The Year of the Nurse

The American Nurses Association has deemed 2020 as the Year of the Nurse, following the World Health Organization’s designation of this year as the Year of the Nurse and Midwife.

Announcing the initiative, ANA President and UNC School of Nursing adjunct faculty member Ernest J. Grant, PhD, RN, FAAN noted, “As the largest group of health care professionals in the U.S. and the most trusted profession, nurses are with patients 24/7 and from the beginning of life to the end. Nurses practice in all healthcare settings and are filling new roles to meet the ever-growing demand for health and health care services…Despite the major role nurses play in health care delivery and community outreach, there are opportunities to increase understanding of the value of nursing in order to expand investment in education, practice and research, as well as increase the numbers of nurses who serve in leadership positions.”

The World Health Organization(WHO) has recommended adding 9 million nurses and midwives worldwide to meet global healthcare needs, but adding nurses to the workforce isn’t the only priority. Backed by WHO, the Nursing Now initiative, now in its final year, is taking action to “raise the status and profile of nursing”, promoting the important idea that “nurses have an even greater role to play in the healthcare of tomorrow.”

We are proud to highlight how, as current and future Carolina Nurses, our faculty, alumni, and students are moving nursing forward in 2020. When we say we are first in nursing, we mean that Carolina Nursing strives to be at the forefront of educating nurse leaders, translating research into practice, and advocating for the expanding role of the nurse – efforts aimed at advancing health for all in our state and beyond.

Join us in celebrating nurses, this year and every year.