....Stepping boldly into 2021
Nursing Now is a global campaign that aims to improve health by raising the status and profile of nursing and midwifery. Run in collaboration with the World Health Organization and the International Council of Nurses, Nursing Now seeks to empower nurses to take their place at the heart of tackling 21st Century health challenges and maximize their contribution to achieving Universal Health Coverage.
Even in the middle of a global pandemic, we have an opportunity to shine a spotlight on what nurses and midwives can do to achieve universal health coverage for all and to expand primary health care. We need to make a solid case to government leaders to invest in our professions as a way to achieving global health targets for our countries.
The new year is usually a time for reflection on what has been, looking forward to what is to come and for some of us making resolutions to behave differently or achieve new goals. Nursing Now celebrated 2020 with a look back on what we achieved over the course of the Year of the Nurse and the Midwife. Have a look at Nursing Now's year in review, here.
Nursing Now's New Year’s resolution is to advocate for nurses everywhere, using the evidence – and most importantly your voices. We have much to discuss at those top tables – we need more nurses urgently; we must reward the nurses we have if they are to stay in the profession and we must invest in nurse education to prepare more nurses for the future. There is strong data in the 2020 State of the World’s Nursing report that supports our case for investment. It is imperative that we use it to get the results we urgently need.
Nursing Now has big plans for 2021 and the final six months of Nursing Now. In January, they will provide materials to support you in your advocacy efforts, and we will launch a series of webinars that will discuss how to influence politicians, starting with a webinar led by Lord Nigel Crisp later this month. In March and April, we hope that nurses around the globe will join us in lobbying their ministries of health. Nursing Now would love to hear what you asked for and how you lobbied. Let’s learn from each other about what works to grab attention!
As research nurses we are in a unique position to work alongside each other and organisations like the International Council of Nurses to amplify our commitment, our voice and strengthen our quest to recognise our role in health research and thus ultimately in Health as a Human Right.
YOU, a Global Research Nurses member, are invited to build on our worldwide presence and take action to introduce research to the communities we serve. Let us support our nurse leaders by creating opportunities for the development and skills development of research nurses in low resource settings.
It is essential that we unite to raise the profile and status of nursing. We want to encourage more nurses into leadership positions, and ensure that nurses around the world have access to quality education and improved working conditions.
Nursing Now is a programme of the Burdett Trust for Nursing run in collaboration with the World Health Organization and the International Council of Nurses, and is supported by a Campaign Board made up of nurses and non-nurses from around the world.
Quick links to help you plan for this year
- Nursing Now global activity
- Nightingale Challenge
- Blog - I have learnt a great deal from this experience of creating our Nightingale Challenge programme
What can I do?
Here are a few ways you can get involved:
- Enlist your own champions - recruit your allies, both old and new, who will speak out in support of nursing. Contact leaders from health, sports, business and beyond who can use their influence to shine a light on nursing.
- Get active on social media - download the social media toolkit and graphics and get busy online.
- Organise your own programme of events throughout the year especially timed for the key global moments and share them with the world via the Nursing Now timeline.
- Get involved in organising policy dialogues and events to launch State of the World’s Nursing report.
- If you aren’t already in a Nursing Now group, find your local or national group and ask them how you can help. Don’t have a group? Then create your own Nursing Now group - visit our website for guidance.
- Let your media know - organise a round table for editors; encourage media to attend and cover your events.