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National Nurse's Week vs. National Hospital Week

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Specializes in Mother-Baby, Rehab, Hospice, Memory Care. Has 8 years experience.

My hospital has failed to even acknowledge National Nurse's Week. Instead, starting tomorrow they are celebrating, "National Hospital Week". WTH? I've never even heard of this until now. This really rubs some of us nurses the wrong way. Why are we not allowed to have at least our own special day to honor nursing? :confused:

mama_d, BSN, RN

Specializes in tele, oncology. Has 10 years experience.

My hospital also doesn't really celebrate anything that singles out nurses b/c "it's not right to leave the ancillary staff out". Which I do agree with to a point...but last year the radiology dept, RT, and secretaries all had their own days, while the nursing staff did not. Either do it or don't do it, but please at least be consistent!

LoveMyBugs, BSN, CNA, RN

Specializes in Pediatrics.

Yeah, my nursing home is doing the same thing with National Nursing home week, posters up all over, and the nurses got a 8X10 printed paper in the break room.

The hosptal I worked at as a tech gave the nurses and CNA's small little gifts for National Nurses, and allowed each unit to figure out how they would like to celebrate, like ours was Italian soda supplies for our break room and some other little goodies and they took a couple of full page adds out in the newspapers to thank their nurses. I also remeber them putting up posters for national janitorial day last year

Wow its a big deal at my hospital they celebrated the whole week they plan everything months in advance they did something different everyday

Mine celebrates both. The nurses get a little something extra on top of what is received for hospital week.

madwife2002, BSN, RN

Specializes in RN, BSN, CHDN. Has 26 years experience.

My company is not recognising Nurses Week anymore, instead it is "Employee Recognision Week' later on in the yr

RedWeasel, RN

Specializes in RN CRRN. Has 15 years experience.

Nothing like making the nurse feel even LESS important in the greater scheme of things...

Five&Two Will Do

Specializes in cardiology/oncology/MICU. Has 3 years experience.

We had a Nurse's week celebration. For us night shift workers, they treated us to a lovely breakfast burrito at 0800 yummy1

RedWeasel, RN

Specializes in RN CRRN. Has 15 years experience.

We usually get a Nurses Week gift, have speakers all week long, and some nurse managers dress like Flo and walk around with a fake lantern and candy. That kind of sounds like a nursing school nightmare I once had....but it is in fact a true story. Heck its free candy!

Five&Two Will Do

Specializes in cardiology/oncology/MICU. Has 3 years experience.

I have gotten a pin every year for the past seven years that I have worked here.

knitsocks77

Has 3 years experience.

For Doctor's Day, everyone baked treats. Have yet to see anything recognizing Nurses' Week. Personally, I think all of these "Days" are silly. There is a day or a week to recognize every little booger-pickin' thing. Some things just don't need an entire week to be celebrated. I know I am annoyed if I am made to feel like I am not a team player because I didn't bake cookies. Some groups are going to feel left out if their profession isn't celebrated as highly as others'.

I don't need games on my lunch hour, I don't need free candy or baked goods (Yes, I will take them and eat them but that usually means an extra hour on the treadmill).

My homcare agency did NOTHING!!

BookwormRN

Specializes in Med/Surg.

Our facility had something fun each day last week (celebrated early), culminating with a special Nurses Day Mass on Friday, at which they had a Blessing of Hands. (Catholic Hospital)

Not only did they bless the hands of those present at Mass, but one of the nuns and another RN went to each unit of the hospital to do so. They also came back to the hospital on PMs and NOCs to bless those shifts. It was beautiful and appreciated.

MissIt

Has 11 years experience.

I worked in a wonderful clinic where the doctors took over and staffed the clinic over lunch so all the nurses could go out to lunch together. And we got to actually go to a restaurant for a real sit down lunch, not just the cafeteria. LOL Our nurse manager would always give us a little something too.

RNTOBE_1970

Specializes in Med-Surg, Psych, Tele, ICU. Has 20 years experience.

Varied at each hospital. First job in 1991, it was a big to do...something going on everyday. This one, its Hospital Week. But we had Infection Control day, Respiratory Day, Lab Day, Physical Medicine...really the only depts left out of individual recognition is EVS, Dietary, Security and Nursing.

squirmals

Specializes in Neuro, Rehab, Ltc mng.

Our hospital is celebrating Healthcare system week. ??? Today we are to have our kids draw pictures the end of the week is celebrated with a pet parade. Oy vey!

My hospital has failed to even acknowledge National Nurse's Week. Instead, starting tomorrow they are celebrating, "National Hospital Week". WTH? I've never even heard of this until now. This really rubs some of us nurses the wrong way. Why are we not allowed to have at least our own special day to honor nursing? :confused:

cause it's quite obvious that hospitals think nurses are useless, as evidenced by how bad they treat us.

Last year they started celebrating Hospital Week a day early, while it was still nurses week. When I asked why the nurses can't even keep the part of nurses week that's NOT interrupted by hospital week, I was told, "It's nurses DAY, it's hospital WEEK." Ergh...

I made a STINK since then. Every employee satisfaction, magnet, whatever survey that comes out, I've written a diatribe of why the hospital can't run without nurses, and considering we do EVERYTHING that every other department doesn't want to do (really, is there ANYTHING? in the hospital that they can't stick nurses with?), WE DESERVE OUR WEEK!!! They don't take anyone else's weeks/days away. Heck, one department is so important, that on their day, they get the day off.

So we're getting the whole week this year. I think it has more to do with wanting to show off the plans to Magnet than any of my complaints, and the celebration stuff is STUPID, but hey, we got our week back.

I truly believe that "hospital week" was created to solely to take away focus from nurses week. It's not a coincidence it interrupts our week. And want to know how important "hospital week" really is? Google it. All of the top results are companies trying to sell crap to give employees on hospital week.

But really, during respiratory week, does administration tell them that they need to remember that the housekeeping staff is important too? During social work week, are they reminded that there are other staff in the hospital that's also important?

But can't let the nurses celebrate being nurses! Don't want us to start thinking we're important! After all, then we might start thinking that we should get paid well and have tolerable working conditions! We might even start saying, "Ummm, shouldn't housekeeping do the cleaning? Shouldn't respiratory do the respiratory stuff? Shouldn't pharmacy actually do the pharmacy stuff? Shouldn't PT actually do the PT instead of teaching the nurse how to do the PT?"

Everyone at the hospital is important. Of course, if anyone at the hospital decides they don't feel like doing their job, it's the nursing staff that has to pick up the slack and do it. If a nurse doesn't want to do their job? It's another nurse that has to pick up the slack and do it.

So SCREW hospital week. Celebrate nursing week loud and proud!!!!