Social inclusion and the role of nurses

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This chapter outlines the term “social inclusion” and the role of the nurse in assisting those who are included, partially included, and the excluded, in gaining improved social inclusion. As we all know, there are established links between ill health, and disadvantage that accompany social exclusion. Access to services, especially health, is pivotal in advancing and maintaining social inclusion. Nurses form the “frontline” of health access, service provision, and have the largest role in the health system. Therefore, nurses’ education, attitudes, and practices in addressing social inclusion play a vital role in the process of social inclusion. The inclusion of people in services that provide nursing and health care through health access and health delivery are often determined before birth. This chapter also outlines the roles nurses play in addressing social inclusion as advocates for the invisible, the chronically ill, and those who are “othered” within our communities and society.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook of Social Inclusion
Subtitle of host publicationResearch and Practices in Health and Social Sciences
EditorsPranee Liamputtong
Place of PublicationCham, Switzerland
PublisherSpringer Nature Switzerland AG
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9783030895945
ISBN (Print)9783030895938
Publication statusPublished - 15 May 2022


  • Nursing
  • Social inclusion
  • Universal Health Care
  • Social exclusion
  • First Peoples’ health care
  • Cultural safety
  • First Peoples' health care


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