National Nurses Week...my reaction this year, moreso than last was, "Meh."
Our hospital administration went all out this year, no cheap trinkets this year. Instead we got coupons for a free ice-cream sandwich from a local artisanal ice-cream company.
At the unit level, we got flower-pots to paint and flowers to plant in them. Forgive my cynicism, but my first thought was, "Is this arts & crafts day at the senior center?" And, of course, there was plenty of sugar, salt and cholesterol laden food to go around.
Until nurse demand...and secure... a place at the table with physicians and hospital administration in determining how we conduct our practice and our profession, National Nurse's Week will be just three words.