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National Nursing Week 2018

Date and theme
About National Nursing Week
Posters
Ideas for celebrating
Events

Date and theme

National Nursing Week is May 7-13 and the theme is #YESThisIsNursing.

The theme, which was created by Alliah Over, RN, MN, of Newmarket, Ontario, was selected by CNA in 2017 and has been carried over for 2018. We picked it from among nearly 300 submissions by nurses, students and other Canadians. Here is how Over described the inspiration for her submission:

Nursing roles are evolving at an exponential rate, particularly with the influence of technology and the expansion of digital technologies. We can leverage social media to raise awareness, promote advocacy and connect people across the globe on important issues. For me, this theme speaks to the expanding traditional and non-traditional roles, settings and sectors nurses work in as well as the unique opportunities for our profession presented by social media and emerging tech trends.

About National Nursing Week

The week draws attention to nurses, increasing the awareness of the public, policy-makers and governments of the many contributions of nursing to the well-being of Canadians.

In 1971, the International Council of Nurses (ICN) designated May 12, the birthday of nursing pioneer Florence Nightingale, as International Nurses Day. In 1985, CNA members passed a resolution to begin negotiations with the federal government to have the week containing May 12 proclaimed as National Nurses Week annually. Soon after, the federal minister of health proclaimed the second week of May as National Nurses Week. In 1993, the name was changed to National Nursing Week to emphasize the profession's accomplishments as a discipline.

Posters

CNA’s creative staff members are developing a new poster for 2018 to capture the meaning behind #YesThisIsNursing. Once the poster is ready for download and/or purchase, we will share the news on the homepage and our Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Ideas for celebrating

  • Have a series of lunch-and-learn sessions where nurses from different practice areas present on their role and responsibilities
  • Invite a nursing leader to present on a topic of interest to colleagues or community gatherings
  • Plan a social outing with all the nurses in your organization
  • Display nursing artifacts, such as school hats, pins and uniforms, in a prominent area of your workplace
  • Organize a potluck lunch or a healthy snack break to bring nurses and other employees together
  • On social media, tell others about the diversity of your role by using the #YESThisIsNursing hashtag
  • Tell your nursing story on social media
  • Offer to conduct a nursing careers session at a local school
  • Suggest story ideas or offer to be interviewed by your local media, focusing on stories related to the NNW theme

Events

May 12: International Nurses Day

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