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Nurses Week 2024: Celebration, Deals + Freebies

Portia Wofford, LPN
April 29, 2024
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Nurses Week 2024 is not just a time to honor the remarkable contributions of nurses, but a celebration of your unique stories and experiences. At Trusted, we see you—nurses—as the heart of our mission, always leading the way with dedication and care. 

This year, we’ve themed our Nurses' Week “I Am” to celebrate not only your professional excellence, but your identities beyond the scrubs. We understand that you’re more than caregivers; you’re unique individuals with personal lives, passions, and stories.  

Plus, we're excited to be celebrating with more than just recognition this Nurses Week. Join us for special giveaways, participate in events just for you, and explore our newly launched SWAG shop, perfect for nurses looking to showcase their pride all year round. 

What’s more? Share your “I am” story for a chance to win $500! Every story shared strengthens our community and highlights the individual voices that make up the nursing profession.

Dive deeper into what Trusted has planned for you this Nurses Week. Here, you’ll find all the details on how you can participate, connect, and celebrate with us. Let’s make this Nurses Week unforgettable by acknowledging and celebrating every aspect of who you are—both in and out of the scrubs.

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The History of Nurses’ Week

In 1953 Dorothy Sutherland, a healthcare official from the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare proposed a "Nurse Day" to President Eisenhower. The following year the first National Nurses Week was observed in October, marking the 100th anniversary of Florence Nightingale's service during the Crimean War.

In 1974, President Nixon declared a National Nurse Week, and by 1982, May 6th was designated as National Recognition Day for Nurses. Finally, in 1990, the American Nurses Association successfully petitioned to expand the recognition to a full week, solidifying Nurses Week as we know it today.

Conversations about Nurses’ Week are often centered around Florence Nightingale. However, the rich history of nursing extends far beyond one individual. Nurses Week is about celebrating the entire spectrum of nurses who have made significant contributions to healthcare. Here are just a few of nursing’s pioneers. 

  • Clara Barton: A self-taught nurse who heroically provided care and supplies to soldiers during the American Civil War. Barton later went on to found the American Red Cross, a global organization dedicated to humanitarian aid.
  • Mary Eliza Mahoney: The first African American professional nurse in the United States. Mahoney faced significant racial barriers but persevered, paving the way for greater diversity in the nursing profession.
  • Dorothea Dix: An advocate for mental health reform. Dix's work led to improved conditions in mental health facilities and a shift in how society viewed mental illness.
  • Mabel Keaton Staupers: An African American nurse and activist who fought for racial equality in healthcare. Staupers established clinics for underserved communities and advocated for the inclusion of Black nurses in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps.
  • Sojourner Truth: A former enslaved person and powerful abolitionist, she served as a nurse during the Civil War. She cared for wounded soldiers, both Union and Confederate, and advocated for improved sanitation and medical care in military camps. Her dedication to healing and social justice reflects the ongoing commitment of nurses to improve health outcomes for all.
  • Virginia Henderson: A nursing theorist who developed the "Needs Theory," a framework that continues to shape modern nursing practice. Henderson's focus on patient needs as the foundation of care revolutionized patient-centered care.
  • Susie Walking Bear Yellowtail: A Native American nurse and advocate who broke barriers for indigenous healthcare. Yellowtail was the first Native American nurse inducted into the Nursing Hall of Fame. She tirelessly worked to improve healthcare access and outcomes for Native American communities, while also fighting against discrimination in the nursing profession.
  • Jillian Inouy: An Asian American nurse, researcher, and leader. Inouye played a crucial role in establishing the Asian American/Pacific Islander Nurses Association (AAPINA) and is a dedicated advocate for addressing health disparities in underserved communities. Her research focuses on improving healthcare access and outcomes for rural populations.
  • Ildaura Murillo-Rohde: A Hispanic nurse and leader who co-founded the National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN). Murillo-Rohde is a passionate advocate for increasing Hispanic representation in nursing research, education, and leadership roles. Her work has been instrumental in promoting cultural competency and improving healthcare access for Hispanic communities.

These are just a few examples of the many nurses who have made lasting impacts. Nurses Week is a time to celebrate our rich history of dedication, innovation, and advocacy, while recognizing the diverse cultures and backgrounds that continue to shape the future of nursing.

