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  1. Earlier this year, the nursing profession was named as the most trusted for the seventeenth consecutive year. To celebrate that, the hard work that nurses do, and give back to our fabulous members; we are kicking off the celebration of National Nurses Week early. Starting today, you can enter our eight amazing contests where we are giving away over $2,000 in gift cards and prizes – all thanks to our generous sponsors including Jacksonville University, FitFlop, The University of Maryland and InstruSafe! Choose one, two or all eight of the contests listed below: Maureen Walsh Meme Nurses Week Contest Caption This Cartoon Nurses Week Contest Patients Say the Darnedest Things Nurses Week Contest Make a Meme Nurses Week Contest Share Your Favorite Nurse Nurses Week Contest Favorite Motivational Quote Nurses Week Contest Nurses Week Contest - Doctors Say the Darnedest Things Cartoon Caption Student Nurse Day Contest You can enter as many contests as you like and you can enter each contest as many times as possible to increase your chances of winning. Even if you don't win one of the grand prizes, you still have a chance at one of our runner-up prize packs which include a book from such well-known authors as Mitch Albom, Beth Hawkes, Keith Carlson and more; allnurses.com pens, our cartoon jotter pads and more! Be sure to share our National Nurses Week giveaways with your friends on your favorite social media channel to spread the word and keep your eyes on allnurses.com as the official start of National Nurses Week approaches as we share more giveaways and discounts for nurses. Thank you, nurses, for all that you do!
  2. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the world has become more aware of just how amazing nurses are. An image like the open above can certainly tug at the heartstrings and be extremely inspiring. Whatever the case, we want YOU to share your best caption with us! Look at the photo above and submit your caption in the contents below and you could be the winner of $100 from Carson Newman University! Sponsored by Carson-Newman University In the Year of the Nurse, advance your career as an FNP! Confidently transition into Primacy Care with an online MSN-FNP Degree or Post-Master's FNP Certificate from Carson-Newman, a university recognized for nursing excellence and unrivaled student support. With clinical placements provided, 100% online classes and no mandatory login times, our programs are designed for busy working nurses. CCNE-accredited and affordable, you can save up to $200 per credit hour compared to national competitors. Define your future as an autonomous Family Nurse Practitioner today. LEARN MORE ABOUT CARSON-NEWMAN
  3. During this pandemic many things have been said around the world. What is the most shocking thing you have heard regarding COVID-19? This could be from a patient, a child, celebrity, etc. The best entry will win $100 Amazon Gift Card courtesy of Carson-Newman University! Sponsored by Carson-Newman University In the Year of the Nurse, advance your career as an FNP! Confidently transition into Primacy Care with an online MSN-FNP Degree or Post-Master's FNP Certificate from Carson-Newman, a university recognized for nursing excellence and unrivaled student support. With clinical placements provided, 100% online classes and no mandatory login times, our programs are designed for busy working nurses. CCNE-accredited and affordable, you can save up to $200 per credit hour compared to national competitors. Define your future as an autonomous Family Nurse Practitioner today. LEARN MORE ABOUT CARSON-NEWMAN
  4. Sometimes too much learning can go to your head (see what I did there?!?). In honor of Student Nurse Day, we are challenging you to provide a laugh-inducing caption for this cartoon. In exchange for your efforts comes notoriety and the chance to score $100 from Carson Newman University! Drop your caption idea (or ideas) in the comments below and you could win! Sponsored by Carson-Newman University In the Year of the Nurse, advance your career as an FNP! Confidently transition into Primacy Care with an online MSN-FNP Degree or Post-Master's FNP Certificate from Carson-Newman, a university recognized for nursing excellence and unrivaled student support. With clinical placements provided, 100% online classes and no mandatory login times, our programs are designed for busy working nurses. CCNE-accredited and affordable, you can save up to $200 per credit hour compared to national competitors. Define your future as an autonomous Family Nurse Practitioner today. LEARN MORE ABOUT CARSON-NEWMAN
  5. Every nurse has had one of those days. This cartoon may PERFECTLY depict how you feel after five minutes or five hours into your shift. Now comes the fun part... strap on your thinking cap and get creative for this National Nurses Week contest. Submit your caption in the comments below and you could score $100 from Carson Newman University! Sponsored by Carson-Newman University In the Year of the Nurse, advance your career as an FNP! Confidently transition into Primacy Care with an online MSN-FNP Degree or Post-Master's FNP Certificate from Carson-Newman, a university recognized for nursing excellence and unrivaled student support. With clinical placements provided, 100% online classes and no mandatory login times, our programs are designed for busy working nurses. CCNE-accredited and affordable, you can save up to $200 per credit hour compared to national competitors. Define your future as an autonomous Family Nurse Practitioner today. LEARN MORE ABOUT CARSON-NEWMAN
