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Global Policy and Women’s Health


Our first feature from the latest issue of ANS is titled “Raising Questions About Capitalist Globalization and Universalizing Views on Women: A Transnational Feminist Critique of theWorld Development Report: Gender Equality and Development” by Victoria L. Scheer, BSN, RN; Patricia E. Stevens, PhD, RN, FAAN and Lucy Mkandawire-Valhmu, PhD, RN. The article is available to download at no cost while it is featured!

The authors offer a critique of an important global policy document focussed on women’s health, and the way in which this policy document problematically represents women living in low-income countries.  The authors offer an alternative policy approach, emphasizing the important role that nurses can play in creating better global policy. Victoria Scheer sent this message about her work in this area, and invites readers to engage in discussion of their ideas:

It is a great honor to have this article chosen to be highlighted in the Advances in Nursing Science blog. This article was originally conceived from a project taken on as part of my doctoral course work. While taking a

Victoria Sheer

Victoria Scheer

feminist theory course offered in the Women’s and Gender Studies department, I found there to be a disconnect between the critical feminist standpoints I was reading, and what I often read within nursing literature. Specifically, I found there to be a dearth of critical analyses of international policies drawing on transnational and postcolonial feminist perspectives.

Given the recent release of the Sustainable Development Goals, an agenda undertaken across the globe, it seems both timely and imperative to integrate a perspective that centers women and focuses on the social, economic, and political determinants of health within the context of transnationalism and globalization.

With guidance and collaboration from co-authors Dr. Stevens and Dr. Mkandawire-

Lucy Mkandawire-Valhmu

Lucy Mkandawire-Valhmu

Valhmu, we are pleased to offer this critique of the World Bank’s 2012 World Development Report: Gender Equality and Development. Framed through a transnational feminist lens, we challenge the capitalist framework underpinning the agenda outlined in the Report, as well as the language used that we argue problematically represents women living in low-income countries. Through this analysis, we sought to demonstrate how economic globalization, unabated development, and misrepresentation may have negative implications in the lives of the world’s most marginalized women.

Nurses have a significant role to play in the international policy arena, and I hope this

Pat Stevens

Pat Stevens in Malawi

article provides a persuasive example of how a transnational feminist viewpoint may prove useful to advancing gender equality and social justice for women located in resource poor-countries, as well as those located in high income countries yet excluded from the benefits of modern capitalist states. We would also like to thank Dr. Chinn for the opportunity to share this article and look forward to hearing any feedback!

New Issue Topic for 2016: Women & Girls!


For everyone whose scholarship addresses health and health care for women and girls – this is for you!  We have just scheduled ANS 39:2 to focus on “Women & Girls!”  The due date for manuscripts is October 15, 2015, so you have ample time to plan your submission for this issue!  Here is the issue description:

Women & Girls
Vol 39:2 –   June 2016
Manuscript Due Date: October 15, 2015

In 2011, the United Nations declared October 11th an annual “International Day of the Girl Child.” We are dedicating the mid-girlchildlogoyear 2016 issue of ANS in anticipation of the October 2016 international observance focusing on girls. We seek manuscripts that address nursing perspectives on health care for girls and women, their families and communities. We welcome research reports that provide evidence for nursing practice, theoretical and philosophic perspectives, or methodologic issues related to investigating health issues and nursing concerns for women and girls. We particularly welcome manuscripts with an international focus.

Visit the ANS web site any time to see all of our projected issue topics – but to save you a an extra web-trip, here is the current list!  

Models of Care for the Future 
Vol 38:2 –   June 2015
Manuscript Due Date: October 15, 2014

As nations worldwide seek to establish models of care that provide quality and efficiency, nurse leaders are emerging to play a significant role in the development of these models. For this issue of ANS we are seeking manuscripts that provide theoretical underpinnings of creative models of care, as well as evidence that supports their implementation. Manuscripts should be clearly grounded in a nursing perspective; the content can include philosophic, theoretic, empirical or ethical aspects related to the model.

Translational Scholarship 
Vol 38:3 –   September 2015
Manuscript Due Date: January 15, 2015

For this issue of ANS we are seeking manuscripts that provide methodologic innovations that bring nursing theory, research and practice together, including translational research, emancipatory and participative approaches. Nursing research reports of studies using these methodologies are welcome, as are manuscripts that provide philosophic, theoretical or methodologic explanations of these approaches to scholarship. Manuscripts should include a strong emphasis on the development of nursing as a discipline.

Veterans Health 
Vol 38:4 –   December 2015
Manuscript Due Date: April 15, 2015

Given recent history of international conflict and violence, the health and well-being of those who have served the military of any country world-wide has become a major challenge that influences the well-being of families, communities and nations. For this issue of ANS we seek manuscripts that address nursing perspectives on health care for veterans, their families and communities. We welcome research reports that provide evidence for nursing practice, theoretical and philosophic perspectives, or methodologic issues related to investigating health issues and nursing concerns for this population.

Technologies, Nursing & Health
Vol 39:1 –   March 2016
Manuscript Due Date: July 15, 2015

Nursing, of necessity, has adapted over the past half century to the burgeoning presence of technology that has been developed for the diagnosis and treatment of sickness and disease. For this issue of ANS we seek scholarly works that extend the critical analysis of technologies from a nursing perspective, and works that provide evidence upon which to build nursing practice in ways that balance the use of appropriate technologies with the person-to-person relationship and caring that is central to nursing practice. We welcome articles that present empirical research, philosophic analyses, and development of theoretical models that inform the appropriate use of technology.

Women & Girls
Vol 39:2 –   June 2016
Manuscript Due Date: October 15, 2015

In 2011, the United Nations declared October 11th an annual “International Day of the Girl Child.” We are dedicating the mid-year 2016 issue of ANS in anticipation of the October 2016 international observance focusing on girls. We seek manuscripts that address nursing perspectives on health care for girls and women, their families and communities. We welcome research reports that provide evidence for nursing practice, theoretical and philosophic perspectives, or methodologic issues related to investigating health issues and nursing concerns for women and girls. We particularly welcome manuscripts with an international focus.

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