A message from our Chief Nursing & Midwifery Officers

To commemorate International Nurses Day 2020 Australia’s Chief Nursing & Midwifery Officers have prepared a special celebratory video. Among others the exceptional nurse leaders outline the significance of 2020 Year of the Nurse & Midwife, share stories of nurses that have inspired them by giving shout-outs and give health and well-being advice to nurses.

Australian leaders acknowledge nurses on International Nurses Day

ACN was proud to facilitate addresses to nurses from Prime Minister The Hon Scott Morrison MP and Federal Health Minister The Hon Greg Hunt MP on International Nurses Day 2020. These historic public statements marked the first time an Australian Prime Minister and Health Minister directly acknowledged nurses on International Nurses Day.

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International Nurses Day

International Council of Nurses’ (ICN) theme for International Nurses Day 2020 is Nursing the World to Health, focusing on the true value of nurses to the people of the world.

This International Nurses Day is particularly significant because it is taking place in the official Year of the Nurse & Midwife.

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Virtual Inspiration Wall

To celebrate 2020 Year of the Nurse and Midwife and acknowledge the extraordinary role nurses are playing in the fight against COVID-19, ACN is creating a Virtual Inspiration Wall consisting of positive stories.

Give a shout-out to acknowledge an inspirational nurse!

ACN National Nurses Breakfast

In celebration of International Nurses Day, we encouraged nurses to take time out for themselves and treat themselves to a self-care breakfast. Thank you to nurses all over Australia who joined in a virtual breakfast to celebrate all things wonderful about our profession. Throughout 2020 Year of the Nurse & Midwife let’s continue to highlight the crucial contribution our profession makes to our local communities!

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Nursing Now

Nursing Now is a three-year global awareness campaign, initiated by the World Health Organization and the International Council of Nurses, which has been counting down to International Nurses Day 2020. ACN is honoured to be the lead organisation for the Nursing Now Australia campaign in partnership with the major nursing organisations in Australia. Together we have created the Nursing Now Australia Challenge to support the initiative’s objectives of raising the status and profile of nursing around the world. Each month, from May 2019 to May 2020, nurses are encouraged to engage in activities to further the profession for a chance to win a prize.

To enhance the development of nursing leadership around the globe Nursing Now called for nursing employers worldwide to participate in the Nightingale Challenge with the aim of having at least 20,000 young nurses and midwives, aged 35 or under, benefiting from leadership and development training in 2020. ACN is proud to support the challenge by offering scholarships and group registration discounts for ACN leadership programs.

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Honour a Nurse

Share a message of thanks or a story of inspiration in support of nurses through our 2020 shout-outs or by making a donation to support the ACN Foundation Honour a Nurse campaign. Together we can show nurses how much we appreciate them particularly during these challenging times.

Honour a Nurse

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