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National Nursing Week 2021

About National Nursing Week
Dates and theme
Ideas for celebrating
Celebrate nursing — inspirational messages from 2020
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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, 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.

2021 dates and theme

May 10-16, 2021: 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.

Theme: the theme for 2021 has not yet been determined. CNA will announce the details at a later date.

Ideas for celebrating

  • Host a virtual birthday event to honour of the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth
  • On social media, tell others about the diversity of your role and your nursing story using #CNA2021 #IND2021 #Nurses2021 #NationalNursingWeek
  • Follow CNA on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube
  • Print copies of our poster and place them in prominent areas of your workplace to raise awareness for National Nursing week
  • Post a picture with your team on social media and remember to tag us #CNA2021 #IND2021 #Nurses2021 #NationalNursingWeek
  • Be personal: write thank-you notes as a sign of your appreciation for all that your nursing staff does for patients daily. Such gestures have become increasingly rare, so this simple act of recognition can make a profound difference in employee morale.

Celebrate nursing — inspirational messages from 2020

We are delighted to present these special messages that acknowledge and thank nurses for their expertise, professionalism and dedication to keeping people healthy.

Governor General Julie Payette — Read the message [PDF, 225 KB]

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau — Read the message [PDF, 236.5 KB] | Watch the video

CNA president Claire Betker — Watch the video

Contact Us

For general inquiries, please contact reception@cna-aiic.ca.