2020: The Year of the Nurse

The World Health Assembly has designated 2020 the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife to honor of the 200th anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth and to advance nurses’ vital role in transforming health care around the world.

Listen to the Voice of Florence Nightingale

In the United States, the American Nurses Association is celebrating the Year of the Nurse by engaging with nurses, leaders, and partner organizations to promote nursing excellence and innovation as well as spotlight the critical work of nurses.

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Message from ANNA President ~ The Year of the Nurse

As we observe the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife in 2020 and National Nurses Month in May, ANNA President Lillian Pryor has an inspirational message to share with nephrology nurses.

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Year of the Nurse: Celebrating the 200th Anniversary of the Birth of Florence Nightingale

Nephrology Nursing Journal Editor-in-Chief Beth Ulrich reflects on Florence Nightingale's inspirational legacy for nurses and the nursing profession.

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WHO Releases State of the World's Nursing Report 2020

On April 7, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO), in partnership with the International Council of Nurses (ICN) and Nursing Now, issued the State of the World's Nursing Report 2020: Investing in Education, Jobs, and Leadership. Released as part of the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife, the report provides current evidence on the global nursing workforce, outlines gaps in the workforce, and identifies priority areas for investment in nursing education, jobs, and leadership to strengthen nursing around the world and improve health for all.

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WHO Press Release

Celebrate Nurses Week/Month in May

Each year, Nurses Week begins on May 6 and ends on May 12, Florence Nightingale's birthday.

Nurses Week Discounts & Deals

This year, ANA has expanded its annual recognition and celebration of nurses from a week-long event to a month-long observance. Each week during the month of May will have a specific focus:

May 1-9 ~ Self-Care 

View resources for mental health and well-being

May 10-16 ~ Recognition

Spotlighting Nephrology Nurses

May 17-23 ~ Professional Development

May 24-31 ~ Community Engagement

More about National Nurses Month

Celebrate with a Free Webinar ~ May 20

In honor of National Nurses Month, ANA will host a free webinar entitled "Magnify Your Voice — Use Storytelling to Advance Nursing" on May 20 at 1 pm ET. Carolyn Jones, noted master storyteller and award-winning filmmaker, will celebrate nurses and share techniques on how you as a nurse can share your unique story.

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ANNA Leaders in the Media

With nurses in the spotlight during Nurses Week and Nurses Month, ANNA leaders have had opportunities to share about the unique roles and contributions of nephrology nurses.
  • ANNA President Lillian Pryor was interviewed by Minority Nurse about the critical role of nephrology nurses during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read the article.
  • From the fascinating function of the human kidney to the evolving role of nephrology nurses and the future of kidney disease treatment, ANNA President Lillian Pryor chatted with Keith Carlson during an episode of The Nurse Keith Show. Listen to the podcast.
  • ANNA President-Elect David Walz was interviewed for a Nurse.com special Nurses Week issue on ways the multigenerational nursing workforce can learn from each other and work together. Read the article.