Nursing Week Ain’t What It Used to Be

My Nurses Week joy was shattered last night when the son of a patient reamed me out for discussing the patient’s condition and treatment plan — wait for it — with the patient. He thought his father, who was a rather elderly but very independent and shrewd man who still lived in his own house and putted around in a low-mileage 1992 K-car, might be disturbed and upset. I thought the son was a controlling little freakazoid, but didn’t say so. Not very nurse-like, I know, but your humble writer smiled and nodded and went on, curiously enough, to validate and affirm the son’s distress even as the son was proceeding merrily along with the aforesaid ream spree.  Then I promptly charted the conversation because, as all nurses know, these things come back for endless amounts of arse-biting. My life as a nurse: Florence, eat your heart out.

Management Approaches with Nurses Week Greetings

Also, Acme Regional’s annual Token of Sincere Appreciation, a.k.a. the Swag Bag, has evidently been cancelled. So in other words they are replacing crap with no crap at all which, when I come to think about it, represents a net gain.

Hurrah.

Anyway, EDNurseasauras and I seem to be on the same page when it comes to Nurses Week. After listing all the cruddy, oddly depressing, and inevitably unattendable Nurses Week festivities at her workplace, she writes:

Bobo, our medical director and somewhat socially challenged on his best days has actually paid out of his own pocket for some nurses day gift (I think his wife is a nurse).  In the past we have received lunch bags, t shirts, and coffee mugs.  But slogans like “Nurses Call the Shots”,  “Love a Nurse PRN”, “Nurses Rock” and other silliness goes right to the bottom of the charity bag for me.  Let me say that I truly appreciate that he has taken the time and effort to do this.  I really do. But I actually hate that more than the company logo.
At my nursing school graduation 35 years ago, one speaker exhorted us as newly minted nurses never to condone slogans that exploit us as men and women in health care, perpetuate stereotypes, and fail to present nurses as professionals.  Big boobs, thigh highs and stilettos, giant syringes…..you know what I’m talking about.  I have a few Emergency Nurses Association coffee mugs from a former boss that are tasteful, but other than that I say NO to silly slogans.
The only Nurses Week recognition I’m looking for is just a little sincere appreciation for the job I do from my employer.  Sincerity is not one of their strong points, so hopefully my boss will come through with the ice cream.

Ungrateful wench! At least she might get ice cream.

So how is your Nurses Week going?

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  1. #1 by ivchat on Wednesday 09 May 2012 - 1859

    Nice post – we are discussing this topic at tonight’s IVchat so I posted a link to this post. Thanks and hope you can join IVchat tonite!!

  2. #2 by atyourcervix on Wednesday 09 May 2012 - 2119

    Let’s see……totally full unit (L&D, triage beds, PACU, ORs — all FULL) with 4 or 5 more patients on their way in…….understaffed……no meals…….no pee breaks. Yeah, it’s your typical work week. They usually give us (a) free ice cream. Which I cannot eat anyway due to digestive problems.

  3. #3 by jeanhill on Wednesday 09 May 2012 - 2132

    Is it just me or did the corporate coffee the admin handed out go colder quicker than any coffee you’ve had before? ;)

    • #4 by torontoemerg on Wednesday 09 May 2012 - 2144

      It was probably because the cups were so small.

  4. #5 by CC on Friday 11 May 2012 - 0512

    Lucky me. I work from home most of the time and I got to miss all the shenanigans. I did a blog post a few days ago about all the food we used to bring in that everyone but the nurses got to eat – because we were too busy. That was my past experience within the hospital system. I don’t miss it. Basically, I am ignoring “Nurses’ Week”…

  5. #6 by suki on Friday 11 May 2012 - 1036

    Nurse’s Week? Not by me. It is now Hospital Week. Nurses are not singled out for anything special. Per Administration, they don’t want other employees to feel slighted.

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