Nursing School Graduation Party Ideas

a nursing theme graduation party?
Graduation is a special time where the pressures of school starts to slip away, and the grad gets to celebrate their accomplishment! It is perfectly fine to choose the traditional route when ordering party supplies to celebrate the culmination of nursing school (school colors, graduation caps), but consider getting creative with nursing and medical theme decorations, party favors, and invites. Here are our favorite ideas for planning a nursing school graduation party!
 nursing Graduation party Invitations
A few important things to think about when deciding on your invites:
  • Decide on the guest list, date and time as soon as possible. The earlier you send the invitations, the better the turnout will be!
  • June and July are busy months for parties... other graduations, weddings and summer BBQs. Ask your most important guests (Grandma, Grandpa, Aunts and Uncles) to check their calendars beforehand to make sure they will be able to be there. 
  • Consider an open house party where guests can come and go as they please. Open houses usually span over longer time periods, but it's a great way to accommodate different schedules!
  • Invitations to a graduation party can also be mailed with graduation announcements (save a stamp)!
Use fun wording when you have a playful medical theme with matching invitation:
You're invited to celebrate Nancy's discharge from Nursing School!

Symptoms: Happiness, giddiness, relief
Remedies: Partying with friends and family

Appointment place: The Strawder Home
Appointment time: 4:00 PM on May 26th

To confirm or cancel your appointment, please call:
Now that you have a plan, you can decide on graduation invitations! Choose a nursing or medical theme invitation that will match your party decorations and favors. Scrubs, prescription pads, stethoscopes! They're all great inspiration for a nursing grad party: 
Graduation Decorations and Party Supplies
Celebrate graduation from nursing school with decorations that highlight their new career! There are many easy and fun ways to decorate your space for a nursing graduation party: 
  • Hang labeled body posters from a school supply store.
  • Your skeleton Halloween decorations can be repurposed! Add a graduation cap to Mr Bones and have him waiting at your party entrance to greet guests. :)
  • Your grad may be too busy to greet every guest, so have a Nurse In Scrubs Lifesized Cutout waiting near the sign-in table. This stand up makes a great photo op, and you can even choose the grad's favorite color scrubs!
  • Hang a personalized nursing graduation banner over your party entrance or sign-in table. Customize with a special message from the new nurse!
  • Graduation balloons in the grad's school colors add some interest to your space. Or choose red and white balloon bouquets (classic nursing colors), or balloons in the grad's favorite scrub colors.  Place bouquets at party hotspots like the buffet, bar, and sign-in table. Fun idea... blow up latex gloves and add them to your bouquet! 
Also important? A sign in area! Here are a some great options, a few of which have a "nursing" theme:
  • A graduation scrubs sign in board is a classic way to let guests leave message to the grad. Match your invitations and favors to pull the theme through the entire event!
  • Get a large foam board or canvas and attach a few pictures of the graduate with band-aids! Have guests sign the board around the pictures. Provide extra band-aids for creative expression.
  • A guest book photo frame is also fun... guests sign the matte surrounding a picture of the grad on cap and gown or scrubs even! Make sure to buy smudge free markers.
  • Have guests sign and leave well wishes on a pair of plain scrubs with fabric markers... wearable art!
  • If you're inviting a few of the grad's classmates and instructors, have them write down "Nursing Words of Wisdom" on slips of paper.  Collect them in a jar, and gift them to the grad to open after a long day at the hospital.
You can also mix in some traditional graduation decorations along with the fun nursing ones. Here are a few of our favorites:
  • Make a sign "Medical Transport Cooler" and tape it to the top of your drink cooler. Add sodas and beers along with some water decorated with these nursing theme water bottle labels!
  • Hand out surgical masks and plastic toys from doctor's kits for the guests to wear!
  • Attach garland to a wall in the shape of an EKG test! Carry the EKG theme through to your deserts, too.  It's easy to pipe an EKG reading on the top of a grad cake or heart cookies. Too cute!
  • 2019 Glasses - These are not just for New Years and are also great for decorating your guests!
nursing Graduation party menu and Table Decoration ideas
 You can really add some humor to your tables with some medical supplies. Hit up the nearest medical supply store and pick up a few things -
  • Jello "Shots" (jello shooters in oral medical syringes).
  • Serve chips and dip in a bed pan (a new one, of course).
  • Make silverware bundles wrapped in a napkin and tied off with medical tape.
  • Pieces from inexpensive kids' toy medical kits make great table decorations and cake toppers.
  • Use disposable paper goods in red and white or the grad's scrubs colors. Layer two table cloths of different colors for a great look!
  • Consider adding a clear tablecloth on top and then in between put pictures of the graduate as well as college memorabilia (football ticket stubs, old class schedules, concert programs, etc).  
  • Scatter bandaids and heart confetti for some fun table sprinkle!
Here are a few fun ideas for centerpieces:
  • Personalized Centerpiece - Customize one of these centerpieces to match your invites, favors and party decorations!
  • Stack the grad's nursing textbooks on each table and top with a classic red and white nursing cap. Such an easy centerpiece!
  • Fill a basket or bucket with a bunch of medical supplies. Bandaids, gloves, gauze, pill bottles filled with candy, gloves, alcohol swabs, etc. Have a drawing or raffle, and winning guests get to take a centerpiece home!
  • A cupcake stand with red and white cupcakes (add a nursing cap topper!) makes a great centerpiece and is super tasty, too!
Graduation Party Favors
Stick with the nursing theme when picking your party favors.  This is a great opportunity for gag gifts along with a few classic favorites. Try a few of these:
  • Medical masks and rubber gloves
  • Medical-themed novelty candy (chocolate bandages, gummy brains)
  • Syringe pens
  • Mini first aid kits
  • Nursing theme graduation favor bags filled with healthy snacks, bandaids, sunscreen, and an apple (keeps the doctor away, right?)
  • Of course, there's always nursing theme candy bars, and lollipops to keep everyone happy, too!

Or have a nursing theme candy buffet! Set out glass vases and jars and fill each with one of these treats.  Don't forget a small sign for each so guests get the joke!

  • Hershey "Kisses for your Boo Boos"
  • Marshmallow "Cotton Balls"
  • Pill shaped gummies in medication cups/pill bottles
  • Pull apart Twizzler "Clogged Arteries"
  • Lollipops (let the nurse hand one to each "patient"!)
  • Cotton Candy Gauze
  • Smartie "Vitamins"
  • Chocolate dipped pretzel thermometers
Have a fantastic graduation party, and congratulations to the new nurse from the Party Girl!