The World Health Organization has designated 2020 as the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife. The year-long celebration, which coincides with the 200th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale, will highlight the work, influence, and achievements of nurses and midwifes around the globe.
At the Connell School of Nursing, we’re joining the celebration. Follow along as we showcase our students, alumni, and faculty throughout the year, with videos, articles, photos, and more. And check back often for the latest updates.
Connell School of Nursing faculty, alumni, and students share their stories of what it means to become a nurse and when they first felt like one.
"Letting people share the things that are the most difficult or joyous or whatever it is; the being with is one of the greatest gifts that nurses have."
"It's really those small moments that I have with patients ... that really make me just take a step back and realize, wow, this is the career for me."
"The ability to write a prescription is one aspect of my job, but the thing about being a nurse that really defines us, is our ability to treat the whole patient."
“The healthcare system is changing and evolving every day, we always can learn more, and your coworkers are a great place to start.”
“I realized at that moment that nursing is the science, but it's also bringing the humanistic quality of care.”
“Nursing isn't about these complex technical skills ... rather, it's about meeting patients where they are, with care and compassion.”
“To be able to be there and have that experience with her; to be able to have that calming voice during that experience was really meaningful to me.”
“In that moment, I really felt connected to nursing. I felt like I was able to promote [the patient's] health and do some good for him.”
“It can’t be all about what we see in a book; it’s really about what the patient is experiencing in her every-day life.”