Nurses week Cheap gifts from admin. - page 7

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   Q.
    And, my two cents.

    My job ends when the clock strikes 12; meaning, when my shift is over, I go home and LIVE MY LIFE. First and foremost I am a woman, a wife and daughter; and I was all those things before I became a NURSE. I have obligations at home and in my personal life, I am a student and MY life comes first. I refuse to worry about why staffing sucks. I KNOW why staffing sucks; but the thing is, no one asks the NURSES why it sucks so they can FIX it.
  2. by   Peeps Mcarthur
    What an interesting viewpoint.

    I'm sure there are few on this post that can say they know exactly what an NM goes through.

    I'm sure there are just as few NM's that really know what a staff nurse really "feels" like on a daily basis.

    I'm also VERY sure that I will not be pursuing a BSN nor a NM job or spend any more than an obligatory number of years as a floor nurse.
    What the hell for. I'm going to get a BS in biology after my RN.

    It is all kind of humorus though!:chuckle What both management AND floor nurses will try to pass off as loyalty. It seems to be a two-way street only to be blocked off AT BOTH ENDS.

    Between the call-ins and the stale cookies between 8 and 8:09 am on a full moon during summer solstice, I can't imagine anyone feels very appreciated.

    I'm not looking forward to this much you know.
  3. by   PhantomRN
    :d let's put a positive spin on this mess.

    what would i appreciate from admin during nurse's week?

    it is simple i would like a personal note from my manager. yep, that is right. i would like my manager to remember me as an individual and write a note telling me i am valued as a member of the team..........and in that note i would like the manager (or whoever) to remember a good thing i did during the year and site it. (such as good pick up on joey in 203, or we really appreciate you helping organize the nurse walk etc.)

    how about that klarern? save the money you were going to use to buy trinkets and use it to pay yourself for the time it would take to get the letters done.
  4. by   shay
    I have a really good nm. I guess I'm just blessed. She actually works 2 12 hour shifts a week as a regular old 'grunt' with the rest of us, so she knows the real deal. I respect the hell out of her, and she's got our back. Also, if she has to discipline/criticize someone for their work habits, etc., she isn't just talking off the top of her head, she knows what she's actually talking about.
  5. by   shay
    Originally posted by PhantomRN
    It is simple I would like a PERSONAL note from my manager. Yep, that is right. I would like my manager to remember me as an individual and write a note telling me I am valued as a member of the team..........and in that note I would like the manager (or whoever) to remember a good thing I did during the year and site it.
    You know, that's actually a really good idea. I'd actually like that a heck of a lot better than a keychain or mug or whatever. As long as it wasn't a cheesy form letter...."Dear______, RN: thank you for being such a supportive team player at ______hospital. Your work is appreciated, _______RN. Sincerely, Mr. Blowhard, CEO." Something like that would just pi$$ me off. :chuckle
  6. by   mom22
    My hospital has something planned for every business day of the week. I forgot what all they had planned, but one was a shopping day with vendors coming in, one was an ice cream party, and I think I remember seeing something about coupons for facials and manicures. They usually give us a meal coupon, too. Last year we had that stuff and they also gave us big coffee mugs and an insulated lunchpack. Once they had a photographer come for family portraits at a discount.

    I'll update after the week.

    I guess I should add that I love my job. They treat us very well and we have excellent pay and staffing. And, no, I won't say where, but it's a fair to big sized hospital in Houston.
  7. by   bandaidexpert
    I guess I have it good, but, I work for a wonderful facility. This year we are having a "Surf & Turf dinner at a very expensive hotel and we get a $150 gift certificate to the local mall. I do feel appreciated.
  8. by   Jenny P
    There is sure a lot of anger and hard feelings here in these postings.

    I agree that I want to be appreciated as an individual by management; a simple "thank you for doing ______" would make me feel great. Packs of thank you cards aren't that expensive; but it would take TIME and effort to do. In my hospital we have somewhere between 1500 and 2000 nurses; IT WON'T HAPPEN HERE! Not for this year. But it could be done throughout the year as good things happen; wouldn't take nearly so much effort that way. We've had both good and cheesy gifts at my hospital; and I know it's hard to stick to a budget.

    A nice thing that we have now is scholarships and recognition funds set aside (funded by a former VP of Nursing) for outstanding nurses. The exceptional nurses could get recognized for their efforts-- IF their co-workers take the time to fill out the forms! However, there are too many staff nurses who are too tired or too busy or simply don't give a rip to nominate their mentors and peers.

    Something that has bothered me for years is the notion that once (or because) a nurse leaves a bedside staff position; she is suddenly "the bad guy" and is thought to only watch the bottom line. Somehow, there is this the fallacy that when a nurse moves out of the staff nurse position, they cross over to the other side and no longer care about the patient, or the work conditions, or their fellow nurses.

