Year of the Nurse

Badge Design

To commemorate Florence Nightingale's 200th birth anniversary, the World Health Assembly designated 2020 as the International Year of the Nurse. This initiative aimed to celebrate nurses, highlight their challenges, and advocate for increased investments in the nursing and midwifery workforce. The badge was commissioned by the HSE to honour the tireless work nurses perform daily.

The resulting design features two interlocking hearts forming the letter "N" — symbolising the indispensable qualities of cooperation, perseverance, and stamina intrinsic to the nursing profession. The hand-rendered style of the mark subtly alludes to the caring and compassionate nature of this vocation.

On a personal level, this project held extra significance as a loving tribute to my mother — a nurse herself for nearly three decades. Her enduring model of empathic commitment and selfless service reflected the ethos I aimed to enshrine through the badge's timeless design.
This commemorative emblem honours the persevering achievements of nurses and the compassionate resilience they embody daily. It serves as a visual reminder of their dedication, even amidst immense challenges, as they devote their lives to safeguarding others.
Wicklow, Ireland