It’s the Year of the Nurse and Midwife!

May 6, 2020  //  FOUND IN: Our Employees,

It’s Nurses Week, which makes it the perfect time to recognize the critical contributions nurses and midwives make to the organization — and the world.

And that’s never been more evident than during Michigan Medicine’s handling of COVID-19, when hundreds of nurses volunteered to care for COVID-19 and other critically-ill patients in various units that were converted to ICU beds. These selfless team members put themselves on the front lines of patient care in order to keep community members, and their colleagues, safe.

A large community

The World Health Organization has declared 2020 to be the Year of the Nurse and Midwife. And for good reason!

Did you know that nurses and midwives make up nearly 50 percent of the global health workforce?

In the U.S., there are more than 3 million nurses and 12,000 midwives. At Michigan Medicine, last year’s data indicated that there were 5,944 nurses and 34 midwives.

And those thousands of workers provide a broad range of essential health care services close to the community and in all levels of Michigan Medicine facilities, including operating rooms, ambulatory care clinics and ICUs.


This year’s Nurses Week honors the 200th birthday of Florence Nightingale, who is widely considered to be the founder of modern nursing.

As the organization continues to adapt to the current pandemic, many of the typical Nurses Week events have been canceled. However, the organization is still celebrating its nurses in various ways, including on social media and Headlines.

Be sure to honor the nurses in your areas by posting messages of support with #SupportNursesandMidwives.

Additionally, the organization is running a campaign aimed at raising awareness of the value nurses bring to medicine and the essential role they play in caring for patients. Please spread the word about the campaign and share this link.

Finally, check out the video above in celebration of the Year of the Nurse and Midwife — and all that these team members do at Michigan Medicine.

The organization is grateful to have such resilient, passionate, caring, skilled, professional experts dedicating their hard work to help move Michigan Medicine forward.

Thank a nurse or midwife today!

Can’t get enough of Nurses Week? Check out the latest episode of The Wrap below, featuring Chief Nurse Executive Nancy May, who had some heartfelt thoughts for the nursing community.