National Nurses Week is celebrated every year beginning May 6th and ending May 12th. Join us in celebrating the men and women who serve this country by caring for its citizens.
In February, President Nixon proclaims National Nurse Week. After that, in 1978 New Jersey Governor Brendon Byrne declared May 6 as "National Nurses Day" for his state. Then in1981, the ANA (American Nurses Association) rallied with other nurses associations to support a resolution initiated by nurses in New Mexico, through Congressman Manuel Lujan, to have May 6, 1982, established as "National Recognition Day for Nurses".
In February 1982, the ANA Board of Directors formally acknowledges May 6, 1982 as "National Nurses Day". This action confirmed a joint resolution of the United States Congress designating May 6 as "National Recognition Day for Nurses".
On March 25th 1982, President Ronald Reagan signed a proclamation officially declaring May 6, 1982 as "National Recognition Day for Nurses". In 1990 The American Nursing Association Board of Directors expanded the recognition of nurses to a week-long celebration, declaring May 6 - 12, 1991 as National Nurses Week. In 1993 the ANA Board of Directors designated May 6 - 12 as lasting dates to observe National Nurses Week.