Nurses week Cheap gifts from admin. - page 17

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   CseMgr1
    My current employer has turned us into walking billboards, with umbrellas, denim shirts (all with their logo plastered all over them). I guess it's better than nothing....even though I'd rather have the MONEY they spent on them...=)
  2. by   joyrochelle
    i got a watch with the hospital logo on it...

    didn't work though.
  3. by   eldernurse
    This year for Nurses Day we got a chocolate bar and a letter of appreciation from the Hospital Administration. My personal supervisor gave us all really nice hand cream from Bath and Body Shop. Silly me, I appreciate everything and anything I get.
    The most wonderful thing I ever got on Nurses day was a card and a gold bracelet from the family of one of my patients who passed away from cancer. No hospital gift will ever top that.
  4. by   Huganurse
    Sigh, I was right about nurses week..I got nothing. Not even a email or card. Even my Mom didn't acknowledge it this year as she has in the past. Hallmark must not be doing a very good job promoting it. I was in one a couple of weeks ago and did not see any display about it. They must not have had good sales in the past to ignore it this year.
    I started to think about it since this was the first year I didn't get to celebrate with the food and gifts, as small as they sometimes have been in the past, and getting left overs from day shift, I thought gee, my boss is a nurse and all my coworkers are nurses and I didn't say much or do anything for them. Why is it exclusive to our bosses or non-nurses to provide our trinkets and goodies.
    I propose that we honor each other. Make nurse poems on your computer to share with coworkers, give your boss a card, tell hubby you expect dinner out or flowers or better yet, both! We don't need to spend money on each other, we could keep things simple like treating each other better, and giving hand made or computer generated items or just an extra hand. Someone bring a camera and take pics of the crew, all chip in for lunch or dinner delivered. If we got away from the boss should give me syndrome (including myself) and treated it more like a special holiday at work, we'd all have more fun and be less resentful. We could decorate our units or workspaces for the occasion. Then the patients families would know it's nurses week and we are bound to get goodies from them!! Perhaps if we just changed our attitude about the whole week, we would get what we c/o not getting b/c people will want to join in on the festivities and treat us as special as we know we are. JMO. Hugs!
    Last edit by Huganurse on May 20, '02
  5. by   Nurse K-Bear
    We got the usual bagels, sub sandwiches and cookies this year, but on of the most original was a pretty post card from chaplin services with a prayer on it celebrating nurses week. They personally gave one to each nurse on all shifts. They came in early to catch the night shift. They also had a candlight ceremony and honored florence nightengale. I thought this was thoughtful.
  6. by   Figaro's Mom
    Originally posted by thisnurse
    i got a rock


    Omigosh, I am laughing so hard I'm crying :chuckle

    I will never watch 'It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown' the same way again! (So you're in good company, thisnurse, that's all CB ever got.)
  7. by   sneakyneek
    I consider myself most fortunate.........I not only got a chocolate bar (3 for a dollar size), but, also worked a 16 hour night shift for the actual nurses day celebration! Better than nothing....right?!?!
  8. by   Fervous
    WOW!!! What a thread. I had to skip some of it.
    We got a keychain /w logo, given out during a desert buffet of those tasty little fancy mini cakes. Which was for all hospital employees.
    The NM of our floor sent us all a little thank you note via e-mail. It was a nice gesture. But the best thank-you's come from the pt's and their families.
  9. by   VA_CCRC
    The hospital I work at actually had the nerve to call it "The Week of The Nurse". I must say though, last year (before all the talk of budget cuts) on our floor we all received nice leather-like bound portfolios and $15 gift certificate to a local shopping center...AND a very nice catered luncheon. Not to mention, all the 'suits' come out of the offices to cover the floor so we can ACTUALLY attend the luncheon....that's always a nice touch!
    But this year....totally sucked. I feel so insulted....let's see...I won a coupon for a free ice cream cone. Oh yeah they were having a 'traveling breakfast bar'....it shoulda kept right on traveling...youhad your choice of a bagel or biscuit. The biscuits were stale and dry and nothing to put on 'em. Then they only gave you half a bagel!! what cheapos!!

    I woulda been happier with a calculator or something cool like an umbrella!!
  10. by   shootemrn
    Last year we got a (1) pencil with the hospitals name on them. Can only imagine the massive budget for nurses week!
  11. by   JeannieM
    We got $5 Blockbuster gift cards and root beer floats. This from a "poor, pitiful and poverty-stricken" little hospital! The ones who have big bucks have no excuse
  12. by   JenniferNRN
    Add me to the "those who received nothing" list. We didn't even get an acknowledgement of the week. The following week we celebrated "hospital workers week" and all of the activities (one free meal, ice cream social) were planned during the 9-5 shifts during the week. How about us weekend night shift people??

    I would have appreciated even a simple thank you flyer in my mailbox but I think the best gifts would have been some kind of gift card or day off. I am surprised to see so many places that skimp on nurses week.
  13. by   alkat
    Our hospital has a committee of nurses who decide how to celebrate nurses week. We were given frisbees, pens, mugs, note pads on one day, but if you were scheduled off for the day, too bad, all the extras were given to secretarys, social workers, dietary, etc. I was scheduled off and was told that they had ran out. There were massages by massage students one day if you worked day shift and was able to leave the floor and stand in line for 20-30 min. waiting for the 5 min. massage (hand or face). Avon and Mary Kay were there pushing their wares to day shift also. Punch and cookies were handed out floor to floor one day. Night shift had cookies and punch left for them. Our units management handed out sports bottles. They had $275 to spend on 55 nurses (or so I was told). There was also the awards day presentations where popcorn, but no drink, was served. I asked to take extras back to some of my co-workers who couldn't attend and was told just to take two, so on the floor 7 of us split two bags of popcorn! Nurses week generally just reminds me that nurses continue to be taken for granted and underappreciated, but I don't know the solution.

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