Nurses sacrifice a lot for their patients. They miss celebrations at home, endure back pain, miss meals, and spend long hours on their feet.
Despite all those challenges, nurses still work hard to ensure that their patients get the best care possible. They advocate for their patients’ rights and they take every opportunity to satisfy their health needs.
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Since it’s Nurses Week, take the time to do things you find enjoyable. If you’re not sure what to do or how to get the week started, here are some of the best ideas you can try.
An award breakfast/dinner for one day may be a good idea for some. However, you should remember that nurses have rotating shifts and are too busy to even finish a healthy sit-down meal.
Since they don’t have enough time in their hands, it will be better if you suggest a week-long catering where all nurses from different shifts get the chance to be served a sumptuous breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Massage therapy for everyone
A few minutes of relaxation is a heaven for stressed-out nurses. So, if you know a couple of massage therapists, why not invite them over and set up massage tables in a secluded area in the hospital?
Make sure that all nurses know where the free massage is. You can let this massage station run for one day or for the entire week.
Let patients join
Ask patients to write thank you cards for their favorite nurses. You can give them some art materials they can use in designing their cards. Once they’re done, you can either distribute the cards right away or display them on your special corner for nurses.
A friendly competition is always a good idea to make the celebration of Nursing Week a little more exciting. You can organize a skills Olympics where all nurses can participate and show off different Nursing skills. For example, you can set up a contest where nurses compete against each other in checking the most number of vital signs or calculate medication doses the fastest.
And instead of a stethoscope and other boring gift items, you can reward the winners with something that they can really use, like a gift card to Albertsons or Walmart.
“Enforced” bathroom break
It’s not unusual for nurses to hold their pee during the entire shift just to do their job effectively. But since it’s the Nursing Week, why not do the opposite and require your nurses to follow an “enforced” bathroom break instead?
In this policy, nurses will be compelled to NOT hold their urine for 12 hours. It’s a healthy reminder and something that nurses will greatly appreciate as well.
Pamper their feet
Nurses are always standing and walking around, so why not give their feet some extra care?
Offer foot massages on site and consider giving them gift baskets. You can fill them with pedicure spa kits, pedometer, and cute pairs of socks.
Hold a health fair
Nurses work so hard for their patients but they spend very little time and attention to their own health. This week, treat nurses with free health screenings and assessments. Hand out educational materials from which they can learn new health ideas and tips.
Remember that nurses need to be healthy before they can meet the demands of their career and the needs of their patients.
Push a drink cart around
Like taking bathroom breaks, nurses often miss taking breaks to rehydrate themselves. So, as a way to treat them and help them remain alert during their shift, you can push a drink cart around the area. Serve water, tea or coffee.
Hold a yoga class
Nurses go through a lot of stress at work which can be detrimental to their health. This Nurses Week, invite a yoga teacher and encourage all nurses to join a quick class. You can even give them some yoga mats they can keep.
Nursing Week is the best time to make nurses feel special. And there’s no better way to do that than making a personalized gift basket.
You can either create a “group” basket full of edible goodies, such as energy crackers, teas and coffee for everyone or give each nurse a single customized basket.
Here are some of the best nursing gift ideas you might consider in creating a heart-warming gift basket: