2020 Nurses Month 

WEEK 2: May 10–16


  • Raise visibility of the critical work nurses do and foster greater understanding of the diversity of the nursing profession by honoring exemplary nurses and engaging with your community.

  • Recognize one or more nurses who excel, lead, and innovate through their exemplary courage, community service, advocacy, research and innovation, and years of commitment to the profession.

  • Request a proclamation from your mayor/governor declaring May 6 as National RN Recognition Day and/or May as Nurses Month. (A sample proclamation is available in this toolkit.)

  • Take the opportunity to educate state legislators about the role and value of registered nurses in the health care system. Write a letter or share a video from nurses.

  • Place an article or opinion piece in your state or local newspaper(s), or in a community blog, about Nurses Month and the contributions of nurses.

  • Host a video news conference or an informal virtual media roundtable. Discuss nurses’ response to major events and other important health care issues in your community, honor a registered nurse for a heroic act, or bestow an honorary nurse title on a deserving elected official or civic leader.