Three Ways to Celebrate Nurses During National Nurses Appreciation Week
With our apartments located so close to Johns Hopkins Hospital, we at Jefferson Square interact with nurses on a daily basis. Whether it’s a current resident, future resident, friend of a resident or just a familiar face we see around the neighborhood, we know from experience that it takes a special, dedicated person to be a nurse. The nurses we know are so dedicated, in fact, that most choose to live near Johns Hopkins Hospital to be within minutes of getting to work for those on-call shifts. It is 100% deserving that nurses get a whole week dedicated to them, vs. just one day.
While National Nurses Day is May 6, National Nurses Week lasts though the 13th. So, between now and then, here are three easy ways to celebrate the nurses in your life – whether you know them by name or not!
- Say, “Thanks!” Sometimes, all you need to do to show your appreciation is tell someone you appreciate him/her! Simple enough. Call up a friend, write an email or send a text and just say thanks. It will mean more than you might think.
- Caffeinate them. These nurses are up for days at a time working their shifts at the hospital, so it’s safe to assume they aren’t scared of a little caffeine. Buy them a Starbucks gift card or a pack of Red Bull to keep them going. Or, if you’re feeling really appreciative, brew a cup of Starbucks coffee in our lounge and deliver it to them during one of their shifts!
- Share deals. Certain restaurants and retailers are giving nurses free or discounted items during National Nurses Week! For example, Cinnabon is giving away a free classic Cinnabon roll to any nurses who present their badge now through May 13. If you hear about any other discounts, make sure to pass the info along!
This, of course, is a very short list of possible ways to celebrate nurses this week. Leave us a comment on Facebook or Twitter with any other ideas you have! And for those nurses who stuck around to read about how people could celebrate you, we just wanted to say THANKS!