Does Anyone Care that March Is ________ Month?

March is almost over, but there are a few days left for you to celebrate/raise awareness/honor some health-related causes and professions. See any of your favorites? No one says you can’t roll some of these into April, too! This post was written by guest blogger Duane Hallock and originally appeared on his blog, Duane’s Dartboard.

Years ago, I began my career as a hospital public relations intern. My responsibilities included promoting National Hospital Week which occurs each year in May. I really tried to make the general public aware of this momentous occasion, but I eventually realized that no one outside of the hospital really cared. I was disappointed that my well-written news releases failed to convert that week into a newsworthy event.

Over time I discovered that almost every hospital professional (except for PR interns) had a day or week designated in their honor. For example, National Doctors Day is celebrated on March 30.

National Nurses Week begins each year on May 6th and ends on May 12th, the birth date of Florence Nightingale. During that week there is a National Student Nurses Day and also the globally-celebrated International Nurses Day. To further complicate things, each subspecialty within nursing has a special day or week—emergency nurses, gastrointestinal nurses, oncology nurses, pediatric nurses, cardiovascular nurses, neonatal nurses, perianesthesia nurses, nurse anesthetists, operating room nurses, IV (infusion) nurses, neuroscience nurses, school nurses, ad infinitum.

Oh, and don’t forget about the national days and weeks recognizing pharmacists, physical therapists, dietitians, occupational therapists, food service workers, respiratory therapists, social workers, home health providers and medical transcriptionists.

Red Cross Month begins today

March was first proclaimed Red Cross Month in 1943 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Since then, every president has designated March as Red Cross Month. This is a time when we hope to remind everyone about the work of the American Red Cross. We also want people to understand how we depend on public support to help people in need.

So, as you celebrate Red Cross Month, please don’t be distracted by March Madness, St. Patrick’s Day, Super Tuesday, Earth Day, Daylight Savings Time and the beginning of Spring (the vernal equinox). Furthermore, please don’t be sidetracked by those hapless PR interns who have been assigned the task of writing news releases to educate you that March is also:

  1. Adopt a Rescued Guinea Pig Month
  2. National Caffeine Awareness Month
  3. National Collision Awareness Month
  4. National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
  5. National Craft Month
  6. Deaf History Month
  7. Dolphin Awareness Month (Go Chiefs!)
  8. National Endometriosis Awareness Month
  9. National Ethics Awareness Month
  10. National Eye Donor Month
  11. National Feminine Empowerment Month (Wonder if I could raise enough money to launch a Masculine Empowerment Month.)
  12. Foot Health Month
  13. Frozen Food Month
  14. National Furniture Refinishing Month
  15. Gardening Books Month
  16. Honor Society Awareness Month
  17. Humane Education Awareness Month
  18. National Humorists Are Artists Month (Now that’s funny!)
  19. Improve Management Skills Month
  20. Irish American Heritage Month
  21. International Listening Awareness Month (Isn’t it ironic that it’s the same month as Deaf History Month?)
  22. National Mental Retardation/Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month
  23. National Middle Level Education Month
  24. Music in Our Schools Month
  25. National Noodle Month
  26. National Nutrition Month
  27. National Optimism Month (I’m somewhat pessimistic that this will catch on.)
  28. National Peanut Month (Please don’t confuse this with National Peanut Butter Lovers Month which comes around in November.)
  29. Philatelic Society Month
  30. Play the Recorder Month
  31. Poison Prevention Awareness Month
  32. Preschool Education Month
  33. Rosacea Awareness Month
  34. Save Your Vision Month
  35. Science Month
  36. Social Work Month
  37. Trisomy Awareness Month (Without a month set aside in its honor, I would have never known this condition existed!)
  38. National Umbrella Month
  39. Women’s History Month (Sorry guys, but there’s no Men’s History Month)
  40. Workplace Eye Wellness Month
  41. Youth Art Month

Did I miss anyone? If not, let the celebrations commence!

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