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National Nursing Week 2019

Dates and theme
Poster and Imagesnow available
Ideas for celebrating
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About National Nursing Week

Dates and theme

National Nursing Week is Monday, May 6, to Sunday, May 12, 2019.

The theme is Nurses: A Voice to Lead – Health for All. It was developed by the International Council of Nurses (ICN). According to ICN, A Voice to Lead reflects the fact that “every nurse has a story and every story has the potential to improve the health system and enable individuals and communities to achieve their highest attainable standard of health. From these insights comes the power for change.” Health for All means “not just the availability of health services, but a complete state of physical and mental health that enables a person to lead a socially and economically productive life.”

Our National Nursing Week digital poster and social media images will help you spread the word.

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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 using #voicetolead, #IND2019 and #NationalNursingWeek
  • Follow CNA on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube
  • Offer to conduct a nursing careers session at a school
  • Suggest story ideas or offer to be interviewed by your local media, focusing on stories related to the NNW theme
  • Get festive: have your staff decorate their workplace based on this year’s theme. This activity also doubles as an opportunity for team bonding.
  • 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.

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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.