Conceptual Model for Partnership and Sustainability in Global Health

Jeanne Leffers, Emma Mitchell

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)91-102
Number of pages12
JournalPublic Health Nursing
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2011


  • Global health
  • International health
  • Interventions
  • Models
  • Partnerships

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Nursing(all)


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