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International Year of the Nurse and Midwife

As the first college of nursing established in Tennessee, the UTHSC College of Nursing is taking the lead locally in recognizing 2020 as the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife, as declared by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Nurses change lives. That is one reason the WHO is recognizing this year, 2020, as the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife. The year marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale, long considered the mother of modern nursing.

During the second quarter of 2020, we will emphasize how nurses change live through leading research. The UTHSC College of Nursing has more funding from the National Institutes of Health than any other College of Nursin gin Tennessee. 

Globally, nurses and midwives account for nearly 50 percent of the health care workforce and are vital to any public health endeavor. During the current worldwide pandemic, the example of nurses changing lives throughout history through innovation, compassion and patient advocacy is especially inspiring.

In the 1950s, Sister Jean Ward made a difference in the lives of her patients by being observant and making an extra effort to do what she believed was best for the children in her care. 

A nurse in Great Britain, Sister Jean  would often take the babies in her care out to the hospital courtyard in their buggies for fresh air and sunshine. She had an intuition that sunshine was good for the jaundiced infants.  Upon her return to the nursery, she noticed that the yellowed skin of the babies had faded after exposure to sunlight. She shared her findings with physicians, sparking further research and paving the way for phototherapy treatment of infants suffering from jaundice.

Sister Jean Ward showed that nurses change lives by advocating for their patients.

“The trained nurse has become one of the great blessings of humanity, taking a place beside the physician and the priest.” – William Osler 

graphic of year of the nurse and midwife

The year 2020 is an international celebration of nursing. The World Health Organization (WHO) is leading the global recognition of the nursing profession. Learn more about the international recognition here.

The American Nurses Assocation (ANA) will highlight nursing nationally. Learn more about ANA efforts here.

The UTHSC College of Nursing is proud to lead the recognition of the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife in the Mid-South. Learn more about our legacy of leadership here.

Nurses change lives through leading research

Dr. Sarah Rhoads and HRSA team

Professor Sarah Rhoads, PhD, DNP, WHNP-BC, RNC-OB, FAAN, (right) leads a $2.8 million, four-year federal grant with the goal of improving the health of mothers and babies, Advanced Nursing Education Workforce for Healthy Delta Moms and Babies. This program will enhance education for nurse practitioner students and preceptors on maternal mortality, opioid use during pregnancy and neonatal abstinence syndrome. Students will participate in rural clinical experiences and use telehealth technology.

Dr. Ansley Stanfill in the lab

Associate Dean of Research Ansley G. Stanfill, PhD, RN, focuses her research on improving long-term outcomes for patients affected by neurological disease or injury. She is Principal Investigator of a $1.1M NIH grant in which she is developing a multivariate (using social, clinical, and genomic data) predictive model for long-term disability following subarachnoid hemorrhage in Caucasian and African-American  populations. 

Last Published: Mar 31, 2020