Thursday, April 19, 2018

Are You Ready for Nurses Week?

Nurses Week 2018 is rapidly approaching. May 6-12  each year is set aside to honor the nursing profession. The American Nurses Association theme for 2018 is Nurses Inspire Innovate Influence.  This certainly captures nursing and what nurses do every day! It should be an easy theme to build your celebration around.

Every year I hear more and more nurses grumble because nothing was done for them! I've been there myself, and it's indeed very disappointing. Simple gestures go a long way to make people feel appreciated.

I know way too many managers who have no idea how to make staff feel appreciated, and have no idea how to plan any sort of celebration. Even the simple gesture of bringing in a box of bagels or donuts just because it's Friday is beyond their ability and comprehension.

So what I learned was that if you want something done, you have to do it yourself and not sit back and be passive aggressive about it!! There are tons of simple things that can be done and a good leader needs to be able to pull a team together and delegate! You don't have to do it all yourself. You just need to prioritize and organize. Use those critical thinking skills and lead your staff!

Raises and Expensive Gifts are NOT Going to Happen
Nurses Week is NOT about sending everyone on an all expenses paid vacation to the Caribbean. It's NOT about giving everyone a substantial raise. It's NOT about "using that money for something significant." It's simply NOT possible, and anyone who feels butt hurt that their employer didn't do this for them is simply in the WRONG profession. Perhaps Wall Street is calling your name? 

On the other (realistic) hand, being appreciated is something everyone needs to feel! It's not rocket science and it's not difficult to pull it off!!! There are tons of creative, talented nurses out there waiting to be asked.

Step Up and Help Plan
Nurses usually have to find their own rewards out of the difference they make for their patients, but it's important to be recognized by management and told you DO matter. So don't sit back and let managers rest on incompetence at planning celebrations. It really is a problem, but they can't be expected to be great at everything! So jump in and help out!!! Bring a sample of your skills and share at a staff meeting or just with your manager.

  • A potluck meal can work miracles to bring staff together to share cultures and recipes and downright great food! A signup sheet is easy to make. You can spread it across the whole week so everyone is included despite their days off. Set a theme for each day or mix it all up. Have fun and enjoy the great foods you're bound to have. Everyone gets to participate -- even if they buy the food they bring, or supply the drinks, napkins or utensils.
  • Ask a local bagel or donut shop to donate or discount the product to honor nurses and bring in a BUNCH to share. A few balloons, streamers and banners can help set a festive mood and alert patients and family members to the celebration of nursing.

Nurses Survival Kits
A few years back, one of our nurse leaders handed out small bags packed with little goodies and a great note to make us all feel loved and appreciated. These take a little effort to create and fill the bags, but again organizing a team to work together can make quick work. Search Etsy or Pinterest for additional ideas on Nurses Survival Kits.

Utilize some of the History of Nurses Week and the ideas I have shared on the Nursing Site for more suggestions on making your Nurses Week a big success. Don't forget to include the Florence Nightingale Pledge in some fashion. It reminds us of our roots and keeps us grounded.

Check back here too. We have some really terrific Give Aways planned for Nurses Week 2018. If you have something to donate, it's not too late.

Enjoy Nurses Week!


Thursday, March 29, 2018 Honors in Top 35 Nursing Blogs

Top 35 Nursing Blog
Many thanks to for honoring as one of the Top 35 Nursing Blogs for 2018.

We are always honored and humbled to be listed among great nursing blogs. Check out their list. There are some fantastic resources.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Seeking Sponsors for 2018 Nurses Week Give Aways

National Nurses Week is celebrated annually May 6-12. For the past nine years has sponsored give aways to honor our nurse readers. We have had some great sponsors in the past and I'm looking for new and old sponsors to join us in celebrating nurses in 2018.

Sponsors Needed

If you have:
  • a book you'd like to share
  • a set of scrubs you can donate
  • a gift card towards a purchase of nurse related products 
  • a course discount to offer
  • a product to make a nurse's life easier
  • candy, flowers, pens, vein finders, ETC.

I would love to offer you some great FREE publicity in return for your generosity. 

