The central role nurses and midwives have in the delivery of care to communities across the globe has been recognised by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as declaring 2020 the ‘Year of the Nurse and Midwife’.
“I am extremely pleased to see that nursing and midwifery will be honoured with the dedication of 2020 as the ‘Year of the Nurse and Midwife’,” said Australian College of Nursing (ACN) CEO Adjunct Professor Kylie Ward FACN.
“This will be a momentous time in our profession’s history with 2020 also being the 200th anniversary of the birth of nursing trailblazer Florence Nightingale.
“Nurses provide care all day, every day, everywhere. It is essential for nurses to be acknowledged for their role in health care and as patient advocates because the nursing profession understands that Health is a Human Right.
“The combination of the internationally collaborative Nursing Now campaign and the global recognition from WHO will make 2020 a year to celebrate and acknowledge the invaluable contributions nurses make to health care and improving outcomes for all.
“ACN is proud to be leading the coordination of the Nursing Now Australia campaign.”
Run in collaboration with the International Council of Nurses and the World Health Organisation, Nursing Now is a global campaign which seeks to improve perceptions of nurses, enhance their influence and maximise their contributions to ensuring that everyone, everywhere has access to health care.