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November Healthcare Recognition Days - 2017
Month-long Observances

National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month
This event is centered on recognizing all those living with Alzheimer’s disease and honoring the more than 15 million caregivers, including families and friends, who support them.

Alzheimer’s Associationhttp://www.alz.org

National Family Caregivers Month
November is designated as a time to thank, support, educate and empower the nation’s 90 million family caregivers who are enabling their loved ones to stay at home longer.

Caregiver Action Networkhttp://www.caregiveraction.org

National Home Care & Hospice Month
During this month the home care and hospice community honor the millions of nurses, home care aides, therapists and social workers who have a personal, profound effect on the patients and families they serve.

National Association for Home Care and Hospicehttp://www.nahc.org

National Hospice & Palliative Care Month
The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization dedicates November to raising awareness about high-quality end-of-life care. Hospice care professionals provide pain management, psychosocial support and spiritual care to nearly 1.6 million people who live with a life-limiting illness.

National Hospice and Palliative Care Organizationhttp://www.nhpco.org

Week-long Observances

November 1-7 National Medical-Surgical Nurses Week
National Medical-Surgical Nurses Week is celebrated the first week of November each year. It recognizes medical-surgical nurses who care for adult patients in a broad range of settings.

Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses – http://www.amsn.org

November 1-7 Urology Nurses & Associates Week
Urology Nurses & Associates Week is celebrated November 1-7. During this special week, employers, patients and others can pay tribute to urologic healthcare professionals. Urology nurses also have the opportunity to raise awareness of their profession.

Society of Urologic Nurses and Associates – http://www.suna.org

November 6-12 National Medical Staff Services Awareness Week
National Medical Staff Services Awareness Week is the first week in November. It gives opportunities for hospitals, MCOs, doctors’ offices, university health systems and government agencies to promote awareness of medical services professionals.

National Association Medical Staff Serviceshttp://www.namss.org

November 6-10 Perioperative Nurse Week
National Perioperative Nurse Week takes place the second week in November. It is a time to recognize the contributions perioperative registered nurses make to patient safety and the opportunities and challenges facing the profession.

Association of Perioperative Registered Nurses – http://www.aorn.org

November 12-18 National Home Care Aide Week
National Home Care Aide Week honors heroes who make a remarkable contribution to the lives of patients and the families they serve. They play an invaluable role as caregivers, companions and friends.

National Association for Home Care and Hospicehttp://www.nahc.org

November 13-19 National Nurse Practitioner Week
National Nurse Practitioner Week is held in November to bring recognition to the NP role and increase awareness of the exceptional care that they provide.

American Association of Nurse Practitioners – http://www.aanp.org

November -TBA- National Allied Health Professions Week
This event honors the three million healthcare providers working in more than 80 allied health professions. It promotes the celebration of allied health careers by providers, educators and accrediting organizations.

Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions – http://www.asahp.org

November -TBA- National Radiologic Technology Week
This annual week-long celebration calls attention to the importance of medical imaging and radiation oncology. It recognizes the role that medical imaging and radiation therapy professionals play in providing quality patient care and a safe healthcare environment.

American Society of Radiologic Technologistshttp://www.asrt.org

Recognition Days

November 16 Great American Smokeout
The Great American Smokeout challenges people to stop using tobacco for one day and helps make them aware of the tools they can use to quit for good. The event occurs on the third Thursday of November and is sponsored by the American Cancer Society.

American Cancer Societyhttp://www.cancer.org