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Nurses From Across the Nation Launch NursingNow USA

SILVER SPRING, MD (April 9, 2019) – Today, nurses from across the nation joined together to launch Nursing Now USA - the national arm of a global campaign – Nursing Now –  to improve health and health care by highlighting the impact of nurses on patients, families and communities at all levels, and worldwide. Top nurse leaders, experts and influencers celebrated the launch with a special event and panel discussion on April 9 in Washington, D.C. at the National Press Club.  

Under the strategic direction of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing, University of Washington School of Nursing, American Nurses Association (ANA) and the U.S. Public Health Service Chief Nurse Officer, Nursing Now USA will address key issues in the nursing profession such as workplace violence, pay equity, staffing shortages, and barriers to practice. 

“Raising the profile of the nursing profession and investing in the recognition of nurses’ role in transforming health and health care both nationally and worldwide must be intentional,” said ANA president Ernest Grant, PhD, RN, FAAN. “The deep trust that the public has in the nursing profession underscores the sheer power of nurses and the urgency of Nursing Now USA. ANA proudly supports this bold endeavor and agenda to tap nurses to achieve global health.”

The launch of Nursing Now USA comes at a critical time for America’s health care system. Health care continues to grow more complex and the demand for health services increases every day. Representing the frontlines of care and the largest group of health care professionals in the U.S., nurses have unmatched perspectives and abilities to act rapidly in changing environments. Nurses deliver quality, culturally competent patient care and services to individuals, families, groups, communities, populations, and nations.

Beyond the bedside, nurses are leading research efforts that improve outcomes, solving public health challenges, influencing health policy decisions, developing ground-breaking innovations, and joining boards of directors to help transform health care.

Nurses, health care professionals and all others can help make Nursing Now USA a success by:

  • Contributing a monetary donation to support efforts (Use code the 422644 for the Nursing Now USA Support Fund).
  • Sharing information on social media using the hashtag #NursingNowUSA.
  • Signing up for more information and participating in post-launch efforts.

Nursing Now USA is preceded by Nursing Now, the global counterpart supported by the Burdett Trust for Nursing in collaboration with the International Council of Nurses (ICN) and the World Health Organization (WHO).


About the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing

The UNC School of Nursing develops exceptional nurse leaders and promotes the science, art, and profession of nursing for the greater good. For more than 65 years, the school’s committed focus on meeting the health needs of the people of North Carolina through world-class education, pioneering research and life-enhancing service has led to the advancement of health the world over. Offering a full complement of nursing programs for students at every stage of their career, the school’s master’s program is ranked No. 1 among public schools of nursing according to U.S. News and World Report. For more information, please visit

About the University of Washington School of Nursing

Celebrating 100 years in nursing education and research, the University of Washington’s School of Nursing is consistently a top-ranked nursing school, according to U.S. News & World Report. Ranked No. 3 in research funding from the National Institutes of Health, the UW School of Nursing is a national and international leader in improving the health and well-being of individuals, families and communities. The school addresses society’s most pressing challenges in health care through innovative teaching, award winning research and community service. For more information, visit

About the American Nurses Association

The American Nurses Association (ANA) is the premier organization representing the interests of the nation's 4 million registered nurses. ANA advances the nursing profession by fostering high standards of nursing practice, promoting a safe and ethical work environment, bolstering the health and wellness of nurses, and advocating on health care issues that affect nurses and the public. ANA is at the forefront of improving the quality of health care for all. For more information, visit For high-resolution images of the ANA logo or photos of ANA leadership, please click here.

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