"Health is not only to be well, but to use well every power we have." ¨›Florence Nightingale, 1893

Introducing the 2010 International Year of the Nurse

The 2010 International Year of the Nurse (2010 IYNurse) is a collaborative, grassroots global initiative honoring nurses' voices, values and wisdom íńÓ to act as catalysts for achieving a healthy world.

2010 IYNurse seeks to recognize the contributions of nurses globally and to engage nurses in the promotion of world health, including the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Throughout 2010, nurses will have opportunities to showcase their unique contributions toward the achievement of health and well-being for all people and these are displayed on the initiative's website -¨›www.2010IYNurse.net.

One global event is already planned at the National Cathedral in Washington DC, April, 25th, 2010, 4-5 pm. Nurses from all nations are invited to establish 2010 IYNurse events in their own regions and to post them on the global Events Calendar on the website. Nurses are particularly invited to submit photos, stories, poems and special tributes, sharing how nurses achieve and advocate for all eight UN MDGs and for the health of their peoples. All stories must be in English and may be also submitted in a second language. A Media Toolkit and Resources for planning are available online.

The Founders of this project include Dr. Deva-Marie Beck, Dr. Barbara Dossey and Dr. Cynda Rushton, International Co-Directors of the Nightingale Initiative for Global Health (NIGH): Dr. Patricia Thompson, CEO, and Dr. Carol Huston, 2007-2009 President of Sigma Theta Tau International and Caroline Worthington of London's Florence Nightingale Museum. Further, twelve nursing leaders form a 2010 IYNurse International Advisory Board establishing this project on all six continents.¨›Contact details:¨›http://www.2010iynurse.net/Contact_Us.aspx.