Nursing Week is the annual celebration of our profession that always coincides with the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing, on May 12.
This year, it will be held May 9-15 and RNAO will be celebrating with the theme "Nursing Through Crisis." RNAO is proud to recognize all nurses for the quality of care they provide to patients, clients and long-term care residents. From the bedside to the classroom and the boardroom, nurses make Ontario, our country and the world a healthier place.


With the world in crisis for more than two years battling COVID-19, it is fitting that “Nursing Through Crisis” is the theme for Nursing Week 2022 (May 9 – 15). Nurses and other health-care workers around the world have endured unprecedented pressure and stress as a result of the pandemic. And, as nurses always do, we have risen to the task and stayed committed to delivering and advocating for quality care.

As nurses, we have demonstrated strength, knowledge and courage. We have endured the day-to-day challenges in a system driven to its limits, many times at our own expense. We have overcome concerns and worried more about Ontarians than our families. Our motivation has been the public good and the health of our profession.

We have stepped up like never before. We have continued to provide patients, residents and clients across all sectors and specialties with our commitment to get through the crisis.

Morgan Hoffarth

Morgan Hoffarth, RN, MScN
RNAO President

Doris Grinspun

Doris Grinspun, RN, MSN, PhD,
LLD(hon), Dr(hc), FAAN, FCAN, O.ONT.

Our profound pride in our nursing community through this crisis continues to give us the strength to keep pushing for improvements in healthy public policy and nursing human resources that will carry us through this relentless pandemic and beyond.

RNAO thanks each and every nurse, always, and especially during Nursing Week. As an association, we remain on guard and on duty to support the public and each nurse during and after the pandemic.

We acknowledge every nurse, and especially the 48,500 RN, NP and nursing student members of RNAO for your contribution and unwavering commitment to Ontarians and to our profession. 

You have carried Ontarians through this crisis. Together, we have carried one another. It is this strong commitment that gives us hope for brighter days to come.  

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RNAO in the media 

Toronto Star's Nursing Week supplement features RNAO CEO Dr. Doris Grinspun and RNAO president Morgan Hoffarth speaking about the health and wellbeing of RNs and the staffing issues in the health system as well as what the public needs to be mindful of when it comes to nursing and the pandemic. This supplement was also published in the Stoney Creek News and The Hamilton Spectator

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Nursing Week

Event listing

Celebrating Politics as a Career Choice in Nursing with RN and NP Candidates

May 9, 2022: 10 - 11 a.m. ET

Meet with RN and NP provincial election candidates (also RNAO members) and engage in a discussion about why they chose politics in their nursing careers. 

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COVID-19 Webinar Series

May 9, 2022: 2 - 4 p.m. ET

During this month’s COVID-19 webinar, we will mark Nursing Week by taking a deep dive into RNAO initiatives that tackle failings and inequities exposed during the COVID-19 pandemic.

We will walk you through our In Focus topics that outline multi-pronged approaches to address health equity and support health system transformation.

Learn more An Overview for Jobseekers

May 10, 2022: 9 - 9:30 a.m. ET

Learn about and how to utilize key features on the site, including job alerts, resume uploading, creating personalized accounts, saving jobs, applying for jobs (optimal format), resources and more.

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One-to-One Resume Review Sessions

May 10, 2022: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. ET (by appointment only)

Resume review is a virtual one-to-one 20-minute session where you will receive feedback on your resume. Various RNAO staff and community partners will be involved in this event.

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Careers in Nursing: From Novice to Expert and In Between

May 10, 2022: 1 - 2 p.m. ET

Meet with nursing professionals in different roles and sectors. Learn how their career pathway evolved and what keeps them interested and engaged in their work today.

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One-to-One Resume Review Sessions

May 11, 2022: 1 - 4 p.m. ET (by appointment only)

Resume review is a virtual one-to-one 20-minute session where you will receive feedback on your resume. Various RNAO staff and community partners will be involved in this event.

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RNAO All-Candidates Debate for Kingston & The Islands

May 11, 2022: 2 - 3:30 p.m. ET

RNAO's Kingston Chapter is hosting an all-candidates debate with provincial candidates running for the Kingston and the Islands district to understand where each party stands on various issues.

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A Panel Discussion About Creating Trans and Queer Safe Spaces in Health Care

May 11, 2022: 7:30 - 8:30 p.m. ET

Learn how we can work together to create safer spaces for the 2SLGBTQ+ population in health care. this panel event is co-hosted by RNAO Lambton Chapter and Diversity Ed in Sarnia.

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Nursing Through Crisis: A Comparative Perspective Media Conference

May 12, 2022: 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. ET

Between May and July of 2021, during Ontario’s third wave, RNAO distributed a detailed survey about the impact of the pandemic on nurses across the country. Nursing Through Crisis: A Comparative Perspective presents the findings that emerged out of this survey and compares the results to similarly focused surveys.

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Nursing Now Ontario Awards Ceremony

May 12, 2022: 2 - 3 p.m. ET

The Nursing Now Ontario Awards celebrate the contribution of nurses who improve the health outcomes of Ontarians and who contribute to nursing practice. Awards are presented to one winner in three categories: registered practical nurse (RPN), registered nurse (RN) and nurse practitioner (NP). 

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All-Candidates Meeting - RNAO Durham Northumberland Chapter

May 12, 2022: 7 - 9 p.m. ET

RNAO's Durham Northumberland Chapter is hosting an all-candidates meeting with provincial candidates running for Ajax, Whitby, Oshawa, Durham and Northumberland-Peterborough to understand where each party stands on various issues.

Note: This event is for Durham Northumberland Chapter members only

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Leading With Evidence: Applying Research in Practice

May 13, 2022: 10 - 11 a.m. ET

This event is designed to better understand the application of research in day-to-day nursing practice and the various ways nurses – from novice to expert – use research to improve health outcomes. 

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RNAO In Focus: Release of Nurses’ Health and Wellbeing Web Page

May 13, 2022: 12 - 1 p.m. ET

Join us for an overview of the new nurses’ health and wellbeing In Focus web page as well as a presentation of RNAO’s new programs.

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