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New global interactive network launched for nurses

An interactive network has been launched in Malawi to encourage nurses to become a leading voice in global health research.

Global Research Nurses hopes to contribute to the eradication of the world's most devastating diseases, particularly in the world's poorest regions.

Founded by Burdett Trust for Nursing, the network is a free, collaborative, supportive resource for nurses involved in research studies, with a primary focus on those in low and middle income countries.

It aims to be a platform for nurses to learn about research, access free e-training and have their own professional forum to engage with other nurses working to the same goals.

“Global Research Nurses is part of a quiet revolution in global health research,” said Trudie Lang, Founder of Global Health Network.

“Through technology we are transforming the way research is undertaken and shared. Nurses need to be a leading voice in research and I'm delighted this important gap is being filled.

“Nurses will be able to share resources, ideas and results with other nurses who are providing similar services around the world and build communities online to support each other's work. Global Research Nurses extends Global Health Network's mission to bring global health research communities together.”

Bertha Mekisen, a nurse in Malawi, expressed her “excitement” at being part of the new network.

“Global Research Nurses will help me develop my health research skills and I am looking forward to interacting with other nurses around the world, so we can take action and use our collective voice to make lasting change,” she said.

By the end of 2013, Global Research Nurses aims to have over 1,000 members of the professional membership scheme and a full set of resources made by nurses for nurses.