UP Nursing and Midwifery was represented when nurses and midwives came together nationally last week to celebrate the launching of Nursing Now Campaign in Cambodia. Nursing Now is a growing global movement that will run to the end of 2020 – the 200th anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth –to raise the profile of nurses worldwide.

HE Professor Thy Kruy outlined the development of nursing in Cambodia over the last decade and the significant impact this has had on healthcare and health outcomes. In her key note address, Professor Judith Shamian, ICN President Emerita, talked about the economic as well as social good sense it made for governments to invest in their nursing workforce. Countries around the world face huge challenges providing health care to their people because of scarce resources, the rising burden of chronic diseases like diabetes, and the impact of emerging factors such as climate change and migration. Nurses hold the key to success for everyone to achieve their right to health and health care –to achieve universal health care- and will be a key part of the solution to today’s health challenges.

As part of the Nursing Now campaign, the Nightingale Challenge asks for every health employer to provide leadership and development training for a group of young nurses and midwives during 2020, to come together to develop the next generation of young nurses and midwives as leaders, practitioners and advocates in health.