20 Ways to Celebrate National Nurses Week

Celebrate and Engage Your Nurses

National Nurses Week is quickly approaching! And to celebrate the 63% of nurses who work in a hospital setting, Dash Solutions has taken the initiative to help improve the social culture of hospitals and healthcare facilities. Our employee recognition program was built and designed to enhance the employee experience of nurses and medical staff.

In an effort to continue that focus on improving the employee experience of nurses, we have come up with 20 ways to celebrate National Nurses Week!

1. Nurses Week Thank You Bags

Hand out small gift bags to your nursing staff. Include a card, a small knick-knack, and maybe even a gift card. This is a good way to show a general sense of appreciation to your entire staff.

2. Highlight a Nurse

Each day, choose a nurse (or one from each area of the hospital) to highlight. Tell their story and accomplishments. Not only will this give the highlighted nurse the joy of being recognized publicly, but it could also inspire other staff.

3. Do a Raffle

A raffle spices the festivities up by incorporating a game of chance. With appropriate and engaging rewards, your nurses and other staff will look forward to their chance to win. Simple awards like gift cards or parking spots are easy to manage across thousands of employees, while larger rewards such as experiences or high demand merchandise will get plenty of attention. Look at what fits your budget and compare it to what engages your employees.

4. T-shirts

Everyone loves a free t-shirt! Likely there are individuals on your staff who are artsy in their spare time. Hold a contest a month or so before National Nurses Week to create the best t-shirt design. Winner gets their design selected and a prize!

5. Catered Lunch

People love free food, and your nurses are no different. If you can find a balance between food people love and healthier options, you will be golden.

6. Nurses Week Giveaways to Boost Morale

Nurse-themed necklaces and pins are easy to get in bulk. Better yet, have your patients (especially children!) create pins for their nurses using paper and crayons. Glue a pin on them, and you have meaningful tokens for your nurses.

7. Boost Social Recognition

A raffle spices the festivities up by incorporating a game of chance. With appropriate and engaging rewards, your nurses and other staff will look forward to their chance to win. Simple awards like gift cards or parking spots are easy to manage across thousands of employees, while larger rewards such as experiences or high demand merchandise will get plenty of attention. Look at what fits your budget and compare it to what engages your employees.

8. Priority Parking

Executive staff and higher-ups tend to get the better parking spots, right? Well, what if for this week, those coveted spots are opened up to nurses? It might not seem like much, but it goes a long way!

9. National Nurses Week Decorations

Decorate appropriate areas with themed flyers and decorations to remind both staff and patients to appreciate their nurses. You might even be able to get the help of patient’s artwork to make it a fun and engaging area.

10. Host Nurses Meetups

Host hobby and interest group meetups at nearby hotspots. Nurses who share similar interests can get together and make friends across departments.

11. Host a Charity Event

Choose a charity that is relevant to you as an organization, or to nurses as a whole. Some examples are the American Nurses Foundation, the Lupus Research Alliance, or Nurses House. Take the time to do some research and plan your event to maximize participation. Maybe even create a reward to the nurse who gets the most support.

12. Patient Feedback

If your online employee recognition program allows for patient feedback, take the time this week to encourage patients to send a message of appreciation to their nurses and medical team during their stay.

13. Spot Recognition

Take a few gift cards or recognition certificates while walking around the facility. When you see someone do something helpful, impressive, caring, or live up to what it means to be a good nurse, give them something to say, “Good job.” These unexpected ‘thank-yous’ could make someone’s day.

14. Gym Memberships

Work with your local gym services to provide discounted memberships to nurses. This will help them keep up with their healthy lifestyles.

15. Healthy Snack Options

Stock the break room with fresh fruit and healthy food choices. If you normally have only unhealthy options (or worse: nothing), consider creating a healthy snack option for your nurses and other medical staff.

16. Offer Free Shoe Inserts

This one might sound weird at first, but since nurses are constantly on their feet, inserts could make or break their day.

17. Patient Envelopes

If your patients don’t have access to the internet (or are young children), have them write up a message or draw pictures for their nursing team. Put the paper in an envelope and hand out the envelopes at the end of the week.

18. Picture Wall

If you are allowed and/or given permission, take a photo of happy patients with their nurses and make a wall of photos. Keep the wall of photos up for a while so nurses, staff, and others can see the happy faces of nurses and patients.

19. Massages

Massages are the perfect way to relieve stress. A quick 20-minute massage during a break or before or after a shift can help improve posture, stress levels, and soreness from walking around all day.

Reward Your Nurses with Ease

20. Reward Engaged Nurses

A raffle spices the festivities up by incorporating a game of chance. With appropriate and engaging rewards, your nurses and other staff will look forward to their chance to win. Simple awards like gift cards or parking spots are easy to manage across thousands of employees, while larger rewards such as experiences or high demand merchandise will get plenty of attention. Look at what fits your budget and compare it to what engages your employees.

Celebrate Nurses Week and reward and recognize your nurses with ease.

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