Nursing Now is a global initiative aiming to raise the profile and status of nurses in all aspects of their careers. Organised in collaboration with the International Council of Nurses and the World Health Organisation, Nursing Now is run by a board of nurses and non-nurses from 16 countries, including low and middle income countires. The campaign is a programme of The Burdett Trust for Nursing, who are the funders for this website, Global Research Nurses.
Nurses are the backbone of health research, and aside from playing an important clinical role, also have the potential to identify the gaps in knowledge that can be answered by well-constructed research questions. There is no reason why nurses should not be the ones to design such questions and then lead the conduct of the studies that will answer them. To do so requires an understanding of research methods, including study design and conduct, ethics issues, analysis and reporting etc. This is where Global Reseach Nurses can help, as it it is a doorway into a wealth of information, tools and resources, elearning and networking opportunities to equip nurses with the knowledge and skills to be leaders of health research studies. This is why Global Research Nurses is SO suppportive of the Nursing Now campaign, as reseach can be an important facet of a nurses role and where they can really make a difference. Developing research skills will certainly contribute to raising the profile and status of nurses in this regard. We would like to invite you to use this space to share your experiences in terms of career development and professional challenges faced thus far, and how we can use this momentum to give nurses a voice.
Nursing Now was launched on 27th Feb 2018, with events in Uganda, South Africa, and others. Case studies from Rwanda, India and Brazil show how nurses are already contributing to tackling some of the most pressing issues affecting their communities. We will keep abreast with activities such as these through this page, particularly those ones in Africa, Asia and South America, and those with a research perspective, and join this conversation about how nurses can be the drivers for positive changes in health.