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2020 Is the Year of the Nurse and the Midwife

The World Health Organization has designated 2020 the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife, indicating how vital nurses and midwives are to the health and well-being of our nation and the world. Since its founding, NINR has supported nurses in their mission to promote and improve health by funding research to build the foundation of evidence for their clinical practice.

In supporting nursing science across the US, in other countries, and on the NIH campus, NINR has championed critical programs of research that can answer questions raised by nurse scientists during their own clinical experiences. These research initiatives range from the birth experiences of first-time mothers, to diagnosis for traumatic brain injury, to the impact of palliative care for cancer patients and their caregivers, and so much more.

During 2020, NINR will host several special events to recognize the Year of the Nurse and the Midwife. You can stay up-to-date on these activities by following NINR on Twitter, visiting our website, and signing up for email updates.

We also invite you to NINR’s ongoing Director’s Lecture Series, which brings the nation’s top nurse scientists to the NIH campus to share their work and interests with a transdisciplinary audience.

I feel privileged to be a part of NINR during this commemorative year, and I look forward to celebrating the achievements of nurses, midwives, and nurse scientists with you throughout 2020.

Tara A. Schwetz, PhD
Acting Director, NINR

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