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By GOS 3rd March 2020

Celebrating the Champions of Change – Nurses and Midwives

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared 2020 as the Year of the Nurse & Midwife, to recognise and celebrate the extraordinary contribution nurses and midwives make to healthcare today and have made for hundreds of years. Around the globe, more than 20 million nurses and midwives devote their lives to caring for their patients, in many cases even before these people are born.

The Year of the Nurse & Midwife is an acknowledgement of the profession, and for Dr Cheryl Ross,

‘It's the most wonderful profession out there. It can make a difference to so many people's lives.’

Cheryl has been a nurse and midwife since the 1970s and is now the Head of Nursing at THINK Education. ‘As a nurse you have so many options available. And nurses are everywhere; they are working in every corner of the world.’

Join the celebrations

At THINK Education we’re thrilled to join in the celebrations during this historic year by showcasing the many and diverse areas that nurses work and specialise in across their careers. At our campuses in Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane, leading nurses and midwives will come and talk to our students about such topics as the value of nursing, the wide range of nursing roles, the changing place of midwives, and where your healthcare career can take you when you graduate. We’ll honour the achievements of outstanding nurses and explore the ways nurses and midwives are changing healthcare now and for the future.

A highlight of the year will be International Nurses Day (IND) on 12 May. Annually, all around the world, IND commemorates the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth and marks the vital part nurses play in our lives. In 2020, in this special year, it will be an even more significant day for all of us.

ACN and THINK Education

THINK Education and Torrens University Australia are proud to be a Gold Affiliate Partner of the Australian College of Nursing (ACN). Through this partnership, we’ve joined forces with ACN to share our passion for nursing and the role that nurses fulfil. Together, we aim to strengthen the profession’s collective voice to influence healthcare policy and enhance the health of the community.

ACN sees the Year of the Nurse & Midwife as an opportunity to

‘honour the past champions who changed the course of nursing history; celebrate present-day visionaries whose expertise is transforming the Australian healthcare system; and nurture those who will shape our profession’s future’.

The ACN is offering an exciting program of events right through 2020.

To find out more visit: www.acn.edu.au/2020

For THINK Education Nursing students, ACN’s CEO, Adjunct Professor Kylie Ward FACN, will take part in a national webinar, offering insights into the profession. Kylie Ward is highly regarded and her webinar will be an important event for our staff and students.

Want to become one of the nurses or midwives of the future?

As well as a long-awaited recognition of the work of nurses and midwives, the WHO wants the year to encourage more and more people to enter the profession.

‘The world needs 9 million more nurses and midwives if it is to achieve universal health coverage by 2030.’

What better time to find out about the profession or to begin your studies than in the Year of the Nurse & Midwife. At THINK Education, we’re committed to supporting our Nursing students and graduates to gain skills and real-world experience, be empowered, reach your full potential, and to become champions of change.

We share ACN’s callout to: Make 2020 the year you connect with your profession and progress your career.

To take the first steps towards your own nursing career visit: www.think.edu.au/courses/health/diploma-of-nursing

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