22nd - 26th March (Mobile-First Presentation)

Nurses & Midwives Talk was birth from a very painful place.

When 2020 was announced as the Year of The Nurse and Midwife, I was ecstatic!  A whole year to celebrate our professions!  Wow!  I’m going to celebrate in style!  I told myself!  I applied to speak at numerous international conferences!

I started the year spending 6 weeks in The USA, the first leg of my Churchill Fellowship Travel Research investigating trauma-informed approaches to care.

The first weekend in March 2020, I spoke at the Commonwealth Midwifery Conference sharing what I had learned in the US.

By that time, it was clear that SARS-CoV2 was spreading like wildfire and many were getting ill from COVID19.  I decided to heed the call to return to support colleagues working in The NHS.

A lot of my colleagues had been redeployed to work in hospitals.  I took up a role a locum health visitor to support health visiting colleagues in North London.  Within 2 weeks of working, I contracted COVID19 and was very unwell for 6 weeks.  It was terrifying and I also lost my uncle to COVID19 at that same time.  I recovered, but he didn’t.

Whilst recovering, I remember watching TV and all I saw were Intensive Care nurses.  ICU nurses were doing a great job!  But so were many other nurses and midwives.  But no one was shining the spotlight on them and the difference they were making!

1536395537 Ruth Oshikanlu, MBE  Picture date: Thursday 2 May 2019. Copyright: PA Photos NOT FOR PUBLICATION WITHOUT WRITTEN CONSENT OF PA PHOTOS : 020 7963 7305.

In that instant, I decided: If the media does not showcase our talent, I will.

And so Nurses Day last year, May 12 2020, I recorded a video and shared it on social media stating my vision to showcase 366 nurses and midwives in The Year of The Nurse and Midwife.  Mission accomplished! 

To date, I have interviewed 380 members of the nursing and midwifery family from over 30 countries across all the continents detailing the contribution they have made to the populations they serve during a very challenging pandemic.

And now you can join the Nurses and Midwives Talk and watch the interviews by clicking below

Funded by the Burdett Trust (6)