What I’d like for Nurses Week next year, part 1

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Ah, Nurses Week: a time for hospital and clinic management to show us, their front-line troops, exactly how much we mean to them.

This year at my facility, we had donuts for two days, ice cream on one day and a potluck lunch/midnight breakfast (depending on shift) on the fourth day, with food provided by the nurses on each floor. And no, members of management did not come in to take over so that the nurses could have uninterrupted lunches.

Nurses Week makes me cynical and bitter. Just once, I would like to see something more than coupons for cookies showing up in my inbox. I’d like to have the week celebrated with something other than ice cream from the cafeteria handed out by the management. So this year, I’ve pared my wish list down to five easy and five tougher things that managements all over the healthcare system could give us for Nurses Week next year. Here are the five easy things:

1. A sandwich. Seriously. How hard would it be for management to skip the ice cream socials at two o’clock in the afternoon, when everybody’s crazy-busy, and buy us sandwiches for lunch? Or salads? Nurses are busy, nurses are health-conscious and nurses are aging as a population. Not all of us want sweets, some of us can’t have them and most of us would give at least one tooth for a decent lunch at a decent hour.

Next: Enough time, just for one day, to eat lunch. →

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Agatha Lellis

Agatha Lellis is a nurse whose coffee is brought to her every morning by a chipmunk. Bluebirds help her to dress, and small woodland creatures sing her to sleep each night. She writes a monthly advice column, "Ask Aunt Agatha," here on Scrubs; you can send her questions to be answered at askauntieaggie@gmail.com.

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6 Responses to What I’d like for Nurses Week next year, part 1

  1. Tessa

    At the hospital I work at it is not called “Nurses week”, it’s called “Hospital Week”. Really? I’m sure than more than 50% of all hospital workers are nurses, and we can’t celebrate that separately? Thank you administration, and thanks for the cookie.

  2. Jan

    at my clinic we were lumped together with the MA’s et al for “Happy Caregiver’s Week”. Management did nothing-no thank you -no pat on the back-we were invisable. We nurses are licensed by the state and are darn proud of our achievement. We deserve to be acknowledged seperately let alone be acknowledged. Most disappointing and disheartening to say the very least.

    • amtrn1212

      Alot of doctor’s offices, clinics and surgery centers; as well as, hospitals are lumping all clinical folks into one global day. I think is stinks! CNA, MA, plebotomists, etc., should not be recognized as nurses. As nurses, we take on a lot more responsibility, it should honored at the least, one day a year!

  3. Jill

    This year for nurse’s week each nurse got a stethoscope. A good one I can actually hear breath sounds and apical pulses through clothes which is pretty valuable in the long term care setting where our folks love layers. Absolutely loved it because it was a thoughtful and useful item.

  4. Angie

    We just celebrated “Hospital Week” at my hospital last week. We didn’t even get a week long “celebration”. Two nights of ice cream and one night of nachos. To top it off, we got chastised by our manager one night for not being at the desk to answer her call when she called the floor wanting to know if we wanted ice cream. I guess ice cream is more important than patient care. Thanks administration!

  5. Dayna

    I would love to see a little more acknowledgement for the importance of LPN’s to the team work. Nursing week seems to focus on the RN’s .Nursing week should also include LPN’s…I love being an LPN and I feel LPN’s are over-looked….