Press Release Joyce Sweetens National Nurses Day for Over 4,200 Healthcare Heroes
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Joyce Sweetens National Nurses Day for Over 4,200 Healthcare Heroes

May 21, 2024

Utah Nurses Celebrated with Free Soda and Cookies on National Nurses Day


Joyce University and Swig treated nurses with a sweet thank you

Salt Lake City, UT – May 21, 2024—Joyce University of Nursing and Health Sciences partnered with Utah favorite, Swig, to show appreciation for nurses across the state on National Nurses Day. From Logan to St. George, nurses enjoyed complimentary drinks and cookies at participating Swig locations. This long-standing Joyce University tradition has been a staple of the university community for six years.

This year, the university served more than 4,200 nurses, nursing students, and nursing faculty across multiple states as a thank-you for their dedication to providing quality healthcare and hands-on nursing education.

“We are incredibly grateful for all the nurses who tirelessly serve our communities,” said Dr. John Smith-Coppes, President and CEO of Joyce University. “Vital to our healthcare system, nurses are the frontline of hospitals and other medical facilities across the globe. On Nurses’ Day and every day, we salute you!”

Joyce University students and faculty hand-delivered banners with handwritten notes to designated clinical locations in Utah, Colorado, and Arizona. Along with the banners, Joyce University delivered Swig vouchers, treats, and gift cards to working nurses at more than 17 clinical partner locations. Local hospitals and clinics play a significant role in nursing education at Joyce University; students participate in clinical rotations and have the opportunity for full-time positions after graduation.

The celebration of nurses kicks off with Nurses Day and extends throughout May each year. The American Nurses Association’s theme for 2024 is “Nurses make the difference,” a sentiment echoed by Joyce University. The holiday also coincides with Florence Nightingale’s birthday, who is widely known as the founder of modern nursing.

Joyce University is one of the largest nursing universities in Utah, graduating nearly a thousand nursing students annually. For more information about Joyce University and its innovative nursing programs, please visit


    Founded in 1979, Joyce University of Nursing and Health Sciences’ mission is to prepare students to serve as competent professionals, to advance their careers, and to pursue lifelong learning. Located in Draper, Utah, Joyce University is proud to have helped thousands of students across the US graduate and launch lasting healthcare careers.

    With a recent expansion of its pre-licensure programs to select regional locations, including Arizona, Colorado, Missouri, Nevada, and New Mexico, Joyce University’s expansion enables aspiring nurses in these regions to access the same high-quality education and opportunities that have defined the institution for decades. Join them as they continue to shape the future of healthcare, one student at a time.

    Joyce University is institutionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) and is programmatically accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) for the Associate of Science in Nursing degree program and by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree and Master of Science in Nursing degree programs.

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