Corporate "doesn't believe in" Nurses Week

  1. I know Nurses Week is officially over but I recently heard about a LTC facility who doesn't celebrate or even acknowledge nurses week (FYI, one of the owners of said facility is an MD). I have worked at multiple facilities, both LTC/ALF and acute care. All of those places celebrated nurses week and at least gave a small gift.

    This seems very degrading and I could definitely see this contributing to low morale.

    Has anyone else heard of this?
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  3. by   l33tnewb11
    Its not a mandatory holiday. Its definitely at corporates discretion to celebrate it or not. What does the MD have to do with anything? Are you suggesting that they didn't celebrate nurses week because an owner was a MD. He conspired against all of the nurses?
  4. by   roser13
    I actually find it rather demeaning to think that my employer feels the need to "celebrate" Nurse's Day/Week by giving me a $.35 trinket (be it water bottle, fanny pack or lunchbox).

    My professional satisfaction comes from my successful practice as an RN and from the care I deliver to my patients, not in a fanny pack.
  5. by   roser13
    Quote from NurseyPoo7
    I know Nurses Week is officially over but I recently heard about a LTC facility who doesn't celebrate or even acknowledge nurses week (FYI, one of the owners of said facility is an MD). I have worked at multiple facilities, both LTC/ALF and acute care. All of those places celebrated nurses week and at least gave a small gift.

    This seems very degrading and I could definitely see this contributing to low morale.

    Has anyone else heard of this?
    Seriously, that "small gift" is important to you as a nursing professional? How can the lack of a "small gift" be degrading to a profession?
  6. by   Orca
    My employer doesn't celebrate it either. Then again, this isn't a medical facility (medical is only a part of a larger operation - this is a prison setting). I have never felt slighted.
  7. by   OCRN3
    I haven't seen this personally, but can I can see how it can contribute to low morale, especially when other hospitals do recognize it. Maybe the nurses should get together and celebrate their own nurses week?

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  8. by   BrandonLPN
    I think it's exaggerating to say it's contributing to low morale. My facility doesn't celebrate it either. I wouldn't have even known it was nurses week if it weren't for all the threads here about it.
  9. by   hherrn
    Quote from NurseyPoo7
    I know Nurses Week is officially over but I recently heard about a LTC facility who doesn't celebrate or even acknowledge nurses week (FYI, one of the owners of said facility is an MD). I have worked at multiple facilities, both LTC/ALF and acute care. All of those places celebrated nurses week and at least gave a small gift.

    This seems very degrading and I could definitely see this contributing to low morale.

    Has anyone else heard of this?
    Degrading? No. Offering grown adults an ice cream social or a pizza party is degrading. Maybe appropriate for the sophmore cheerleading squad, but not so much for trained, hardworking professionals.

    What is nursing week anyway? Who made it up?
  10. by   xoemmylouox
    I think it's nice to be recognized for all of the hard work we provide. No I don't want some cheap piece if junk gift, but I will take a nice thank you from my boss or management.
  11. by   KelRN215
    I think it's degrading when management says "for one week of the year we'll pretend to be nice to you, the rest of the time we'll treat you like garbage." That's what contributed to low morale at my hospital job.
  12. by   ktwlpn
    Quote from xoemmylouox
    I think it's nice to be recognized for all of the hard work we provide. No I don't want some cheap piece if junk gift, but I will take a nice thank you from my boss or management.
    That "thank you" or recognition for meeting a difficult challenge at work should be delivered on a regular basis when it's earned,not once a year. We don't celebrate Nurse's week either,we celebrate "Nursing Home Week" where we nurse's are invited to make arses of ourselves in games and talent shows for the resident's amusement.
  13. by   itsnowornever
    We do "hospital week" where everyone is celebrated.

    Posting from my phone, ease forgive my fat thumbs!
  14. by   Blackcat99
    My friend says they try to kill the night shift nurses every year for nurses week. They have a luncheon each year and then leave out all of the "leftovers" on the table all day for the night shift when they arrive for work. She said they don't eat it because they are worried about "food poisoning."

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