Celebrate Nurses on Random Acts of Kindness Day

Celebrate Nurses on Random Acts of Kindness Day

In celebration of Random Acts of Kindness Day on February 17, we asked about what kinds of sweet things that either you could do for other nurses or that others could do for you.

Nurses have had a rough couple of years on the front lines of this pandemic, so take a moment to show the nurse(s) in your life that you care with one of the suggestions below.

Babysit for a nurse: A lot of nurses are mothers, and finding childcare is a huge stressor for so many. One way you could show love to the mom nurses in your life is to reach out and offer your availability to babysit.

Help getting to work: Nurses are essential workers and have to be at work, but many of them don’t have the vehicle needed to safely get to and from when the weather gets bad. Using your social media, you can set a ‘Drive Nurses to Work on Bad Weather Days’ community.

Provide a meal to a nurse: Nurses often work 12-hour, rotating shifts that make it really difficult to not only find time to get to the grocery store but to even make a home-cooked meal for their families.  A homemade, nutritious meal goes such a long way for nurses—it will not only warm their stomachs but their hearts as well.

Shovel their driveway in the winter, mow the lawn in the summer: A simple, but kind act like shoveling snow or cutting the grass can make a world of difference for a nurse.

Make a Card for a Nurse: If you don’t have a nurse in your life, one way you could show love to nurses is to have you or your kids make some homemade cards for the nurses at your local nursing homes and hospitals.

—Rebecca Love, Chief Clinical Officer of IntelyCare

Nurses work long hours—sometimes on very little sleep—so a great random act of kindness for nurses is to buy a stack of Starbucks gift cards and drop them off at the hospital. That way, the nurses can treat themselves before their shift and start it off with plenty of liquid energy. Gift cards for local restaurants, like Chipotle, are also a great choice as well—it beats cafeteria food and who doesn’t love a burrito the size of your head at the end of a long shift?

—James Green, Owner, Build A Head

The end of a nurse’s shift is often one of their lowest points. While it’s true that they’re finally done and can go get some rest, they’ve also likely been through 12+ hours of messy, emotionally demanding work in which they saw people at their very worst. If you can find an entrance at your local hospital where staff come and go, it can make their day to be waiting out there with a small gift like a flower or some chocolates. That small gesture of human kindness, right at the point when they’re at their lowest, can go a long way.

—Devon Fata, CEO, Pixoul

Regarding everybody you interact with, regardless of whether you do as such with a comforting smile, true embrace, blossoms, a thank you, or treats. Supporting a chance to do basic things that cause others to feel significant and unique is priceless. Research has demonstrated these acts are great for your state of mind and by and large wellbeing. Leave a note or a goody for the nurse who treated you.

—Brent Hale, Chief Content Strategist, Tech Guided

Random acts of kindness can be one way to recognize a colleague in a meaningful way. During such trying times, meaningful recognition — one of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses’ six Healthy Work Environment standards — takes on even greater relevance and importance. Meaningful recognition takes shape in countless ways. The key is to learn what is meaningful for each person we wish to recognize. We have many opportunities to recognize others and share moments of gratitude and recognition. Listen. Let them know we see, hear and understand them. Adopt a daily practice of sharing moments of gratitude with others.  And studies continue to show that, after recognition from patients and families, nurses find recognition from their peers as most meaningful. Seemingly small actions may be just what a colleague needs to be uplifted in the moment.

—Beth Wathen, MSN, RN, CCRN-K, president of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN)

A great act of kindness for nurses is to send a note of thanks. You can send these to specific nurses in your life, or simply drop some off at a hospital or doctor’s office. Either way, there’s nothing better than being told that others appreciate you and what you do. It’s a simple way to show you care.

—David Angotti, CEO, HawaiianIslands.com

Celebrate Nurses 365 Days

Celebrate Nurses 365 Days

We just recently celebrated National Nurses Week and everyone has returned back to their normal work routine. During Nurses Week many received breakfast, lunch, cookies, candy, pens, t-shirts, and other trinkets from their nurse managers or facility. Unfortunately, many nurses did not receive anything. Now that the week is over, does that mean that all of the celebration and appreciation is over?

It is sad that nurses have spent years going to school to obtain degrees and certifications and spend more time with their patients than their own families. Nurses work 365 days out of the year, yet they are only celebrated for seven days. Nurses focus on taking care of patients, being caregivers, nurturers, teachers, and counselors; in addition to providing treatments, performing procedures, and administrating medications. Sometimes they are yelled at by patients, families, doctors, and often by their own colleagues.

Nurses endure a lot of stress on a day-to-day basis. This is not to say that all days are bad; because there are plenty of days when you feel happy and proud to be a nurse. Although money would be welcomed by every nurse, sometimes it is the little things that make a difference. A thank you from a patient when you take the time for a brief moment just to sit and talk with them, from a family member who notices the care that you give their loved one, from a doctor who is notified by you regarding a critical lab value or assessment on a patient, or by your colleagues when they noticed you doing a task well.

Oftentimes nurses take care of others, but forget about themselves or their fellow nurses. There is no rule that says nurses should only be celebrated for one week. Nurses should be appreciated every day. Nurses should find ways to celebrate each other. You do not have to wait for one designated time of the year or wait for management to give recognition.

Although most nurses would welcome a monetary gift, sometimes the simple things are more valuable. Every nurse should start a “Nurse Appreciation” project. This can be done daily and is not limited to your unit. Make it a point to recognize a nurse daily. If you notice great customer service or patient care, let that nurse know immediately. If they help others or volunteer for special projects without being asked, show your appreciation. Create a “Nurse Spotlight” bulletin board, many people like to see their name in print and it shows other staff and patients the positive aspects of the unit. This project could also boost the morale of the unit, thereby increasing nurse satisfaction, which would have a positive effect on patient care.

Thank you all for your compassion, knowledge, and expertise. Let’s make a change and have “Nurses Year” and celebrate each other for 365 days.