Health and Professional Observance Dates – 2020

January

      • National Blood Donor Month

February

      • American Heart Month
      • Feb 1 – 7 Patient Recognition Week

March

      • National Social Worker’s Month
      • Mar 8 – 14 Patient Safety Awareness Week
      • March 10 Registered Dietitian Nutrition Day
      • March 19 Certified Nurses Day
      • Mar 30 National Doctor’s Day

April

      • Counseling Awareness Month
      • April 7 World Health Day
      • April 7 – 13 National Volunteer Week
      • April 16 – National Healthcare Decisions Day (with a week of outreach)
      • April 24 Administrative Professionals Day

May

      • Older Americans Month
      • Oncology Nursing Month
      • May 6 – 12 Nurses Week
      • May 10 – 16 National Nursing Home Week

June

      • June 18 – 25 National Nursing Assistant Week; with Thursday, June 14 as National Career Nursing Assistants’ Day
        Please note: Home Care Aide Week is November 8 – 14, occasionally there is confusion over these two observances.

July

August

      • Aug 23 – 29 Health Unit Coordinators Week

September

  • Pain Awareness Month
  • Childhood Cancer Month

October

  • National Physical Therapy Month
  • American Pharmacists Month
  • Breast Cancer Awareness Month
  • Oct 10 – World Hospice and Palliative Care Day
  • Oct 25 – 31 National Pastoral Care Week

November

      • National Hospice/Palliative Care Month
      • National Family Caregivers Month
      • November 5 – National Volunteer Managers Day
      • Nov 11 – Veteran’s Day
      • Nov 14 – 20, Home Care Aide Week

December

      • Dec 1 – World AIDS Day
      • Dec 1 – 7 National Hand Washing Awareness Week

The Department of Health and Human Services  posted the 2019 calendar of observance dates that is more comprehensive.