Nurse Appreciation: Add These 2022 Events to Your Calendar!

By | 2022-01-19T17:47:24-05:00 December 16th, 2021|10 Comments

Editor’s note: This blog has been updated to include the debut of National Ambulatory Care Nursing Week in February.

Nurses work every day to make sure patients get not only the care they need, but the comfort and compassion they deserve. Their complex jobs are physically and emotionally draining, yet they carry on.

Nurses need to be emotionally, psychologically, and morally refueled regularly to enable them to resist burnout and its many negative impacts such as moral distress, said Bonnie Barnes, FAAN, Co-Founder of the DAISY Foundation, in a Nurse.com blog. One way to do this is through expressions of gratitude.

“Nurses are refueled when they know they have made a difference in the life of a patient or family member, especially when they were unaware of the difference they made,” said Barnes.

This is why nurse appreciation events are so important. Nurses’ contributions are celebrated and recognized each year — as they should be — through special nurse appreciation days, weeks, and months set aside to honor nurses and their specialties.

Add the following nurse appreciation event dates to your annual calendar and share them with nurse leaders and administrators.

Monthly 2022 Nurse Appreciation Events

January

National CRNA Week – Jan. 23-29

National IV Nurse Day – Jan. 25

February

Ambulatory Care Nursing Week – Feb. 7-13 (Debuting this year!)

PeriAnesthesia Nurse Awareness Week – Feb. 7-13

Cardiovascular Professionals Week – Feb. 13-19

Critical Care Transport Nurses Day – Feb. 18

March

Certified Nurses Day – March 19

GI Nurses & Associates Week – March 20-26

April

Radiological and Imaging Nurses Day – April 12

WOC Nurse Week – April 17-23

Transplant Nurses Week – April 25-May 2

May

National Critical Care Awareness and Recognition Month

Oncology Nursing Month 

National Nurses Day – May 6

National School Nurse Day – May 6

International Nurses Day – May 12

National Nurses Week – May 6-12 (the ANA also celebrates National Nurses Month throughout May)

Neuroscience Nurses Week – May 15-21

June

National Healthcare Recruiter Recognition Day – June 7

September

Vascular Nurses Week – Sept. 5-11

National Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses Day – Sept. 8

Nephrology Nurses Week – Sept. 11-17

Nursing Professional Development Week – Sept. 11-17

National Neonatal Nurses Week– Sept. 12-18

October

National Midwifery Week – Oct. 2-8

Pediatric Nurses Week – Oct. 3-7

Emergency Nurses Week – Oct. 9-15

Emergency Nurses Day – Oct. 12

National Case Management Week – Oct. 9-15

International Infection Prevention Week – October 16-22

International Orthopaedic Nurses Day – Oct. 30

November

National Hospice and Palliative Care Month

Medical-Surgical Nurses Week – Nov. 1-7

Urology Nurses and Associates Week – Nov. 1-7

Forensic Nurses Week – Nov. 6-12

National Nurse Practitioner Week – Nov. 13-19

Perioperative Nurses Week – Nov. 13-19

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About the Author:

Eileen Williamson, MSN, RN
Eileen Williamson, MSN, RN, continues to write and act as a consultant for Nurse.com. Before joining the company in 1998, Eileen was employed by North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System in New York (now Northwell Health System) where she held a number of leadership positions in nursing and hospital administration, including chief nurse at two of their System hospitals. She holds a BSN and an MSN in nursing administration and is a graduate fellow of the Johnson & Johnson University of Pennsylvania Wharton School Nurse Executives program. A former board member and past president of the New Jersey League for Nursing, a constituent league of the National League for Nursing, Eileen currently is a member of the Adelphi University, College of Nursing and Public Health Advisory Board.

10 Comments

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    Michele Erdmann December 27, 2021 at 6:51 am - Reply

    Love this article but why are home care nurses never acknowledged??? It’s like we do not exist and we work just as hard as other nurses!
    Very disappointed with the celebration list!

    • Sallie Jimenez
      Sallie Jimenez December 28, 2021 at 5:36 pm - Reply

      Hello Michele,

      If you know of a National Home Care Nurses Week or Day in 2022, please add another comment with that information and a link to the organization, and I’d be glad to verify and add the information to our list.

      Thank you!

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    Emma Ong RN December 27, 2021 at 10:45 am - Reply

    How about telemetry nursing?

    • Sallie Jimenez
      Sallie Jimenez December 28, 2021 at 5:42 pm - Reply

      Hello Emma,

      If you know the 2022 date or dates for a national recognition of telemetry nurses, please let me know. I am checking on my end, as well. I’ll be glad to add it to the list, once I can confirm.

      Thank you!

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    Kay Moore December 29, 2021 at 9:50 am - Reply

    If you know of a National Geriatric Nurses Day/Week, please add this.

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    Joleann Beene January 2, 2022 at 1:30 pm - Reply

    Obviously with so many nursing specialities, there is a little work that needs to be done to make these recognition dates more inclusive. As evidenced by no recognition of those of us who have dedicated our careers to Post Acute Care Nursing/LTC/ Geriatrics.

    • Sallie Jimenez
      Sallie Jimenez January 5, 2022 at 3:40 pm - Reply

      Hello,

      Feel free to send me those dates and links that I can use to verify those dates. (I can also share the links with our readers.) I’d be happy to add them to our list. Since you work in the field, you may be able to find them pretty quickly.

      Thank you for your comment.

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    Charlene Ratzlow RN BA COHN-S CCM January 8, 2022 at 10:05 am - Reply

    I am attempting to email an attachment for nurse recognition in an emergency, unable to see where to do that?

    • Sallie Jimenez
      Sallie Jimenez January 17, 2022 at 10:05 am - Reply

      Hello Charlene,
      Please put the link to information about the nurse recognition in a comment and I’ll review ASAP. After receiving the link, I may contact you directly for more information.

      Thank you!

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