Nurse Appreciation Ideas For the End of Summer

It’s important to show your nurses some appreciation beyond Nurse Appreciation Week! Your staff has been working hard all summer, while most of their friends have been taking time off, going on vacations, and traveling to the beach. No matter what the season is, nurses must continue to work night shifts and doubles.

Certainly, don’t let this dedication go unnoticed.  Here are some nurse appreciation ideas to try:

1.) Give them some lip balm for the colder weather coming up!

 You're the Balm
You’re the Balm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2.) Shout out your staff and show them that you notice their efforts.

Staff Shout Outs
Staff Shout Outs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3.) Give them a Vitamin C pick me up.

Vitamin C
Vitamin C

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4.) Nurses need to get their shots too!

Candy Injection
Candy Injection

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5.) Your nurses probably love coffee. Treat them to a drink, on you.

Starbucks Gift Card
Starbucks Gift Card

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6.) Show off your amazing staff in your facility’s décor.

Meet Our Staff
Meet Our Staff

 

 

 

 

 

 

7.) Nurses are notorious for losing their pens. Stock them up!

Pens
Pens

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8.) These cute cookies will make any nurse’s day!

Cookies
Cookies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By showing your gratitude for your staff’s hard work this season, you will motivate them for the upcoming fall season! Little acts of recognition go a long way.

 

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Ways to Raise Awareness During Alzheimer’s Month

Alzheimer’s affects over five million people across the country. Unlike many other diseases, Alzheimer’s is unique because it impairs one’s memory. Loved ones that could once recite their whole phone book, now can’t even recognize some of their own family members.

Raise Awareness
Raise Awareness

That’s what makes this disease so much more difficult to deal with emotionally. However, that’s even more of a reason to take the initiative and join the mission to end Alzheimer’s. September is National Alzheimer’s Month. Take this as an opportunity to get your facility, residents, families, and staff involved in the cause.

Decorate Your Bulletin Board

Show that your facility recognizes the importance of raising awareness and decorate your bulletin board in purple ribbons and lettering. Post facts about the disease, as well as ways to prevent it, and information on how people can support the cause. Families and friends that visit your residents will take note. It’s important to inform people about the disease, even if they have not been affected by it.

Ask Your Staff to Wear Purple

On Alzheimer’s Day, September 21st, ask that all of your staff wear purple. Purple is the color that represents the disease, spreads awareness, and signifies a will to fight. Put your facility and all of your staff behind the movement. It’s something almost everyone has been affected by – whether a family or friend has had it. Give your facility the opportunity to stand for something, beyond your normal day to day activities.

Care for Alzheimer’s Residents

Show your residents affected by Alzheimer’s how much you love them. Give out a small present or card to your residents, or  ask their family to come in and visit for a day. A little effort goes a long way in improving the life and satisfaction of an Alzheimer’s patient. Teach your staff to give these patients genuine, selfless care all year round.

Start a Donation Can

Get all of your visitors, families, and residents involved in fundraising! Put out a donation can in the front of your facility and give out prizes to those that donate a certain amount. Fundraising is extremely important because it helps researchers discover treatment options and eventually a cure.

Offer Your Expertise

It is likely that many people in your community are affected by Alzheimer’s, whether they are taking care of a loved one, or visit that loved one often. Your staff are highly trained to provide care for the disease, improving the quality of life for that person. Hold an open house informational session, and give tips on how to care and communicate with someone that has Alzheimer’s. Your community will be extremely grateful.

 

September is the month to remember our loved ones affected by this disease. Do your loved ones a favor and participate in Awareness Month. Even a small effort can make a difference in the fight to end Alzheimer’s.

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Top 5 Job Benefits That Employees Really Care About

Job benefits can make or break a job position. They can have a huge influence on whether a possible applicant applies, whether a candidate takes the job, and whether a current employee stays at their job.  Stay competitive with your benefits in order to attract and retain the very best talent.

Top 5 Job Benefits That Employees Really Care About
Top 5 Job Benefits That Employees Really Care About

We’ve gathered the top five job benefits that employees today care about:

1.) Health Benefits

It’s no surprise that health benefits are at the top of the list. Most people care about their health, especially those in the medical field! Give your employees comprehensive plans with multiple options. Even though some people want family plans, others may not. It’s extremely important to give your employees quality choices, for every price level.

2.) Work-Life Balance

Nowadays, we are expected to work while also balancing family and friend commitments. Facilities that do not give their staff proper work-life balance, are allowing their staff’s motivation to suffer. Working too many hours, too long of shifts, and overexerting oneself at work can lead to burnout.

Burnout leads to more serious conditions and also lowers the amount of positive patient outcomes. Motivate your staff and give them flexibility in their schedule.

3.) Choice of Location

A long, traffic-filled commute every day kills an employee’s motivation. Give your staff the option to switch it up! Offer them the ability to switch facility locations, and float between locations. Working closer to home makes a huge difference in someone’s day.

4.) Assignment Variety

Many nurses and nurse aides want to be exposed to a variety of medical settings. This allows them to get a vast amount of experience, while also eliminating the monotony of working at the same facility every day. Facilities that work with agencies are likely to have a highly motivated staff, because of the constant change of work setting.

5.) Shift Autonomy

What’s more convenient than being able to chose what shift you work? Nurses and nurse aides value being able to request their preferred shifts, and preferred days of the week to work. Listen to your employees and give them a say in their position.

It’s extremely important to take the time and consideration in choosing top notch job benefits. Keep in mind these efforts will help you recruit and retain employees. Show that you’re listening to your staff and making the efforts to accommodate their preferences. You’ll have a happier staff and happier patients!

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