    Klare, I think you sound like the kind of nurse manager who DOES care. I think that you are being unfairly attacked here. I'd like other managers to do what you say you do.

    Last edit by Jenny P on May 5, '02
    originally posted by susanmary
    to name a few -- plastic travel coffee mugs, insulated lunch totes, canvas totes (all with hospital's logo.) i do not expect a gift from my employer for nurse's week. what i would appreciate is adequate staffing, being able to sit down for a break and lunch, the ability to take "earned time" and not float to another unit. administration states how valuable nurses are... yadda-yadda. they certainly talk the talk. if only they would walk the walk. i can afford to buy my own coffee mugs, totes, etc. what i can't buy is better working conditions -- that would be the ultimate nurse's week gift. that is what we deserve. period.

    good thoughts are being sent to all.
  10. by   l.rae
    If my NM had the same attitude as KlareRN, I'd call off everyday. Lucky, we have a wonderful NM that makes us feel appreciated everyday. However, our "trinkets" come from upper mngmnt. which makes it all the more insulting. How about using some of that recruitment bonus money and give nurses retention bonuses? What an original thought....
  11. by   phaedra111
    one place i worked tied a helium balloon to our med carts,i work nights, so that when i reported to work i had a droopy balloon..
  12. by   Jenny P
    l.rae, what is wrong with Klares' attitude here? When she said what SHE wanted for Nurses Day:
    "What do I as an RN want for Nurses Day?
    1. For the floor staff to quit whining about being "short staffed". If their peers would quit calling in and come to work; they would not be "short staffed" Some of the energy used to complain about it should be used to help come up with ideas to recruit staff
    2. To not be told for one whole week that they are overworked. We are all overworked and there is not a very bright light at the end of the tunnel (welcome to healthcare)
    3. Do not assume that because I sometimes am in an office behind a desk that I do not have alot of work to do. Not only will I be in the building for at least 10 hours- but I will take work home and get phone calls into the night to solve "nursing" problems when the licensed staff cannot supervise the building. (I am not complaining- I chose to take a management position) I spend the greater part of my time trying to figure out how someone made such a huge medication error, recruiting staff (that you will drive out of the facility by your rudeness), defending the care you are providing to irrate family members, pacifying the medical director, counseling the previous shifts nurse that you have done nothing but complain about because of what she didnt do before you got here, shuffling the schedule to make sure there is at least some staff in the building, writing evaluations (so you might get a raise), checking admission/discharge paperwork (that is never complete), scheduling inservices (that you will not come to), and designing some kind of gift for nurses week (that you will not like)..yadda...yadda
    4. Most of all- I would love to just have the nurses appreciate that there is a week set aside to recognize them. I would be thrilled if one of the nurses in one of my facilities came up to me and handed me a cheap keychain and said "Happy Nurses Week." If you came into this profession looking for recognition and praise- you are sadly mistaken. Nurses are overlooked, overworked, and overtired. I realized this during my first clinical experience in school. But- I didnt choose to become a nurse to get a pat on the back or expensive gifts or to become rich. I became a nurse to give compassionate care to my patients. Everyday is nurses day because everyday at least one patient smiles at me...that is gift enough. When you get your cheap piece of "junk"- appreciate the fact that you had what it took to get through school and have what it takes to stay in the profession. No gift has enough value to compete with that. Happy Nurses Week-

    Like I said before; why is it that staff nurses rip anyone who isn't at the bedside anymore? This is what SHE wanted; and she (like a lot of us) knows she won't get it!

    Ahhhhh, what the heck! Sometimes the griping gets to ALL of us! Look: I think the problem is the fact that health care has gone to the dogs. Our pts. pay for their health care and the costs keep going up and up (and CEOs keep getting richer and richer) and we get the shaft (short staffed, overworked, poor pay and lousy trinkets for Nurses Day). So why do we start attacking each other? By crossing the line of leaving the bedside, does a nurse suddenly STOP being a nurse? I don't think so. I really think that as long as we allow ourselves to get sucked into this type of behavior of dividing and fighting amongst ourselves we will remain oppressed and at the bottom of the (figurative) food chain.
    Last edit by Jenny P on May 6, '02
  13. by   ubcnme
    Well, administration at my place of employment doesn't recognize ANY specific day e.g. secretarie's day, nurses day, etc. They said they will celebrate an All Staff Day sometime....when? They never convenient. Instead, coworkers are left to recognize each other. For example, for secretaries day all of us nurses got together and bought a huge ice cream cake for all of our clerks to show our appreciation for their hard work. Today so far I've rec'd a pin and a coffee mug from other nurses that I work side by side with. At least we have the ability to show our appreciation for one another. And I'm sure the clerks will do something for the nurses...they always do and they make less than half of our salary. It just kills me that if THEY can afford to make the effort, that our employer could do SOMETHING.