Nurses' Week - Upended. - page 4

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   Nurse Beth
    I have mixed feelings about Nurses Week. It's the same feeling I have when shopping for a Hallmark birthday card for a relative who really isn't nice and the platitudes don't fit. Sometimes I'm even glad when it's over.

    I believe in celebrating Florence Nightingale's birthday but Nurse's Week often brings up reminders that as nurses we are not respected and empowered on the job. Sad to say.

    Maybe we will always be disappointed if we expect something from our employers. I wonder if there's a way to turn it around and take charge of our own celebration. Celebrate ourselves bc we know we're awesome!
  2. by   raki86
    Thank you, Wheels. Means so much to nurses!!
  3. by   klone
    Quote from 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...
    It's commemorates Florence Nightingale's birthday (5/12). It's celebrated throughout the world. The US started celebrating it in 1954.

    International Nurses Day - Wikipedia
  4. by   wereallmadhere
    Where I work, our administrative professionals got a catered meal and coverage for their positions while they got to enjoy their meal. I thought that was a wonderful gesture. As of yet, we have received a big fat goose egg for nurses week. I feel that if an organization is going to recognize one profession they need to recognize the rest, not pick and choose. A fellow nurse brought me breakfast one day and another coworker bought my lunch for nurses week. I think being consistent with recognition is nice throughout the year, not just when dictated by what week society has deemed it to be. I would be happy with sincere recognition, appreciation, and of course, cash is always good.
  5. by   wondern
    Quote from Nurse Beth
    ... I wonder if there's a way to turn it around and take charge of our own celebration. Celebrate ourselves bc we know we're awesome!
    Uh, yes Nurse Beth, that's a fantastic idea! I'm about to get out and garden a little but before I do I could't help but post all us nurses a celebration song! Love you brothers and sisters in nursing. Happy Nurse's Week to us all!


    Now those are some white shoes that can move!
  6. by   pixierose
    One of the ambulance companies brought us candy for nurses week ... we were touched.

    Administration hasn't acknowledged us yet ... a giant metro hospital.

    Wheels, thank you ❤️. You're what counts.
  7. by   Nurse2b7
    Some health systems have billions in revenue and so called "non profits" still have a profit of millions of dollars. The CEO has a multi-million dollar salary. What they need to do to show their appreciation for nurses is to pay them decent wages and invest in staffing. Just my opinion.
  8. by   klone
    Quote from Nurse2b7
    Some health systems have billions in revenue and so called "non profits" still have a profit of millions of dollars. .
    Of course they do; if they didn't, they would not be viable. "Non profit" doesn't mean that they don't or can't or shouldn't make profit, it just means that the profit doesn't go to shareholders or a board of directors, but instead is invested back into the facility.
  9. by   Have Nurse
    Quote from evilolive07
    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. My "old hospital", even when in it's imminent demise, still provided a Nurses' Week gift to all of its employees. The gift was equivalent to a burlap sack, but it still represented the respect that upper management had for its nurses at the time.



    Fast forward to 2018 - this year the Nurses Week committee voted to not hand out individual gifts to nurses but instead offer them "plenty of events" to participate in throughout the week. These being the same events that we've had every week for the last 5-6 years since rebranding/acquisition. These events include chair massages that run primarily on day shift, ice cream socials that simply will not work for those of us trying to improve our health, and CE credits that are generally unavailable to staff who work the off shift. The individual gift was the one part of the week that united all of us as nurses. It made us feel good. It was the one giant "thank you," that we received from those who do not work the front-lines everyday. That thanks is now gone, due to what seems like whatever budgeting crisis the system is currently experiencing.

    2017-2018 has been another average year. Another year with poor RN staffing, little show in improving employee satisfaction (IMO), and what seems like little thanks for again earning Magnet designation, proving HRO accountability, and meeting/exceeding other metric performance measures.

    Forgive my selfish-sounding rant, but I find it difficult to believe that unit clerks are entitled to a gift, and the nurses are not. A $5 coffee mug or tumbler for each nurse surely cannot surpass a CEO/CIO's bonus each year.

    Shame on my system. Shame.

    Thank you for listening.
    Yep. I feel your pain. Even a box of chocolates would be nice!!
  10. by   LibraSunCNM
    Quote from adventure_rn
    Lol, I can't help but roll my eyes at our gift last year. Our union had negotiated that we were allowed to take naps in the breakroom during our lunch break, and we kept getting stern emails from admin saying that we weren't allowed to use hospital linens (i.e. pillowcases) during naps because it was driving up laundry costs. That year, they gave us a hospital-branded blanket along with the message "Now you can stop using our hospital linens." The blankets were nice-ish (similar to the thin fleece blankets on airplanes), but most people took it as a huge "screw you" from admin.
    That's actually kind of hilariously passive aggressive. I would say "screw you" right back...as I settled in for a nice sweet nap break. Kudos to your union for negotiating that allowance!

    I feel bad about all of the comments from nurses feeling completely disregarded by their facilities. I've been lucky enough to work where nurses were treated well, so that when I received token blankets, umbrellas, and lunch boxes with the hospital logo on them for Nurses Week, I thought they were corny but still appreciated the thought. If your hospital sucks, I say treat yourself this week to something you deserve!
  11. by   applewhitern
    It has nothing to do with a crappy gift. Our hospital goes all out for the doctors, nurse practitioners, CRNA's, and administration. They get really nice gifts for Christmas, doctor's week, etc. In other words, they cater to the money makers. We nurses would like someone to notice what we contribute, too. For me, it isn't just a job for a paycheck, it's a career.
  12. by   Tiffilynn1
    Our hospital changed nursing week to hospital week. 🙄
  13. by   quiltynurse56
    It started out as Nurses Day and was on Florence Nightengales' birthday. Then it became nurses week. This year, National Teachers Day fell on a day during this week. So many non teachers are applauding teachers this week. Only other nurses are saying anything about nurses day on my social media.

    The only time I received anything from a boss was the year I was working per diem through and agency. We all received a gift card to the big regional convenience store in our area. WE could use it for whatever we wanted there. This convenience store is a very nice one, in case anyone is wondering and all over the area I lived in at the time.

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