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Did you know that May 6th to May 12th is National Nurse Week? Nurses play an important role in many aspects of our healthcare, however a lot of them don’t receive the recognition and appreciation they deserve. So, whether you have a family member or friend who’s a nurse, or whether you’re a patient or the caregiver of someone who relies on nurses, we’re going to explore five ways that you can show appreciation to them this Nurse Week – and throughout the year!
- Say a heartfelt thank you
It may seem obvious, but acknowledging all the work your nurse does to help you can really brighten their day. So, next time you see your nurse, why not let them know how much you appreciate them, or even surprise them with a hand-written note or a card!
- Treat your nurse with respect
Sometimes when we get frustrated, it can be easy to take that frustration out on the person who’s trying to help us. So, remember to always treat your nurse with kindness and respect. A cheerful smile, eye contact, and asking how their day is going will go a long way to helping them feel appreciated.
- Small treats make a big difference
Try adding some joy to your nurse’s day by buying them a cup of coffee, a bouquet of flowers, or even a box of their favourite chocolates. If you’re creative, you could even hand craft them a personal gift.
- Give your nurse time to relax
Burnout can be a big problem among nurses, so consider showing your appreciation in a way that helps them to unwind. If your nurse visits you at home, you could offer them a cup of tea and a slice of cake and invite them to sit down and take a break with you. You might also consider a gift that would allow your nurse to relax, such as a visit to a spa or a voucher for a massage.
- Take your nurse’s advice
Most nurses enter the profession because they care about people and want to see them as healthy as possible. Show that you appreciate your nurse and value their professional opinion by following the advice they give you and taking an active role in your own wellness.
For many of us, nurses play a key role in our health and wellbeing and many of us have friends and family members who are nurses. And while nursing is a rewarding career, it can also be demanding and stressful. So, remember to show appreciation to the nurses in your life this Nurse Week, and be sure to continue to give them the recognition they deserve throughout the year.
The information presented in this blog post is designed for educational purposes only. You should not rely on any information on this post as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, treatment, or as a substitute for professional counseling care. If you have any concerns or questions about your health, you should always consult with a physician or other healthcare professional.