It’s that magical time that only comes once a year … it’s Nurses Week!
Nurses Week is celebrated annually, May 6-12, ending on Florence Nightingale’s birthday. It is a chance for everyone to honor and celebrate all of the hard-working, self-sacrificing Nurses out there. Nursing is not an easy job, but despite the emotional, physical, and mental toll their job can take, Nurses tirelessly give their all and in many ways are the unsung heroes of the healthcare field.
We’ve rounded up some freebies, contests, and festivities to help you celebrate this year:
Medical Solutions is sponsoring a host of Nurses Week activities. This year the pet friendly Travel Nurse staffing company polled its Travelers to see how they would want to celebrate, and with that YOUR Nurses Week was created. Visit WeLoveOurNurses.com to Share Your Best Nursing Story (with two prizes at stake: a one-year membership to Massage Envy, including 12 free massages, and $250 gift card to Scrubs and Beyond), enter the Nurses of Tomorrow Nurses Week Scholarship competition (three $1000 scholarships will be awarded to nurse scholars), submit yours or a fellow nurse’s bio and pic to be included in the Real Nurses of Nurses Week gallery, and share and download Nurses Week eCards. Medical Solutions also created the hashtag #yournursesweek, to allow nurses to celebrate with each other via social media.
Cinnabon is once again offering all nursing professionals one free Classic Cinnamon Roll or Minibon Roll per visit from May 6-12. Cinnabon faithfully runs this Nurses Week deal, due to a special connection to nurses through its work with The Daisy Foundation. According to them this Nurses Week offer “symbolizes Cinnabon’s sweet feelings toward nurses and all their valuable, hard work.” Don’t forget to bring your badge to show in order to get the deal!
Lippincott’s Nursing Center is offering free access this week to certain popular journals and articles, a special eBook discount, an image contest centered on the theme “Nurses Leading the Way,” access to a free National Nurses Week webinar titled “Transforming Health Care Through Nursing Leadership,” and a Nursing-themed word search puzzle. Click here to visit their Nurses Week page. The ANA is also offering Nurses Week gear for sale here.
Discovery Fit & Health will run a special encore schedule of great nursing shows on May 6, including Nurses, Trauma: Life in the ER, NY ER, and Untold Stories of the ER. They are also accepting nominations for your favorite nurse at their Facebook page. The winner will receive a dozen cupcakes from Georgetown Cupcake.
Scrubbed In is doing a “Wish a Day” on their blog. The first wish? A one-hour lunch break!
Mighty Nurse is giving away its first scholarship this week (submissions are now closed but will be announced during Nurses Week) and doing a Nurse Mad Libs drawing with a chance to win a $300 Southwest gift card.
Buca di Beppo is offering freebies to nurses (and teachers) this week. Get a free, individual sized baked ziti or ravioli through May 11. The promotion is dine-in only, limit one per table, and you must show your work badge.
Dunkin’ Donuts is offering a free 16-ounce Dunkin’ Dark Roast, from 4-10 p.m., through May 12, with a valid healthcare ID.
It’s not been confirmed, but if you’re at a Walgreens through May 11, ask if they can offer you any Nurses Week coupons. According to the rumor mill, some have gotten 15 and 20 percent off coupons with a valid healthcare ID.
Happy Nurses Week to all of you diligent, passionate, truly amazing Nurses! If you know of any other great Nurses Week festivities for this week, please share them in the comments.