This should be a time of celebration: It’s Nurses Month, as designated by the American Nurses Association (ANA), and the month includes National Nurses Week. Both are occurring in WHO’s Year of the Nurse and Midwife. What an important time and opportunity for all of us to recognize the profession.

We at American Nurse Journal realize, however, that these may not feel like celebratory times; they are difficult, scary times, with nurses at the forefront of health challenges unlike any others encountered.

We have an entire year to celebrate the nursing profession and to inspire younger nurses and those nurses-to-be. However, as we move into Nurses Month, we want to take the time for a special thank you.

We support you, nurses, in spirit and in action, and we want to remind you to take care of and celebrate yourselves, too. All of the special weeks, months, and years designated as a “thank you” are only impactful if you take time to realize that your work is noble and if you nurture your mind and body as you face the daily unknowns.

The ANA offers a number of tools and guidance to support you, and we encourage you to take advantage them. American Nurse Journal and myamericannurse.com also offer resources that help recharge mind, body, and psyche.

It is our hope that all nurses understand how much they are valued by our American Nurse team and the nations that nurses serve. We take this moment to offer thanks for all you do and celebrate you in this month—and beyond.