National Nurses’ Week takes place from May 6 to May 12 each year, ending on the founder of modern nursing’s, Florence Nightingale’s, birthday. New nurses take a pledge named in her honor when they graduate, and on this week they are honored for upholding that pledge.
Nurses’ Week is a time to recognize the healthcare professionals whose compassion and caring touch our lives. Whether you or a loved one has been cared for by a nurse or you have a personal relationship with one, there are many ways to celebrate the work they do. Here are a few gift ideas for sharing your appreciation and giving back to the nurses in your life who give so much every day.
Nominate a Nurse
As part Nurses’ Week celebrations, many media outlets, hospitals, and healthcare organizations have created awards programs and banquets dedicated to recognizing exceptional work in nursing. Start by seeing if the hospital or healthcare system your nurse is affiliated with has such a program, and send in your nominations!
Check local newspapers and radio stations for additional opportunities to recognize your nurse. The best time to start nominating nurses is a few months before Nurses’ Week. There are also other great ways to personally give your thanks.
A Letter Goes A Long Way
We all love to receive positive feedback, but when it comes to giving it out, we often forget this little fact. Write your special nurse a thoughtful letter or send a card explaining how his service has impacted you or a loved one and what makes that nurse special to you. A sincere expression of your gratitude is the best present a nurse could receive.
Fill Out That Comment Card
Letting a nurse know how much you appreciate her work is great. Letting her supervisor know is even better! Help your nurse stand out among her peers by showing her supervisor how invaluable and dedicated she is. If you need help figuring out who that might be, call the hospital. Usually, you’ll be looking for someone with the title of Charge Nurse, Nursing Supervisor, Head Nurse, Director of Nursing, or Chief Nursing Officer. The effects of giving a nurse a great review can last far beyond Nurses Week, with opportunities for promotions increasing for great nurses who are well received by patients and peers.
A Prescription for Appreciation
If you’re a doctor, you should be showing some appreciation for your nurse counterparts as well! Make sure to acknowledge the nurses who go above and beyond to care for your patients.
- If your hospital has formal recognition program for nurses, help the great ones get the recognition they deserve by nominating them.
- Organize your fellow doctors to sign a giant card or banner for the whole nursing staff and proudly display it in the lobby or at the nurses’ station.
- Flowers, sweet treats to share, and nice notes are great gifts for showing your appreciation for the nursing staff.
- Catered food available for the day is a nice way to reward the nursing staff as a whole for their contributions.
Award Your Nurse with Gratitude
It’s never too late to create your own recognition award! Personalized awards can be beautiful and thoughtful without being expensive. Award your personal Florence Nightingale with these great gift ideas.
- A sophisticated Wooden Plaque engraved with a few words of appreciation and the Florence Nightingale Pledge makes an inspiring keepsake that hangs nicely next to a nurse’s diploma.
- A distinguished Crystal Award engraved with the award you would like to give your nurse makes a thoughtful gift. A couple of examples are “Most Compassionate,” or “Best at Spreading Cheer.”
The award leader for over 30 years, Crown has a variety of National Nurses’ Week medals, plaques, pins and crystals to show that good deeds, kindness and competence really are appreciated.
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