Nursing’s big moment: why 2020 will be a platform for the profession

The British nurse heading the globally influential ICN says it’s time to build on what Nursing Now has begun
Howard Catton

Howard Catton, the British nurse heading the globally influential ICN, says it’s time to build on what Nursing Now has begun

  • ‘Year of the Nurse’ accolade from WHO would indicate a ‘shift in attitudes to nursing’ among senior policymakers
  • Work needs to be done to change political thinking ‘so nursing is seen as an investment, not a cost’
  • The ICN is working with Nursing Now on its aim for 75% of countries to have a chief nursing officer

The British nurse at the helm of the International Council of Nurses (ICN) has no doubt that 2020 is going to be a very big year for the profession, and not just because it’s the bicentennial of Florence Nightingale’s birth.

The ground has been prepared by Nursing Now, the


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