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National Nursing Week 2019

About National Nursing Week
Dates and theme
Ideas for celebrating
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About National Nursing Week

The week draws attention to nurses, increasing the awareness of the public, policy-makers and governments of the many contributions of nursing to the well-being of Canadians.

In 1971, the International Council of Nurses (ICN) designated May 12, the birthday of nursing pioneer Florence Nightingale, as International Nurses Day. In 1985, CNA members passed a resolution to begin negotiations with the federal government to have the week containing May 12 proclaimed as National Nurses Week annually. Soon after, the federal minister of health proclaimed the second week of May as National Nurses Week. In 1993, the name was changed to National Nursing Week to emphasize the profession's accomplishments as a discipline.

Dates and theme

The National Nursing Week annual celebrations take place from the Monday to the Sunday of the same week as Florence Nightingale’s birthday, May 12.

For 2019, National Nursing Week will take place Monday, May 6, to Sunday, May 12.

The theme for 2019 has not yet been determined. CNA will announce the details at a later date.

Ideas for celebrating

  • Have a series of lunch-and-learn sessions where nurses from different practice areas present on their role and responsibilities
  • Invite a nursing leader to present on a topic of interest to colleagues or community gatherings
  • Plan a social outing with all the nurses in your organization
  • Display nursing artifacts, such as school hats, pins and uniforms, in a prominent area of your workplace
  • Organize a potluck lunch or a healthy snack break to bring nurses and other employees together
  • On social media, tell others about the diversity of your role and your nursing story
  • Offer to conduct a nursing careers session at a local school
  • Suggest story ideas or offer to be interviewed by your local media, focusing on stories related to the NNW theme

Contact Us

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