The Legacy of the Nursing Now Groups

Nursing Now Groups were established as part of the global Nursing Now Campaign (2018-2021) to raise the profile and status of nursing. The International Council of Nurses (ICN) and the World Health Organization (WHO) were partners in the Campaign from the outset and, given its enormous reach and success, ICN is proud to continue the Campaign’s legacy.

Many of the Nursing Now Groups have been engaging with ICN since early 2021 on such critical issues as the impact of the pandemic on nursing and learning for the future, and on key WHO strategies. The ICN Board has given a strong commitment to working closely with the Nursing Now Groups in future on the recently agreed WHO Global Strategic Directions for Nursing and Midwifery (2021-2025). Adopted by governments in an historic moment at the World Health Assembly in May 2021, the Strategic Directions , highlight policy priorities in education, jobs, leadership and service delivery and give a commitment to also monitor progress.

Achieving these policy changes in countries and regions across the world will be the focus of our collaboration with the Nursing Now Groups which include nurses associations, governmental ministries, universities and colleges, and health providers.

There are currently over 200 Groups from 71 countries registered with ICN. We would love to hear from all established Nursing Now Groups, whether or not you are already linked with ICN, about your priorities for ensuring that the Strategic Directions are a reality in your country/region. Please contact [email protected]

We will be using this space to highlight forthcoming webinars, forums, useful resources and, of course, the work that you, the Nursing Now Groups, are continuing to do to as we focus on recovery and new opportunities to use the Strategic Directions to shape health provision for the future.



  • Webinar: “Nursing Education & Workforce - Implementing the Strategic Directions in the ECSA Region” – Access the recording here
  • Access the ECSA report here
  • Access WHO's Strategic Directions for Nursing and Midwifery (2021-25) here
  • Presentation - Dr Priscar Sakala-Mukonka (in English) “The Quad and Implementation of the WHO SDNM and ECSA Education & Labour Markets: Zambian Perspective” – Access it here
  • Presentation - ICN (in English) "ECSA Education and Labour Markets for Nurses - Opportunities and Challenges" - Access it here



ICN is inviting Nursing Now Groups and National Nurses Associations to a virtual meeting on 13 September (3.30 pm - 5 pm CEST) on Global Nursing Workforce Capacity Post-Pandemic - What Role for Nurse Migration?

The aim of the meeting is to understand from National Nurses Associations (NNAs) and Nursing Now Groups (NNGs) their recent experiences of nurse migration from a range of perspectives and consider what action is needed.

The WHO Strategic Directions for Nursing and Midwifery (SDNM) 2021-25 has reinforcing implementation of the WHO Global Code of Practice on International Recruitment of Health Personnel as one of its policy priorities.

So if you are in a source or receiving country for international recruitment and would like to participate in the discussion and share your experience/ case studies/evidence please register for the meeting with this link: