Year of the Nurse & Midwife

Last updated: October 11, 2020

The World Health Organization, along with key partners including  International Confederation of Midwives (ICM), International Council of Nurses (ICN), Nursing Now and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), declared 2020 as the Year of the Nurse and Midwife! As we celebrated the 200th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale, the goals of the year included celebrating our contributions to improve global health; acknowledging, appreciating and addressing the challenging conditions we face; and advocating for increased investments in our workforce.

Wolters Kluwer was proud to join this global effort to spotlight the role that nurses and midwives play in improving health. Throughout the year, we focused on four themes: lifelong learning, the changing healthcare system, whole person care, and nurses as leaders. 

Year of the Nurse and Midwife: A Midyear Update
"It goes without saying that this Year of the Nurse and Midwife is not one that any of us could have imagined. The goal of increasing our visibility as a profession has certainly come to fruition, but not in the way that we anticipated. The observance has changed from one of celebration to one of gratitude, especially for those on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic. So, let’s look back at the past six months as it relates to nursing and healthcare…"

WHO: State of the World's Nursing 2020
“One thing that has become inherently clear during the COVID-19 pandemic is the value of nurses in health care. Our contributions as care providers, patient advocates, researchers, and educators have never been more important than they are right now. The WHO’s State of the World’s Nursing 2020 provides a framework to build our profession to be strong, adaptable and innovative to meet the changing health needs of people and optimize their health.”
Anne Dabrow Woods, DNP, RN, CRNP, ANP-BC, AGACNP-BC, FAAN Chief Nurse; Health Learning, Research & Practice, Wolters Kluwer

About the Year of the Nurse & Midwife

2020: The International Year of the Nurse and Midwife 
Barbara Stilwell, PhD, RN, FRCN; Executive Director, Nursing Now
AJN Off the Charts, January 3, 2020

The Global Year of the Nurse and Midwife
AJN, American Journal of Nursing, January 2020

AJN Podcast 
AJN Editor-in-Chief Shawn Kennedy discusses The Year of the Nurse and Midwife with Pam Cipriano, PhD, RN, FAAN, Dean of the University of Virginia School of Nursing in Charlottesville, past President of the American Nurses Association, and current first Vice President of the International Council of Nurses.

Lifelong Learning

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The Changing Healthcare System

Nurses impact healthcare in many roles and across practice settings.

Whole Person Care

Nurses consider the social determinants of health to provide holistic care.

Nurses as Leaders

From the bedside to the boardroom, our leadership impacts change.   
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