The Year of the Nurse and Midwife!

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2019 has come to an end... are you ready for the roaring ‘20s?

The start of a brand-new decade is here! Nurses and midwives, we have some exciting news for you. In honor of Florence Nightingale’s 200th birth anniversary, the World Health Organization (WHO) has designated 2020 as the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife!This historic year is endorsed by WHO along with its partners including, the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM), International Council of Nurses (ICN), Nursing Now and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). These associations have come together to “celebrate the work of nurses and midwives, highlight the challenging conditions they often face, and advocate for increased investments in the nursing and midwifery workforce.”

Do you want to get involved in this year-long celebration of nurses and midwives? Keep reading to learn how you can participate in this 2020 initiative!

Host appreciation events/programs for your nurses and midwives

Recognize the nurses and midwives who work for your organization internally! Show your appreciation by holding special events, lunches, or gatherings to remind these employees that you care and appreciate their hard work. Any small gesture will go a long way!

Recognize outstanding work

Applaud nurses and midwives when they deserve it. Consider organizing awards or certificates to present to employees when they’ve pushed the limits and achieved success!

Posters, social media, and press releases!

Take your efforts public! Make posters, send out press releases, and incorporate this celebration into your social media strategy to engage the community and seek their participation. Take a look at the Campaign Toolkit put together by WHO for tips and promotional collateral you can use. For starters, start using #SupportNursesAndMidwives, #Nurses2020 and #Midwives2020 in your social posts!


President of the International Council of Nurses (ICN), Annette Kennedy, stated "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.”

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Written by Heather Morris

SAMC’s Nurse Residency Coordinator

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