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ICN launch 'Our Nurses, Our Future' campaign on International Nurses Day

The ‘Our Nurses, Our Future’ campaign aims to shine a light on a brighter future for nursing.

The International Council of Nurses (ICN) has marked International Nurses Day with the launch of a new campaign.

The ‘Our Nurses, Our Future’ campaign aims to shine a light on a brighter future for nursing.

This comes after the World Health Organisation recently declared the end of the Global Health Emergency of the COVID-19 pandemic which ICN CEO, Howard Catton described as ‘far from over’.

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The ICN have launched a 10-point ‘Charter for Change’ which sets outs what is required to be able to address global health challenges and improve global health for all.

It presents the policy actions that governments and employers must take if they want to create and sustain health care systems that are safe, accessible, responsive and resilient.

ICN president, Dr Pamela Cipriano said: ‘ These 10 policy actions will create the sustainable health systems that are required to optimise the wellbeing and the unique contribution of the nursing workforce. Without such actions, we can see no way for the current nursing workforce, which has emerged from the pandemic in an exhausted and debilitated state, to carry on its essential work in caring for the communities it serves.’

Catton also warned that without a better future for nurses there can be no future for global health.

RCN chief executive Pat Cullen also alluded to do the difficulty the nursing workforce is currently facing.

‘Nursing in 2023 is no mean feat. The ongoing pressures you face don’t go unrecognised and we want to thank you for your unwavering resilience, your passion and wholehearted commitment to those you care for.’

Today, Chief Nursing Officer, Ruth May also announced she will be launching her professional nursing strategy later this year to help develop the profession for the future, as she thanked her nursing colleagues for the contribution they’ve made.