Nurses Week


With more than 3.1 million registered nurses, nursing is America’s largest healthcare profession.  Nurses place themselves on the front lines of patient care, staffing 24 hour call lines, triaging pediatric patients (and their parents), and caring for even the most basic needs of our elderly.  They go to war with our soldiers and continue to care for veterans when they come home.  Each year the week of May 6-12 is set aside as National Nurses Week, a time to celebrate nurses’ calling to care.
The week begins with National Registered Nurse day (May 6,) celebrates Student Nurses Day (May 8,) School Nurse Day (May 9,) and culminates with International Nurses Day on May 12th, the birthday of Florence Nightengale, the founder of modern nursing.  For a full history of Nurses Week visit the American Nurses Association. The theme for Nurses Week 2012 is, Nurses: Advocating, Leading, Caring.

Celebration Suggestions

Promote a positive image of registered nurses by sponsoring health fairs, conducting preventive screenings in underserved areas, organizing a walk-a-thon, etc.

  • These events are the perfect opportunity for a give away.  Check out our Healthcare Store for things like mini first aid kits, lip balm, and children’s items. 

Obtain support from other nursing and health care organizations in your area by asking them to sponsor National RN Recognition Day and/or National Nurses Week and to hold a joint event with your organization.

  • Pair the water bottle and tote bag in our exclusive Nurses Week Store for a smashing duo with double the brand power.

Hold a special celebration or reception to recognize a nurse or several nurses in your community. These nurses could be honored for heroic acts, years of service to the community, exemplary courage, or their commitment to the nursing profession over the years.



If you haven’t planned your celebration yet, or need some ideas for additions to your event, the American Nurses Association has a wealth of resources.

Sky High Marketing is ready to help, too.  Whether you’re looking for gifts to give to nurses within your organization or for promotional materials for a display, we have a hand picked selection at our lowest prices of the year, just for Nurses Week.   Visit our store right now to see the entire selection, available for a limited time.