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National Nurses Week and International Nurses Day

National Nurses Week begins each year on May 6 and ends on May 12, Florence Nightingale's birthday. Florence Nightingale was a trailblazing figure in nursing who greatly affected 19th and 20th-century policies around proper care. She was known for her night rounds to aid the wounded, establishing her image as the 'Lady with the Lamp.'

The American Nurses Association (ANA) has always led efforts to celebrate nursing, ensuring that recognition is promoted as widely as possible; and in 1990 extended it to a week-long celebration of the work of the nation’s registered nurses, the largest of the healthcare professions. Every year the ANA selects a theme for the week highlighting a particular aspect of nurses’ practice. The 2018 theme is "Nurses: Inspire, Innovate, Influence".

At the end of Nurses Week on May 12, we celebrate International Nurses Day. The International Council of Nurses (ICN) has chosen the theme, Nurses A Voice to Lead – Health is a Human right” for International Nurses Day!

Take to social media and join this campaign by using hashtag #nationalnursesweek & #internationalnursesday.

In recognition of this campaign, OPENPediatrics is pleased to feature the video, "Becoming A Successful Nurse Director: Characteristics of Nurse Directors that Contribute to High Registered Nurse Satisfaction Scores" by Debra Burke.


OPENPediatrics also features the following Nursing World Shared Practice Forums: