NATIONAL EMERGENCY NURSE’S DAY – Second Wednesday in October

National Emergency Nurse’s Day | Second Wednesday in October
(Last Updated On: November 8, 2022)


National Emergency Nurse’s Day on the second Wednesday in October recognizes the dedication of ER nurses across the nation and it takes place during Emergency Nurses Week. We take this day to say “thank you” to the emergency room nurses for their hard work, dedication, service, and commitment. As they provide unwavering care to their patients and families, their loyalty to the emergency nursing profession does not go unnoticed. 


Emergency room nurses are the first people we see when we have an accident or a medical emergency. They work hard to put us at ease and eliminate pain and discomfort. The day encourages us to let them know just how important they are in keeping hospitals running smoothly.

When is National Hero Day?

According to the CDC, per 100 persons, 45.8 visits were recorded. Since the ER nurse will be the first to see the patient, their training means the utmost to the patient. Most ER nurses earn a degree as a Registered Nurse. Beyond their degree program, many nurses continue their training, advancing their skills and improving their knowledge of the ever-changing medical field. Some will specialize as well.

Statistics on ER nurses a difficult to find. However, there are over 3 million RNs in the U.S. workforce today.


While not everyone has experienced an emergency visit, you can still participate in the day. 

  • Learn more about the day in the life of an emergency nurse.
  • Send them a note of care and support.
  • Put together care packages for emergency nurses. Add bottled water, energy snacks, a card of encouragement, or a coffee gift card.
  • Share your experiences under the care of an emergency nurse.
  • Give them a word of compassion.
  • Help your hospital organize an event to show your support and appreciation for nurses.
  • Give a shout-out on social media to an emergency nurse you know.

No matter how you thank them, don’t forget to use #EmergencyNursesDay to post on social media.


Sponsored by the Emergency Nurses Association since 1989, this day is part of Emergency Nurse’s Week.

ER Nurse FAQ

Q. What types of nurses work in the emergency room?
A. The most common types of nurses are Registered Nurses (RN) and Licensed Professional Nurses (LPN). However, only RNs qualify as Emergency Room nurses. While an LPN may perform certain duties in an ER, only RNs hold the role of an ER nurse.

Q. What other types of nurses are there?
A. Other types of nurses include Certified Nursing Assistants, Advanced Practice Registered Nurse, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Nurse Practitioner, Critical Care Registered Nurse, Surgical Assistant Registered Nurse, Labor and Delivery Nurse, Neonatal Nurse, Oncology Nurse, among others.

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