National Nursing Week

National Nursing Week is May 6-12, 2024, and this year’s theme is Changing Lives. Shaping Tomorrow.

The theme recognizes the contributions of the tremendous impact that nurses have on individuals, communities, and the future of health care. We hope you embrace it as you show your support for Canada’s nurses this year.

Changing Lives:

Patient impact: Nurses play a crucial role in directly impacting the lives of patients. Through their care, compassion and expertise, they contribute to positive changes in the health and well-being of individuals.

Advocacy: Nurses often advocate for their patients, ensuring they receive the best possible care and support. This advocacy can bring about transformative changes in people’s lives.

Shaping Tomorrow:

Innovation: Nurses are at the forefront of health-care innovation, contributing to advancements in treatments, technologies and patient care practices. Their commitment to learning and adapting helps shape the future of health care.

Educational influence: Nurses, as educators, have a significant impact on shaping the next generation of health-care professionals. Their knowledge and mentorship influence the future of the nursing profession.


Embrace nurses and shine a spotlight on them by using the hashtags #CNA2024 #NursingWeek2024 #NationalNursingWeek #IND2024 #Nurses2024 #NursesChangingLives #NursesShapingTomorrow

We look forward to celebrating National Nursing Week (May 6-12), Indigenous Nurses Day (May 6), and International Nurses Day (May 12) with you all!


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, 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.



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