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2020 National Nursing Week: International Year of the Nurse & the Midwife 2020  •  May 11-17

Nurses: A Voice to Lead - Nursing the World to Health

National Nursing week is celebrated each year as a way to recognize the vital role nurses play in health and wellness. The theme, Nurses: A Voice to Lead - Nursing the World to Health. Developed by the International Council of Nurses (ICN) to showcase how nurses are central to addressing a wide range of health challenges. As ICN says, their goal is that theme will help raise the profile of the profession and attract a new generation to nursing. Additionally the World Health Organization (WHO) has designated 2020 as the Year of the Nurse and Midwife in honour of the 200th anniversary of Florence Nightingale's birth.

As the world grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic we are acutely aware of the daily impact that nurses have in the successful management of, response to and recovery from COVID-19. This year in particular we celebrate nurses as they continue to demonstrate leadership, commitment to service, and a focus on evidence-informed best practice in an effort to help combat the spread of the virus, while also caring for those directly affected by the illness.


#NNW - Michael Sandler

#ThankYou - Michael Sandler

#NNW - Teresa McFadyen

#NNW - Danielle Daigle

#NNW - Sally

#ThankYou - Sally Thorne

#ThankYou - Jacqollyne Keath

#NNW - Jacqollyne Keath

#ThankYou - Teresa McFadyen

How Can I Celebrate?

  • Invite your nursing colleagues to a potluck lunch, or a virtual potluck lunch to maintain social distancing, as a way to celebrate, network, and share.
  • Use #NursingMatters #IND2020 #Nurses2020 #NationalNursingWeek #SupportNursesandMidwives #YearoftheNurseandMidwife #YearoftheNurse on your social media accounts and consider a posting a story about your nursing career. Or, you may choose to share with us why you became a nurse. Tag @nnp_bc on Twitter and we'll retweet you!
  • Invite a nursing leader to present at your workplace or in your community.
  • Create a 'thank you nurses' board at your work and invite non-nursing staff and patients/clients to say thanks to the hard-working nurses.
  • Managers and leaders, show your thanks to the nurses you work with by writing personal notes of thanks to the nursing team.
  • Show your nursing pride! Wear your NNPBC 'Proud to be' lanyard and show the world you are proud to be a member of the nursing family.
  • Plan a lunch with a nursing colleague of a different designation (at a safe social distance!). Sit down with each other and talk about your work and what you do each day as a chance to bond and to learn from, with and about each other.

Indigenous Nurses Day - May 14, 2020


Statement on Indigenous Nurses Day
Diane StrongEagle Lingren LPN, NNPBC Indigenous Director

2020 Nursing Week Proclamation

click here to view the proclamation




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