Nurse Appreciation: Add These 2023 Dates to Your Calendar

By | 2023-01-03T07:55:04-05:00 January 3rd, 2023|12 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 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 dates to your annual calendar, and share them with your leaders and administrators.

2023 nurse appreciation events by month

January

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

National IV Nurse Day — Jan. 25

February

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

March

Certified Nurses Day — March 19

GI Nurses & Associates Week — March 20–24

April

Radiological and Imaging Nurses Day — April 12

WOC Nurse Week — April 16–22

Transplant Nurses Week — April 24–May 1

May

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.)

Neuroscience Nurses Week — May 14–20

June

National Healthcare Recruiter Recognition Day — June 6

Certified Nursing Assistants Week — June 15–21

September

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

October

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

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. 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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12 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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    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.

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    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 😪

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