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National Nursing Week

Monday, May 9 to Sunday, May 15, 2022

2022 National Nursing Week supported by:

Johnson Insurance provides Association members with access to group health benefits, and special rates on home and travel insurance. Learn more about our Johnson Insurance Perks for Nurses partnership, or visit their website


International Nurses Day: May 12, 2022
National Indigenous Nurses Day: May 9, 2022
Manitoba Indigenous Nurses Day: May 11, 2022

For the second year, the National Nursing Week theme is #WeAnswerTheCall. With a platform like National Nursing Week, we can create a better understanding of the many roles nurses play in a health-care journey and the incredible leadership and expertise they bring when they answer the call to care for our communities.

Recognizing International Nurses Day (May 12) and National Nursing Week in Canada (May 9-15) is highly significant in 2022 as nurses continue to play a critical role in Canada’s fight against COVID-19.

We will also celebrate Manitoba Indigenous Nurses Day (May 12). This day highlights the achievements of Canada’s and Manitoba's First Nations, Inuit, and Métis nurses and recognizes their invaluable work in improving the health and well-being of Canadians.

National Nursing Week Perks for Nurses partners

For National Nursing Week, ARNM partnered with the following businesses to give you special discounts to say 'thank you'.

Visit our Perks for Nurses page for more information.

More ideas for spreading the word and participating

  • On social media:
    • In all your posts, use #WeAnswerTheCall #IKnowANurse #NationalNursingWeek #ARNM2022
    • Share pictures and stories that create awareness about National Nursing Week.
    • Showcase and describe the diversity of your role, your team and your working environments.
    • Use #IKnowANurse to share stories of exceptional nurses, because everyone knows a nurse who has left a lasting impression!
    • Follow the Association on Facebook,  Twitter, and LinkedIn
    • Be personal: write thank-you notes as a sign of your appreciation for all that your nursing staff does for patients daily. Such gestures have become increasingly rare, so this simple act of recognition can make a profound difference in employee morale.

About National Nursing Week

The week draws attention to nurses, increasing the awareness of the public, policy-makers and governments of the many contributions of nursing to the well-being of Canadians.

In 1971, the International Council of Nurses (ICN) designated May 12, the birthday of nursing pioneer Florence Nightingale, as International Nurses Day. In 1985, the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) members passed a resolution to begin negotiations with the federal government to have the week containing May 12 proclaimed as National Nurses Week annually. Soon after, the federal minister of health proclaimed the second week of May as National Nurses Week. In 1993, the name was changed to National Nursing Week to emphasize the profession's accomplishments as a discipline.

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