When the World Health Organization named 2020 the Year of the Nurse & Midwife, no one could have imagined that the world would be facing a new pandemic. Right now, we are seeing the integral role that nurses and midwives play in health globally during the response to COVID-19—nurses are providing direct care, others are leading health system responses, and still others are leaders in public health at federal agencies like the CDC. Some are faculty at schools of nursing who are working to ensure their students can continue to learn in a rapidly changing environment. Others are nurse scientists working to understand this virus, educating the public about the importance of social distancing or continuing their research on other critical issues such as addiction and pain management, gun safety, health disparities, and so much more. As always, in whatever role, doing whatever it takes, they are making a difference.
To all nurses around the world, thank you.
Elevate, celebrate, and advocate!
The World Health Organization (WHO) has named 2020 the Year of the Nurse and Midwife to recognize the impact of nurses on achieving their Sustainable Development goals for the world. This is the first time that WHO has selected a profession to be the focus of a “Year.” For example, there has never been a year of the physician, dentist, biologist, etc. This presents a unique opportunity to highlight, celebrate, and reflect on the global impact of the nursing profession.
Whether you are a nurse or midwife, a patient, family member, or a friend, everyone is invited to join us in elevating, celebrating, and advocating for nurses and midwives throughout 2020 and beyond!
We’re sharing stories about nurses and by nurses, hosting events at Penn Nursing and around the city, visiting schools and public spaces with a pop-up exhibit, collecting and sharing artwork from artists of all ages, and the list keeps growing. And we’re not doing it alone! We’ve partnered with a number of organizations and institutions in Greater Philadelphia who are joining us in celebration of all that nurses do, every day.