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2020 is the Year of the Nurse and Midwife

By 15 January 2020OET News

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has chosen 2020 to be the ‘Year of the Nurse and Midwife’. OET will honour our many nurses and all their hard work by collecting and sharing stories, running events and more.

The year 2020 was chosen because it coincides with the 200th anniversary of Florence Nightingale.

As the founder of modern nursing, Florence Nightingale managed and trained nurses during the Crimean War, where she was known as ‘The Lady with the Lamp’. On her return, she set out to professionalise the role of nursing. She established her own nursing school at St Thomas Hospital in London (now part of King’s College London).

One of WHO’s goals is to highlight the need for nine million more nurses and midwives to provide all people with access to healthcare by 2020. We play a crucial role in the upskilling and movement of nurses and midwives. We empower them to build their communication skills while providing nurses and midwives with the credentials they need to take their dream job!

Organisations from around the world are celebrating the ‘Year of the Nurse and Midwife’, including the Nursing and Midwifery Council, Australian Council of Nurses and the United Nations.

We will be collecting and sharing our stories from the OET Community to celebrate nurses and midwives from around the world. We want to celebrate the everyday heroes who staff our hospitals and look after our sick.

This tribute to nurses from writer, director and photographer Carolyn Jones encapsulates how we feel about nurses and midwives. It does a great job documenting and celebrating the work they do.