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[Comment] Nursing Now campaign: raising the status of nurses

There have been enormous developments in nursing over the past decades, with extended roles, nurse practitioners, and degree level education spreading globally and with, for example, prescribing by nurses now established in countries as different as Botswana and the UK.1 Nursing and midwifery make up almost half the global health workforce, are at the centre of most health teams, and have a massive impact on health.2 However, nurses and midwives will assume an even more extensive and influential role in the future for at least six powerful reasons.