International Nurses Day is celebrated on May 12 each year on the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing. Here are some ways you can celebrate the occasion under Covid-19 restrictions.
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The World Health Organisation has designated 2020 as “Year of the Nurse & Midwife’ in honor of the 200th birth anniversary of Florence Nightingale.

International Nurses Day is celebrated on May 12 each year on the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing. In the US, the celebration lasts a whole week - National Nurses Week is celebrated from May 6 until May 12.

Let's show nurses the appreciation they so deserve - never more so than now - as they show their spirit and strength in the face of adversity during the coronavirus pandemic. 

Here are some ideas for celebrating during this time of physcial distancing. Unless you have a large area where residents can be seated physically and safely away from each other, you can always resort to hallway activities with each resident seated near the door of their bedrooms. Nurses can be located at both sides of the hallway and take turns to see residents' effort.


1. Decorate

Supply a craft kit to high functioning residents to make small posters with words of praise to decorate the facility like:

  • One in a Million!
  • Nurses are Angels in Comfortable Shoes
  • You are a Lifesaver
  • Best Nurse Ever! 
  • You make a difference!
  • I’m a Nurse, what’s your Superpower?
  • If love can’t cure it, nurses can

They can also cut stars out of construction paper and write in each star the name of nurses in the facility and then stick them to the walls or hang from the ceiling.


2. Hallway Singalong: 

My Favourite Things - Senior Version


3. Hallway Poems 

Have residents read some poems to nurses.

A Poem for Nurses

Happy Nurses Day Poems


4. Hallway Nurses Jokes

Medical Dictionary

Jokes for Nurses


5. Champagne & Cheers

A hallway mock champagne drink and cheer for nurses

Thank You Speech for Nurses


6. Send Flowers

Send a bunch of flowers to the Nurses’ Station


7. Hallway Quizzes

In the hallway, test nurses knowledge with quizzes

Nurses Quiz

Human Body Quiz


8. Line-Dance

If possible to distance people in the activity room have non-nursing staff do a Line Dance in honour of nurses.


9. Prayer

Still in the hallway; ask a resident to say a prayer.

Nightingale Prayer
By Deva-Marie Beck

Today, our world needs healing and to be rekindled with Love.

Once, Florence Nightingale lit her beacon of lamplight to comfort the wounded.

Her light has blazed a path of service across a century to us --

through her example and through the countless nurses and healers

who have followed in her footsteps.


10. Wear Blue Ribbon Pins

Make Blue ribbon pins (9cm or 31/2 inches) for everyone in the facility. Just fold them in cursive ‘e’ and attach to clothes with a small safety pin.


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Deborah 3rd May 2020 Activities
At this difficult time of the Coronavirus it is so important to value the Doctors, Nurses and Carers who care for all in spite of the danger to themselves and their families. These activities help us to share our thoughts and appreciate the amazing work they do.
Talita 4th May 2020
Thanks so much for your feedback Deborah!
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