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Mark nursing recognition dates on your calendar

BY: Eileen Williamson on January 3, 2018

As a recruitment professional, you know well the many contributions nurses make to patients and the healthcare of our nation every day.

Those contributions are celebrated and recognized each year through special nursing recognition days set aside to honor nurses and their specialties — as they should be.

How did nursing recognition days start?

These special nursing recognition days began after physicians chose to focus their practices in specific areas of medicine and surgery. Hospitals and other facilities began to group patients together in departments and on units for specialized care. Nurses took advanced training in these specialties to staff those units.

Soon, those nurses formed professional organizations focused on their areas of expertise. They began to network with one another and share best practices. They advanced their careers by finding their voices, taking seats at the leadership table and becoming change agents and advocates — and they helped grow the group.

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Professional nursing organizations also began to recognize their members for the work they do by setting aside recognition times each year to honor and thank them.

Today, there are multiple days, weeks and months — and several ways — to celebrate the profession as a whole or specific nurses with certain talents or focuses.

As a recruitment professional, you should share how your organization celebrates nurses with your job applicants, since meaningful recognition is highly valued and contributes to overall job satisfaction.

Add the following dates to your annual calendar. They cover several recognition days, months and weeks that your organization will want to keep in mind.

2018 nursing recognition dates to add to your calendar

January

February

March

April

May

June

September

October

November

Nurses want to know they are valued

Impress upon nurse applicants that they will be highly valued team members at your organization and let them know which days, weeks, months your organization celebrates — and how you do it. It might be what propels them to choose your job offer over another.

Are we missing an important nursing recognition day? Email me at ewilliamson@oncourselearning.com so we can get it added to the list.

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Eileen Williamson

Eileen Williamson, MSN, RN, is a former senior vice president and chief nurse executive at OnCourse Learning, where she led nursing programs and initiatives. She continues to write and act as a consultant for Nurse.com. Before joining the company in 1998, Williamson was employed by North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System in New York, where she held a number of leadership positions in nursing and hospital administration, including chief nurse at two of the system’s member hospitals. She holds a BSN and an MSN in administration, and is a graduate fellow of the Johnson & Johnson University of Pennsylvania Wharton School Nurse Executives program. She also is a board member and past president of the New Jersey League for Nursing, a constituent league of the National League for Nursing.