Nurses week Cheap gifts from admin. - page 18

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   fab4fan
    However, on Doctors' Day at my hosp., they get gift certificates to fancy restaurants, huge fuss made over them by admin, etc.

    Just goes to show you where we are on the food chain.
  2. by   SmilingBluEyes
    One place we work, we got a great gift. What was it?

    you guessed correctly if you said NADA. Yeppers, nurses are very appreciated some places. But I guess with all that GREAT pay, that should be more then enough to appease the masses, huh?
  3. by   A Kitty RN
    Normally my hospital is great- but for Nurses Week--everyone gets something. It makes the nurses feel even less appreciated. I mean, can't we have at least 1 day where we get recognized for all the hard work we do?!
    Why should secretaries and housekeepers and dietary aides get stuff, too? I applaud their work but how can the admin. justify them as Nurses?
    Oh well, just another way for nurses to get #$%*
  4. by   Chiaramonte
    In the place I am working now, the Administrators bring in their best home cooked food and have a banquet for the nursing staff served by the Adminstrators themselves. They even come in at night to do the same.
    The Docs I work with in the ER pitch in and give each nurse a $30.00 gift certificate for the shops around town.
    They pretty much do the same for Christmas but with the hospital itself giving an additional $30.00 gift certificate.
    I think because it's such a small community hospital, they try harder to retain their staff. Anyway, all in all, not a bad place to work...
  5. by   altomga
    At the hopsital I work out we get pretty much the same trashy trinkets as already stated. And it does turn into hospital staff appreciation week. Shoot they even give the stuff to the visitors!!!!!! Nurses week is a crock of dog doo-doo!! We already know we aren't appreciated by the administration, nor by most of the pt's or families.....I really wonder why sometimes I love my job! I guess I am glutten for punishment. Oh well, maybe it is b/c every once in awhile a pt says thank you for the most incidental thing and it brings me back to why I do what I do. Nurses week will never do that for me!
  6. by   spineCNOR
    OR Nurses week is in Novemeber--in 2002 instead of OR Nurses week we had Surgical Services Week.
    No special recognition of RN's--there was a free lunch each day, paid for by a different vendor each day (costing the hospital nothing), most days running out of food before everyone got a chance to eat. There was a different cheap trinket given away each day, but the drawings were "won" by people in instrument processing or the pick room. This for the nurses in the most profitable department in the hospital!
  7. by   Merts
    After reading some of these replies, I must say I have it pretty good where I work. I work for a large institution in NY. Nurses week in my institution is a big deal. We have an actual ceremony on the 8-4 tour which continues over into the 4-12 tour. The event is held in a Chinese buffet all you can resturant with a banguet room. The managers, supervisors and DONs, decorate the room with ballons and flowers. Pictures of nurses are displayed and we are recognised and given certificates for attendance, punctuality. achievements and so on. Those that were promoted are acknowleged and the Director of nursing gives us a speech. Everyone is given an opprtunity to attend and the staff is allowed to go in turns.
    For those of us on the 4-12 tour we are allowed to attend before we start our shift or during our lunch hour. The resturant is not very far from the workplace.

    As gifts we are given clocks, tote bags, mugs, pens, sticker pads and several other gifts. all with names of different drug companies. The whole event is sponsered by our phamacology department so we get some good stuff from the drug companies. They actually pay for our nurses week.

    I work in NY
    Last edit by Merts on Feb 7, '03
  8. by   baseline
    Our hospital is pretty good about gifts. Beach bags, beach towels, etc etc. No complaints from me. One year for valentines day we all got $50 cash.
  9. by   mattsmom81
    I would be thrilled to get something that doesn't have the hospital logo on it. Just once.
  10. by   A Kitty RN
    mattsmom, you couldn't have been more right
    Our institution is notorius for shall we say 'less than desirable' nurses day gifts. Just to name a few...........A calender with the pictures of all of the nurse managers on it, cheap stethescopes (that nobody uses, because they are useless), bags of various description, all containing the hospital logo (of which I did not receive the latest, working an off shift, there were none left when I came back to work after a few days off), small clocks containing the hospital logo that inevitably fall apart with the first month of ownership, etc. etc. We often reminise about the quality (or lack thereof) of past nurses day gifts, each person able to top the other!! I would LOVE to receive a gift certificate or a bonus............even if it was $5 or $10.00, that would be 100% better than the usual fare!
  12. by   renerian
    Very sad

  13. by   powmol
    well I was impressed last year! The director of nursing brought all of us into a "meeting" and had us make our own stress balls. (oh this was a clever project!!!) we all got a balloon, and a small funnel and we got to fill our balloon with flour. Wow, it was a gift to be treasured!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!