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

Every May we focus on work our nurses and midwives do which will give greater understanding of the integral part nurses play in New Zealanders’ health care.

The celebrations are a chance for:

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

See the International Day of the Nurse and International Day of the Midwife websites.

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. 

This year the themes for 2021 are:

How to get involved:

Get on social media. Add a frame to your facebook picture. Posts pictures of you at work and your colleagues or use the hashtags: #IND2021

  • 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.