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!

A nurse and social reformer, Nightingale advocated sterile working conditions in hospitals some 150 years ago that drastically slashed mortality rates. She pioneered statistical infographics that illustrated how and when soldiers sent to field hospitals died and went on to found the first professional nursing schools in the Western world. In doing so, she ushered in the modern era of nursing and forever transformed the role and perception of nurses. To honor and advance Nightingale’s legacy, SONHS has 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. For more information about our Nightingale Challenge leadership program here at SONHS, contact Danette Perez, executive assistant to Dean Cindy L. Munro, at 305-284-2904, or To learn more about the initiative’s global impact, visit or email