  6. During this time of the crisis, what would you like to tell your family, neighbors, friends, and colleagues? Now is the time to let your voice be heard. The best message whether it's heartwarming, funny, or sad will win $100 Amazon gift card courtesy of Carson Newman University! Sponsored by Carson-Newman University In the Year of the Nurse, advance your career as an FNP! Confidently transition into Primacy Care with an online MSN-FNP Degree or Post-Master's FNP Certificate from Carson-Newman, a university recognized for nursing excellence and unrivaled student support. With clinical placements provided, 100% online classes and no mandatory login times, our programs are designed for busy working nurses. CCNE-accredited and affordable, you can save up to $200 per credit hour compared to national competitors. Define your future as an autonomous Family Nurse Practitioner today. LEARN MORE ABOUT CARSON-NEWMAN
  7. Florence Nightingale Attributes Florence Nightingale demonstrated so many admirable attributes. These include a commitment to lifelong learning and teaching others, standing up for what she believed in, a deep respect for science and the data, and, last but not least, courage. This was evidenced by her tireless work to protect women’s rights and her testimony before the Royal Commission on the Health where she convincingly urged the British government to improve living conditions and sanitation in Army hospitals and rehabilitation homes. She was heard. Advocacy for Nurses So, it is fitting that we recognize the importance of this day as we consider the importance of advocacy on behalf of nurses. During this critical time, we must protect the institution and support all front-line caregivers. This is why Rosica Communications has volunteered to assist allnurses.com in acknowledging nurses everywhere through the #GiveANurseAHug campaign, which is designed to show gratitude to nurses for the impact they make on people’s lives daily. The effort centers on “raising” virtual, or air, hugs to express gratitude for the courageous work performed by nurses who are severely compromised during this crucial time. This is being done through facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to show our undying appreciation for them. We also recognize other organizations that are stepping up to help nurses at this perilous time. Healing Hands is a uniform and scrubs company that truly “walks the walk” and is committed to helping nurses. The company’s founder Bansi Lakhani suffered a massive heart attack in his early 40s. Recovering from open-heart surgery, he realized the critical and curative role of his nurses, whom he called “healing angels.” He felt they cared for him like family. Lakhani had worked in the clothing and apparel industry for decades. After his hospital experience, he shifted his business to help nurses feel and look better by launching Healing Hands, which makes more comfortable and attractive scrubs and uniforms. His experience with nursing professionals was so impactful and uplifting that when he designed scrubs for them, he included inspirational messages printed inside their uniforms to show appreciation for the great work they do. During the pandemic, Healing Hands has donated 10,000 sets of scrubs and is donating 1,000 pairs to allnurses.com members’ hospitals/facilities. They are also making N95 masks and donating these as well. If your hospital or healthcare facility is in need of scrubs to help protect nurses working through the COVID-19 pandemic, please complete the Nomination Form here and be eligible to receive 100 pairs of scrubs at no cost. Exergen is another company that is demonstrating high-level support for nurses. A former nurse, Dr. Marybeth Pompei is Chief Clinical Scientist of Exergen Corporation. She and her husband, Dr. Francesco "Frank" Pompei, Exergen’s founder and CEO who received degrees from MIT and Harvard, are extremely committed to the nursing community. It is essential to their company’s mission. The duo has dedicated their lives to advancing science through noninvasive thermometry. They support scientific research and offer professional development to nurses across the US. Exergen manufactures two primary TemporalScanner thermometers - a professional version for hospitals and physicians’ offices, and a consumer version sold through major retailers nationwide. More than two billion temperatures are taken each year with TemporalScanners. It is no surprise that Exergen’s accuracy is supported by more than 80 peer-reviewed published studies covering all ages from preterm infants to geriatrics and all areas of care, from hospitals to homes. Temperature being an essential determinant of COVID-19, Exergen has provided thousands of thermometers to nurses and other front-line healthcare professionals. These are needed not only to protect patients but protect these caregivers. The Exergen team is working overtime to meet demand for their thermometers and serve nurses across the nation and globally. Companies like Healing Hands and Exergen are not just reactive. For decades, they have been proactive - in terms of innovation, caring, and giving back. They, like us, believe that recognizing nurses should be ongoing. We must continue to stress the importance of this area of the profession, which Nightingale so suitably represented. Of course, there are dozens of PPE companies, including Halo Life, that are also donating masks and other essential products. Without these donations, nurses will be compromised. With these donations, there is hope. We hope that many others will be inspired by the courage and dedication that nurses are demonstrating. We support you and are grateful for your service.
