National Nurses Day

National Nurses Day Quick Facts

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2024 DateMay 6, 2024
2025 DateMay 6, 2025

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National Nurses Day History

National Nurses Day seeks to raise awareness about the contributions of nurses everywhere. This day aims to acknowledge and recognize their efforts. This day serves as the beginning of National Nurses Week, a week-long observance taking place from May 6th to May 12th. This day also serves to commemorate Florence Nightingale, a renowned nurse who was a pioneer in the world of nursing. Her contributions in the Crimean war and in establishing nursing schools led to the adoption of the Nightingale Pledge in the US. It is a statement of ethics and principles of the nursing profession.

National Nurses Day was established in 1965 by the International Council of Nurses. It was officially recognized in the United States in 1982 by US President Ronald Reagan. It is observed annually on May 6th.

Facts about National Nurses Day

  • According to, in 2023, the median salary for a registered nurse in the US was $89,000.
    According to, in 2022, the median pay for registered nurses was $77,600 in the United States.
  • According to the American Nurses Association, in 2024, there were 4.5 million registered nurses in the U.S.
    According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 3 million registered nurses throughout the U.S. at the start of 2022.
  • According to Zippia, in 2023, about 86% of Registered Nurses in the U.S. are women, while 14% are men.
  • The U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 12% job growth for registered nurses between 2018 and 2028.

Top things to do for National Nurses Day

  • Show your local nurses and healthcare workers support and appreciation. They have been working tirelessly during the Coivd-19 pandemic. Get them a gift basket or write them a thank-you note.
  • Explore case studies that highlight the dedication of nurses.
  • Watch a touching Nurses Day 2023 video.
  • Watch a movie or documentary that focuses on the nursing profession. Here are our suggestions:
    The American Nurse (2014)
    Nurses: If Florence Could See Us Now (2013)
    Wit (2001)

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