Newswise — The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared 2020 to be the Year of the Nurse and Midwife and Penn Nursing is joining in on the celebration. We want to help the public – in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and beyond – better understand the impact these professions have on health and health care.

“WHO has never dedicated a year to any profession before so that makes the next 12 months especially exciting,” said Penn Nursing Dean Antonia Villarruel.  “As part of our celebration, Penn Nursing will be sharing stories about nurses and midwives, hosting events at Fagin Hall and around Philadelphia, touring local schools with a pop-up exhibit, collecting and posting artwork about nurses and midwives, and more. We hope you will join us and our partners, including Penn Medicine, in this celebration that highlights the unique role nursing has in our world.”

For more information, a listing of upcoming events, and to see how you can participate in elevating, celebrating, and advocating throughout 2020, please visit our special Year of the Nurse and Midwife web site at:

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