Nightingale Challenge 2020

The Tasmania Department of Health is pleased to announce it has accepted Nursing Now’s, Nightingale Challenge. 

The purpose of the Nightingale Challenge is to help develop the next generation of nurses and midwives as leaders, practitioners and advocates in health, and to demonstrate that nursing and midwifery are exciting and rewarding careers.

Francine Douce, Chief Nurse and Midwife, accepts the Nightingale Challenge.

What is the Nightingale Challenge?

The Nightingale Challenge

The Nightingale Challenge is an integral part of Nursing Now's aim to improve health globally by raising the profile and status of nurses and midwives. To achieve this the Nightingale Challenge has asked every health employer around the world to provide leadership and development training for a group of their young nurses and midwives during 2020.

The aim is to have at least 20,000 nurses and midwives aged 35 and under benefiting from this initiative in 2020, with at least 1,000 organisations taking part from around the world.

The Tasmanian Department of Health is delighted to accept the challenge and be part of this global initiative.

Why 2020?

The World Health Organisation declared 2020 as the Year of the Nurse and Midwife.  It is also the 200th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale; nurse, innovator, reformer and leader of improved health care.

There is no better time to embark on this new journey with nurses and midwives across the world.

Program Structure

Our Contribution to the Nightingale Challenge

The Tasmanian Department of Health will provide a unique offering for young nurses and midwives in our state.

Advisory Board Webinars

A customised series of internationally facilitated leadership webinars with the Advisory Board will be offered.

The Advisory Board helps leaders and future leaders in the health care industry work smarter and faster by providing insights, actionable strategies, and practical tools to support execution. With more than 40 years of experience, a team of nearly 200 experts, and a network of over 4,500 member organisations, they spend more time researching the now and predicting the next than anyone else in the health care industry.

Practice Development Workshop

The webinar experience will be consolidated by participation in a multi-day practice development workshop facilitated by local health care leaders, Cat Schofield (Clinical Advisor) and Erin McLeod (Assistant Director of Nursing).

Global Networking

Nursing Now will provide linking platforms for nurses and midwives on the program to connect with colleagues around the world.  This will enable ideas and learning to be shared and the creation of networks to be established to strengthen the voice of nurses and midwives.




Advisory Board Webinars*
9 December 2020
10 February 2021
10 March 2021
14 April 2021
16 June 2021
10.00am - 12.00pmWebinar

Multi-day Practice Development Workshop*
11, 12, 13 May 2021
Full day event 
To be confirmed

Professional Project*
To be negotiated

Not applicable


*Attendance at all sessions is compulsory.

Application Process

Who Should Apply?

Are you a passionate nurse or midwife aged 35 years or under who is seeking an exciting opportunity to develop their leadership skills and positively contribute to the profession?

If the answer is yes, you are encouraged to apply!

How to Apply

Applications open on 12 October 2020 and are invited from nurses and midwives aged 35 years of age and under who are currently working in Tasmania.

To apply applicants are required to:

  • Complete the Application Form, including:
    • applicant declaration
    • manager recommendation

    The Application Form can be downloaded via this link: Application Form

  • Submit an Expression of Interest outlining:
    • your learning objectives for the Nightingale Challenge (in 250 words or less), and
    • describing how you will use the skills learnt to equip and empower the next generation of nurses and midwives in Tasmania
  • Submit a copy of your Curriculum Vitae

Completed applications are to be submitted by 2 November 2020 via email to:

Selection Process

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend an interview.

It is anticipated this will be a highly competitive process and incomplete applications will not be considered.


All applicants will be notified via email by mid November of the outcome of their application.

Contact Details

For more information, please contact the Office of the Chief Nurse and Midwife.

Office of the Chief Nurse and MidwifeClinical Quality, Regulation and Accreditation
Department of Health, Tasmania
Level 7/22 Elizabeth Street
Hobart TAS 7000 6166 1570