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Nurse Weak?

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Nursing is not for everyone. It takes a very strong, intelligent, and compassionate person to take on the ills of the world with passion and purpose and work to maintain the health and well-being of the planet. No wonder we’re exhausted at the end of the day! ~Donna Wilk Cardillo

Joking around, I posted on Facebook that in honor of Nurses Week, I was taking the whole week off. I was met with a ton of positive feedback about my nursing and that idea—people love nurses and when they think about it, are very thankful for us all!

We’re not getting big bonus checks this year for Nurses Week. In fact, I would say that my hospital does very little to show appreciation for nurses. One year I received a pair of scissors from administration, another year a coffee mug, and last year they forgot about us night people and served a snack-box lunch to the day staff (they later made it up to us with coupons to the cafeteria).

Kinda weak, huh? I’m not sure what the expectation is on my part—like what would make the week really special? Maybe that bonus on the paycheck? Or an extra day of PTO? Money seems to be a tangible way to celebrate and is a lot more useful than the pen-slash-highlighter I got in year one.

I’m always appreciative of magazines like Scrubs who point out how amazing nurses really are—we get more accolades from the media than from our employers, it seems.

So, I can’t say I’m overly excited about celebrating Nurses Week. My patients’ thanks will suffice; really, they appreciate me and make my job enjoyable, fulfilling and yes, even celebratory!

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Amy Bozeman

Amy is many things: a blogger, a nurse, a wife, a mom, a childbirth educator. She started her journey towards a career in nursing when she got pregnant with her first child. After nursing school and studying "like she has never studied before" she entered the nursing profession eager to get her feet wet. The first years provided her with much exposure to sadness, joy and other complex human emotions. She feels that blogging is a wonderful outlet and a way for nurse bloggers to further build their community. Traditionally, midwives have handed down their skill set from midwife to apprentice midwife. She believes nurses have this same opportunity: to pass from nurse to new nurse the rich traditions of this profession.
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3 Responses to Nurse Weak?

  1. Mary Williams

    The token of appreciation during nurses week is just that…a token to remind me how much I am valued by my employer every day, not just on nurses day. Let us be careful that we don’t equate dollars with levels of appreciation.

  2. Donna

    I believe the worst gift we received was soap on a rope! It did have the hospital’s logo on it, so I should be honored! I believe I donated it to a local charity!

  3. annie

    Token-schmoken! 😉 I don’t feel overly-valued on a daily basis–yet I am happy YOU feel that way! Really!

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