2020 is the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife. This provides an opportunity to celebrate and acknowledge all nurses and midwives, who make an enormous contribution to the health and wellbeing of the people of Aotearoa.

So what can you expect from this year? There will be lectures, visiting speakers, celebratory events, and information about opportunities to join or return to these workforces. If you are already a practising nurse or midwife, there will be information about advancing and developing your practice. Find out about career opportunities and pathways available to midwives and nurses.

All year we'll be taking the opportunity to celebrate the many wonderful nurses and midwives. You'll hear from leaders, pioneers and trailblazers, and get to know some of those right at the start of their careers, to give a flavour of the huge breadth and depth of the work carried out by these professions.

There is a national and international shortage of these crucial professionals, so we'll be sharing how we're working to overcome staff shortages and attract people into roles. We'll have a particular focus on ensuring greater representation of Māori and Pasifika in the workforce​.

Picture of Toe Fiu, Mental Health NurseLeilani Va'a, Midwife

Year of the nurse

For people who need healthcare, nurses often pla​y a crucial role in their wellbeing and recovery. We’ll be sharing stories from nurses across our DHB, reflecting on the changes that have happened in nursing, and focusing on how we can build a strong, representative workforce for the future. We look forward to the launch of the international report into the state of nursing, and how this will apply locally.

Year of the midwife​

We celebrate international year of the midwife in recognition of all that midwives do to support women and their whānau throughout pregnancy, la​bour and the postnatal period. We’ll be sharing stories from our midwives working in our hospitals and in the community, and following graduate midwife Leilani through her first year of practice. We’ll also celebrate at our Midwife of the Year awards in May.

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Last updated 12 February 2020.