What Is Nurses Day?


International Nurses Day is celebrated around the world. National Nurses Day, or National RN Recognition Day, is an American event. National Nurses Week also focuses on nurses in the United States.


The Global Health Workforce Alliance of the World Health Organization (WHO) sponsors International Nurses Day. National Nurses Day and National Nurses Week are promoted by the American Nurses Association.

Time Frame

International Nurses Day is celebrated on May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale. National Nurses Day is on May 6 every year. And National Nurses Week extends from May 6 until May 12.


Each year, there is a different theme for Nurses Day. The theme for International Nurses Day in 2010 will be "Delivering Quality, Serving Communities: Nurses Leading Chronic Care." American nurses vote each year for their theme.


During Nurses Day events, nurses often enjoy awards, banquets, gifts and other forms of recognition. Nurses Day celebrations are an opportunity to recognize the contributions of professional nurses to the health of individuals and communities. They also promote public education about the critical role nurses play within health care systems.