Year of the Nurse

Students on the Health Education Campus at Case Western Reserve University.

Northeast Ohio answers the call.

More than 10,000 nurses call Northeast Ohio home. NEO nurses save lives every day at nationally-ranked and world-renowned hospitals and health systems. Nurses are on the front lines of healthcare every day.

In early 2019, the governing body of the World Health Organization declared 2020 to be the Year of the Nurse and Midwife. 2020 celebrates the 200th birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing, and it is the release of the WHO's first-ever State of the World's Nursing Report. Per WHO information, the report describes the nursing workforce in WHO Member States, and gives "an assessment of 'fitness for purpose' relative to GPW13 targets." GPW13 stands for the WHO 13th General Programme of Work Impact Framework: Targets and Indicators, which is an outline of goals established in October 2018.

Logo for Northeast Ohio Year of the Nurse 2020. Image of the State of Ohio in red, with a blue banner.

To recognize the achievements in healthcare and innovation by Northeast Ohio nurses, the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University has joined forces with institutions of higher education, healthcare systems, and professional nursing associations to celebrate 2020 the Year of the Nurse in the region. Throughout 2020, the participating organizations will host events focused on a central theme or topic related to the field of nursing.


Join the celebration of the Year of the Nurse 2020 in Northeast Ohio.