Celebrating 2020 as the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife.

Health System Marks International Event

UR Medicine Thompson Health joins the global community in celebrating 2020 as the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife. 

The designation coincides with the 200th anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth, as well as the World Health Organization (WHO) development of the first State of the World’s Nursing report.

“As a doctoral graduate of the Florence Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery at the University of London’s Kings College and as someone who has held a number of nursing positions in both the U.K. and the United States, I’m incredibly excited to see nurses and midwives celebrated in this way and I am looking forward to related events at Thompson throughout 2020,” said Vice President of Patient Care Services/CNO Hazel Robertshaw, who on Jan. 6 joined other members of Thompson’s nursing leadership team in handing out Year of the Nurse & Midwife buttons at Thompson Hospital and the adjacent M.M. Ewing Continuing Care Center.

According to the WHO, the NursingNow! Campaign, a three-year effort to improve health globally by raising the status of nursing, will culminate in 2020 by supporting country-level dissemination and policy dialogue around the report.

Among the key facts presented by the WHO in conjunction with the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife:

  • Nurses and midwives account for nearly 50% of the global health workforce.
  • There is a global shortage of health workers, in particular nurses and midwives, who represent more than 50% of the current shortage in health workers.
  • The largest needs-based shortages of nurses and midwives are in South East Asia and Africa.

Thompson Health currently employs more than 450 RNs and LPNs throughout its health system. In addition, three certified nurse-midwives practice with the Obstetrics-Gynecology Department of Thompson’s Canandaigua Medical Group.

For more information about the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife, click on this link: https://www.who.int/campaigns/year-of-the-nurse-and-the-midwife-2020