2020 Year of the Nurse and Midwife

The World Health Assembly has designated 2020 the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife. Nurses and midwives play a vital role in providing health services and the contribution nurses, perioperative nurses in particular, make to safe, good quality health care with successful outcomes is often overlooked and undervalued. Join ACORN in celebrating the work and achievements of nurses, highlighting the often challenging conditions they face on a daily basis and advocating for increased investment in the nursing workforce.

Internationally nurses are the people who devote their lives to caring for mothers and children, giving lifesaving immunisations and health advice, looking after older people and generally meeting everyday essential health needs. They are often the first and only point of care in their communities. The world needs nine million more nurses and midwives if it is to achieve universal health coverage by 2030.

Click on the links below to download International Year of the Nurse posters to display in your workplace.

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Key facts

  • There is a global shortage of health workers, in particular nurses and midwives who represent more than 50 per cent of the current shortage in health workers.
  • WHO estimates that the world will need an additional nine million nurses and midwives by the year 2030 for all countries to reach Sustainable Development Goal 3 on health and wellbeing.
  • Investing in nurses and midwives is good value for money. The report of the UN High Level Commission on Health Employment and Economic Growth concluded that investments in education and job creation in the health and social sectors result in a triple return of improved health outcomes, global health security and inclusive economic growth.
  • Nurses play a critical role in health promotion, disease prevention and delivering primary and community care. They provide care in emergency settings and will be the key to the achievement of universal health coverage.
  • Achieving health for all will depend on there being sufficient numbers of well-trained, educated, regulated and supported nurses and midwives who receive pay and recognition commensurate with the services and quality of care that they provide.
  • Globally, 70 per cent of the health and social workforce are women compared to 41 per cent in all employment sectors. Nursing and midwifery occupations represent a significant share of the female workforce.
  • Nurses and midwives are often the first and sometimes the only health professional that people see and the quality of their initial assessment, care and treatment is vital. They are also part of their local community – sharing its culture, strengths and vulnerabilities – and can shape and deliver effective interventions to meet the needs of patients, families and communities.