Conceptual model for partnership and sustainability in global health

Public Health Nurs. 2011 Jan-Feb;28(1):91-102. doi: 10.1111/j.1525-1446.2010.00892.x. Epub 2010 Nov 14.


Although nursing has a long history of service to the global community, the profession lacks a theoretical and empirical base for nurses to frame their global practice. A study using grounded theory methodology to investigate partnership and sustainability for global health led to the development of a conceptual model. Interviews were conducted with 13 global health nurse experts. Themes from the interviews were: components for engagement, mutual goal setting, cultural bridging, collaboration, capacity building, leadership, partnership, ownership, and sustainability. Next, the identified themes were reviewed in the literature in order to evaluate their conceptual relationships. Finally, careful comparison of the interview transcripts and the supporting literature led to the Conceptual Framework for Partnership and Sustainability in Global Health Nursing. The model posits that engagement and partnership must precede any planning and intervention in order to create sustainable interventions. This conceptual framework will offer nurses important guidance for global health nursing practice.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Concept Formation
  • Global Health*
  • Health Care Surveys
  • Humans
  • International Cooperation
  • Leadership
  • Models, Nursing*
  • Program Evaluation*
  • Public Health Nursing / organization & administration*
  • Qualitative Research