Ringing in the Year of the Nurse and the Midwife 2020

Nursing | February 13, 2020

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The World Health Assembly has designated 2020 as the Year of the Nurse and Midwife in honor of Florence Nightingale who was born 200 years ago. Here’s to the Year of the Nurse and Midwife.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), nurses and midwives make up nearly 50 percent of the global healthcare workforce. And their role is critical in initiatives to reach universal health coverage by 2030. Nurses and midwives are responsible for the lion’s share of patient care, but their impact can also be seen and felt deeply in the areas of population health, disease prevention and patient/community health education, to name just a few.

Nurses and midwives are often the unsung heroes of healthcare, but this year the WHO and partnering organizations are mobilizing to shine a spotlight on the nursing and midwife professions in a big way. With 2020 named the Year of the Nurse and Midwife; the goal is to celebrate nurses’ and midwives’ work, showcase the challenges they face and advocate for support and investment in these essential professions. Given that 2020 is the 200th anniversary of the birth of modern nursing’s founder, Florence Nightingale, this is a particularly special year for the nursing community.

With 2020 named the Year of the Nurse and Midwife; the goal is to celebrate nurses’ and midwives’ work, showcase the challenges they face and advocate for support and investment in these essential professions.

The WHO’s key directives for the Year of the Nurse and Midwife include:

  • Strengthening nursing and midwifery to achieve health for all
  • Boosting nursing and midwifery leadership and influence to improve health services
  • Committing political will and funding to improve nursing and midwifery

At EBSCO, we are committed to supporting the research, decision support and skills development needs of nurses and midwives around the world with robust, evidence-based information resources. Nurses are an integral part of the EBSCO ecosystem, as our roles focus on content creation, product development, customer support and sales. In honor of the Year of the Nurse and Midwife, we’re paying tribute to nurses and midwives worldwide by showcasing their unwavering service to others, deep seated sense of compassion and great strength — physically, emotionally and intellectually.

Over the course of the next few months, we will be sharing content created in collaboration with our customers, internal nursing experts and trusted advisors to thank and honor nurses and midwives. To celebrate with us as the year unfolds, be sure to follow us on twitter @EBSCO_Health, subscribe to our Health blog and keep your eyes on your inbox for exciting promotions and events to come.

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