Who we are

As of January 2021, the International Council of Nurses will take responsibility for the existing Nursing Now groups.

To request more information, go to https://www.icn.ch/contact 

Nursing Now is a global campaign to improve health by raising the status and profile of 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. By developing nursing and midwifery, countries can achieve the triple impact of improving health, promoting gender equality and supporting economic growth.

Nursing Now is a growing social movement with an active network of groups working to influence global and national policy. Today, there are 587 Nursing Now groups active in 117 countries (as of February 2020) with new groups registering and launching every month.

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. The campaign will run until the end of 2020, the 200th anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth and a year when nurses will be celebrated worldwide as a result of the Year of the Nurse and the Midwife. 

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 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

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Dr. Shin Kyung-Rim

President, Korean Nurses Association

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Our Staff

Dr Barbara Stilwell
Executive Director


Nik Payne
Operations and Administration Manager

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Yvonne Mwiza
Global Campaign Stakeholder Coordinator

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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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Anthony Harbin
Programme Administrator Nursing Now

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