May 2, 2005


National Nurses' Week 2005 theme: Nurses: Many Roles, One Profession
All across the United States, registered nurses are being saluted.

"Nurses: Many Roles, One Profession" is the theme for 2005. National Nurses Week opens on May 6, the traditional National Nurses Day. This year the American Nurses Association (ANA), in conjunction with its Constituent State Nurses Associations, will be recognizing nurses by drawing special attending to safe patient lifting and handling, which is being addressed through ANA's Handle with Care Campaign. (see

Annually, National Nurses Week begins on May 6, marked as RN Recognition Day, and ends on May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, founder of nursing as a modern profession.

In honor of National Nurses Week and RN Recognition Day, registered nurses around the country are encouraged to wear the official "RN Pin." In addition to wearing the RN Pin, nurses will be asked to dress in uniform on that day.

ANA, through its 54 constituent member associations, its Associate Organizational Members (AOMs) and organizational affiliates, advances the nursing profession by fostering high standards of nursing practice, promoting economic and general welfare, promoting a positive and realistic view of nursing, and lobbying Congress and the regulatory agencies on health care issues affecting nurses and the public.

Traditionally, National Nurses Week is devoted to highlighting the diverse ways in which registered nurses, the largest health care profession, are working to improve health care. From bedside nursing in hospitals and long-term care facilities to the halls of research institutions, state legislatures, and Congress, the depth and breadth of the nursing profession is meeting the expanding health care needs of American society.