2020: the year of the nurse!

Tuesday, 26 February, 2019

At a recent meeting,  the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) announced that 2020 will the Year of the Nurse, celebrating nursing and midwifery! The proposal was formally put forward at the meeting by a representative from Jamaica, supported by representatives from Australia and Eswatini. The Executive Board burst into spontaneous applause when it was announced.

This is certainly exciting news for nurses.

2020 was chosen as this is the 200th anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth and also the culmination of the Nursing Now Campaign. More information on the WHO EB is available at http://apps.who.int/gb/e/e_eb144.html


This is great news for Nurses, including Immunology Nurses. We look forward to seeing changes and progress ahead.


  • Ann Gardulf - 21st March 2019

    This is really great! How can we use this to promote the impöortance of Immunology Nurses?

    All the best!

    • Geraldine Dunne - 25th March 2019

      Thanks for your comment Ann.
      We agree: it’s great news.
      We are busy planning for the Brussels meeting currently but perhaps we can start taking suggestions from our members at that meeting and ooutside, to discover ways in which we might work together and also perhaps with other organisations to promote the important role Immunology nurses undertake.

  • Amena Warner - 24th March 2019

    Nursing is one of the most precious resources the world has. The compassionate giving of ones time, energy and expertise to another individual in order to be able to help them on their health journey is what makes Nurses so special. It is brilliant news that the WHO is celebrating this with Nurses

    • Geraldine Dunne - 25th March 2019

      Well said and Hear Hear Amena


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