State of the World’s Nursing report

Nurses are critical to deliver on the promise of “leaving no one behind” and the global effort to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). They make a central contribution to national and global targets related to universal health coverage, noncommunicable diseases, including mental health, emergency preparedness and response, patient safety, and the delivery of integrated, people-centred care, amongst others.

This State of the world’s nursing report, developed by the World Health Organization (WHO) in partnership with the International Council of Nurses and the global Nursing Now campaign provides a compelling case on the value of the nursing workforce globally.

Key messages from the report

To read the Executive Summary of the State of the World’s Nursing report, and find key messages, please select a language below. 

Our thoughts on the State of the World’s Nursing report

Nursing Now & Forever

Dr Barbara Stilwell, Nursing Now Executive Director
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A New View

Professor Lisa Bayliss-Pratt, Nursing Now Programme Lead for the Nightingale Challenge
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State of the World’s Nursing report highlights importance of investing in nurses

Lord Nigel Crisp, Nursing Now Co-Chair
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Reactions from around the world

Key Nursing Now stakeholders from around the world have shared their reactions to the first-ever State of the World’s Nursing report. Click the boxes below to watch the videos.

More video reactions coming soon

Nursing Now & the Nightingale Challenge global presence

The map below highlights the global scope of the Nursing Now campaign and shows the countries participating in the Nightingale Challenge, along with the number of nurses and midwives taking part in leadership training as part of the Challenge per country and region. To read more about the Nursing Now groups, click here

To find out more about the organisations participating in the Nightingale Challenge, click here.

Social media assets

Here you will find social media assets to share and highlight key messages from the report.

Access WHO World Health Day materials here.