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
National CRNA Week – Jan. 23-29
National IV Nurse Day – Jan. 25
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
Certified Nurses Day – March 19
GI Nurses & Associates Week – March 20-26
Radiological and Imaging Nurses Day – April 12
WOC Nurse Week – April 17-23
Transplant Nurses Week – April 25-May 2
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
Vascular Nurses Week – Sept. 5-11
Nephrology Nurses Week – Sept. 11-17
Nursing Professional Development Week – Sept. 11-17
National Neonatal Nurses Week– Sept. 12-18
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
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