Nurses week Cheap gifts from admin. - page 21

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   malinne
    Let's see...a radio that broke in a week, a coffee cup with logo, a T-shirt, an insulated lunch bag...but this year there's a new Chief Nursing Officer who's holding out for a decent gift or nothing. That gift is supposed to be a nice canvas camp chair.

    I'm with Stormy on her question. I'm a nurse manager with over 100 employees. I have no discretionary fund for gifts. Christmas is always paid for from my own pocket. I'd like to do something for staff during Nurse's Week, but as a single mom...I can't afford much. Last year I did personal cards to every member of my staff. They seemed to appreciate the time and effort that took.
  2. by   allele
    Quote from malinne
    Let's see...a radio that broke in a week, a coffee cup with logo, a T-shirt, an insulated lunch bag...but this year there's a new Chief Nursing Officer who's holding out for a decent gift or nothing. That gift is supposed to be a nice canvas camp chair.

    I'm with Stormy on her question. I'm a nurse manager with over 100 employees. I have no discretionary fund for gifts. Christmas is always paid for from my own pocket. I'd like to do something for staff during Nurse's Week, but as a single mom...I can't afford much. Last year I did personal cards to every member of my staff. They seemed to appreciate the time and effort that took.
    I just want to say that writing personal notes to your staff is an absolutely lovely idea! I always love free stuff (even cheap free stuff, I'm stupidly corny that way), BUT a personal note of recognition for the work that I do from my manager would blow away free stuff in a minute!! It's not something I've ever received!
  3. by   MommyandRN
    Has anyone ever worked for TENET? Its a nationwide chain. They are absolutely horrible but that is not the point of this post.
    For nurses week one year, a few years ago, Tenet gave out a CD. It had songs like "You are the sunshine of my life" but the next line was "doctors always need you around". They changed up the words to a bunch of songs to make it sung to nurses. It was horrible!
  4. by   Mili
    At our facility, each nurse gets a free movie pass to our local theater, a thank you letter signed by all of the nursing directors and the management team makes banana splits for all.

    One year, we had a casino day--slot machines, blackjack tables and all kinds of treats.

    Last year we had massage therapists come to the hospital to give each nurse a 10 minute neck and shoulder massage.:spin:
  5. by   anniev
    administration grilled us steaks one another year they made us super heros! They came around with a polaroid and took head shots the residents colored superheros from a coloring book they cut aou heads out and put them in place making us the superheros! they gave us names like marvolus marie and had them hanging all over the facility when the week was over they gave them to us I have mine framed I loved it . Other years we have gotten a little item one every day of the week my favorites are the ones where they took some time with like the pics and making us a meal and serving us. that makes you feel special
  6. by   NotReady4PrimeTime
    Once again this year we are getting education sessions on such scintillating topics as "Advances in Wound Care" and "Quality Improvement Intitiatives at Capital Health" in the theater of the medical school attached to our hospital. Yee haw! If anyone wants to attend it will be on their own time, of course, because we don't have the staff to send people to inservices on new equipment and that sort of thing, never mind "fluff". I've heard that they're trying to change things and make Nurses' Week more about nurses and their needs, but I will believe it when I see it. However, our chaplain has begun putting little baskets of personal care items like nice soaps, hand cream, fem hy necessities and little notes of appreciation in our staff bathroom. She gets it!
  7. by   Jo Dirt
    I've gotten:

    an angel pin from the Dollar store (or, I saw one there just like it)

    and one of those plastic mugs they give the patients to drink out of with the facility logo on it
  8. by   sabRN2b05
    Quote from MommyandRN
    Has anyone ever worked for TENET? Its a nationwide chain. They are absolutely horrible but that is not the point of this post.
    For nurses week one year, a few years ago, Tenet gave out a CD. It had songs like "You are the sunshine of my life" but the next line was "doctors always need you around". They changed up the words to a bunch of songs to make it sung to nurses. It was horrible!
    I've worked for Tenet..know the feeling
  9. by   sabRN2b05
    Quote from Mili
    At our facility, each nurse gets a free movie pass to our local theater, a thank you letter signed by all of the nursing directors and the management team makes banana splits for all.

    One year, we had a casino day--slot machines, blackjack tables and all kinds of treats.

    Last year we had massage therapists come to the hospital to give each nurse a 10 minute neck and shoulder massage.:spin:
    I'd like to work at your hospital!! :spin:
  10. by   Hoosiernurse
    [QUOTE=Q.]We are gettin' JACK from admin, as we wouldn't want to offend the MA's at the clinic. So our small group of triage nurses in Internal Medicine are giving OURSELVES a catered lunch from the Olive Garden, and I am making some colorful signs and some streamers to celebrate ourselves.

    QUOTE]


    That's the way to do it! Maybe if nurses do a little celebrating themselves, it will catch on better. Lord, considering what nurses do it is SO SAD they can't spring for something nice! But if they won't, I love the idea of the nurses celebrating themselves!
  11. by   funlady
    Well folks - Our facility has a nursing week committee - the committee traditionally contacts vendors, local businesses, physicians, etc - we have oodles of nice goodies - $50.00 dinners, etc. Each unit staff (and yes even the ancillary units with nurses) are placed in a drawing - assuring a good % of the staff receive gifts. Some of the gifts are the routine marketing items, though they are the more nicer items.

    In addition, a buffet at times that are convenient for staff coming on or off shift; The buffet is furnished by the hospital. Great American Cookies are sent to the floors as well at least once during the week.

    The reason that nurses week is becoming hospital week is that the two "weeks" are scheduled back to back and at times even overlap. Sad, but true.

    Oh another thing - In Kentucky we have a Nursing Excellence Banquet - Our facility sends 8-10 nurses nominated by their peers to the overnight banquet...expense paid.

    With the reimbursement crunch - meningful recognition is very difficult, but I believe we have truly tried to express appreciation of a JOB WELL DONE.
  12. by   steelydanfan
    "So what could a nurse manager give her staff so that they feel appreciated?"

    How about a little more support and time spent on the unit, instead of in meetings?

    How about a few less platitudes and more action?

    How about ensuring adequate staffing, and less excuses about, "Well, they did thier best", while asking if any of us would like to stay overtime?

    How about challenging the administration to do more, instead of coming back and asking us to make the best of a bad situation?

    c
  13. by   BamaBound2bRN
    Here is a novel idea..........how about your paycheck. Last I remember, this is a free country, if you are so miserable why not quit. This thread sounds kinda like kids at Christmas......"I got stinking underwear and socks again from Grandma."

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