When is Nurses Week 2024?

Each year, from May 6th - May 12th nurses are recognized and celebrated for the hard work and dedication we put into caring for our patients and the nursing profession with Nurses Week.

What Does Nurses Week Celebrate? 

Nurses Week celebrates the dedication and expertise of nurses. For many nurses, it’s a time for us to reflect on our careers and why we chose nursing. During this time hospitals and healthcare facilities across the country recognize nurses with various events, activities, and gifts *cue the pet rocks and peppermints.* You’ll hear the tropes about nurses being “the unsung heroes” and “the backbone of modern healthcare.” But we’re so much more than that. We’re the constant presence at the bedside, the advocates for patient needs, the educators who guide patients through their journeys, and the emotional support system for countless people in the communities we serve. But, this vital role comes at a significant cost.

Nurses Week is also a time for us to advocate for our profession. Nursing, as we know, is often overlooked and undervalued, despite the vital role we play in healthcare, and society as a whole. In 2020, this week happened to fall during the early start of our long battle with COVID-19, when the world saw our work and our sacrifices up close for the first time. Many people across the world gained a true understanding of the risks we take daily and showed their appreciation on so many fronts. As the pandemic settles down and life continues to return to “normal”, we hope that we can use that momentum to advocate for better ratios, mental health support, and more equitable pay. Nurses week is a time for many of us to continue to advocate for nursing and work towards a system that truly cares and values our contributions, beyond one week. 

A Call to Action: How Healthcare Institutions Can Champion Solutions for Nurse Well-being

The relentless demands of healthcare has left many nurses with moral distress — a state of emotional turmoil caused by ethical conflicts within the healthcare system. This Nurses Week, let's champion initiatives that empower nurses and prioritize their well-being. Here are some concrete ways you can make a difference:

  1. Invest in accessible mental health resources for nurses. Healthcare institutions and organizations should provide readily available mental health support services specifically tailored to address the unique needs of nurses. These services could include confidential counseling, debriefing sessions, and peer support groups. Check out some of our mental health resources here.
  2. Promote open communication. Creating safe spaces for nurses to voice concerns and offer solutions to improve working conditions is essential. Regular feedback sessions and open-door policies with administrators can foster a culture of trust and collaboration.
  3. Recognize and reward nursing excellence. Nurses deserve recognition for their dedication and expertise beyond Nurses Week. Institutions can implement programs that recognize and reward excellence in patient care, innovation, and leadership. Additionally, promoting nurses to leadership positions can empower them to shape healthcare policies and improve working conditions.

By taking these steps, we can create a healthcare environment that fosters not just exceptional patient care but also the well-being of the nurses who provide it.

Freebies and Discounts for Nurses Week 2024

What says celebration better than discounts, freebies, and special offers? Below you’ll find your guide to the Nurses Week promotions and special deals we could find. (Please note, you may need to show your badge or ID number for some of these benefits!) We’ll be adding to the list as the week goes on and we discover new deals.Here are the key areas you can check for offers!

Mental Health Support

Apparel, Shoes & Accessories

20% off - Calvin Klein 20% off - Backcountry 15% off select models - Citizen
10% off - Clarks 20% off - Dagne Dover 20% off - Hunter Boots
10% off - Jockey 15% off - Klogs 10% off - L.L. Bean
10% off - Motherhood 15% off - Vera Bradley 20% off - Tortuga Backpack
20% off - The Sak 30% off - RVCA 10% off -
25% off - Everyman Jack 20% off - HEYDUDE 20% off - Merrell
25% off - New Balance 20% off - Moosejaw 20% off - Southern Tide
15% off - Tuckernuck 25% off - UNTUCKit 10% off - Rhone
25% off - Stio 15% off - Wolverine 15% off - Stance
20% off - Beyond Clothing 20% off - PSD Underwear 20% off - 686
25% off - Joules 15% off - Bates US 25% Off + Free Shipping for Nurses - NYDJ
20% off - Girlfriend Collective 20% off - O'Neil 10% off - Ashley Stewart
10% Off Orders Over $75+ US & Canadian Nurses - Cupshe 10% off - Keen 20% Off Orders $49+ for Nurses - Chaco
20% Off + Free Shipping & Returns for Nurses - Oofos 10% Off Orders Over $70 for Nurses - Orthofeet 20% off - Keds
20% off - U.S. Polo Assn. 10% off - Unique Vintage 10% off - Champion
15% off - Sunglasses Hut 30% off - Sperry 15% off - Blue Nile
20% off - MBT Physiological Footwear 20% off - CAT Footwear US 15% off - Third Love
15% off - Scout 25% off - Dockers 15% off - J. Crew
15% off - Lululemon 20% off one pair of shoes - Rothys 10% off at and Nike App - Nike
20% off entire order - Puma 15% off - Ray-Ban 20% off - Under Armour
10% off - Pandora 30% off - Adidas 40% off - Asics
15% off - Vera Bradley 25% off - Carhartt 15% off - Madewell
15% off - Levis 50% off - Reebok 20% off - Rothy's
20% off with discount code nurse2024 - Lago Scrubs

