Fri 20 Mar 2020

International Year of the Nurse and Midwife

2020 is the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife, a major global effort to highlight an acute shortage of crucial health workers. 

Appointed by the World Health Organisation, this year-long celebration provides an opportunity to recognise the work that our nurses and midwives do each day to improve the lives of others.

Throughout the year, WITT will profile nurses, from students to regional leaders, giving our community and insight into their world and the important jobs they do.

Dr Ruth Crawford, Director of WITT’s School of Nursing, Health and Wellness says WITT plans to make a splash in Taranaki for the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife. 

“We’re excited to promote the work our nurses do. From student nurse to educator to nursing manager or hospital CEO, nursing is a critical part of our society and a role that needs wider recognition,” she said.

Ruth completed her own nursing education in Canterbury in the late 1970s and went on to work in acute medical, drug and alcohol rehabilitation and paediatric nursing.

According to the Ministry of Health, nurses working throughout New Zealand make up the largest health workforce in the country. There are more than 56,000 nurses in the health workforce, making a difference every day to the lives all New Zealanders.

“WITT plays an important role in the development of quality nurses for our region and our graduates are also working across New Zealand and the world,” Ruth said.

For the past three years, WITT’s final year nurses have achieved 100 per cent in the national State Final Examinations.

Nurses are the people who devote their lives to caring for mothers and children; giving lifesaving immunisations and health advice, looking after older people and generally meeting everyday essential health needs.

Ruth said they are often the first and only point of care in their communities.

“I’m dedicated to ensuring the WITT Bachelor of Nursing programme produces nurses who are competent to work in a wide range of nursing careers, from the acute hospital to aged care, to rural nursing.

“At WITT we’re passionate about ensuring nursing graduates have the skills they need to provide quality, competent, evidence-based nursing care, ready to work as part of a wider health care team.”

The purpose of the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife is to raise the profile of the careers and help to reduce the shortage of critical health workers across the globe.

“We need to tell the world what an amazing career nursing and midwifery is,” she said. “And that is what this year is all about.”