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Sigma Nursing Endorses the Nursing Now Campaign

Global Honor Society of Nursing supports Global Ambassador HRH the Duchess of Cambridge
and the #NursingNow campaign’s 2020 goals for nursing worldwide

INDIANAPOLIS—The Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (Sigma) today announced its support for the Nursing Now Campaign launched globally on 27 February 2018. Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cambridge serves as the campaign’s Global Nursing Ambassador.

Nursing Now is a three-year global campaign run by the Burdett Trust for Nursing in collaboration with the International Council of Nurses and the World Health Organization. Sigma Chief Executive Officer Elizabeth Madigan, PhD, RN, FAAN, participated in the US launch event, held concurrently with events in Geneva, London, Chapel Hill, Kampala, and more.

Nursing Now is based on the findings of the Triple Impact report, which concluded that as well as improving health globally, empowering nurses would contribute to improved gender equality – as the vast majority of nurses are still women – and build stronger economies.

By the end of 2020, Nursing Now aims to see the following goals achieved:

1.    Greater investment in improving education, professional development, standards, regulation, and employment conditions for nurses.

2.    Increased and improved dissemination of effective and innovative practice in nursing.

3.    Greater influence for nurses and midwives on global and national health policy, as part of broader efforts to ensure health workforces are more involved in decision-making.

4.    More nurses in leadership positions and more opportunities for development at all levels.

5.    More evidence for policy and decision makers about: where nursing can have the greatest impact, what is stopping nurses from reaching their full potential, and how to address these obstacles.

“Sigma is proud to stand in support of and contribute to the Nursing Now goals,” said Sigma President Beth Baldwin Tigges, PhD, RN, PNP, BC. “The campaign’s goals align closely with Sigma’s efforts to advance world health and celebrate nursing excellence, particularly our work in convening the Global Advisory Panel on the Future of Nursing & Midwifery (GAPFON®), which hosted meetings in each of eight global regions. We look forward to lending our support and contributing our efforts to achieving the Nursing Now goals.”

In addition to convening the Global Advisory Panel on the Future of Nursing & Midwifery (GAPFON®), Sigma hosts an annual International Nursing Research Congress, publishes 14 books on nursing each year, and offers hundreds of credit hours of continuing nursing education. Sigma also oversees four different international nurse leadership academies and hosts the free, open-access Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository, where nurse researchers can access and publish leading-edge research across all nursing disciplines.

To read the Nursing Now global launch news release, please visit Nursing Centered, or visit the Nursing Now website.


About STTI

The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is advancing world health and celebrating nursing excellence in scholarship, leadership, and service. Founded in 1922, STTI has more than 135,000 active members in more than 85 countries. Members include practicing nurses, instructors, researchers, policymakers, entrepreneurs, and others. STTI’s roughly 500 chapters are located at approximately 695 institutions of higher education throughout Armenia, Australia, Botswana, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, England, Ghana, Hong Kong, Japan, Kenya, Lebanon, Malawi, Mexico, the Netherlands, Pakistan, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Swaziland, Sweden, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, the United States, and Wales. More information about STTI can be found online at


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