  8. Brian S.

    Meme Contest | Nurses Week

    It's time to get funny and/or creative for this Nurses Week Meme Contest. I could give you the background for this particular photo but it would be so much better for you, the amazing nurses of the United States, to turn this photo into an awesome meme. Think about it and submit your best meme text for this photo in the comments below. Your creativity could score you a cool $100 from Carson Newman University! Sponsored by Carson-Newman University In the Year of the Nurse, advance your career as an FNP! Confidently transition into Primacy Care with an online MSN-FNP Degree or Post-Master's FNP Certificate from Carson-Newman, a university recognized for nursing excellence and unrivaled student support. With clinical placements provided, 100% online classes and no mandatory login times, our programs are designed for busy working nurses. CCNE-accredited and affordable, you can save up to $200 per credit hour compared to national competitors. Define your future as an autonomous Family Nurse Practitioner today. LEARN MORE ABOUT CARSON-NEWMAN
  9. I was given the opportunity to try out the Speidel Original Scrub Watch and give my honest feedback from a nursing perspective. Overall, this watch has great functionality for healthcare workers and is marketed towards the healthcare industry for many different reasons. One of the reasons the Original Scrub Watch is ideal for healthcare professionals is the large, easy to read bright white dial. Want your own Speidel Scrub Watch? Scroll to the end of this review to enter to win one in honor of National Nurses Week 2020! Hurry, this giveaway ends May 12, 2020 at 11 PM Eastern Time! The watch face displays both 12 hour and 24-hour markers which are convenient for nursing duties such as charting. The second hand is bright red making it easy to spot against the crisp white dial. Having an easy to read second hand is extremely helpful with nursing tasks such as counting patients’ respiratory rates, heart rates, and giving IV medications over a span of time. I also observed that the hands of the watch are reflective in nature and glow in dark patient rooms. The band of the watch is comfortable, durable, and easy to clean 100% medical-grade silicon material. The Scrub Watch has a stainless steel back and is water-resistant, which has upheld the countless times I have washed my hands. I absolutely love the different colored band options which allow your personality to show while wearing scrubs. It is important to make note that this watch is not digital or a smartwatch. The Scrub Watch is not going to track your heart rate, steps, or text messages. Another observation I made was that there is no day-date function in this style. I personally like having the date and day of the week on my watch for charting purposes and updating patients’ whiteboards. I believe Speidel does have other watch options with the day-date function on the dial. If you are looking for a practical, easy to read watch that can withstand the environment and lifestyle of healthcare professionals the Speidel Original Scrub Watch is a match for you! Other Healthcare Watches by Speidel to make note of: Scrub Petite Watch - same watch and functionality as the Original Scrub Watch, just on a smaller scale Scrub Glow Watch - similar to the Original Scrub Watch, however, the dial lights up with the push of a button making it ideal for night shift or dark patient rooms Enter to Win a Speidel Scrub Watch!
  10. This pandemic is different for everyone. As part of our 2020 celebration of National Nurses Week, we want you to share your COVID-19 stories. This can be a story that was past on to you, something that you experienced yourself, or just anything you want to share. If everyone shares a story we could have a picture of what everyone is going through in their parts of the world. The best entry will win $100 Amazon Gift Card courtesy of Carson-Newman University! Sponsored by Carson-Newman University In the Year of the Nurse, advance your career as an FNP! Confidently transition into Primacy Care with an online MSN-FNP Degree or Post-Master's FNP Certificate from Carson-Newman, a university recognized for nursing excellence and unrivaled student support. With clinical placements provided, 100% online classes and no mandatory login times, our programs are designed for busy working nurses. CCNE-accredited and affordable, you can save up to $200 per credit hour compared to national competitors. Define your future as an autonomous Family Nurse Practitioner today. LEARN MORE ABOUT CARSON-NEWMAN
  11. FOR ALL THE NURSES

    NURSES WEEK 2020 | COVIDian Rhapsody

    FOR ALL THE NURSES We hope this nursing parody brings you joy and laughter, especially during this challenging global pandemic! We would like to recognize all the nurses around the world for their continued work and sacrifices!  HAPPY NURSES WEEK!
  12. National Nurses Week is all about celebrating nurses and what they do! What better way than remembering why they love their jobs? Share the funniest thing a patient ever said to you in the comments below. Remember, the funnier it is the more likely you will win $100 Amazon Gift card courtesy of Carson Newman University! Sponsored by Carson-Newman University In the Year of the Nurse, advance your career as an FNP! Confidently transition into Primacy Care with an online MSN-FNP Degree or Post-Master's FNP Certificate from Carson-Newman, a university recognized for nursing excellence and unrivaled student support. With clinical placements provided, 100% online classes and no mandatory login times, our programs are designed for busy working nurses. CCNE-accredited and affordable, you can save up to $200 per credit hour compared to national competitors. Define your future as an autonomous Family Nurse Practitioner today. LEARN MORE ABOUT CARSON-NEWMAN
  13. National Nurses Week 2020 is Wednesday, May 6 through Tuesday, May 12! Nurses and many other first responders have certainly gained the respect of everyone for all they have been doing over the past several months to care for people during the Covid-19 Pandemic. Several restaurants and stores have already offered discounts for healthcare and frontline workers as a sign of their appreciation for the hard work these folks have been doing. During Nurses Week, many businesses will continue to express their appreciation to nurses for all they do on a daily basis by offering Nurses Week specials and Freebies May 6 - 12 and beyond. We have compiled a big list of Nurses Week Freebies & Discounts for you. Please share this list with your nurse friends so they can also enjoy all the perks. Be sure to check back frequently as we update this list for 2020. Let us know if you are aware of other Nurses Week Deals and we will add it to the list. Platinum Membership 50% Off! Use code PLATINUMHALFOFF at checkout. Offer extended thru May 31, 2020. If you have been thinking about upgrading your membership, now is the time. You can get your allnurses Platinum Membership at half-price just in time for Nurses Week. No Advertisements