Nursing Now 2020 NI - Introduction

Nursing Now is a three-year global campaign to improve health by raising the status and profile of nursing and midwifery, and is run in collaboration with the International Council of Nurses and the World Health Organisation. Group photograph

Nursing Now Northern Ireland was launched in 2019 with Northern Ireland’s Chief Nursing Office, Professor Charlotte McArdle at a Public Health Nursing Conference which was attended by student nurses, people who use our service, community and voluntary groups, Health and Social Care System leaders, General Practitioners and MLAs.  Group image 2

Public health is a priority for the campaign within Northern Ireland with special focus on

  • Homeless Health
  • Valuing Diversity
  • Leadership in Nursing
  • Leadership in Midwifery

The Nursing Now campaign will also focus on the future role of nurses and midwives, men in nursing and midwifery, early intervention, and transforming education for nurses and midwives. The campaign has pledged to focus on homelessness and health inequalities in Northern Ireland.  Male nurses image

Nursing Now Northern Ireland recently released this video to inspire and encourage nurses in Northern Ireland, and around the world to seize the opportunities presented by 2020, The Year of the Nurse and the Midwife.

This video presents the voices of many different nurses and midwives, as well as Professor Sir Michael Marmot – the leading thinker on health inequalities, who as the keynote speaker at this conference said, “Nurses are the most trusted group of people. They treat individuals with compassion and care and have great potential to improve the health of communities through action on the social determinants of health.”

Sarah Travers and Katharine Walker, who was Miss Northern Ireland and is a paediatric nurse attended the launch as Nursing Now NI Ambassadors.

The Nursing Now campaign, which will run to the end of 2020, will work with partners around the world to advocate for more nurses and midwives in leadership positions and to improve perceptions of nurses and midwives, enhance their influence and maximise their contributions to ensuring that everyone everywhere has access to health and healthcare.

For more information on what Northern Ireland is doing in collaboration with Nursing Now, please visit


International Day of the Nurse

To mark the International Day of the Nurse, we’ve put together this short video, in which nurses, Health Visitors, students, care home workers, senior Departmental officials, and the Minister of Health offer their thanks and support to our nurses as they stand at the forefront of the battle against COVID-19

International Day of the Midwife

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