Loyola University Chicago

Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing

Year of the Nurse

2020 is the Year of the Nurse

The World Health Organization (WHO) has designated 2020 as the Year of the Nurse and Midwife to recognize the vital role nurses and midwives play in providing health services. According to the WHO, the world needs nine million more nurses and midwives if it is to achieve universal health coverage by 2030.

The Year of the Nurse aligns with the 200th birth anniversary of Florence Nightingale, who was born on May 12, 1820. As well as her work during the Crimean War, the nursing pioneer campaigned for health care improvements, especially infection control.

“Increasing the public’s understanding of who nurses are, what they do and the amazing contribution they make to the societies they live in, will help us to ensure that the legacy of 2020 will go on for years in the shape of more and better supported nurses providing essential care in the communities they serve.” - International Council of Nurses President Annette Kennedy  

In light of this incredible moment in history, the Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing wants to celebrate its own history as well as our dedicated nursing faculty, students, and alumni. Over the course of 2020, we will highlight their research, accomplishments, and service in a series of stories to be shared on our website, social media channels, and our annual Loyola Nursing magazine. Tag @LoyolaNursing on twitter and use #LoyolaYOTN and #LoyolaNursing to share your support or stories!

What it means to be a Loyola nurse

It’s no secret there is something special about Loyola nurses. Whether it’s at the patient’s bedside or in the research lab, their profound dedication to the profession has earned Loyola nurses a reputation among employers, professionals, and patients.  

So, we asked alumni: What does it mean to you to be a Loyola Nurse? 

Along with the Year of the Nurse, please join us in celebrating Loyola University Chicago's 150th anniversary. Explore upcoming events and the history of the University at luc.edu/150. 

Join us in celebrating the 85th Anniversary of Loyola Nursing and the Year of the Nurse! Connect with us on Facebook and Twitter. Be part of the celebration by sending your photo, name, and year of graduation to tutzig@luc.edu. Make sure to tell us why you’re proud to be a Loyola nurse! 

We encouage you to tag @LoyolaNursing on twitter and use #LoyolaYOTN and #LoyolaNursing to share your support or stories on social media!


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