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Year of the nurse to celebrate profession

2020 marks International Year of the Nurse. File photo

Nurses in New Zealand will come together next year to celebrate the International Year of the Nurse.

2020 has been chosen by the World Health Organization as the International Year of the Nurse, coinciding with the 200th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale, one of the founders of modern nursing.

The Nursing Now movement, which coincides with the 2020 celebrations, is organised by the International Council of Nurses and is a worldwide campaign to raise the status and profile of nursing, through a growing social network of groups aiming to influence global and national policy.

The Ministry of Health's chief nursing officer Margareth Broodkoorn says it’s important to use the celebrations as a chance to profile the value of nurses and promote the profession as a great career opportunity.

Global indications are showing a decline in the health workforce of 18 million by 2030, which means over the next 12 years we will need 2000 more nurses everyday across the world.

 “It’s only natural that 2020 is shaping up to be another big year,” says Margareth.

“By the end of next year, the aim of the International Year of the Nurse and Nursing Now celebrations is to see more nurses in leadership and a greater understanding of the integral part nurses play in New Zealanders’ health care.

“For people who need health care, nurses often play a crucial role in their wellbeing and recovery. We need to continue to support our nurses to deliver the best care they can. We can do this by boosting workforce numbers, promoting leadership development and continuing to promote nursing as the thoroughly fulfilling profession it is,” she says.

The National Nursing Organisations Group, which represents nursing leaders from the major nursing entities in New Zealand, is coordinating the International Year of the Nurse and Nursing Now campaigns and there will be celebrations throughout the year.

"I am proud to be a nurse in New Zealand and to be part of this global movement to celebrate and promote nursing as a wonderful and rewarding career. I hope our health leaders, clinical colleagues, employers, and the community will want to celebrate with us too," says Margareth.

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Year of the nurse.

Posted on 29-12-2019 13:59 | By Val.M

Am very pleased to see that 2020 is being recognised to especially remember and therefore support, the valuable work our nurses are doing. They are so often rushed off their feet, but keep going! Thank you nurses.