Nurses week Cheap gifts from admin. - page 4

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   Furball
    Originally posted by thisnurse
    i got a rock


    I'm sorry...hahahahhahaha...but thats funny!

    My stale donut could almost be from the mineral group eh?:chuckle
  2. by   RN-PA
    Zumalong posted:

    Let's see in 1988 I received a key chain that said happy nurses day.

    In 1989 I was given a tote bag that had handles that held up until I put my car keys with the key chain inside of it.

    In the 90's we had to conserve money so I didn't get much more than a free ice cream from the cafeteria (they only serve one the 2nd full moon of the 7th month in a leap year and then only on the night shift when the cafe is not open.

    In 2000 I acquired a pen (taken from stash for the PA's and NP's)

    In 2001 I was given a bar of dial soap. (extras on the linen carts)

    This year--I am not sure--But I am looking forward to it. I'm hoping for some surgical tape.
    :chuckle :kiss , Zumalong! (I especially lol'd at the tote bag handles going when the car keys with lame-o key chain went into it!)

    Many of these posts are so funny but at the same time-- PATHETIC! I'd rather the administration do nothing than insult the nurses with these sorry displays!
  3. by   BadBird
    I fondly remember a photocopied book mark, HOW TACKY!!!!!
    I guess that shows how much we are appreciated.
  4. by   Gomer
    I want to tell you about a Nurses' Week our hospital had a couple of years ago...when we had a VP/HR and a VP/Nsg who really cared.

    On Monday we had a health fair...vendors with give-aways like nursing shoes, uniforms, etc., health checks for all, spa treatments, free food and drink. Much fun and a carnival atmosphere.

    Tuesday we had breakfast (catered, not from the hospital food service) for the night shift with great food, music, and more spa treatments.

    Wednesday we had a catered luncheon for all the nurses (LVN's, CNA's , and even Unit Sec. included). Again, music and awards (MD sponsored scholarships. nursing unit awards). And, last but not least all the RN's names were put in a box and we gave away a 5-day all-expense-paid cruise for 2 people. (RN with 20+ years exp. won that one)

    Finally on Thursday we had a "Thank-You" ice cream social for all the employees but with special emphasis on nursing.

    A few years pasted....the VP of Nsg retired, the VP/HR was "out-sourced", and pro-nursing administration was replaced by pro-MD administration and a wicked-witch VP of Nsg. So......Last year we had a discounted lunch in the caferteria (hospital food), ice cream social (1-scoop only), and the only RN's got badge holders.

    On the brighter side, the VP of Nsg got fired so we are hoping for a little more attention paid to nursing this year!
  5. by   TracyB,RN
    Let's see, when I worked for the doctor's office we got a really nice lunch, & a dinner out, flowers, cards, didn't get *****ed at for a day(that part was the best , & got taken out for drinks by one of the drug reps. That happened every year while I was there.
    Since then, I have received, ummm, nada!!!!!!!!!
  6. by   janmae1950
    I used to work as a secretary.

    Every year at Secretary's Day, we got flowers or the boss would take us out to lunch, and we were expected to grovel with gratitude because they remembered us that week.

    Behind the clenched smile, my mind was running - screw the flowers and lunches, give me a decent salary.

    The real beneficiaries of these kinds of remembrance weeks are the florists and restaurants.

    By the way, at my facility, we are getting a T-shirt.

    Again, I am thinking, screw the T-shirt, give me a decent salary.
  7. by   Harleyhead
    We are getting ice cream on Monday,A BBQ on friday except the Night shift which will bring themselves a pot luck dinner. My manager will not be giving us her usally photgraphs of the deptment because she didnot have time. In the past we got any trinket that the drug reps could find in their stash. We too are appriciated?
  8. by   semstr
    in May we always get our "13th month of pay", aka "vacationmoney".
    This is a month's pay (------taxes!), but since all employees get this, is has got nothing to do with nursing really.

    We get nothing for this week, but I got a red rose on the 1. of May! How nice!

