Nurse Appreciation: Add These 2023 Dates to Your Calendar

By | 2023-11-14T17:10:07-05:00 January 3rd, 2023|21 Comments

Nurses work every day to ensure patients get the care they need — and the comfort and compassion they deserve. The complex nature of nursing continues to be physically and emotionally draining, yet nurses carry on providing quality patient care and moving the profession forward, which reinforces the importance of nurse appreciation.

“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 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 dates to your annual calendar, and share them with your leaders and administrators.

2023 nurse appreciation events by month


National Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNA) Week — Jan. 22–28

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


Occupational Health Nursing Week — April 9–15

Radiological and Imaging Nurses Day — April 12

WOC Nurse Week — April 16–22

Transplant Nurses Week — April 24–May 1


National Critical Care Awareness and Recognition Month

Oncology Nursing Month 

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.)

National Skilled Nursing Care Week — May 14–20

Neuroscience Nurses Week — May 14–20


National Healthcare Recruiter Recognition Day — June 6

Certified Nursing Assistants Week — June 15–21


National Clinical Nurse Specialist Recognition Week — Sept. 1–7

Vascular Nurses Week — Sept. 10–16

National Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses Day — Sept. 8

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

Perinatal Nurses Week — Oct. 10–16

International Infection Prevention Week — Oct. 15–21

International Orthopaedic Nurses Day — Oct. 30

National Orthopaedic Nurses Week — Oct. 30–Nov. 3


National Home Care and Hospice Month

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. 5–11

National Nurse Practitioner Week — Nov. 12–18

Perioperative Nurses Week — Nov. 12–18

Nurses give so much of themselves to their roles, their units and teams, and the organizations that employ them. So take the time to find ways to celebrate nurses for their contributions, sacrifices, and achievements not just on these dates, but all year round.

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  1. 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!

    • Terrey Hatcher April 17, 2023 at 5:17 pm - Reply

      Hi Michele–We have added a link to National Home Care and Hospice Month in November. We’re so glad to share the official recognition and appreciate all that you do!

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

    How about telemetry nursing?

    • 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!

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

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

  4. 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 January 5, 2022 at 3:40 pm - Reply


      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.

  5. 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 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!

  6. Rosetta Jenkins May 7, 2022 at 10:07 pm - Reply

    TU for all the dates. I would like it much better if there was only ONE National Nurses Week. We are ONE. United in mission. Different specialties. But one profession, one mission.

  7. Debra Samaha October 19, 2022 at 6:45 pm - Reply

    What about retired or disabled nurses, I was a med-surg nurse for many years and had to stop working due to 3 back surgeries, I loved nursing and I miss it very much 😪

  8. Stacy Smirl February 17, 2023 at 12:38 pm - Reply

    Not mentioned: April 9 – 15, 2023 Occupational Health Nursing (OHN) Week

  9. Denise April 12, 2023 at 12:05 pm - Reply

    Psych Nurse Day/week/month!!

    • Sallie Jimenez April 13, 2023 at 12:18 pm - Reply

      Hi Denise,
      Please feel free to share those dates with us.

      Thank you!

  10. Tim Doyle May 5, 2023 at 2:07 pm - Reply

    unless I missed it I also didn’t see a section for a correctional nursing specialty. there are many nurses that work in penal institutions.

    • Sallie Jimenez May 5, 2023 at 3:58 pm - Reply

      Hi Tim,

      If you know of those dates, please share and we’ll add them to the list.

      Thank you!

  11. Adrienne Davenport May 11, 2023 at 9:26 am - Reply

    This is an awesome Calendar of recognition, with a few exceptions that have been overlooked.
    Did you know that May 9th is National NAC Coordinator Day, AKA MDS Day!! As the nurses who drive the LTC surveys, reimbursement, CarePlan’s, DPH & CMS compliance and more; we are the ones behind the scenes everyday. We insure meds are given for the correct DX. Please add us to your calendar for 2024.

    Thanks! And, Happy Nurses Week!

  12. Debra B Ray May 18, 2023 at 3:36 pm - Reply

    Perinatal Nurses?

  13. SCC October 18, 2023 at 7:58 am - Reply

    Nurses are the unsung heroes of our healthcare system, tirelessly dedicating themselves to patient care. It’s heartening to see this blog reminding us to appreciate their hard work and dedication. The physical and emotional challenges nurses face are immense, yet they persist in advancing the profession and ensuring that patients receive the care and compassion they deserve. Recognizing and celebrating their efforts is not only well-deserved but also essential to uplift and support these invaluable professionals. Kudos to all the nurses out there, and thanks to Zelda Meeker for shedding light on this important issue!

  14. Andrea Fish November 8, 2023 at 4:20 pm - Reply

    Don’t forget Perinatal Nurse’s week!

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