Many nurses are contemplating leaving the profession due to feelings of stress, being overworked, and a lack of appreciation. However, it is important to note that nurses have consistently been ranked as the most honest and ethical professionals for the past 21 years.

Nursing awareness and recognition days play a crucial role in honoring and appreciating the invaluable contributions nurses make to society. National Nurses Week has long served as a time to celebrate and pay tribute to all nurses. Moreover, there are now numerous nursing holidays dedicated to recognizing professionals working in various roles and specialties. Take the time to explore and embrace these nursing awareness and recognition days to show your gratitude and appreciation for the remarkable nurses in your life.

Nursing Awareness Calendar

For more than two decades, nursing has consistently earned the distinction of being the most trusted profession. With a plethora of over 50 nursing awareness holidays available, you have ample opportunities to express your gratitude all year round. (Pro tip: This calendar can also serve as a valuable resource to help you choose the perfect moment to gift something special to the nurses who hold a special place in your life). Make sure to mark these dates on your calendar!

January

    • 21-27: National Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists Week
    • 25: National IV Nurse Day

February

    • 4-10: PeriAnesthesia Nurse Awareness Week
    • 6-12: Ambulatory Care Nursing Week
    • 7: PeriAnesthesia Nurse Day
    • 11-17: Cardiovascular Professionals Week
    • 18: Critical Care Transport Nurses Day

March

    • 17-23: Gastroenterology (GI) Nurses & Associates Week
    • 18-23: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Week
    • 19: Certified Nurses Day

April

    • 7-13: Occupational Health Nursing Week
    • 12: Radiological and Imaging Nurses Day
    • 14-20: Wound Care Ostomy & Continence (WOC) Nurse Week
    • 22-29: Transplant Nurses Week

May

    • 1-31: National Nurses Month
    • 1-31: National Critical Care Awareness and Recognition Month
    • 1-31: Oncology Nursing Month
    • 6: National Nurses Day
    • 6-12: National Nurses Week
    • 8: National School Nurse Day
    • 8: National Student Nurses Day
    • 12: International Nurses Day
    • 12-18: National Skilled Nursing Care Week
    • 12-18: Neuroscience Nurses Week

Nursing Awareness Days

June

    • 4: National Healthcare Recruiter Recognition Day
    • 13: National Nursing Assistants Day
    • 13-19: National Certified Nursing Assistants Week

July

No holidays this month

August

No holidays this month

September

    • 1-7: National Clinical Nurse Specialist Recognition Week
    • 8: National Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses Day
    • 8-14: National Assisted Living Week
    • 8-14: National Neonatal Nurses Week
    • 8-14: Nephrology Nurses Week
    • 8-14: Vascular Nurses Week
    • 15-21: Nursing Professional Development Week

October

    • 6-12: National Midwifery Week
    • 7-11: Pediatric Nurses Week
    • 8-12: Emergency Nurses Week
    • 9: Emergency Nurses Day
    • 13-19: National Case Management Week
    • 20-26: International Infection Prevention Week
    • 28-November 1: National Orthopaedic Nurses Week
    • 30: International Orthopaedic Nurses Day

November

    • 1-30: National Home Care and Hospice Month
    • 1-30: National Hospice and Palliative care Month
    • 1-7: Medical-Surgical Nurses Week
    • 1-7: Urology Nurses and Associates Week
    • 3-9: Forensic Nurses Week
    • 10-16: National Nurse Practitioner Week
    • 10-16: Perioperative Nurses Week
    • 14: Operating Room Nurse Day

December

No holidays this month


Nurses often experience high levels of stress and overwhelming situations. However, we can make a significant impact by offering support through various means, such as providing encouragement, thoughtful gifts, or even expressing our appreciation through social media posts. These small gestures can bring a genuine smile to the faces of our dedicated nurses.

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