National Nurses Day is observed annually on May 6. On this day, we raise awareness of all nurse contributions and commitments and acknowledge the vital role nurses play in society. This day is also the first day of National Nurses Week and is sometimes known as National RN Recognition Day. 

National Nurses Week begins May 6 and ends on May 12, which is the birthday of Florence Nightingale (May 12, 1820 – August 13, 1910).  Florence Nightingale was a celebrated English, social reformer, statistician, and the founder of modern nursing. She became well-known while taking care of the wounded soldiers during the Crimean War. Nightingale was dubbed The Lady with the Lamp because of her habit of making rounds at night.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalNursesDay

Recognize nurses everywhere. Celebrate their dedication and commitment to their patients and their profession. Tell someone about the excellent care you’ve received from a nurse.

When you visit the doctor or have surgery, follow the instructions they give you, especially follow up care. Ask questions, so they know when you need more information. They can’t read your minds. 

Give nurses you know a shout out and thank them for their hard work, especially during these challenging times. 

Use #NationalNursesDay to share on social media.


In 1953, Dorothy Sutherland, an employee at the United States Department of Health, sent a letter to President Eisenhower proposing a National Nurses Day. An official proclamation was not made. The following year people began celebrating National Nurses Week on their own.

In 1974, President Nixon proclaimed a National Nurse Week. New Mexico nurses initiated a resolution in 1981 to have May 6th declared National Recognition Day for Nurses. The American Nurses Association (ANA) Board of Directors took up the banner and promoted the proposal. In 1982, the United States Congress designated May 6th to be National Recognition Day for Nurses and President Ronald Reagan signed the proposal. The ANA Board of Directors later expanded the celebration in 1990 to a week-long celebration (May 6-12) known as National Nurses Week. 

Each year the American Nurses Association (ANA) chooses a theme to acknowledge the many services provided by nurses everywhere during National Nurses Week. Examples of past themes include:

2000- Nurses: Keeping the Care in Healthcare
2002 – Nurses Care for America
2003 – Nurses: Lifting Spirits, Touching Lives
2006 – Nurses: Strength, Commitment, Compassion
2015 – Ethical Practice. Quality Care.
2018 – Nurses: Inspire, Innovate, Influence
2019 – 4 Million Reasons to Celebrate
2020 – Nurses: A Voice to Lead

We will be singing their praises by hand-delivering Coffee to all our local area hospitals, and shipping coffee surprises nationwide for the next week!!!


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  • Melissa

    I cannot describe how wonderful it was to have you come to Toledo Hospital. It raised our moral and we enjoyed amazing coffee! I hope you got a bunch of orders from them all.

  • Tracy Schertz

    Thank you to everyone at IBCC. Not only do you all work harder than most people I know, you really care about everyone. May your mugs always be filled with deliciously roasted coffee and thank you for recognizing all the equally hard working nurses out there trying to make a difference during this crazy time. It really means a lot to know that people care about us.

  • Sylvia Miller

    Go to “Teddy the Dog” there is a shirt there that we should buy for our special nurses in the family. I bought on for my daughter, get one for your daughter or son. It say’s…Superheroes wear scrubs.

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