May 11-17, 2020 is National Nursing Week, and all of us at the University of Toronto are happy to celebrate and acknowledge nurses throughout the week. This year’s Nursing Week theme is A Voice to Lead – Nursing the World to Health, which reflects how nurses are central to addressing a wide range of health challenges around the world.
The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of the profession of nursing and nursing leadership in all areas of healthcare. Whether providing clinical care in a hospital or community setting, engaging in research, or advocating for our communities, nurses make an incredible impact on healthcare delivery and patient outcomes. One such example is Bloomberg Nursing Professor Elizabeth Peter, who was awarded funding for COVID-19 research to explore what strategies reduce moral distress in nurses.
2020 is a momentous year for Bloomberg Nursing and the profession of nursing. This year marks our Faculty’s 100th anniversary — a year to celebrate a century of nursing leadership in education, advocacy, and research. The World Health Organization designated this year as the Year of the Nurse and Midwife in recognition of nurses’ contributions in patient care, health promotion, and disease prevention in healthcare settings around the globe.
Join us in celebrating nurses and thanking them for all they do for individuals, families, and communities. Take a photo or video of how you’re celebrating nurses and share it on social media @UofTNursing and @UofTAlumni with the hashtag, #NationalNursingWeek. Be sure to follow Bloomberg Nursing’s Twitter, Facebook and Instagram pages for Nursing Week stories, contests & photos.
Working together is the heart of healthcare — and the heart of the University of Toronto community — and we look forward to celebrating National Nursing Week with all of you!