November 1, 2022

November Healthcare Holidays in the U.S. to Celebrate

Each year is filled with dozens of healthcare holidays that don’t get much recognition. To be a voice that helps spread awareness, you’ll see TNAA sharing more about these holidays that matter to you! 

In November, a month when many of us set time to be with family or focus on gratitude, the nation also recognizes Allied Health Professionals Week, National Nurse Practitioner Week, and so much more. These are the healthcare holidays in November that you might want to jot down and celebrate.

Month-Long Observances

American Diabetes Month

American Diabetes Month is a time to connect with those diagnosed with diabetes, share resources with them, and tell their stories. It also focuses on educating others about the types of diabetes and their diabetes risk.

COPD Awareness Month

According to the COPD Foundation, approximately 30 million Americans live with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), but nearly half of those cases are undiagnosed. Types of COPD include chronic bronchitis, emphysema, and more. Shed light on COPD awareness by wearing orange throughout the month or on World COPD Day on November 16.

Lung Cancer Awareness Month

Lung cancer claims more lives each year than any other cancer, and only about one in seven patients will find out their diagnosis when the cancer is in its earliest, most treatable stage, according to the Lung Cancer Foundation of America. Despite this news, lung cancer research has less federal funding per death than breast, prostate, or colon cancer. Support the cause and spark a conversation by sporting a pearl or white ribbon for Lung Cancer Awareness Month.

National Family Caregivers Month

This month-long observance shines a light on caregiver issues and the support they need. Family caregivers often have to balance multiple responsibilities, including providing loved ones with care, maintaining a job, and making time for their own health.

National Hospice and Palliative Care Month

National Hospice and Palliative Care Month celebrates workers who give medical care to patients with life-limiting illnesses as they also bring comfort to the patients and their families.

Stomach Cancer Awareness Month®

During a month when we find ourselves gathered around the kitchen table more often, the nation also recognizes Stomach Cancer Awareness Month®. This observance brings greater awareness to stomach cancer by highlighting risk factors, signs and symptoms, and the need for more research funding.

Week-Long Observances

MedSurg Nurses Week – Nov. 1 – 7

MedSurg nurses care for patients who are acutely ill from various medical conditions and diseases or who are recovering from surgery. MedSurg nurses are highly skilled multitaskers and excel at coordination. Thank you to our MedSurg nurses for the incredible work that you do! If you work in this specialty and you’re interested in a traveling career, check out TNAA’s travel MedSurg jobs.

National Patient Transport Week – Nov. 6 – 12

This recognition highlights all patient transporters, a vital component of providing timely care, who help patients during hospital admissions and discharge.

National Radiologic Technology Week® – Nov. 6 – 12

Radiologic techs control diagnostic imaging equipment and perform exams, like X-Rays, on patients. They’re responsible for capturing accurate diagnostic images and evaluating them. Did you know TNAA travels radiologic techs? Check out TNAA’s assignment openings for traveling radiology techs.

Allied Health Professions Week – Nov. 7 – 13

Shout out to the nearly 7 million allied health professionals and TNAA’s allied health travelers! The first whole week of November is all about you and recognizing the work you do to support your patients and collaborate with your fellow healthcare workers. TNAA is proud to help you find the travel assignments that boost your careers and bring excitement to your lives.

National Nurse Practitioner Week – Nov. 13 – 19

According to the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, there are more than 325,000 licensed nurse practitioners in the nation. They see patients in clinics, hospitals, urgent care centers, nursing homes, and more across the U.S., bringing quality care to more communities.

Recognition Days

National Donor Sabbath – Nov. 11 – 13

Donate Life America says one organ, eye, and tissue donor can help more than 75 people. National Donor Sabbath is a time to educate about the need for donors and encourage people to register to become organ, eye, and tissue donors.

World Pneumonia Day – Nov. 12

According to Stop Pneumonia, pneumonia is the leading infectious killer of kids under 5 years old around the world. This day of recognition is to highlight solutions to prevent and treat pneumonia.

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