National Nurses Day

Always celebrated on May 6


  • National Nurses Day opens National Nurses Week, May 6-12 and is one of the nation's largest health care events. National Nurses Week concludes on the birth date of Florence Nightingale.
  • More than 2.7 million people work as registered nurses (RNs) in the United States. The field of nursing also includes 752,300 licensed practical nurses (LPNs) and licensed vocational nurses, 1.5 million nursing aides and attendants, and more than 900,000 home health aides. (Sources: U.S. Department of Health & Human Services and U.S. Department of Labor)
  • Hallmark was the first greeting card company to create cards specifically for National Nurses Day in 1992.
  • Hallmark has offered cards that recognize graduation from nurses’ training since the 1950s.

2016 Product Features

  • Hallmark offers 20 Nurses Day cards to recognize and show appreciation for nurses and doctors, as well as hospice workers and long-term caregivers. Other thank you and blank cards help people share their appreciation for family members and friends who provide care and support.
  • Individual card prices range from 99 cents to $3.99.
  • Hallmark also ensures that many cards within the line are appropriate for sending to either a male or female nurse.
  • Designs and messages vary from heartfelt to humorous, but all acknowledge the talents of these busy professionals. An inscription on the back of each card includes a tribute to nurses.
  • For those who send more than one Nurses Day card (such as doctors, administrators or chronically ill patients who have several nurses), Hallmark offers a multi-card value pack.
  • offers a variety of Nurses Day greeting cards, including individual cards which consumers can customize with their own messages and photos. will address, stamp and mail the cards directly to the recipient for just the cost of postage.
  • provides Nurses Day ecards which are available with a subscription.
  • Hallmark Gold Crown® stores offer a variety of gifts appropriate for the occasion, ranging from picture frames to coffee mugs with sentiment-inspired messages.

Holiday History

In 1953, an official with the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare proposed that then-President Dwight D. Eisenhower proclaim a "Nurses Day," although Eisenhower did not sign it. Other attempts at establishing a day recognizing nurses were not successful until then-President Richard Nixon proclaimed a National Nurse Week in 1974.

In 1982, a joint congressional resolution designated May 6 as National Recognition Day for Nurses. In 1990, the American Nurses Association expanded the recognition of National Nurses Week (May 6-12) to accommodate the varied schedules of America's nurses.

In Stores and Online

Available at Hallmark Gold Crown® stores nationwide, online at and wherever Hallmark products are sold. Use the store locator on to find the nearest Hallmark Gold Crown store.


Fun Fact

The work of legendary artists and writers like Grandma Moses, Saul Steinberg, Maya Angelou, Andrew Wyeth, Salvador Dali, and Norman Rockwell has appeared on Hallmark cards.