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2020 has been designated by the World Health Organization (WHO) the year of the nurse and midwife for the first time. According to the WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, “these two health professions are invaluable to the health of people everywhere”. He noted that 2020 will be dedicated to highlighting the significant contributions of nurses and midwives, and to ensuring that the shortage of these vital professions are addressed.

On April 7th 2020 the WHO will launch the first State of the World’s Nursing Report, to describe the nursing workforce around the world, including number and types of nurses, education, regulation, leadership and gender issues, highlighting areas for policy development.

This year is also the 200th birth anniversary of Florence Nightingale, the pioneer of modern nursing and a true leader who still inspires us today. For ESPNIC, it is also an opportunity to recognize past and present leaders and showcase the contributions of nurses to the health of critically ill neonates and children in Europe. 

For this reason, ESPNIC has launched a dedicated campaign for the Year of the Nurse and Midwife which includes various activities showcasing the great influence and impact nurses have within the field of paediatric and neonatal intensive care. 

Find more information about the campaign - read here.