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About Year of the Nurse

ANA Enterprise 2020 Initiatives / About Year of the Nurse

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Year of the Nurse 2020. Excel. Lead. Innovate. ANA Enterprise.

Globally, the nursing profession is celebrating a milestone in 2020, as the World Health Organization declares it the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife in honor of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale.

Here in the United States, the American Nurses Association (ANA), the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), and the American Nurses Foundation — the family of organizations comprising the ANA Enterprise — will celebrate the Year of the Nurse by engaging with nurses, thought leaders, and consumers in a variety of ways that promote nursing excellence, infuse leadership, and foster innovation.

ANA Enterprise will elevate and celebrate the essential, robust contributions of nurses in myriad ways. We will do this by engaging with nurses and showcasing a contemporary and accurate view of nurses and the critical work they do.

Our goal is to raise nurses’ visibility in policy dialogues at all levels and spur expanded investment in nursing education, practice and research, as well as increase the number of nurses who serve in leadership positions.