Nurses Week Is Upon Us!
It’s Nurses Week 2019 – What are you going to do? They make sure you are feeling well, they check up on the doctors to make sure they aren’t messing up! They clean all the poopies and peepees. Yuck. The fact is, with Nurse’s week, comes a great responsibility. There is a shortage of nurses in the United States. That number is somewhere around a half million short, with around 3.1 million nurses active in the field. As such, it’s even more important to make sure that the nurses that support us are recognized and thanked for what they do. Here are a few ways you can make nurse’s week better for our caretakers.
Nurse’s Theme Party
They have to wear scrubs. All the time. They are fairly comfortable, however, it’s nice to be able to wear something different and show off some style. How about a pajama day? Maybe a favorite sports team day? Another great one is opposites day. Doctors dress as nurses and nurses dress like doctors!
Give Out Awards
You can really have fun with this. Make like Michael Scott in The Office and give your nurses their awards during a ice luncheon. It could be something as simple as coming up with some fun superlatives, or you could just recognize each based on their best attribute. Be sure to include every single nurse- don’t miss any!
T-shirts For All
Take it to the next level and get the entire team their own personalized t-shirts. Have fun, get a great team logo and bring it to the next level. For even more fun, go to your local craft store and get all the stuff together and decorate them all together.
Everyone like to nosh. Find the coolest places around that provide cookies, coffee, flowers, and anything else that could be stuffed into a basket and picked apart.
Nurse’s are losing pens all the time. There are some great companies out there that can create pens with names on them. Take it up a notch by finding pens that have a string attached so the can be worn around the neck.
Office Scavenger Hunt
You have to do this one strategically. Make it last all day long with special “pop-up” items that can only be found by one person so that each nurse gets a chance to win something. Have one big item- maybe a new pair of their favorite shoes and scrub set or a new stethoscope. Include everyone by making sure each receives something.
When All Else Fails…
Have a luncheon of appreciation. The gist is- don’t forget nurses week. It would be a very bad thing and morale might even take a hit if you don’t make sure your nurses are taken care of this week!
When Did Nurse’s Week Begin?
American Nursing Association
“National Nurses Week begins each year on May 6th and ends on May 12th, Florence Nightingale’s birthday. These permanent dates enhance planning and position National Nurses Week as an established recognition event. As of 1998, May 8 was designated as National Student Nurses Day, to be celebrated annually.”