Celebrate Nurses Month!

May is Nurses Month! The American Nurses Association (ANA) expanded its annual recognition and celebration of nurses from a week-long event to a month-long observance again this year.


Message from the ANNA President

PhotoHappy Nurses Month to a group of trusted caregivers who continually go above and beyond to ensure people-centered care is delivered. Nurses are critical in the healthcare delivery model and if you are a nurse, thank you for your contributions. If you are thinking of becoming a nurse, it is your turn to RISE to the call to the profession. I am continually amazed at the empathy, care, and professionalism nurses showcase, which has been highlighted and displayed this past year dealing with the pandemic.

Happy Nurses Month and continue to be safe!

David F. Walz, MBA, BSN, RN, CNN, FACHE
2021-2022 ANNA President


With the theme of "Nurses Make a Difference," each week during Nurses Month has a specific focus:

  • Self-Care (May 1-9)
  • Recognition (May 10-16)
  • Professional Development (May 17-23)
  • Community Engagement (May 24-31)

Free Webinar

In honor of National Nurses Month, ANA will host a free webinar on May 19 entitled "Redefining Nursing — Reaffirming Our Practice."

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In Their Own Words: What Nursing Means to Me

Lillian Pryor, ANNA Immediate Past President, joins some of the country’s top nursing leaders to describe her passion for nursing.

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The Gratitude Symposium

During the month of May, 45 experts are joining together to provide healthcare workers with a series of free presentations meant to thank, teach, and inspire those in health care.

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Future of Nursing 2020-2030 Report

On May 11, 2021, the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) released the Future of Nursing 2020-2030 report – The Future of Nursing: Charting a Path to Achieve Health Equity. The report explores how nurses can work to reduce health disparities and promote equity, while keeping costs at bay, utilizing technology, and maintaining patient and family-focused care. Sponsored by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, this report builds on the foundation set out by the 2011 Institute of Medicine report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health.

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