Last year, as part of the “Year of the Nurse and Midwife” celebration, the American Nurses Association expanded National Nurses Week, traditionally celebrated from May 6 to May 12 each year, to a month-long celebration in May, giving us more opportunities to celebrate nursing.
The ANA has extended the Year of the Nurse and Midwife into 2021. This recognition builds on the increased visibility of nurses’ contributions from 2020, as the world continues to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic. Whether it is a national health emergency or routine daily care, nurses’ vital contributions impact the health and well-being of our communities. This is a time for everyone – individuals, employers, other health care professionals, community leaders, and nurses – to recognize the vast contributions and positive impact of America’s 4 million registered nurses.
During National Nurses Month, we would like to extend a special thanks to you, our nurses, as you continue to provide the highest level of quality care to your patients. You deserve special recognition for your efforts in delivering compassionate care while embodying the principles of ethical practice in your profession. You make a difference.