In 2020, 24 million nurses and midwives compose half the global workforce, providing vital health care to all. However, the world needs 18 million more health workers to achieve and sustain universal health coverage by 2030. Approximately half of that shortfall – 9 million health workers – are nurses and midwives. While nurses are our largest workforce, there are simply not enough nurses and midwives to provide the essential services that save lives.
This global spotlight on nurses and midwives provides a platform for all of us to demonstrate support for the need to address the shortage of nurses and midwives that we experience worldwide.
Nurses and midwives are the backbone of every health system: in 2020 we’re calling on all countries to invest in nurses and midwives as part of their commitment to health for all.
Join UCI Health in celebrating and supporting nurses and midwives this year. We will be sharing stories about nurses, recognizing stellar nurses, and inviting you to public events that recognize and appreciate nurses and midwives.
Adey M. Nyamathi, ANP, PhD, FAAN
Founding Dean and Distinguished Professor
UCI Sue & Bill Gross School of Nursing
Pat Patton, MSN, RN
Chief Nursing Officer