Tasmanian Nurses and Midwives celebrate 2020

Associate Professor Francine Douce1

1University of Tasmania, Tasmania, Australia

In May 2019, World Health Organisation designated 2020 as the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife. This coincides with the 200th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale who is considered the founder of modern nursing.

The Department of Health, through the work of the Office of the Chief Nurse and Midwife supports the WHO vision of recognising nurses and midwives as the foundation for health systems across the globe. Nurses and midwives represent the largest health workforce across the world; and play a pivotal role in the advancement of equitable, safe healthcare for all. As nurses and midwives, the team at OCNMO are excited for 2020, an opportunity for us to collectively celebrate what we do and to raise the profile and understanding of the important work of our professions.

This presentation will share what 2020 means for Tasmanian nurses and midwives; a year for every nurse and midwife to shine.


Francine Douce FACM MACN is a registered nurse and midwife with more than 30 years’ experience in the Tasmanian healthcare system and an active member of the Australian College of Nursing and a Fellow of the Australian College of Midwives.

Francine has held many senior nursing and midwifery positions (public and private sector) in strategic and organisational leadership; governmental policy; clinical practice; governance including patient safety; professional regulation and accreditation.

Francine completed the Global Nursing Leadership Institute at ICN in 2015, the first Tasmanian alumni for the GNLI. In October of the following year, 30 years to the day that she graduated as a registered nurse, was appointed as Tasmania’s Chief Nurse and Midwife.

Francine is the current International Commissioner (Pathway to Excellence®) with the American Nurses Credentialing Centre (ANCC) and the immediate past Chair of the Australian and New Zealand Council of Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officers.

Energy, courage and resilience have been characteristic of her professional leadership in Australia and now the international arena. Francine describes her strengths in terms of a lifetime of passion for nursing and midwifery, and of course, commitment to her beloved Tasmania.

Francine is the mother of two adult boys; lives in the beautiful NW of Tasmania with her husband Michael and balances her statewide role from Hobart (arguably Australia’s most beautiful capital city).