Nurses week Cheap gifts from admin. - page 5

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   Rustyhammer
    Most years I get nothing.
    last year I got a tin of mints.
    one year I got a cheesy pin with a big 5 on it to signify 5 years of service (I had been there 8 years).
    One year I got a popsicle (cherry)
    a lanyard (I hate things on my neck)
    one year I was offered to go on salary (ya right!)
    This year I hear we get breakfast at the cafeteria (from 8-8:30...med pass.)
    This year a bunch of us are going after work for margaritas!! (my idea-oh..on our own of course)
    -Russell
  2. by   jones58
    Next Monday we are suppose to get a soup and sandwich meal, from 4p-6p. Unfortunately, I will still be passing meds until almost 7p or later. What I would like is a foot massage, a really good one, at the beginning of the shift and at the end of the shift.
  3. by   BjOnrs
    One of the hospitals I +USED+ to work at required the nurses to each bring a gift so they could drawn from the pile for Nurses Week. What cheapskates!! You actually were written up if you didn't participate. Gimme a break.
  4. by   stevierae
    tms, where do you work? I take travel assignments in CA all the time; think I would like to check out your facility next.

    The most tacky thing we've ever received, at a hospital where I was staff, was lollipops with a ribbon tied to them that said, "Our Nurses Can't Be Licked!!" Shoulda said, "We Think Our Nurses Are Real Suckers!" To make it even worse, they were that type of sucker called "Dum-Dums." Do you think there was a hidden message there? I'm sure they (management) had a good laugh at that; probably thought we were too stupid to pick up on it.

    Sometimes they had these lame ice cream socials, that no one could get off the floor to go to anyway, with cheap generic ice cream and all the admin and management types there (who always looked like the LAST thing they needed was an ice cream sundae.) Also, every stray doctor and resident felt free to join the party.

    I have been at some travel assignments where they went ALL OUT for the nurses. I was doing some IV teaching at a rural hospital last year; they had something very nice EVERY SINGLE DAY of Nurses' Week. One day they had yoga classes; one day a 30 minute massage; one day a facial; a REALLY impressive barbecue (free), with chicken breasts and all kinds of gourmet deli salads and vegetarian entrees,all kinds of breads and sodas and bottled water, watermelon,---plus they had a string quartet come in during the afternoon (throughout lunches) to play classical music one day, and a bluegrass band the next--you get the picture. It was REALLY nice. Even though I was not staff, I was invited to join the festiviies every day. I have always had nice experiences like that at rural hospitals.

    I noticed when I was there that the L&D, nursery nurses, and Peds nurses had really, really cute scrubs and warm up jackets; you know, those designer ones with adorable kid-friendly patterns that you usually have to buy yourself out of a catalog. These, however, were purchased by the hospital for them.

    What I would like to get, in lieu of management's lame ice cream socials and lollipops, is $$$. Say it with money. That shows appreciation better than anything else.
  5. by   Stormy
    I tend to agree with your point of view about nursing professionalism, Jim.

    As well, it seems that the little "trinkets" do absolutely nothing but insult those who they are intended to please. I would like to believe that no administration would actually go out of their way to find gifts that would purposefully put down their staff.

    Where I work, I know that administration cannot afford to buy some of the nice gifts that some have described, so perhaps they should be told how the small trinkets make people feel. Nurses get paid ~$30.00/hr. which is a fairly decent wage. Maybe we are being paid adequately in lieu of silly gifts??
  6. by   ArenRN
    Last year the Chief Nurse came around with a cart : cookies and Kool Aid. I asked her to work on giving us a coupon for 12 hrs Excused abcense to be used anytime during the year. (This is what we used to get at another VA.) She said she would check with the director...well see....
  7. by   l.rae
    Stevierae, LMAO!!!! I did have a drunken moron pt once who offered to suck my toes. Brother would that have soberd him up fast! Anyway, enjoyed your lolipop story. Happy nurses week to all!
  8. by   panda_181
    Well apparently up here in the north, they are having a nurse's dinner type thing where it's $25 a ticket! Meaning...how many people are actually going to go? I have no idea...

    Amanda
  9. by   JBudd
    Got a key chain last year, the stone fell out and the ring broke, and what's left is still on the floor of my van.
    On the other hand, the administrators actually showed up on the night shift with hot carts of pizza from OUTSIDE the hospital, one of the good places in town!
  10. by   canoehead
    You know I came from a hospital where they did crap all for the nurses and then went to Maine and they got an unbrella on Nurses' Day and I was very impressed that they even observed the day. Then some of the staff nurses started griping about how it was a cheap thing and useless, and an insult. Well, I just think that insulting a gift says more about the recipient than the giver. Maybe a different perspective is in order...

    Remember it's the thought that counts, if you don't think the gifts were meant in a friendly respectful spirit then that is another issue (and a valid one). If I get a keychain, and respected I value that gift. If I don't get the respect I don't bellyache- I leave.
  11. by   kaycee
    I agree with Jim. I don't need or want any special day or week with gifts whether they be nice or stupid. Give me decent staffing, good working conditions, pay me what I'm worth, and treat me as a professional all year round. I think that's what we all want, right??
  12. by   hapeewendy
    I think that part of the reason we ***** and moan about the "gifts" we get on nurses day is that if you ask any one of us we would definitely say that proper staffing, good working conditions and the like are what we would take over a cheap token of appreciation anyday.
    yet the cheap token is what we get....
    sure a gift is a gift is a gift and gift getters shouldnt complain, its the thought that counts right
    well I would have to wonder what kind of thought went into some of these "gifts"......
    save your money, treat me properly for the whole year instead of just for one week in may, try to improve the profession within your facility and that would make for happier nurses
  13. by   RN-PA
    hapeewendy said:

    I think that part of the reason we ***** and moan about the "gifts" we get on nurses day is that if you ask any one of us we would definitely say that proper staffing, good working conditions and the like are what we would take over a cheap token of appreciation anyday. yet the cheap token is what we get....
    sure a gift is a gift is a gift and gift getters shouldnt complain, its the thought that counts right
    well I would have to wonder what kind of thought went into some of these "gifts"......
    save your money, treat me properly for the whole year instead of just for one week in may, try to improve the profession within your facility and that would make for happier nurses
    This sums up what everyone has been saying on this thread and says it best for me. Well-said, hapeewendy!

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