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Would you "adopt" a nurse or allow yourself to be "adopted" (For Nurses' Week)?

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Has 9 years experience.

"By adopting a nurse you are sending a care package. You can reach out to who you are adopting asking for their amazon wishlist or address whichever they are comfortable with in order to send them something."

I keep seeing these "adopt me" profiles pop up on facebook, and it makes me cringe a little bit. I would feel so uncomfortable soliciting gifts from the public, but apparently a lot of people are okay with it.

Discuss. Are you up for adoption? Have you adopted a nurse? Would you do either one?

God no! I’m already so over the “hero” stuff. In no way am I meaning to diminish the sacrifices that all of us, particularly the absolute front-line nurses, have made but all of this is starting to make me cringe too. It’s getting kind of embarrassing.

Am I comfortable with giving a total stranger on the internet my name, address and my Amazon wishlist???? I get paid well to do what I do and I have everything I need at my house. Don't need any strangers showing up on my doorstep either.

Here.I.Stand, BSN, RN

Specializes in SICU, trauma, neuro. Has 16 years experience.

Nope... I neither need strangers to see my Amazon wish list, nor do I need stuff from their pyramid schemes 😜

Sour Lemon

Has 9 years experience.

1 hour ago, sevensonnets said:

Am I comfortable with giving a total stranger on the internet my name, address and my Amazon wishlist???? I get paid well to do what I do and I have everything I need at my house. Don't need any strangers showing up on my doorstep either.

They don't actually get your address from your Amazon wishlist. Amazon ships to the address that you provide without disclosing it. It's still not something I would do, though.

bitter_betsy, BSN

Specializes in Emergency / Disaster. Has 2 years experience.

Nope - too weird for me. Weird on so many levels.

Tweety, BSN, RN

Specializes in Med-Surg, Trauma, Ortho, Neuro, Cardiac. Has 28 years experience.

I didn't know this was a thing. But no and no.

Emergent, RN

Specializes in ER. Has 28 years experience.

Another Amazon money-making scheme, disguised as good works...

JadedCPN, BSN, RN

Specializes in Pediatrics, Pediatric Float, PICU, NICU. Has 15 years experience.

I'm not even comfortable partaking in all of the free giveaways they're doing for the "hero" nurses on the frontline. Mostly because my area has not been hit hard at all, I work pediatrics, and our hours have been cut so I really don't see myself deep in it compared to the nurses in NYC and other places. But also, the hero thing is nauseating.

Sour Lemon

Has 9 years experience.

4 hours ago, Emergent said:

Another Amazon money-making scheme, disguised as good works...

They're not through Amazon, directly. They seem to be nurse-created. The Amazon wishlist was just a suggestion made to potential "adopters".

Emergent, RN

Specializes in ER. Has 28 years experience.

@Sour Lemon

Well, I think it's sappy and a bit patronizing. They should make gift cards for all the people who are suffering economically with this crisis.

Daisy4RN

Specializes in Travel, Home Health, Med-Surg. Has 20 years experience.

I would be embarrassed to be on either side of this. I would not accept nor adopt a nurse. I would donate money (and have) to those in need who are hurting the most from this economic upheaval. Who comes up with this stuff!

CharleeFoxtrot, BSN, RN

Has 10 years experience.

21 hours ago, JadedCPN said:

I'm not even comfortable partaking in all of the free giveaways they're doing for the "hero" nurses on the frontline. Mostly because my area has not been hit hard at all, I work pediatrics, and our hours have been cut so I really don't see myself deep in it compared to the nurses in NYC and other places. But also, the hero thing is nauseating.

I couldn't agree more. Yeah, no freebies or skipping to the front of the line for me.

If my employer can’t see fit to give me an acknowledgement or, better yet, equitable pay, I certainly don’t want handouts from the public. Give it to someone in need.

Davey Do

Specializes in around 25 years psych, 10 years medical. Has 42 years experience.

On 5/4/2020 at 8:38 PM, Sour Lemon said:

I would feel so uncomfortable soliciting gifts from the public, but apparently a lot of people are okay with it.

Unless we're a narcissistic sociopath,we all have a need to feel like our energy is spent in a productive manner; we need to feel like we're contributing members of society.

This adopting thing is just another way to feel as though one is making a contribution and helping out in this current crisis.

I want to help those who want to help others.

So, Sour Lemon, how do I claim my gift?

scuba nurse, BSN, MSN, RN

Has 31 years experience.

I got asked by a friend to join to a local group, and I did, but just to lurk and see what it was about as I hadn't heard about it. Nurses are posting about their careers etc, and people are "claiming" them to adopt. SO, yeah, I am totally not doing this. I don't need stuff and I don't need to send stuff to anyone I don't know and I really don't need anymore added stress, this seems too stressful to me at this time. Plus it seems its all the new and younger nurses (in this particular group, and the friend that asked me is my friends daughter), I've been a nurse for 30 years, I don't need adopting at this point! I got a free coffee and donut today at DD, I'm happy with that!

LibraNurse27, BSN, RN

Specializes in Community Health, Med/Surg, ICU Stepdown. Has 8 years experience.

Ahh I think no. Can they donate PPE or supplies to somewhere that really needs it in my name if they want to do something for me? Nurses are paid well in my area and I would feel like a loser accepting free stuff I can afford on my own while others have lost their jobs and are relying on public assistance. It's nice that people want to be charitable but I think the charity should be directed elsewhere.