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 In 1993, the American Nurses Association declared May 6-12 as National Nurses Week and it has continued as an established recognition event since that time. Why May 6-12?  May 12th is Florence Nightingale’s birthday and National Nurses Week always ends on her birthday. In 1998, May 8 was designated as National Student Nurses Day. Since 2003, National School Nurse Day has been celebrated on the Wednesday within National Nurses Week. 

The nursing profession has been supported and promoted by the American Nurses Association (ANA) since 1896. Each of ANA's state and territorial nurses associations promotes the nursing profession at the state and regional levels. Each conducts celebrations on these dates to recognize the contributions that nurses and nursing make to the community.

The ANA supports and encourages National Nurses Week recognition programs through the state and district nurses associations, other specialty nursing organizations, educational facilities, and independent health care companies and institutions. 

Each year, Shared Governance and Nursing leaders collaborate to plan events during Nurses Week to recognize and celebrate the nurses at AU Health.