Articles and coverage

Links to Nursing Now talks, articles, media coverage and more.

November 2018

Business Daily Africa: Nurses are crucial to Kenya’s goal of quality, affordable care

By Professor Sharon Brownie

Written by one of the co-authors of the WISH Report on Nursing and Universal Health Coverage, this article argues that Kenya will not achieve its target unless more investment is made in the health workforce.

“There are three simple ways Kenya can build on the existing workforce and achieve its goal of UHC: Kenya could usefully adopt a strategy that combines investment in the workforce with changes in service delivery and practice.”

Read the full article here.

October 2018

The Lancet: Putting nursing and midwifery at the heart of the Alma-Ata vision

By Lord Nigel Crisp and Elizabeth Iro

Written by Nursing Now Chair, Lord Nigel Crisp, and World Health Organisation Chief Nursing Officer, Elizabeth Iro, the article argues that investment in nursing and midwifery is key to the success of Primary Health Care. Its publication coincides with the Global Conference on Primary Health Care in Astana, where world leaders are meeting to discuss Primary Health Care and celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Alma Ata Declaration.

“In many parts of the world, nurses are the first, and sometimes the only, health professional that patients see. They work close to the community, are able to understand local culture, and influence behaviour.”

You can read the full article here.

October 2018

Nursing Standard: Time for a seismic shift in global healthcare

By Howard Catton

Coinciding with the Global Conference on Primary Health Care in Astana, Kazakhstan, this piece discusses why nurses must be at the centre of this century’s health care revolution.

“The ICN, working with the Nursing Now campaign, has been advising on and shaping the agenda for [the Global Conference on Primary Healthcare]. We know nurses sit at the centre of the revolution which is required if we are to successfully meet the global health challenges we face.

Read the full article here.

July 2018

Referencia Journal of Nursing: A New Story of Nursing

By Jane Salvage

Advocating for a new era for nursing, this piece draws on current social and economic movements across the world, including #MeToo. The author, Jane Salvage, is an independent nursing consultant. The article is published in both Portuguese and English.

“For too long nurses have been invisible, uncounted, undervalued and silenced. Now is the moment to find our individual and collective voices: not just #MeToo but also #NursesToo, and Nursing Now!”

Read the full article here.

July 2018

Open Access Government: Why the European Pillar of Social Rights should keep nurses in the profession 

By Elisabeth Adams and Paul De Raeve

Written by Paul De Raeve, Secretary General, and Elisabeth Adams, President of the European Federation of Nurses Associations (EFN), this article discusses why nurses are leaving the profession across Europe and how we must invest in nursing to save health systems across the continent.

“Therefore, the answer to the question “Why do we keep failing to have ‘enough nurses’?” is simple: “Because we keep undervaluing the importance of nurses’ contributions.”

You can read the full article here.

5 July 2018

Health for All: Empower the Nurses to Secure the Future of the NHS 

By Lord Nigel Crisp

To mark the 70th Anniversary of the UK’s National Health Service (NHS), Lord Crisp argues that empowering nurses will be the key to maintaining the NHS the next 70 years.

“Looking forward, I believe nurses will play an even more important role as diseases change and with them our needs and expectations. Empowering nurses will be key to a sustainable, high-quality and caring health system.”

You can read the full article here.

5 July 2018

Devex: How Nurses Can Lead the Fight Against NCDs

By Annette Kennedy

Annette Kennedy, President of the International Council of Nurses, explains why the world must be better prepared to tackle non-communicable diseases (NCDs), and how nurses will be at the centre of that fight.

“No other health professionals are closer to communities than nurses, who lead on the frontlines of care, doing all they can for those in need. With their person-centered approach to care, nurses instinctively put the needs of populations first, not just in a headline-grabbing crisis but also in those that unfold slowly behind-the-scenes, such as NCDs.”

Read the full article here.

31 May 2018

BMJ: Nursing – the wave of the future

By Lord Nigel Crisp

Written by Lord Crisp, Co-Chair of the Board of Nursing Now, this article argues that medicine is enhanced when nurses are given more responsibility and recognition. In the article, Lord Crisp writes:

“It is for these reasons that I and colleagues have launched Nursing Now, a global campaign to improve health by raising the profile and status of nursing. The fact that within only two months we now have Nursing Now groups active in 40 countries suggests that we have caught a tide and have got our timing right”

You can read the full article here.

