In recognition of one of the top professions, National Nurses Week kicked off with National Nurses Day on Sunday, May 6, the birthday of nursing pioneer Florence Nightingale. The purpose of National Nurses Week is to raise public awareness of the value of nursing and the vital roles nurses serve in delivering health care services to the American people. This year’s theme is “Nurses” Inspire Innovate Influence.”

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National Nurses Week begins each year on May 6 and ends on May 12, Florence Nightingale’s birthday. These permanent dates enhance planning and position National Nurses Week as an established recognition event. As of 1998, May 8 was designated National Student Nurses Day, to be celebrated annually. And as of 2003, National School Nurse Day is celebrated on the Wednesday within National Nurses Week each year.

In a short clip created by Kronos Incorporated, it features the complex roles of nurses from being the primary caregivers to clinicians, advocates, innovators, collaborators, teachers, and leaders, as well as their commitment to providing the highest standards in local, national and global healthcare.

According to the American Nurses Association, the American public ranked nurses as the professionals with the highest honesty and ethical standards for the 16th consecutive year, in a Gallup poll taken in December 2017. provides nine habits of this highly effective profession: 1) Avoids taking shortcuts; 2) Does not rush tasks; 3) Looks for opportunities to grow; 4) Manages time; 5) Asks for help; 6) Focused and proactive; 7) Sets Goals; 8) Is a Team Player; and 9) Communicates Clearly.

So how can you show nurses how grateful and appreciative you are of all they have done?

  1. Attend and event – Thank them in person.
  2. Donate in their name.
  3. Send or say a personal thank you.
  4. Be active on social media – Share your appreciation with a post on your favorite social media platform. Hashtags such as #ThankaNurse or #NationalNursesWeek help your post be seen by nurses on social media.
  5. Support community partners.

Thank you to the one of hardest working and most caring professionals in the world!