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), have 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.
As nurse practitioners (NPs), we have a unique voice and perspective to add to this celebration. The American Association of Nurse Practitioners® (AANP) is committed to building awareness of the role of nurses and advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) and is working to develop the next generation of nursing leaders through training and leadership opportunities. There are many initiatives planned throughout the year to celebrate international nursing and to insert the NP point of view into the discussion. AANP is pleased to announce its participation and encourages you to get involved as well!
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 runs until the end of 2020, the 200th anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth and a year when nurses will be celebrated worldwide as a result of the Year of the Nurse and the Midwife.
During the Year of the Nurse and the Midwife, the Nightingale Challenge aims to equip and empower the next generation of nurses and midwives as leaders, practitioners and advocates in health. The Nightingale Challenge asks every health employer around the world to provide leadership and development training for a group of their young nurses and midwives during 2020.
AANP is committed to accept 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 will host ambassadors at the 2020 National Conference in New Orleans.
AANP is also committed 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.
At the end of the year, AANP will produce a digital, visual collection to commemorate the Year of the Nurse and the Midwife. It will be comprised of AANP's Year of the Nurse and the Midwife activities and stories from real NPs about their experiences in international nursing.
Are you going or have you been on a humanitarian mission? Do you provide NP students with international learning opportunities? Have you done something else that relates to international nursing? Submit your stories or accomplishments below to be included in AANP's Year of the Nurse and the Midwife recap collection piece.