National Nurses Day, also known as National RN Recognition Day, is celebrated on May 6 and opens National Nurses Week. National Nurses Week begins each year on May 6 and ends on May 12, the birth date of Florence Nightingale.
National Nurses Week is one of the nation's largest health care events, recognizing the contributions and commitments nurses make and educating the public about the significant work they perform. The American Nurses Association supports and encourages National Nurses Week through state and district nurses associations, educational facilities, and independent health care companies and institutions. The week-long celebration is designed to accommodate the variety of schedules nurses are required to work.