Ultimate Calendar of Healthcare Recognition Dates (2023)

Every month at Good Good Good, we plan upcoming good news content for our Instagram, Goodnewsletter, Goodnewspaper, podcast, website, and more. Our work is always centered on hopeful stories about people making a difference in the world — and action steps on how each of us can join in with that good work.

With so many holidays, awareness days, education weeks, and activism months happening all year long, we’ve been slowly collecting all of these events in a private internal calendar for years.

We made our Monthly Cause Awareness Calendar publicly available earlier this year.

We’ve also published:

Plus, these articles tangential to healthcare days and months:

And now we’re publishing our guide to healthcare-related holidays.

Our hope is this resource will help you, your coworkers, and your organization bring attention to important healthcare roles — not just around big mainstream holidays — but all year long.

Where applicable, we’ve included resources around highlighted holidays — usually in the form of good news around particular topics, relevant quotes or recommendations, or action steps on how to make a difference. We encourage you to share them if you find them helpful.

We’ve worked hard to make this the most comprehensive collection of healthcare-related days and months on the internet — including celebrations for as many healthcare professions as we were able to track down. 

Of course, always double-check dates, as organizers may occasionally change dates.

And bookmark this page so you can revisit it as often as you need. We’ll continue to update it and add to it over time.

Healthcare-Related Awareness Months, Weeks, and Dates

January

Days

National Pharmacist Day – January 12

National IV Nurse Day – January 25

National Activity Professionals Day – 4th Friday of January

National Pediatrician Day – January 28 

Weeks

National Activity Professionals (NAP) Week – Week-long event in January

National Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNA) Week – Week-long event in January

February

Days

National Women Physicians Day – February 3

National Black Women Physicians’ Day – February 8

National Caregivers Day – 3rd Friday of February

Critical Care Transport Nurses Day – February 18

Rare Disease Day – Last day of February

Weeks

PeriAnesthesia Nurse Awareness Week (PANAW) – 1st full week of February

Ambulatory Care Nursing Week – 2nd week of February

National Certified Anesthesiologist Assistant Week – 3rd full week of February

​​American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) National Wellness Week – Week-long event in February

Pride in Foodservice Week – Week-long event in February

Cardiovascular Professionals Week – Week-long event in February

Phlebotomists Recognition Week – Week-long event in February

March

Days

National Hospitalist Day – 1st Thursday of March

Employee Appreciation Day – 1st Friday of March

National Dentist’s Day – March 6

Abortion Provider Appreciation Day – March 10 

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day – 2nd Wednesday of March

National Certified Nurses Day – March 19

World Social Work Day – 3rd Tuesday of March

Match Day – 3rd Friday of March

National Doctors’ Day – March 30

National Medical Billers Day – Last Thursday of March

Anesthesia Tech Day – March 31

Weeks

Dental Assistants Recognition Week – 1st full week of March

National School Social Work Week – 1st full week of March

Patient Safety Awareness Week – 2nd full week of March

National Pulmonary Rehabilitation Week – 2nd full week of March

Healthcare HR Professionals Week – 3rd full week of March

GI Nurses & Associates Week – 3rd week of March

World Doula Week – Last full week of March

Anesthesia Tech Week – Week-long event in March

Healthcare Information Professionals Week – Week-long event in March

Months

Music Therapy Month

Child Life Month

National Athletic Training Month

National Social Work Month

April

Days

National Employee Benefits Day – Varies every year

World Health Day – April 7

Hospital Admitting Clerks Day – 1st Friday of April

Radiological and Imaging Nurses Day – April 12

National EMT and Paramedic Appreciation Day – April 15

National Healthcare Decisions Day – April 16

National Death Doula Day – April 20 

Administrative Professionals Day – Wednesday on the last full week of April

DNA Day – April 25 

World Day for Safety and Health at Work – April 28

World Immunology Day – April 29

Weeks

National Cancer Registrars Week – 1st full week of April

National Public Health Week – 1st full week of April

World Health Worker Week – 1st full week of April

Wound, Ostomy, and Continence (WOC) Nurse Week – 3rd full week of April

Neurodiagnostic Week – 3rd full week of April

Health Informational Professionals Week / HIP Week – April 18 to 24

Administrative Professionals Week – Last full week of April

Medical Laboratory Professionals Week – Last full week of April

Patient Experience Week / PX Week – Week-long event beginning on the last Monday of April

