On February 27, 2018, the Pan American Health Organization joined the launching of the global campaign, Nursing Now, to raise the status and profile of nursing in the region of the Americas and worldwide. Supported by champions from across the health community, in collaboration of the International Council of Nurses and the World Health Organization, the campaign seeks to increase influence of nurses and midwives on global and national health policy.

It was launched globally on February 27th in London, Geneva, and then in Kampala, Chapel Hill and other cities. In the Region of the Americas, the United States and Jamaica will launch it with the support and participation of several other countries. The campaign is expected to last for three years.

PAHO has been working with Member States in strengthening the role of nursing as well as defining the scope of practice and education, and advocating for more investment in nurses in primary health care. Qualified, empowered, well-distributed nurses are needed in all countries in the Region, and efforts must be made to expand investments in the nursing workforce.

Some of the health challenges encountered in the Americas are closely related to the social and cultural conditions of each country, as well as insufficient coordination in the areas of governance, regulation, and administration of human resources for health, which is a challenge to achieve the Universal Health.

The expect results for the Campaign will be to highlight the actual working conditions, lack of investment in nurses and labor market, and also, the need to improve nursing education and the importance to include nurses in national and global health decision-making.

More information can be found in www.nursingnow.org