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2020: International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife

The World Health Assembly designated 2020 the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife.

The World Health Organization (WHO) and partners, including the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM), International Council of Nurses (ICN), Nursing Now and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), organized a year-long, global effort to celebrate the work of nurses and midwives — highlighting the challenging conditions they often face — and to advocate for increased investments in the nursing and midwifery workforce.

The American Association of Nurse Practitioners® (AANP) announced its participation at the beginning of 2020. AANP remains committed to building awareness of the role of nurses and advanced practice nurses (APNs) and continues its work to develop the next generation of nursing leaders through training and leadership opportunities.


Year of the Nurse and the Midwife Stories

As nurse practitioners (NPs), our unique voice and perspective was a large part of the Year of the Nurse and the Midwife celebration!

This digital, visual collection shares the activities and experiences of real NPs and APNs, who are working both here in the U.S. and internationally. Reflect on 2020 by reading their stories, from serving on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic to supporting the development of APN roles and performing community service abroad. You'll soon see that all around the world, NPs are stepping up to deliver health care and health education.


Year of the Nurse Information and Resources

About the Nursing Now Campaign

Nursing Now is a global campaign to improve health by raising the status and profile of nursing. It was developed in response to the findings of the Triple Impact report, which concluded that, as well as improving health globally, empowering nurses would contribute to improved gender equality and stronger economies. The campaign ran until the end of 2020 and honored the 200th anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth.

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The Nightingale Challenge

During the Year of the Nurse and the Midwife, the Nightingale Challenge equipped and empowered the next generation of nurses and midwives as leaders, practitioners and advocates in health. The Nightingale Challenge asked every health employer around the world to provide leadership and development training for a group of their young nurses and midwives during 2020.

How AANP Participated

AANP accepted several nurses from countries with emerging NP or advanced practice roles into its International Ambassador Program. The program goals include mentorship, networking with other ambassadors and AANP leaders, sharing insight and new perspectives of NP care and creating strategies to accelerate role development in the participants' countries. AANP recognized the 2020 ambassadors at AANPconnect: an online conference experience.

AANP also recommitted to its partnership with the United Nations Foundation, training NPs to become Shot@Life Champions and advocate for global childhood immunization programs to combat vaccine-preventable illness around the world. By attending AANPconnect: An Online Conference Experience, NPs could participate in a live training session and become a Shot@Life Champion.

Learn About the Nightingale Challenge