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National Nurses Week

In 1993, the American Nurses Association declared May 6-12 as the national week to celebrate and elevate the nursing profession.

National Nurses Week is a time for everyone – individuals, employers, other health care professionals, community leaders, and nurses – to recognize the vast contributions and positive impact of America’s 4 million registered nurses. Each year, the celebration ends on May 12, Florence Nightingale's birthday.


Kristin Baird from Speakers for Nurses suggests the following ways to make a conscious effort to honor, support, and celebrate nurses:

  • When you see something, say something! Just like the TSA, when you see a nurse doing something that shows great technical skill, empathy or compassion – speak up and tell her or him that you are impressed.

  • Say thank you in real time. Make your gratitude prompt, personal and plentiful.

  • Talk them up. Tell their bosses that you are impressed and grateful. Give names and specific examples of the greatness you witness. Put it in writing. A quick note is all it takes.


Nursing can be a challenging profession, both mentally and physically. During National Nurses Week, make an effort to thank nurses for the dedicated care that they provide.


Source: American Nurses Association & Speakers For Nurses

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