Across All Devices Faster Page Loading Times Priority Support in Platinum Members Area FREE allnurses Magazine Buy Platinum Membership Today! Give The Perfect Gift To A Friend: Platinum Membership Now you can directly contribute to a friend or family member. Simply enter the member's name, a short message, and add to your cart. LIMITED TIME ONLY! 50% Off! Use code PLATINUMHALFOFF at checkout. Gift A Friend: Platinum Membership IMPORTANT: All revenue from our Store goes back to the community in the form of contests and the FREE allnurses Magazine. Nurses Week 2020 Contests & Giveaways To show our appreciation to all of you, the allnurses staff has put together a 2-week Celebration with lots of Giveaways, Freebies, and Deals. Be sure to join the celebration and participate in our FREE contests with prizes valued up to $800 plus Giveaways! Click HERE to follow the fun. National Nurses Week Freebies From Across the USA We have searched high and low, far and wide to create this list of fabulous freebies just for you. NURSING GEAR Adidas - Heroes get 40% off purchases on their website for verified medical professionals, first responders, nurses and military members. Eligible customers can verify their IDs by visiting adidas.com/us/discount-programs Crocs - Crocs is giving away free shoes to health care workers Monday – Friday at noon on their website. The number of free pairs is limited each day. The sign-up form will ask for your work email, state, facility name, preferences for shoes and shipping information. Nike - Nike is offering a 10% - 20% discount for eligible medical professionals and first responders through the Nike online store. See details on their website. Scrubs and Beyond - Free Shipping for all orders using code: CAREGIVER Skechers - Essential Workers get 30% off plus free shipping through May 31, 2020. No promo code needed. Uniform Advantage – Nurses get up to 30% off top brands now through May 12th. The North Face - The North Face is offering a 50% discount to health care workers in the United States until December 31. All Seasons Uniforms - All Seasons Uniforms is giving all healthcare professionals 20% off their scrubs and lab coat collections. Use code ALLNURSES20 at checkout! EDUCATION & MORE Advanced Practice Prep - APP is offering a special discount in honor of Nurse’s Week! Take our TWO DAY course OR ANY TWO OF OUR OTHER COURSES and RECEIVE $200.00 off the TOTAL PRICE! USE THE COUPON CODE NURSESWEEK2020 GOOD THROUGH 5/10/2020 Added 5/3/20 Amazon – A selection of Free Nursing Books on Kindle. Available for a limited time only. American Nurses Association - To celebrate the Year of the Nurse, ANA has several year-long offerings including podcasts, videos, shared stories from front-liners, and more. Wolters Kluwer - Get 30% off Lippincott books and journals during National Nurses Month! FOOD Aldi- Aldi is allowing any medical professionals, with identification, immediate access to the front of any lines that may form outside their stores. Chipotle – Healthcare workers will be able to SIGN UP for a chance to receive their free burritos starting on Nurses Day, May 6. Circle K - To support our first responders and health care workers on the front line, Circle K is offering FREE coffee, Polar Pop Fountain Drinks, and TEAS for those workers until the end of April. Redemption is easy – visit any participating Circle K and show a valid ID. Cinnabon – Participating Cinnabon bakeries will offer nurses a free MiniBon® Roll or a four-count BonBites when they present their healthcare ID badge. Dunkin' - Dunkin’ is offering a free medium hot or iced coffee and a free doughnut to all health care workers who visit participating Dunkin’ restaurants on National Nurses Day, Wednesday, May 6. Must have valid health care ID. Snickers - Snickers is offering Nurses and all essential workers a coupon for a free Snickers bar. Redeem the coupon at Walmart. Texas de Brazil - Texas de Brazil would like to say “Thank You” to the heroes out there by offering a 20% Texas de Brazil discount on dinner and lunch prices (salad area only too!). This offer is valid with a badge or ID for military members/veterans, law enforcement, firefighters, nurses, EMS & teachers. This offer cannot be combined with other offers or white Texas de Brazil gift cards and is valid for up to 4 people per table/reservation. Additionally, this offer is only valid at Texas de Brazil locations in the continental U.S. Hooters - In appreciation of all local healthcare workers, first responders and military personnel for their efforts in these times and at all times, Hooters is offering 20% off all food takeout orders every day until further notice. Valid form of ID required. Krispy Kreme - Krispy Kreme is giving away a free dozen glazed doughnuts to healthcare workers every Monday through May 11, while supplies last. Mrs. Fields - Mrs. Fields is offering 25% off their Heroes Collection. See their website for more information. Outback - Outback is offering a 10% discount for nurses, doctors, medical staff, first responders and military. Offer good all day, every day with valid ID. Sheetz - Sheetz is offering free coffee through June 1 to responders and health care workers "in appreciation of their commitment to our health and safety as they fight on the frontlines of the COVID-19 crisis." Waterloo Sparkling Water - Waterloo Sparkling Water will be giving away 500 free 8-pack/12-pack case coupons to nurses and healthcare workers for Nurses Week. This equals 6,000 cans of the boldly flavored sparkling water! Starting on May 6th, head to Waterloo’s Instagram page and facebook page and comment for the freebies. Winners will be chosen at random. Friends and family can also tag their favorite nurse to receive a case! Valid May 6th-May 12th. FUN & MORE... Airbnb - Airbnb is providing free or subsidized temporary housing for health care professionals, relief workers and first responders. BJ's Wholesale Club - BJ’s is offering multiple benefits to health care workers and first responders, including shopping without a BJ's membership at all locations during their designated Appreciation Hour from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. on Sundays. Go to their facebook page for updates. ProFlowers - This year Nurses week is May 6th through May 12th and what better time is there to send appreciation to the nurses during the COVID19 pandemic. ProFlowers makes it easy to send love to our nurses with our lovely Spring bouquets and flower arrangements. See site for more details on coupons. BP/Amoco Gas - BP is offering a single-use discount code for 50 cents off per gallon on a BP or Amoco fuel purchase. Talkspace - Talkspace and their partners are offering a month of free therapy for doctors, nurses, social workers and frontline workers. Lovesac - 40% off Sacs and Sactionals for healthcare workers, first responders, military personnel, and teachers. If you know of any more freebies, then share with us in the comments. Be sure to check back, because we will update this list often! Have fun with your discounts, freebies and prizes & HAPPY NURSES WEEK!
