Operating Room Nurse Day - November 14
Mon, Nov 14, 2022

Operating Room Nurse Day

Operating Room Nurse Day is celebrated on November 14 in the United States. This is an important holiday for people who are not “stars” of operating rooms. Patients and their relatives thank the surgeon for the success of the operation, but nurses always remain in the shadows … This is not fair: the date calls for saying “thank you” to everyone who takes part in the treatment.


Operating Room Nurse Day appeared in 1989. Its creator is Iowa Governor Terry Branstead. He rewarded nurses, celebrated their colossal work, and also proposed a date on which they would be honored.

The history of nursing goes far into the past. Historians believe that the profession was founded more than 2000 years ago. These were the usual nurses who assisted in operating rooms and cared for the sick. If you look into the depths of centuries, you can also find early analogues of the specialty – usually nuns helped the sick. And this is only a more visible past – archaeologists have found evidence that similar operations took place 9 thousand years ago.

Interesting facts

Notable points:

  • the average life expectancy in primitive society did not exceed 25 years due to the lack of medicine;
  • in the 20th century, researchers found the library of King Ashurbanipal – it consisted of clay tablets that differed in medical content;
  • Chinese doctors most often used ginseng – it was considered an almost universal medicine;
  • in some countries, bloodletting was considered a way to get rid of many ailments;
  • the human brain is only 10% studied – the development of psychiatry continues;
  • The placebo effect has also been observed in animals.

How to celebrate

Send a gift to the operating room nurse! It can be flowers, chocolate, a cake, a postcard… Even if there is no worker you know, do something nice for the doctors from the nearest hospital. Tell people about the holiday to increase its popularity.

When is Operating Room Nurse Day celebrated in 2022?

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


Weekday Month Day Year
Monday November 14 2022
Tuesday November 14 2023
Thursday November 14 2024
Friday November 14 2025
Saturday November 14 2026