National Nurses Day

National Nurses Day Quick Facts

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2022 DateMay 6, 2022
2023 DateMay 6, 2023
National Nurses Day

National Nurses Day History

National Nurses Day seeks to raise awareness about the contributions of nurses everywhere. This day aims to acknowledge and recognize their efforts. This day serves as the beginning of National Nurses Week, a week-long observance taking place from May 6th to May 12th. This day also serves to commemorate Florence Nightingale, a renowned nurse who was a pioneer in the world of nursing. Her contributions in the Crimean war and in establishing nursing schools led to the adoption of the Nightingale Pledge in the US. It is a statement of ethics and principles of the nursing profession.

National Nurses Day was established in 1965 by the International Council of Nurses. It was officially recognized in the United States in 1982 by US President Ronald Reagan. It is observed annually on May 6th.

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National Nurses Day Facts

  • The theme for National Nurses Day in 2021 was Nurses: A Voice to Lead - A vision for future healthcare.
  • According to the International Council of Nurses, the global nursing workforce was estimated at 27.8 million as of 2020.
  • According to the International Council of Nurses, as of the end of 2020, more than 1.6 million healthcare workers across 34 countries had been infected by COVID-19.
  • According to, the average salary for rRegistered nurses in the US was $75,510. to 2018 BLS data.

National Nurses Day Top Events and Things to Do

  • Show your local nurses and healthcare workers support and appreciation. They have been working tirelessly during the Coivd-19 pandemic. Get them a gift basket or write them a thank-you note.
  • Explore case studies that highlight the dedication of nurses.
  • Watch a touching Nurses Day video. RCN Ambassador Emilia Clarke recites Michael Rosen’s 2008 poem, These are the hands.
  • Watch a movie or documentary that focuses on the nursing profession. Here are our suggestions:
    The American Nurse (2014)
    Nurses: If Florence Could See Us Now (2013)
    Wit (2001)

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