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UToledo, ProMedica to Announce Launch of Nursing Now Northwest Ohio

The University of Toledo College of Nursing and ProMedica are partnering to launch Nursing Now Northwest Ohio, joining a global campaign aimed at improving healthcare by raising the status and profile of nursing.

A celebration formally announcing the initiative will take place Thursday, Aug. 8, at 3 p.m. in Collier Building Room 1050 on UToledo’s Health Science Campus.

The event will feature leaders from the University and ProMedica, including UToledo President Sharon L. Gaber, ProMedica President and CEO Randy Oostra, UToledo College of Nursing Dean Linda Lewandowski and ProMedica Chief Nursing Officer Deana Sievert.

A keynote address on the impact of nurses on the health and well-being of communities will be delivered by Dr. Faye Gary, the Medical Mutual of Ohio Kent W. Clapp chair and professor of nursing at Case Western Reserve University.

Nursing Now is spearheaded by the Burdett Trust for Nursing in collaboration with the World Health Organization and the International Council on Nursing.

The three-year campaign — which leads up to the 200th anniversary of nursing pioneer Florence Nightingale’s birth — is focused on ensuring nurses have a strong voice in healthcare policy, encouraging investment in the nursing workforce, recruiting more nurses into leadership positions, and improving healthcare worldwide. National and local groups from more than 80 countries have since joined the campaign.

Nursing Now Northwest Ohio will highlight the impact of nurses in our community and around the world, and focus on expanding the influence of nurses in the region through a variety of service and educational initiatives.