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Nurses Make a Difference

Celebrate National Nurses Week May 2023

Appreciation for the Heart of Healthcare

As a nurse, you bring your own kind of strength to your work, and it spreads throughout the nursing profession and your community. With your caring heart, passion and expertise, you are truly making a difference every single day.

National Nurses Week is May 6–12, 2023, but let’s use the entire month to nourish your well-being and honor nurses everywhere.


Improve Nursing Wellness

Boost the nation’s health one nurse at a time by joining the Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation™ program.1 Make a health commitment and share successes with other nurses.

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5-Minute Gratitude Break

Let the supporters and nurses in your life know how much you appreciate them with this e-card. It's free and no account setup is needed to say thank you.

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Find an Island of Calm

Night shift or daytime, take a gentle break that gives you a little more peace and strength. Try this "Yoga with Adriene" video, her way to honor nurses throughout the year.

Yoga for nurses

Nursing Excellence Award

Rasmussen Nursing students and faculty were nominated by their peers for the Rasmussen University Award for Nursing Excellence. These individuals were nominated because of their dedication to becoming skilled nurses or for their contributions to the whole nursing profession and healthcare fields. Help us in congratulating these outstanding Nursing students and faculty!

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"I have worked so hard to become the nurse I am today, and I can’t wait to see where the future takes me."

Lacey H.
Associate’s Degree in Nursing Graduate and 2022 Alumni Nightingale Award Recipient

Ways to Save on Your Nursing Program

National Nurses Week is also a great time to review your career path and consider going back to school. As a national leader in nursing education, Rasmussen University Nursing programs can meet you where you are—from a Practical Nursing Diploma through BSN, MSN and a doctoral degree. You’ll find advanced programs and multiple ways to make your education more manageable.

Connect with our dedicated team of admissions advisors who will walk you through every step to create a personalized education plan.

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LPN Care Grant

Save up to $2,000 on your Practical Nursing Diploma and take your first step as a nurse.2 The LPN Care Grant is available right now for new students starting in May or July 2023.

Learn More About the LPN Care Grant

Refer a Nurse for a Scholarship

You probably know someone who would make a great nurse. Or a nurse who’s ready to level up. Refer them to start or advance their education, and they could receive up to $500 toward their tuition.4

Refer a Nurse

Alumni Grant

Returning alumni could save up to $3,000 on their Associate’s, Bachelor’s, MSN or Doctoral degree.3 Plus, credits you’ve earned could transfer directly into the next degree.

Check Out the Alumni Grant

Employer Benefits

Over 500 employers have an alliance with Rasmussen University that gives eligible employees tuition savings on qualified programs. See how much you can save.

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"All the people around me will stand up for their patients. I found strength speaking with the professionals and the faculty [at Rasmussen], talking about their experiences. And you need to rely on each other for support."

Skylar H.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing Student

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Frequently Asked Questions About Nurses Week

  • When is National Nurses Week?

    National Nurses Week is celebrated from May 6 to May 12, Florence Nightingale’s birthday.

    Florence Nightingale is often considered the founder of modern nursing and a catalyst for healthcare reform.

  • Is it National Nurses Week or Nurses Month?

    In 1974, President Nixon officially designated National Nurse Week, then in 1982, President Ronald Reagan approved National Recognition Day for Nurses as May 6.

    By 1990, the American Nurses Association (ANA) had the established recognition event expanded to a week-long celebration, declaring May 6–12 as National Nurses Week.

    In 2020, the American Nurses Association advanced the recognition even further by championing a month-long celebration. That means more opportunities to honor nurses and recognize their contributions within our communities.

  • Why do we celebrate Nurses Week and Month?

    National Nurses Week is a time to recognize and appreciate the contributions of nurses in the healthcare industry. Nurses are often the first point of contact for patients, and they play a crucial role in their recovery and well-being. This also provides an opportunity to educate the public about the importance of nurses in the healthcare system and health policy.

  • What can you do to celebrate National Nurses Week and Month?

    National Nurses Week and Month is a great opportunity to show appreciation to the nurses in your life. You can send them a thank-you note or small gift to show your gratitude. Some hospitals and healthcare facilities also organize events and activities to celebrate Nurses Day.

    If you’re a nurse, do some yoga, enjoy a quiet cup of coffee or reflect on your positive impact.

    Be sure to check out our Facebook pages, including campuses, to see what else we’re up to!

  • When is National Nurses Day?

    National Nurses Day is May 6, the first day of National Nurses Week.

    May 8 is designated as National Student Nurses Day. Also, the Wednesday within National Nurses Week is recognized as National School Nurse Day.

    National Nurses Week and Month are meant to celebrate nurses of all levels and specialties, and the history of national nurses.

  • What can you do for National Nurses Day?

    On National Nurses Day, you can say thank you to the nurses in your life and acknowledge their hard work, dedication and compassion to their patients. National Student Nurses Day is also celebrated for anyone working to make a positive impact on the nursing profession.

    It doesn’t have to be expensive or extravagant—saying thank you only takes a second!

  • Who founded National Nurses Day?

    National Nurses Day was founded by the International Council of Nurses (ICN) in 1965.

  • Are Hospital Week and Nurses Week the same?

    No, Hospital Week and National Nurse Week are not the same. Hospital Week is usually celebrated annually in the second week of May to recognize the contributions of all healthcare professionals and workers, including doctors, nurses and other staff members.

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