Celebrate the Year of the Nurse and Midwife and its global purpose

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The Year of the Nurse and Midwife recognition has reached new levels of importance in recent months.

It’s ironic that the COVID-19 pandemic has been front and center on the worldwide stage for the first and second quarter of the World Health Organization’s year-long effort to create awareness about the important work of nurses and midwives.

The Year of the Nurse and the Midwife highlights the challenging conditions they face and advocates for more investment in global nursing and midwifery workforces.

Pamela F. Cipriano, RN

The WHO’s 2020 designation is monumental for nursing, according to Pamela F. Cipriano, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, first vice president of the International Council of Nurses and past president of the American Nurses Association.

“It’s really the first time that this has been done to give worldwide recognition to the role nurses and midwives play and really talk about why it’s important to raise their profile and invest in the nursing workforce,” said Cipriano, who also is Sadie Heath Cabaniss Professor and Dean at the University of Virginia School of Nursing in Charlottesville.

A global look at nursing

A fundamental part of naming 2020 as the Year of the Nurse and the Midwife was to launch the State of the World’s Nursing Report, which happened in early April. This is the first global look at the status of the nursing workforce, according to Cipriano.

The State of the World’s Nursing Report’s main objective is to support policy dialogue necessary for advocating on behalf of greater national and regional investment in the nursing workforce, said Silvia Helena De Bortoli Cassiani, PhD, RN, MSc, Pan American Health Organization and WHO regional adviser for nursing in the Region of the Americas.

infection control - Silvia Helena De Bortoli Cassiani, RN

Silvia Helena De Bortoli Cassiani, RN

Cassiani said the report will include a detailed analysis of regional and global data and policies and recommendations for strengthening nursing to achieve universal access to health and universal health coverage along with the sustainable development goals.

“The nurses around the world will join virtually in the presentation of the report directly to WHO,” Cassiani said. “However the policy dialogue that will come after the launch of the report will be the main outcome of this year and years to come. In the Americas, the Pan American Health Organization is planning to highlight the main results of the report and divulgate tools, materials and to cooperate with the national government chief nursing officers to conduct the policy dialogue around investments in nursing.”

Having the data and a plan is important for global healthcare and to achieve WHO’s goal of universal health coverage by 2030. Universal health coverage does not mean what U.S. nurses might think, based on the American system of care, according to Cipriano.

“It has nothing to do with insurance,” Cipriano said.

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