Who we are

Nursing Now is a three-year global campaign run in collaboration with the International Council of Nurses and the World Health Organization.

Nursing Now is run by a Campaign Board made up of nurses and non-nurses from 16 different countries. The campaign is a programme of the Burdett Trust for Nursing.

Nurses are at the heart of most health teams, playing a crucial role in health promotion, disease prevention and treatment. As the health professionals who are closest to the community they have a particular role in developing new models of community based care and supporting local efforts to promote health and prevent disease.

Nursing Now is based on the findings of the Triple Impact report. The report concluded that as well as improving health globally, empowering nurses would contribute to improved gender equality – as the vast majority of nurses are still women – and build stronger economies.

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

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Our Staff

Dr Barbara Stilwell
Executive Director


Dr Stilwell has worked throughout the world as a champion for health workers and strong health systems. Before joining Nursing Now, she was IntraHealth International’s senior director of health workforce solutions and recently served as director of a health workforce and systems strengthening project in the West Bank/Gaza. From 1996–2006, she worked with the World Health Organization (WHO) in health systems development, co-authoring the WHO’s 2006 Health Report, collecting and analysing data regarding the impact of migrants on health systems in developing countries.

Dr Stilwell was one of the first nurse practitioners in the UK, and, in 1991, as a principal lecturer at the Institute of Advanced Nursing Education at the Royal College of Nursing (RCN), introduced the first UK-based nurse practitioner programme. Dr Stilwell was made a Fellow of the Royal College of Nursing in 1994 in recognition of her work to introduce the nurse practitioner role to the UK. In 2008, Stilwell was named one of the most influential nurses of the past 40 years by the UK’s Nursing Times.

Nik Payne
Operations and Administration Manager

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Prior to joining the Nursing Now team, Nik spent nine years working at the Royal College of Nursing in a variety of member coordination roles. Before that he spent two years working abroad teaching English as a second language.

Nik’s main role within the Nursing Now campaign is to coordinate global activity and to act as the main point of contact for the Nursing Now campaign board.

Yvonne Mwiza
Global Campaign Stakeholder Coordinator

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Passionate about Africa and how the nonprofit sector can meaningfully harness its vast potential, Yvonne has spent the last decade advocating (through voluntary and non-voluntary roles) for the inclusion of young people and women’s voices in the development of their societies.

In her role as Global Campaign Stakeholder Coordinator at Nursing Now, she looks forward to playing her part empowering nurses in the global health landscape.