“Success of mentorship is when you mentor a person to be better or greater than you are” anonymous. Youth and young persons have shown a dynamic approach to many things and issues. Their approach has simplified things and also helped in achieving goals which seemed impossible and this makes their inclusion in policy-making table crucial.
The nursing fraternity has recognized this valuable asset and thus have set a Nightingale challenge during the year of the nurse and midwife 2020. The challenge requires the various nursing bodies and organizations to mentor young nurses (below 35 years) in leadership. The challenge is a subset of nursing now campaign which aims at raising the profile of nurses globally. It aims in mentoring at least 20,000 nurses through their various professional bodies in their countries.
The Nightingale challenge is exceptionally significant in this era as they are crucial in the attainment of universal health coverage which is the 3rd sustainable development goal (3rd SDG) in the UN agenda for a better world by 2030. Nurses will be able to influence healthcare policies. Moreover, through the challenge, the nurses will be enabled to work to their full potential as leaders, innovators, and health advocates.
National Nurses Association of Kenya (NNAK) motivated by their motto, “nursing, A voice to lead” has heeded to this call by signing up for the challenge and its ready kick it off come the year 2020. And who would better make the nursing profession better if not the young nurses? Annette Kennedy, ICN President, emphasized on this by clearly stating “We need to seize the opportunity that 2020 gives us to shape a different future for our profession by investing in the next generation.”
Are you ready for the challenge?
Makau J. Mwendwa