Cosmetics, Skincare & Nutrition

20% off - TULA Skincare 20% off - Grown Alchemist 15% off and Free Shipping - Chantecaille
20% off - Spongelle 15% off sitewide - Soko Glam 20% off - Stacked Skincare
20% off - trestique 15% off - Grande Cosmetics 15% off - SiO Beauty
15% off - Erno Laszlo 10% off - Perfectly Posh 10% off - Josie Maran
20% off - Natura 20% off - ReFa USA 20% off - Beekman 1802
15% off - Colorescience 25% off a minimum order of $30 - e.l.f 15% Off Any Order + Free Shipping for Nurses -
10% off - GNC 20% off - R+Co 15% Off for U.S. & Canadian Nurses - Hairstory
20% off - Discount Contact Lenses 50% off - Joy Organics Get 20% Off Your First Three Months - Ritual
50% Off Lenses + Free Shipping -

Food & Grocery

10% off entire check - Outback Steakhouse

15% Off and Free Shipping - KIND

Free Membership - Thrive Market

60% off your first box + First Box Ships Free and 15% Off x 51 weeks for Nurses - Hello 

10% off your check - Outback Steakhouse


20% Off Regularly-Priced Theragun or TheraOne CBD for Nurses - Therabody Up to 20% Off + Free Shipping for Nurses - Sennheiser Savings Up to 45% Off + Free Shipping - HP
15% off - Netgear $50 Off $500 and Free Shipping on 1000s of Items - Abt Electronics Special Discount on 10-Device McAfee Total Protection for US Nurses - McAfee
30% off multi-tools - Leatherman Up to 15% off select Robots for Nurses - iRobot 20% off - Ember
15% off - Sonos 30% off - Samsung 25% off - Phillips
5% off - Lenovo

Entertainment & Services

20% off one year subscription of Autio App using NURSES20 10% off - TireBuyer Save up to $25/mo on myPlan - Verizon
25% off unlimited plans - AT&T Up to 30% Off the Lowest Hotel Rate for US & Canadian Nurses - Caesars Rewards Nurses can get Fios starting at $20/month. Plus, get a $200 Target GiftCard + Fios starting at $20/month for Nurses - Verizon Fios
$150 off your next vacation - Cheap Caribbean Save 60% on 6 months of Babbel lessons - Babbel Up to 30% Off the Lowest Hotel Rate for US & Canadian Nurses - Paris Las Vegas
Up to 30% Off the Lowest Hotel Rate for US & Canadian Nurses - Flamingo Las Vegas Up to 30% Off the Lowest Hotel Rate for US & Canadian Nurses - Tropicana Atlantic City Up to 30% Off the Lowest Hotel Rate for US & Canadian Nurses - The LINQ Hotel + Experience
Up to 35% Off - RedRock Casino, Resort & Spa Up to 30% Off the Lowest Hotel Rate for US & Canadian Nurses - Planet Hollywood 15% Off Every Getaway - Getaway
For any essential stay, receive an extra 10% off1 Hot Rate® Hotel or Hot Rate® Car deals with a discount code to use on our already daily reduced Hot Rate deals (up to 60% off). - Hotwire Save up to $100 off Gate Prices - Walt Disney World Resort 15% Off the Lowest Rates for U.S. & Canadian Nurses (All Dining & Drinks Included) - Hilton All-Inclusive
Disney World Nurse Discount 30% off - Caesars Up to 25% - Sixt


