Nurses Week

Nurses Week Quick Facts

2023 DateMay 8, 2023
Nurses Week

Nurses Week History

Nurses Week seeks to show appreciation for nurses. This day aims to raise awareness about all the work nurses do. It aims to highlight their contributions and recognize their efforts in the health industry. According to the Canadian Nurses Association, there were about 440,000 licensed nurses in Canada.

Nurses Week was established in 1971 by the International Council of Nurses. It is observed annually during the second week of May.

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Nurses Week Facts

  • There were about 312,000 regulated nurses in Canada in 2021 according to the Canadian Institute for Health Information.
  • According to the Canadian Nurses Association, licensed practical nurses and registered practical nurses saw the greatest number of growth among nurse professions. In 2021 there were 130,000 licensed and registered practical nurses, 1.6% more nurses than the previous year.
  • According to the Canadian Nurses Association, in 2021:
    1) 54.6% of nurses worked in a hospital
    2) 13.7% of nurses worked in community health
    3) 13.6% of nurses worked in a nursing home or long-term care facility
    4) 7.4% of nurses worked in other settings

Nurses Week Top Events and Things to Do

  • Write a thank you note or prepare a thank you basket for your local nurses. Nurses have been working hard, especially during Covid-19, and they should be appreciated.
  • View an infographic about the nursing profile in Canada.
  • Watch Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's National Nursing Week message.

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