Year of the Nurse and Midwife

2020 Blog Series

Frontline Perspectives

Check in with the Frontline Health Workers Coalition throughout 2020 for Frontline Perspectives, a multi-partner blog series showcasing the impact of nurses and midwives on the frontlines of care across the world.

Imelda Ngonyani and other nurses in Tanzania are making a key HIV prevention strategy more available. This is the first post in the FHWC’s Frontline Perspectives blog series for 2020: International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife.

Resources to read today

Published in BMC Nursing, this study of nursing in Ethiopia found that overall, 61% of nurses expressed satisfaction with their job. Significantly higher levels of satisfaction were found among female nurses, those older than 29 years, and those with more than 10 years of work experience. Hearing from and collaborating with nurses is vital as policymakers in Ethiopia and across the world design retention strategies for nurses.

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Nurses Shape the Future

Nurses, Doctors, Counselors—Everyone’s a Part of the Team in Guatemala

In the Western Highlands of Guatemala, nurses, doctors, counselors and community health workers form the backbone of a primary health care workforce bringing high-quality services to families in remote, hard-to-reach communities—improving care from before conception, to the day of birth, to a child’s fifth birthday and beyond.

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Hear from nurses

Nursing is challenging, highly scientific, diverse, innovative, and growing in opportunities that will put you on the path to nearly anywhere you want to go. Watch this video from Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing.

NursingNow’s Nightingale Challenge aims to equip and empower the next generation of nurses and midwives as leaders, practitioners and advocates in health. Watch more!

Hear from the International Council of Nurses’ Pamela Cipriano, ICN 1st Vice President, on the role of nurses in advocating in their public policy arenas.

Devex reports:

Private partners, private facilities: nurses vital to quality care

“With Manyata’s training, we are able to handle the baby with ease,” says nurse Rani Lakra. “We prepare for everything—what to do when the baby doesn’t cry, which position to put him in, how to suction him with the mouth. We now know the steps for handling these things.”

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Stories from the field

Leading by example

Nurse Maibam Ranita Devi’s hands-on management style has earned her the respect of her health center staff as well as the trust of the community she serves as a mid-level health care provider in India’s Imphal district.

A Tanzanian nurse sings a healthy tune!

Everyone is moving and grooving thanks to this Tanzanian nurse’s innovative family planning tune. Watch, sing along and, who knows, maybe even kick your shoes off and dance!

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Nurses lead Botswana’s drive to eliminate cervical cancer​

National self-collection effort puts prevention in women’s hands

The jacaranda tree in front of Madiba Clinigives shade, but not enoughEven before 9 a.m.women open red and blue umbrellas against a blazing Botswana sun. Nurse Senyana Galeage, a specialist in cervical cancer screening who visits this clinic once a month, will begin seeing patients soon, one by one, in private.  

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Midwives in the lead

ACNM works to support the practice of midwives by promoting accredited education, research, and advocacy that advances clinical excellence and the expansion of a diverse workforce. Take a look at the activities they’ve planned for 2020!

The International Confederation of Midwives envisions a world where every childbearing woman has access to a midwife’s care for herself and her newborn. Visit their website to learn more!