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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). And what a year it has been!

A worldwide pandemic has changed so much about our daily lives – requiring social distancing, mask-wearing and online education – as health care professionals strive to treat and cure acutely ill patients with the novel coronavirus.

The UTHSC College of Nursing salutes all nurses on the front lines of the health care response to this pandemic, and we are so proud of the nurse leadership demonstrated by our faculty and students in these challenging times.

Our own nursing instructor, Terri Stewart, MSN, RN, was tapped to serve as chief nursing officer (CNO) of the Alternate Care Facility being developed in Memphis to handle a surge in COVID-19 patients. She has been integral to the planning and development of this 401-bed facility and will provide vital nurse leadership if the site opens. Read more here.

Our students have served at the epicenter of the crisis, answering the call to serve by the New York City mayor when that city was at the height of its COVID-19 surge. Read one student’s story here.

Our students and faculty have responded generously as volunteers to ensure free COVID-19 testing in the community. Read more here.

Our Dean Wendy Likes, PhD, DNSc, APRN-Bc, FAANP, is one of the principal investigators in a national nursing study that measures the impact of expanded autonomy for advanced practice registered nurses during the pandemic. Learn more here.

And we know that so many of our alumni are serving on the front lines daily in the communities where the live, changing lives one patient at a time. We are so proud of all nurses during this International Year of the Nurse and Midwife. Nurses change lives!

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.

Honoring All Nurses on the Front Lines

Dr. Diana Dedmon and DNP student

Dr. Diana Dedmon, DNP, FNP-BC, director of clinical affairs for the UTHSC College of Nursing, and DNP student Fatina Caldwell volunteer at a targeted testing site run by Christ Community Health Services in Hickory Hill. ABout 77 nursing students and faculty members have volunteered more than 780 hours to help ensure COVID-19 testing in the community. 

Nursing instructor Terri Stewart and Dr. Diane Pace

UTHSC nursing instructor Terri Stewart, MSN, RN, and Dr. Diane Pace, professor and director of special academic programs (right), sort supplies delivered to the Alternate Care Facility for COVID-19 being developed in the former Commercial Appeal Building. Stewart was tapped to serve as chief nursing officer of the facility.

Last Published: Jul 10, 2020