The purpose of the Nightingale Initiative for Global Health (NIGH) is to network with nurses, midwives and allied health professionals—to create consensus among communities and nations—as a policy priority—to recognize that the essential foundation for a peaceful and prosperous world must be built upon the health of individual citizens.

NIGH’s mission is to inform and empower nurses, midwives, allied health professionals and other concerned citizens—from around the world—to become 21st century Nightingales. The more people who can bring Nightingale’s mindset and capacities to today’s health needs, the higher the value in creating  global consensus about achieving a healthy world. NIGH’s overarching mandates are to:

  • Expand professional and public consciousness about Florence Nightingale’s dynamic work and wisdom, as urgently relevant to today’s world needs;
  • Achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) of the United Nations by raising awareness and enabling wider citizen involvement in local-to-global health concerns;
  • Network to achieve a healthy world for all peoples by urging our leaders—locally, nationally and internationally—to adopt health as their first priority for policy and action.

To accomplish our purpose, mission and mandates, NIGH is implementing five synergistic strategies—DECLARATION, EDUCATION, COMMUNICATION, PUBLICATION and COLLABORATION—as outlined and described herein.

Why Nurses?

The first priority of nursing is devotion to human health—of individuals, of communities and the world. Nurses are acclaimed the most trusted professional group in the world and their devotion to human caring is respected internationally.  Nurses, midwives and allied health professionals are educated and prepared—physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually—to effectively accomplish the activities required—on the ground—for the health of people.

Why Nightingale?

In modern China, India and Japan, in Africa and the Arab world, in Turkey and the Caribbean, the South Pacific and the Americas, Florence Nightingale is widely known as a heroic figure.

Reprinted from Nursing Without Borders; Chapter 2 by Barbara Dossey 

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