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Nurses globally, in New Zealand and across our region are coming together to celebrate the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife.

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

Focussing on nurses and midwives will give greater understanding of the integral part nurses play in New Zealanders’ health care.

The celebrations are a chance to:

Nurses and midwives play a vital role in providing health services. They devote their lives to caring for mothers and children; giving lifesaving immunizations and health advice; looking after older people and generally meeting everyday essential health needs. They are often, the first and only point of care in their communities. The world needs 9 million more nurses and midwives if it is to achieve universal health coverage by 2030. (Information provided by the World Health Organisation).

For people who need health care, nurses and midwives often play a crucial role in their wellbeing and recovery?

Another part of the celebrations is the Nightingale Challenge, named after Florence Nightingale. The challenge is asking every health employer around the world to provide leadership and development training for a group of their young nurses next year. HVDHB have signed up to participated as we look at supporting leadership aspirations.

How to get involved:

  • Get on social media. Add a frame to your facebook picture. Posts pictures of you at work and your colleagues and use one the hashtags: #SupportNursesAndMidwives #Nurses2020 or #midwives2020  #nursingnow
  • Add the logo to your email and show your support for our nurses and midwives.
  • Take part in events at your workplace or public events that are promoted to support our teams.

 As we reflect on the mahi of nurses and midwives, we take inspiration from this whakataukī:

“Titiro whakamuri kōkiri whakamua – Look back and reflect so you can move forward.”

In so doing we honour our ancestors and learn from past mistakes.