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March 2, 2018

Kate Middleton just announced a global nursing campaign. Here's what it has planned.

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    While visiting St. Thomas's Hospital in London, Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton on Tuesday announced the launch of a new global campaign designed to improve nurse education, disseminate nursing best practices, and place more nurses in leadership positions.

    About the global campaign

    The Nursing Now campaign will be run in collaboration with the International Council of Nurses and the World Health Organization. The initiative by the end of 2020 aims to:

    • Bolster investment in nurse education and professional development standards;
    • Increase and improve the dissemination of innovative nursing practices;
    • Improve nurses' and midwives' influence on global and national health policy;
    • Get more nurses in leadership positions and create more leadership positions in the nursing field; and
    • Identify areas nursing policy can have the greatest effect.

    In a webcast that was broadcast simultaneously in London, the United States, Jordan, and South Africa, Middleton said that the world will need nine million more nurses to be trained by 2030 in order to keep up with demand. "In simple terms, that's about 2,000 more new nurses every day for the next 12 years," she said. "This shows that we must act now to support and develop nurses with the skills and talent to cope with future global health needs."

    During the webcast, Princess Muna al-Hussein of Jordan also expressed her support for nurses and the campaign, saying, "The role of nurses makes a vital difference in reaching optimal health outcomes," she said. "We must take a robust and ambitious approach" (Gibson, Nurse.org, 2/28; Hill, People, 2/27; Furness, The Telegraph, 2/15; Nursing Now website, accessed 3/1).

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