Join us in celebrating National Nurses Week as we acknowledge our appreciation and respect for the nursing professionals who work with laboratorians to deliver safe patient care. Nurses are often responsible for drawing patient blood samples that are delivered to the lab as well as performing point-of-care testing at the patient’s bedside. Laboratorians rely on nurses to perform testing that ultimately yields accurate results that contribute to good patient outcomes.
National Nurses Week begins each year on May 6th and ends on May 12th, Florence Nightingale's birthday. 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.