The World Health Organization has declared 2020 The Year of the Nurse and Midwife in honor of the 200th birth year anniversary of this amazing woman.
Here are the WHO goals for this year of recognition, "Nurses and midwives are essential to the achievement for universal heath coverage. This campaign is particularly important given that nurses and midwives constitute more than 50% of the health workforce in many countries, and also more than 50% of the shortfall in the global health workforce to 2030. Strengthening nursing will have the additional benefits of promoting gender equity, contributing to economic development and supporting other Sustainable Development Goals."
We can honor the work of Nurses in our communities by saying thank you for your service as we encounter them in healthcare settings. The Science of modern Nursing places it as one of the most difficult curriculum in higher education. Just to complete Nurses training takes heroic effort.
In the latest Gallop poll rating the public's' view of the most Honest and Ethical Professional Standards, Americans voted Nurses as 84%, outpacing all other professions. Nursing has earned the highest rating every year since 1976, with the exception of 2001 when firefighters received top ranking- and deservedly so.
One Nurse Universe, my memoir, can serve to illuminate the challenges and joys of nursing. Please recommend and share it to enlighten those who are not nurses and to inspire nurses to write and share their own stories during this Year of the Nurse.