Nurse Week Information
Suggested Activities for Florida Nurse Week
- Before you even start, designate a Nurse Week Planning Committee.
- Obtain a proclamation from the mayor of your town proclaiming
May 6-12 National Nurses' Week. Click
here for sample proclamation.
- Plan a special celebration (luncheon, dinner, or reception)
to network and celebrate together. You may want to use this time
to honor some of your colleagues. Write letters to local institutions
asking them to nominate their outstanding nurse. You can include
nurses from practice, education or any other areas. List their
names in the program and recognize them with plaques and certificates.
Note: Some regions announce their "Nurse of the Year"
at this time.
- Promote a positive image of nursing by sponsoring a health fair,
conducting preventative screenings in an underserved areas or
organizing a walk-a-thon or fun run.
You may want to co-sponsor an event with a large institution like
a hospital or health club to
share expenses and event planning details.
- Sponsor a coloring/art contest or poetry contest for school
children using the "Nurses Trusted to Care" theme
or creating one of your own. The drawings could be displayed in
local hospitals, malls, schools, nursing homes, etc.
- Contact local hospitals, schools and libraries to set up displays
for National Nurses Week. Have nurses bring in their caps, student
uniforms and photographs to make a very interesting display.
- Be proactive and volunteer to go out to schools to speak to
students about the many roles of nurses today. Take along promotional
materials about careers in nursing.
- Write articles or letters to the editor about "hot"
nursing or healthcare topics.
- Call radio stations and ask them to make announcements during
National Nurses Week. Ask to be a guest on local radio talk or
TV shows. (Create your own personal "media database"
so that you can easily access the addresses/phone numbers and/or
print labels anytime you want to get something out to the press.).
This is excellent free PR for nursing!
- Utilize TV, radio, newspapers and community bulletin boards
to announce your activities.
- Host a fundraiser and donate the money to a local charity (e.g.,
- Organize a candlelight vigil to recognize the hard work of 3.1
million registered nurses in the United States today.
- Write and distribute a press release regarding National Nurses
Day. Click here
for sample press release.
- Order and distribute the Nurse Week Products available from
ANA. For more information see your American Nurse, call 1-800-4ANA,
or go to www.nursingworld.org.
- To build collegiality and collaborative relationships, recognize
colleagues from other health related disciplines, such as P.T,
R.T., with a "we appreciate you" reception, for example.