Celebrate Nurses Week at Your Facility: Employer Guide

Last Updated on April 26, 2024

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May marks National Nurses Week — and as facility leaders, we’re inviting you to celebrate them with us! As a nationwide leader in healthcare staffing, we’re marking the occasion with celebration to thank and honor nurses, and recognize them as the true difference-makers they are.

At a time when understaffing and patient safety concerns are becoming bigger issues than ever before, it’s important to take the time to recognize and thank the nation’s hard-working nursing professionals. Join us in our celebration this month, and discover how to celebrate at your facility.

Origins and Importance of Nurses Week

The goal of National Nurses Week is to bring more attention and recognition to the important work nurses do every day. It all began with the first-ever Nurses Week back in 1954. But this was a one-time event, and efforts to recognize a nationally recognized Nurses Day didn’t bear fruit until President Ronald Reagan authorized “National Recognition Day for Nurses” in 1982.

In 1993, the American Nurses Association (ANA) extended the holiday into a week-long celebration, beginning each year on May 6 and concluding on May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale. Behind it all was a push to get better at recognizing, celebrating, and thanking nursing professionals of all types for their hard work and commitment to patient care.

The push to celebrate clinicians has never been more important than in today’s landscape. After the pandemic, we have been reminded of the essential work they do. However, nursing turnover and burnout rates are higher than ever before. According to the AHCA/NCAL, over 600,000 RNs reported that they are considering leaving the profession by 2027.

Nursing professionals have frequently struggled with their jobs. As a result, that doesn’t just make a tough job even more difficult, but it puts many employers in a tough spot, too.

Related: How Staffing Shortages in Nursing Impact Patient Experience

Nurses Week: Making the Difference

For that reason, we’re doubling down our celebration of Nurses Week this year. They change lives, and not just of their patients, but pretty much every one else around them. That includes their families, and friends, the communities they serve, and of course, the facilities they work in.

As usual, we’re following the ANA’s celebration of the week-long event. Built around the theme of “Nurses Make the Difference,” the ANA’s schedule includes a commitment to mental health and physical wellbeing, recognition, professional development, and community engagement.

The goal here is to educate people about “what nurses do beyond the bedside — advocacy, shaping public policy, or serving as an organization board.”

How can Facility Leaders Make a Difference in Nursing?

So, how can you help celebrate Nurses Week in your facilities? A good place to start is by checking in with the CareerStaff Healthcare Staffing Blog. Develop strategies that will make a lasting impact on your facility and foster a culture that supports your difference-makers.

Of course, there are other ways to recognize the nurses within your facility, too. For instance, you can consider start a recognition wall or another program to recognize your difference-makers for their outstanding work and service. Setting up self-care programs can also be a great way to show your support to current staff and elevate your nurse recruitment strategy.

Additionally, you can use this ANA toolkit that gives more ideas on celebrating Nurses Week. They have everything from posters, banners and online images for social media to templates for thank-you letters and more.

At the end of the day, it’s all about remembering that each member of your nursing staff is more than a nurse — they make the difference. Moreover, their impact goes far beyond that of patients they serve, but extends to the entire community, and the country. That’s a fact that we’re proud to celebrate as a leader in healthcare staffing and we hope you’ll join us in doing the same!  

Celebrate Nurses Week with CareerStaff

Happy Nurses Week from CareerStaff. Looking to make a difference in patient care this week and beyond? As a leading healthcare recruitment provider, we specialize in helping facilities and organizations of all types meet their unique workforce needs. With a national network of nursing professionals across the spectrum of specialties and skill sets, CareerStaff is your source for permanent hires, travel nurses, per diem workers, and much more.

Contact us today to learn more about our Joint Commission-certified workforce solutions, or request nurse staffing now.