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Howard Catton: Nursing will be a powerhouse for global change in 2018

With a new chief nursing officer at the WHO and the start of the Nursing Now! campaign, 2018 will be a key year for nursing globally, says ICN nursing director Howard Catton. 
Howard Catton

With a new chief nursing officer at the WHO and the start of the Nursing Now! campaign, 2018 will be a key year for nursing globally, says ICN nursing director Howard Catton

In 2017, nursing began to move back to where it belongs – at the centre of the global health stage.

Just days after his election in May, new director general of the World Health Organization (WHO) Dr Tedros Adhanom told the 8,000 nurses gathered at the International Council of Nurses (ICN) congress in Barcelona that they were the lynchpin for achieving his priority of universal healthcare. This marked a reawakening to the powerhouse for change that nursing can be.

Authoritative leadership

When Elizabeth Iro takes up her post as WHO chief nursing officer in January 2018, she will provide visible and authoritative nursing leadership and advice across a wide range of WHO

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