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Monday, January 04, 2010

2010: International Year of the Nurse


There is a familiar theme in the article by Tracey Boyd for Nursing Spectrum describing the valiant efforts of the grassroots movement to have 2010 Internationally declared the Year of the Nurse. Seeking a UN resolution is the brainchild of three nursing organizations: Sigma Theta Tau International, Nightingale Initiative for Global Health, and the Florence Nightingale Museum, London. The resolution’s mission is to “recognize the contributions of nurses globally and to engage nurses in the promotion of world health, including the U.N. [millennium development goals],” according to the website.

Nurses are on the frontlines of healthcare in the U.S. as well as every other country, so seeking recognition and support for the contributions of the profession of nursing in all societies is justified. Nurses are trusted professionals who altruistically serve their communities sharing knowledge, directing care and preventing illness. Promoting and expanding the influential roles nurses can integrate in their practice of health education to improve outcomes is long overdue.

This admirable international effort being actively promoted by nurse faculty and students at Adlephi University is a parallel in many ways to the growing national grass roots effort in the U.S. to establish an Office of the National Nurse. Both movements have the support of many nursing organizations and are actively supported by students, practicing nurses across all specialties, and retirees.

The National Nursing Network Organization (NNNO) has been coordinating a grassroots effort in the United States to establish an Office of the National Nurse since 2005. The NNNO is proud to support the global nursing community in their request to the United Nations to declare 2010 the Year of the Nurse. Nurses are logical partners to assist in the realization of each nation's health priorities and the UN Millennium Development Goals.

In the same way, nurses in the United States can be key advocates and providers to take action to move our nation's Healthy People 2020 Goals forward, identified leadership is key for both of these efforts to be successful. Many countries are fortunate to have an identified National Nurse who coordinates nursing action in support of global and national health priorities, and the U.S. deserves the same. With support of interested nurses everywhere, 2010 may be the year both these important campaigns are successful in enhancing the image and contributions of nurses.

To learn more, or to join the International Nurse of the Year Campaign, please visit www.nightingaledeclaration.net

The National Nursing Network Organization Team—Monday, January 04, 2010  

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