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National Nurses Week

Each year from May 6 to May 12, we recognize the invaluable work of nurses during National Nurses Week. Nurses are the first line of defense in the prevention of illness and injury. They champion and promote the health of our nation.

As healthcare leaders and trusted advisers on health issues, we thank nurses for their continued efforts to improve patient outcomes in the ever-evolving field of primary care.

NURSE Corps Stories from the Field: Registered Nurse Kay Smullen treats patients
at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. Her NURSE Corps scholarship made it possible.

Thanks largely to the ACA, HRSA created many new opportunities for nurses:

  • Invested $11 billion over five years to expand Community Health Centers, which resulted in an additional 5,800 nursing positions, including 2,300 advanced practice nurses.
  • Expanded opportunities for nursing education by investing more than $143 million in Nursing Workforce Development programs for students at all levels, as well as nursing faculty. In addition, the Nurse Faculty Loan Program expanded opportunities for doctoral education, and trained an additional 2,250 nurse faculty.
  • Invested in the National Health Service Corps resulting in quadrupling the number of Nurse Practitioners to more than 1,600 and certified nurse midwives to nearly 160 over the past six years and trained over 2,200 nurses in the NURSE Corps scholarship and loan repayment programs.

Get Involved

Recognizing Our Nation’s Nurses
Blog post by Dr. Mary K. Wakefield, HHS Acting Deputy Secretary
Nurse Spotlight
 Nurse Chicione

Meet Valencia Chicoine, NP - she believes she's in the right place to pursue her passion of helping patients with cardiac disease.

View and share our infographic on Nurses Week 2015