Impact of SDG's on Nursing - Case Studies

Here are the first eight SDG's Clinical Studies from all over Sigma European Region, written by Sigma european members in answer to the call for the Dublin Conference in June 2022. We have given a small overview of the eight case studies here, please press on the hyperlinks at the end of the overviews to read the full text.

1. How S
chool Public Health Nurses meet UN Strategic Development Goals in Ireland

 This case study has been submitted by the School Public Health Nurses in Co. Kerry, Ireland: Dolores Moriarty, Agnes Lucey, Claire Gibson, Margaret Dillane, Marian Lucey, Mary Kelly O Connor, Majella Kearney and Gerardina Harnett.

This project was supported by the Director of Public Health Nursing Helen Sweeney. 

In September 2015, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) were launched as the new framework for supporting the planet to 2030, and they position nurses and midwives as essential partners who in turn work in partnership with people throughout our planet. This case study shouts out on the role of school nurses as they lead the implementation of SDG 3 in primary schools. An example of how the school nurse confronts the challenge of maintaining a healthy weight in childhood is outlined as part of implementing SDG 3.

In describing the context the Irish Houses of the Oireachtas Committee on the Future of Healthcare Sláintecare Report incorporated the World Health Organisation concept of Universal Healthcare (UHC) as the basis of the reform of the Irish health service. UHC is centered within a primary health care framework (Stigler et al., 2016) and includes the provision of population focused, promotive, preventative, primary, curative, rehabilitative health and social care that is affordable, timely, quality driven, effective and integrated across services (Department of Health, 2017).

    2. Public Health Nurse involvement in a multi-stakeholder community paediatric clinic meeting UN SDGs in Ireland 
    This case study has been submitted by Lynn Buckley, PhD Student, School of Nursing and Midwifery, University College Cork, Ireland.  

    Relevant SDG Strand No:  SDG 3 Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all ages: Maternal and Child Health 

    SDG 8: Sustainable Workforce 

    Set up in 2015, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were developed as ‘a blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all people and the world by 2030’ (UN, 2015). Health has a central place in SDG 3 which aims to ensure healthy lives and promote wellbeing for all ages. This case study demonstrates the important role Public Health Nurses (PHNs) play in achieving SDG 3 through their involvement in the coordination and delivery of a novel multidisciplinary, inter-agency community paediatric development clinic set in a disadvantaged Irish community where children and families experience high levels of adversity and encounter barriers to accessing healthcare and developmental supports.  

    3. Nurses against drug-resistant infections key stakeholders with much more to offer

    Dr Enrique Castro-Sánchez

    Lecturer in Adult Nursing & Research Lead, Centre for Health Services Research, City, University of London

    Strand 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all ages (SDG 3) Part B;

    Strand 5: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all ages (SDG 3 Part C & SDG 8 & 16)  1. Safety and Quality 

    Drug-resistant infections (infections which are difficult, if possible at all, to treat) are one of the most pressing planetary threats to human and animal health, leading to much burden of illness for patients and unnecessary costs to health services worldwide. Without coordinated and consistent action from all stakeholders, it is estimated that by 2050, ~10 million people will die because of drug-resistant infections, at a cost of $1 trillion worldwide. What is more upsetting is that countries of low and middle resources will bear a disproportionate brunt of this drug-resistant pandemic, despite their frequent limited of access to antimicrobials.

    4.The contributions of DSC BBV/Respite Stabilization Unit to Achieving UN Sustainable Development Goals

    Dáire Kinsella, M.Sc. Clinical Psychology,Support Worker,Dublin Simon Community,Blood Borne Virus/Respite Stabilisation Unit

    Since it began in the 1980s, the world has been fighting the AIDS epidemic along with various other blood-borne viruses (BBV’s) such as Hepatitis. Significant advances have been made in the treatment and prevention of blood-borne viruses, including both treatment (e.g., antiretroviral therapy) and preventative (e.g., PrEP) medicines. In addition, various advocacy groups have worked to reduce the stigmatisation of BBV’s and improve the lives of those living with and effected by a BBV such as HIV or Hepatitis. As of recent, there are talks of an mRNA vaccine to prevent HIV in development.

    5.Sexuality Education A Call for School Nursing in Traditional Societies

    Raifa Jabareen RN MA PHD (c) Faculty of Social Welfare & Health Sciences University of Haifa

    Cheryl Zlotnick RN DrPH Professor Faculty of Social Welfare & Health Sciences University of Haifa

    The internet disseminates messages influencing youth knowledge, perceptions and attitudes toward sexuality. Youth in traditional populations (e.g., ethnic minorities, immigrant, refugees) throughout the world are exposed to western values and may be particularly vulnerable to influences from the internet, which are contrary to their family's values, and often are unacceptable to traditional societies. This conflict is compounded by the school-based, sexuality education in traditional societies due to strict rules and taboos on premarital sex; decision makers and gatekeepers who determine adolescents' current knowledge and needs; teachers who are unprepared or embarrassed to teach the topic; and the intergenerational gap between parents and children. 

        6.Violence against women and girls must stop…and it must stop now!
    Catherine Best and Parveen Ali
    Violence against women is an affront to human dignity and  a ‘mark of shame’ on our societies.

    The UN Sustainable Development Goals and in particular number 5 Gender Equality, recognises the essential foundation through which a peaceful, prosperous and viable society can live, work and grow and yet women and girls across the globe continue to be ostracised and both physically and sexually abused in private and public sphere. There is no place for this behaviour in a civilised, gender equal world.

    Promoting Mental Health and Wellbeing in support of SDG 3

     Colette Coner

    This case study outlines the role of a mental health nurse who contributes to Sustainable Development Goal 3 (United Nations, 2015) ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being as part of her daily role. She has developed additional skills in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Counselling and Psychotherapy, Emotional Freedom Technique, Mindfulness Relaxation, Reflexology, Reiki and Cancer Massage in enabling her contribution to SDG 3.


    Empowering all women to take their rightful place within equitable and safe employment

    Catherine Best

    In my article ‘When nurses write, they strengthen nursing’s voice’ published in December 2019 in Sigma’s ‘Reflections on Nursing Leadership’, (now Nursing Centred),  I write of the opportunities that nurses have to share their ideas and opinions using a variety of publishing platforms. Blogs for example, have gained momentum in recent years and are now a well-recognised medium for sharing knowledge research and expertise. Of late, I have used blogging to highlight the 17 Sustainable Development Goals; blogs which have the potential to serve as a catalyst for positive change and convey the unique contribution that every nurse can make in helping to reduce the gender inequity that continues to exist today.