March 29, 2017 Erin Hall

National Nurses Week Ideas: 5 Ways to Celebrate Nurses

National Nurses Week is May 6 – 12, 2017. This year’s theme is “Nursing: The Balance of Body, Mind, and Spirit.”

Here are 5 ideas to celebrate your life-saving, vitals-taking, game-changing nurses.

When the time comes every year to celebrate National Doctor’s Day or National Nurses Week, you want to find something special to thank your healthcare workers.

Whether you’re a small community clinic, or a big network of hospitals, you understand the important role of registered nurses on your team.

And while burnout is possible in any industry, it’s healthcare workers who may be most at risk, given the nature of the job. Here are some ways to show appreciation during National Nurses Week.


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National Nurses Week Ideas:
5 Ways to Celebrate Your Nursing Team

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1. Promote National Nurses Week around Town

Get your whole town involved to recognize the importance of nursing in your community. Form a partnership with other local healthcare clinics and hospitals to make a group announcement regarding National Nurses Week.

Work with your local library to create a display highlighting books about nursing and the history of healthcare.

Send your most charismatic nurse to schools — elementary through high school — to talk about the nursing profession.

Finally, request that local politicians (on both sides of political party lines) make a public statement regarding the importance of the role of nurses in the healthcare field.


2. Honor a Special Nurse

A great way to celebrate National Nurses Week is to recognize one or more nurses on your team who have made a particular impact in your community. That could be due to years of service, a demonstrated commitment to nursing, exemplary patient service, or another special benchmark.

Hold a special lunch-time gathering, or an after-hours event, that can honor your special nurses with a celebratory recognition ceremony.

Related: 3 Tips for Improve Morale for Hospital Staff


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3. National Nurses Week Gift Ideas

If you have too many great nurses to pick just one, give out some little (or big) gifts to your nursing staff. Here are some ideas:

  • Step trackers
  • Flowers, balloons, signed cards from other staff members
  • Gift cards to local restaurants or stores
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  • Personalized notes of thanks from your CEO or Clinical Director
  • Promotional items such as pins, mugs, t-shirts, water bottles, etc.

Homemade treats and goodie baskets are another option to add a more personal touch to your gifts.


4. Gather Your Nurses Week Resources

The American Nurses Association offers some great resources for any organization who is celebrating National Nurses Week. Their downloadable toolkit includes marketing resources, customizable certificates, and more ideas to recognize your nursing staff.

And don’t forget about your online marketing! Find or create hashtags, such as #nursesweek, that you can promote on your company’s social media channels.

Share your celebrations on a Facebook Live video, so your team can virtually share their mid-day celebrations with their family and friends.

And post stories about each of your nurses highlighting what they bring to your team.


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5. Chair Massage for Nurses Week

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And luckily, we specialize in offering massage events at large hospitals or small clinics. A massage event for nurses week is a fun, memorable way to celebrate your nursing staff.

Whether you want one massage therapist for a few hours one day, or several therapists all week long, you can create the perfect massage event for your situation.



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