National Nurses Week is well underway, but there’s still time left to take advantage of some great events and get involved.

1. Learn with a Webinar

Today, the American Nurses Association is offering a free, live webinar, Culturally Congruent Care: Why Diversity Makes a Difference, at 1 p.m. (EDT). Speaker Marilyn Douglas, PhD, RN, FAAN, will talk about the value of understanding the cultural preferences, norms, traditions, and beliefs of your patient population. Understanding more about your patient leads to better care, stronger relationships and trust, better outcomes, and increased patient safety. The webinar will give you tips and tools you’ll need to implement culturally congruent care into your daily practice and will last an hour.

2. Take a Selfie

You can also join the ANA’s social media contest by posting, tweeting, and sharing pictures, quotes, or videos and using the hashtag #SafeNursesRock.


3. Join the Rally

Thursday, May 12, will bring nurses from all over the nation to Washington D.C., for the Rally for Nurse-to-Patient Ratios. The rally kicks off at 10 a.m. and will feature speakers and events. If you can’t make it to the rally, many states are offering local events and rallies as well like the May 11 vigil in Maine.

4. Celebrate Nursing

According to the ANA website, The American Holistic Nurses Association is also marking the National Day of Advocacy for Nurses on May 12, the last day of National Nurses Week, with a call for all nurses to pause at noon for a moment of reflection. The organization asks nurses to “join the American Holistic Nurses Association in a brief pause to celebrate the dedication and heart of nurses. It’s one small way to join in unity with nurses world-wide and relight the lamp.” The American Holistic Nurses Association is also hosting a free call, “Finding Your Resilience” on May 10 at 9 p.m. (EDT) and on May 11 at 11 a.m. (EDT).

5. Watch a Movie

The American Nurse, which premiered two years ago will be shown at theaters around the country this week. Check The American Nurse for times and dates of screenings. Invite a few of your nurse friends to take in this important film.

Julia Quinn-Szcesuil

Julia Quinn-Szcesuil

Julia Quinn-Szcesuil is a freelance writer based in Bolton, Massachusetts.
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