Medical-Surgical Nurses Week

Each year, the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (AMSN) designates November 1-7 to celebrate medical-surgical nurses just like you.

Help your facility and community recognize your compassion, connection, and commitment to your patients and their families with the resources below for your our Medical-Surgical Nurses Week celebrations!


Happy Medical-Surgical Nurses WeekIdeas for Celebrating at Your Facility

These are a few of our suggestions, we hope they inspire more ideas from you.

  • Purchase I love med-surg nursing merchandise for your nurses at the AMSN Store.
  • Bring in meals for your nurses as a treat during their shift.
  • Post celebratory signs in your med-surg unit.
  • Print and distribute certificates recognizing the contributions your nurses make every day.
  • Surprise your nurses with AMSN membership, nothing says thank you than free education.
  • Use #MSNW2018

Download signs to display at your facility:

  • We're Celebrating Medical-Surgical Nurses Week (PDF)
  • This way to the celebration (PDF)
  • Thank you during Medical-Surgical Nurses Week (PDF)

Download a Certificate of Appreciation to present to your nurses (DOC) | (PDF).


Medical-Surgical Nurses Week Official Graphic Poster

Use the following image (available in several resolutions) on social media, your website, flyers, press releases, and anywhere you mention Medical-Surgical Nurses Week. Low-resolution works best online, hi-resolution is best for print and to send to the media. Download the Medical-Surgical Nurses Week graphic in the format you want:

JPG (low-resolution) | JPG (hi-resolution) | PNG | PDF


Ideas for Celebrating in Your Community

Spread the word beyond your facility!

  • Submit an article about medical-surgical nursing to your facility newsletter before Medical-Surgical Nurses Week or contact your local newspaper.
    • Download a sample newsletter article/press release (DOC) | (PDF).
  • Invite local or state legislators to tour your facility during the week so they better understand the role of medical-surgical nurses.
  • Request a proclamation from your mayor or governor declaring November 1-7 as Medical-Surgical Nurses Week.
    • Sample proclamation (PDF).


Talking About Medical-Surgical Nursing with the Media

When someone asks how medical-surgical nurses make a difference, remind them that we:Taken at the 2017 AMSN Annual Convention in Palm Springs, CA!

  • Improve patient care through evidence-based practice.
  • Advocate for patients and families at the local and national levels.
  • Serve their communities through care and education.
  • Build the profession of nursing and the medical-surgical nursing specialty.
  • Promote medical-surgical nursing certification, resulting in better and safer health care.
  • Speak, write, and conduct research to inspire and educate others.
  • Mentor and nurture each other.
  • Use #MSNW2018


It's All About YOU!

Visit the It's All About YOU! section of the AMSN Website. Read stories from other med-surg nurses about how they celebrated. Submit your own story (long or short), and let us know how you celebrated. This topic area of the website is open to all med-surg nurses worldwide.

FREE CNE for AMSN Members from the AMSN Online Library!