Editorial

2020: the year we can raise the profile of nurses worldwide

International Year of the Nurse and Midwife begins with a successful industrial action in Northern Ireland  
Nurses taking industrial action in Northern Ireland

International Year of the Nurse and Midwife begins with successful industrial action in Northern Ireland

2020, the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife, marks the culmination of Nursing Now , the three-year global campaign to improve health by raising the profile and status of nursing worldwide.

The campaign has five core areas, the first of which is ensuring that nurses have a more prominent voice in health policymaking.

Evidence of nursings potential to realise this global aim lies at home. Im referring to the striking nurses in Northern Ireland who have secured long-overdue promises on pay and safe staffing.

Inextricably linked to these phenomenal developments, stemming from the

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International Year of the Nurse and Midwife begins with successful industrial action in Northern Ireland

Nurses taking industrial action in Northern Ireland
RCN Northern Ireland director Pat Cullen (centre in green) with nurses taking industrial action. Picture: Press Association

2020, the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife, marks the culmination of Nursing Now, the three-year global campaign to improve health by raising the profile and status of nursing worldwide.

The campaign has five core areas, the first of which is ensuring that nurses have a more prominent voice in health policymaking.

Evidence of nursing’s potential to realise this global aim lies at home. I’m referring to the striking nurses in Northern Ireland who have secured long-overdue promises on pay and safe staffing.

Inextricably linked to these phenomenal developments, stemming from the first strikes in the 103-year history of the college, has been the restoration of power sharing in Northern Ireland for the first time in three years as part of the New Decade, New Approach deal.

Nurses have shown courage and determination

According to RCN Northern Ireland director Pat Cullen: ‘There is no doubt that the courage and determination shown by nurses, alongside the unwavering support of patients and the public, has been instrumental in bringing us to where we are today.’

What a way to start #Nurses2020; what an example of nurses successfully using their skills and strength to demand practical benefits for themselves and service users, and for wider society.

But the nursing profession has more ways to achieve change at its disposal than front-line industrial action, for example through publication to articulate its value and its relevance to building a better society.

David Benton and colleagues argue in the latest online first Nursing Management article, Exploring the influence of the nursing and medical professions on policy and politics: ‘There are multiple opportunities for nursing scholars to accelerate their output to inform evidence-based advocacy, and influence policy and politics. These endeavours will increase their potential to inform future healthcare.’

Use such opportunities in 2020, the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife; RCNi is here to help

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