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Mark Your Calendar: Nursing Awareness and Recognition Days To Know

Charmaine Robinson, MSN-Ed, BSN, RN
Updated November 14, 2023
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    Are you looking for more ways to appreciate the nurses in your life this year? Mark your calendar for these 50+ nursing awareness days.
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    • Many nurses are considering leaving the profession due to feeling stressed, overworked, and underappreciated.
    • Nurses have been ranked the most honest and ethical profession for the last 21 years.
    • Nursing awareness and recognition days help honor and appreciate nurses’ contributions to society.

    National Nurses Week has historically been a time to celebrate and honor all nurses. Today, there are many nursing holidays to recognize nursing professionals working in various roles and specialties. Explore these nursing awareness and recognition days to celebrate the nurses in your life.

    Nursing Awareness Calendar

    Nursing has been ranked as the most trusted profession for over two decades. With over 50 nursing awareness holidays to choose from, you can show your appreciation throughout the year. (Tip: this calendar can also be a great resource for choosing the right time to give a gift to the special nurses in your life). Be sure to save these dates!


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


    • 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


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


    • 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


    • 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


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


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    No holidays this month


    • 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


    • 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


    • 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


    No holidays this month

    Nurses are stressed and overwhelmed. Showing support through encouragement, gifts, or something as simple as social media posts can put a smile on a nurse’s face.