Medical-Surgical Nurses Week

Happy Medical-Surgical Nurses WeekEach 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 our 2016 Medical-Surgical Nurses Week online toolkit.


Official Graphics

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

This poster is also available in print - completely free of charge (including shipping charges!) in the AMSN Store.

Medical-Surgical Nurses Week on Social Media

Share your photos and celebrations with us using the hashtag #MSNW16. Find us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.


Ideas for Celebrating at Your Facility

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

  • Host a special day to honor medical-surgical nurses in your facility.
  • 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.

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).


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.
    • Tips for getting a proclamation (PDF).
    • 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:

  • 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


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.