National Nurses Week: May 6-12

When is National Nurses Week?

National Nurses Week is coming up! The annual celebration begins every year on May 6 and continues through May 12 ,which is the anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale.

While the entire week is designed to celebrate the entire profession of nursing, there is also time set aside to honor the field of school nursing and student nurses.

  • National School Nurse Day is celebrated on the Wednesday within National Nurses Week each year (Wednesday, May 11, 2022).
  • National Student Nurses Day is celebrated on May 8 each year (Sunday, May 8, 2022).

What is National Nurses Week?

National Nurses Week is an annual celebration of nurses that is observed worldwide. It is a time that world comes together to acknowledge the importance of the nursing profession and to thank nurses for their work and sacrifices in the community.

What Can You Do to Celebrate National Nurses Week?

Nurses Week is a time for nurses to reflect on their own careers and re-prioritize and refocus. It’s not uncommon for nurses to experience a time when they question their decision to become nurses. Nursing is a hugely demanding job both physically and emotionally. Rewards are more difficult to come by and sometimes it’s just plain overwhelming.

Staffing ratios present a barrier to providing the best quality care and can be exhausting and certainly challenging. The hours are long, the paperwork exhausting and sometimes the work presents unsafe situations that no one should ever have to encounter. 

But sometimes it’s the most satisfying and rewarding career anyone could choose. Nursing is not for everyone and it shouldn’t be. It takes compassion, empathy, and patience coupled with a strong desire to help others. It takes common sense and an insatiable sense of curiosity and perseverance.

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