Transplant Nurses Week – Week-long event beginning on the last Monday of April

National Healthcare Volunteer Week – Week-long event in April

Children’s Hospitals Week – Week-long event in April

National Osteopathic Medicine Week – Week-long event in April

Occupational Health Nurses Week – Week-long event in April

Months

Counseling Awareness Month

National Volunteer Month

Occupational Therapy Month

May

Days

International Day of the Midwife – May 5 

National Nurses Day – May 6

National Student Nurse Day – May 8

National Third Shift Workers Day – 2nd Wednesday of May

National Receptionists Day – 2nd Wednesday of May

National School Nurse Day – Celebrated on the Wednesday of National Nurses Week

International Nurses Day – May 12

Florence Nightingale’s Birthday – May 12 

National Employee Health and Fitness Day – 3rd Wednesday of May

National Speech Pathologists Day – May 18

Critical Care Wear Blue Day – 3rd Friday of May

National Accounts Receivable Day – May 19

World Family Doctor Day – May 19 

International Human Resources Day – May 20

International Clinical Trials Day – May 20 

Emergency Medical Services Day – Observed annually on the 1st day of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week

National Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) Day – Observed annually on the Wednesday of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week

National Medical Coders Day – May 23

International Day of Action for Women’s Health – May 28 

Weeks

National Hospital Week – 1st full week of May

North American Occupational Safety and Health Week – 1st full week of May

National Nurses Week – May 6 to 12

Healthcare Technology Management Week – 2nd full week of May

National Medical Transcriptionists Week – 2nd full week of May

Healthcare Documentation Integrity Week – 2nd full week of May

Neuroscience Nurses Week – 3rd week of May

National Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week – Last full week of May

National Skilled Nursing Care Week – Week-long event in May

Months

Critical Care Recognition Month

Global Employee Health and Fitness Month

National Cancer Research Month

National Critical Care Awareness Month

Oncology Nursing Month

June

Days

National Healthcare Recruiter Recognition Day – 1st Tuesday of June

World Blood Donor Day – June 14 

Nursing Assistants Day – June 17

National Career Nurse Assistants Day / National CNA Day – Thursday on the 2nd full week of June

Weeks

Revenue Integrity Week – 1st week of June

Hand Therapy Week – 1st full week of June

National Nursing Assistant Week / CNA Week – Week-long event that starts from the Thursday of the 2nd full week of June

Health Care Risk Management Week – 3rd week of June

Months

National Safety Month

July

Days

International Paramedics Day – July 8 

World Plastic Surgery Day – July 15

International Self-Care Day – July 24

Learn about how to celebrate International Self-Care Day. Plus: Explore more self-care articles

National Intern Day – Last Thursday of July

System Administrator Appreciation Day – Last Friday of July

Weeks

National Therapeutic Recreation Week – 2nd full week of July

August

Days

National Medical Dosimetrist’s Day – 3rd Wednesday of August

World Humanitarian Day – August 19 

Learn about how to celebrate humanitarians who risk their lives to care for people in our World Humanitarian Day guide — plus, check out our curated list of humanitarian quotes

International Day of Medical Transporters – August 20

National Surgical Oncologists Day – August 22

Health Unit Coordinators Day – August 23

Weeks

National Health Center Week – 2nd full week of August

International Assistance Dog Week – Week-long event that starts from the 1st Sunday of August

Health Unit Coordinator Recognition Week – August 23 to 29

September

Days

National Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Nurses Day – September 8

World Physical Therapy Day – September 8

National Emergency Responders Day – September 11

Neonatal Nurses Day – September 15

National Working Parents Day – September 16

National Addiction Professionals Day – September 20

World Cancer Research Day – September 24 

National Food Service Employees Day – September 25

World Pharmacists Day – September 25

Human Resource Professionals Day – September 26

International Safe Abortion Day – September 28 

Weeks

National Clinical Nurse Specialist Recognition Week / CNS Week – September 1 to 7

