As a recruitment professional, you know how much nurses give to patients, organizations, and healthcare every single day. These contributions can be recognized and honored each year through special nursing recognition days set aside to celebrate nurses and their specialties.
Nursing recognition days started after physicians chose to focus their practices in specific areas of medicine and surgery. Hospitals and other facilities then began to group patients together into departments and on units to receive specialized care. During this time, 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. From this, their careers advanced as they found and used their voices, took seats at the leadership table, and became agents and advocates for change in their profession. Many of these professional associations started to acknowledge members for their hard work by setting aside recognition days each year.
Today, nurses are revered through numerous days, weeks, and months. These times of recognition not only commend the nursing profession but give praise to specific nurses for their unique talents or focus areas of health care.
In your recruiting role, it’s important to share with nurse candidates how your organization recognizes and celebrates nurses. By highlighting the value of meaningful recognition, you can influence job satisfaction and retention within your organization. In fact, many studies have shown that that when nurses’ contributions were recognized and appreciated, they had improved job satisfaction, better patient outcomes, and a healthier work environment.
To help organize your nurse recognition efforts, add the following dates to your annual calendar and share with nurse leadership within your organization or facility.
2023 nursing recognition dates by month
National IV Nurse Day — Jan. 25
Ambulatory Care Nursing Week — Feb. 6–12
PeriAnesthesia Nurse Awareness Week — Feb. 6–12
Cardiovascular Professionals Week — Feb. 12–18
Critical Care Transport Nurses Day — Feb. 18
Certified Nurses Day — March 19
GI Nurses & Associates Week — March 20–24
Radiological and Imaging Nurses Day — April 12
WOC Nurse Week — April 16–22
Transplant Nurses Week — April 24–May 1
National Nurses Day — May 6
National Student Nurses Day — May 8
National School Nurse Day — May 10 (Celebrated the Wednesday of National Nurses Week)
International Nurses Day — May 12
National Nurses Week — May 6–12 (The ANA also celebrates National Nurses Month throughout May.)
Neuroscience Nurses Week — May 14–20
Vascular Nurses Week — Sept. 10–16
Nephrology Nurses Week — Sept. 10–16
Nursing Professional Development Week — Sept. 10–16
National Neonatal Nurses Week — Sept. 12–18
National Midwifery Week — Oct. 1–7
Pediatric Nurses Week — Oct. 2–6
Emergency Nurses Week — Oct. 8–14
Emergency Nurses Day — Oct. 11
National Case Management Week — Oct. 8–14
International Infection Prevention Week — Oct. 22–28
International Orthopaedic Nurses Day — Oct. 29
National Orthopaedic Nurses Week — Oct. 23–29
Medical-Surgical Nurses Week — Nov. 1–7
Urology Nurses and Associates Week — Nov. 1–7
Forensic Nurses Week — Nov. 5–11
National Nurse Practitioner Week — Nov. 12–18
Perioperative Nurses Week — Nov. 12–18
Nurses want to know they’re valued
As you interview and consider potential nurse candidates, it’s important to show them that they’ll be considered highly valued team members. So share and highlight the specific days, weeks, or months you celebrate your nursing professionals — and how you do it.