2020: International Year of the Nurse

In 2020, for the first time in history, the nations of the world will unite in celebration of the benefits that nursing and midwifery bring to the health of the global populations.

A vital role

Nurses and midwives play a vital role in providing health services. They devote their lives to giving lifesaving immunizations and health advice, looking after older people, caring for mothers and children, and meeting everyday essential health needs.

EMD Serono is joining WHO and its partners in a year-long effort to celebrate the work of nurses and midwives.

Showing gratitude to our MS LifeLines nurse educators

MS LifeLines is an educational patient support service sponsored by EMD Serono that supports patients and caregivers throughout their EMD Serono treatment journey. MS LifeLines nurses provide one-on-one support, including basic MS educational resources and information to help patients understand and stay on track with their EMD Serono treatment.

MS LifeLines nurse educators let patients on EMD Serono therapies know that they're not alone. They are there to listen, help, and provide resources to support patients as they navigate their MS journey.

On behalf of all of us at EMD Serono, patients, and caregivers: Thank you for all that you do. Thank you for being there. Your commitment to patients is immeasurable.

Working with the broader nursing community

#MyMSNurse is a social media campaign developed by Can Do MS and supported by EMD Serono.

We are celebrating the roles that nurses play in the lives of families living with MS and their unwavering commitment to changing lives.


In 2020, the International Organization of Multiple Sclerosis Nurses (IOMSN) and EMD Serono are looking at nursing in the modern era and how nurses light the way to health and wellness even in the face of chronic illness.

The Nightingale Awards recognize special accomplishments in multiple sclerosis nursing. This year’s recipients are:

  • Lisa Duffy, Boston, MA
  • Mary Filipi, Omaha, NE
  • Yolanda Harris, Birmingham, AL
  • Michelle Keating, Bridgeton, MO
  • George Mekeel, Berkley, CA
  • Erika Mitchell, Washington, DC
  • Mindy Robert, Ogden, UT
  • Sara Schaefer, Fort Collins, CO
  • Megan Weigel, Jacksonville, FL
  • Crystal Wright, Dallas, TX

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