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7 important events happening in 2020
Keep these milestones in mind as we journey through the year
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As we celebrate National Nurses Week 2020, here are some other noteworthy dates happening this year.
By Barry Bottino
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April 7
State of the World’s Nursing Report launch — To honor World Health Day in April, The World Health Organization released the first report of its kind about nursing. In partnership with the International Council for Nurses and NursingNow,
the report
highlights how nurses will deliver universal health coverage and what the WHO termed sustainable development goals, along with areas of policy development.
APRIL
MAY
May 10-16
National Skilled Nursing Care Week — The week-long celebration was previously known as National Nurse Home Week. It was established in 1967 by the American Health Care Association to recognize healthcare professionals that care for America’s elderly.
May 12
Florence Nightingale’s
200th birthday — The Lady with the Lamp will be recognized this year on the 200th anniversary of her birth. During the Crimean War, she cared for British and allied troops in Turkey and became the foundation of modern nursing.
A
new exhibit
of 200 different items, including the lamp she carried at night while visiting patients, is part of a new exhibit at the Nightingale Museum in London.
JUNE
The U.S. Senate is scheduled to be in session for the entire month of June. One of the bills under consideration is
HR 1309
, the Workplace Violence Prevention for Health Care and Social Service Workers Act. The bill passed the House with bipartisan support, 251-158, in November. Now, will the Senate take action to protect nurses and healthcare workers?
OCTOBER
ENA turns 50: Fifty years ago this month, the
Emergency Nurses Association
was formed. At that time, however, it was known as the Emergency Department Nurses Association.
DECEMBER
December 1-7
National Hand Washing Awareness Week — Now more than ever, sharing proper tips with patients, friends and family is important. The bottom line is washing our hands can keep us safe and healthy.
COMING SOON
The
Future of Nursing 2020-2030
: Following up on the landmark 2010-2020 report “The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health,” another edition is coming, according to the National Academy of Medicine.
“This new report is going to be about the role of nurses in addressing social determinants and health inequities in our country,” Susan Hassmiller, PhD, RN, FAAN, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s senior adviser for nursing, told
HealthLeaders Media
.
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