Nurses Month provides an opportunity to support and recognize nurses for their myriad contributions to health care. This year, as the world continues to battle COVID-19 with nurses at the forefront of patient care and vaccine distribution, honoring nurses is more profoundly significant.
Throughout May, the University of Cincinnati College of Nursing invites our students, faculty, alumni and university community to celebrate Nurses Month with us by thanking nurses who have made an impact in their lives, exploring the breadth and depth of the nursing profession and serving as a voice for the indispensable work nurses do to provide quality, safe and equitable health care.
The American Nurses Association's observance of Nurses Month 2021 includes four themed weeks. Celebrate with us each week by browsing the resources provided on this page, or following us on social media.
- Week 1: Self-Care (May 1-7)
- Week 2: Recognition (May 8-14)
- Week 3: Professional Development (May 15-21)
- Week 4: Community Engagement (May 22-29)
Week 1: Self-Care (May 1-7)
Inherently called to care for others, nurses and nursing students sometimes neglect to care for themselves. This week, prioritize your mental and physical health.
Practice Mindfulness with the Dean
For years, Greer Glazer, PhD, RN, CNP, FAAN, dean of UC College of Nursing, has studied and practiced mindfulness, a concept developed in the '70s by Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD, at UMass Memorial Medical Center to promote stress reduction in patients through awareness of your mind and body in the present moment.
In this video, Dr. Glazer shares why and how to incorporate mindfulness practices into your own life and guides viewers through a brief mindfulness exercise.
Ready for more mindfulness practices? Join a free community mindfulness session via Zoom, offered by the Mindfulness Center at Brown, part of Brown University's School of Public Health. Sessions are offered weekdays and Saturdays.
More mindfulness resources:
Most of the time, we really aren’t aware of what is going on moment to moment. ... Go from constantly doing – going from one thing to the next – to just being.
Greer Glazer, PhD Dean, UC College of Nursing
Week 2: Recognition (May 8-14)
Recognize and celebrate those nurses who have made an impact on you, whether they are colleagues, classmates, instructors, family members, friends or nurses who cared for you in times of need. This week, celebrate the difference nurses make every day.
Join Us to Celebrate our 2021 Award Winners
This week, we're recognizing seven Greater Cincinnati nurses who have gone above and beyond in their roles. Our 29th Annual Florence Nightingale Awards for Excellence in Nursing celebration will take place virtually Wednesday, May 12 at 6 p.m.
Recognize a Nurse
Show a nurse or nursing student some love! Say thanks for the impact they make on their patients, patients' families and communities by sharing a message on social media. Download our social media thank-you graphics for Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and use the hashtag #UCNursesWeek so your post will show in our social feed (at the bottom of this page)!
You can also show your pride for the profession by adding our custom Facebook frames to your profile photo or adding our Instagram stickers to your stories.
Download and Share our Thank Yous
To download on a laptop or desktop:
- Click on the image to open the full size.
- When the image opens, right click and select "Save As" to save it to your computer.
To save on an iPad or iPhone:
- Tap on the image to open the full size.
- Press the image and hold to open a dialog box.
- Select "Add to Photos."
Add a Facebook Frame to Your Profile
Future of Nursing Report Released
The National Academy of Medicine on May 11 released the Future of Nursing 2020-2030 report, which extends the vision for the nursing profession into 2030 and charts a path for the profession to help our nation create a culture of health, reduce health disparities and improve the health and well-being of the population. The college’s dean, Greer Glazer, served on the distinguished committee of health professionals who worked to develop this influential report.
Week 3: Professional Development (May 15-21)
Nurses, here's your chance to focus on the ways you can excel and lead in your career or help others advance as professionals.
Learn and ask questions about career options in nursing and our graduate degree programs by viewing and our Instagram Story takeovers.
Angie Clark, PhD, RN, CNE, FAAN
May 18: Dr. Clark will answer your questions about what it's like to work as a nurse researcher and educator.
Lindsay Davis, DNP, APRN, CNP
May 20: Dr. Davis, an adult nurse practitioner, will answer your questions about what it's like to work as an advanced-practice nurse.
Free Webinars and Resources
- May 18, 2 p.m. ET: An Insider’s Look at the 2020-2030 Future of Nursing Report: Charting a Path to Achieve Health Equity, offered by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing
- May 19, 1 p.m. ET: Redefining Nursing – Reaffirming our Practice, based on the 4th edition of Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice (1 CE), offered by the American Nurses Association
- Ohio Nurses Association upcoming webinars for CE credit
- How to choose your nurse practitioner specialty (quiz)
Preceptor Video Series
As part of Nurses Month, UC College of Nursing wants to highlight and thank our preceptors, who are at the forefront of clinical education for graduate nursing students. The mentorship and guidance preceptors provide is deeply valued by students and faculty, and the college thanks those individuals who volunteer countless hours and are committed to the future of advanced-practice nursing.
Serving as a preceptor to a UC graduate nursing student offers a range of benefits, both personal and professional. Preceptors often are recognized through their certifying body and given credit for their efforts at the time of recertification. Many preceptors report a reciprocal learning experience from working with a student.
Check out our Preceptor Video Series in which our preceptors and students briefly share what they have learned from their experiences and how it has made them better practitioners.
Do you feel compelled to share your knowledge and insight with the next generation of advanced-practice nurses? Learn more about becoming a preceptor for UC graduate nursing students in our Preceptors section.
Week 4: Community Engagement (May 22-29)
Spread the word! Help promote nurses' invaluable work by engaging with your community and educating them on what nurses do.
Check back soon! We'll share a few interesting facts and information about the nursing profession that you might not know.