Message from the Office of Nursing Programs

Nurses Month 2021

The 2021 Theme for National Nurses Month, throughout the month of May, is Nurses Make a Difference. And, the impact of nursing, throughout the continuum of health care has never been more visible than during the COVID-19 pandemic. Serving in a wide range of inpatient and community-based settings, public health, public policy, education, research, advocacy and leadership roles nurses have been at the forefront, meeting the needs of their communities, elevating the needs of community members and health care workers, and finding innovative solutions to short and long- term needs. During this unprecedented time, while serving in employed and/or volunteer capacities, it is important that nurses also make time to care for themselves. To that end, the theme of the first week, May1-9, 2021 is Self-Care. During this time, I invite you to explore some of the self-care resources for health professionals available on the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Website, using the following urls:

Coronavirus - Mental Health Resources (

Supporting emotional health of the behavioral health workforce during covid-19 (

Supporting emotional health of the healthcare workforce (

The theme for the second week, May 10-16, 2021 is Recognition. In keeping with the theme, I encourage you to explore the nurse heroes, innovators, and leaders in your midst and use the following links to learn about some of the key figures in the evolution of the profession of nursing:

30 Most Famous Nurses in History - NurseBuff

Dr. Ildaura Murillo-Rohde, PhD, RN, FAAN | NAHN (

N-AANA - About Us (

Top Fil-Am nurses share success stories as leaders | Global News (

The theme for the third week, May 17-23, 2021 is Professional Development. During this week, I encourage you to tap into one of the many professional development events being hosted by professional nursing organizations or view available health resources, some examples include the following:

Care Systems COVID-19 Impact Assessment: Lessons Learned and Compelling Needs - National Academy of Medicine (

Coronavirus Commission on Safety & Quality in Nursing Homes - Final Report (Limited External Release Only) (

Coronavirus - For Health Professionals (

LARA - Nursing ( 

Events | NCSBN

Racism and Health | Health Equity | CDC

Redefining Nursing - Reaffirming Our Practice: Introducing the Nursing Scope and Standards of Practice, Fourth Edition (Free) (

The theme for the fourth and final week of nurses' month, May 24-31, 2021, is Community Engagement. During this week, I invite you to promote nurses' contributions by engaging, virtually or in-person as possible, with your community, educating them about what nurses do and encouraging them to support current and future nurses.



May 2020 Message - Acknowledging and Celebrating the Contributions of the Nursing Profession

December 2019 Message - Regional Undergraduate Clinical Education Networking Events Planned in Response to Symposium

June 2019 Message -  Symposium on Exploring New Models of Undergraduate Nursing Clinical Education Material

May 2019 Message - Nurses Week

March 2019 Message - The Michigan Nursing Licensure Survey

October 2018 Message - The Future of APRN Clinical Education Symposium Materials

July 2018 Message - Online training series offers Michigan nurses continuing education credits and transition support

May 2018 Message - National Nurses Week, May 6-12

May 2017 Message - National Nurses Week, May 6-12

January 2017 Message - Michigan nurses can earn continuing education credits and receive transition support through online training series

December 2016 Message - Office of Nursing Policy Launches New Series of Training Courses

September 2016 Message - Resources for ITT-Tech Students

July 2016 Message - Proposed Modifications to the Board of Nursing Rules Complete Another Step in the Regulatory Process

May 2016 Message - Nurse's Week

March 2016 Message - Michigan Health Professional Recovery Program

August 2015 Message - ICD-10

June 2015 Message - Standardized Nursing Nomenclature