Why is 2020 designated as the Year of the Nurse?
The World Health Assembly, the governing body of the World Health Organization (WHO), designated 2020 as the Year of the Nurse and Midwife to advance nurses’ vital position in transforming health care around the world. It also is in honor of the 200th anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth.
This declaration is an extension of work initiated by the Nursing Now campaign to elevate the profession and ensure nurses are leading efforts to improve health and health care. ANA Enterprise is leading Nursing Now USA along with the Chief Nurse, U.S. Public Health Service; the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill; and the University of Washington, School of Nursing.
Is Year of the Nurse an initiative launched by ANA?
No. The World Health Assembly, the governing body of the WHO, designated 2020 as the Year of the Nurse and Midwife. This global call to action clearly resonates with a need for action at the country level. As the largest group of health care professionals in the U.S. and members of the most trusted profession, nurses practice in all health care settings and assume new roles to meet the ever-growing demand for health care services.
If this is a World Health Organization initiative, what is ANA’s role?
This global call to action clearly resonates with a need for action at the country level. The Year of the Nurse offers a platform to recognize all nurses, as they excel, lead and innovate wherever they practice. This focus will raise the visibility of the nursing profession in policy dialogue and lead to greater investment in the development and increased capacity of the nursing workforce.
Why is ANA calling 2020 the Year of the Nurse, not the Year of the Nurse and Midwife as designated by WHO?
In the U.S., nurses engage in a wide range of roles and specialties, which is why ANA Enterprise chose to promote 2020 as the “Year of the Nurse.” Our goal is to encourage inclusivity and wide engagement of all nurses, including nurse midwives, in this landmark year of activities.
What does ANA Enterprise hope will be the impact of the Year of the Nurse on the nursing profession and nurses in the U.S.?
The Year of the Nurse offers a platform to recognize all nurses as they excel, lead and innovate wherever they practice. ANA Enterprise hopes this focus on nursing will raise the visibility of the nursing profession in policy dialogue and spur expanded investment in education, practice and research, as well as increase the number of nurses who serve in leadership positions.
What are ANA’s goals for the Year of the Nurse?
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.
How will ANA Enterprise engage in the Year of the Nurse?
As a first step, ANA Enterprise recently announced we will extend National Nurses Week, traditionally celebrated from May 6 to May 12, each year to a month-long celebration in May to expand opportunities to elevate and celebrate nursing.
Throughout the year, 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. We also look forward to working with partner organizations to communicate a contemporary and accurate view of nurses and the critical work they do, as well as challenge boards and other influencers to commit to nursing and nursing leaders in order to improve the nation’s health.
Why is ANA announcing a Nurses Month instead of Nurses Week in 2020?
Despite the major role nurses play in health care delivery and community outreach, there is still a need to increase understanding of the value of nursing. In 2020, ANA Enterprise is extending National Nurses Week to a month-long celebration to expand opportunities to elevate and celebrate nursing.
The theme for 2020 is Nurses Month: You Make a Difference. Each week will have a difference focus:
Will Nurses Month replace Nurses Week?
While the effort to give nurses a day or week in their honor started in the early 1950s, there was not an officially recognized National Nurses Week until 1993, when the American Nurses Association declared May 6 to 12 the permanent week. Nearly 30 years later, nurses practice in all health care settings and are filling new roles to meet the ever-growing demand for health care services. We see the evolution from Nurses Week to Nurses Month as a meaningful way to expand recognition of nurses’ vital position in transforming health care.
What activities is ANA Enterprise planning for the Year of the Nurse?
A cross-departmental team is planning activities to engage and celebrate nurses throughout the year. Currently we are designing a dedicated ANA Enterprise Year of the Nurse web page, which will launch by the end of this year. The website will foster engagement, provide updates on activities and offer a platform for nurses to share stories.
Is there a specially designed logo for the Year of the Nurse?
Yes. ANA Enterprise developed a logo to use for its Year of the Nurse activities. The logo is available as part of a downloadable toolkit. Download Resource Toolkit
How can I use the Year of the Nurse logo?
ANA Enterprise plans to make its Year of the Nurse logo available as part of a downloadable toolkit (under construction as part of its web page), allowing organizations to use its Year of the Nurse logo in their celebrations and activities only. If an organization wishes to cobrand the official ANA Enterprise Year of the Nurse logo with its organization’s logo, we will provide a digital template, brand guidelines and instructions on the web page. Organizations and individuals must not alter the logo in any way or use it for the production of T-shirts, mugs, key chains, pins, or other gift and promotional items.
What is the Nightingale Challenge?
Launched in June 2019 by Nursing Now, the Nightingale Challenge is a global initiative that aims to galvanize nurses into leadership and development opportunities both in and outside health care. It asks every employer of nurses and midwives to provide leadership and development training to 20 nurses and midwives who are 35 or younger during 2020 Year of the Nurse and Midwife. The goal is participation from at least 1,000 global employers, with 20,000 nurses and midwives benefiting from this challenge. Employers can choose how they respond to the Nightingale Challenge, but programs must include opportunities for personal development and to learn about leadership and the wider organization, but focus beyond clinical work. Program opportunities could include formal courses, mentoring and shadowing professionals in other departments.
Ultimately, the success of this initiative requires employers and other industry leaders to collaborate in creating exciting and meaningful opportunities for nurses to learn and grow professionally.