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About Nursing Now

Nursing Now is a three-year global awareness campaign which, in collaboration with the World Health Organization and the International Council of Nurses, aims to raise the status and profile of nursing around the world. The initiative, which is patroned by Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge, works to empower nurses to take their place at the heart of tackling 21st Century health challenges. Head to the Nursing Now website to find out more.

Nursing Now Challenge Calendar

ACN and the other major nursing organisations in Australia have created the Nursing Now Australia Challenge Calendar to support the objectives of the Nursing Now campaign and count down to the 200th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale on 12 May 2020. The calendar will allow you to make a direct impact on the way our profession is regarded by other health care professionals, the media, governments and the community at large. Download your copy of the calendar now to get started. Each time you have completed a monthly challenge make sure you submit an entry using the online form to go in the draw to win one of two $100 Visa gift cards every month. If you have completed six or more monthly challenges you will also go into the major prize draw. View terms & conditions.

Nursing Now calendar

Nightingale Challenge 2020

Nursing Now has launched the Nightingale Challenge which aims to have at least 20,000 young nurses and midwives, aged 35 or under, benefiting from leadership and development training in 2020, which marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale and has been officially declared as the Year of the Nurse and Midwife by the World Health Organization.

The Nightingale Challenge is calling on large employers of nurses globally to provide leadership and development training for 20 young nurses and midwives in 2020. This will give young nurses the skills they need to play an even more influential role in global health.

The Nightingale Challenge will be launched formally at the International Council of Nurses Congress in June. You can read more information about the challenge on the Nursing Now website.

How to get involved

Young nurse leaders

As the lead organisation for Nursing Now in Australia, ACN is proud to support the challenge by providing five $1,000 scholarships for the inaugural Mid-Career Nurse Leadership Program to eligible applicants aged 35 or under. To find out more contact


Organisations can partner with ACN to participate in the Nightingale Challenge and access subsidised program fees ($4,000pp) for two or more participants. Contact for more information.

Nursing Now Australia launch

Over 80 countries around the world have already come together to participate in Nursing Now. ACN is proud to be the lead organisation for the Nursing Now Australia campaign in partnership with the major nursing organisations in Australia. The Nursing Now Australia campaign was launched officially on 9 April 2019.

Nursing Now Australia Supporters

The Nursing Now Australia campaign is proudly supported by the major nursing organisations in Australia: