The Nightingale Challenge asked all schools of nursing in the state, as well as clinical partners, to send their emerging nurse and midwife leaders to development training opportunities in order to elevate nursing’s role in their clinics and departments. The purpose of the Nightingale Challenge was to help develop the next generation of nurses and midwives as leaders, practitioners and advocates for health. 

The challenge began with the Nightingale Leadership Series, which featured discussions with nursing leaders about transformative ideas for the improvement of patient care and population health. These webinars served to inspire nurse leaders to think creatively, collaboratively, and innovatively for the profession’s future of positive impact.

In November, 2020 we hosted the Washington Nurses Leadership Summit, a one-day virtual gathering where organizations, hospitals, clinics and schools of nursing nominate emerging nurse leaders to participate. The summit explored real-life situations leaders face in the field through workshops, panels, lectures, and networking activities. The goal of the summit was to create a point of distinction that provided accessible, creative, engaging content to enhance nurses’ ability to think critically, challenged nurses to fully realize their leadership potential, and sparked the next wave of innovators in the nursing profession.

Last year, we embarked on a series of webinars as part of the Nightingale Challenge that provided emerging nurse and midwife leaders development training opportunities to elevate nursing’s role in their clinics and departments.

June 2021 marked a new beginning for the Nightingale Challenge as it became the “Nursing Now Challenge.” We continue the webinar series this fall under the theme, “Invest in Nurses,” featuring nurse leaders and disrupters sharing transformative ideas to elevate the nursing profession for the improvement of jobs, health, and equity.

We invite community partners to show their commitment to nursing leadership by joining us as a sponsor. Please see the Nightingale Challenge Sponsorship Prospectus or contact Jenny Vincent, Associate Director for Advancement, to learn more.