Nurses work long hours, are constantly on the move, and probably work harder than any other employee in a medical setting. It is safe to say that we would be lost without them. In fact, without them our lives would be at risk. Their jobs are very physical and take a toll both physically and mentally. This is why it is essential to make them feel appreciated.
May 6 is National Nurse Appreciation Day, marking the beginning of National Nurse Appreciation Week, which celebrates the essential role that nurses play in all areas of the healthcare industry. The week culminates on the birthday of Florence Nightingale, who is known as the mother of modern nursing.
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There are many ways to show appreciation for your nurses:
Give them words of gratitude. Words of gratitude can turn a bad day or bad year into the best year of your nurses working lives. Make sure to deliver the words in person, if possible, and personalize them. This will give your nurses a boost in morale and keep them working hard for you and their patients.
Provide lunch or dinner. Nurses work around the clock, sometimes for 12 hours or more. Patients’ needs take precedence over the nurses’ physiological needs. Often, they simply don’t have time to eat. Providing them some food to eat during their shift will energize them and help them feel supported.
Throw a special event. Give your nurses a memorable celebration that will encourage them to keep up the good work or try harder for next year’s celebration to be recognized in front of their peers.
Salary increases and bonuses. Being appreciated financially means that nurses will be better able to address their needs outside of work, and therefore will be more focused when they are at work.
Gift certificates. This is a wonderful treat for your nurses. Make sure you conduct a survey and get them certificates that they will actually use.
Or if you plan on throwing a special event in their honor, make sure to give them commemorative gifts such as:
Plaques. Professionally crafted plaques can be put up on walls or displayed on desks in both home and work environments. Let your nurses showcase their achievements for their family and peers.
Recognition certificates. Similarly to plaques, these showcase achievements. You can also add words of affirmation or a hilarious quote for an extra flare.
Medals. Who doesn’t love a beautiful, shiny medal? Treat your nurses like the professional athletes that they are. These are great for handing out at special events.
Formal letters. Your nurses will really appreciate a formal letter of appreciation that they can show their peers, family, and even other employers. Make sure they are printed professionally on high-quality paper.
Posters. Although these are less personalized, they will go on to decorate homes and offices, spreading your message and your brand. Make sure the posters include some lasting words of gratitude and affirmation.
If you wan to go an extra mile to appreciate your nurses, try giving them a gift that they can use on the job:
Lunchboxes. As mentioned before, nurses have very little time to eat, but if they do eat, lunchboxes will keep their food fresh, whether they eat at the beginning, middle, or end of their shift.
Thermoses. These are versatile since they can be used for either food or drink. No one likes cold soup or coffee! Since nurses never know when exactly they will have time to eat, thermoses will be cherished, particularly on cold days.
Comfy socks. This may sound silly, but nice socks can keep your nurses on their feet, free of blisters or under/over-heating.
Backpacks. Nurses will often bring a change of clothes to work, since wearing scrubs around is extremely unsanitary.
Clipboards. Most nurses still need clipboards to chart care of their clients, personalize them with a business stamp, or words of appreciation and affirmation.
Phone cases. Sometimes it is necessary to have your phone on you at all times, even if you’re lifting, moving, and taking care of patients. Give your nurses a phone case that straps to their arm, or is impervious to breakage.
Stethoscope clips and tags. Nurses are often losing and mixing up their stethoscopes. Clips and tags personalize their stethoscope and ensure that it stays with its owner.
Birch Higgins has everything you need for your Nurse Appreciation Day. Take a look at our eCatalogs or contact us for more information on how we can help make your Nurse Appreciation day a huge success.
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