Nurses Week

Healthy Nurse, Health Nation: Celebrating National Nurses Week

Nurses are less healthy than the average American.

Research shows that nurses are more likely to:

  • be overweight
  • have higher levels of stress
  • get less sleep.

If all 4 million registered nurses increased their personal wellness and then their families, co-workers, and patients followed suit, what a healthier nation we would live in!

Healthy nurses serve as role models for their patients, colleagues, families, and neighbors.

As the largest and most trusted health care profession, nurses are critical to the health of the nation. Inspired by the American Nurses Association's "Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation" Grand Challenge, this Nurses Week we encourage you to take positive action to improve your health — and by extension, the health of those around you.

Join UMSON as we celebrate National Nurses Week!

Events at UMSON Baltimore

All Week

Scrub Top Decorating/Voting
Office of Student and Academic Services Lobby, first floor
Decorate your scrub tops (May 6-7) and vote for your favorites (May 8-10) in advance of our stringing ceremony on Tuesday, May 14, at noon in the UMSON lobby.


Monday, May 6

Swag and Smoothies
12:30-1 p.m.
UMSON Lobby
Look for Dean Kirschling and pick up your National Nurses Week gear and/or a fresh smoothie.

Bodyweight on the Lawn
1-1:45 p.m. (Common Hour)
UMSON Courtyard
Learn simple exercises that use your own weight to improve balance, flexibility, and strength. Exercise mats will be provided.
sponsored by URecFit and the Fit and Fun @ SON affinity group

Pie Your Professor
1 p.m. (Common Hour)
UMSON Lobby
See some of your favorite professors have a pie thrown in their face — or donate $1 (cash only) to the Nursing Student Government Association (NSGA), and you can pie a professor of your choice! Professors who have volunteered so far include:

  • Joan Davenport, PhD, RN
  • Elizabeth "Betsy" Johnson, MSN, CPNP-PC
  • Kate Scott, MPH, RN

sponsored by NSGA


Tuesday, May 7

Pi Café
11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Living History Museum Lobby, second floor
Chat with classmates and enjoy coffee, tea, and — of course — pie in a lounge-like atmosphere.
in recognition of UMSON's Pi Chapter of Sigma

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Poster Day
9 a.m.-noon
UMSON Lobby
The evidence-based project work of graduating BSN students will be on display, and students will be available to answer questions about their work.

Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) Poster Day
12:30-4 p.m.
UMSON Lobby
The evidence-based project work of graduating CNL students will be on display, and students will be available to answer questions about their work. An awards ceremony will take place at 3 p.m. in the Living History Museum lobby.

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Poster Day
4-6 p.m.
SMC Campus Center, Elm Ballrooms, second floor
DNP students will present the findings of their DNP projects to faculty, staff, colleagues, and community partners. Join us for networking, hors d’oeuvres, and announcement of Best Poster award.
RSVP by May 6.


Wednesday, May 8

Diversity in Nursing
11 a.m.-1 p.m.
UMSON Lobby
Create your own fruit salad while learning about diverse nurses throughout history and other nursing-related diversity stats.

Final Frolic 5K Run
11:45 a.m.
Meet in front of the SMC Campus Center
Lace up your running shoes and join URecFit for their final monthly run of the year! Let us know you'll participate by May 7, and we'll provide you with an UMSON T-shirt to wear (limited to the first 10 participants).
sponsored by URecFit

Events at Universities at Shady Grove

All Week

Green Grove Cafe Discount
Green Grove Cafe
UMSON faculty, staff, and students who say "Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation" at checkout will receieve a 9% discount.


Monday, May 6

Spirit Walk and Smoothies
noon-1 p.m.
Garden of Unity and Peace (between Building I and Building II)
Faculty will lead nursing students on a brisk walk, and participants will be rewarded with smoothies and National Nurses Week gear at the end.


Tuesday, May 7

Pi Cafe
8:30-10:30 a.m.
Building I, second floor, student lounge
Chat with classmates and enjoy coffee, tea, and — of course — pie in a lounge-like atmosphere.
sponsored by UMSON's Pi Chapter of Sigma


Wednesday, May 8

Zumba in the Courtyard
1-2 p.m.
USG Courtyard
Practice your Latin dance moves and get your heart pumping! 
sponsored by USG's Campus Recreation Center


Thursday, May 9

Diversity in Nursing
11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Building I, second floor, student lounge
Create your own fruit salad while learning about diverse nurses throughout history and other nursing-related diversity stats.

Daily Social Media Contests

Each day during Nurses Week, we'll pose a health-related question on UMSON's official Facebook page and Instagram story. Anyone who answers the question will be entered into a drawing to win an UMSON swag bag that includes:

  • lunch box
  • collapsible water bottle
  • T-shirt

Only one entry per day per person will count. However, you may enter each day for more chances to win!

Nurses Week Poster Gallery

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