Nurses Month '23

May is National Nurses Month

Please join us as we recognize the contributions of nurses and reflect on all they do to sustain the health of our communities. Check back regularly for story updates.

May 1 - Celebrating National Nurses Month

May 5 - International Day of the Midwife

Happy International Day of the Midwife!
Did you know:
When a midwife cares for you, you are:
👉🏻 More likely to have a vaginal birth
👉🏽 Less likely to have a premature birth
👉🏿 More likely to have a positive postpartum experience
Meet alum Diana Garde, who has worked around the globe as a nurse, educator, and humanitarian coordinator increasing maternal child health outcomes and having the experience of a lifetime.

Increasing maternal child health outcomes, one emergency response at a time

Read more about some of the experiences mothers have had with a midwife as their provider.

2023 Midwife experiences

May 6-12 – National Nurses Week

May 6 - National Nurses Day

National Nurses Day is a day to acknowledge the many important roles nurses have. Nurses are on the front lines every day. They do a lot such as administer shots, perform physical exams, promote health, provide advice and emotional support to patients and their families. Nurse researchers are scientists scientists who study various aspects of health, illness and health care. By designing and implementing scientific studies, they look for ways to improve health, health care services and health care outcomes. Read more about some of our outstanding and committed #HuskyNurses and their research.

May 8 - Student Nurses Day

May 8 is National Student Nurses Day and we’re proud to recognize our #HuskyNurse students who are committed to improving the health of people by addressing health disparities in local and global communities. Here are a few of the happenings from our amazing students.

May 10 - School Nurse Day

National School Nurse Day was established to foster a better understanding of the role of school nurses in the educational setting. School Nurse Day is celebrated on the Wednesday within National Nurses Week

Story: School Nurses contribute to the well being and health of our children.  Importance of School Nurses

Katie Johnson


Affiliate Faculty Dr. Katie Johnson has done research on the importance of school nurses.

Healthy children learn better and school nurses ensure that children have access to education opportunities. “School nurses assure that all children have access to appropriate educational opportunities regardless of their state of health. They have a foundational role, providing not only direct services for students with health problems, but also promoting the health of the communities in which they live and serve.”

Affiliate Faculty Dr. Kathleen Johnson wrote an article on the importance of school nurses. Healthy and Ready to Learn: School Nurses Improve Equity and Access

According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, More than 40% of school-aged children in the United States have some form of chronic health condition. Those conditions include asthma, obesity or learning problems. Affiliate Faculty Dr. Katie Johnson wrote an article that introduces a case study of a student with a disability and with discussion and application of statutes requiring a free and appropriate public education. The discussion includes history of support for students with disabilities, the school nurse role, and principles of nursing support, including resources for practice. Read more Care of Students with Disabilities in Schools: A Team Approach

May 12 - International Nurses Day

International Nurses Day is celebrated annually around the world on 12 May – the anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale – and is led by the International Council of Nurses (ICN).

Our Nurses. Our Future. sets out what ICN wants for nursing in the future in order to address the global health challenges and improve global health for all. We need to learn from the lessons of the pandemic and translate these into actions for the future that ensure nurses are protected, respected and valued. – ICN President, Dr. Pam Cipriano MSN ’81.

Read more about one of our current Doctor of Nursing Practice students, Nhia Yerkes-Vang and her work with global health.