How It works

Each day during Nurses Week (May 6-12) I publish a new post with 1-2 donated items to Give Away. You can provide me with a blurb about your product or service and a photo or two and 1-2 links to your item or website.

Nurses can enter by clicking on a link in the post which will take them to an email contact form to complete.

On May 15,  I will publish a reminder to enter (with the link to sign up) and list all of the sponsors. On May 16, I will put all the names collected into a hat and draw winners randomly. As possible, I will then try to match the names with the item they told me they most wanted to win. Everyone who enters will receive something.

Between May 17 and May 20, I will notify the winners by email and publish a list of the winners and which Give Away they have won. I will list your donated item, include a photo and link to your website or other contact info. I will then email you the winner's contact info and let you arrange directly with them the delivery of the product or service.

For your generous donation you will have your item mentioned on no less than 3 times. All posts are also shared on our Social Media such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Pinterest links as well.

Can You Donate Something?

Where else will you get this much publicity for FREE? Thank you in advance! Email me with details of your potential 2018 Nurses Week Give Away donation.

UPDATE: I will need your info, photos, etc. no later than May 1.

#nursesweek, #nursesday, #nursegiveaways, #celebrate nurses

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Nightingale Tribute for an Angel Who Leaves Us

A couple of weeks ago an angel left us. We were very blessed to know her and to call her our friend. At her memorial service I heard the Nightingale Tribute for the first time.  A colleague gave a beautiful reading in tribute to our friend. RIP Arlene.

I was surprised to have not heard of this before. I have attended far too many memorials for nurses who have been friends and colleagues. 

In researching the Nightingale Tribute I found it had been written by a nurse for the Kansas State Nurses Association in 2003.

There is a whole program from which to pick and choose such as readings, white rose presentation, and candle lighting for families and friends to help honor their loved ones who were nurses. In case you've also never seen this, I wanted to share. It makes such a wonderful tribute when an angel leaves your life.

She Was There

When a calming, quiet presence was all that was needed,
She was there.
In the excitement and miracle of birth or in the mystery and loss of
life, She was there.
When a silent glance could uplift a patient, family member of
friend, She was there.
At those times when the unexplainable needed to be explained,
She was there.
When the situation demanded a swift foot and sharp mind,
She was there.
When a gentle touch, a firm push, or an encouraging word was
needed, She was there.
In choosing the best one from a family’s “Thank You” box of
chocolates, She was there.
To witness humanity,
its beauty, in good times and bad, without
judgment, She was there.
To embrace the woes of the world, willingly, and offer hope,
She was there
And now, that it is time to be at the Greater One’s side,
She is there.
[Note: pronoun can be changed. ©2004 Duane Jaeger, RN, MSN]

Saturday, March 10, 2018

FREE ANA Webinar: Surviving Bullying

The American Nurses Association is presenting a FREE live interactive webinar on Thursday, April 26, 2018 from 1-2:30PM ET, entitled How to Survive Bullies during Your Early Years as an RN

According to the email, this webinar will help you to:
  • Recognize the common causes of bullying among nurses
  • Spot the tactics a bully uses – it is not all in your head!
  • Set limits: Deciding for yourself what is acceptable and what is not
  • Open a dialog with the bully: How to bring courage and calmness to the situation
  • Confront the bully: The best way to call-out the behavior
  • Know when and how to escalate your concerns to your manager
  • Thrive in spite of a challenging work environment: Taking care of yourself
The webinar will be presented by:

Kristy Chunta, PhD, RN, ACNS, BC


Department of Nursing and Allied Health Professions

Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Indiana, PA
Community Manager, ANA Faculty Online Community

For more information and to REGISTER NOW

Monday, March 5, 2018

Stay Away from Stomach Virus!

I hope that none of you end up with the terrible stomach virus spreading across the country. Most everyone I know who has had it says they have never been so sick. Well I remember a flu in the 1950’s that was worse, but this was one of the worst things I’ve had since then.Read recently that baseball teams at Spring Training have been ravaged by outbreaks. And many nursing and residential care facilities are under quarantine to protect visitors as well as other residents.

