National Nurses Week is quickly approaching! The celebration begins on May 6, 2019 (National Nurses Day) and continues through May 12 in honor of Florence Nightingale’s birthday, who is well-known as the founder of modern nursing. Nurses week began in 1993, when the American Nurses Association (ANA) declared May 6 – 12 the national week to celebrate and promote the nursing profession. This week is a time for nurses, other health care providers, community leaders, and everyone in between to acknowledge the positive impact and contributions of the 4 million registered nurses in America.
You may be wondering the best way to celebrate your nurses’ during this week. In preparation for National Nurses Week, we’ve pulled together a variety of ways to ensure each nurse in your facility feels appreciated and celebrated!
Promoting National Nurses Week in Your Facility
Promoting the holiday within your facility is an excellent way to kick things off. The ANA has pulled together a set of materials you can use to promote National Nurses Week in your organization. This kit includes a thank you card template, a large banner to display in your facility, a recognition certificate, National Nurses Week 2019 logos, and much more. You can find and download the entire collection here. While you’re checking out their celebration kit, make sure to browse the online store, as the ANA has also created a wide variety of 2019 National Nurses Week swag. Their store consists of items ranging from pens and water bottles to shirts and totes. This is a great place to find gifts for yourself or for a special nurse in your life, so go shop ‘til you drop!
Now that you have swag and promotional items, you can officially kick off the festivities. Here are a few ways to get the party started in your facility.
- Hang banners, posters, and signs to promote National Nurses Week
- Plan daily celebrations
○ Muffin and Bagel Monday
○ Taco Tuesday
- Host a small awards ceremony within your facility
○ Biggest Smile
○ Best Decorated Name Tag
- Encourage other employees within the facility to write Thank You cards to the nurses on staff
More Ways to Celebrate Nurses
The celebration does not have to end just because you're not at work! Organizations such as the ANA are hosting free webinars during the week. In addition, several companies are offering great deals to take advantage of during your special week.
Here are a few FREE Webinars by the American Nursing Association and Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society.
May 7, 2019: Enhancing Your Nursing Career: Foundations of Nursing Informatics, NI Scope and Standards, and Developing an Engaged NI Culture is a free webinar hosted by HIMMS at 11:00 am CT. This webinar will discuss how nursing informatics (NI) provides connection between IT, patient care, and the interprofessional healthcare team. You can learn the foundations of nursing informatics, nursing informatics scope and standards of practice, and ways that healthcare organizations can develop an engaged nursing informatics culture. Learn more and register here!
May 8, 2019: Nurses4Us: Elevating the Profession! is a webinar and Twitter chat hosted by the ANA at 1:00 p.m. EDT. This webinar will cover ways to use your expertise to create a healthier world. The presenters will be discussing ways to increase your professional presence beyond hospital walls, how to have a say in how nursing is practiced, and much more! Ernest Grant, PhD, RN, FAAN, President of the American Nurses Association, and Faith Roberts, MSN, RN, Director Magnet, Professional Practice and Parish Nursing, Carle Foundation Hospital and Carle Physician Group are the two presenters. You can join the conversation on Twitter using #NursesWeekLive during the webinar. Reserve your spot here!
May 9, 2019: Different Paths on the Nursing Informatics Journey is a free webinar being hosted by HIMMS at 11:00 am CT. This webinar will cover the various career opportunities for those interested in nursing informatics. You can learn more here!
Discounts for Nurses
Several companies are offering special deals to honor our beloved nurses. Here are a few deals we’ve heard about, but keep your eyes peeled throughout the week for more!
Amazon: All week Amazon will be offering select nursing books as a free kindle download.
Dunkin’ Donuts: May 6 – 12 between 4pm and 10pm, participating locations will be offering a free 16 Oz. Dunkin’ Dark Roast with a valid health care ID
Einstein Bro’s Bagels: On May 11, nurses wearing their scrubs or ID badge can receive an Espresso Buzz Bagel and Shmear on the house at participating locations
Sprinkles Cupcakes: At participating locations, nurses can receive a free sweet treat by showing their badge
Scooter’s Coffee: Nurses get 50% off any drink when they show their ID on May 7
There are a variety of ways to celebrate the nurses in your life; however, the most important way to honor a nurse is to ensure you take a minute to stop and thank them for their continuous dedication and hard work. On that note, all of us here at CCI would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all the wonderful nurses in our community! Enjoy this week, you’ve earned it.