“Nurses Leading the Way” is the perfect theme for 2014’s National Nurses Week. Successful healthcare reform in the United States and changes to Medicare mean that RNs are poised to take on an even bigger role in medicine. Changing demographics confirmed by the Institute of Medicine’s report on registered nurses’ future give RNs every reason to remain the determined, confident, innovative thinkers that the healthcare industry has come to rely on—a precedent set when Florence Nightingale modernized nursing jobs for today’s empowered RN.
The American Nurses Association (ANA) pays tribute to Nightingale by beginning Nurses Week on May th and ending it on her birthday, May 12. To ensure things go off with a bang, ANA offers a free webinar, and National Nurses Week toolkit, available for all RNs online. The week features highlights for RNs on just about every nursing career trajectory, from National Student Nurses Day on May 8th to a world celebration of international nurses on May 12th.
Pay-It-Forward Ideas that Celebrate You and Your Fellow RNs!
While this week of important events will feature lots of T-shirts, pins, flowers and cards, it’s important to take nursing awareness to the next level by paying it forward in your hospital or clinic. These are just a few thoughtful ideas to keep Florence Nightingale’s legacy strong:
- Buy or lend a copy of your favorite nursing book for a new graduate on your unit.
- Bring the unit secretary a token of your appreciation for helping nurses shine—like a hot cup of coffee or fresh flowers.
- Surprise your fellow nurses with homemade cookies, attaching a card that explains how much you enjoy working with them. Healthy Careers has brilliant, easy dessert recipes you can whip up in a flash!
- Organize a special brunch, just for you and your RN buddies.
- Volunteer to help out a colleague if he or she has a difficult patient or project
- Answer a call light for another nurse.
- Make a donation to a worthy nursing organization in a coworker’s name.
- Host a “movie night”, with this fascinating 1 hour Nightingale biopic as the main event!
Have You Done a Good Deed During Nurses Week?
So, what about you? How will you celebrate this important event? Will the efforts you make, the smiles you give and receive, and the excellent healthcare you provide throughout the year speak to the whole point of National Nurses Week—to transform healthcare through leadership? Please leave us a comment and let us know. In the meantime, 50 States Staffing wishes its nursing team, with RNs in all fifty U.S. states, success in remaining as they are: active contributors to healthcare. May they continue to be, as the great Gandhi said, “the change they want to see in the world.”