23 May 2018

Journal of Clinical Nursing: Nursing as a pathway to women’s empowerment and intergenerational mobility

Through surveying graduates of nursing upskilling programmes in Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania, this study found that nursing education positively impacted gender, economic factors and health outcomes.

The article is hosted here (access to Wiley required).

13 May 2018

House of Lords Debate: Investing in Nursing Globally

Lord Crisp led a House Of Lords debate in the UK Parliament to discuss global investment in nursing, Baroness Watkins of Tavistock also participated in the session.

Watch the full debate here.

10 May 2018

American Nursing Today: The Nursing Now campaign launches

By Pamela F. Cipriano, President of the American Nurses Association

Dr Cipriano explains the founding principles of the Nursing Now campaign, and makes comparisons between the goals of the campaign and the recommendations which came out of the US-focussed report by the Institute of Medicine entitled The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health.

“U.S. nurses are not alone in our quest to be a prom­inent voice at all tables in determining how to best shape and deliver healthcare.”

Read the full article here.

May 2018

Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation: EU leaders must engage with nurses for patient benefit

In her report on the general assembly of the European Federation of Nurses held in Brussels in April, Elizabeth Adams features a brief on Nursing Now.

Read the full article here.

April 2018

Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation Journal: Global Nursing Campaign Aims to Empower Nurses to Maximise Influence

Discusses Australia’s contribution to the Nursing Now campaign through an interview with Nursing Now Board Member for the Western Pacific Region, Emeritus Professor Jill White.

“The campaign is about bottom up and top down in lots of ways. It’s about trying to educate non-nurses about what nursing can do and garner their assistance and understanding.”

Read the full article here.

April 2018

American Nursing Now: Nursing Now aims to empower nurses worldwide

Page 50

An introduction to the Nursing Now campaign.

“As the health professionals closest to communities, nurses are key to developing new models of community-based care”

Read the full article here.

Spring/Summer 2018

Engage Magazine, Royal Society of Medicine: Nursing Now

Page 19

An introduction to the Nursing Now campaign. RSM’s Chief Executive, Helen Gordon, attended the Global Launch of Nursing Now in London in March, and there are plans for coordinated events.

Read the Spring/Summer Edition of the magazine here.

28 March 2018

WHO Health Workforce Newsletter: Launch of a new global campagin to raise the profile of nurses

Short article covering the launch of Nursing Now and providing links for nurses who wish to sign up.

Read the full newsletter here.

26 March 2018

Gulf Times: Healthcare Sector Witnessing Unparalleled Growth

This article covers the 6th Middle East Forum on Quality and Safety in Healthcare, which served for the backdrop of one of the launches of Nursing Now.

The conference also served as the backdrop to the unveiling of the Nursing Now campaign, a three-year initiative run in collaboration with the World Health Organisation and the International Council of Nurses that seeks to empower nurses, enhancing their influence and maximising their contribution to healthcare delivery.

Read the full article here.

14 March 2018

World Heart Federation: Nursing Now Campaign Launched

This piece, by one of ICN’s partners on the Global Coalition for Circulatory Health, welcomes the launch of Nursing Now and the impact of nursing at community level.

“Nurses are at the heart of most health teams, playing a crucial role in health promotion, disease prevention and treatment.”

Read the full article here.

6 March 2018

THET: Pressing for Progress: Nursing Now!

By Professor Judith Ellis

Written by Professor Judith Ellis, a nurse and the Chair of Trustees at THET, this article explores why the goal of Universal Health Coverage cannot be achieved with strengthening nursing globally. She writes:

“As a nurse myself, I celebrate such positive moves from the global health arena. But the shortfalls in both the numbers and the influence nurse’s and midwives face around the world is still an all too familiar reality. That is why as Chair of Trustees at THET I am proud that we are supporting the new Nursing Now! Campaign which launched just a week ago.”

Read the full article here.

March 2018

Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation: Nursing Now campaign engages global power

Board Member Elizabeth Adams outlines Nursing Now’s overarching aims and specific goals for the March 2018 issue of World of Irish Nursing & Midwifery (WIN).

Read the full article here.

December 2017

Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation: Raising the status of nursing globally

Board Member Elizabeth Adams introduces the Nursing Now campaign and explains how it evolved from the UK’s All-Party Parliamentary Group on Global Health’s ‘Triple Impact’ report.

Read the full article here.