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May 6, 2021 Read Time - 4 minutes

National Nurses Week 2021

Nurses have always been a critical part of the healthcare system. This year, we’re even more aware of the importance of nurses, as they’ve been a crucial part of the fight against COVID-19. 

In this article, we’ll take a look at everything you need to know to celebrate Nurse Appreciation Week 2021, from this year’s themes to key statistics about nurses.

When Is Nurses Week 2021?

Since 1991, Nurses Week has been celebrated from May 6 to May 12 (Florence Nightingale’s birthday) to recognize the critical role nurses play in healthcare. During Nurses Week, the United States takes time to celebrate and recognize the exceptional work of our nation’s nurses.

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When Is National Nurses Day 2021?

May 6 is National Nurses Day, while May 8 is National Student Nurses Day and May 12 is International Nurse Day. National Nurses Day is celebrated on the same day every year.

Nurse Appreciation Week 2021 Theme

To celebrate National Nurses Week 2021 this year, the International Council of Nurses (ICN) has set the theme “Nurses: A Voice to Lead.”

Now more than ever, the ICN is seeking ideas and insights for innovations and improvements to improve nursing practice and define what it means to provide compassionate, connected care. “In 2021, we seek to show how nursing will look into the future as well how the profession will transform the next stage of healthcare,” according to the ICN.

Statistics About Nurses for Nurses Week 2021

Here’s some interesting information about nurses:

  • There are more than 3 times as many registered nurses as there are physicians in the United States. 
  • Nurses are the main providers of hospital patient care, make up the largest portion of the healthcare workforce, and deliver most of the country’s long-term care.
  • The need for nurses was already projected to rise faster than the need for many other professions even before the COVID-19 crisis. That demand may grow even faster now. 
  • Most healthcare services involve some form of care by nurses, including public health agencies, health maintenance organizations, private practice, minute clinics, nursing homes, home health care, primary care clinics, hospices, mental health agencies, and many more. 

Celebrating Nurses Week 2021 helps us to reflect on the important role that nurses play throughout our health care system across the nation.

PlushCare Thanks All Medical Professionals

At PlushCare, we want to thank all the medical professionals that are currently on the front lines battling the novel coronavirus, especially the nurses. We appreciate the sacrifices you’re making to help battle this pandemic.

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Reducing the Burden on Nurses With PlushCare

While nurses are doing an amazing job caring for COVID-19 patients at hospitals, our goal at PlushCare is to keep you out of the hospital and reduce the burden on our healthcare systems during this critical time.

We offer phone and video appointments for a variety of physical and mental health problems, so you can easily chat with a doctor online from the comfort of your own home.

Getting started with PlushCare is easy. Simply click here or call (888) 798-0620 any time of day to make an appointment with one of our experienced doctors. You’ll give us some information about your health, symptoms, and current prescriptions, then have a phone or video appointment with a licensed doctor. If you need a prescription, one of our doctors can electronically send it to your local pharmacy. 

Stay home and stay safe with virtual doctor appointments through PlushCare! During Nurses Week 2021 and throughout the year, be sure to show your appreciation for the nurses around the country working to save lives and keep us healthy.


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Sources:

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International Council of Nurses. International Nurses Day. Accessed on May 6, 2021 at https://www.icn.ch/what-we-do/campaigns/international-nurses-day/

ANA Enterprise. National Nurses Week History. Accessed on May 7, 2020 at https://www.nursingworld.org/education-events/national-nurses-week/history/

American Association of Colleges of Nursing. Nursing Fact Sheet. Accessed on May 7, 2020 at https://www.aacnnursing.org/News-Information/Fact-Sheets/Nursing-Fact-Sheet

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