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10 ways RNs should get recognized…

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I’ve thought of all the ways nurses should get recognized on a daily basis…

Read my (sometimes tongue in cheek) list below and see if you agree with any of them!

Ways RNs Should Get Recognized…

1. A cappuccino machine and freshly baked cookies—on demand. If they can do it at my car’s service department, they could surely figure out how to do it at a hospital. Whenever we talk about a new renovation in the hospital, I always ask for a cappuccino machine. Everyone thinks I’m kidding, but I’m totally serious. One day, I will enjoy a non-fat cap. I may have no teeth by that point but it will happen.

2. A masseuse in the break room for on demand chair massages. Ok, if this would be too costly (I understand, 24 hour massage coverage + extra masseuses for sick calls + benefits might get to be a lot of money) why don’t we have those great massage chairs that they have in the nail salons instead of the regular break room chairs?

3. Diamond stethoscopes. ‘Nuff said.

4. A fully paid day off. Not a vacation day, not an extra sick day. A surprise, “You get today off!” day off.

5. An award show. Academy Award Show Style. With ball gowns and musical performances and golden statues for every RN. Parties and champagne flowing, red carpets, and everything celebrity-esque.

6. People movers in every department so we don’t have to walk as far. Or personal sherpas to carry our tools, our labs, our medications, and our cappuccinos (see #1).

7. Life size murals of each nurse, rotating every week so everyone gets their fair share of face time.

8. Gift certificates…in really BIG amounts.

9. Free food all the time from wherever we want it from. 24 hours a day. And please remove all the fat and calories.

10. If you don’t think items one through nine are feasible. Try this. The best way to recognize any RN, is to look them in the eye, extend a firm handshake, and say a genuine “Thank you.”

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Rebekah Child

Rebekah Child attended the University of Southern California for her bachelor's in nursing and decided to brave the academic waters and return for her master's in nursing education, graduating in 2003 from Mount St. Mary's. Rebekah has also taught nursing clinical and theory at numerous Southern California nursing schools and has been an emergency nurse since 2002. She is currently one of the clinical educators for an emergency department in Southern California and a student (again!) in the doctoral program at the University of California, Los Angeles.

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13 Responses to 10 ways RNs should get recognized…

  1. Ani

    Can I just say I LOVE number one! It would not only benefit the nurses but us students as well! Often, its too early to grab coffee from the cafeteria in the am before clinicals start, and by the time we get a chance to grab some coffee, its been sitting around all morning. Definitely a brilliant idea!!

  2. Rebecca Holleran

    Guess it would be asking too much for nurses to get a commission from all the medicines we give out to patients…lol

  3. Chanda

    I loved the sentiment but could we just make that “Nurses” instead of RN’s. I’m an LPN and no less a nurse than an RN and would really love to be rocognized too!

  4. Elisabeth

    RE: 4. We get regular RDOs every month, so in a way that is a paid day off!

  5. Rene W. Neville, RN, CCRN, BSN

    Unlimited CHOCOLATE at all times!
    It is, after all, a healthy thing…

  6. Jeffrey Bodurka

    All this sounds great but I would be so upset if I didn’t receive my annual pen and tote bag (can you feel the sarcasm?).

  7. Vicky Gay

    I love all of them. You could also add that we could received our own iphone without charges. I know to much money for “them” to pay. Excuse me but don’t they get their own iphone?????

  8. Donna Traub LPN

    Wonderful ideas, I would expand these suggestions to “ALL” in the nursing field, RN, LPN, CNA. We all work very long hard hours and deserve the recognition.

  9. J Ayres RN

    Whatever happened to those $500.00 xmas bonuses at the end of the year?

  10. jcward2011

    What about the CNA’s that do the majority of the work? Who ever appreciates us

    • Bbnurz

      Although you may not be thanked personally, by each nurse who you work with, for doing your job, the nurses do appreciate your work. I do beg to differ that you do the majority of the work. It may seem that way to you, just as many of us would say the nurses do more. I might point out, we have very different jobs with the same pt. Until you’ve experienced both sides, as I have, you may not fully understand the responsibilities an RN has.

  11. mz LSU

    RNs are NOT the only types of nurses, there are LPNs as well. It infuriates me that everyone thinks that LPNs are inferior to RNs. Well I have news for RNs, some of us LPNs have more experience, knowledge, and can run circles around some of these so called RNs. It’s embarrassing when a seasoned RN asks a seasoned LPN what a particular medication is, especially one that is so common. LPNs need to be recognized as well. BTW, I only lack 2 classes before entering into clinical a for my RN but I chose not to finish because I like my “hands on” with my pts and I don’t want to be bothered with managerial BS (I prefer to keep my skills).

  12. Dawn Wolte Ezell RN