International Nurses' Day 2020

Nurses students in a lab setting.

May 12, 2020

Today is International Nurses’ Day, and I want to extend to you my deepest appreciation and thanks for your commitment and support of the nursing profession.

This upcoming weekend, the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University is preparing to graduate a new class of nurses in the middle of a global health crisis. As the class of 2020 enters a world where nurses are more in the spotlight than ever before, let us communicate to the world who we are as nurses and what we do.

One way the nursing community of Northeast Ohio is accomplishing this task in 2020—recognized by the World Health Organization as the Year of the Nurse and Midwife—is through a collective push to share our nursing stories. Every day of 2020, the Year of the Nurse in Northeast Ohio shares a new nursing story.

Today, Day 133, is the 200th anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birthday and we explore her impact on modern nurses and how nurses have risen to the occasion during this pandemic.

This year’s International Nurses’ Day theme is “Nurses: A Voice to Lead - Nursing the World to Health.” May we continue to provide the leadership we see every day in the news, and person-centered care grounded in research, science, trust and compassion.


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Carol M. Musil, PhD, RN, FAAN, FGSA
Dean & the Edward J. and Louise Mellen Professor of Nursing
Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing
Case Western Reserve University