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The Urgent Case for Global Vaccine Equity

Developing a vaccine against COVID-19 is the most pressing challenge – and most impressive achievement – of our time. But vaccines alone are not enough. We must ensure that everyone has access to them. Vaccine equity is […]

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The Moment to Act is Now

“Applause without action is no longer acceptable.” – HRH Princess Muna al-Hussein of Jordan When the World Health Organization (WHO) designated 2020 as the Year of the Nurse and the Midwife, nobody could have predicted the result. […]

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Time for Some ‘Good Trouble’

“Fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you.” – Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg “I have been in some kind of fight — for freedom, […]

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Leadership in Times of Crisis – Part Two

“Nurses are being put at increased risk at a time when their communities need them more than ever before. What makes the attacks especially terrifying is that health care personnel are responding to a crisis that is […]

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Leadership in Times of Crisis – Part One

In April 2020, the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health invited me back to its Voices in Leadership webcast, which focuses on effective leadership to create positive change in public health. It was my second guest […]

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Two outstanding leaders in nursing receive ANCC Awards

Republished from https://www.who.int/hrh/news/2014/leadernurses_ancc_award/en/ Geneva, Switzerland, 9 October 2014 – The American Nurses Credentialing Centre (ANCC) has presented awards to Dr. Stephanie Ferguson, Director of the International Council of Nurses’ Leadership for Change Programme and the ICN-Burdett Global […]

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Staying Calm in the Midst of a Storm

I was born in 1962 and witnessed the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., at the age of 6. My family and I watched the looting and the riots in Washington, DC, from the relative safety of […]

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The Urgent Need for Investment in Nurses

The International Year of the Nurse and Midwife is shining the spotlight on nursing in ways no one could have predicted. Across the globe, nurses have stepped up to meet the COVID-19 crisis and save lives. Their […]

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From Talk to Commitment: The 2020 World Economic Forum in Davos

More than 3,000 people from across the globe came together at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland to address some of the most pressing issues on the international agenda.  Participants spent four days discussing […]

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Confronting Public Health Challenges in The Year of the Nurse

In December, I was honored to be the featured guest on the webcast “Voices of Leadership” at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. The series invites leaders to speak candidly about their experiences confronting major […]

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