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.
Celebrating our 2021 Award Recipients
We proudly reconized the 2021 recipients of the Florence Nightingale Awards for Excellence in Nursing on May 12 with a virtual celebration. Prior to the event, honorees received an in-person delivery of their commemorative award – a unique, handmade wire sculpture by One Million Roses. The design symbolizes that our award recipients are present-day examples of nurses who carry forward the torch of nursing's history of excellence. See how it was made.
A recording of our virtual celebration is available to watch! (The event begins at the 37:25 minute mark.)
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.
Two of our faculty members took over our Instagram account to answer questions about career options in nursing and our graduate degree programs. View their responses in our social media feed.
Angie Clark, PhD, RN, CNE, FAAN
Lindsay Davis, DNP, APRN, CNP
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.
Share these facts on social media using the instructions provided for downloading and saving to your device (included under the thank-yous in Week 2 on this page.)