National Nurses Month 2020

As part of the "Year of the Nurse and Midwife" celebration, the American Nurses Association "will expand National Nurses Week, traditionally celebrated from May 6 to May 12 each year, to a month-long celebration in May to expand opportunities to elevate and celebrate nursing." 

Nurses Month - May 2020

National Nurses Month will have four different themes, celebrated by week.

Week 1 - Self Care, May 1-9Week 1: Self Care
May 1-9, 2020

Start the month with mindful self-recognition. Focus on yours and others' emotional and physical well-being by encouraging and challenging yourself, colleagues and friends to engage in healthier activities. CRNAs: Visit AANA COVID-19 Well-being Resources

Week 2 - Recognition, May 10-16Week 2: Recognition
May 10-16, 2020

Raise visibility of the critical work nurses do and foster greater understanding of the diversity of the nursing profession by honoring exemplary nurses and engaging with your community. CRNAs: Give a shout out to mentors and those who inspire you on social media. Write a note of appreciation. Send a gift card in gratitude. Put a flower with a note on their car windshield. Also, for remembering special nurses, check out the Kansas State Nurses Association's "The Nightingale Tribute" - Remembering a Nurse.

Week 3 - Professional Development, May 17-23Week 3: Professional Development
May 17-23, 2020

Focus on how you can excel and lead in your nursing career or inspire and help others in their professional nursing journey. CRNAs: Explore the new CRNA Knowledge Network and AANA Learn opportunities.

Week 4 - Community EngagementWeek 4: Community Engagement
May 24-31, 2020

Help promote nurses' invaluable contributions by engaging with your community, educating them on what nurses do, and encouraging future nurses. CRNAs: Take advantage of Public Relations Resources (member login required).

Special Offers for Nurses During National Nurses Month

Adidas is offering a 40% discount for nurses and other medical professionals.

BP/Amoco Gas
BP is offering a single-use discount code for 50 cents per gallon on a BP or Amoco fuel purchase.

In April, customers could buy a burrito, and Chipotle would then donate a burrito to medical professionals. Healthcare workers will be able to sign up for a chance to receive their free burritos starting on Nurses Day, May 6.

Crocs is donating 10,000 free pairs of shoes a day to healthcare workers on the frontlines of COVID-19.

Dunkin Donuts
Dunkin Donuts will offer a free coffee and donut to all healthcare workers on National Nurses Day, May 6.

Healthcare providers receive 20% off takeout orders.

Krispy Kreme
Free donuts to nurses and other healthcare workers on Monday May 4 - show your badge at a Krispy Kreme drive-through.

The North Face
Through 2020, The North Face is offering healthcare professionals and first responders a 50% off discount

Starbucks will give out a free tall brewed (hot or iced) coffee to first responders and front line healthcare workers through the end of May. 

Stay tuned—more offers will be added as they become available

Resources and Inspiration

Florence Nightingale Pledge

Hear the voice of Florence Nightingale! A rare recording posted on YouTube.
Interested in becoming a nurse? Visit the American Nurses Association website.

Interested in becoming a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)? Check this out!

CEO Report: The Year of the Nurse and Midwife: From a Time of Celebration to a Time for Heroes, AANA NewsBulletin, May 2020

Guest Commentary: In Time of COVID, Nurses More Important Than Ever, The Daily Star (Oneonta, N.Y.), May 1, 2020 

"It would not be possible to praise nurses too highly." 
~ Stephen Ambrose

“Nurses are the heart of healthcare.”
~ Donna Wilk Cardillo 

"Nurses—one of the few blessings of being ill." 
~Sara Moss-Wolfe

"When you're a nurse, you know that every day you will touch a life or a life will touch yours."
~ Anonymous

"A nurse will always give us hope; an angel with a stethoscope."
~ Terri Guillemets

"To do what nobody else will do, in a way that nobody else can do, in spite of all we go through...that is what it is to be a nurse."
~ Rawsi Williams

"Nurses help people, and in doing so, we receive the unmatched satisfaction of knowing that we have made a difference to patients and their families."
~ Dawn Marino, RN

"I may be compelled to face danger, but never fear it, and while our soldiers can stand and fight, I can stand and feed and nurse them."
~ Clara Barton

"I attribute my success to this; I never gave nor took any excuse."
~ Florence Nightingale