Nurses week Cheap gifts from admin. - page 15

So, with nurses week coming up, I was fondly remembering all the neat swag my employer has offered me as a token of their appreciation. Over the last four years as a nurse I have received - A... Read More

  1. by   mosrnc
    I am from Albuquerque and I think I work at the same place as Nilepoc. By the way, my cat loved the shoe strings..........
  2. by   ubcnme
    Thanks Agnus and right back at ya....I'll let you know what 'they' are planning for our 'staff appreciation day'.
  3. by   NurseAmyS.
    Hi all ! During "Administrative Professionals" week, "Housekeeping/Maintanance" days, "Social Worker" day, "Receptionaist" day, etc... thses disciplines @ my facility got Gift Baskets filled to the rim with Top-Shelf goodies. Guess what the nurses got last week ? We each got a bag of 5 cookies with a 2 & 1/2 inch pen light tied in a ribbon to the bag. Classy, huh ? Makes you feel REALLY appreciated when everyone else gets wine & cheese...
  4. by   Hailey's Mommy
    All i got was the fanny pack this year!!!!
  5. by   luckyduck
    As a Nurses Week committee member, we sold pizza gift certificates to raise money to give out prizes at our hospital. Administration "did not have money in the budget for such things". We also collected donations from the community. There was a grand prize trip to Fenwick Island and over 100 other gifts given out randomly. We (the committee) planned a rededication day, recognition day, pharmacy vendor fair, and a birthday party for Florence Nightingale. It turned out great, no thanks to Admin.:chuckle
  6. by   sunnynurse
    We used to have nurses "week" - we are now down to nurses "day", but at least they do something for the four major shifts.... one year we got a large lollipop.... we figured they were trying to tell us we were "suckers" ............
    this year.... a cup....... and we budget for $10 per nurse for nurses day.. i guess the rest of the money was spent on the icecream social, and the breakfast or lunch.
  7. by   LLDPaRN
    Although I haven't formally worked a shift in a week or so, I stopped by last night to check my schedule and one of my friends told me that our nurses' week gift was a towel. Whoopee!! I can hardly wait to tell my manager, "No, you can keep your towel, I have plenty of other towels at home, thank you." I'll have to restrain myself from telling him to shove the towel where the sun don't shine!

    Laurie
  8. by   mother/babyRN
    Well, there were no gifts and, as I am artistic, I did volunteer to do the poster for display in the main corridor because I was certain if the nurse manager did it we would either all be embarrassed or arrested. She said great. I buy the supplies. She emails me to tell me never mind, she thinks she has a handle on it and will do a better, more nurse oriented job. I laugh but think, ok, that gives me more time for other things like, oh, I don't know, arts and crafts with my kids..Since I do caligraphy, they do toss me a token consisting of a scrap booking paper picture of the American Flag, on which I have been directed to jot the unit name and current year...In the morning, after a horrific night with a 34 weeker abrupting and all the resulting chaos-a night, by the way, when I decided to wear my cheapo, hot pink warm up jacket with little dogs and the words "Puppy love", along comes our delightful nurse manager snapping photos of "her" nurses. I try, to no avail, to dodge the camera but she insists the hot pink will make a great contrast...Yep, I am right there up on the poster with the night crew...No gifts and this year, no dignity either....
    Sigh......
  9. by   mother/babyRN
    Shoot, I did forget to mention that this year there was a little meeting to appreciate nurses we have lost. Nice idea and they even went so far as to plant a tree-in a spot where the other one died so a spot opened up (sort of like the way we get from one position to another)...Noticed the tree is crooked and looks kind of sick....There are no words.....Sigh again.....Should I be petty and not fork over money that gets coralled for the nurse manager Christmas gifts? Not feeling overly in to it....
  10. by   dskrn1955
    OK, another viewpoint on all of this please. I have been a nurse for over 25 years, and have seen nurses appreciation has changed a lot! We never used to get anything, but now our hospital honors nurses for one week. Everyday there is something for the nurses. A luncheon, a gift day, a cookie day, etc. There are a lot of nurses who are NEVER satisfied with what they recieve, and I am sorry to say, I hear the same ungrateful message coming through loud and clear in this thread! I have to say that most of the nurses I work with, and the majority of those venting here, do not seem to appreciate anything that administration does for them. The nursing week celebration in our 700+ bed, 1200+ nurse hospital costs a lot when you multiply all they do for each nurse. A "cheap" lunch box costs over 3 dollars, the luncheon and the cookies are costs also. Our hospital makes sure that all shifts are included on the day of the luncheon. If you are off, you can come in to participate. If you chose not to, then don't complain! My suggestion to all of you who are not happy with your nurses day celebrations: get involved! Let someone know that you would like to help plan the nurses day celebration. Too many people chose to react rather than act! Sory to sound so defensive, but I am sooooooo tired of hearing nurses in my own hospital sit around and ***** about things instead of trying to change things for the better, be it nurses day celebrations, staffing, schedules, etc. Thanks for letting me vent and remember...don't react...act!
  11. by   Sjackson983
    Our hospital gave us these great plastic pens with RN on the cap. Their generosity never ends. One year, it was arranged for us to clean up a park across the street from the hospital. Needless to say, they never planned a day in the park again. One year we received a key chain (one of those little ring things) with the name of the hospital on it.
  12. by   nurseratchett29
    Well, I waited a whole week. Still Nothing! I shouldn't be surprised. I did casually mention to one of the docs in my practice that the hospital hadn't given us anything and she gave me a pound of coffee. I guess that's good considering she usually treats me like her personal servant rather than her nurse. I was very impressed with the fact the during secretaries week, the girls in the office all got gifts from the hospital and the practice manager gave them mugs with candy in them and also gave the same mugs to us during secretaries week. I guess i;ve graduated to secretrary this year. Pretty soon they'll be paying me like one if I don't watch out. Any way, I thought that maybe, just maybe, this year would be different. I guess I was wrong again. They say the ultimate defination of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. I feel like Linus sitting in the Pumpkin Patch all night waiting for the Great Pumpkin to appear. Oh, well, some things just never change. I can't wait until boss'es week so I can give the practice manager her invisible gift. Boy is it great to be appreciated!!!
  13. by   boobaby42
    I wrote our newspaper to mention maybe they should give nurses the same amount of exposure as teachers, for instance. Well, I noticed a small article about a nurse/felon in a day or two after that. Wow.

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