Any Ideas For Celebrating Nurses Week?

  1. I was put in charge of Nurses Week celebration on our unit. I am up for the fun, but I need ideas. I have some myself, but I always let my small ones turn into giant undertakings! Is there anyone here who enjoyed a memorable celebration on their units? I would appreciate any ideas that you can share.
    We have about a hundred employees...60 are RNs. I would like to include everyone in some way...including the Unit Sec's.
    We work 12's (7-7), and need to get something together that would work with both shifts.
    I am not even sure if my director will allow a budget for me (ice cream social, maybe some small gifts for a drawing??)
    I want to make it special....this will be our first celebration of it's kind!!!
    Thanks for your help!
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  2. 35 Comments

  3. by   penguin2
    The best nurses day appreciation I've experienced was when our Manager paid for massages for all the nurses. It was a piece of heaven, and since one of our part time RNs was also a massage therapist, he gave a discount, so it wasn't that expensive for the 30 of us. I would also suggest a manicure or pedicure- some way to pamper yourself!! Only nurses/CNAs were included though, since the Ward Clerks were recognized on Secretary's Day. A gift card to just about anywhere is good too. Most of us weren't interested in ice cream socials or similar things at work.
  4. by   OC_An Khe
    I am basically against all nurses week celebrations. Showing thanks and appreciation should be an on going thing not just once a year. It is used too often to appease nurses for the other 52 weeks of abuse.
  5. by   dragonfly43
    Quote from ocankhe
    I am basically against all nurses week celebrations. Showing thanks and appreciation should be an on going thing not just once a year. It is used too often to appease nurses for the other 52 weeks of abuse.
    Then I guess you don't celebrate Mother's Day either.
  6. by   OC_An Khe
    dragonfly
    I celebrate it every day of the year.
  7. by   James Huffman
    Quote from dragonfly43
    Then I guess you don't celebrate Mother's Day either.
    Bingo.

    Ever wonder why they don't have physicians/engineers/contractors/whatever weeks? Only the pink collar fields get these "celebrations." And it's because in male-dominated fields, no one cares about being "recognized" and "appreciated." They're quite happy to get money.

    However ... institutions that employ lots of nurses know that it's cheaper to hand out Snickers bars every May rather that deal with the nurses realistically on pay.
  8. by   sharona97
    The Minnesota Nursing Association made a Nursing Pin on button to where and this is what it said:


    NURSING

    where your life's work is
    life itself--
  9. by   leslie :-D
    Quote from sharona97
    The Minnesota Nursing Association made a Nursing Pin on button to where and this is what it said:


    NURSING

    where your life's work is
    life itself--
    sorry sharona,

    but talk is cheap.

    leslie

    eta- i'm really sorry i sound so abused, beaten, chewed up and spit out...heh.
  10. by   hikernurse
    Quote from earle58
    eta- i'm really sorry i sound so abused, beaten, chewed up and spit out...heh.
    Are you young and did a nurse eat you up?
  11. by   lindarn
    Quote from ocankhe
    I am basically against all nurses week celebrations. Showing thanks and appreciation should be an on going thing not just once a year. It is used too often to appease nurses for the other 52 weeks of abuse.
    National Nurse Week is also know as an "Attaboy".

    Lindarn, RN, BSN, CCRN
    Spokane, Washington
  12. by   leslie :-D
    Quote from James Huffman

    However ... institutions that employ lots of nurses know that it's cheaper to hand out Snickers bars every May rather that deal with the nurses realistically on pay.
    and that's the insult to us pink collar workers- that we can be 'bought' for so little.

    that snickers bar better be king-size.

    leslie
  13. by   sharona97
    Quote from earle58
    sorry sharona,

    but talk is cheap.

    leslie

    eta- i'm really sorry i sound so abused, beaten, chewed up and spit out...heh.
    Wow Leslie,
    Please enlighten me.
    Isn't it work to live as it is to cross the creek?
    What's up?
  14. by   James Huffman
    Quote from earle58
    and that's the insult to us pink collar workers- that we can be 'bought' for so little.

    that snickers bar better be king-size.

    leslie

    I just pity those places that caught a sale on candy, and now everybody in the known universe is doing low carb.

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