The World Health Organisation has designated 2020 the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife in honour of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale.
Save the date, 12 May, because on the International Day of the Nurse we will celebrate the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife with a parade of nurses and midwives from across Victoria ending at Fitzroy Gardens and a family festival.
The International Year of the Nurse and Midwife will also mark the culmination of Nursing Now, a three-year global campaign to improve health by raising the profile and status of nursing worldwide. Run in collaboration with the World Health Organisation and the International Council of Nurses, Nursing Now’s aims are to:
- ensure that nurses and midwives have a more prominent voice in health policy-making
- encourage greater investment in the nursing workforce
- recruit more nurses into leadership positions
- conduct research that helps determine where nurses can have the greatest impact
- share best nursing practices.
The program of the ANMF (Vic Branch) Australian Nurses and Midwives Conference, 10 and 11 September 2020, will focus on the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife.