2020 Is The Year Of The Nurse

2020For the first time in history, the world will unite in celebrating the benefits that Nurses and Midwives bring to the health of the global population. The World Health Organization (WHO), has declared 2020 as The Year of the Nurse and the Midwife (YONM).

It is celebrated in honor of the 200th anniversary of Florence Nightingale's birth. President of the International Council of Nurses (ICN), Annette Kennedy, said "The 20 million Nurses around the world will be thrilled to see their profession recognized in this way. Florence Nightingale used her lamp to illuminate the places where Nurses worked, and I hope the designation of 2020 as the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife will provide us with a new, 20-20 vision of what Nursing is in the modern era, and how Nurses can light the way to universal health coverage and healthcare for all.”

WHO is working with partners such as, the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM), International Council of Nurses (ICN), Nursing Now and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). Their goal for this year-long global focus on Nurses and Midwives is to: 

  • Celebrate the contributions of health workers, with particular focus on Nurses and Midwives, in improving health globally,  
  • acknowledge, appreciate and address the challenging conditions Nurses and Midwives  face while providing care where it's needed most and
  • advocate for increased investments in the Nursing and Midwifery workforce

Lord Nigel Crisp, co-Chair of the Nursing Now campaign said, “The WHO has provided a unique opportunity both for countries to demonstrate how much they appreciate their Nurses and Midwives and to showcase what more Nurses and Midwives can achieve if given the support to do so."

Check out the World Health Organization's video, Nurses and Midwives: Key To Universal Health Coverage

We at DiversityNursing.com are thrilled Nurses and Midwives are receiving recognition for their commitment to the profession and selfless dedication to their patients, families and students.

New Call-to-action

Recent Posts

Hospital Workplace Violence: Precautions and Preparedness Techniques
Workplace violence is a serious growing concern. Hospitals must prioritize precautions and preparedness measures to mitigate the risk of violence against staff, patients, and visitors. According to...
Read More
Exploring the Vital Role of Nurses in Heart Health
February is American Heart Month. It's important to promote cardiovascular health and explore the many ways Nurses are engaged in these efforts. According to the CDC, heart disease is the leading...
Read More
Helpful Apps Every Nurse Should Have
Mobile apps have transformed how Nurses provide care to their patients. Smartphones allow Nurses easy access to applications designed to assist in daily tasks, improve efficiency, provide knowledge,...
Read More

Subscribe to Email Our Newsletter

Education_Award_Square