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Society of Gynecologic Nurse Oncologists

SGNO invites you to join the worldwide Nightingale signature campaign. Officially called the Nightingale Declaration Campaign (NDC), it is a program of the Nightingale Initiative for Global Health (NIGH). These are its major initiatives:

  • A proposed UN Resolution for an International Year of the Nurse in 2010, the Centennial of Florence Nightingale's death
  • A proposed UN Resolution for a UN Decade for a Healthy World, 2011 to 2020 -- the Bicentennial of Nightingale's birth

The goal is to gather at least 2 million electronic signatures from all 192 member states of the United Nations, and present those signatures to the UN General Assembly by the end of 2008 in support of the proposed resolutions.

You can sign the Declaration at the Nightingale website, http://www.nightingaledeclaration.net. We encourage you to do so.

Florence Nightingale (1820-1910), founder of modern nursing, had a clear vision of nurses' key role in promoting health and well-being for humanity for future generations. as revealed in this statement in 1893:

“In the future which I shall not see, for I am old, may a better way be opened! May the methods by which every infant, every human being, will have the best chance at health—the methods by which every sick person will have the best chance at recovery—be learned and practiced."

Unfortunately, Nightingale's dreams are in jeopardy. Today, 80 percent of the world’s healthcare is delivered by nurses. A severe nursing shortage in the U.S. and Europe and developing countries is creating serious and growing adverse impacts on human health and well-being worldwide. Dr. Hiroko Minami, President of the International Council of Nurses that also manages the Florence Nightingale International Foundation, and Alan Gibbs, Chair of the Burdett Trust for Nursing, join in saying: "Overcoming this crisis will require exceptional advocacy and leadership...addressing the magnitude of issues is not something any one organization can do alone."

How can your signature make a difference? Your support will overcome our most formidable obstacles in improving global health—raising public awareness. Together, we can realize Nightingale's dreams, making compassionate care and healthy lives a birthright worldwide—local to global.