Nurses' Week - Upended. - page 3

I have worked for a large hospital system for about nine years now. My initial Catholic hospital was acquired by a larger hospital system in the same area more or less because of a failure to thrive.... Read More

  1. by   adventure_rn
    Quote from Wheels28
    Just a patient--I'm disabled due to cerebral palsy and in a wheelchair. It's so sad to me that a profession that does so much for others and makes a difference in the lives of others can't get any recognition not even one day. Anytime I have been in the hospital, I would say how much I appreciated them. I would sometimes bring food and such for the nurses on the unit shortly after I got discharged, it felt nice to do something for someone who helped me through some rough times in my life. Its a shame employers don't feel the some way. Just remember you have patients who don't what they would do without you, and are very grateful for the work you do. You all rock!!! Happy Nurses Week!!
    Just saw your post, Wheels!! Thank you!

    As a nurse, this type of patient recognition means so much more to me than a silly hospital-branded token. Working at the bedside, it's rare that we get meaningful feedback from managers or admin because they interface with us so infrequently. In contrast, our patients (as well as our peers) work with us every day, and are able to provide us with far more meaningful, thoughtful sentiments of gratitude.

    I have a pile of worthless, hospital-branded junk from Nurses Week that sits unused at the bottom of my closet. In contrast, I have a pile of personal thank you notes from families and pictures of my NICU graduates growing up, and I consider them some of my most prized possessions. They live on a bulletin board in my bedroom, and they bring me joy almost every day.
  2. by   AngelKissed857
    My facility "celebrated" early by combining Nurse's Week with Administrative Assistants Appreciation Day. What???!
  3. by   applewhitern
    I haven't received a "nurse's day" gift in years. It has been "hospital week" around here for a very long time, no special recognition for nurses. As a matter of fact, the last couple of times I did receive a gift, it was bought and paid for by the unit manager, not the hospital. I work ICU night shift, so I miss out on the "hospital week activities," which is ice cream and a cook-out.
  4. by   ellisjl
    Quote from OldDude
    Thank you Wheels! That's mighty kind of you to say that! That means so much more to nurses all over the world than a keychain flashlight!
    I second what OldDude said! As nurses, it is easy for us to give and give without expecting things. It means a LOT to us when patients do things like what you described, wheels. I would be so excited to see you feeling well enough to visit my coworkers and I!
  5. by   CharleeFoxtrot
    Quote from Sour Lemon
    I don't understand feeling good or united over a coffee mug. Obligatory gifts have absolutely no meaning to me, at all.
    Exactly so.
  6. by   Daisy Joyce
    Where does Nurses' Week even come from? Who thought it up? Was it the ANA trying to strong-arm the hospitals, so now administrators make their resentments known by half hearted gestures?
    I really am curious...
  7. by   T-Bird78
    I've worked in a large organization that was 85% nurses and 15% front desk/admin/HR staff, and we didn't even get an email from the CEO acknowledging the week. My current employer is the largest healthcare system in the state and we got a beach towel (with our logo and "nurse" on it, so everybody on the beach or by the pool knows what I do and where I work), and that just feels impersonal and forced. Feed us or a gift card or something, but not the company-branded merchandise. That being said, no other job I've ever held has had a week or a day of appreciation, so it's no big deal to me. Teachers do deserve it, but I don't feel like I deserve it just because of my profession.
  8. by   Jedrnurse
    Quote from OldDude
    I'm not sure if anyone else can relate to this...and without going into my rationale...but Nurse's Week, to me, has evolved into a negative event, that I could easily live without.
    Amen!
  9. by   ruby_jane
    Quote from Wheels28
    Just a patient--I'm disabled due to cerebral palsy and in a wheelchair. It's so sad to me that a profession that does so much for others and makes a difference in the lives of others can't get any recognition not even one day. Anytime I have been in the hospital, I would say how much I appreciated them. I would sometimes bring food and such for the nurses on the unit shortly after I got discharged, it felt nice to do something for someone who helped me through some rough times in my life. Its a shame employers don't feel the some way. Just remember you have patients who don't what they would do without you, and are very grateful for the work you do. You all rock!!! Happy Nurses Week!!
    WHEELS! You made my Nurses Week. Thank you very much!
  10. by   caliotter3
    Quote from OldDude
    I'm not sure if anyone else can relate to this...and without going into my rationale...but Nurse's Week, to me, has evolved into a negative event, that I could easily live without.
    Agree with this statement. It only reminds me of how much I am disregarded. Akin to salt in the wound.
  11. by   dzadzey
    National Nurses Week - The one week of the year hospital administrators pretend to care about the well-being of nursing staff.
  12. by   kjb_lpn
    I feel, honestly, that night workers in general, be they nurses or a law enforcement officer like my husband, don' often get acknowledgement they deserve because of their shift.

    It sounds like your HCS like so many now just cares about dollars. You deserve that burlap bag, girlfriend. And hey; like some have said, even if coporate forgets your patients won't.
  13. by   helllooonurse36
    My current facility is also not recognizing nurses or CNAs and from what I've heard, they never have. We are only celebrating nursing home week. This is a bad move on their part because of poor staffing and low morale. A little appreciation would go a long way.

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