  14. No, it's not a typo... one week just isn't enough time to show our appreciation for all that nurses do so we've kicked off our National Nurses Week contests early! This year, our contests are even bigger than before. We're starting the celebration today with a fun "Fill in the Blank" contest which features two $250 Amazon.com gift cards for the most creative submissions. Early next week we'll launch the second contest and the contests and giveaways will keep coming so you'll want to keep checking back and entering to increase your chances of winning those big prizes! Fear not, though, because if you don't win one of the $250 prizes you're still eligible to win one of the following items shown in the photo below and more... Thank you to nurses everywhere and Happy National Nurses Week - even if we are a bit early :). Have Fun!!! National Nurses Week Celebration 30 Days of Celebration / 8 Days of Giveaways UPDATED May 7 ... and the winner is... As promised, the winner are posted below. Thanks for all of the awesome and creative entries!!! Feel free to share!
  15. Download allnurses Magazine The evolution of nurses day or nurses week took many years to become official. The first official attempt was in 1953 when Dorothy Sutherland of the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare proposed a “Nurses Day” to President Eisenhower. She wanted it to reflect the 100th Anniversary of Florence Nightingale's mission to Crimea, but it did not get done. However, the following year in 1954, a National Nurses Week was celebrated from October 11-16 (Gillies, 2003). In 1955, a bill was introduced to declare a National Nurses Week, but it did not pass. Ten years later, the International Council of Nurses started celebrating “International Nurses Day”. President Nixon is asked in 1972 to acknowledge a “National Registered Nurse Day”, but it did not happen. However, two years later, Nixon proclaims “National Nurses Week”. The same year, the International Council of Nurses proclaims May 12 as “International Nurse Day” (Gillies, 2003). There are several milestones in the years that followed, and in 1982 the ANA recognized May 6 as “National Recognition Day for Nurses”. That same year, Congress also made a resolution for May 6 to be “National Recognition Day for Nurses”, and then President Ronald Reagan signed a proclamation on March 25 declaring the same (Gillies, 2003). The ANA made nurses week (May 6-12) official in 1990 (Gillies). May 12 is Florence Nightingale's birthday, so it is fitting that we end the week of celebration - celebrating her. After attending nursing school in Germany, Florence went back to London and became superintendent of a hospital for “gentlewomen” (The History, 2016). Her work in public health and during the Crimean War set new standards for healthcare. She decreased mortality by improving sanitary conditions. Not only that, she kept records of the people who died, and how they died. This allowed her to make the connection between sanitation and disease. Florence actually had some of the first evidence-based research in healthcare. Looking back at how many changes (or not) have taken place in nursing and the medical field, it seems overwhelming. Even so, the nurse's mission has remained steady throughout this medical metamorphosis. This is evidenced in a book published in 1930, , F.A.C.P. In the preface, he tells us what his perspective of what a nurse is. “The function of the nurse in medical diseases is to observe symptoms accurately, to recognize early signs of complications and to carry out the physician’s orders intelligently” (1930). This description applies today just as much as it did in 1930. Although we have made great strides in chemistry, biology, and electronics, our basic purpose remains as it always has been - to provide care to our patients to the best of our ability without doing any harm. I love my old medical and nursing books. I enjoy reading them and seeing the nursing students’ signatures written crookedly inside the front cover and maybe some scribbled notes of something they thought was important. These books are precious, connecting the past with the present. One of the books in my collection was written in 1917 by George M. Price, M.D. called, Hygiene and Sanitation A Text-Book for Nurses. When I flipped to the dedication page, it read, “To Lillian D. Wald - The pioneer of Public Health Nursing in the United States and the foremost advocate for the extension of the scope of the nurses’ work. This book is dedicated in appreciation and respect” (Price, 1917). Wow. Makes me wonder if he knew her or just knew of her. This is the perfect segue into talking about Lillian D. Wald and her contributions to the world of sanitation, education, and the improvement of conditions for children in that day and time. Lillian Wald is known for her work in reforming public health. Not only did she open a “settlement house” (opened in poor urban areas in an attempt to bring the rich and the poor together in proximity and socially) in 1893 called the Henry Street Settlement, she moved into the house along with