Nursing Now will be launched globally on 27 February 2018, with events taking place worldwide, including sessions in UK and Switzerland (livestreamed from 13:00-15:00 GMT), Jamaica, USA, South Africa and Jordan, among other countries, introducing global champions, hosting high-level decision makers and hearing from nurses working day to day with patients to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing nursing globally.

Speakers in London include:

  • Lord Nigel Crisp, Co-Chair, Nursing Now
  • Elizabeth Iro, Chief Nursing Officer, World Health Organization
  • Annette Kennedy, President, International Council of Nurses
  • Dr Diane Atwine, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Uganda
  • Harriett Baldwin MP, Minister of State for Africa and Minister of State for International Development, UK

HRH The Duchess of Cambridge (Princes Kate) will join the London event.

Speakers in Geneva include:

  • Professor Sheila Tlou, Co-Chair, Nursing Now
  • Mr Bertrand Levrat, Director-General, Geneva University Hospitals, Switzerland
  • Her Royal Highness Princess Muna Al-Hussein, Princess of Jordan
  • Professor Thomas Kearns, interim CEO, International Council of Nurses
  • Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization

Also, to generate momentum behind the campaign ahead of its launch, you can use Nursing Now social media toolkit, complete with GIFs, quote cards and pre-drafted tweets, and #NursingNow.

If you are planning an event to mark the launch in your country – or a launch later this year – share your plans. They will be added to the Nursing Now global activity map.

On Monday 26 February, Nursing Now is hosting a Twitter chat through its @NursingNow2020 account.

Taking place from 3 to 4pm GMT, confirmed participants include:

Join on Monday and feel free to tweet your questions for the participants.

Based on the reportThe Triple Impact of Nursing – how developing nursing will improve health, promote gender equality and support economic growth’ (2016) published by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Global Health (APPG) following its review of nursing globally, and run in collaboration with the World Health Organization and International Council of Nurses, until the end of 2020, the Nursing Now Campaign aims to improve perceptions of nurses, enhance their influence and maximise their contributions to ensuring that everyone everywhere has access to health and healthcare.