    Take care, Renee
  9. by   gwenhyfar
    At my old job, we got Bar-b-que and some junky something. At my new job they are doing things for the nurses all the time. They celebrate our value and worth, and have had a breakfast with lots of gift certs already, and last week pizza parties, then next week, catered lunches, and the Mgrs. got to decide what to order, without $$ restraints. I know how lucky I am after reading these posts!!
  10. by   James Huffman
    Perhaps those who received no gift should be grateful. Perhaps what they really received was a recognition that professionals don't have "National ____ Day."

    I would argue that as long as nurses have "Nurses Day," "Nurses Week," "Nurses Month," or whatever, it will be an indication that we still have a long ways to go before being recognized as the professionals we are.

    Think about it: how silly would it sound to have "Accountants day"? "IT professionals week"? "Engineers month"?

    I appreciate that some hospitals and other companies that employee lots of nurses feel the need to do some token recognition. Perhaps next year, though, we should all say -- explicitly or implicitly -- "Thanks very much for the thought, but we have a job to do." Then do it. Professional independence is something nurses must foster within ourselves. It is patronizing and condescending to have such days, weeks, or months. And as long as we have them, we are guaranteed to remain semi-professionals at best.

    Jim Huffman, RN

    www.networkfornurses.com
  11. by   jules-RN
    Originally posted by zumalong
    Let's see in 1988 I received a key chain that said happy nurses day.

    In 1989 I was given a tote bag that had handles that held up until I put my car keys with the key chain inside of it.

    In the 90's we had to conserve money so I didn't get much more than a free ice cream from the cafeteria (they only serve one the 2nd full moon of the 7th month in a leap year and then only on the night shift when the cafe is not open.

    In 2000 I acquired a pen (taken from stash for the PA's and NP's)

    In 2001 I was given a bar of dial soap. (extras on the linen carts)

    This year--I am not sure--But I am looking forward to it. I'm hoping for some surgical tape. :spin:

    At my last job, one year we got an ugly tote bag with the hospital's mission on it. Another year we got a flimsy towel that was see-thru even before I washed it the first time. And the last little trinket of their affection I got was one of those lanyards (a.k.a. choke collar) that had a ring on it that I never figured out how to attach my ID to.

    I'll be interested to see what this facility I am at now will do.

    And by the way...

    HAPPY NURSE'S DAY TO EVERYONE!
  12. by   Stargazer
    Back in the day, when my old hospital was actually interested in deserving their "magnet hospital" status, we used to have it pretty good for Nurses' Week--similar to what Gomer described.

    There was a Health & Wellness Fair with food, free BP and cholesterol checks, vendors giving away free t-shirts, mugs, etc., travel agents selling cruises and vacations at discounted rates, on-site facials and makeovers, etc. There was also a formal luncheon with a keynote speaker discussing nursing issues. Lots of signage in the hospital and free food every day--cakes, pizzas, espresso coupons, you name it. Best of all: in ICU we had a massage therapist come in and set up in an empty room. For 2 days, nurses from all 3 shifts could sign up for a 20-minute chair massage during their shift. Bliss.

    I think James has a point, though. Only employees who get treated like crap the rest of the year require their own designated celebratory day or week to make up for it.

    And jules--your avatar is so damned cute I can't stand it!
  13. by   nurseratchett29
    I can't wait till I see how this new hospital shows it's appreciation.They had a icecream social at the busiest time of the day today for the whole staff and the secretaries got towels for secretaries day a couple of weeks ago so I HOLD MY BREATH WITH INCREASING ANTICIPATION WAITING TO SEE WHAT THE INCREDIBLE WEALTH OF USELESS JUNK AND FREE FOOD THAT I DON'T HAVE TIME TO EAT WILL BE. If they wanted to show appreciation, they could give us flex time once in a while or offer some "stay signed" bonuses. They offer all kinds of sign on bonues but what about giving us a bonus for appreciating the fact that we show up every day?

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