2020: Year of the Nurse and the Midwife

In January of 2019, the Executive Board of the World Health Organization (WHO) designated 2020 as the first ever “Year of the Nurse and the Midwife,” in honour of the 200th birth anniversary of Florence Nightingale, one of the founders of modern nursing.  

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director general of the WHO, acknowledged that both professions are invaluable to the health of the world’s population.

“While WHO recognizes their crucial role on a daily basis, 2020 will be dedicated to highlighting the enormous sacrifices and contributions of nurses and midwives, and to ensuring that we address the shortage of these vital professions,” he said.

UCalgary Nursing will be celebrating the year with a variety of activities. Stay tuned!


Florence Nightingale
Nightingale Challenge Stamp

UCalgary Nursing has accepted The Nightingale Challenge, an initiative of Nursing Now, a growing global movement that aims to improve health by raising the profile and status of nursing and midwifery. Learn more about Nursing Now

Members of the Holy Cross Hospital School of Nursing Alumni.

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2020 Year of the Nurse and the Midwife

Dr. Lorelli Nowell, MN'12, PhD'17

Dr. Lorelli Nowell, MN'12, PhD'17

Florence Nightingale's values, vision & voice still relevant

Lorraine Watson, BN’79, MEd’82, PhD

Dr. Lorraine Watson, BN’79, MEd’82, PhD

Nurse and educator tirelessly supported advances in nursing

Hafsah Syed, third-year nursing student

Hafsah Syed, third-year nursing student

Future RN believes in building community through stories

Bryce Boynton, MN'20

Bryce Boynton, MN'20

Foster leadership and make room for 'disruptive innovators,' says RN and master's student

Candace Cho, BN’20

Candace Cho, BN’20

New nurse plans to advocate for patients at bedside and beyond

Margarita Gil, BN’10

Margarita Gil, BN’10

Celebrate the nursing profession's positive global influence, says instructor

Dr. Sandra Davidson

Dr. Sandra Davidson

UCalgary Nursing dean reflects on 2020 with hope and clarity

Winnie Tam, BComm’05, BN’09

Winnie Tam, BComm’05, BN’09

'We don't need to compromise between quality care versus the business of health care' says clinical nurse educator

Bev Stevenson, BN'84

Bev Stevenson, BN'84

Staff nurse, Calgary’s Sexually Transmitted Infections Clinic

Harneek Kapoor

Harneek Kapoor

Fourth-year nursing student champions advocacy, student leadership and growth among his peers

Dr. Elaine McKiel

Dr. Elaine McKiel

UCalgary Nursing Professor Emerita and graduate of Calgary’s Holy Cross Hospital School of Nursing

Dr. Gwen McGhan

Dr. Gwen McGhan

Nursing assistant professor says we need to support and care for caregivers in senior care