This past year has been challenging for all of us due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Throughout the international crisis, essential workers have been working tirelessly to ensure that essential services continue to run with some semblance of normality. One of these important groups of people is the nursing staff that works in medical facilities throughout the country.
National Nurses Day takes place on May 6, 2021. This annual day is our opportunity to thank the people that have worked so hard to provide outstanding healthcare in the most challenging of circumstances. Traditionally, this day marks the start of a week-long celebration of nurses, which culminates on May 12, Florence Nightingale’s birthday. This year, the American Nurses Association (ANA) has announced a month-long celebration in honor of their efforts.
National Nurses Day 2021
This year is different in so many ways and is the perfect opportunity for us all to show nurses our appreciation for the work they do. Nurses and medical professionals have been on the frontline of the pandemic and have gone above and beyond to provide first-class care during this time. This has involved long hours and adapting to an ever-changing situation.
As a result, this has placed a significant strain on their physical and mental health and that of their families. Therefore, this National Nurses Day is the perfect opportunity to show some appreciation and gratitude. In this post, we will look at things we can do, be it members of the public or the management of healthcare providers.
Things Members of the Public Can Do
Even though there are still restrictions on meeting in place across the country, it is still possible to show your appreciation to nurses.
- Send A Thank You Card – This is something that you can get all the family involved with. You could get the kids to draw a nice picture and then write a thank you message for everything they have done this past year.
- Acts of Kindness – Do you know any nurses in your local community? If so, you could show them acts of kindness such as cooking for them, offering to mow their lawn, or going shopping for them. These simple gestures will make a massive difference to them and remind them that they are all super grateful for the job they are doing.
Things Healthcare Providers Can Do
This National Nurses Day 2021, healthcare providers across the country will be looking for ways to make this event more special than usual. One way that employers can do this is through acts of appreciation and recognition. Not only will this make the nursing staff feel good, but it is also likely to improve levels of employee engagement and motivation.
Here at Terryberry, we support healthcare providers to create meaningful recognition programs that reward their staff for their hard work. Here are some ideas that you could use to celebrate the efforts of your nursing staff.
- Employee Appreciation Kits – Our Employee Appreciation Gift Kits can be tailored entirely to your business and are a simple but effective way of saying thanks to your team. There are many options available such as bags, wireless phone chargers, and water bottles that could help your nursing staff in their daily lives.
- Gifts – One way to show recognition to your nursing staff is by offering them a meaningful gift. Here at Terryberry, we can help you create a catalog of gift ideas that will be ideal for your nursing staff. Once you have created the catalog, your nursing staff can select the gift they want. This catalog can also be integrated into your existing recognition programs, where you can reward staff for outstanding performance or reaching career milestones.
- Recognition Awards Ceremony – Over the past year, organizations across many industries have used Award Ceremonies as a way to recognize their employees’ efforts. You could create categories and get the staff to vote for their choice. It is a great way to bring everyone together and have some fun. Need some help coming up with creative recognition award names? View here.
Alternatively, you could send a personalized certificate or video message to each member of the nursing staff. These acts of recognition can be very powerful in reminding nursing staff that you are aware and appreciate the special care and service they provide for their patients.
Do you need help to make this National Nurses Day memorable? Then contact us today to see how we can support you.