Nurses and midwives play a vital role in providing health services. These are the people who devote their lives to caring for others, providing health advice, looking after our elderly, and generally providing everyday essential care to the community. For some they are the only point of care in their communities. But did you know that the world needs 9 million more nurses and midwives if it is to achieve universal health coverage by 2030.
This is why the World Health Organisation (WHO) has designated 2020 the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife – a year-long initiative to celebrate the work of nurses and midwives, highlight the challenging conditions they face, and advocate for increased investments in the nursing and midwifery workforce.
This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to showcase the invaluable role that nurses and midwives play, now and in the future. It is an opportunity for members to recognise their achievements and the achievements of their colleagues – to share experiences and celebrate wins. These can be on a small scale, such as being an advocate in their workplace, or on a large scale, such as volunteering to provide healthcare in a third world country.
In honor of International Women’s Day (IWD) and 2020 being the Year of the Nurse and Midwife, we are calling on your support for the health of Tasmanian women and women working in healthcare by getting involved in our Tassie Nightingales campaign.
By sharing your story, you are standing in solidarity with women everywhere working in female-dominated occupations such as nursing and midwifery. These women support our health systems and communities every day but often have their sacrifices and achievements overlooked as they put the care of others ahead of their own needs. We believe these women deserve respect, support, and recognition, and we hope that you will join us in celebrating them in a small way for the incredible work they do.
Ask yourself, do you know a nurse, midwife or care worker that is leading change in healthcare? Is your colleague initiating discussion that better the future of health? Have you experienced the warmth of a nurse going above and beyond? We are calling on YOU to tell us about it! Whether you are a nurse, midwife, care worker, healthcare professional, family member, friend or member of the community, you are invited to share with us.
For every story that we receive, the ANMF will donate $15 until we reach our target donation of $1,000 for Women’s Health Tasmania! Simply fill out the form below.