As we ring in a New Year, we also hear the “ring” of a special tone…that tone is “Year of the Nurse.” This is a special time for nurses and nursing, across the country and around the globe. In 2020, we celebrate the 200th birthday of Florence Nightingale. The World Health Organization (WHO) has designated 2020 as the “Year of the Nurse and Midwife”, in honor of her birth anniversary.

The American Nurses Association has taken it a step beyond by adding three important words: Lead – Innovate – Excel.  Think about your own practice and the ways in which you lead other, innovate to enhance outcomes, and excel by being the best in your facility, institution, university, or health system.

What makes nurses leaders?

All nurses, regardless of their work setting, are leaders; they step up to make changes, to meet needs, and to delivery quality outcomes. Nurses lead every day and in every way;  some of us at the bedside or in the clinic, some of us in the classroom, some of us in a patient’s place of residence, and some of us in the boardroom.

What makes nurses innovators? 

As nurses, we are masters of creativity, continually seeking ways in which to use technology to delivery better outcomes, to enhance the workflow, and to collaborate with our peers. As innovators, nurses sit at the junction of patient care and the system!

What makes nurses excel? 

The word excellence is synonymous with nursing. Institutions recognize nursing excellence on National Nurses’ Day, and many health systems recognize nursing excellence in meaningful ways throughout the year. Think of the DAISY Awards and how your institution recognizes the best and the brightest in the field. Nurses excel at patient care, family and interdisciplinary interaction, mentorship, education, and so much more.

Join me to ring in the New Year, and join me to celebrate National Nurses Week and the Year of the Nurse.

How will you celebrate?

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