About the Nightingale Challenge

The Nightingale Challenge asks for every health employer to provide leadership and development training for a group of young nurses and midwives during 2020, the Year of the Nurse and the Midwife.

The purpose of the Nightingale Challenge is to help develop the next generation of young nurses and midwives as leaders, practitioners and advocates in health.

Each employer determines how best to respond to the Nightingale Challenge. Nursing Now has used its global platform to help promote your activities and achievements.

So far nearly 800 employers have participated and committed to providing development opportunities for over 30,000 early career nurses and midwives.

All employers of nurses and midwives are welcome to take part, and programmes provided could be any mix of formal courses, mentoring, shadowing or learning from other professionals or sectors. We recognise that different organisations will have different needs and resources to draw on. Employers are welcome to involve other age groups and other professionals in their programmes as well – but only nurses and midwives aged 35 and under will count towards the 20,000 goal.

The only requirements for participating employers are:

  • Your programmes include an opportunity for personal development, to learn about leadership and the wider organisation, and are not purely clinical
  • You share your plans with Nursing Now and report back on your experience.

Nursing Now provides guidance and good practice, as well as platforms for employers, nurses and midwives to connect and learn from one another.

Nursing Now supplements your local programmes with optional global content, such as regular webinars internationally recognised nurse and midwife leaders talking about their career path and lessons learned.


Why accept the challenge?

1.  Enhance your organization’s reputation as a good employer and investor in the careers of young nurses and midwives – during a year in which this issue will be in the spotlight

2.  Improve recruitment and retention, especially of ‘rising stars’, by being seen as a supporter of nurse and midwives as leaders

3.  Development of your own workforce’s capability

4.  Access regional and global content which would normally not be available externally – including Nightingale Challenge webinars from high profile nurse leaders and experts in leadership and management development.

5.  Network and collaborate with other institutions in your country and abroad that are part of the Nightingale Challenge, to share ideas and learning