Article | Employee Relations

10 Ways to Say Thank You to Nurses During Nurses Week 2023

Daryl Forkell
L person in scrubs stethoscope in pocket
L person in scrubs stethoscope in pocket

The care nurses provide can have a big impact on our lives. On our worst, most stressful days, they ease our pain, calm our fears and explain our treatment. Nurses offer a caring heart and guiding hand as we navigate our wellness journey.

Nurses Day and Nurses Week provide the perfect opportunities to celebrate nurses who care for us, our friends, our families and our communities. They do important work and we can make them feel valued by expressing our appreciation.

A Brief History Lesson: Nurses Week

But first, a quick history lesson. In 1982, a congressional resolution designated May 6 as National Recognition Day for Nurses. A few years later, in 1990, the American Nurse Association expanded the recognition to create National Nurses Week, which takes place annually May 6–12. For Nurses Week 2023, show your appreciation to carry on this tradition.

Just as we must acknowledge that patients suffer, we must acknowledge that the work caregivers do is complex, important and both physically and emotionally challenging. Simply acknowledging efforts and praising good outcomes in a genuine and unscripted way is meaningful.

American Nurses Association

Nurses as Employees

Although the holiday is a long-standing tradition, we still struggle to put into words just how much nurses mean to us. And for those who work in the healthcare industry, nurses aren’t just people you see every so often; they’re at the heart of your health care organization.

Here at Hallmark Business Connections, we create custom greeting cards, including a collection of gratitude-filled Nurses Week greeting cards, to help hospital systems, medical offices and other organizations celebrate nursing staff May 6–12, 2023.

To make your nurse appreciation message stand out, we recommend saying it with a card. Show how much you care by adding a note and the familiar gold seal of a Hallmark card to close your envelopes. These personal touches go a long way toward making your recipient feel valued.


Nurses are 2X as likely to feel special when receiving a greeting card compared to a social media post.

SOURCE: Hallmark Cards, Inc.


Nurses Cards: What to Write in Them

In honor of Nurses Week, show gratitude to those who take time to make sure we, and the people we love, are comfortable. They spend countless hours caring for us. Now it’s your turn to show you care for them with one of these simple messages inside your nurses cards:

  1. “Your passion for our patients’ health is appreciated every day. Thank you for all you do.”

  2. “Your compassion, optimism and kindness do not go unnoticed. We appreciate you!”

  3. “Because of you, we live in a happier, healthier world. Happy Nurses Week.”

  4. “Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.”

  5. “Just a moment to recognize you and your hard work. Happy Nurses Week!”

  6. “You go above and beyond to make our patients comfortable. Thank you.”

  7. “You are a valued member of our team. Thank you for being the amazing nurse you are!”

  8. “You brighten peoples’ days—including ours. Happy Nurses Week!”

  9. “Our patients love you and the hard work you do does not go unnoticed. Thank you for everything. Happy Nurses Week!”

  10. “Thank you for being an amazing nurse. Our team appreciates all that you do. Happy Nurses Week!”

Doing More for Nurses

Thanking nurses with Hallmark cards is heartfelt—and easy! Browse our greeting cards to find ones that fit you and how you want to express your appreciation during Nurses Week 2023 and throughout the year.

Or, get in touch with our experts to get your own custom greeting card for your nursing staff.