Celebrating the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife

We highlight the best of UK nursing every day, but this year the profession is receiving global recognition.

The World Health Organization has designated 2020 the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife.

Our coverage in this special year focuses on the image of nursing, nurses’ roles and their contribution around the world.

This year also marks the bicentenary of the birth of Florence Nightingale whose impact on nursing is being celebrated in many different countries.

The Nursing Standard Calendar

Follow all the important dates for 2020, the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife, on Nursing Standard's digital calendar.


Anne Marie Rafferty

Nursing Standard podcast: is Florence Nightingale a nursing icon? 

Professor of nursing policy Anne Marie Rafferty discusses her legacy

illustration shows planet earth in colours suggesting parts are flooded, others are overheated

Climate change is a global issue, but nurses see its effects close-up

Health threats from global warming make the need to end the nurse shortage extra-urgent

Florence Nightingale Foundation logo

Florence Nightingale Foundation’s new academy will develop nurse leaders

Initiative aims to influence health policy and promote an evidence-based culture

illustration shows nurses in a variety of practice scenarios, showing how skilled and diverse the profession is

Yes, of course nursing is more than a ‘job for nice women’ – but tell that to the public

The image of nursing as women’s (low-skilled) work continues to hamper recruitment

Prime minister Boris Johnson speaking to a patient on a ward, accompanied by healthcare staff

The voice of nurses has never been stronger, says the RCN’s new director for England

The voice of nurses has never been stronger, and we must use it to ensure election promises...

Image of a nurse holding a speech bubble that contains a picture depicting a nursing task. How nurses describe their profession has an impact on the way policymakers, politicians and the public perceive the role

Have you ever described yourself as ‘just a nurse’?

How people talk about nursing can diminish its value – here’s what you can do differently

The Scottish national nursing uniform uses different shades of blue to differentiate between roles

Patients are confused by inconsistent nurses’ uniforms – and they’re not alone

Why nurses favour a UK-wide standardised uniform that makes clear who does what

Readers’ panel: Is nursing being held back by outdated public perceptions?

A recent survey found that public perceptions of nursing are putting people off joining the...

Howard Catton

Let’s make 2020 our chance to push for more nurse funding

Year of the Nurse and Midwife presents an opportunity to advance the profession

Florence Nightingale

Florence Nightingale: Why the founder of modern nursing is still important

Nursing Standard takes an interactive look at Florence Nightingale's legacy...

L-R: chief nursing officers Fiona McQueen (Scotland), Ruth May (England), Jean White (Wales) and Charlotte McArdle (Northern Ireland). Nursing takes centre stage in 2020, which is designated the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife by the WHO.

Shine a light on the role of nurses in 2020

A look at events in nursing in 2020, the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife