Nurses' Week - Upended. - page 2

I have worked for a large hospital system for about nine years now. My initial Catholic hospital was acquired by a larger hospital system in the same area more or less because of a failure to thrive.... Read More

  1. by   vanilla bean
    Quote from Wheels28
    It's so sad to me that a profession that does so much for others and makes a difference in the lives of others can't get any recognition not even one day.
    The nurses *are* receiving recognition in the form of chair massages, an ice cream social, and CE opportunities. OP is disgruntled about the lack of an acceptable gift.

    I couldn't care less about any of this fluff. I want my employers to recognize me and acknowledge my worth and contributions to the organization in the forms of safe staffing, treating me with respect, and a decent salary.
  2. by   Been there,done that
    It's not just your system. I have not been acknowledged during Nurse's Week for years.

    News flash ,corporate/ administration ... do not give a rat's patooti about us, we are grunts. We just get a paycheck.
  3. by   hherrn
    Ice cream socials?
    What other profession would even consider recognizing members with an ice cream party?

    I would prefer the appropriate supplies to do the job they underpay me to do.
  4. by   Hoosier_RN
    gift cards not always a great idea, not everyone likes this store, or that restaurant. My boss bought us lunch from our fav place after taking a vote, sat and ate with us. It was nice
  5. by   NightNerd
    The greatest gift would be administration and management actually being tuned in to the challenges of our work and the qualities that help us do it, and then expressing genuine respect and appreciation. I feel like a pen or a tote bag or whatever is at least something that we, including shift workers, can hang on to; however, when your boss hands you your yearly token gift and then scolds you for shoddy documentation as you're understaffed, flexed up, and came in to work overtime, that's meaningless.
  6. by   brandy1017
    I really don't care about nurses week or feel the need for a token gift or acknowlegement from management. I would much rather they spent their money on hiring enough nurses and having good working conditions with decent patient ratios, working equipment and adequate supplies. What's the point of a yearly gift or party when they run short staffed and mandate most of the year rather than simply hire enough staff in the first place!
  7. by   TriciaJ
    Quote from Wheels28
    Just a patient--I'm disabled due to cerebral palsy and in a wheelchair. It's so sad to me that a profession that does so much for others and makes a difference in the lives of others can't get any recognition not even one day. Anytime I have been in the hospital, I would say how much I appreciated them. I would sometimes bring food and such for the nurses on the unit shortly after I got discharged, it felt nice to do something for someone who helped me through some rough times in my life. Its a shame employers don't feel the some way. Just remember you have patients who don't what they would do without you, and are very grateful for the work you do. You all rock!!! Happy Nurses Week!!
    Thank YOU! Hearing this from you is worth more than you know. They can keep their coffee mugs and assorted tat. You made my week.
  8. by   morelostthanfound
    Quote from vanilla bean
    The nurses *are* receiving recognition in the form of chair massages, an ice cream social, and CE opportunities. OP is disgruntled about the lack of an acceptable gift.

    I couldn't care less about any of this fluff. I want my employers to recognize me and acknowledge my worth and contributions to the organization in the forms of safe staffing, treating me with respect, and a decent salary.
    ^Perfect!!! I'm waiting for these same things, but something tells me that without legislative intervention, in the form of mandated ratios (which the healthcare conglomerates' lobbyists will torpedo everytime), we're going to be waiting a very long time.
  9. by   evilolive07
    Quote from vanilla bean
    The nurses *are* receiving recognition in the form of chair massages, an ice cream social, and CE opportunities. OP is disgruntled about the lack of an acceptable gift
    The internet sadly did not reflect my tone. Perhaps I'm coming off as disgruntled and entitled, but what I'm really feeling is deeply disappointed.

    I realized a long time ago to never expect great things from "the man," but this was some new level stuff IMO.

    Happy Nurses Week.
  10. by   Ddestiny
    Honestly this year is the first time I've had any kind of memorable Nurses Week gift and it cost very little. I got a card wherein others had written out positive things about me and what I bring to the team. Having transitioned to my ICU just under a year ago, I'm still kind of the "new guy" other than a rotating group of travel nurses. It was really sweet to get words of affirmation from nurses on both shifts. I'd been out sick for a while so it was a surprise to get it (I wasn't part of the planning for anyone else's card) and I'll definitely be keeping it. Not all medical environments are super team-oriented but we definitely are, and in this job that's often very thankless, the gratitude tends to come more from our colleagues than from our (usually sedated) patients.
  11. by   adventure_rn
    Lol, I can't help but roll my eyes at our gift last year. Our union had negotiated that we were allowed to take naps in the breakroom during our lunch break, and we kept getting stern emails from admin saying that we weren't allowed to use hospital linens (i.e. pillowcases) during naps because it was driving up laundry costs. That year, they gave us a hospital-branded blanket along with the message "Now you can stop using our hospital linens." The blankets were nice-ish (similar to the thin fleece blankets on airplanes), but most people took it as a huge "screw you" from admin.

    I actually feel way worse for the ancillary clinical staff like RTs, OT/PT, SLP, radiology, etc. Where I've worked, during Nurses Week the hospitals give nurses small gifts, a free cafeteria meal, games/prizes, sunday bars, etc. The ancillary staff are lucky if they get a thank you email at some point during the year.
  12. by   Loribabble
    I work in a smaller office for an organization that is supposed to be nurse driven. Our 'celebration' was held today and I stayed home because I couldn't stomach the fakeness of it all. Our non-nursing admin has been nothing but hostile toward the nurses over the last 3 years and one day of ignoring that was more than I could take. Never been one for token gifts, a sincere "thank you" would be wonderful!
    Last edit by Loribabble on May 8
  13. by   brandy1017
    Quote from evilolive07
    The internet sadly did not reflect my tone. Perhaps I'm coming off as disgruntled and entitled, but what I'm really feeling is deeply disappointed.

    I realized a long time ago to never expect great things from "the man," but this was some new level stuff IMO.

    Happy Nurses Week.
    Where I work they used to offer a free Christmas meal for those working on Christmas and then to save money they changed it to a dessert voucher. Now to me that's insulting. I think the least they could do was provide a meal for the staff that has to work Christmas, but that's just my opinion.

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