Be more Florence: why we need to get the voices of nurse and midwifery researchers heard
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Be more Florence: why we need to get the voices of nurse and midwifery researchers heard

Kath Peters Associate professor and Associate dean (international and engagement), School of Nursing and Midwifery, Western Sydney University, Penrith, New South Wales, Australia
Fiona McDermid Lecturer, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Western Sydney University, Penrith, New South Wales, Australia

In a year marking 200 years since the birth of Florence Nightingale and the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife, two nurse academics urge readers to unite and progress nursing and midwifery research agendas

Making up half the global health workforce, 22 million nurses and 2 million midwives provide essential healthcare across diverse settings (World Health Organization (WHO) 2020). In recognition of the valuable work nurses and midwives do, and in line with the bicentenary of Florence Nightingale’s birth, the WHO has designated 2020 the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife. This year celebrates the work of nurses and midwives, highlighting the challenges and conditions they often face, and advocating for increased investments in the nursing and midwifery workforce.

Nurse Researcher. 28, 1, 6-8. doi: 10.7748/nr.28.1.6.s2

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