United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal 3 Target Indicators: Examples of Advanced Practice Nurses’ Actions


      • Advanced practice nurses (APNs) globally are addressing most of the United Nation’s (UN’s) Sustainable Development Goal 3 (SDG3) targets.
      • This review highlights where and how APNs are practicing in a wide variety of contexts with exceptional outcomes globally.
      • Work needs to be done to ensure APNs make further contributions beyond clinical practice to meet all UN SDG 3 targets.


      In 2015, the United Nations created 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Sustainable Development Goal 3, “Good Health and Wellbeing,” includes 13 health target metric goals. This short report describes how advanced practice nurses (APNs) have addressed Goal 3 around the world. Given the variation in the APN roles internationally, it is important to capture common aspects of projects conducted during the first 5 years of this initiative. This report serves as a template for further evaluations of the importance of APNs in supporting global health policies. These findings inform how the workforce can effectively pursue these goals.


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      Andrew Scanlon, DNP, NP, is a Senior Lecturer, Department of Nursing, University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, and can be contacted at [email protected]


      Maria Murphy, PhD, RN, is a Lecturer, School of Nursing and Midwifery, La Trobe University, Victoria, Australia.


      Janice Smolowitz, PhD, ANP, is a Professor and Dean, School of Nursing, Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ.


      Virginia Lewis, PhD, is Research Chair in Community Health, La Trobe University, Victoria, Australia.