National Student Nurses Day - May 8
Wed, May 8, 2024

National Student Nurses Day

National Student Nurses Day is an American holiday dedicated to female nursing students. These girls have chosen a very demanding profession, which can involve many activities: administering injections, changing dressings for various injuries, caring for patients with disabilities, patients with mental health problems, and more. It is celebrated annually on May 8.


The history of National Student Nurses Day is devoid of details. It is known that the holiday is celebrated as part of Nurses’ Week.

The history of these specialists stretches back centuries. For a long time (since the 16th century) nurses had limited medical knowledge, which they received in monasteries and other similar places with a religious purpose.

In 1860, in a dramatic event that changed the whole essence of nursing education, Florence Nightingale opened a nursing school at St. Thomas Hospital. The curriculum was changed to focus on all the basic skills and abilities required to care for patients. Since then, the development of this field has continued apace.

Since the 20th century, new teaching technologies have been actively introduced. Nursing degrees have been introduced at institutions of higher learning. With the advent of the Internet, distance learning also began to develop.

Interesting facts

  • In 1888 a school was opened to train men. They are called nurses today. The myth that nursing required only female participation was dispelled.
  • Ф. Nightingale opened her school during the Crimean War to train specialists in the care of wounded soldiers.
  • According to statistics, Finland is the country with the largest number of nurses. For every 100,000 people there are more than 2,000 nurses.

How to celebrate

Congratulate someone you know if they are studying or already working as a nurse. Learn more about the work of these professionals.

Tell about the holiday on social networks. Ask users what kind of care the nurses provided, if they were treated at the hospital, were they happy with their work?

When is National Student Nurses Day celebrated in 2024?

National Student Nurses Day is observed on May 8 each year.


Weekday Month Day Year
Wednesday May 8 2024
Thursday May 8 2025