The back pain is debilitating and comes from nowhere. The stomach pains are best handled crawling into a fetal position and staying there for a long while. There’s more, but I thinks that’s enough.You know where this is going.

It didn’t last too long, but the exhaustion that follows is difficult when you need to work and you have a lot of family you’re responsible for. You quickly figure out to prioritize everything and delegate what you simply cannot do. (Basic nursing training in action!)

Handwashing has proven to work because no one else in my large multi-generational household has gotten it thankfully!.

Life-work balance is so very important and it’s times like these we realize just how much is affected when we don’t heed the little warnings as our bodies push back against trying to be super nurses!

We must take care of ourselves and dedicate some time to replenishing ourselves. It needs to be something other than using your time at work to get rest from family/home responsibilities!

The flu season has been bad enough this year, and if you're lucky enough to have missed that, continue to be vigilant and avoid this terrible stomach virus!

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Tuesday, January 30, 2018 Names the Nursing Site Blog One of the 2018 Top 50 Blogs for Nurses

I am honored and humbled to be a part of this list. is one of my favorite blogs and they set the bar high. This list of 2018 Top 50 Blogs for Nurses is a fabulous compilation of talented nurses and writers. You must check out every single one of the blogs. I guarantee you will find new favorites to frequent and to inspire you to be the best nurse you can be.

For those of us who enjoy writing as well, this list is one of the best lists I've seen. I'm very proud to be honored. THANK YOU!!!

Monday, January 22, 2018

All Seasons Uniforms Scrubs Contest Winner Announced

Congrats to our Scrubs Contest winner Melissa Missy who posted her comment on The Nursing Site Group on Facebook.

One scrubs top and scrubs pants from  Fashion Seal Healthcare Superior Uniform Group have been donated by All Seasons Uniforms.

Thanks so much for your support! And many thanks to all who entered our contest on Facebook and Twitter!

All Seasons Uniforms has committed to donating another set of scrubs for our Nurses Week Give Aways during Nurses Week
May 6-12.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Unisex Scrubs Give Away from All Seasons Uniforms

As promised, we have a great Unisex Scrubs Give Away this week from All Seasons Uniforms. All you need to do to enter is comment on right here on this blog post why you'd like to win these scrubs. Keep it short and simple. **

If you prefer, you can write your comment on our FACEBOOK page; or on my Twitter post. You can enter more than 1 time, but a MAX of 3 times.  The winner will drawn randomly on Friday January 19.   

NOTE: Winners MUST reside in the 48 contiguous United States or have an APO/FPO military address.

** Here's the HARD PART: after you make your comment, you MUST email me your email address or cell number to text to so I can get in touch and put you in contact with the spokesperson to arrange your prize. 

PLEASE be sure to check the size chart carefully. Shipping is not covered for an exchange.

One set (pants and top) of Fashion Seal Healthcare Superior Uniform Group scrubs will be given away in a random drawing. These poplin scrubs are available is sizes XS-5X and come in 18 colors plus white. So you have lots of choices!!!

I will announce the winner on the blog the week of January 21. To win I MUST be able to contact you. So please be sure to email me your info after you comment. Many thanks to All Seasons Uniforms!

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Coming Next Week: Scrubs Give Away

I am thrilled to announce that All Seasons Uniforms has graciously offered us a set of Unisex Scrubs for a Give Away contest which we will run next week.

The scrubs are made by Fashion Seal Healthcare Superior Uniform Group and offer 18 beautiful colors plus white. They range in size from XS to 5X. The pants and top are ordered separately to accommodate the size range and mixing and matching of colors.

One set of these scrubs (a top and pants) will be given away next week and includes shipping. (Shipping is excluded if exchange is necessary.) Tune in again Monday, January 15 for contest rules details. It's an easy process and the winner will be drawn on Friday, January 19 by random drawing. Winners MUST reside in the 48 contiguous states or have an APO/FPO military address.

As soon as I am able to make contact with the winner, I will announce their name on the blog. It will also be shared on Twitter, Pinterest  and Facebook.

Many thanks to All Seasons Uniforms for their generous donation! They promise to participate in our upcoming annual Nurses Week Give Aways too.