Certified Nurses Day excluding people - page 2

Today I was in charge of handing out ribbons and trinkets to all of our certified nurses on the unit for Certified Nurses Day. It felt awkward to "skip over" RN's who were not specialty certified... Read More

  1. by   OCNRN63
    Quote from BlueDevil,DNP
    I don't think you should have been discreet. I think it should have been a big noisy deal to single out and celebrate the achievement of those whom have gone that extra mile and earned the specialty certification. It might inspire the others to do likewise.
    Precisely. When you put in all the clinical time then dedicate yourself to learning above and beyond what you need to practice in your specialty you deserve to have your achievement publicly acknowledged. If the nurses who aren't certified are upset because they feel excluded, they can do what the others did and get certified.

    Sorry to be blunt, but I feel like you did a disservice to your colleagues who were certified. They deserved better. At my facility they have a celebration every year for the certified nurses including a tea with the CNO.
  2. by   bebbercorn
    Making a big deal about it might encourage nurses to get certified. You aren't "skipping over" anyone. You are presenting recognition to someone that deserves it!
  3. by   Pepper The Cat
    Ah yes, everyone must get a prize or a ribbon so no one's feelings get hurt.
    Why do you feel that honouring someone who goes the extra mile, does the extra work should only be award descreetly so as not to hurt someone feelings who has not done the extra?
  4. by   netglow
    I think all that kind of thing is terribly demeaning to professionals. What is this, anyway, kindergarden for adults? Why should you be rewarded? I mean, really?

    Giving a 5 year old a diploma and a formal graduation for persevering through kindergarden has been the downfall of that generation ...seems some kind of award will be expected for everything one does these days.

    Do your job and what ever training you feel you want to do, but please, lets all be adults #itstime. Shaking head in embarrassment for my profession.
  5. by   classicdame
    The purpose of the day is to acknowledge people who have gone above and beyond, not those who are doing what they are paid to do.
  6. by   NurseLatteDNP
    Our certified nurses get a personal card, so feelings of non certified nurses don't get hurt.
    Nurses day at our hospital only celebrates nurses, that includes staff nurses, preceptors, educators etc. We also have awards for nurse of the year and rookie of the year. Our CNO wanted nurses to be recognized individually as a profession, that's why she doesn't want any other non licensed professions included. Our unit clerks, CNA's, patient transporters get recognized on another day.
    We also have hospital day, where everyone is recognized. But overall nurses are a very valued and protected profession at my facility.
  7. by   llg
    I agree with those who said you should NOT have been discreet. When honoring people who have gone "above and beyond," it is appropriate to be public -- as a means of inspiring others to make a similar committment and effort. The public recognition is a way for employers to show that they value nursing education and knowledge.
  8. by   classicdame
    Blows me away that people would feel slighted for not getting a reward even though they did not, by choice, fulfill the parameters for being rewarded. Sounds petty to me. Be proud of those co-workers who have earned some distinction!
  9. by   marycarney
    Our hospital had a reception from noon-2pm. Because, of course, nobody on nights would be certified..........
  10. by   Tait
    Quote from marycarney
    Our hospital had a reception from noon-2pm. Because, of course, nobody on nights would be certified..........
    I second that!!!!!
  11. by   BSNbeauty
    Aw, OP is no big deal. I wouldn't be offended. Why would I be if I didn't earn any certs???
  12. by   Paul'in'FL
    No one EVER sends me a Mother's Day card......waaaahhhh I'm offended!!!

    Have we turned into such socialists that anyone who stands above the crowd must be mowed down to size????
  13. by   RN34TX
    Thank you all for the very thoughtful comments for me to put things into perspective. I needed to look at it differently I guess.

    However, a few comments were a little over the top so let me clarify that no one was having an emotional meltdown over it by any means.

    In fact I got no reaction whatsoever by the non certified nurses. My thread was more about how I was feeling after my shift last night, not how they reacted. Every nurse deals with far bigger issues on their units than the topic of this thread, it was just an uneasy feeling I had after work last night.

    To further clarify, my unit is almost all certified, more than 90%. Only a few of us are not certified so that contributed to my feeling that they were singled out and excluded.

    Of those not certified, only one that I know of has never attempted it. The others have attempted it and been unsuccessful, some multiple times so it's not as if they are not trying to get there.

    As far as Nurses Week goes, I totally agree. My hospital does the same thing. It's not about the nurses at all when ancillary, housekeeping, etc. are all lined up for the same free meals, cake, prizes, etc. that were supposed to be in celebration of Nurses Week.

    Thanks again for helping me put things into perspective.