The World Health Organization declared 2020 the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife in recognition of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale to promote the nursing and midwifery professions and to elevate the public’s view of nurses and midwives and their contributions to the health of our communities.
Under the leadership of the University of Washington School of Nursing, and in partnership with the Washington Health Care Authority and Washington Center for Nursing, launched the Nursing Now initiative in Washington State. Our combined goals for supporting this work, include:
- Inspiring nurses and midwives to be proud of their profession by sharing the incredible stories and accomplishments of outstanding nurse leaders;
- Ensuring that nurses feel appreciated through events and strategic alignments that honor nurses and midwives;
- Enhancing the public’s understanding of the breadth and depth of what nurses and midwives do and the impact they have on the creation and preservation of healthy communities;
- Generating support for the nursing profession and increasing awareness of the many opportunities for future nurses or midwives