National Air Ambulance Week (NAAW) – 1st full week of September

Vascular Nurses Week – 2nd full week of September

National Assisted Living Week – 2nd full week of September

Nephrology Nurses Week – 2nd full week of September

Environmental Services Week – 2nd full week of September

National Neonatal Nurses Week – September 11 to 17

National Rehabilitation Awareness Week – 3rd week of September

National Surgical Technologists Week – 3rd full week of September

National Advanced Practice Provider Week / APP Week – Last week of September

Nursing Professional Development Week – Week-long event in September

Months

Urology Awareness Month

October

Days

National Custodial Workers Recognition Day – October 2

Travel Nurses Day – October 12 

Clergy Appreciation Day – 2nd Sunday of October

National Emergency Nurses Day – 2nd Wednesday of October

World Hospice and Palliative Care Day – 2nd Saturday of October

National Pharmacy Technician Day – 3rd Tuesday of October

Medical Assistants Recognition Day – 3rd Wednesday of October

World Occupational Therapy Day – October 27

National First Responders Day – October 28 

International Orthopaedic Nurses Day – October 30

Weeks

National Health Care Supply Chain Week – 1st full week of October

Healthcare Food Service Workers Week – 1st full week of October

National Midwifery Week – 1st full week of October

Customer Service Week – 1st full week of October

Pediatric Nurses Week – 1st week of October

National Primary Care Week – 1st week of October

National Physician Assistant Week – October 6 to 12

Medical Student National Advocacy Week – October 10 to 14

Sterile Processing Professionals Week – 2nd full week of October

Dialysis Technician Recognition Week – 2nd full week of October

National Case Management Week –  2nd full week of October

Emergency Nurses Week – 2nd full week of October

Healthcare Security and Safety Week – 2nd full week of October

National Healthcare Quality Week – October 15 to 21

International Infection Prevention Week – October 15 to 21

Medical Assistants Recognition Week – 3rd full week of October

National Pharmacy Week – 3rd full week of October

National Patient Account Management Week – October 18 to 24

Pastoral Care Week / Spiritual Care Week – Last full week of October

National Respiratory Care Week – Last full week of October

National Healthcare Facilities and Engineering Week – Last week of October

Red Ribbon Week – October 23 to 31

National Orthopaedic Nurses Week – Week-long event in October

Perinatal Nurses Week – Week-long event in October

Months

Clergy Appreciation Month

Medical Ultrasound Awareness Month

National Chiropractic Health Month

National Disability Employment Awareness Month

National Orthodontic Health Month

National Pharmacy Month

National Physical Therapy Month

November

Days

National Biologic Coordinators Day – November 1

World Radiology Day – November 8

International Pathology Day – 2nd Wednesday of November

Operating Room Nurse Day – November 14

National Education Support Professionals Day – 3rd Wednesday of November

Computer Security Day – November 30

Weeks

Medical-Surgical Nurses Week – November 1 to 7

Urology Nurses and Associates Week – 1st week of November

National Radiologic Technology Week (NRTW) – 1st full week of November

Allied Health Professionals Week / National Allied Health Week – 1st full week of November

Forensic Nurses Week – 1st full week of November

National Patient Transport Week – 1st full week of November

National Nurse Practitioner Week – 2nd full week of November

Perioperative Nurse Week – 2nd full week of November

National Medical Staff Services Awareness Week – Week-long event in November

Months

National Family Caregivers Month

National Hospice and Palliative Care Month

National Home Care and Hospice Month

National Medical Science Liaison Awareness & Appreciation Month

December

Days

World AIDS Day – December 1

Read and share our good news coverage about HIV/AIDS

Giving Tuesday – 1st Tuesday after Thanksgiving

(Takes place in December in 2024, 2025, and 2026)

Read and share our article on ideas for how to celebrate Giving Tuesday

International Volunteer Day – December 5

‍Is this list missing a holiday or awareness week/month? Let us know. We want to ensure this list is comprehensive and inclusive.

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