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‘Kindness’ Is Focus of National Skilled Nursing Week 2023

Analysis  |  By Jasmyne Ray  
   December 09, 2022

The theme for the annually observed week reflects the compassion and safe nursing care provided to millions of patients.

The American Health Care Association (AHCA) announced the theme for National Skilled Nursing Care Week 2023: "Cultivating Kindness."

Observed annually, National Skilled Nursing Care Week (NSNCW) is dedicated to celebrating the essential role that skilled nursing care centers play in providing safe and effective care to millions of patients each year. According to a release, 2023's theme is meant to encourage skilled nursing care centers throughout the country to host events that recognize those who live, work, and volunteer in nursing centers, while also adhering to COVID-19 safety guidelines.

"We are thrilled to share that 'Cultivating Kindness' is the theme for next year's National Skilled Nursing Care Week," Mark Parkinson, AHCA president and CEO said in a statement. "Every day in nursing centers there are acts of kindness that go above and beyond the call of duty."

"The theme we have chosen captures these acts of kindness that can be transformative for staff and the residents they care for. Kindness is contagious, so let's continue cultivating and spreading it to improve lives."

Since 1967 when the celebration was established by AHCA, NSNCW begins on Mother's Day. 2023 follows that same tradition, and NSNCW is slated for May 14­–20.

AHCA will issue a planning guide and related products in February on ways to celebrate NSNCW 2023. Participants are also encouraged to share their acts of kindness on social media leading up to the week, using the hashtag #NSNCW.

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