In the news: 2010 could be the international year of the nurse

HCPro's Weekly Update on the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®*, December 29, 2009

Next year marks the 100th anniversary of Florence Nightingale's death, and Holly Shaw, RN, PhD, assistant professor at Adelphi University in Garden City, NY, and her students are committed to making 2010 the international year of the nurse. Shaw and her students recently attended the Human Rights Day 2009 at the United Nations (UN) where they first heard about the idea.

The idea originated from three places: Sigma Theta Tau International, Nightingale Initiative for Global Health, and the Florence Nightingale Museum in London. The aim to have 2010 designated as the year of the nurse is to both recognize nurses around the world and to help promote the UN's eight millennium development goals.

The UN created the eight millennium development goals in 2000, hoping that by 2015 more people will be aware of issues surrounding health, poverty, education, gender, and the environment.

Source: 2010 International Year of the Nurse

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