her friend and fellow nurse Mary Brewster (Lillian, n.d.). There in the house, she provided nursing care for the poor. Eventually, there were many nurses who would come and volunteer their time. Soon, the settlement was able to open playgrounds, afterschool programs, kindergarten, mother’s groups and more. Lillian was able to discern what the community needed and then make sure it happened. Together, she and other well-known women’s rights activist such as Lavinia Dock and Florence Kelley helped to write textbooks, aiding to the progression of the professional nurse. New York City school children benefited from the many people living in that settlement who helped to improve conditions in the schools. Special educations classes were created, and a program for school nurses was started, along with a lunch program for the students. Lillian’s activism and hard work in her community were boundless, including her work in the political arena to end child labor. Her story is a good example of how one nurse changed a country (Lillian, n.d). Getting back to the book, I thought you would enjoy what Dr. Price had to say in his preface. “The last decade has seen a wonderful expansion of the function of the trained nurse and a great broadening of the scope of her usefulness. No longer are her duties limited to the simple care of the sick. The nurse has become a priestess of prophylaxis. Her work in preventative medicine has become invaluable. She has become an important factor in social, in municipal, and in public health work” (Lillian, n.d). **To all the wonderful male nurses out there, know that we appreciate you and you are the “princes of prophylaxis”. ** While documenting in charts has become obsolete, we now see our faces in the reflections of all of the electronic devices we use. We get lab, and other results in real time and can treat patients sooner. Communication has become easier and faster, decreasing the incidents of delay of care and improving patient outcomes. While all of this is great, let’s not forget to look up and make eye contact with our patients; they need it, and so do we. Just from looking at them we can tell so much. We can see if they are pale, in pain, or nervous, and most of all, it begins the process of building a rapport. Nurses Week is to celebrate you. All the times you ignore your back pain and keep going, or brush off the bladder that is about to burst in order to care for your patient. As you bring them their lunch while yours is getting cold, this week is for you. When a doctor yells at you for something that is no fault of yours, this week is for you. As you walk to your car on feet that are so tired they can’t take any more steps, we celebrate you. The connection we have as nurses over the past decades to now binds us in our journey of serving. The best things about the healthcare system have been created by nurses just like you. Do some creating of your own and don’t forget to get a massage to reward yourself. You never know, decades from now, nurses may be reading about you and all the wonderful things that you were able to accomplish. Tell us about some things you would like to pioneer. References Blumgarten, A. (1930). A Textbook of Medicine for Students in Schools of Nursing. New York: The MacMillan Company. Filiacia, A. Lillian Wald - Public Health Progressive. (n.d.). Wordpress. Retrieved from www.lillianwald.com Gillies, H. Florence Nightingale The History of Nurses Week. (2003). CountryJoe. Retrieved from www.countryjoe.com/nightengale/nursesweek.htm. Price, G. (1917). Hygiene and Sanitation A Textbook for Nurses. Philadelphia and New York: Lea & Febiger. The History of Nurses Week. (2016). Ashford University. Retrieved from https://www.ashford.edu/online-degrees/health-care/the-history-of-nurses-week
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    30 Nurses Week Freebies, Discounts, & Prizes

    National Nurses Week is Monday, May 6 through Sunday, May 12! Many businesses will be showing their appreciation to nurses during Nurses Week for all they do on a daily basis by offering Nurses Week specials and Freebies. We have compiled a big list of Nurses Week Freebies & Discounts for you. Please share this list with your nurse friends so they can also enjoy all the perks. Be sure to check back frequently as we update this list for 2019. Let us know if you are aware of other Nurses Week Deals and we will add it to the list. allnurses.com's 8 Nurses Week Contests: Freebies, Deals, & Giveaways To show our appreciation to all of you, the allnurses staff has put together a 20 Days Of Celebration with 8 days of Giveaways. Be sure to join the celebration and participate in our FREE contests with prizes valued up to $2500! Click HERE to follow the fun. National Nurses Week Freebies From Across the USA We have searched high and low, far and wide to create this list of fabulous freebies just for you. NURSING GEAR amazon - Nurses Week gifts Calzuro - Your feet will thank you when you treat them to these Italian-made clogs for Nurses Week. Use coed NNNURSEWEEK19 to save $8.00 on your shoe order. Free