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International Year of the Nurse and Midwife

YNAM2020 is Florence Nightingale’s bicentennial year, designated by the World Health Organisation as the first ever global Year of the Nurse and Midwife. Nurses and midwives make up the largest numbers of the NHS workforce. They are highly skilled, multi-faceted professionals from a host of backgrounds that represent our diverse communities. 2020 is our time to reflect on these skills, the commitment and expert clinical care they bring, and the impact they make on the lives of so many. This year is also an opportunity to say thank you to the professions; to showcase their diverse talents and expertise; and to promote nursing and midwifery as careers with a great deal to offer.

Chief Nursing Officer for England, Ruth May welcomes in 2020 as the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife, and the opportunity to celebrate, and raise the profile and reputation of the professions in England.

Find out more by visiting the NHS International Year of the Nurse and Midwife website

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