By Jane W. Ball, DrPH, MPH, RN
An important global health care focus is the declaration by the World Health Organization (WHO) that 2020 is the Year of the Nurse and the Midwife. This declaration was timed to honor the 200th birth anniversary of Florence Nightingale. To accompany the declaration, the WHO is leading the development of the first-ever State of the World’s Nursing report, and it is a partner in the State of the World’s Midwifery 2020 report.
The mission of the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing (JHSON) is to improve the health of individuals and diverse communities locally and globally through leadership and excellence in nursing education, research, practice, and service. Information from these reports will be very enlightening for the school as it plans education programs and opportunities for students in the future.
JHSON has been designated as a WHO Collaborating Center. The Global Alliance for Nursing and Midwifery is a joint project sponsored by the Pan American Health Organization and the WHO Collaborating Center for Nursing Knowledge, Information Management & Sharing at JHSON. The Global Alliance for Nursing and Midwifery supports a multitude of communities of practice, webinars, blogs, and a library that cover health and development topics aiming to build the capacity of nurses and midwives to improve the health of communities across the lifespan. Many communities host online discussions, feed an online library of resources, and connect persons creating change in all latitudes of the world.
The Year of the Nurse and the Midwife is a major opportunity for JHSON to be actively engaged in promoting nursing and midwifery on a global level.
Please look for special opportunities throughout the year to celebrate the Year of the Nurse and the Midwife.
Pictured at top: Students, alumni, and faculty mingle at a Johns Hopkins School of Nursing event.
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