National Nurses’ Day - May
Mon, May 6, 2024

National Nurses’ Day

National Nurses Day in the USA is an annual holiday. It marks the beginning of National Nurses Week in the United States. And this is one of the largest events in the American healthcare system.

The History

National Nurses Day is celebrated on May 6th. This date was chosen in honor of Florence Nightingale, the British sister of mercy. She was one of the founders of the Sisters of Mercy Service.

National Nurses Day was established in 1953. This holiday’s founder was Dorothy Sutherland, an employee of the US Health Department, who sent a letter to the President with a request to hold a celebration dedicated to nurses. The holiday was organized and held, but there was not an official announcement about holding it annually. In the following years, people celebrated May 6 as Nurses Day, anyway. By the way, the first National Nurses Week was held in 1974.

How to take part

The main purpose is expressing gratitude and support to nurses for their great work. How can you do it?

  1. Writing sincere thanksgiving letters.
  2. Medical volunteer work.
  3. Concerts and solemn awards ceremonies.
  4. Posting thanksgiving notes on social networks.
  5. Baking cakes with a themed design.
  6. Poem dedication.

When is National Nurses’ Day celebrated in 2024?

National Nurses’ Day is observed on May 6 each year.


Weekday Month Day Year
Monday May 6 2024
Tuesday May 6 2025