23 April 2019

Staff at The Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Hospital Trust (SaTH) are being encouraged to sign up as ambassadors to Nursing Now, a national initiative that raises the profile and status of nurses worldwide and inspires the next generation by shining a light on the exciting breadth of careers available within the industry.

Clare Walsgrove, Matron Unscheduled Care, has signed up as a Nursing Now Ambassador and is driving the campaign at SaTH.

She said: “I have been a Matron at SaTH for nine years, and with a background across a number of clinical areas I’m passionate about inspiring the next generation of nurses.

“In my role as a Nursing Now Ambassador I will be giving talks at local schools to try and engage young people and open their eyes to the wide-ranging and diverse opportunities available to them in our profession. From research and executive leadership to the essential day-to-day caring responsibilities, the career paths offered in nursing and midwifery have never been better.”

Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke recently announced her support as a Nursing Now Ambassador: “I believe strongly in the need to raise the profile and status of nursing to help improve health globally.”

Nursing Now aims to enable nurses to work to their full potential and have an even greater impact on health.

Worldwide, this means investing in nurses so they can take on leadership positions in clinics and in primary and community are. They should also be empowered to play a greater role in prevention, promotion and health literacy and increase the provision of midwifery, child and adolescent services.

What does a Nursing Now Ambassador do?

  • Acts as a local ambassador for nursing, representing our profession in a positive light and by doing so, building awareness and positive perceptions
  • Creates a bridge between activities to promote nursing locally and the nationwide campaign
  • Speaks for local organisations and the nurses in them within the national campaign
  • Brings back the ideas and calls to action from the national campaign and customise, remix an reshape them so they will work in a local context
  • Leads the local version of the campaign and get people engaged and taking action

Who can be a Nursing Now Ambassador?

  • Everyone from first year students to all registrants on NMC and supporters
  • Practitioners from all stages in their career across all disciplines and sectors
  • Those in full and part time employment
  • People working across health and care sectors, including voluntary organisations

What support Nursing Now Ambassadors receive?

  • Coaching and mentoring support
  • Have an opportunity to build your own and collective agency for change
  • Join a growing national network
  • Share what works and develop your knowledge and learning
  • Take part in an exciting programme of events and challenges including a regular newsletter and opportunity to participate in virtual and face-to-face meetings
  • Be able to demonstrate your passion and pride for the professions