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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