis

Appendix: Transforming Our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

Contributor Biographies


Editorial Review(s) 

"I recommend that all nurses read (even from time to time re-read portions of this book) and reflect on the content presented to nurture their holistic perspective."

-- Genevive M. Bartol, RN, ABCS, EdD, AHN-BC