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WHO Designates 2020 as International Year of the Nurse and Midwife

The World Health Assembly, the governing body of the World Health Organization (WHO), has designated 2020 as International Year of the Nurse and Midwife. The celebration coincides with the 200 birthday of Florence Nightingale. It serves to raise awareness of the nursing profession and the essential role of nurses and midwives, past and present, in health care delivery across the globe.

WHO will publish two flagship reports during April 2020: The State of the World’s Nursing Report and The State of the World’s Midwifery Report. The reports are designed to provide insight into the global nursing workforce, including the number and types of nurses, education, practice, and leadership roles. It also will provide an international forum for dialogue regarding strengthening nursing and midwifery practices worldwide.

Hospitals may become involved in the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife by downloading the WHO toolkit, as well as monitoring activities planned by the American Nurses Association Enterprise organization, which will celebrate the Year of the Nurse by engaging with nurses, thought leaders, and consumers in a variety of ways that promote nursing excellence, infuse leadership, and foster innovation. Nurses are encouraged to use the hashtag #yearofthenurse to share their stories and follow along on social media.

HAP deeply appreciates Pennsylvania’s professional nurses and midwives who continuously strive to bring high-quality care to health care patients by handling increasingly complex care and greater responsibilities with professionalism and compassion.

Through HAP’s Hospital Improvement Innovation Network (HIIN) hospitals have the benefit of guidance from nurses and other health care professionals to share best practices about topics such as healthcare-associated infections. For additional information regarding involvement in patient safety initiatives available via HAP HIIN, please contact Robert Shipp, HAP’s vice president, quality and population health.

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