shipping! Easy Spirit - Nurses get 30% off your purchase at EasySpirit.com the month of May using the coupon code NURSESWEEK30. Nurse Mates - 30% OFF Site Wide for Nurses Week (ends May 13th) Scrubs&Beyond - Get 20% off your favorite brands. Good through May 14th. Uniform Advantage – Nurses get up to 50% off top brands now through May 14th. EDUCATION & MORE Amazon – Take a look at all the Free Nursing Books on Kindle. Available for a limited time onlyCNA practice test – find it free here! American Nurses Association - This year’s free seminar is called Nurses4Us: Elevating the profession with Twitter chat on May 8, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. EST. Nurses earn one CNE contact hour by attending. LNCBizSchool.com - Lorie Brown, RN, MN, JD teaches Legal Nurse Consultants how to get more cases and grow their business. Online class starts on Tuesday, May 7th. Use promo code LNC400 until the end of Nurses Week to save $400. Wolters Kluwer - Save 25% during Nurses Week! FOOD Applebee’s Grill & Bar – Applebee’s has offered deals in the past. Call your local restaurant to see what deals they are offering this year. Buca di Beppo – Free meals for nurses with ID at participating locations. Chick-fil-A – Check with your local restaurant for Chick fil A nurses week participation, because each may offer great freebies for nurses! Chipotle – At participating restaurants, every Wednesday is medical professional day with BOGO 50% off. Cinnabon – Participating Cinnabon bakeries will offer nurses a free Cinnabon Classic Roll, MiniBon® Roll, or a four-count BonBites when they present their healthcare ID badge Culver’s - Participating locations will be offering specials throughout the week for nurses with a valid ID. Dunkin’ Donuts – Participating locations are offering a free 16 0z. Dunkin’ Dark Roast iced coffee May 6-12, between 4 p.m. and 10 p.m. with a valid health care ID Einstein Bro’s Bagels – Nurses wearing their scrubs or ID badge can go to any participating location and receive an Espresso Buzz Bagel and Shmear on the house, May 11 Freebirds World Burrito - On Nurses Day (May 6th) nurses with a valid ID get a free burrito with the purchase of any adult-sized entree. Verify before you go. Jimboy’s Tacos - BOGO Free Original Ground Beef Taco through May 12th when you show a valid employee ID. Limit three free tacos per nurse at participating locations. PDQ – Will offer nurses who show their badges 50% off their total check on May 7th at all locations. Potbelly Sandwich Shop - Get a free fountain drink or cookie with the purchase of a sandwich or salad when you show a valid ID or wear your scrubs through May 12th. Limited one per customer. Scooter’s Coffee - Get 50% off any drink on May 6th when you show your valid ID. Limit one per customer. Sprinkles Cupcakes – free sweet treat with ID at participating locations Texas Steakhouse & Saloon - Now through May 12th, nurses get $5.00 off a minimum purchase of $15.00 or more when they show their badge. Be sure to check back, because we will update this list often! FUN... 1-800-Flowers – Nurses can receive 15 percent off gifts and flowers through the end of June using code: RMNSV15 Atlanta Rocks - For those who enjoy Hiking and climbing in your time off, nurses get 10% off with a valid ID year round. Disney World – special discounts for nurses at the Swan and Dolphins resorts. Call 800-227-1500 and mention the code DREAMS. Let them know that you are a nurse at the time of booking! Offer based on Hotel availability. Must have an eligible ID at check-in Fanny May – 15% off fine chocolates through July 1 using code: 39984 Nature’s Gift – Nurses receive 10% off the purchase price of essential oils and other products with a copy of a current state license. If you know of any more freebies, then share with us in the comments. This list will be updated. Have fun with your freebies & HAPPY NURSES WEEK! 5/6/19 EDITED TO ADD MORE FREEBIES AND DISCOUNTS Cotton Patch Cafe - Nurses get 20% off Monday through Friday with Nurse ID Giordano's - Monday through Wednesday get 20% off any order with the code 656-236-241. Dine-in or dine-out. MOD Pizza - Sunday, May 12 nurses get a buy-one-get-one-free deal on MOD-size pizza or salads on in-store orders with nurse's ID. Salata Salad Kitchen - Wednesday, May 8. Nurses get a buy-one-get-one-free offer on salads and wraps with valid nurse ID. Sonny's BBQ - Monday, May 6th nurses with valid ID get a free Pork Big Deal at all locations. 5/7/19 EDITED TO ADD MORE FREEBIES AND DISCOUNTS PersonalizationMall.com - Take 15% off all regular-priced items with code PMDEAL15 through May 31. ProFlowers - Save 20% on orders of $39 or more with this coupon through May 14. Tacos A Go Go - Nurses with ID get a 20% discount all week long. Texas de Brazil - 20% discount on dinner or lunch with a valid badge. 5/9/19 EDITED TO ADD MORE FREEBIES AND DISCOUNTS Springer Publishing Company We are offering 40% off all titles! See our homepage for details. DISCLOSURE: This post may contain affiliate links. These affiliate links are designed for allnurses.com to earn advertising fees.
