The World Health Organization designated 2020 as Year of the Nurse and Midwife in honor of the 200th birth anniversary of Florence Nightingale. According to 2019 Uniform Data System data, there are more than 29,000 Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs), Registered Nurses (RNs), and Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs/LVNs) in the community health center workforce. Throughout 2020, NACHC highlighted individual nurses, groups of nurses or specific nursing roles in health centers and their contributions to health centers and their communities, and created a compendium of 52 distinct nursing stories over 12 monthly themes.
While every one of our community health center nurses come from different walks of life—each with a unique story to share—they all have one thing in common: to provide their patients with the highest level of care, regardless of the challenges in front of them. From persistence and resilience to courageousness and heroism, every one of these 52 stories are awe-inspiring and will blaze a trail for future generations of nurses to come. We are honored to celebrate their contributions and commitment to their patients and community. View the compilation here.
Year of the Nurse 2020 Video
Have you seen the Winter 2020 issue of Community Health Forum magazine?
December: Nurses Leading with Care to Promote Health Justice, Equity, and Access to Quality Care
This month we honor nurses who use their knowledge of evidence-based practices to break down stigmas and barriers that prevent people from getting the holistic healthcare they need and deserve. Follow along.
November: Nurses Leading with Patient-Centered and Culturally Competent Care
This month we celebrate nurses who use their extensive skills to develop programs that empower and inspire patients in ways that reduce health disparities and significantly improve the lives of the people they serve. Follow along.
October: Nurses Leading with Care, Dignity, and Respect
This month we celebrate nurses who take time to know their patients, their lifestyles, and their disease state with consideration for barriers caused by social determinants; then tailor evidence-based care plans to meet patients where they are. Follow along.
September: Nursing Leading with Care by Enriching Patient Care and Empowering Providers
This month we celebrate nurses who use their skills in networking, adaptability, and continuous quality improvement (QI) to save time and streamline workflows for clinical staff. We also honor health center nurses who develop rich partnerships with local health departments and other service providers to make a tremendous difference in the lives of at-risk patients and families and highlight the nurses who presented during CHI@Home Year of the Nurse 2020: Leading with Care Into the Future Education Session. Follow along.
August: Nurses Leading with Care by Reaching Beyond their Walls
This month we honor our nurses who go outside their clinics for patient care. Follow along.
July: Nurses Leading with Care by Supporting those in the Field with Data, Evidence and Best Practices
Nurses don’t always need to see patients to help. This month we feature stories on nurses who use data, evidence, and best practices to support in the field. Follow along.
June: Nurses Leading with Care Throughout the Lifespan
Nurses touch people at every point of the lifespan. This month we recognize several nurses whose patients are in varying stages of their lives. We also celebrate Men’s Health Month and honor male nurses. Follow along.
May: Nurses Leading with Care to Create a Pathway for the Future and Leave a Legacy to Follow
This month we celebrate National Nurses Week (May 6-12) and honor nurses who are paving the way for future leaders. Follow along.
April: Nurses Leading with Care to Promote Public Health
We celebrate those who are highly dedicated to working to improve their community’s health – from immunizations to emergencies. Follow along.
March: Nurses Leading the Workforce with Care
Nursing is a multifaceted job, and it requires a lot of flexibility, not to mention innovation and creative thinking. Those things are also critical for any kind of leadership. We celebrate those in leadership this month and share their stories to inspire both current and future nursing leaders in our midst. Follow along.
February: Nurses Leading with Care for Families and Communities
This month we will highlight the contributions that nurses make in their care for families and the local community. Follow along.
January: Nurses Leading with Care in Health Centers
This month we will follow a day or week in the lives of nurses providing direct patient care in community health centers. Follow along.