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Recognizing nurses with Cinnabons and parade floats

As Nurses Week is upon us (May 6-12), many organizations and companies are coming up with ways to honor nurses in any way they can. Whether it is free cookies in the break room, banners hanging from the ceilings, or a placard with quotes from physicians on why they appreciate nurses, most facilities are honoring their nurses. But it doesn’t stop there. Even some companies are honoring nurses.

Take Cinnabon, for instance.

Collaborating with The DAISY (Diseases Attacking the Immune Systems) Foundation, these two companies found a way to show their appreciation for nurses and the extraordinary service nurses provide on a daily basis. During Nurses Week, when a nurse shows their healthcare badge at any local Cinnabon bakery, he or she will receive a free Cinnabon Classic Roll.

“Nurses always put others before themselves, so we’re happy to thank them for their constant ‘WOW’ service,” said Gary Bales, Cinnabon president, in an official statement. [more]

Celebrating Nurses’ Caring: Meaningful Activities for Nurses’ Week

I would like to introduce Wendy Leebov, Ed.D., who is a new monthly contributor to the blog! She will be posting a variety of articles to help educate and empower staff. She comes to the Leaders’ Lounge with more than 30 years experience in communication, training design, and delivery. Welcome, Wendy, to the Leaders’ Lounge!

Every year in May, as Nurses Week approaches, I stop and reflect about the gifts of caring that nurses deliver to patients and families day in and day out. These gifts are remarkable.

While nurses’ acts of caring deserve recognition year-round, there are so many ways to use Nurses Week to express our appreciation and support. Here are favorites from my experience as chief human resources officer at the Albert Einstein Healthcare Network where I worked before leaving to become a full-time consultant (fanatic) on the patient experience. [more]

‘Nurse of the Year’ winner arrested for being fake nurse

In 2008, guests attended a fancy dinner honoring the Connecticut Nursing Association’s Nurse of the Year. The only problem was, the woman wasn’t a nurse at all.

This week, a bizarre news story broke after Betty Lichtenstein was charged with pretending to be a nurse. Following a patient complaint, investigators discovered Lichtenstein, who worked as a nurse in a Connecticut doctor’s office, had no nursing license. Lichtenstein is being charged with reckless endangerment and criminal impersonation. She had been dispensing medications and giving medical advice at the neurologist’s office where she worked.

According to the arrest warrant, she reportedly paid for the 2008 event out of her own money and prosecutor’s say the organization does not even exist. If convicted, she faces up to five years in prison.

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Ten lucky nurses win best-selling book from HCPro

As part of our Nurses Week celebration, HCPro, Inc. included a quiz about Florence Nightingale in its nursing e-newsletters. We asked you to send us the answers. The reward for a perfect score? A chance to win a copy of the best-selling Ending Nurse-to-Nurse Hostility: Why Nurses Eat Their Young And Each Other.

Counting down to Nurses Week: How well do you know Florence Nightingale?

Florence Nightingale is regarded as the founder of modern nursing. She helped establish the profession in its modern form and became a personal hero to nurses of all ages. Her pioneering work during the Crimean War led her to understand that keeping hospitals clean and free from infections improved patient outcomes. Her lifelong devotion to nursing—and her tireless efforts to reform military hospitals—forever changed patient care.

Nightingale is on our minds as we gear up for Nurses Week, which every year ends on her birthday, May 12. So to celebrate Florence and all she has done for nursing, we are giving away 10 copies of our best-selling book Ending Nurse-to-Nurse Hostility: Why Nurses Eat Their Young and Each Other.

To qualify for the drawing, simply provide correct answers to the following five questions about Florence:

1. In what year was Florence Nightingale born?
2. By what nickname is Florence Nightingale often known?
3. During which war did Florence Nightingale learn about the importance of hygiene in controlling infections?
4. What is the name of the book Florence Nightingale wrote about nursing? (Hint: It was published in 1859 and is still in print today.)
5. In what city did Florence Nightingale establish her training school for nurses?

Send entries to by May 11. And don’t forget to pass it on to your staff. The 10 winners will be notified by email.

Nurses Week countdown: Save 25% on nursing products

Are you searching for the ideal gift to show your gratitude to a fellow nurse? Is it time to reward yourself for all the hard work you’ve been doing? Whether it’s a resource to help save time or to expand knowledge—and whether it’s for you or a colleague—we’re going to make it easier on your wallet. [more]

Improving the professional image of nursing

As HCPro continues its countdown to Nurses’ Week, our focus moves to improving the image of nursing. Bedside caregivers are at the forefront of healthcare every day as they care for patients and families and interact with physicians and peers. So isn’t it time to set high standards and improve the image of nursing?

During your Nurses’ Week preparation, put celebrating the profession on your list of activities and empower your nurses to take control of their image. [more]

Start celebrating Nurses’ Week with a free communication tool

Nurses’ Week doesn’t start officially until May 6, but HCPro, Inc. is starting the celebration early! A nurse manager’s job is far from easy, and we’d like to show our appreciation for all that you do with some free tips and tools you can share with your staff, product discounts, and book giveaways.