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About Nurses Month

ANA Enterprise 2021 Initiatives / About Nurses Month

You Make a Difference

Nurses Month 2020. Excel. Lead. Innovate. ANA Enterprise.

Since the pandemic, honoring our nation’s nurses is more profoundly significant, which makes this month of recognition in May even more important.

Whether it is a national health emergency or routine daily care, nurses’ vital contributions impact the health and well-being of our communities, which is why ANA selected the theme for May as Nurses Make a Difference. To honor nurses and support the nursing profession, ANA will promote weekly themes and activities. While continued physical distancing may limit our face-to-face activities, we encourage everyone to think of creative ways to virtually engage.

The month will be divided into four weekly focuses – Self-Care, Recognition, Professional Development, and Community Engagement. Click on the icons below as they become live so you can take part in our weekly activities:  



(May 1–7)

Use this week to focus on yours’ and your colleagues’ mental health and physical well-being.



(May 8–14)

Now more than ever, it is important to raise the visibility of the critical work nurses do by honoring nurse heroes, innovators and leaders.


professional development

(May 15–21)

The free Nurses Month Webinar on May 19 will focus on the Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice, 4th Edition.