Yukon Hospitals celebrates the Year of the Nurse and Midwife
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Nurses and midwives play a vital role in providing health services. Yukon Hospitals employs over 235 RNs and 49 LPNs in three hospitals across the territory. Nurses and midwives provide a broad range of essential health services close to the community and in our hospitals.
Nurses and midwives provide essential health services in the communities, and are integral to good health outcomes for patients. They are often the first, and primary point of health care contact in their communities, and play a critical role in health promotion, disease prevention and delivering primary and community care. These are the people who devote their lives to caring for mothers and children; giving lifesaving immunizations and health advice; looking after older people and generally meeting everyday essential health needs. They are often, the first and only point of care in their communities.
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. Globally, 70% of the health and social workforce are women. Nurses and midwives represent a large portion of this. In 2019, The Yukon Registered Nursing Association registered 596 nurses – a new record for the Yukon. Midwifery, where care includes proven interventions for maternal and newborn health as well as for family planning could avert over 80% of all maternal deaths, stillbirths and neonatal deaths.
Last Updated:Wed, 08/05/2020 - 18:46