Inside best practice: Prepare now for Nurses Week

HCPro's Weekly Update on the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®*, February 10, 2009

For many nurses, Nurses Week is the highlight of the year. And before you realize it, that special week will be here. So don’t wait until the last minute to prepare recognition initiatives—get on the ball now.

Recognize nurses for all their hard work in the following ways:

  • Have a craft fair where nurses can bring in quilts, scrapbooking pages, jewelry, and so on, for staff to purchase
  • Have a potluck where nurses bring in their favorite dish
  • Hand out gifts such as totes, thermal lunch bags, or water bottles
  • Create T-shirts with the hospital’s logo or fun nurse sayings (check out Cafe Press at
  • Create T-shirts that say “I’m proud to be a Magnet Recognition Program® nurse”
  • Increase the visibility of nursing and nurses in your community by speaking with local media

Source: Adapted from HCPro’s new book Nurse Retention Toolkit: Everyday Ways to Recognize and Reward Nurses.     

Editor’s note: How are you celebrating Nurses Week in May? E-mail them to associate editor Cameran Erny at and see your name in print!


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