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National Nurses Week—Donuts, Discounts and Demands for PPE

Since 1993, National Nurses Week is celebrated each year from May 6 to May 12, culminating in the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing. This week is meant to honor the contribution that nurses make to healthcare and society, and traditionally, it is marked by various activities including banquets, state and city proclamations and local media campaigns.

But this week is different. Across the nation, as nurses continue to fight through the worst pandemic of a lifetime with demonstrated grace and strong will, the need for concrete steps and action has never been more apparent.

The year of the nurse.

2020 marks the 200th anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth. And in the past couple months, nurses have made sacrifices every day, exemplifying the values and strong will Florence herself set forth. As a result, many are unable to hug their kids, are experiencing job cuts and have had to say one too many goodbyes. The work is stressful, the hours are long and nurses risk their own health as they care for patients infected with a virus that currently lacks any cure or specific treatment.

But the pandemic has highlighted issues that nurses have long been contending with, and many would like to see real appreciation in the form of workplace improvements, as opposed to token gifts. National Nurses United (NNU), the largest union of registered nurses in the U.S., is using this year’s Nurses Week to demand that nurses receive optimal COVID-19 protection.

 “In a year supposedly dedicated to us, we find ourselves in more danger than ever before, as nurses are sent to the front lines to fight COVID-19 without safe personal protective equipment (PPE),” said NNU Executive Director Bonnie Castillo, RN, in a press release. “This year, we cannot emphasize enough that praise is empty—even insulting—without protections.”

The NNU emphasizes that employers regularly mark this week with pizza parties and donuts, but fail to meet their legal and moral responsibilities as far as “providing safe workplaces by providing optimal personal protective equipment (PPE), safe staffing, presumptive eligibility for workers’ compensation benefits and more.”

What can healthcare providers do?

Whether you’re a nurse yourself or if you’re looking to support a colleague, here are some ways you can take action to show your appreciation this week for nurses, nationwide:

Additionally, many companies are offering deals and freebies for nurses:

  • For nurses who are stressed or need someone to talk to, TalkSpace is offering a free month of online therapy to nurses and other healthcare workers.
  • Nurses with a sweet tooth can take advantage of free cinnamon rolls from Cinnabon or donuts from Krispy Kreme donuts.
  • Crocs is donating free pairs of shoes.
  • Adidas is offering 40 percent off purchases on their website for verified medical professionals, first responders and nurses.
  • Nike is giving medical professionals 20 percent purchases through their online store.


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