National Nurses Week is the perfect time to showcase your appreciation for your facility’s nursing staff. With the events of this year, your nurses deserve the praise and attention even more! While you might not be able to organize a parade down Main Street to give your nurses the recognition they deserve, you can do small things around your facility that make a big impact. Let’s take a look at some ways to show your nursing staff how grateful you are.
Food and Drink
Everyone loves free food! There are all sorts of things you can do with food and drink to show your nurses a little extra love this month. Plan an ice cream social for the end of the week; bring in cookies and hot cocoa for the break room; push a drink cart around to serve your nurses tea and coffee during their shifts. You can even plan a picnic lunch outside for a special day of the week.
Plan special events like appreciation lunches and health fairs, perhaps offering free health screenings for your staff at these events. Decorate the break room with colorful balloons and flowers, or deck it out as a relaxation area, complete with soothing music, soft chairs and pillows, and incense. Try designating certain days of the week as theme days, where nurses wear a certain color or clothing item.
Something that’s sure to touch the hearts of all of your nurses is signed thank-you cards from patients. Have a few patients sign personalized thank-you notes and distribute them to your nursing staff. It’s something they’ll cherish!
Inject a little fun into the workplace with games that show your nursing staff how much you care. Try hiding tickets around the facility for nurses to find throughout the day; they can turn these tickets in at the end of the day for small prizes. Quiz your nurses on medical knowledge or nursing history and celebrate the winner at the end of the game.
It’s the Little Things That Mean the Most
At the end of the day, your nurses deserve the world. But it’s the smallest things that mean the most to your staff. Showing you care with these easy efforts will go a long way not only to keeping your staff satisfied at the moment, but retaining the top talent as time goes on. It’s a great retention strategy!
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