Nursing Now is a three-year global campaign, ending in 2020, to raise the global profile of nursing. It is run in collaboration with the International Council of Nurses and the World Health Organization. The Council of Deans of Health hosted a roundtable discussion chaired by our Vice-Chair Jan Draper on 5 December 2018 with senior leaders of the Nursing Now campaign in the UK. Lord Crisp, Nursing Now Co-Chair, Baroness Watkins, Nursing Now Alternate Chair, and Barbara Stilwell, Nursing Now Chief Executive attended the event. The Council’s Executive Members for Research and Global as well as our lead member for research in Scotland and our Vice-Chair for the Council of Deans of Health Wales joined to share views to strengthen engagement and raise the profile of research in nursing, midwifery and the allied health professions.
The roundtable event was an opportunity for the Council to engage with Nursing Now senior leaders and hear the ambitions and approach of the campaign. Conversely it enabled the Council to outline its priorities, particularly in relation to our research portfolio. The opportunities for increasing the visibility and impact of nursing research were discussed. The Council highlighted its work on clinical academic careers and how a higher profile could be achieved.
This short briefing provides an overview of the Nursing Now campaign and the Council’s engagement with it.