National Nurses Week--Your Opinion

  1. What do you all think of National Nurses Week? I recall getting little presents, like a new bandage scissors or balloons from hospital management--but to me that seems like a farce. What nurses really need is for management to pay attention to problems, issues, and do something about them--not try to placate nurses with candy and balloons. One hospital gave up blow up beach balls, at the same time they were trying to cut on-call pay down to $.50/hour, do away with getting time and a half if you were called in, and also trying to make call mandatory. I think priorities were a little screwed.

    So what do you guys think? Is National Nurses Week just a lot of hot air as it exists now? Do any of your employers actually make real changes during this week for you?:kiss
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  3. by   shay
    A lot of hot air. Sorry. I'm a pessimist and am unusually crabby today.
  4. by   spineCNOR
    Nurses' Week has become Hospital Week at my hospital, with cheap trinkets for all! No special mention of nurses.
  5. by   SmilingBluEyes
    it became health care employees week here and lost a lot of significance along w/that. oh well. why would anyone be surprised the way nurses have been disrespected all this time?
  6. by   Agnus
    Yep, hot air.
  7. by   emily_mom
    No comment.

  8. by   OC_An Khe
    Waste of time and money. And rather insulting also.
  9. by   sjoe
    Bread and circuses--and cut-rate ones at that.
  10. by   sunnybrook83
    National nurses week- HAHAHAHAHAHA

    IMHO - a way to make administration feel like they are "doing something" for their nurses.
  11. by   Love-A-Nurse
    it would be nice when "they" sever us food during nurses week, a care plan with focus on interventions and evaluations on meeting the patients needs through better working conditions for nurses as we eat, would be a great way to say, thanks, you think!
  12. by   PsychoRN
    Just a lot of hot air and insulting! I don't want beach balls and crap like that. I want increased pay, improved working conditions and to be treated as a professional!
  13. by   CCL"Babe"
    My hospital gave us buttons once that said how much they cared about us. I constantly got in trouble because I refused to wear the damn things. My nursing supervisor kept giving me new ones and would watch me pin it on, and then give me flack the next night when I wasn't wearing it again. Now it the same as others, health care workers week... Nothing really changes. Stupid trinkets that really don't count.
    Last edit by CCL"Babe" on Feb 23, '03
  14. by   psychonurse
    I thought that it was only a least that is what it has always been at the facilities that I work at. Now the week that National Nurses Week, it is also National Correctional Employees Week and the nurses get hardly nothing....we hardly get honored at all. The thing is for all employees.... The bosses usually get us some flowers for the office but that is about it. I would like to see that nurses get some recognition and have the general public to know how hard we work but that won't happen in my generation I am sure.....