2020: Year of the Nurse and Midwife

2020 has been named The International Year of the Nurse and Midwife by the World Health Organisation (WHO). This is to highlight the need for more nurses and midwives to meet global demand. The year also marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale – the world’s most famous nurse!

According to the WHO, nurses and midwives account for nearly 50 percent of the global health workforce. The WHO also estimates the world will need an extra 9 million nurses and midwives by 2030 to reach ‘Sustainable Development Goal 3’ which is to ensure healthy lives and promote wellbeing for all.

Here at Monash Health, our nurses and midwives consistently provide safe, high-quality and timely health care to our patients and community. Currently we have over 7,500 nurses and midwives working across our 42 campuses, with an additional 400 graduates starting this month!

Monash Health would like to acknowledge and thank all nurses and midwives for the vital role that you play, and your commitment to providing excellent health care experiences each and every day.

Stay tuned for details on the celebrations and events throughout the year including regular interviews with some of our awesome nurses and midwives from across the organisation.

To learn more about 2020 Year of the Nurse and Midwife visit:

To acknowledge and nominate an exceptional Monash Health nurse or midwife for the 2020 Monash Health Nursing and Midwifery Awards and Scholarships (NAMAS) visit: https://mhinews.monashhealth.org/nominations-and-applications-now-open-for-namas-2020/

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