  17. When Senator Walsh summoned the wrath of the entire nursing profession, hundreds of nurses sent her thousands of decks of cards. I sent her a copy of this book and left her a phone message suggesting that the story would help her better understand the challenges facing our profession and provide her with some better uses for her legislative energy. I was hoping we might connect, since the story ironically ends in Senator Walsh’s hometown of Walla Walla, WA. So far, there’s been no response. Free for Nurses Week: “ADWON: A Day Without Nurses.” Several of the themes in ADWON: A Day Without Nurses were inspired and informed by discussions on Allnurses. This site carries constant tension between nurses who want to provide excellent care for our patients and a system which cripples our opportunity to do our best work. Discussions here provided the opportunity to refine core arguments for an improved healthcare system. The biggest trick was to embed it all in a story that captivates readers. Some creative friends added their artistry, and I’m proud of what we’ve done. Some early Amazon reviews: “This book was intriguing on many levels. I enjoyed the plot and characters and I could truly identify with many of the medical situations portrayed as an ER nurse myself! I actually cried during one of the later chapters. . . ADWON has some interesting perspectives to consider presented in a very creative way. Lots of twists to make it a fun read with no predictable outcome!” - Ann “The plots were riveting and really hit home as the author very accurately portrayed the huge powers behind the frightening healthcare issues of today and those who are caught in the crosshairs.” - Shermar “The fast-paced plot of A Day Without Nurses tackles one of the most important issues facing us today--priorities in the healthcare industry. The author doesn't pull any punches in her indictment of profit-motivated management. The ethical problems nurses must face on a regular basis (in addition to understaffing and day-to-day struggles) are enough to tear your heart out and leave it dangling by its capillaries. A moving tale: fictionalized, yes, but in essence, VERY REAL. Highly recommended.”- Embaker Synopsis: Lola Jepson, a fearless, street-smart woman with a hidden past, is recruited by a clandestine employer to become a persuasive avatar, "the face of ADWON: A Day Without Nurses." Lola shines during some impressive interviews. She captivates the media, and the controversial movement takes off. Lola’s charismatic energy also attracts her mysterious and forbidden bodyguard–a perfect target for a strong woman torn between her desire for intimacy and her craving for conquest. Robbi Hartford is a dedicated ER RN battling the new VP hired to cut costs. At the threat of losing her job, Robbi defies management's priorities by putting the needs of her patients above corporate profits. As ADWON gains momentum, Robbi is forced into the escalating conflict. The two women discover they’re connected by more than an uncanny resemblance. Their paths converge as dangerous adversaries and unlikely heroes join the battle. When the countdown to a nationwide nurses’ strike hits single digits, Robbi and Lola face the harsh reality of millions of lives on the line, including their own. One Teaser Clip: “What about you? Are you in danger?” Max looks genuinely concerned. “Yes. Beyond doubt. Soldiers go to war knowing they may lose their lives to protect those they care about at home. The horrendous short-term losses procure a better future. Given better options, they would prefer not to kill or be killed. The patient in ICU appointed himself the task of keeping me safe. In his absence, my best guess is that the risks are much higher now. Even though there’s a broad majority of support for the changes we seek, there are also determined and capable adversaries. There’s also no shortage of rogue resistance to the concept of ADWON. Individual nurses have been threatened by patients and family members. But, in the broader context, please remember that every three minutes someone dies from lack of access to healthcare in this country. None of us are safe until we fix this system. Nurses are not asking for something for themselves. They’re not asking for higher pay. They’re asking for constructive changes to our broken system.” “Will ADWON be providing you any personal protection?” “No. This is a movement with no central organization. Millions of supporters give it life and power, but there is no one here to walk me to my car after the interview, unless you’d like to do the honors, Max?” “Miss Hartford, without a doubt, that is the most on the spot I’ve ever been in during an interview.” Max smiles and shakes his head. “Well, Max, let me raise the bar one more notch. Suppose you had the power to wave a wand and adopt the path to change outlined in the Manifesto, would you do it?” “Yes, I would. I will go on record stating I believe the changes would ultimately make us a better Nation, more just, equitable, and honorable.” “So, if it was as easy as waving a wand, you’d do it?” “Yes.” “But you don’t want to take the risk of walking me to my car?” Max looks dumbfounded, visibly shaking his head which is the equivalent of a non-verbal ‘no.’ I would like to hear his answer, but I press on. “If change was easy, it would have happened a long time ago. If the sacrifice of some brave people now secures the future for generations to come, the spoils will be worth the cost of the hunt. So, Max, will you risk walking me to my car?” (p. 298) Two ways to get it FREE: 1.) There is an unlimited number of FREE Kindle downloads available. Amazon can give you an app allowing the download to be read on virtually any device (Kindles, Nooks, Tablets, Smart Phones, computers…) You do not have to join Kindle unlimited to get it FREE from May 8 – May 12. Feel free to copy and share the link. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07NS3K2LM 2.) Ten paperback copies have been donated. To enter the giveaway, imagine your workday. Start with the moment you enter the building where you work, the door you open, the hall you walk down, the time clock where you swipe your badge–imagine the opening minutes of your time on the clock. Then rewind the first few minutes and erase yourself, and any nurses who work with you, from the picture. Start again with the door that doesn’t open, the vacant hallway, the empty space you usually occupy, the tasks you usually accomplish now left undone, and the people who look to you for help who now have no one. Go through the emptiness until you focus on one profound moment in your version of A Day Without Nurses. Write a single sentence description of what you see happening. It’s okay to be funny, dark, bold, graphic, or prophetic. The top ten “Likes” will get a free paperback copy sent directly from Amazon. Don't wait to post your description. Just like the early bird gets the worm... The early posts will get more likes... and a free copy.
  18. Nurses Week Contest #2 Your luck just keeps getting better and so do your odds of winning! It's time for our second 2018 National Nurses Week Contest. Get creative with a caption for this wild and crazy cartoon and you would be one of two winners of a $250 Amazon.com gift card. We'll announce the winners during Nurses Week so be sure to enter now and later for a better chance at winning! Later this week we'll launch the third contest and the contests and giveaways will keep coming so you'll want to keep checking back and entering to increase your chances of winning those big prizes! Fear not, though, because if you don't win one of the $250 prizes you're still eligible to win one of the following items shown in the photo from our first contest (did you enter that one yet???). Thanks again for all that you - our nation's nurses - do! UPDATED May 8 ... and the winner is... As promised, the winners are posted below. Thanks for all of the awesome and creative entries! Feel free to share!
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