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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.

The impact of nurses on health care is unparalleled directly affecting the health and well-being of our society. Nurses are everywhere we live, work, play, learn, and worship, and in every health care setting providing care to millions of people.

ANA selected the evergreen theme, Nurses Make a Difference to honor the varying roles of nurses and their positive impact on our lives. Nurses make a difference as trusted advocates who ensure individuals, families, and populations receive quality patient care and services. Nurses make a difference by influencing and shaping health policy decisions that ensure all Americans have access to high-quality, affordable health care coverage.

A month-long celebration of the nursing profession allows for greater opportunities to promote understanding and appreciation of the invaluable contributions of nurses. The month will be divided into four weekly focus areas — Self-Care, Recognition, Professional Development, and Community Engagement. Click on the icons below to see how you can take part in the weekly activities:



(May 1–7)

This week is dedicated to cultivating and maintaining optimal mental health and physical well-being.


(May 8–14)

Honor the work of nurses who lead, excel, and innovate, not only in our health care systems, but also in our communities which makes them vital to transforming the future of health care.


professional development

(May 15–21)

The free Nurses Month Webinar presented by Navigate Nursing.


community engagement

(May 22–28)

Focus on Engaging with your community this week, whether virtually or in-person. Educate members of your community on what nurses do beyond the bedside — advocacy, shaping public policy, or serving as organizational board members, among other duties. Encourage them to support current and future nurses.