Operating Room Nurse Day - November 14
Tue, Nov 14, 2023

Operating Room Nurse Day

Operating Room Nurse Day is celebrated on November 14 in the United States. This is an important holiday to acknowledge the hardworking nurses who often remain in the shadows, despite their colossal work. Patients and their relatives thank the surgeon for the success of the operation, but the nurses should also be thanked and honored.


Operating Room Nurse Day was created in 1989 by Iowa Governor Terry Branstead. He wished to recognize the monumental work of nurses and proposed this special day to honor them. The history of nursing has deep roots, with historians believing that the profession began more than 2000 years ago. In the depths of centuries, early analogues of the profession can be found, such as nuns that helped the sick. Even archaeologists have found evidence of similar operations taking place 9,000 years ago.

Interesting facts

  • The average life expectancy in primitive society was 25 years due to the lack of medicine.
  • In the 20th century, researchers found the library of King Ashurbanipal which consisted of clay tablets that had medical content.
  • Chinese doctors frequently used ginseng which was seen as an almost universal medicine.
  • In some countries, bloodletting was a common way to get rid of many ailments.
  • The human brain has only been 10% studied and the development of psychiatry continues.
  • The placebo effect has also been observed in animals.

How to take part

To participate in Operating Room Nurse Day, consider sending a gift to an operating room nurse. It can be something small such as flowers, chocolates, a cake, or a postcard. Even if you don’t know a specific nurse, you can still do something nice for the doctors in the nearest hospital. Another way to participate is to spread the word about the holiday to increase its popularity.

When is Operating Room Nurse Day celebrated in 2023?

Operating Room Nurse Day is observed on November 14 each year.


Weekday Month Day Year
Tuesday November 14 2023
Thursday November 14 2024
Friday November 14 2025
Saturday November 14 2026