The Nightingale Challenge

In addition to the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife, 2020 also marks the 200th anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth on May 12, 1820!

To honor and advance Nightingale’s legacy as a nurse and social reformer, SONHS accepted the 2020 Nightingale Challenge, a global movement to equip and empower the next generation of nurses and midwives as leaders, practitioners, and advocates in health. Read about our inaugural SONHS Nightingale Challenge Leadership Development program.  For more information, contact Danette Perez at 305-284-2904, or

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Nursing Now Nightingale Challenge Employer Webinar

Dr. Johis Ortega, Associate Dean for Hemispheric and Global Initiatives at the School of Nursing and Health Studies, was a guest speaker for the Nightingale Challenge Employer Webinar, “Nightingale Challenge: Adapting to the COVID-19 Pandemic,” hosted May 28 by Nursing Now. In his presentation, beginning at 19:00, Dr. Ortega discusses how the University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies implemented a multinational leadership development program for early-career nurse leaders in the U.S., Latin America, and the Caribbean—and shares key lessons and outcomes in the wake of COVID-19. “We have to continue helping our Nightingale Challenge participants progress, to be better nurses and better leaders tomorrow,” said Ortega, PhD, APRN, ACNP-BC, ENP-BC, FNP-BC, FAAN, FAANP.


Nightingale Challenge Webinar
Dr. Ortega’s PowerPoint
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Nightingale Challenge: One Year On!

Dr. Johis Ortega, associate dean for Hemispheric and Global Initiatives, represented the School of Nursing and Health Studies at the Nightingale Challenge: One Year On! international conference.

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