National Nurses Week

The Ohio Association of Advanced Practice Nurses is celebrating National Nurses Week and our amazing APRNs! This year more than ever, we want to take a moment to acknowledge the collective impact of our profession and the incredible way each of you stepped forward to the front lines during a very challenging year. 

Established in 1993 by the American Nurses Association (ANA), National Nurses Week celebrates the nursing profession and is typically celebrated May 6 through May 12, ending on the birthday of Florence Nightingale who is considered to be the founder of modern nursing. 

Last year, 2020 was designated the Year of the Nurse. The ANA and the World Health Organization (WHO) have extended that celebration into 2021. As part of the celebration, there will be events throughout the year for nurses to enhance their education, make connections, and get recognition.  

The International Council of Nurses, a worldwide federation of nurses’ associations and representing more than 27 million nurses worldwide, has designated the theme for this year’s Nurses Week, “Nurses: A Voice to Lead, A Vision for the Future Healthcare”. The theme is to focus awareness on the need for nurses to become more active and vocal in policy development and implementation. 

At OAAPN, our mission is to promote advanced practice nursing through practice, education, advocacy, and leadership, and are proud of our accomplishments throughout our history. Of course, our strength lies in our numbers, so to all of our amazing members, thank you for your service and commitment to your profession.