Who we are

The International Council of Nurses has taken on responsibility for Nursing Now’s network of groups from January 2021. The majority of Nursing Now groups have opted in to be part of this move.
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Nursing Now is a global campaign to improve health by raising the status and profile of nursing.

Established in 2018, Nursing Now has united nurses, health advocates and allies from around the world in the first-ever global movement to champion the role of nurses.

In the three years since its launch, Nursing Now grew to have a presence in 126 countries with over 700 groups around the world active in raising the status and profile of nurses.

In 2019, Nursing Now launched the Nightingale Challenge and inspired over 700 health employers to develop the leadership skills of over 30,000 early career nurses and midwives.

Nursing Now has forged alliances and connections with partners united with a shared message to invest in nursing to improve health care for all. The campaign has used social media and virtual events to connect tens of thousands of nurses and extend our reach to make the case to decision-makers globally.

The campaign will finish in May 2021 but Nursing Now’s legacy will continue through the Nursing Now Challenge and through the on-going work of its group network.

Read more about the Nursing Now Challenge 

Nursing Now is a programme of the Burdett Trust for Nursing run in collaboration with the World Health Organization and the International Council of Nurses and is supported by a Campaign Board made up of nurses and non-nurses from around the world.

The Nursing Now name is owned by The Burdett Trust for Nursing.


The Nursing Now campaign was launched in 2018 in the presence of Nursing Now Patron HRH Duchess of Cambridge with launch events and activities across the world, including the UK, Switzerland, Jamaica, USA, Jordan and South Africa. More than 30 countries were represented and many people pledged their support to the campaign from around the world. Read more. 

The Nursing Now campaign was developed in response to the findings of the  Triple Impact report, which concluded that as well as improving health globally, empowering nurses would contribute to improved gender equality and stronger economies.

Read more about Nursing Now’s activities during 2020 Year of the Nurse and the Midwife

In 2021, Nursing Now has a focus on advocacy through its Nurses Together initiative which is mobilising the network of groups and Nightingale Challenge participants to connect directly with decision-makers and make an evidence-based call for governments to protect and invest in nursing. A final celebration will take place on 24th May when Nursing Now will share its evaluation and the lessons learned from building a global movement focused on raising the profile and status of nursing.

The campaign focuses on five core areas: 

  1. Ensuring that nurses and midwives have a more prominent voice in health policy-making; 

  2. Encouraging greater investment in the nursing workforce; 

  3. Advocating for more nurses in leadership positions; 

  4. Encouraging research that helps determine where nurses can have the greatest impact, and 

  5. Sharing examples best nursing practice.

The Nursing Now campaign is a programme of the Burdett Trust for Nursing, an independent charitable trust based in the UK. The Campaign Board includes individuals from 16 countries alongside representatives from the Burdett Trust for Nursing, International Council of Nurses and the World Health Organization. The campaign is co-chaired by Lord Nigel Crisp, co-chair of the UK All-Party Parliamentary Group on Global Health, and Professor Sheila Tlou, co-chair of the Global HIV Prevention Coalition.





Our Patron

Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge

Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge is a committed champion of issues related to children’s mental health and emotional wellbeing, recently spearheading the UK’s Heads Together mental health campaign with The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry. Her Royal Highness is also a committed supporter of children’s hospices and wider palliative care. The Duchess was announced as Nursing Now’s patron at our London launch in February 2018 and her speech can be viewed here.


Our Board

Co-Chair: Lord Nigel Crisp

Co-Chair, UK All Party Parliamentary Group on Global Health

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Co-Chair: Professor Sheila Tlou

Co-Chair of the Global HIV Prevention Coalition


Alternate-Chair: Baroness Mary Watkins

Nurse Academic; Crossbench Member, UK House of Lords

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Dr Adelaida Zabalegui

Vice Director, Nursing Research & Teaching, Hospital Clinic Barcelona


Professor Srinath Reddy

President, Public Health Foundation for India

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Dr Kanjana Chunthai

Former Government Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer, Thailand

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Claudia Regina Laselva

Director of patients and healthcare support, Albert Einstein Hospital, Brazil

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Dr Assad Hafeez

Director-General of Health in the Federal Ministry of Health Services, Regulations and Coordination, Islamabad, Pakistan

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Dame Christine Beasley

Former Chief Nursing Officer for England


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Professor Elizabeth Adams

President, European Federation of Nurses Associations

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Professor Jill White

Former Dean of Sydney Nursing School

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Dr Jim Campbell

Director of the Health Workforce Department at the WHO

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Annette Kennedy

President, International Council of Nurses (ICN)

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Professor Maureen Bisognano

President Emerita and Senior Fellow at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement


Munashe Livion Nyika

Registered Nurse; President, Federation of African Nursing Sciences Students’ Organization

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Rosemarie L. Josey

Clinical Nurse Specialist and ICN – LFC Coordinator, Bahamas

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Sarah Walji

Registered Nurse, MSc Student in Global Health, McMasters University, Canada

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Professor Rowaida Al-Maaitah

Former Senator and Minister of Higher Education, Jordan


Dr Francis Omaswa

Executive Director, African Centre for Global Health and Social Transformation

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Shirley Baines

Chief Executive of the Burdett Trust for Nursing


Dr. Shin Kyung-Rim

President, Korean Nurses Association

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Our Staff

Dr Barbara Stilwell
Executive Director


Kathryn Irwin
Director of Communications & Events

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Professor Lisa Bayliss-Pratt
Programme Lead: Influential Leadership for Policy

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Professor Aisha Holloway
Programme Lead: Evidence for Effective Practice

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