Popular actress Emilia Clarke was announced on March 14 as First Ambassador for the global Nursing Now Campaign. On this platform, she will be joining Kate Middleton, Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cambridge, patron of Nursing Now.
“I am privileged to be asked to join Nursing Now’s global movement by becoming their Ambassador and help them empower nurses. I believe strongly in the need to raise the profile and status of nursing to help improve health globally,” said Emilia Clarke “I know from personal experiences, and my work with the Royal College of Nursing (RCN), that nurses are the backbone of healthcare services. However, they are undervalued and with policy change could achieve so much more in prevention and healing.”
Clarke is famous for her starring role in HBO’s Game of Thrones since 2011 as Daenerys Stormborn of the House Targaryen, First of Her Name, the Unburnt, Queen of the Andals and the First Men, Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, Breaker of Chains, Mother of Dragons and now a Champion for Nurses. She has been nominated for Emmy and Screen Actors Guild awards for her portrayal of this role.
An ambassador for nurses
In 2018, Clarke also became an ambassador for the Royal College of Nursing. In her speech at an RCN Nurse Awards Ceremony last year she explained that she really became aware of what was required of nurses while they cared for her father during his last days in 2016.
“I was given the opportunity to be involved in the intricacies that made up a day of trying to save his life, and it showed me with such clarity not only the awe-inspiring skill that the nurses clearly had but the emotional intelligence that came along with it,” she said. “Nursing is about more than just medicine; it’s about engaging with another person on a human level – like hugging a daughter who knows that she is about to lose her dad.” She vowed to become a champion for nurses and help them to gain both the recognition and the compensation they deserved.
Nursing Now campaign
The three-year international Nursing Now campaign, working in collaboration with the World Health Organization and the International Council of Nurses, aims to raise the status of nurses globally. It celebrated its first anniversary recently having already launched 156 local and regional groups in 75 countries.
On its first anniversary, Nursing Now announced the Nightingale Challenge 2020, the challenge calls on all large employers of nurses to provide at least 20 young nurses and midwives with training in leadership and development next year – with the goal of preparing 20,000 nurses for future leadership roles. The Nursing Now campaign will run until the end of 2020, which marks the 200th anniversary of Florence Nightingale and has also been proclaimed as Year of the Nurse and Midwife by the World Health Organization (WHO).