Nursing Now

Public Health Wales supports Nursing Now campaign

Public Health Wales is playing a key role in the rollout of the Nursing Now Cymru Wales campaign, which was officially launched at an event in Cardiff on 29 March.

The launch event marked the start of the Wales leg of the Nursing Now campaign, a three-year global campaign being run in collaboration with the International Council of Nurses and the World Health Organization.

Nursing Now will run to the end of 2020 – the 200th anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth and a year when nurses will be celebrated worldwide.

This coincides with the World Health Organization dedicating 2020 as the Year of the Nurse and Midwife, endorsed at the World Health Assembly on 24 May 2019.

The campaign aims are:

1.   Greater investment in improving education, professional development, standards, regulation and employment conditions for nurses.

2.   Increased and improved dissemination of effective and innovative practice in nursing.

3.   Greater influence for nurses and midwives on global and national health policy, as part of broader efforts to ensure health workforces are more involved in decision-making.

4.   More nurses in leadership positions and more opportunities for development at all levels.

5.   More evidence for policy and decision makers about where nursing can have the greatest impact, what is stopping nurses from reaching their full potential and how to address these obstacles.

Rhiannon Beaumont-Wood, Director of Quality, Nursing and Allied Health Professionals for Public Health Wales, was among the speakers at the Nursing Now Wales launch.

Rhiannon said: “I’m very excited to see Wales officially joining the global Nursing Now campaign.  Nurses and midwives are at the heart of most health teams, playing a crucial role in improving and transforming health services, promoting health and preventing and reducing the impact of disease, together with ensuring that the care that is delivered is compassionate and of a high quality standard, which our patients and citizens should expect to receive.

“Through supporting this campaign in Wales, we can both acknowledge the valuable role played by nurses and midwives and raise the profile and status of nursing and midwifery.”

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A steering group led by Public Health Wales on behalf of Welsh Government, has been established to take forward the Nursing Now Cymru Wales campaign and to ensure that progress on the key themes identified for Wales is made. 





The themes are underpinned by the triple impact model identified in A Report by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Global Health a pre cursor document which led to the Nursing Now campaign. The Triple Impact Model identifies Better Health, Stronger Economies and Greater Gender Equality

These themes align to our Welsh policy context for health and social care, A Healthier Wales and Train Work Live.




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The Nightingale Challenge asks every health employer around the world to provide leadership and development training for a group of young nurses and midwives during 2020 the Year of the Nurse and the Midwife.  “It is essential that nurses are enabled to play a bigger role in multi-disciplinary teams, working to their full potential to innovate, to lead and to advocate,” said Annette Kennedy, President of the International Council of Nurses (ICN). “We hear, time and again, that nurses are being held back as leaders. We need to seize the opportunity that 2020 gives us to shape a different future for our profession by investing in the next generation. By accepting the Nightingale Challenge we give them new skills, experiences and confidence - together we will take down the barriers that hold nurses back and see our profession soar to greater heights.” 

NHS Wales are proud supporters of The Nightingale Challenge. More information on how we will support this challenge will be available in the forthcoming months.

More informatuon on Nursing Now is available at:


29 September 2019 – Nightingale Challenge Webinar

The first Nightingale Challenge Employer Webinar “Voices from Nurses in Practice – International Council for Nurse’s Leadership for Change (LFC)TM”.

The Nightingale Challenge hosted the first of its employer webinars on 27 Sept 2019 titled “Voices from nurses in practice – ICN’s Leadership for Change (LFC)™”. The webinar was chaired by Anthony Harbin, Nursing Now and hosted by Kristine Qureshi, Programme Director and Claire Medd, Programme Manager at the International Council of Nurses (ICN).

November 2019 – Nightingale Challenge Webinar

Almost 200 nurses from around the world joined a Nursing Now-hosted webinar on the Year of the Nurse and Midwife.  The webinar gave an overview of key events planned for 2020 and encouraged individual nurses and organisations to come up with their own ways to mark this special year-long celebration.  The webinar was chaired by ICN Chief Executive Howard Catton, who said he hoped all nurse would use their New Year resolutions to commit to making the 2020 as effective as possible.

15 October 2019

The Rural World Organization of Colleges (Wonca) Statement and Commitment to Nursing Now (see attached PDF)
16th Rural Health Conference
12 – 15 Oct 2019

15 October 2019

Statement from Nigel Crisp, Co-Chair of Nursing Now presented to Wonca’s 16th World Rural Health Conference

3 November 2019

Building resilience and promoting wellbeing in our students and registrants; training information on leadership is available on the Health Education and Improvement Wales website at:

24 January 2020

Transforming the Impact of Nursing and Midwifery on Global Health and Care Conference 27-28 October 2020, ExCel London

This international conference will showcase how nurses and midwives can work collectively to transform global health and care for everyone, everywhere. Nightingale2020 will celebrate Florence Nightingale’s legacy, put the voice of nurses and midwives at the heart of health policy and contribute to the World Health Organisation’s work in the Year of the Nurse and Midwife. What a celebration!

Closing date for Abstracts: 19 February 2020

Copies of Agendas and Minutes of Meetings are available on request.  Please contact:
Andrea Coombes
Telephone: 029 2010 4601


Previous Meeting Dates:

26 November 2018

22 January 2019

28 February 2019

12 April 2019

Swansea University Student Leadership Academy Nursing Now

26 June 2019

Tonkin Genomics

Making Every Contact Count

7 August 2019

Actively encourage and increase diversity in nursing

Understanding Social Media impact

Nursing Now The North Wales Approach

Ugandan Nurse Leadership Presentation

23 September 2019

Life for African Mothers Presentation

International Health Presentation

18 November 2019

Student Nurse Leadership Programme

BAME Men in Nursing


Upcoming Meeting Dates:

24 January 2020

12 March 2020

21 April 2020

15 June 2020

28 Jul 2020

8 September 2020

22 October 2020