May 12 2020 would have been Florence Nightingale’s 200th birthday and to mark this, 2020 was declared to be the Year of the Nurse and Midwife by the World Health Organisation (WHO).
This event will be celebrated internationally and Scotland is part of a UK five nations group who have agreed to work together to make the year’s celebration a success.
Nursing Now is a three-year programme culminating in 2020 which seeks to empower nurses to take their place at the heart of tackling 21st Century health challenges.
The campaign will focus on five core areas:
- ensuring that nurses and midwives have a more prominent voice in health policy-making;
- encouraging greater investment in the nursing and midwifery workforce;
- recruiting more nurses and midwifes into leadership positions;
- conducting research that helps determine where nurses and midwifes can have the greatest impact;
- sharing of best nursing and midwifery practices
The Nightingale Challenge, which is associated with the Nursing Now campaign, asks every employer of nurses and midwives to accept the challenge of having at least 20,000 nurses and midwives aged 35 and under benefiting from this in 2020, with at least 1,000 employers taking part.
NHS Tayside has successfully registered for the Nightingale Challenge and joins NHS Lothian and NHS Forth Valley in Scotland’s response to date.
Planning for an NHS Tayside celebration event to be held on 11 May 2020 is underway so look out for more details of how to get involved.