2020 year for Nursing and Midwifery

17 December 2019

SouthSeas staff (L-R) Tule Tuinauvai and Irata Passi.

The first ever international year for nurses and midwives will be celebrated in 2020, endorsed by the World Health Organisation. Nurses globally, including New Zealand and the Pacific will join forces together next year to celebrate the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife and the global Nursing Now campaign.

The Nursing Now movement, which coincides with the 2020 celebrations, is organised by the International Council of Nurses and is a worldwide campaign to raise the status and profile of nursing through a growing social network of groups aiming to influence global and national policies.

SouthSeas Healthcare Clinic Nurses Team Leader Irata Passi says this will be a perfectly timed opportunity to honour the contribution of Pacific nurses to the community and New Zealand and promote the nursing profession as a great career opportunity.

“We would like to see more Pacific nurses in the profession, and also in leadership positions. Nurses contribute an important role in caring for our families and communities. We don’t want to take that for granted.”

“Next year should be a proactive year for all nurses to remind New Zealand about our service of care. This is also a good reminder for everyone to support our nurses to deliver the best care they can.”

For Pacific nurses, increasing workforce numbers is critical, along with promoting leadership development and mentorship to promote nursing as a thoroughly fulfilling profession.

This is where the Aniva programme, initiated by Pacific Perspectives in partnership with Whitireia New Zealand, contributed to leadership, with over 150 Pacific nurses and midwives having participated in the programme since 2012.

The programme was commissioned by the Ministry of Health and designed by Pacific Perspectives, led by one of SouthSeas’ founders Dr Debbie Ryan, to support Pacific nurses in developing the skills they need to deliver evidence-based healthcare to Pacific people and communities.

The Aniva programme has been delivering great results for Pacific nurses and midwives and the programmme supports the Pacific health workforce to further develop the knowledge, skills and abilities Pacific nurses need to deliver excellent health care to their communities.

A packed calendar kicks-off in the new year to celebrate the role of nurses and midwives around the world, as part of a worldwide movement to raise the profession’s profile, and to recognise the critical role they play in achieving universal health coverage.

“I am proud to be a Samoan and a Pacific nurse in New Zealand. 2020 is our year and I look forward to being part of a global movement to celebrate and promote nursing as a great and rewarding career,” says Irata.

2020 has been chosen by the World Health Organisation as the International Year of the Nurse, coinciding with the 200th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale, one of the founders of modern nursing.

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