National Nurses Week is observed in May and celebrates nurses who lead the charge for health and wellness. This year’s theme is “Nurses Inspire, Innovate & Influence.”
The American Nurses Association (ANA) has always led efforts to celebrate nursing, ensuring that recognition is promoted as widely as possible, and in 1990 extended it to a week-long celebration of the work of the nation’s registered nurses, the largest of the health care professions. The ANA's state and territorial nurses associations also conduct celebrations during National Nurses Week to recognize the contributions that nurses and nursing make to the community. Every year ANA selects a theme for the week highlighting a particular aspect of nurses’ practice.
National Nurses Day is observed with celebrations and receptions that are held across the United States to honor nurses. Among the most popular activities are banquets, state and city proclamations, and seminars. Many nurses also receive gifts or flowers from friends, family members, or patients.
May 12, the final day of National Nurses Week, is the birthday of Florence Nightingale.
Personalized Cause supports Nurse's Week.