Enjoy an extra 5% off the best onsite offer - Nectar Enjoy an extra 5% off the best onsite offer - Dreamcloud 30% Off Sitewide + Free Shipping for Nurses - Brooklyn Bedding
Extra 10-20% Off - Mattress Firm 40% off - Bear Mattress $225 Off $1000+ - Saatva
20% off - Layla Sleep 20% off - Corkcicle Free Club O Rewards Membership - Overstock
15% off - Tuft & Needle 15% off - Gravity Blankets 15% off - Cariloha
Extra 5% off - LoveSac 10% off - Purple 20% off - Ring
10% off - Meble Furniture using code MBF10

Outdoor, Sports & Fitness

25% off - Huffy Bikes 20% off - Competitive Cyclist 25% off - VKTRY Gear
20% Off for U.S. & Canadian Nurses - Beyond Yoga 20% Off for US & Canadian Nurses - TRX Training Extra 15% Off - Sole Bicycles
40% off - Jillian Michaels | The Fitness App 20% off - Spalding 20% off - Saucony
20% off - No Bull 15% off - TaylorMade Golf 15% off - Arctic Zone
20% off select gear - Burton 15% off - Fanatics 15% off - GCI Outdoor
20% off - Stanley Get 20-40% off eligible YETI gear, like 30% off select drinkware for Nurses - Yeti $200 off accessories or accessory packages with purchase of a Peloton Bike, Bike+, or Tread

‍Other potential discounts to be on the lookout for as Nurses Week approaches:

1. Auntie Anne’s National Nurses Week Discount

In 2023 Auntie Anne’s Pretzels gave their Perks members BOGO pretzels (regularly $3.29) through their app or website from May 6 – 8. We expect to see the same deal in 2024.

2. Great American Cookie National Nurses Day Discount

In 2022 nurses received a free chocolate chip cookie (regularly $1.99) from Great American Cookie when you made a purchase in store. You had to show your ID and could get one free cookie per ID.  We’re hopeful they’ll bring this back this year! 

3. Johnny Rockets National Nurses Week Discount

Johnny Rockets celebrated National Nurses Week in 2023 by giving free milkshakes (regularly $4.29) to nurses when they showed their IDs from May 4 – 10. It was only one milkshake per ID and couldn’t be combined with other coupons or offers. 

4. Marble Slab Creamery National Nurses Week Deal

When you showed your ID at the Marble Slab Creamery last year, you got BOGO small ice creams (regularly $5.49). They were limited to one per customer and were available for 3 days only..

5. MOD Pizza National Nurses Day Discount

Last year you could get a Buy One, Get One Free MOD-size pizza or salad when you presented your ID on National Nurses Day, May 9th..

6. Mrs. Fields Cookies National Nurses Week Deal

In 2023 nurses got up to 25% off Mrs. Fields Cookies “Heroes Collection” of gifts during all of Nurses Week.

8. Potbelly’s National Nurses Week Deal

If you showed your hospital ID when you went to Potbelly’s during National Nurses Week, May 6 through May 12 in 2023, you got either a free cookie (regularly $1.30) or drink (regularly $1.35) when you purchased an entree.

9. AllHeart National Nurses Week Discount

Nurses can generally enjoy special savings on a wide selection of healthcare professional clothing and accessories, so be sure to check in for their annual deal! 

11. Skechers National Nurses Week Deal

Last year at Skechers, you could earn 2x the points on all work and safety shoes if you were a Skechers Plus member.

12. Chipotle

In 2023, healthcare workers could sign up for a chance to win a 'Burrito Care Package' to feed a group of 50. A total of 2,000 healthcare workers received a 'Burrito Care Package' for their team! 

Portia Wofford, LPN

Portia Wofford is an award-winning nurse, writer, and digital marketer. After dedicating her nursing career to creating content and solutions for employers that affected patient outcomes, these days, Portia empowers health businesses and nursing brands to grow their communities through engaging content that connects and converts. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter for her latest (@thewritenurse). As part of her mission to help nurses earn extra income, beyond the bedside, Portia teaches nurses how to get paid and published by showing them how to land their first paid freelance writing gig.

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