Health and Professional Observance Dates – 2019

January

  • National Blood Donor Month

February

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

March

  • National Social Worker’s Month
  • Mar 10 – 16 Patient Safety Awareness Week
  • March 13 Registered Dietitian Nutrition 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 12 – 18 National Nursing Home Week

June

  • June 13 – 19 National Nursing Assistant Week; with Thursday, June 13 as National Career Nursing Assistants’ Day
    Please note: Home Care Aide Week is November 14 – 20, 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 12 – World Hospice and Palliative Care Day
  • Oct 20 – 26 National Pastoral Care Week

November

  • National Hospice/Palliative Care Month
  • National Family Caregivers Month
  • 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.