Happy Nursing Week 2015!!

To the past, present and future registered nurses: Happy Nurses Week!!

Being a RN is a very rewarding, stressful, fulfilling, and difficult career. I have been a RN since 2006. I can honestly say that nursing school is one of the most difficult experiences of my life. There is a reason that there are memes describing it as awful, comparing it to the Hunger Game and/or riding a bike while on fire. It is hard. Anyone who is currently in nursing school or has successfully made it through nursing school - I applaud your efforts. It's not easy.

Me @ nursing clinical - I was so excited.

FSU Clinical Group
FSU Clinical Group

Throughout my career I have met many great nurses. Nursing as a career isn't easy. Depending on where you work, it can be busy, thankless, and stressful. It can also be beautiful and filled with moments that you will never forget. I have been a witness to the start of a life. I can been witness to the end of a life. I have seen tragedy. I have seen happiness. As an emergency room nurse, it is likely that I have seen every emotion that humans can feel. Maybe in one 12 hour shift.

So, what is nurse's week? Do you know why we celebrate it when we do?

Nurses week is celebrated May 6th-May 12th. These dates were chosen to celebrate the legacy of Florence Nightingale (who I lovingly refer to as "Flo"... like we were besties, ya know?). Flo's birthday is May 12th, so we celebrate the week before and the days leading up to Flo's birthday. Typically hospitals will celebrate by providing gifts to their staff and having a special day were the RN's were their white nursing caps and caps. You see, Flo is a nurse who became famous for treating wounded soldiers during the Crimean war. Not only did she care for wounded soldiers, but she helped establish nursing as a profession. She founded the first nursing school in 1860, which was the first school for professional nursing in the world. Flo is also known as the "Lady with the Lamp" since she  carried a lamp through the wards of the hospitals. There's your history lesson for the day.

2015 Nurses Week Promotions and Specials:

Free Promotional Nursing Materials: Free coloring books, magnets, brochures, and pins

Cinnabon: participating Cinnabon bakeries will offer nurses a free Cinnabon Classic Roll or MiniBon® roll when they present their healthcare ID badge

NY & CompanyWe love nurses & teachers! As a thank you for all you do, we’re giving you 30% off everything! Shop Teachers and Nurses Appreciation Week now – May 5th in stores (with valid ID) and online using promo 9818 at checkout.

ANA Nursebooks.org: 10% off all ANA books!

Uniform City: 20% off scrubs!

Uniform Advantage: 20% select brands

All Heart: Uniforms and medical supplies - sale on certain brands and items

Do you know of any Nurse's Week Deals??
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