This week marks the official launch of Nursing Now Canada. A national campaign I’ve been invited to join along with a team of influential nursing and health leaders from coast to coast. Nursing Now Canada is part of the global Nursing Now campaign, a movement aimed to raise the profile, status and contributions of nursing and midwifery worldwide.
The goal is simple: If we can empower nurses to lead, innovate and create change, we can build stronger economies. enhance the role of nursing, improve gender equality and health globally.
Nurses are at the centre of health care and have an important role to play in promoting health and preventing disease. As people who are the closest to those we serve, we have a unique position to develop novel and better ways of working.
But we can do so much more.
We have an important role to play in leading and making change in health care, but many of us struggle with filling that role. Part of the reason we (especially women) struggle is because we’ve learned over the years to follow, fit in, be liked, be passive, please others, stay quiet and avoid making mistakes.
We spend a tremendous amount of time learning how to meet expectations and follow procedures and not a lot of time learning how to see the status quo, overcome our fears and speak up.
If we’re going to make a difference in health care and create lasting change, we need to start believing we’re enough, that our voices matter, that it’s okay to take risks and try new things.
By understanding and overcoming the obstacles we face in our lives and in our work, we can help silence the inner voices that make so many of us question who we are and what we’re capable of.
My bet is that if we invest in helping nurses do work that matters to them and the people they want to help, we can make a huge impact.
We’re absent from leading in health care and solving today’s health challenges, and we all have a responsibility and an opportunity to change that.
The details of how Nursing Now Canada is going to achieve its goals are in the works. If you have any thoughts, suggestions or comments about things you’d like to see happen, or if you want to share the barriers, challenges or frustrations you experience in your work, feel free to contact me at gillian@nursEd.ca. I’d love to hear from you.
Writing this blog has made a significant difference in who I am and where I am today, and I’ll continue to write about issues that I find relevant, interesting and important to nursing. As excited as I am to join the Nursing Now Canada group, I must say that I would not have had the courage to join nor the contributions I’m making without the work and soul-searching I’ve done here on the blog.
I appreciate your time and attention, and for the feedback you generously share.
Here’s to Nursing Now Canada!