The Global Nightingale Challenge – Tasmania Accepts the Challenge to Grow Leadership Capability

Adjunct Associate Professor (UTas) Francine Douce, Katrina Silveri, Cat Schofield & Dana Gray

1The Office of the Chief Nurse and Midwife


In 2019, the World Health Organisation declared 2020 as the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife (IYNM) in celebration of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale. Florence Nightingale is considered to be the founder of modern nursing and described as an innovator, reformer and leader of improved health care.

Nursing Now was established to drive a range of key initiatives for the IYNM designed to improve health globally by raising the profile and status of nurses and midwives.

The Nightingale Challenge supports the development of the next generation of nurses and midwives as leaders, practitioners and advocates in health, and to demonstrate that nursing and midwifery are exciting and rewarding careers.

Every health employer around the world was challenged to invest in the leadership development of a group (20) of their young nurses and midwives during 2020. If 1000 employers accepted the challenge, healthcare systems around the world would be strengthened by 20, 000 additional nurse and midwife leaders.

The Tasmanian Department of Health accepted the Challenge to be part of this global initiative and this poster presentation shares the experience of the Nightingale Challenge.